Wesleyan College has been awarded a $67,650 grant from USA Funds. The grant’s purpose is to help reduce student loan defaults and improve college completion. Wesleyan is one of 19 schools nationwide and the only one in Georgia to receive the grant.
BRONZE BEAR INSTALLED OUTSIDE MERCER UNIVERSITY STADIUM
An 1,800-pound bronze bear statue, a gift to Mercer University from retired businessman Irwin Belk, was installed near the main gate to Five Star Stadium. Belk is the former president of Belk department stores from Charlotte, North Carolina.
“Thanks to the generosity of Irwin Belk and the craftsmanship of Gregory Johnson, this statue is going to completely change the entrance to Five Star Stadium on game day,” said Brian Gerrity, senior associate director of athletics and executive director of the Mercer Athletic Foundation.
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BIBB COUNTY HOSTING DISTRICTWIDE AP NIGHT
The Bibb County school district will host a districtwide parent and student night along with a representative from The College Board to introduce parents and students to the opportunities and benefits of Advanced Placement classes.
The event will take place 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday in the Central High School auditorium.
CGTC VICE PRESIDENT ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT
Becky Lee, vice president for economic development at Central Georgia Technical College, is set to retire at the end of August.
“In this position, every personal and professional connection has meaning and I have enjoyed establishing a network of business colleagues throughout the state,” Lee said. “The major highlight of my career has been business retention and expansion throughout our service area; participating on the team for new industry prospect visits runs a close second.”
Lee helped create Georgia Power’s partnership with CGTC, said Roger Marbutt, manager of technical training for Southern Company Services, Georgia Power’s parent company.
NORTHSIDE WINS NATIONAL FCCLA AWARDS
Northside High School Family, Career and Community Leaders of America students attended the National Leadership Conference held July 5-9 in Washington, D.C. The students competed in STAR (Students Taking Action for Recognition) events, winning two gold and two silver medals.
The award winners and their categories were:
Gold: Brianna Hampton and Lashadia Jimenez, Entrepreneurship;
Gold: Shacoauia Howard and Olivia Johnson, Chapter in Review Display;
Silver: Alexis Monroy in Chapter Review Portfolio; and
Silver: Fatimah Fofana, Entrepreneurship.
WRHS WINS FCCLA AWARDS, TOO
Warner Robins High School Family, Career and Community Leaders of America members also attended the National Leadership Conference.
Andrea Minix and Dalton Scarlett won a Silver medal in Entrepreneurship. They competed in the senior category with their year-round Christmas shop called The South Pole. Their FCCLA advisor is Sheila Johnson.
At the state FCCLA competition, Minix won Gold in Entrepreneurship along with Jannik Timmermann and Paige Brudnicki. In addition, Savannah Daly scored Gold in Recycle Redesign for her headband, wallet and purse design using recycled neck ties.
5 SCHOOLS WIN SHAPE AWARDS
Five Houston County schools have won 2015 Governor’s Shape Honor Roll awards. C.B. Watson Primary and Pearl Stephens Elementary qualified for Platinum recognition; and Lake Joy Elementary, Matt Arthur Elementary and Feagin Mill Middle qualified for Silver.
The SHAPE program rewards schools for a dedication to healthy school environments and a culture of wellness for staff, students and the community.
Telegraph writers David Schick, Jeremy Timmerman and Oby Brown contributed to this report.