Education Notebook: Midstate high school seniors receive appointments to military academies

Thirty-seven high school seniors have received appointments to U.S. military academies, U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., announced.

Members of Congress are tasked with nominating students to attend the academies annually. Those nominees who are accepted into the academies are awarded full four-year scholarships that include tuition, books, board, medical and dental care.

The Isakson nominees from the midstate include:

U.S. Air Force Academy: Matthew Carter, Macon;

U.S. Military Academy: Liam Fairbrass, Milledgeville;

U.S. Naval Academy: Michael Taylor, Kathleen.


Faculty and aspiring teacher educators and professors specializing in science, technology, engineering and mathematics-based instruction will receive hands-on training during a special Faculty/Teacher Professional Development event. During the “Increasing Student Outcomes in STEM” event, experts from NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center will encourage attendees to make science and mathematics curriculums fun and educational. Activities are scheduled for Tuesday through Thursday. Events will begin at 8:30 a.m. in Fort Valley State University’s Hubbard Education Building.


The Houston County school board’s transportation department will host the annual Georgia school bus drivers’ competition Road-e-o on Wednesday and Thursday at McConnell-Talbert Stadium and The Village. Drivers from across the state will compete in the Pupil Transportation Safety Competition Foundation’s State Safety Competition.

The driving competition will be held Wednesday at McConnell-Talbert Stadium beginning at 9:15 a.m. For the second consecutive year, the driving portion of the competition will utilize propane-powered buses. The drivers will be rated by judges who are driver trainers from across the state.

On Thursday at 9:45 a.m., the competitors will take a written test on bus pre-trip inspection and general knowledge. Held at The Village, the event will conclude with an awards luncheon from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.


Six students from the North Macon Classical Conversations home school community recently capped months of study by correctly reciting hundreds of facts from a multitude of subjects as part of the Classical Conversations Memory Master program.

The students, ranging in age from 6 to 10 years old, earned the title of Memory Master on April 27. Gabriel Gonser, Samuel Gonser, Breland Hill, Stephen Hill, Maggie Mixon and Annalynn Waddy tested with four separate educators and accurately answered all the material, including facts from geography, English grammar, Latin, math, science and U.S. history, as well as a chronological timeline of 160 events and people.

Classical Conversations is a nationwide academic home school group that follows the classical education model, a three-part approach to learning known as the trivium. Mount Zion Baptist Church is the host of the north Macon campus of Classical Conversations.


Middle Georgia State College’s School of IT was recently recognized at the 2015 International ABET Symposium held April 23-24 in Atlanta. The school’s self-study report was nominated by ABET program evaluators and selected by ABET Symposium organizers as a well-prepared information technology self-study report. The report was on display during the event for other attendees to view.

The Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology accredits college and university programs in the disciplines of applied science, computing, engineering and engineering technology at the associate, bachelor’s and master’s degree levels.


During Chris Gree’s 10-year tenure at Georgia College & State University, he has developed and prepared future teachers to use technology to benefit students’ learning processes.

For his efforts, he has been accepted as an Apple Distinguished Educator, the first from Georgia College & State University. Apple Distinguished Educators are part of a global community of education leaders recognized for doing amazing things with Apple technology in and out of the classroom. They explore new ideas, seek new paths and embrace new opportunities. That includes working with each other -- and with Apple -- to bring the freshest, most innovative ideas to students.


Feagin Mill Middle School sixth-grade student Katelynn Carr won the Georgia Municipal Association essay contest, “If I Were Mayor, I Would ...” She represents the 6th District. Katelynn’s essay is one of 12 winners selected from more than 6,000 essays received statewide.

Katelyn and 11 other district winners were honored at a luncheon in Atlanta on May 18. Each winner received $250 and other prizes. Katelyn was joined at the luncheon by her family, her language arts teacher Brittany Culbreath and Warner Robins Mayor Randy Toms.

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