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Local Students Attend Young Adult Highway Safety Conference

School Notebook 2-28-14

Student advisor Khaliah Davis, from left, and students Alexa Miranda, Diamond Watkins, Ciara Sutton and Eboni Williams attended the 2014 Youth and Young Adult Leadership Conference Feb. 21-22. (Special Photo)

Student advisor Khaliah Davis, from left, and students Alexa Miranda, Diamond Watkins, Ciara Sutton and Eboni Williams attended the 2014 Youth and Young Adult Leadership Conference Feb. 21-22. (Special Photo)

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Student advisor Brantley Willett, second from right, took students Ashley Howard, from left, Kolby Townsend, Joche Heard and Teyoni Blain to the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety 2014 Youth and Young Adult Leadership Conference, held in Macon this month. (Special Photo)

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Students from Lovejoy High joined the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety this month at the 2014 Youth and Young Adult Leadership Conference at the Macon Centreplex. Shown are Zenobia Foster, from left, Briyanna Tobias, Omolola James and Blanca Tavera. (Special Photo)

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Mundy’s Mill High students attended the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety at the 2014 Youth and Young Adult Leadership Conference at the Macon Centreplex recently. Among the attendees were student advisor Sandra Rouse, from left, and students Kelsey Chanthraboutda, Ashlin Milton and Jayvon Campbell. (Special Photo)

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Student advisor Sonja Badu, center, is flanked by Aminatou Balde and Mary Johnson as they represent North Clayton High at the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety Youth and Young Adult Leadership Conference Feb. 21-22. (Special Photo)

JONESBORO — Several local students gathered this month for the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety 2014 Youth and Young Adult Leadership Conference at the Macon Centreplex.

The conference, attended by students and advisors from more than 40 high schools and colleges across Georgia, was designed to bring together student-advocates of highway safety and focus on new ways to communicate life-saving ideas to their fellow high school and college students.

It began with the Ford Driving Skills for Life program, an endeavor started by the Ford Motor Company Fund and the Governors Highway Safety Association to teach newly licensed drivers beyond the traditional driver’s education courses.

“This conference lets us appeal directly to the students to brainstorm new ways of saving young lives,” said GOHS Director Harris Blackwood. “We lose far too many teens to traffic deaths every year, and these students can help change that.”

GOHS launched the annual youth safety conference concept about 10 years ago to spread the messages of buckling up, slowing down in your vehicle, not drinking-and-driving and eliminating driving distractions.

With a theme of “Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow,” this year’s conference included hundreds of students from Students Against Destructive Decisions chapters throughout the state.

The conference lines up local and nationally recognized motivational speakers and presented workshops targeted specifically for high school and college students. Special exhibitors were on hand to help spread the targeted message of safety to all participants.

Local students gets academic honor

Jonesboro resident Deadrienne Hairston received academic honors from the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University by making the university’s fall 2013 semester dean’s list. Undergraduates who earn 12 or more graded semester hours during a semester in residence at Arizona State with a 3.5 or higher grade point average are eligible for the list.

Jonesboro resident Corrina Redford participated in the Gainesville Theatre Alliance’s fall 2013 season. She worked the costume crew for the ensemble’s production “Guys and Dolls” and she worked the costume crew and run crew for the WonderQuest production “Alice in Wonderland.” Redford is a freshman majoring in musical theater at Brenau University.

Clayton County residents achieve at Columbus State

Jonesboro resident Cameron Griffin recently graduated from Columbus State University. Avion Bell of Morrow has earned a spot on the Columbus State fall 2013 semester President’s List. The list recognizes students who have achieved a semester GPA of 3.8 or higher.

ESL classes kickoff this spring at Clayton State

The Center for Continuing Education at Clayton State University will be offering English as a Second Language classes at the Center for Continuing Education’s main location in Morrow beginning in April.

Information sessions and assessments for the ESL classes will be held at the Harry S. Downs Center on the Clayton State main campus April 14, from 9:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m., and April 16, from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.

Students need only to attend one of the information sessions. Classes begin the week of April 28. Refer to the Center for Continuing Education website at www.conted.clayton.edu or call 678-466-5118 for course information.