Education notebook: Midstate students selected as Abraham Baldwin ambassadors

December 1, 2013 

Cici Arriaga, of Macon, and Brandi Babbitt, of Centerville, have been selected as ABAC Ambassadors at the Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College campus in Tifton.

Arriaga, a junior journalism and mass media major, is the daughter of Jose Arriaga and Cecilia Montoya. She serves as vice  president of the ABAC Ambassadors. Babbitt, a sophomore English major, is the daughter of Ronnie and Merri Babbitt.

They were picked through applications, letters of recommendations and interviews by college administrators who choose students they think are motivated and show leadership potential.

The ambassadors represent and promote the college during events, when they’re helping the offices of public relations and admissions. They work to maintain positive relationships between students, faculty, alumni and the community. Ambassadors must maintain at least a 2.5 cumulative grade point average and commit at least 35 hours each semester to their work as ambassadors.

Four Miller Middle students participate in youth assembly

Four Miller Middle School students drafted proposals that could be considered by state legislators.

Proposals from all four students were accepted in the Junior Youth Assembly held by the Georgia Center for Civic Engagement.

Annabel DeSmet drafted a bill calling for an easily accessible hot line to combat child abuse, domestic violence and bullying. Joseph Heaton offered a bill to separate accusations and trials. Tobias Kopp proposed having non-waivable maximum class sizes for elementary and middle schools. And Nika Loften sought to have all middle and high school teachers have at least a master’s degree in their subject of teaching.

Mercer University tree lighting set

Mercer University will hold its annual tree lighting from 6-7 p.m. Thursday on the Macon campus’ Cruz Plaza. Nearby, “Christmas in the Corridor” will be held in Mercer Village from 5-9 p.m., with carolers, carriage rides, yuletides and a snow slide.

Students’ bus safety posters honored

Four Bibb County students were recognized for their efforts in the State School Bus Safety Poster Contest.

Rhys Howell, of Carter Elementary School; Trevor Gottschalk and Zemmie Mullis, of Springdale Elementary School; and Alexandra Castillo, of Miller Middle School, were honored for their work in the contest “At My Stop You Stop.”

Castillo was chosen state winner for Division 3 for grades 6-8 and received a $100 check from the Georgia Association of Pupil Transportation. Her poster will be judged in a national competition at the National Association of Pupil Transportation Conference in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Houston schools mixed chorus to perform for governor

Bonaire Elementary and the Houston County Middle School mixed chorus have been selected to perform at the Governor’s Mansion during the governor’s 2013 Holiday Celebration. Bonaire Elementary’s chorus will perform about 10:15 a.m. Dec. 10. The middle school students will sing at 2 p.m. Dec. 15.

Warner Robins High student wins art contest

Ka’Darius Jones, a Warner Robins High School sophomore, recently won the school’s art contest during Hispanic Heritage Month. Ka’Darius won with his picture of astronaut José Hernández. Students were asked to draw a picture of a Hispanic-American who serves the United States with pride and honor, according to a news release.

Writers Mike Stucka and Jenna Mink contributed to this report.

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