Education briefs: 4 Houston schools receive AP STEM honors

March 26, 2014 

Four Houston County high schools receive AP STEM honors

Four Houston County high schools have been named 2014 Advanced Placement STEM Schools and AP STEM Achievement Schools.

Houston County, Northside, Veterans and Warner Robins high schools received the honors from state schools Superintendent John Barge Feb. 24, based on the results of the 2013 AP exams, according to a news release.

AP STEM Schools tested students in at least two AP math courses and two AP sciences courses, the release states. AP STEM Achievement Schools had at least 40 percent of students earn a score of a 3, 4 or 5 in those areas. A 5 is the highest score, and those who receive a score of 3 or higher may receive college credit.

STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math.

“Our students willingly tackle the rigor and requirements of college-level courses while still in high school. Our parents embrace AP challenges and encourage their children to perform at their highest capability,” Superintendent Robin Hines said in the release. “We also applaud our AP teachers for investing in the time to train, prepare and make available these opportunities.”

Peach kindergarten registration Thursday

Peach County schools will hold its Kindergarten Roundup 4:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday at Hunt, Kay Road and Byron elementary schools. Registration packets may be obtained before then at any elementary school in the county or local preschools and day cares.

CGTC students win six gold medals

Central Georgia Technical College students brought home six gold medals in the Georgia SkillsUSA state competition in Atlanta March 13-16. The winners will now advance to the SkillsUSA National Championships in June in Kansas City, Mo.

According to a news release, gold medal winners are: Supporia Yates of Lizella for Prepared Speech; Dawn Hall of Warner Robins for Job Interview; Kristen Nelson of Byron for Job Skills Demonstration-Open; Maria Ramos of Fort Valley for Cosmetology; the team of Cameron Evans of Rentz and Daniel Barroso of Byron for Television/Video Production; and the team of Pamela Jordan of Macon, Deana Hawkins of Macon, and Petti Davis of Macon for Chapter Display.

A team of Central Georgia Tech students also took home silver medals in the Opening and Closing Ceremonies competition. Silver medalists are: Shaniqua Oliver of Macon, Kameron Golden of Macon, Gena Howell of Forsyth, Jeannie Emory of Macon, Norm Wright of Macon, Deloris Martin of Macon, Bhane Williams of Macon, and Rebecca Arp of Forsyth.

“This competition is an eye-opening experience and gives our students an opportunity to showcase their skills in a real-world setting,” Bruce Foster, executive director for campus life at Central Georgia Tech, said in the release. “The number of gold medals earned by CGTC students speaks volumes of the quality technical education each student is receiving at the college.”

-- Staff reports

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