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Dougherty County School System Notebook

Good news and notes from around the Dougherty County School System

Robert Cross team competes in state academic bowl

Robert A. Cross Middle Magnet School’s Academic Bowl Team participated in the Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE) State Academic Bowl Competition recently in Milledgeville. Georgia College and State University hosted 24 schools from across the state for the competition. These schools previously qualified for the state semi-finals by winning their regional meets. This was Robert Cross’ second consecutive qualification for the state competition. The teams competed by district groupings to earn a spot in the final rounds. Robert Cross placed third in its district but did not advance to the final rounds.

Cross students who participated in the Academic Bowl competition were Scott Dawson, Talia Griffin, Ryan Moore, Anna Pauano, ShaCamryn Malone, Yasmine Jones, Justin Clements, George Darrisaw, Nigel Jackson, Edbonie Benefield, Deanna Reid, and Katelyn King.

Because of the team’s success in local and regional competitions, it has qualified to compete in the National Quiz Bowl. Quiz Bowl consists of teams of middle and junior high students fielding questions on current events, sports, classical music, Bible trivia, sciences, medicine, algebra, geometry, and popular culture. Robert Cross has previously competed in three national level competitions.

Monroe FBLA students place in region competition

Members of the Monroe Comprehensive High School Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) members competed in the Georgia FBLA Region I Competition at Moultrie Technical College recently. The chapter received third place for the Sweepstakes Award, by having the third highest score for winners in Region I. Students also placed in several team and individual events.

Rashawn Hall, 1st place, Electronic Portfolio; Darien Shannon, 1st place, Insurance and Risk Management; Essence Nickens, 2nd place, Insurance and Risk Management; Quincey Davis, 2nd place, Helpdesk; Ke’ambrea Atkinson and Allexis Bryant, 2nd place, Digital Video Production; Ke’ambrea Atkinson and Allexis Bryant, 2nd place, Public Service Announcement; Kaloni Dixon, 3rd place, Public Service Announcement; Willie Felton and Tevan Warren, 3rd place, Sports and Entertainment Management; Quincey Davis and Tevan Warren, 3rd place, Business Ethics; Roderick Hall and Akheema Miller, 4th place, Website Design; Shadiyyah Qawiy, 4th place, Client Service; Rakwon Williams, 5th place, Agribusiness; Roderick Hall, 5th place, Helpdesk; Moneisha Elder and Kiasia Keith, 5th place, Entrepreneurship; Brelon Gaynair and Brea Whitaker, 5th place, Marketing; David Hamilton and Willie Felton, 5th place, Sports and Entertainment Management

Students who advanced to state competition are Darien Shannon (Personal Finance), Ke’ambrea Atkinson, Allexis Bryant, and Kaloni Dixon (Public Service Announcement).

FBLA adviser Nicole Mallory and co-adviser Katherlene Stewart accompanied the students to the event.

Albany middle student takes 1st place in art contest

Albert Mumphrey, an Albany Middle School 8th grader, recently placed first in the Georgia School Nutrition Association’s Nutrition Advisory Council (NAC) art contest for the 6th-8th grade division and will represent Albany Middle in the district competition. Laovsky Warren, another Albany Middle 8th grader, placed second. The theme for this year’s art competition is “Setting the Table for Success.” Albany Middle site supervisor Cynthia Anderson and art teacher James Middleton sponsored the students.

Board of Education holds annual retreat

The Dougherty County Board of Education held its annual board retreat on February 6. Howard Hendley provided board governance training for the morning session. Public boards of education in Georgia are required to receive annual training that enhances their knowledge of school operations and system governance.

The afternoon sessions included departmental updates from Ufot Inyang, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction; Kenneth Dyer, Executive Director of Business and Finance Operations; and David Coley, Interim Federal Programs Director. The session concluded with questions and answers with Interim Superintendent David Mosely, and direction and comments from Board Chair Carol Tharin.

Turner Elementary holds career fair expo

Turner Elementary School students participated in a Career Fair Expo at their school on January 31. The theme of the fair was “Students Impacting our Community Today.” During the fair, students learned about different careers and the relevance of education to the tasks they might someday perform in the working world. School personnel and parents used the opportunity to explain to students the importance of reading and math related to each career track at the fair.

Community volunteers at the career fair represented DoCo Credit Union, Albany Fire Department, Albany Technical College, Dougherty County Health Department, Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital, Dougherty County EMS, The Parks at Chehaw, Dougherty County Criminal Investigation Bureau, Albany Police Department, WFLX Fox 31, Albany Water, Gas and Light, Southwest Georgia Project for Community Education, UGA Extension Service, Albany Drug Unit, United States Marine Corps, East Albany Medical Center, and Sam’s Club. M&M Mars donated snacks and students from Albany Technical College’s School of Cosmetology gave free haircuts.

The event was organized by school counselor Cassandra Ransom and Albany State counseling intern Kristi Hodge.