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Whitewater Teacher Becomes VP of Marketing Education for GACTE

Krystin Glover, a Whitewater High’s marketing teacher has been selected by the membership of the Georgia Association for Career and Technical Education (GACTE) to serve on the board of directors as vice-president of the Marketing Education division. Her term will be for two years.

Starr's Mill Students Win Award for Toilet of the Future

In an adapted version of the Japanese “High Tech” toilet, three Starr’s Mill students have envisioned a toilet that will analyze a person’s urine, blood pressure, temperature and weight while sending the data directly to a physician who can authorize an immediate in-home treatment to cure illness.

Students Kevin Thomas, Carol Thomas and Casey Slaggert are the three inventors of “Dr. John” and the winners of the Future Fayette 2030 Contest sponsored by the Rotary Club of Peachtree City, in conjunction with the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce.

The winning team was announced at the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce Community Expo held at New Hope Baptist Church on September 14. Each team members received a netbook and Starr’s Mill was awarded $500.

The goal of the competition was to get high school students thinking about products and services that would be included in “smart communities”, or communities of the future.

Nine Semifinalists Named in Scholarship Program

Students from McIntosh, Sandy Creek and Starr’s Mill high schools are among the 400 statewide selected as semifinalists in the 2011 National Merit Scholarship Program.

Nationally, there are about 16,000 semifinalists who are competing in the 56th annual scholarship program. The 2011 semifinalists are (McIntosh High) Erika Burgess, Mary Cook, Matthew Dawson, Kathleen Newman, Robert Worley, Shiyi Zhang; (Sandy Creek) Poonim Daya; (Starr’s Mill High) Graham Bloomsmith, Justin Buchanan.

These high school seniors, who have all achieved at a high scholastic level, will have the opportunity to continue in the competition for some 8,400 Merit Scholarship awards worth more than $36 million and will be offered next spring. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, semifinalists must fulfill several requirements and advance to the finalist level of the competition.

Students Learn the Importance of Handwashing

Mom always told you to wash your hands and she was right. After School Program (ASP) students at Peachtree City Elementary conducted an experiment showing the germs and bacteria that live on unwashed hands. Kids are always told to wash their hands, but many of them don’t understand why adults make such a big deal about it.           

Students in grades 2-5 took cultured samples of bacteria from their hands using Petri dishes. The samples came from dirty hands, hands washed with only water, and hands washed with soap and water. After a few days, the students saw the results that were described by one of them as “totally gross.” Students in the lower grades explored how germs can be spread from hands and surfaces through finger painting.

2010 Landmark Christian Leadership Academy

On the 15th of this month, Landmark Christian School, in conjunction with Chick-Fil-A, will kick off their “2010 Leadership Academy”. The Leadership Academy is a “seven month program designed to teach high school students the “how” of leadership through the SERVE leadership model developed by Mark Miller, Vice-President of Training and Development at Chick-Fil-A. Tim Elmore, President and Founder of Growing Leaders and author of the bestseller Habitudes, a component of the Leadership Academy curriculum, will present the keynote address”.

Their goal is to teach young leaders how to communicate vision, solve problems, engage and develop people, resolve conflict and more.

Peachtree City Student Shines in Theatre, Opera

The Twilight Theatre Apprentice Company is a local theater training program for middle school and high school students.

Recently, Carolyn Balkovetz, a student at Starr’s Mill High School and senior apprentice with the Twilight Theatre, was selected to attend six-week vocal training program at the Brevard Music Festival in North Carolina.

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