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Senior nursing student earns national recognition

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Hampton resident Nicole Crawford, a senior in Georgia Southern University’s School of Nursing, was announced runner-up in the undergraduate poster competition at the 2013 National Conference on Health Disparities. (Special Photo)

Hampton resident Nicole Crawford, a senior in Georgia Southern University’s School of Nursing, was announced runner-up in the undergraduate poster competition at the 2013 National Conference on Health Disparities. (Special Photo)

STATESBORO — Nicole Crawford recently earned second place in the undergraduate poster competition at The Seventh Annual National Conference on Health Disparities in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.

The Hampton native is a senior in Georgia Southern University’s School of Nursing, where she also is a member of the Black Student Nursing Association, the Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training Program and RUN2 Nursing.

“It was an honor to be amongst the few awarded and a privilege to represent Georgia Southern at such a prestigious event,” she said.

The conference focused on policies and programs to reduce health disparities, with several panels addressing issues of particular importance in the Caribbean region. Presenters emphasized the role of social determinants, personal responsibility and prevention in initiatives that reduce disparities.

Crawford’s work, titled “Intimate Partner Violence: A Silent Phenomenon,” was based on her experiences studying abroad during the summer in Thailand, with an emphasis on Asia.

Her poster was chosen for its overall presentation, layout, appearance, cohesiveness and her explanation of research.

“I was ecstatic when my name was called as the second-place winner in the undergraduate division,” said Crawford. “There were many potential candidates from various schools in the U.S. such as Johns Hopkins University, Morehouse School of Medicine and Spelman College, as well from U.S. territories like the University of the Virgin Islands.”

Kathryn Anderson, a professor in Georgia Southern’s School of Nursing and director of its Minority Health International Research Training program, commended Crawford’s work as “high-quality.”

“She’s an outstanding student, and to be one of the students selected from among schools across the nation is a pretty great thing,” said Anderson.

Scholarships available for students seeking public service, business degrees

The Constitutional Officers of Clayton County recently announced its annual scholarship contest through the Constitutional Officers’ Association of Georgia.

This year, the association will offer three scholarships to exceptional Georgia high school seniors and college undergraduates pursuing degrees in public service and business. The scholarships will be in the amounts of $1,500, $1,000 and $500.

Eligible students must graduate high school by the Spring of 2014 or be enrolled in an accredited Georgia college or university.

Students must also seek a degree in a field related to government or law enforcement; political science; accounting, finance or business; or pre-law.

Applicants must submit a typed 1,000-word essay that answers the question, “Who are the locally-elected constitutional officers and what differentiates them from other county offices?”

Candidates also must provide a letter of acceptance or enrollment from an institution of higher education, a copy of a college application or transcript to provide verification of degree field, and the association’s scholarship application.

All completed applications, documentation and essays should be mailed flat in a 9-by-12 inch envelope to the contest organizer: Suzanne Cross, COAG, P.O. Box 1644, Decatur, GA 30031.

For contest rules, visit www.coag.com. Cross is available to answer questions by phone at 404-377-1364 or by email at coagoffice@bellsouth.net.

Military notes

Army Pfc. Peter Sanders has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C. Sanders, a 2013 graduate of Lovejoy High School, is the cousin of Christie Alexander of Atlanta.