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DuPont Challenege Science Essay contest apps due by Jan. 31

School Notebook 12-13-13

Air Force Airman 1st Class Jamiil Heyliger graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio, Texas. Heyliger, the son of Jennifer Pemberton and Charles Heyliger of Jonesboro, is a 2007 graduate of Mount Zion High School. (Special Photo)

Air Force Airman 1st Class Jamiil Heyliger graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio, Texas. Heyliger, the son of Jennifer Pemberton and Charles Heyliger of Jonesboro, is a 2007 graduate of Mount Zion High School. (Special Photo)

JONESBORO — The 2014 DuPont Challenge Science Essay competition is accepting entries for its 28th consecutive year.

The contest encourages students to consider how science and innovation can be used to meet the needs of the 21st century for food, energy and protection. It offers more than $100,000 in prizes and awards. All students in grades 7-12 across the United States, Canada and U.S. territories may submit their essay entries through Jan. 31.

Essays are evaluated in the junior division (grades 7, 8 and 9) and senior division (grades 10, 11 and 12). Students should address one of the four following categories in a 700 to 1,000-word essay: “together, we can feed the world;” “together, we can build a secure energy future;” “together, we can protect people and the environment;” and “together, we can be innovative anywhere.”

For official rules, entry forms and details on awards, visit www.thechallenge.dupont.com.

Michael B. King Spelling, Legal Bee set Dec. 21

The public is invited to attend the 2013 Michael B. King Spelling-Legal Bee on Saturday, Dec. 21, at Freedom Christian Center, 6928 Commercial Drive in Morrow. The spelling contest begins at 9 a.m.

The Spelling-Legal Bee was created by Jonesboro attorney Michael King, a former grade school teacher in Atlanta. King believes the legal bee is the only legal spelling contest for grade school students in the United States. The first spelling-legal bee was held in December 2001 with 16 students participating. In December 2011, more than 80 students participated in the spelling-legal nee.

King anticipates more than 50 students will participate in the 2013 Spelling-Legal Bee. The deadline for submitting registration forms is Thursday, Dec. 19. There is no registration fee.

The top spellers in the elementary school division (grades 4-6) and middle school division (grades 7-9) will receive $150 and trophies. The second place through seventh place spellers will receive trophies and $100, $75, $50, $25, $15 and $5, respectively. All participants will receive T-shirts and certificates.

Military notes

Air Force Capt. Andrew Davenport has retired from the U.S. Air Force.

Davenport was last assigned as a B52 logistics management specialist at the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Complex at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla.

He served in the military for 25 years. He is the son of Jena M. Cruz of Choudrant, La., and Andrew Davenport Sr. of Dayton, Ohio. His wife, Shawn, is the daughter of Dorothy Hamlet of Riverdale.

Davenport graduated in 1989 from M. D. Collins High School in College Park and received a Bachelor of Science in 2001 from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Fla. He also earned a Master of Arts in 2003 from Webster University in St. Louis, Mo.