Monday, May 20, 2013
Margaret Crawford of Decatur was chosen by the National Council of Teachers of English to be part of the 2013 Achievement Awards in Writing program.
St. Pius X Catholic High School junior Margaret Crawford of Decatur has been chosen by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) as one of its outstanding writers in the 2013 NCTE Achievement Awards in Writing program. Crawford was one of three students from the state of Georgia recognized for the honor and the 38th St. Pius X student since 1969 to earn the honor. St. Pius X English Department Chairperson Mike Scirocco said, “On behalf of the English Department, I congratulate Margaret. To be recognized by the National Council of Teachers of English as one of the best writers in the nation testifies to her intelligence, creativity, and extraordinary ability to communicate complex ideas with style and precision. This recognition of…
Sunday, May 19, 2013
The live coverage is over, but replay the live blog to see what all the hype was about.
President Barack Obama gave the 129th commencement address speech on a wet and rainy Sunday afternoon, May 19th, at Morehouse College. Obama began his remarks to an excited yet wet crowd,most of whom had been seated as early as 6 am. at approximately 11:30 am. The sky opened just before the speech began, and the crowd was treated to a steady downpour throughout. Obama quipped that, “I would be out there with you, but the Secret Service gets nervous.” Obama was greeted with a big cheer when he emerged from a building adjacent to the stage with Morehouse College president John Silvanus Wilson, a former White House aide. The invocation was given by Rev. Raphael Warnock of Ebenezer Baptist Church, Martin Luther King, Jr.’s famous church. …
Friday, May 17, 2013
Erin Shyr is featured in a Youtube video about the scholarships.
Lakeside High School's Erin Shyr is among 26 students recently awarded college scholarship funding from DeKalb County. Shyr is featured in a video about the awards, along with a student from Southwest DeKalb High School and two Tucker High School students. Learn more about the scholarships, which were presented this past on Tuesday by DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
DeKalb county school district released the names of this year's valedictorians and salutatorians.
Stephanie Pham of Lakeside and Anna Dowling of Druid Hills are the high schools' 2013 valedictorians, respectively, the DeKalb County School System announced Tuesday. Lakeside's Paul Choi and Druid Hills' Jason Terry are this year's salutatorians. A pianist and member of several school groups, Pham is "leaning toward" Emory, according to information from the district (included in Pham's list of accomplishments: "She also bakes delicious cookies!"). A leader in orchestra and on the tennis court, Choi is off to Georgia Tech. Dowling will attend Pomona College in California, and Terry is University of Georgia-bound. Lakeside's graduation is May 22, 8 p.m. at the Fox Theatre and the commencement ceremony for Druid Hills is May 24, 10 a.m. at …
Donations are still being accepted to help with the reunion budget.
A day after members of the Druid Hills class of 2013 officially puts their high school experience behind them, the class of '92 will take a trip down memory lane. The class of '92 will have its reunion May 25, complete with a picnic, tour of the school and other activities in the evening, a day after this year's graduates have their commencement ceremony. Also, according to its Eventbrite page, reunion organizers are still taking donations for reunion budget help. The cocktail party and reunion program will take place at Marianna Mansion at Wrecking Bar Brewpub, 292 Moreland Ave. NE. Learn more about the class of '92's reunion here.
Saturday, May 11, 2013
Scholarships of up to $5,000 will be awarded to 26 DeKalb high school seniors accepted into a two- or four-year college or vocational training program.
Twenty-six DeKalb high school seniors will be presented with college scholarships during the first DeKalb County Education Scholarship Fund Awards Ceremony on Tuesday May 14 at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History, the county announced Friday. The scholarships, up to $5,000, will be given to DeKalb county school district seniors accepted into a two- or four-year college or vocational training program, the county said in a press release. DeKalb county CEO Burrell Ellis, the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce and the DeKalb County School District created the DeKalb Education Scholarship Fund, an effort that raised $120,000. A selection committee formed by the chamber reviewed more than 135 applications. Award-winning students were picked based on …
Friday, May 10, 2013
The students, 6 and 7, were recognized for their comic strip entries.
Two Oak Grove Elementary students got honorable mention in the Clean Air Campaign's Young Lungs at Work Art Competition, the Champion Newspaper reports. The students are 7-year-old Eshal Siddiqui for his work, "Clean Air" and six-year-old Payten Shoemake for "Kids Rock to Keep Clean Air." Emery Walhen, 10, of Kittredge Magnet School for High Achievers won first place prize in the Comic Strip Challenge of the competition for her submission about car pollution. Kittredge also received a $300 donation to its science and arts programs, the Champion Newspaper reports.
Thursday, May 9, 2013
This week's news that millions have been found in DeKalb's school budget begs the question: where should the money go? Patch wants your opinion.
Talk about a nice problem to have. DeKalb school officials this past weekend came across $21 million in previously overlooked revenue - news that interim school superintendent Michael Thurmond shared with "stunned" school board members Monday. Thurmond also said another $7 million in unaccounted revenue in the current fiscal year was discovered. So, if you were running DeKalb's school board, where would you spend the money? Teacher pay raises, or hiring more teachers? Better classroom technology? Paying down those legal fees the board's suspended members racked up at taxpayer expense? Or paying down the system's $15 million deficit? Share your thoughts in the Comments section below. See Also: Questions Arise After School Board Millions …
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
The event raised more than $4,000 toward a student scholarship, bringing the fund to over $40,000.
On Friday, April 26, Sophia Academy students participated in the school's sixth annual Corrigan Family Scholarship Fund Fun Run organized by parent volunteer, Mrs. Jennifer Wallace, and Sophia’s own, Coach John Turner. Students circled the entire school, receiving marks on their t-shirts to indicate their accomplished laps, which were run to raise money for the Corrigan Family Scholarship Fund. The school's parking lot was filled with music, a water station, several parent volunteers and friends of Sophia, and even sprinklers students could run through to cool off. The top students to raise funds will be awarded with a special trip in a limousine to a pizza lunch with the school’s Founding Director, Mrs. Marie Corrigan. The event raised …
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Senior Madeline Teissler will be a teaching assistant at the Clairmont Road private school.
College graduates haven't had a rougher go of it than they have in recent years. As Emory University's graduation ceremony nears, many students at the top-tier school are considering their future. One of them, Madeline Teissler, plans to stay here in North Druid Hills, according to The Emory Wheel. The outgoing senior has accepted a job as a teaching assistant with the Cliff Valley School on Clairmont Road. From the Wheel story: College senior Madeline Teissler found a job through Emory’s English department. She will be a teaching assistant at the Cliff Valley School, which is a small, progressive, independent school in Toco Hills for preschoolers through eighth graders. Her job will involve teaching four subjects — English, math, …