Warner Robins High School senior James Luppino was named the Houston County STAR Student last week after scoring a 2230 out of 2400 on the SAT.
Luppino plans to attend Auburn University, where he expects to major in mechanical engineering. He chose history teacher Louis Leskosky as his STAR Teacher and will next attend the Region STAR banquet on Mar. 15 at 6 p.m. on Middle Georgia State University's Macon Campus.
Other school winners honored at a banquet last week were Aya Abdulla (Northside), David Forsee (Perry), Tyler Frye (Veterans), Andrew Han (Houston County) and Daniel Scarborough (Westfield).
PEACH COUNTY NAMES STAR STUDENT, TEACHER
Peach County High School senior Tyler Messer was named the county's STAR Student after scoring the highest score in the district on the SAT.
For his STAR Teacher, Messer chose AP Chemistry and Forensics teacher Gina Clark.
BIBB SCHOOLS NAMED AP HONOR SCHOOLS
State School Superintendent Richard Woods has named four Bibb County high schools -- Howard, Rutland, Southwest and Westside high -- as 2016 Advanced Placement honor schools.
Advanced Placement classes and exams are administered by the College Board, which also administers the SAT. The courses offer rigorous, college-level learning options to students in high school. Students who receive a 3, 4 or 5 on AP exams may receive college credit.
The district offered 26 AP courses and administered 1,727 tests to high school students during the 2014-2015 school year, according to the system.
HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR SPEAKING IN BIBB COUNTY
Holocaust survivor Ben Walker, a native of Romania, will be sharing his story on Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Bibb County Professional Learning Center, located at 2003 Riverside Drive.
In 1941, Walker and his family were deported to Transnistria, an occupied territory in northeast Romania where Romanian authorities established several de facto ghettos and two concentration camps. Between 1941 and 1944, German and Romanian authorities murdered or caused the deaths of between 150,000 and 250,000 Romanian and Ukrainian Jews in Transnistria. Walker and his mother were the only members of his family to survive. His father, sister, uncles, and grandparents perished.
Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., and the event is free to the public.
BIBB TEACHER RECRUITMENT FAIR
The Bibb County school district will host its annual Teacher Recruitment Fair on Saturdayat Howard High School, 6400 Forsyth Road, Macon. The event will take place from 9 a.m. to noon. Participants should bring copies of their resume and be prepared for mini-interview sessions. Some contingency contracts may be offered on site. Professional attire is recommended. For more information, call (478) 765-8560 or visit www.bcsdk12.net.
HUTCHINGS OPEN HOUSE
Hutchings College and Career Charter Academy is hosting a Spring Open House on Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the school's current location, 2011 Riverside Drive. Students and parents are invited to discover more about the school's 10 career pathways, including Video Production, Healthcare, Construction, Flight Operations and Cosmetology. Hutchings also will feature a dual enrollment program with Central Georgia Technical College next fall (2016-2017). The school will move to its new location on Anthony Road during the summer. Transportation will be provided for students from their zoned high school to Hutchings at the Dr. Robert J. Williams Complex. For more information, call (478) 779-2550.
FVSU PROFESSOR GETS RESEARCH GRANT
A new USDA-funded research project by a Fort Valley State University professor will focus on helping peanut farmers throughout the southeastern United States protect their crops from damage and avert enormous financial losses.
Georgia peanut farmers have been plagued by burrower bug damage in the past: the most severe outbreak on record occurred in 2010. The black insect feasts upon the internal pods, damaging them.
The USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture has awarded Fort Valley State University professor George Mbata, a Fulbright scholar, chair of the biology department, and an entomologist at the Agricultural Research Station, a $200,000 grant to study integrated approaches to managing infestations.
MIDDLE GEORGIA, CGTC ADD TO AGREEMENTS
Central Georgia Technical College and Middle Georgia State University recently entered into additional articulation agreements allowing students to move seamlessly from the technical college to the state university without loss of credit.
These agreements allow graduates from CGTC's business administrative technology or hotel/restaurant/tourism management associate's degree programs to transfer up to 55 semester credit hours to Middle Georgia's bachelor of applied science degree in business management.
With the recent additions, the two schools now have articulation agreements in four program areas including computer information systems, criminal justice, BAT, and HRTM.
This is supplemental to a system-wide agreement for the transfer of up to 27 general education core courses between the Technical College System of Georgia and University System of Georgia institutions.
Telegraph writer Jeremy Timmerman compiled this report.