High school junior launches fund-raising campaign

Compiled by Greg Gelpi


Kelsey C. Kearns of Jonesboro was named to the fall semester Dean's List at Darton College.

Shunta R. Harmon of Riverdale and James B. Laggis of Stockbridge were named to the Furman University Dean's List for the fall semester. Harmon was also selected for "Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges."

Kendrick Middle School will have 18 news staff and yearbook staff honored nationally by the USAA National Journalism Association. Each will be eligible for a $1,500 scholarship and have a biography written in the USAA National Awards Yearbook. The students are Yessica Melchor-Perez, Breon Jordan, Markia Dallas, Maria Brackin, Xenia Villafana, Traci Thomason, Liliana Santos, Nitosha Merideth, Vivian Stuart, Tiffany Walton, Chelsea Ward, Melida Flores-Garcia, Lauren Langhorne, Cari Jenkins, Jacobi Hollingshed, Trang Dinh, Tiffanie Williams and Jessica Cruz. Their sponsor is Jennifer Benefield.

The Atlanta Regional Workforce Board recognized the Clayton College & State University Career Resource Center with the "Worn Out Carpet Award" for serving the most customers. Resource Center Technician Jean Hughley received the "Miss Congeniality Award."

Clayton College & State University named Charles Wesley Ford Jr. dean of the College of Information and Mathematical Sciences.

Beatrice Odoom of Jonesboro and Brigette Banks of Riverdale earned degrees from North Georgia College & State University.

Heather Nicole Koehler of Jonesboro was named to the Dean's List of Carson-Newman College.

Middle Georgia College named Christina Seiman Chu of Rex, Danielle Elizabeth Davis of Jonesboro, Tiffany Ann Green of Jonesboro, Aaron Matthew Lecesne of Jonesboro and Margaret N. Ndetti of Riverdale to the Dean's List.

Danielle Minnefield of Jonesboro was named to the Dean's list of South Georgia College.


Morrow High School junior Justin Brown launched a fund-raising campaign to aid those affected by the tsunamis in South Asia. The Beta Club has joined his cause, and they are trying to raise $1,000. For more information, call Andrew White at (404) 362-3865.

The Georgia Municipal Association is holding an essay contest for sixth-graders to share their vision of what their community would be like under their guidance. The essays should begin with "If I were mayor, I would..." and should not exceed 250 words. The deadline to enter is March 4. For more information, visit www.gmanet.com or call Amy Henderson at (678) 686-6226.

Especially for Kids in Riverdale earned accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

Lake City Elementary School will have a school council meeting at 7 tonight in the school's media center. To learn more, call (404) 362-3855.

The Clayton College & State University Department of Nursing and the department's Bachelor of Science in Nursing program are seeking feedback on the university's nursing program. Signed and unsigned letters can be submitted through the department's accrediting agency by writing to Sarah Jameson, accreditation assistant, at The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington D.C., 20036-1120.

Clayton College & State University added the University of Santiago and the University of La Serena in Chile to its list of study abroad destinations. During the three-week program, 12 to 15 students will be able to study business and culture of Latin America. For more information, call Robert Welborn at (770) 960-589 or write to RobertWelborn@mail.clayton.edu .

Clayton College & State University announced its schedule for "Mondays at the Movies," a free film festival. The schedule is as follows: "Citizen Kane" Monday, "Do the Right Thing" Jan. 31, "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" Feb. 7, "The Piano" Feb. 14, "Lola Rennt (Run Lola Run)" Feb. 21, "Singin' in the Rain" Feb. 28, "Le Fabuleax destin d' Amelie Poulain (Amelie)" March 14, "Nuit et brouillard (Night and Fog)" March 21, selected avant garde short films March 28, "A bout de souffle (Breathless)" April 4, "Bringing up Baby" April 11, "Chinatown" April 18 and "The Matrix" April 25. All movies will be shown at noon in University Center room 272. Contact Virginia Bonner at (770) 961-3640 or VirginiaBonner@mail.clayton.edu or visit http://a-s.clayton.edu/vbonnner/film/festivals.html to learn more.

Clayton College & State University Director of University Relations John Shiffert will sign copies of his new book "Baseball: 1862 to 2003" and discuss all things baseball at noon Tuesday in the Clayton State Bookstore. For more information, call (770) 960-2109.

Reinhardt College will hold its Scholars Day open house for prospective students Jan. 29. For more information, call (770) 720-5526 or 1-87-REINHARDT or write to admissions@reinhardt.edu .

Adamson Middle School will have a "Tribute to African-Americans in Aviation and the Military" Feb. 18. Members of the Tuskegee Airmen, U.S. military, the Organization of Black Airline Pilots, Coalition of Black Federal Aviation Employees and Delta Air Lines will participate. To learn more, call (770) 968-2925.

E.W. Oliver Elementary School announced its school council meetings for 2005. The council will meet at 7 a.m. Feb. 3, March 3, April 14 and May 5. All meetings are in the school media center. Call (770) 994-4010 for more information.

The late registration deadline for the Feb. 12 national test date of the ACT is Friday. For more information, visit www.act.org.

Clayton County Public Schools will hold its annual spelling bee from 8:30 a.m. to noon Feb. 2 at the Clayton County Schools Performing Arts Center. To learn more, call (678) 817-3097.

Clayton College & State University will offer a three-day personal trainer workshop from Feb. 11 to Feb. 13 in University Center room 272. The workshop will be coordinated by Clayton State's Melanie Poudevigne and will prepare attendees to receive the newest personal trainer certification from the American College of Sports Medicine. Call (770) 960-2095 or e-mail MelaniePoudevigne@mail.clayton.edu to learn more.

Mary Frances Berry, one of the nation's leading figures in the fields of civil rights, public service and education, will be the keynote speaker at Clayton College & State University's Fifth Annual Martin Luther King Day Commemorative Event. Berry, the former chairwoman of the U.S. Commission of Civil Rights, will speak at 7 p.m. Thursday in Spivey Hall. Call (770) 960-2109 for more information.

The Roberta T. Smith Elementary School Council meets at 6 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month in the principal's conference room. For more information, call (770) 960-5750.

The President's Commission on White House Fellowships is accepting applications for its 2005 - 2006 class. Applications must be postmarked by Feb. 1. Visit www.whitehouse.gov/fellows for more information.

The HOBO Energy Challenge is accepting essays from students in kindergarten through 12th grades for its energy-saving contest.

The contest is designed to promote energy awareness within schools while offering students of all ages a fun, hands-on science learning experience with HOBOR data loggers.

A data logger is a simple to use, portable electronic recording device that can be set up in minutes to monitor light usage, room temperature and relative humidity.

For more information, visit www.iscienceproject.com/energy_challenge/energy_challenge.html. The deadline to enter is April 30.

The Fayette County 4-H invites all home-schooled children in Clayton and Fayette counties to attend its monthly meetings.

Call (770) 477-7416 for more information.

Brown Elementary School announced the meeting dates for its school council. The meetings will be from 7:30 to 8:20 a.m. Thursday, March 17 and May 19.

The first three people to sign in by 7:20 a.m. the morning of the meetings will be allowed to address the council for three minutes.

To learn more, call (770) 473-2785.

School Notebook is compiled by Greg Gelpi. He can be reached at ggelpi@news-daily.com or (770) 478-5753. Ext. 247.