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Clayton schools to host Parent Academy April 26

School Notebook 4-11-14

Riverdale resident Ornella Oluwole has been accepted into the 2014 Summer Educational Enrichment Program at Georgia Regents University. (Special Photo)

Riverdale resident Ornella Oluwole has been accepted into the 2014 Summer Educational Enrichment Program at Georgia Regents University. (Special Photo)

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In front, professors Dr. Catherine Matos and Dr. Christopher Raridan pose with students Jarvis Turner, in back, Maria Morales-Beale, Hung Hua and Ha Dao at the 93rd MAA-SE Meeting in Cookeville, Tenn. (Special Photo)

JONESBORO — School officials are planning the annual Title I Parent Academy, hosted by Clayton County Public Schools’ Office of Federal Programs. The event’s theme is “Engaging, Educating and Empowering Parents.”

Parent Academy is Saturday, April 26, from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. It will take place at the Clayton County Performing Arts Center, 2530 Mount Zion Parkway in Jonesboro.

Parents are asked to contact their school’s parent liaison to learn more about the event. Visit www.clayton.k12.ga.us.

Clayton’s PSA Golf Tourney set April 25

Clayton County Public Schools’ Promoting Student Achievement Golf Tournament is set for Friday, April 25.

The fifth annual event will be held at Lake Spivey Golf Club, 8255 Clubhouse Way in Jonesboro.

The 18-hole charity event includes four-member teams at $125 per person and benefits the district’s Student Scholarship Fund and promotes higher education.

Sponsorships are available from $1,000 up to $8,000. Supporters may also donate unspecified sums. Registration is at 11 a.m. with a 12 p.m. shotgun start.

PSA Committee member Teri Rodgers is available at 770-473-2700 to answer questions about the event.

Quarterly youth safe driving class set May 10

Organizers with the Malcolm Omari Hill Scholarship Fund are planning another safe driving class for Southern Crescent youth.

Atlanta parents Toni and Eva Hill created the fund in memory of their son Malcolm Omari Hill, who died in a car accident at 23. Their hopes are to prevent future fatalities through the fund, which provides quarterly safe driving classes to area youth free of charge. The classes target ages 16-25.

The next class is May 10, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., at 11336 Tara Blvd. in Hampton. Registration is required because space is limited to 20 students. To register, call 404-344-7119 or visit www.omarischolarship.org.

Oluwole accepted into enrichment program, pursues medical career

Riverdale resident Ornella Oluwole has been accepted into the 2014 Summer Educational Enrichment Program at Georgia Regents University.

The junior at Gordon State College will learn more about the medical profession as she works with the Medical College of Georgia to prepare for her Medical College Admission Test.

The program offers an opportunity for the students to focus on pre-med courses, shadow professionals in a clinical setting and network while earning college credit toward a degree in biology at Gordon State.

Oluwole is looking at UCLA, the University of Southern California and Emory University as prospective schools.

“Medical school has always been my goal,” said Oluwole. “I want to heal people, help people to be healthy. It’s not just about the money.”

Clayton State pupils present at math conferences

Clayton State University students recently presented at two mathematics conferences including the 45th Southeastern International Conference on Combinatorics, Graph Theory and Computing in Boca Raton, Fla., and the 93rd Annual Mathematical Association of America Southeastern Section Meeting held at Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville, Tenn.

At the Southeastern International Conference, senior Andrew Schmidt spoke on “Monochromatic-Bichromatic Ramsey numbers for some small cycles.” Sarah Minion, a graduate and supplemental instructor at Clayton State, presented her work entitled, “Alpha Labelings of Snake Polyominoes and Hexagonal Chains.”

MAA-SE meeting attendees included Ha Dao of Riverdale, Maria Morales-Beale of St. Louis and Hung Hua and Jarvis Turner, both of Morrow. To learn more, visit www.clayton.edu.

McKnight recognized at Reinhardt

Jonesboro resident Monica McKnight was recognized during Reinhardt University’s Sixth Annual Robert L. Driscoll Convocation of Artists and Scholars in March.

The senior was inducted into the Georgia Mu chapter of Alpha Chi, a national college honor scholarship society last month. She represented Sigma Beta Delta at the Honor Society Recognition Reception. And she was honored as a Hugh Peterson Jr. Academic Scholar and as an Academic Degree Program Award recipient for accounting at Honors Day April 6.

Walker gets academic accolades

Jonesboro resident Alexis Walker was named to the winter 2014 Dean’s List at Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford, Conn. Walker is the daughter of Benjamin Walker of Jonesboro.

Okonkwo returns from National Scholars Conference

Maduka Okonkwo, of North Clayton High, has returned from the nation’s capital after taking part in the National Scholars Conference April 2-5.

The conference took place in conjunction with the 67th Horatio Alger Awards Induction Ceremonies. Okonkwo, a 2014 Horatio Alger National Scholar, was joined by 105 other students from across the nation.

The trip was hosted by Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans Inc., a nonprofit educational organization honoring the achievements of outstanding individuals and encouraging youth to pursue their dreams through higher education.

The scholars were given a rare opportunity to meet and learn from the Horatio Alger members as well as visit sites such as the White House, Supreme Court, Georgetown University and other landmarks.

Military notes

Army Pvt. Amoni Carr has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C. Carr is the daughter of Denise Carr of Conyers and niece of Alicia Carr of Jonesboro.

Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Savannah Glover has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C. Glover is the daughter of Trina Glover of Ellenwood and granddaughter of Daisy Glover of Orangeburg, S.C. The 2010 Forest Park High graduate earned an associate’s degree in 2013 from St. Leo University in Morrow.