Dougherty County School System Notebook - Sept. 4, 2014

News and notes from around the DCSS


Mars Chocolate North America in Albany recently donated school supplies to Albany students. Pictured are, from left, Scottie Brooks, Milton Johnson, Angela Muff, Willie Foreman, Nicole Conley, Leon Robinson, and Stan Thrower during a presentation of school supplies to Turner Elementary students. (Special Photo)

Westover student wins $20,000 travel scholarship

Westover Comprehensive High School student Lora McCurdy, recently won a drawing for a $20,000 educational travel scholarship from Education First. Lora is a Spanish student at Westover and will use the scholarship to participate in the Spanish Department’s 2015 summer program in Costa Rica.

Education First (EF) is an international education company that specializes in language training, educational travel, academic degree programs, and cultural exchange.

Lora’s future plans include attending Darton State College or the United States Naval Academy.

Flint RiverQuarium donates butterfly kits

Last month, the Flint RiverQuarium Environmental Education Center, represented by Cathy Revell and Emily Jean McAfee, donated butterfly kits to the system’s elementary schools, PreK and Oaktree programs. The donation was made in celebration of the Flint RiverQuarium’s 10th birthday.

The butterfly kits are being provided to the schools so that students will be able to observe the metamorphic process from larvae to butterfly. The butterfly houses will be set up in the school media centers so that all students have an opportunity to view them. On Friday at 10 a.m. there will be a county-wide release of the emerged butterflies at each school. The Flint RiverQuarium’s birthday celebration will be highlighted by a traveling butterfly exhibit with live butterflies. The exhibit will be at the Flint RiverQuarium on Friday and Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Westover culinary students attend Hospitality Careers Academy

Westover Comprehensive High School seniors Kaitlyn Forehand and Jordan Groves were among eight Georgia high school students honored recently at the 11th annual Hospitality Careers Academy graduation luncheon held at The Classic Center in Athens. The students were selected through a competitive application process for the Academy, which is a week-long program for students interested in the hospitality industry. The program took place at both The Classic Center and The Ritz-Carlton Lodge at Reynolds Plantation in Greensboro. During the week-long program, students gained experience in the areas of business, marketing, culinary arts, hotel management, and event planning. They had opportunities to listen to guest speakers, job shadow professionals, attend industry tours, and participate in leadership activities all while planning a luncheon for 100 guests at the end of the week. Chef Robert Schley is instructor of culinary arts at Westover.

Westover student to attend Congress of Future Medical Leaders

Senior Andrew Niquette will represent Westover Comprehensive High School and Georgia at the Congress of Future Medical Leaders. The conference will be held in Washington, D. C. Nov.14-16. The Congress of Future Medical Leaders is a highly selective national program honoring academically superior high school students dedicated to the service of humanity in medicine. Andrew is being recognized because of outstanding grades, leadership potential, and his desire to contribute to the profession of medicine as a physician or medical scientist. At the Congress, Andrew will come face-to-face with winners of the Nobel Peace Prize, award winning young inventors and scientists, prominent medical school deans, leaders of medicine, and medical futurists.

Mars Chocolate donates school supplies to Turner students

Representatives from the full production support staff of Mars Chocolate North America recently donated school supplies to students at Turner Elementary School. Mars representative Nicole Conley said the donations also included colorful balls that will promote an interest in physical activity and help channel their energy.

NASA STEM Camp held at Albany High

The Dougherty County School System/NASA SoI STEM Summer Camp was held recently at Albany High School. The camp, which was a collaboration between Albany State University/NASA Program and DCSS, included students in grades 4-9. The camp focused on the field of rocketry and was provided to students free of charge.