Education Notebook: Middle Georgia students named Georgia Scholars

Seven students from Bibb County private schools have been recognized as 2015 Georgia Scholars.

In all, 183 students across the state were honored. Among them were Faith Engle of First Presbyterian Day School; Chambers English, Lauren Kunselman, Michelle Le, Caroline Pearson and Elizabeth Pearson of Mount de Sales; and Lindsey Read of Stratford.

Through the Georgia Scholar program, the department identifies and honors high school seniors who have achieved excellence in school and community life. The program is coordinated by the Department’s Excellence Recognition Office and through local coordinators in each public school system and in private schools throughout the state. Each Georgia Scholar receives a seal for his or her diploma.


Warner Robins High School will host U.S. Rep. Austin Scott, R-Ga., at 11:45 a.m. Monday. Scott will talk with students in Lou Leskosky’s Advanced Placement U.S. Government class about his daily work and current legislation, providing the students with a first-hand perspective on the issues they have studied all year.

Scott also will be visiting Veterans and Mary Persons high schools to deliver letters for students’ appointments to the U.S. Military Service Academy. Veterans students Michael Taylor and Brett Decker and Mary Persons’ Jason Hightower will be receiving the letters.


Northside High School will host a Professional Interest Exploration reception on Friday at 11 a.m. in the Century of Flight Hanger at the Museum of Aviation in Warner Robins. Three students -- Amber Hunter, Josh Tucker and Tristan Thompson -- have been working with museum staff on an exhibit about the RQ-4 Global Hawk. During the reception, they will speak briefly about their experiences.

The Global Hawk is a large, high-altitude, unmanned reconnaissance aircraft that can fly missions lasting more than 24 hours. Robins AFB manages the Global Hawk for the Air Force. The museum has a Global Hawk on display.


The Houston County school system will register children for kindergarten beginning May 4 for the 2015-2016 school year. Parents may register their child at the Central Registration office 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and 8 a.m. to noon on Wednesday.

Students currently enrolled in the system’s pre-K program automatically will be registered for kindergarten if they will remain in the same school next year. Any pre-K students who will transfer schools will need to go to Central Registration to register for the new school.

For more information, go to or call 478-741-3610.


Perry High School senior Eli Guidry is one of six state winners to receive the Georgia Daughters of the Revolution Good Citizens Scholarship from the Georgia State Society DAR. Guidry was awarded $125 and a congratulatory letter as the winner for the Central East District.

Guidry was nominated by the National Society DAR General Daniel Stewart Chapter.


Georgia College’s restoration of Ennis Hall recently garnered two prestigious statewide awards.

The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation recognized the building for Excellence in Sustainable Restoration, the International Interior Design Association Georgia Chapter also recognized the Ennis Hall restoration with the 2015 Historic Preservation award.

Ennis Hall underwent a 2 1/2-year transformation from the remnants of a 1920s women’s dormitory to a highly interactive, usable space that is now the home of the Georgia College Department of Art. An architectural process known as adaptive reuse took place, which is the act of using an older building for a purpose for which it wasn’t initially intended.


Mercer University’s Center for Southern Studies awarded the 2015 Sidney Lanier Prize for Southern Literature to poet Yusef Komunyakaa on Saturday. The prize honors significant career contributions to Southern writing in drama, fiction or poetry.

Komunyakaa was born in Bogalusa, Louisiana, in 1947, where he was raised during the beginning of the civil rights movement.

His first book of poems, “Dedications & Other Darkhorses,” was published in 1977. He first received widespread acclaim in 1984 for his collection of poems titled Copacetic, which featured colloquial speech and demonstrated his incorporation of jazz influences. His next two books, “I Apologize for the Eyes in My Head” (1986) and “Dien Cai Dau” (1988), won the San Francisco Poetry Center Award and The Dark Room Poetry Prize, respectively.

Telegraph writers David Schick and Jeremy Timmerman contributed to this report.