Students earn Water Environment Research Awards


MORROW — The Clayton County Water Authority Board of Directors recognized three students from Clayton County Public Schools for outstanding water-related science fair projects.

The water authority has provided judges to the Clayton County Regional Science and Engineering Fair each February for the past 17 years. Staff serving as judges selects two outstanding projects that focus on water related issues and those students are presented with Water Environment Research Award trophies and $25 gift cards to Barnes & Noble.

This year’s award winners were Emily Mai, a fourth-grader at B.C. Haynie Elementary School and Naima McKinnie and Jenee Graham, seniors at Riverdale High School. Mai won for her project titled, “Can Oil Effect The Evaporation of Water.” McKinnie and Graham won for their project titled, “Mechanisms and Removal of Selenium from Aquatic Systems.”

Summer food program kicks off this month

As the school year ends, many families throughout metro Atlanta who depend on free or reduced school lunch as a primary meal source are wondering how to stretch their limited food budget to provide nutritious meals for their children this summer.

The Atlanta-based nonprofit Quality Care for Children is trying to help fill the “summer food gap” locally by participating in the United States Department of Agriculture’s Summer Food Service Program.

Organizers said the group is sponsoring 15 feeding programs including two in Clayton County.

Forest Park Recreation and Leisure Services will serve breakfast and lunch May 28 through July 19, Monday through Friday. The facility is at 803 Forest Parkway in Forest Park and can be reached at 404-363-2908.

Young Masterminds of Atlanta will have breakfast and lunch at Evangel Temple Christian Academy, 2230 Rex Road in Morrow. Meals will be served will be June 3 through July 26, Monday through Friday. The academy’s phone number is 404-366-2331.

Meals at both locations are served at 8:15 a.m. and at 12 p.m. Organizers said to be eligible for the summer food service, children must be enrolled in a program at the location where the meals are being served.

Spivey Hall Children’s Choir to begin summer tour

The 2013 Spivey Hall Children’s Choir Summer Tour has dates June 5 - 13 in Columbia, S.C., and Charleston, S.C.

It kicks off with a stop in Columbia.

Dr. Martha Shaw will conduct the internationally recognized choral group in a joint workshop and performance with The Young Sandlapper Singers at St. Michael and All the Angels Episcopal Church in Columbia.

The tour will travel to the Charleston area, where the singers will perform during the Spoleto USA Festival as part of the Piccolo Spoleto program. While there, they will sing at four senior community centers.

The Spivey Hall Children’s Choir’s June appearances in South Carolina are part of its “Give Back” program. During these regional tours, which occur every three years, the choir typically performs at assisted living centers, retirement villages, schools, shelters and churches in an effort to bring its music to those who can most benefit from it. The group also uses these concerts as a platform to assist local charitable organizations.

Lindsey promoted in physiology field

Clayton State alumnus DeMario Lindsey was promoted to a master’s level clinical exercise physiologist at Saint Joseph Hospital Cardiac Rehabilitation April 12.

“I am extremely excited to have the opportunity to serve my patients in a greater capacity and to work within such an excellent organization that supports and allows the growth of its employees,” he said. “I will continue to strive to grow as a clinician-leader in order to provide high quality healthcare and reduce health disparities in the community.”

Lindsey graduated in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in health and fitness management. He plans to pursue his doctoral degree in public health.

Clayton State alum recognized by vets

Clayton State graduate Diana Peters was recognized for exemplary service in April during her internship at Transition House Inc., a program that provides supportive housing and recovery for homeless veteran adults with alcohol and drug addictions.

Her recognition took place at the graduation ceremony for veterans who completed the program. She was acknowledged for her contributions to the program.

Peters, who earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and human sciences May 4, plans to pursue a master’s degree in applied psychology with a research focus on the effectiveness of bio field energy modalities in the treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder.

Locals get academic honors at Georgia College

Le-Uyen Nguyen of Forest Park and Ashley Kalle and Katlyn Roberts, both of Jonesboro, were named to the spring 2013 President’s List at Georgia College & State University in Milledgeville. Jonesboro residents Hillary O’Kelley and Jillann Starr were also named to the university’s spring 2013 Dean’s List.

Carroll named to Dean’s List at Bob Jones

Jonesboro resident Timothy Carroll was named to the spring 2013 Dean’s List at Bob Jones University in Greenville, S.C., where he is a sophomore composite social studies education major.

Military notes

Army Pvt. Justin Jones has graduated from Basic Combat Training at Fort Leonard Wood in Waynesville, Mo. Jones, the son of Jackie and Allen Jones of Rex, is a 2009 graduate of Morrow High School.

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