Southwest Georgia Education Notebook -- Dec. 11, 2013

UGA Honors students from Southwest Georgia receive Crane Scholarship

ATHENS – Twelve University of Georgia Honors students have been awarded the William Moore Crane Leadership Scholarship, which recognizes leadership in extracurricular activities and/or involvement with civic, community or religious organizations.

The $1,000 scholarship, which is administered by UGA’s Honors Program and the university’s Center for Leadership and Service, is named in honor of a 1921 UGA graduate who was influential in the founding of the UGA Alumni Society.

“This is a stellar group of impressive individuals,” said David S. Williams, associate provost and director of the Honors Program. “With their array of talents and interests, they are destined to continue making a positive impact locally, nationally and globally.”

Candidates must be third- or fourth-year students enrolled in the Honors Program with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.7 and demonstrated leadership in extracurricular activities. The scholarship is renewable in a recipient’s fourth year, subject to a minimum 3.7 GPA.

Among the 12 winners were three southwest Georgia students:

Kaytlin Butler, religion and international affairs, Pelham

A promoter of conflict resolution through faith and ecumenical strategies, Butler is the founder and former president of the UGA Abraham Alliance, an interfaith student coalition seeking to foster an environment of peace through dialogue among different religious groups. She also has served on the board of the Arab Cultural Association, is a CURO undergraduate researcher and works in UGA’s Disability Resource Center. She is pursuing a minor in Arabic.

Dervin Cunningham, biological sciences, Albany

A fourth-year student and CURO Honors Scholar, Cunningham plans to become a primary care physician. His research has taken him to UGA’s Complex Carbohydrate Research Center and College of Public Health, as well as the Yale School of Medicine. He’s spent time shadowing physicians at the Urology Institute and Continence Care in Thomasville. He’s also a counselor with the Black Education Support Team, co-founder of Project R.A.I.S.E. and a Roosevelt Scholar.

Cody Knapp, French and international affairs, Thomasville

A self-proclaimed political enthusiast, Knapp’s career goals include serving as a policy analyst and working to improve the management of emergent global issues. He is a CURO Honors Scholar, Roosevelt Institute Scholar and a member of the Dean Tate and Blue Key honor societies. He also is an Honors teaching assistant, an Honors Ambassador and a member of the Honors Program Student Council. Knapp is a founding staff member of the Georgia Political Review, UGA’s student-operated journal of political and foreign affairs.

Trivia Buffs Invited to Local Competition

LEESBURG — The Bindery at Oakland, Lee County’s new library branch off highway 82, will serve as the host site for the “By the Books Trivia Competition” on Thursday, December 12. Local trivia whizzes are invited to team up and compete in this winner-takes-all contest.

Teams of two to five people of any and all ages will be asked questions from five categories: language and literature, history and politics, math and science, pop culture, and sports. The registration fee is $10 per team. The contest will consist of three preliminary rounds and a final head-to-head round. Spectators are welcome at this exciting and fast-paced competition. The winning team will take home the total amount of collected registration fees as first prize.

The contest is being coordinated by Lee County High School theatre arts program as a community service. The contest will serve as a way to introduce the local public library and its services to a wide range of citizens who might not visit the library regularly. Contestants and spectators will be invited to enjoy foods and beverages throughout the event, particularly between the rounds of competition.

Teams may pre-register by contacting the hosts at theatrelchs@lee.k12.ga.us or 229-903-2297. On-site registration begins at 6:30 p.m. on December 12. All registration fees are due before the contest begins at 7:00 p.m.

Sherwood Christian Academy donates food, cash

ALBANY — Sherwood Christian Academy’s high school student council headed up a canned food drive during the month of November. The students call it the “Great Turkey Race” and make it part of a competition between the grades that goes on year round. They collected canned food throughout all of the grades and collected money throughout the secondary grades.

This year the SCA high school student council loaded up over 900 non perishable food items and $650 and donated them to the Lord’s Pantry. They also raised $300 that Sherwood’s mission team that just travelled took with them to Uganda to be used for medical supplies.