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EDUCATION BRIEFS: Morris receives scholarship

The Georgia Wine and Spirits Wholesalers selected senior communication disorders major Melanie Alyse Morris as its 2014 scholarship award winner..

Morris, a Warner Robins native, is an inductee of the National Society of Leadership and Success, a nominee and presenter at Valdosta State University’s Undergraduate Research Symposium and selected as a research assistant for the department of communication sciences and disorders.

After completing graduate school, Morris wants to become a medically-based speech-language pathologist.

Morris is one of 11 recipients. She is the daughter of Richard and Renee Morris, of Warner Robins.

Sharks named team of year

The Houston County Sharks were named the High School Team of the Year at the second annual Georgia Disability Sport Awards held Nov. 9 at the Atlanta History Center. This award recognizes teams that compete in the adapted sports division of the Georgia High School Association. Competition is held in wheelchair basketball, team handball, football and track and field.

In addition, alumni player JaQue Billingsley was named Junior Male Athlete of the Year. He was chosen from six candidates. Billingsley played in all five sports. In 2013-14, he was a member of the Sharks when the team won three state championships in handball, football and basketball. He also set a record in powerlifting at the International Wheelchair and Amputee Sports World Junior Games and was named the 2014 Paralympic High School Field Athlete of the Year.

This is the second year the Sharks won the award.

-- Staff reports