Northeast High School rising senior Auriel Wright placed fourth at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles. She won $500 and made connections with scientists all over the world.
Wright had won first place at the 2014 Georgia College Regional Science and Engineering Fair during the school year, and she also received the Best of Show Award, Best of Class, the Georgia College and State University Award of Distinction, and the Student Award for Geoscience Excellence for her project, “A Comparison of the Effects of Thermotherapy and Electrotherapy on Soybean Plants.”
She has been invited to the National FFA Convention in October in Louisville, Kentucky, after she placed first in the Plant System Division II event at the Georgia FFA Convention. She received a plaque and $500 to help with travel to the convention.
Georgia College OFFERS program ON HEALTHY DATING
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With college students across Middle Georgia returning to campus these days, attention will turn to programs aimed at combating the threat of sexual assault at school. In May, the federal Department of Education disclosed the names of 55 colleges that were under investigation for possibly violating federal rules aimed at stopping sexual violence and harassment.
Mike Domitrz, founder of the Date Safe Project, spoke to an assembly at Georgia College Saturday night on the topic of sexual assault and healthy dating. He travels the country to educate students and the members of the military on sexual assault and healthy dating through the “Can I Kiss You?” program. One of his goals is to inform and guide parents on how to teach and speak to their children about ways to be respectful when it comes to relationships.
Bibb bus department cited for emissionS reduction efforts
The Bibb County school district’s transportation department, led by Director Anthony Jackson, was honored this summer at the Georgia Association for Pupil Transportation’s 50th annual Conference and Trade Show, when the Georgia Environmental Protection Division presented the department with the Georgia Diesel Emissions Reduction Gold Award.
The award is presented to school systems that have reduced emissions in 26 percent to 74 percent of their bus fleet. Emissions reductions are achieved through the early replacement of older buses, the use of alternative fuels or by installing emissions control devices on the buses.
During the 2013-2014 school year, the district’s transportation department added 31 alternative fuel school buses to its fleet as replacements for older models.
Rutland students win at national conference
Rutland High School students Tavin Hall and Tucker Preston were invited to attend the Future Business Leaders of America National Leadership Conference in Nashville, Tennessee, this summer. The two advanced to the national competition after placing first at the region and state levels.
While at the national FBLA conference, their team placed fifth in Network Design. After participating in open testing in Computer Operating Systems, Preston also placed first in that event. Preston also received two Microsoft Technology Associate certifications while he was at the conference: one in Server Administration 2012 and the other in Network Fundamentals.
Mercer accepting applications for Upward Bound program
Applications are being accepted for Mercer University’s Upward Bound program. The federally funded program provides fundamental support to participants in preparation for college entrance, as well as opportunities for them to succeed in pre-college performance and higher-education pursuits.
Rising ninth-grade students who live in and attend high school in Bibb County are eligible for the program, which serves students from low-income families and families in which neither parent holds a bachelor’s degree. Also eligible are low-income, first-generation military veterans who are preparing to enter post-secondary education.
The goal of Upward Bound is to increase the rate at which participants complete secondary education and enroll in and graduate from institutions of post-secondary education. All services provided are free.
An application for the 2014-2015 school year can be found on Upward Bound website at http://upward.mercer.edu. Applications must be submitted to the office by Friday, Sept. 5. No faxed applications will be accepted.
For more information, call (478) 301-2099.
Compiled by staff writer Oby Brown.