Ovedia Dugger-Glover has been named the new principal of Hilltop Elementary School in Bonaire.
She currently is the assistant principal of instruction at Warner Robins Middle School.
I am delighted to be named principal of Hilltop Elementary School, Glover said in a news release.
Glover has worked for the Houston County school system for 10 years and has served as an educator in elementary and middle schools for 18 years. She has a doctorate from Argosy University, specialist and masters degrees from Troy State University and a bachelors degree from Fort Valley State University. In addition, she is teacher support specialist certified and reading endorsed, according to the news release.
Mercer University enrolls record freshman class
For the second straight year, Mercer University welcomed its largest-ever class of incoming students, as 834 new Macon campus undergraduates, comprising 728 freshmen and 106 transfer students, enrolled for fall classes. Thats a 13 percent increase over last years total of 645 freshmen, according to a news release.
The average high school grade point average for this falls entering freshmen was 3.7, with almost half finishing in the top 10 percent of their high school classes and 28 graduating as valedictorians. Mercers Walter F. George School of Law and its College of Pharmacy also enrolled record numbers of first-year students, according to the news release.
Training the trainer
Former Bibb County student Lynita Jackson arrived at a Bibb County school board meeting to train members on software offered through the Georgia School Boards Association.
But before she left she shared her memories of her third-grade teacher, Wanda West, who now serves as the school board president and still emphasizes enunciation.
And she said, My name is Mrs. West, with a T on the end. Every question, we were like, Mrs. West, with a T on the end. Every question, we said it. ... We were petrified, Jackson said.
Jackson said the students have all done well, including four who have become pharmacists. But some lessons from third grade still drive them, she said.
We were scared to death. And trust me, we articulate really well, Jackson said to chuckles.
Sears store promotion to benefit Mount de Sales
Macons Sears Hometown Store is offering a promotion to benefit Mount de Sales Academy.
People attending the schools athletic events can get a coupon for Touchdown Tuesdays and Thursdays, which gives purchasers a 5-percent coupon on those days at the store until Nov. 14. Sears Hometown Store will give the school 5 percent of the purchased amount.
The Sears Hometown Store sells appliances, lawn and garden equipment, tools and other supplies.
CGTC open Jones County Adult Education Center
Central Georgia Technical College held an open house and ribbon-cutting Thursday at its new Jones County Adult Education Center at 304 Old Clinton Road in Gray.
The new center is located in the Older American Council building. Ivan Allen, the president of the college, was among those on hand.
The center will be staffed with two full-time instructors, a teaching assistant and volunteers.
Classes started in the new location Sept. 9. Adult basic education and adult secondary education will be offered. English as a Second Language classes will be offered in the future, as will GED testing.
Houston High student named National Merit semifinalist
Houston County High School senior Willa Wang has been chosen as a semifinalist in the 59th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Fewer than 1 percent of the nations high school seniors make it to the semifinalist stage, according to a news release.
Wang is among 16,000 students who will compete for about 8,000 National Merit Scholarships worth about $35 million to be offered next spring.
To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, semifinalists must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed by the principal and earn a high SAT score, according to the news release.
Writers Mike Stucka, Jenna Mink and Oby Brown contributed to this report.