Education notebook: Middle Georgia students chosen for Governor’s Honors

The Governor’s Honors Program is an annual four-week summer enrichment program for talented rising high school juniors and seniors.

This year’s finalists from the Bibb County school district are Ira Moore of Central High School (technology), Amanda Rowan of Howard High School (communicative arts), and Shungarrius Robinson of Southwest High School (music brass: trumpet).

Houston County High School’s Aiza Aslam (communicative arts) and Rachel Verrelli (clarinet) were chosen, as were Northside’s Kensly Gasbarro (theater) and Scarlett Mayoralgo (communicative arts). Perry High will be represented by Anthony Evans (science) and Juni Mancha (communicative arts), and Warner Robins High’s Nadia Schwingle was also selected.

Veterans High School had six students chosen: Kathryn Buchanan (voice-alto), Robin Glefke (science), Maggie Higginbotham (communicative arts), Matthew Hunnicutt (social studies), Cassie Lee (communicative arts) and Cort-Jonathan Smith (agricultural science).

Governor’s Honors is funded by the Georgia General Assembly, and students participate in the program for free. This year’s program is scheduled for June 21-July 18.


Mercer University will be recognized as Georgia’s first Purple Heart University in a ceremony 11 a.m. April 8 in the second-floor auditorium of the Atlanta Administration and Conference Center on the Cecil B. Day Graduate and Professional Campus.

The designation signifies the university’s recognition and honor of veterans who have been awarded the Purple Heart, which was created by George Washington to be bestowed upon those wounded or killed in combat serving our country. The country’s first Purple Heart University was designated in April 2013, and there are 19 such institutions nationwide.


Houston County and Warner Robins high schools’ marketing education programs were granted industry certification by the Atlanta chapter of the American Marketing Association in February. Shayna Brown serves as the Houston County High marketing teacher, and Stacy Summers serves at Warner Robins High.

Industry certification is good for five years. This is a re-certification for both schools.


Two Southwest High School students were chosen to attend a medical camp this summer. The students will be attending the Congress of Future Medical Leaders hosted by the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists.

They were invited by the former physician to the president, Connie Mariano, who created the academy to assist young students who want to become doctors or medical scientists.

Senior Kyle Allen and sophomore Talareah Howard will attend the Congress of Future Medical Leaders on June 24-26 in Boston. While there, they will have the opportunity to hear from several mentors, including leading medical doctors and scientists, Nobel Prize winners, patients and prodigies. They also will view a live surgery where they can interact with the surgeon.


Eleven students from Westside High School attended the 2015 Distributive Education Clubs of America State Career Development Conference in Atlanta on Feb. 27-28. The following students were named state champions and qualified for the Orlando conference: Niyah Dumas, first place in buying and merchandising; Jade Hodges, first place in free enterprise economics; Aaliyah Dorsey, first place in selling; and Meshavise Henderson, second place in entrepreneurship testing.

Also earning recognition at the event were Damien Hart and Tatayana Myrick, second place in the state lapel pin contest; and Kendrez Neal, a freshman who received the highest chapter test score on the Emerging Leader Academy assessment test.

Telegraph writers David Schick and Jeremy Timmerman compiled this report.