Education briefs

May 15, 2013 

Perry High student participates in national poetry contest

A Perry High School student recently traveled to Washington to represent the state in the National Poetry Out Loud contest.

Janea Feenery won first place in the state competition held in March at the Atlanta History Center, defeating 11 contestants from across the state. She won $200 and a trip to Washington to compete for the national championship. Additionally, Perry High School received a $500 stipend to purchase poetry books, according to a news release.

More than 350,000 students from across the nation participated in this year’s competition. Janea placed as a semifinalist in the national competition, which was higher than any contestant from Georgia has ever placed, the news release said.

Northside students helpmuseum win Air Force award

A Museum of Aviation exhibit, which three Northside High School seniors worked on last year, has won the 2013 Air Force Heritage Award, according to a news release.

Wesley Paskett, Jaikel “Jay” Robinson and Keynan Callum helped museum officials put together an exhibit on Explosive Ordnance Disposal.

The students spent more than 40 hours at the museum over several weeks last year researching the subject, gathering photos, writing information and interviewing EOD specialists at Robins Air Force Base. They also took part in a live EOD exercise, which was videotaped and is shown in the exhibit.

Additionally, three other Northside High School students worked this year on a museum exhibit, which opened May 10. Pamela Hamilton, Katie Ecklund and Kyle Baker helped build an exhibit to explain the mission of the 413th Flight Test Group at Robins Air Force Base.

Warner Robins Middle wins web challenge

Warner Robins Middle School recently won second place in the statewide Web Challenge competition by the TAG Education Collaborative, according to a news release.

The collaborative, which gives middle and high school students hands-on, STEM-related activities, challenged middle and high school students to develop websites and web-based applications centered on a theme. The theme for the middle school competition was “Stand up to bullying,” according to a news release.

Winners received partial post-secondary scholarships. Over the last 11 years, the program has awarded more than $195,000 in college scholarships.

-- Staff reports

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