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School Notebook 01-31-14

School Notebook 01-31-14

Air Force Airman 1st Class Jesse Leverett has graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Leverett, the son of Jonesboro residents Carrie Poole and Allen Leverett, is a 2013 graduate of Jonesboro High School. (Special Photo)

Air Force Airman 1st Class Jesse Leverett has graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Leverett, the son of Jonesboro residents Carrie Poole and Allen Leverett, is a 2013 graduate of Jonesboro High School. (Special Photo)

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The Jonesboro High School JROTC color guard and instructor Lt. Colonel Wilbert Richardson presented the colors at the 23rd Annual Clayton County Martin Luther King, Jr. Prayer Breakfast held Jan. 18 at Morrow Center. (Courtesy Photo: Curtis Green)

MORROW — This year marks the 45th anniversary of Clayton State University opening its doors to the Southern Crescent community as Clayton Junior College.

University officials plan to commemorate the milestone throughout the year, starting the week leading up to Homecoming Day 2014.

Homecoming festivities start with Clayton State Night on Feb. 10. There is a basketball doubleheader against Georgia College Feb. 13.

And Homecoming Day is that Saturday, Feb. 15. It will feature a parade, coordinated in partnership with the city of Morrow.

Officials said the parade will start at 10 a.m. on Jonesboro Road in front of Morrow City Hall and will proceed north, turning into the entrance of Clayton State’s main campus at Clayton State Boulevard.

An alumni picnic and tailgating will follow, before the official Homecoming basketball doubleheader against the University of Montevallo. The women’s team plays at 1:30 p.m., and the men play at 3:30 p.m.

Officials are encouraging the use of the social media hashtag — #45YearsMadeReal — as a way to help celebrate the occasion, particularly in the days leading up to Homecoming Day.

North Clayton student earns Horatio Alger scholarship

Maduka Okonkwo of North Clayton High is one of 106 students selected to receive the 2014 Horatio Alger National Scholarship.

The Horatio Alger National Scholarship Program is one of the nation’s largest privately-funded, need-based financial aid programs. The annual scholarships recognize outstanding students who, in the face of great adversity, have exhibited an admirable commitment to continuing their education and serving their communities.

Scholarship recipients maintain an average 3.8 grade point average and a mean SAT score of 1,684, which is more than 100 points above the national average. Winners are awarded $21,000 each to apply to the tuition at the college or university of their choice.

Valdosta State announces fall 2013 graduates

Three Clayton County residents were among those who qualified last fall for graduation from Valdosta State University. They included Misty Haney of Forest Park and Andrea Doster and Sheryl Miller, both of Rex.

Tennessee State recognizes dean’s list

Several Clayton County residents were named to the fall 2013 Tennessee State University dean’s list. They include Rashad Powell of Jonesboro, Krystal Spencer of Morrow, Jessica Reed of Rex, and Jack Ndem and Kristina Rhett, both of Riverdale.

The students must have achieved a 3.0 grade-point average or higher in 12 or more semester hours taken for a letter grade.

Scott hosts annual art, scholarship contest

U.S. Rep. David Scott (D-District 13) is accepting entries in his 12th Annual Congressional Art Competition, “An Artistic Discovery.” High school students who reside in or attend a public, private or home school in Georgia’s 13th District are invited to submit artwork for the competition.

Scholarships will go to the top winners — $10,000 for first place, $5,000 for second place and $2,500 for third place. The awards are presented by the Art Institute of Atlanta, as well as $3,000 per year to the first-place winner by the Savannah College of Art and Design.

Entries are due by Feb. 12. Top winners will be announced March 1. For details about the art competition, call Angie Storey at 770-432-5405 or visit http://davidscott.house.gov/constituentservices/artcontest.htm.