Education briefs: Lake Joy leader ‘distinguished principal’

May 21, 2014 

Doug Rizer

Lake Joy leader ‘distinguished principal’

A Houston County principal is the 2014 Georgia Distinguished Principal for District 11.

Doug Rizer, principal of Lake Joy Elementary School, is one of 16 school leaders chosen by his peers to represent the district at the state level, according to a Houston County schools news release.

“The Georgia Association of Elementary School Principals and Georgia Association of Educational Leaders are wonderful organizations that support educational leaders across our state and public education,” Rizer said in the release. “These organizations have helped mold me into the principal I am today. I am truly blessed to work in such a wonderful system and district and hope to represent my peers to the best of my ability.”

Rizer, who has been a principal in Houston County for 12 years, will receive an award at a conference in November.

Feagin Mill student wins essay contest

A Feagin Mill Middle School student is a winner in the Georgia Municipal Association’s “If I Were Mayor, I Would ...” statewide essay contest.

Sixth-grader Vennela Gosukonda wrote that she would build homeless shelters, establish public transportation and make recycling mandatory if she were mayor, according to a news release.

Vennela was one of 12 winners who received $250 and other small prizes at a luncheon May 8 in Atlanta. Three hundred and sixty-six essays were entered in the contest for GMA’s sixth district, the release states.

“The essays we receive offer great insight into what is really important to our young people,” GMA Executive Director Lamar Norton said in the release. “They have great ideas, and we commend Vennela for her well-written, thoughtful essay.”

-- Staff reports

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