The Houston County Special Olympics will be held Thursday and Friday at the Houston County High School track from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Middle and high school students will compete Thursday, and elementary school children will participate Friday. Opening ceremonies will begin at 10 a.m.
MERCER TO HOLD GREAT BOOKS CONFERENCE
Mercer University’s Thomas C. and Ramona E. McDonald Center for America’s Founding Principles will host its third annual A.V. Elliott Conference on Great Books and Ideas Wednesday and Thursday, focusing on the theme “Republics Ancient and Modern.” All events are free and open to the public.
The conference’s opening lecture will be delivered by Stuart D. Warner, associate professor of philosophy at Roosevelt University in Chicago. Warner’s talk, titled “A Stranger in a Strange Land: Montesquieu on Republics Ancient and Modern,” will take place at 6 p.m. Wednesday in Room 110 of Mercer’s Science and Engineering Building.
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HOUSTON COUNTY HIGH SET FOR PAGEANT
The Miss Houston County High School Scholarship Pageant will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday in the school theater. Tickets are $10.
HOUSTON STUDENTS SWEEP BETA TALENT AWARDS
Houston County students competed at the Georgia Senior Beta Convention held in Atlanta on March 7 and brought home four awards. Houston County’s students competed along with 32 other participants from across the state in the Special Talent Competition and swept the podium. Warner Robins High senior Kira Bowden took home first place, Veterans High senior Michael Asperas finished second, and Northside High senior Taylor McClendon came in third.
MOSSY CREEK STUDENT MAKES STATE BEE
Stephanie Doblack-Mellum, a seventh-grader at Mossy Creek Middle School, will compete at the state geography bee Friday at Georgia College & State University.
This is the second level of the National Geographic Bee competition, which is now in its 27th year. School bees were held in schools with fourth- through eighth-grade students throughout the state to determine each school champion. School champions then took a qualifying test, which they submitted to the National Geographic Society. The National Geographic Society has invited up to 100 of the top-scoring students in each of the 50 states, District of Columbia, Department of Defense Dependents Schools and U.S. territories to compete in the state bees.
WESLEYAN TO HOST ACCOUNTING OPEN HOUSE
Wesleyan College will host an open House for anyone interested in pursuing a degree in accounting or learning more about becoming a certified public accountants Wednesday from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the Peyton Anderson Amphitheatre in Taylor Hall.
This free event is sponsored in part by The Educational Foundation of the Georgia Society of CPAs and Wesleyan College’s Department of Business and Economics. Representatives from Wesleyan’s financial aid offices will answer questions about the application process, scholarships and financial aid options. The event will welcome speakers who are experts in their fields.
FVSU A GRANT FINALIST
Fort Valley State University has been announced a finalist in The Home Depot’s 2015 Retool Your School Campus Improvement Grant Program. Designed to reinvigorate historically black colleges and universities, finalists are competing for $255,000 in grants for on-campus improvements and are now asking their communities and the public to help them win. The voting opened Feb. 27 and closes April 20. During this period, supporters can visit www.retoolyourschool.com to vote. Supporters can also capture votes for their school by using #fvsu_RYS15 on their social media channels. Each use of a school’s Retool Your School designated hashtag counts as one social media vote.
Telegraph writers David Schick and Jeremy Timmerman contributed to this report.