Mercer bestows academic honors to locals

School Notebook 2-14-14

JONESBORO — Several Clayton County students were named to the President’s List at Mercer University for the fall 2013 semester.

The honorees include Riverdale residents Angelicia Welsh and Christina Dobbs; Jonesboro residents James Duckworth and Christy Edwards; and Rex resident Simone Chambers. Students on the list must meet rigorous GPA standards specific to their college or school at Mercer.

The university’s Dean’s List includes Jonesboro residents Braeden Orr, Daven Patel, Alexandra Lucas, Bryce Wilborn, Joycelyn Gore, Brittany Hodo, LaChanda Greene and Tashica Robinson; Morrow residents Thu Doan, Claudalle Smith, Jennifer Taylor and Oyenma Underwood; Rex residents Jessica Marrufo, Lakeisha Lewis and Shirkia Spearman; and Riverdale resident Loc Lam.

Cathy recognized at The Citadel

Joseph Luke Cathy of Jonesboro was named to the Dean’s List at The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, for fall 2013 semester. The recognition is given to students registered for 12 or more semester hours with a 3.2 GPA or higher with no grade below a C for the previous semester’s work.

Joseph named to Clemson Dean’s List

Stefon Joseph of Jonesboro has been named to the Dean’s List at Clemson University for the fall 2013 semester. To be named to the Dean’s List, a student achieved a GPA between 3.50 and 3.99 on a 4.0 scale.

Host families needed for exchange students

The Student American International (SAI) Foreign Exchange Student and World Heritage Student Exchange programs are searching for local families to host exchange students.

SAI is a nonprofit organization with a long history of coordinating interactions with foreign students and local families.

The program needs families to host students who would attend the local high school, said SAI Area Coordinator Jinx Ratcliffe. She said the students will not smoke, drink or drive.

Ratcliffe is available at 770-477-1376, or visit www.studentamericaninternational.com.

World Heritage is a nonprofit organization seeking local host families for high school students from Scandinavia, France, Germany, Italy, Thailand, China, South Korea and the former Soviet Republics. Students are awaiting word on their host families for the 2014-15 school year.

Host families provide room, board and guidance for a teenager living thousands of miles from home. Couples, single parent and families with or without children in the home are encouraged to apply.

The exchange students arrive from their home country fully insured shortly before the school year begins. They have their own personal spending money and are expected to bear their share of the household responsibilities while being included in normal family activities and lifestyles.

World Heritage Area Representative Bob Comeau of Peachtree City can be reached at 978-204-3953 or 1-800-888-9040, toll free. Also, visit www.whHosts.com.