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Albany Area Education Notebook - July 6, 2014

News on high school and college students from metro Albany and Southwest Georgia

Joshua D. Burton, a 2013 honors graduate of Westover High School attending College at Morehouse College, has joined the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. (Special photo)

Joshua D. Burton, a 2013 honors graduate of Westover High School attending College at Morehouse College, has joined the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. (Special photo)

HONOR SOCIETIES

ATLANTA — Joshua D. Burton, of Albany, has been accepted into the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. Burton, a 2013 honor graduate of Westover High School, attends Morehouse College. The NSCS is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies and is the nation’s only interdisciplinary honors organization for first- and second-year college students, with 300 chapters nationally and more then 1 million lifetime members. membership is by invitation and is based on grade point average and class standing.

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BATON ROUGE, La. — Three students from Albany recently were initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, which describes itself as the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. The students are:

Charles Dexter, of Albany, initiated at Valdosta State University;

Lakeshia Lake, of Albany, initiated at Troy University;

Tamara Young, of Albany, initiated at Valdosta State University.

Phi Kappa Phi initiates approximately 32,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni Phi each year. Membership is by invitation and requires nomination and approval by a chapter. The organization was founded in 1897 at the the University of Maine and is headquartered at Baton Rouge, La.

GRADUATES

MACON — Mercer University conferred bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees to more than 1,900 students representing all 12 schools and colleges at five spring commencement ceremonies recently in Macon, Atlanta and Savannah.

Students from Southwest Georgia included Lexington Belyeu, of Camilla, bachelor of science; Briana Mitchell, of Albany, bachelor of arts; Amber Chatmon, of Albany, bachelor of science in engineering; Amber Chatmon, of Albany, master of science in engineering; Jahleel Assad, of Newton, master of science in engineering, and Haley Hubbard, of Camilla, bachelor of arts.

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COLUMBUS — These Southwest Georgia students graduated from Columbus State University following the spring 2014 semester: Trina Bozeman, of Albany; Haley Edwards, of Newton; Kelvin Hawkins, of Albany; Shanequa Henderson, of Meigs; Rachel Hinesley, of Camilla; Shenise Jackson, of Albany, and Brian Jones, of Pelham.

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MOUNT BERRY — Natalie Jones, of Albany, has graduated from Berry College with a bachelor of science in biochemistry and accounting. Berry College recently celebrated 425 new graduates at its Spring Commencement.

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CHADRON, Neb. — Sakinah Smith, of Leesburg, graduated from Chadron State College with a master of business administration degree during the institution’s spring commencement exercises. CSC conferred degrees to 359 students during two commencement ceremonies.

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ATLANTA — These Albany residents received degrees from Emory University at its 169th commencement ceremony: Franklin Engram, doctor of law from the School of Law, and Amanda Owens, bachelor of medical science from the School of Medicine.

ACHIEVEMENT LISTS

ATLANTA — Jackson Autry, of Camilla, was named to the Dean’s List for spring semester at the Georgia Institute of Technology. This designation is awarded to undergraduate students who have a 3.0 or higher academic average for the semester at Georgia Tech.

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Claire Bernard, of Albany, who is in the new media interactive development program in Rochester Institute of Technology’s B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences, made the Dean’s List for the Spring 2013-14 semester. Degree-seeking undergraduate students are eligible for Dean’s List if their quarterly GPA is greater than or equal to 3.4; they do not have any grades of “Incomplete,” “D” or “F”; and they have registered for, and completed, at least 12 credit hours.

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VALDOSTA — These Southwest Georgia students were named to the Valdosta State University Spring 2014 Dean’s List. Students who achieve a semester GPA of 3.5 or higher on nine or more semester hours with an institutional GPA of 3.0 or higher are recognized by being placed on the Dean’s List. Developmental Studies, transients and graduate students are not eligible for Dean’s List status.

The list includes Ryan Blalock, Emily Bradshaw, Keirsten Burnett, Caroline Davis, Matthew Dickinson, Ashley Frakes, Rikki Hightower, Kevin Iler, John Jones, Olivia Lee, Britni Pinson, Ian Porter, Wayne Raper, Lindsey Taylor, Haley Thornhill, Darryl West and Tamara Young, all of Albany; Alexander Bowden, Samantha Broadwater, Christian Riggins, Hannah White and Deerika Williams, all of Camilla; Tayler Adams, Donna Brackin, Ta’shaunessy Reese and William Singleton, all of Pelham; Mallory King and Jeremy Sangster, both of Baconton; Joseph Morris, of Sale City; Carly McCook and Alexandra McCracken, both of Meigs; Torri Weeks, of Ty Ty, and Ariel Roddy, of Sumner.

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AMERICUS — The following Southwest Georgia residents were among 177 students who made the Spring 2014 Academic Achievement List for scholastic achievement at Georgia Southwestern State University. To be eligible for the Academic Achievement List, a student must previously earn at least 12 credit hours at GSW, be enrolled in 3 to 11 hours of courses, and earn a 3.5 or higher GPA.

Wesnie Albert, Syltoya Bush, Tymesha Chatmon, Diane Douglas-Harris, Judith Dunnagan, Rebecca Greenslade, April James, Stephanie Myers, Darren Peterman, Kristen Powell, Amanda Smith, Angela Smith, Julie Stein and Whitney Thornton, all of Albany; Mary Williamson, of Camilla, and Hannah Bass, of Warwick.

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MOUNT BERRY — Hannah Rivers, of Albany, has been named to Berry College’s Dean’s List for the spring 2014 semester. To be eligible for Dean’s List, a student must carry a semester GPA of 3.5 or better. Rivers is majoring in animal science.

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MACON —Wesley Keaton, of Albany, a sophomore, has been named to the President’s List of Mercer University’s College of Liberal Arts for the spring 2014 semester. Inclusion on this list requires students to meet rigorous grade-point-average standards specific to the college or school within the University.

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LOUISBURG, N.C. — KeeAnna Harris, of Albany, completed courses with exemplary marks and made the Honors List for the Spring 2014 semester at Louisburg College. To be named to the Honors List, a student must have completed at least 12 or more hours of college credit in a given semester and have a semester grade point average between 3.0 and 3.49.