School Notebook - Oct. 22, 2009


The Scene, a fashion and entertainment organization for Clayton State University students, will host the "A Beautiful Nightmare" fashion show on Friday, Oct. 23, from 6 p.m., to 9 p.m., in the ballroom of the university's Student Activity Center. The horror-themed show will feature clothing from six "up-and-coming" designers, according to a press release from the group. The Scene members will also perform a rendition of Michael Jackson's "Thriller" video, in a tribute to the musician who died earlier this year. Advance tickets can be purchased at the door, for $10 for Clayton State students, and $11 for members of the general public. For more information, e-mail The Scene at thescenecsu@live.com.


The Utah Flash, a minor league affiliate of the National Basketball Association's Atlanta Hawks, will hold a one-day try-out on Saturday, Oct. 24, beginning at 9:30 a.m., at Clayton State University's Athletics and Fitness Center, which is on the school's Morrow campus. Anyone interested in trying out for the team must arrive by 9:30 a.m. Participants will have to go through conditioning and skills competitions, before being assigned to a try-out team for game-like scrimmages. It is an open try-out, with the public invited to participate, and there is an early registration fee of $150. The fee goes up to $175, though, for anyone who registers on the day of the try-out. Registration forms can be obtained by logging onto http://www.utahflash.com/.


The Clayton County Board of Education will hold its October work session on Monday, Oct. 26 at 6:30 p.m., at the Clayton County Public Schools Central Administration Complex, located at 1058 Fifth Ave., Jonesboro.

Nov. 2

The Clayton County Board of Education will hold its November business meeting on Monday, Nov. 2 at 6:30 p.m., at the Clayton County Public Schools Central Administration Complex, located at 1058 Fifth Ave., Jonesboro.

Nov. 4

Clayton State University's Honors Student Association, and the university's Athletic Department, will co-host a Red Cross Blood Drive, on Wednesday, Nov. 4, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., in the lobby of the university's Athletics and Fitness Center. For more information, e-mail the Honors Student Association at jpair@student.clayton.edu.


The U.S. Army's Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program recently announced that College Park resident, Carlton J. Releford, a student at Fort Valley State University, has graduated from its four-week training course at Fort Knox, in Kentucky. The course is a leadership internship for cadets, which can lead to a cadet becoming an Army officer. College students examine the Army without incurring an obligation to serve in the Army or the ROTC program. They are also eligible to receive two-year college scholarship offers, and to attend the Advanced ROTC Course at their college. During the course, cadets are observed and evaluated during classroom and field-training exercises to determine their leadership abilities and skills. The cadets receive training in fundamental military skills; warrior ethos; rifle marksmanship; small arms tactics; communications; combat water survival; rappelling; land navigation, and squad-level operations. Releford is the son of College Park residents, Curtis and Constance Releford.

Decatur-based Agnes Scott College recently announced that Ellenwood resident, Yanique Robinson, a student at the school, has been named as a Gates Millennium Scholar for the 2009-2010 school year. The scholarship program, which is awarded to minority students who demonstrate leadership and a high academic performance, was started by Microsoft founder Bill Gates and his wife, Melinda, through their Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in 1999. Robinson is the daughter of Franklyn and Orientia Halls.

Georgia Southwestern State University recently announced that Jonesboro residents, Adelaide McDaniel; Robert West; Allison Sterling, and Anna Sterling, made the school's Academic Achievement List for the summer 2009 semester. Students who have already earned at least 15 credit hours at the school can earn a spot on the list by earning a minimum 3.5 grade-point average, while taking 3-14 credit hours during a semester.


The Clayton County Public Library system offers many services to students, including tutoring programs for those who speak either English or Spanish, and online practice tests and electronic test preparation books for the SAT, GED, ASVAB, and TOEFFL exams. Visit the Clayton County Library web site at www.claytonpl.org, for more details.

School Notebook is a regular feature of the Clayton News Daily compiled by staff writer Curt Yeomans. He can be reached via e-mail at cyeomans@news-daily.com.