Lovejoy’s Mason earns Kiwanis scholarship


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Lovejoy Kiwanis Club President Dr. Ryan Adams congratulates Tiana Mason for winning the Kiwanis Leadership and Service Scholarship.

Special Photo Lovejoy Kiwanis Club President Dr. Ryan Adams congratulates Tiana Mason for winning the Kiwanis Leadership and Service Scholarship.

HAMPTON — Tiana Mason has received the Kiwanis Leadership and Service Scholarship. The scholarship recognizes a Lovejoy student with an outstanding record of community service and leadership in school organizations.

Mason, the daughter of Adrian and Angela Mason of Hampton, is a graduate of Lovejoy High School. She is a member of the school’s Air Force JROTC unit, serving as a cadet officer at the Leadership Academy.

She is a member of Lovejoy’s varsity softball and varsity basketball teams. She also has been active in the Student Government Organization, serving as freshman, sophomore and junior class president before becoming student government president in her senior year.

Mason organized Letters of Love, a community service project in which students wrote letters to seniors in local nursing homes and delivered them on Valentine’s Day.

She plans to use the $1,000 Lovejoy Kiwanis Club Scholarship to help pay tuition and fees at Savannah State University. She will major in broadcast journalism.

The organization raises money for the scholarship every spring with the annual Lovejoy Scholarship 5K Run.

Lovejoy Kiwanis Club President Dr. Ryan Adams said he was impressed by Mason’s values and positive attitude.

“Her achievements are no doubt due to her upbringing,” Adams said. “It really says a lot for good old fashioned family values. Tiana herself has shown great initiative and fortitude in her work with the ‘Letters of Love’ program and her leadership roles in Lovejoy High School and that makes her the perfect candidate for this scholarship.”


Special Photo Air Force Airman 1st Class Khadijah Adams graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio, Texas. Adams, the daughter of Jimmie Adams of Fayetteville, is a 2012 graduate of Mundy’s Mill High School.

Locals graduate Emory

Several Clayton County residents earned degrees from Emory University this spring. They include Osayande Imarhiagbe and Inyang Inyang, both of Riverdale, and April Johnson, Andrew Mongue and Erin Swearing, all of Jonesboro. Alvin Borum of Morrow, Christopher James of Rex and Anhxuan Nguyen of Forest Park also graduated.

Clayton State happenings

The Clayton State University Alumni Association is accepting nominations for the 2013 Alumni Achievement Awards, which will be presented at the Sept. 26 Alumni Association Achievement Awards Dinner.

Nominations are being solicited for three categories: Distinguished Alumnus, Recent Graduate Alumnus and Outstanding “Future” Alumnus. For nomination criteria, visit: www.myschoolcast.com/UserFiles/Docs/3353/Alumni-Achivement-Award-Nomination-Packet.pdf. The nomination deadline is July 26.

Clayton State’s Department of Recreation & Wellness will provide four workshops and certifications in August. They include AFAA’s Group Exercise (GX): The Practical Way Workshop, Primary Group Exercise Instructor Certification, Beachbody’s Insanity instructor certification and PiYo instructor training.

The events are open to the public. For prices and times, visit www.clayton.edu/recwell/fitnesscenter/groupexercise or contact Lisa Williamson, assistant director of Recreation & Wellness, at lisawilliamson@clayton.edu.

The Southern Crescent Symphony Orchestra is seeking musicians for all string positions. Auditions for the orchestra’s 2013-14 season are Aug. 13, from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m., in Clayton State’s Music Building.  

The audition will include a solo of the individual’s choice, sight reading and an interview concerning the candidate’s playing background. To schedule an audition email the conductor, Clayton State University Assistant Professor of Music Dr. Richard Bell, at conductor@scsymphony.net.

Clayton State’s Small Business Development Center will be holding a “Starting a Business Workshop” Aug. 14, from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m.

The workshop will be at the Griffin-Spalding Chamber of Commerce/Griffin Welcome Center, 143 N. Hill St. in Griffin. The cost is $69 per person. Discounts are available for students, faculty and staff and groups. To register, visit www.georgiasbdc.org/subpage.aspx?cart=1a6868d9-04af-4163-99a5-bdf9113a3411&page_name=view_classes&city=Morrow.

Make submissions to Johnny Jackson via email at jjackson@news-daily.com or call 770-478-5753 ext. 257.