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Elementary School Oratorical Contest Winners

Elementary School Oratorical Contest Winners

The Elementary School Oratorical Contest consisted of 18 fifth-graders on Dec. 9.

The topic this year was "If I Were the Leader of the Free World, the First Issue I Would Address Would Be..."

The 2010-2011 winners are:

First Place: Kennedy Graham, Shirley Hills Elementary School

Second Place: Trever Pope, Centerville Elementary School

Third Place: Hannah Rahmaan, Bonaire Elementary School

Honorable Mention: Alexandra Niebaum, Quail Run Elementary School

Honorable Mention: Adam Conway, Lake Joy Elementary School

The top three students will present their speeches at the Jan. 11, 2011, Houston County Board of Education Board meeting.  All students received a certificate of participation.

The elementary oratorical contest helps prepare students for the middle school oratorical contest that is sponsored by the local Optimist Club. 

Feagin Mill Middle School Recycling Nationally Ranked

Feagin Mill Middle School (FMMS) has joined FundingFactory, a program to fundraise through recycling.  The program has enabled FMMS to purchase two slates to interact wirelessly with interactive whiteboards. 

FMMS has been ranked in the top six percent of schools and top 10 percent nationally regarding its recycling efforts.

The FundingFactory program recycles empty printer cartridges and cell phones in return for a check or redemption points toward purchases. 

FMMS sent in enough cartridges and phones to rank number 526 out of 9,593 schools for total qualifying items sent in for the past 12 months.  The school used the earnings to purchase two SMART AirLiners. 

FMMS Principal Dr. Jesse Davis encourages the public to recycle cell phones and ink cartridges by donating them to the school. 

FMMS is located at 1200 Feagin Mill Road in Warner Robins. 

13WMAZ Lorra Lynch-Jones Honored by HCBOE & GSBA

13WMAZ Lorra Lynch-Jones Honored by HCBOE & GSBA

Lorra Lynch-Jones, 13WMAZ TV reporter and co-anchor of News at 5, was honored by the Georgia School Boards Association (GSBA) with a 2010 Beacon Award

According to the Houston County Board of Education news release, Jones was nominated unanimously by the Houston County Board of Education for her exceptional work in the field of education reporting and her dedication to provide citizens with thorough and accurate information about the school system. 

Jones received the award on Dec. 3, in Atlanta during the GSBA/Georgia School Superintendents Association Annual Conference.  One of only four electronic media members honored from across the state, she was the only one who represented television.  

Warner Robins High School to Perform at Sugar Bowl

The Warner Robins High School Demon  (WRHS) Marching Band will travel to New Orleans in January to participate in the mass band half-time performance at the Sugar Bowl.

The annual Warner Robins High School Christmas Concert will be held tonight, Dec. 13 at the Warner Robins Civic Center. 

Admission is free but audience members are asked to bring at least two canned food items which will be donated to a local food bank to help people in the community.  Show time is 7:00 p.m.

Warner Robins High is located at 401 South Davis Drive in Warner Robins.  Steve Monday serves as principal.  For more information, contact Howell at 478-929-7889, ext. 2, or todd.howell@hcbe.net.

Feagin Mill Students Presented at National Gifted Conference

Feagin Mill Students Presented at National Gifted Conference

At the National Association of Gifted Children in Atlanta, Ga. on Nov. 12, two Feagin Mill Middle School eighth-grade students, Wilson Childers and Cullen Shope, and honors science teacher Peggy McCall presented the workshop, "Geocaching with Students--Finding Hidden Treasure Using Modern Technology."

Childers and Shope were the only students who presented at the national conference and presented to professional educators of gifted students.

McCall, Childers and Shope shared how to start a geocaching club at school using handheld GPS units. The three also discussed how geocaching teaches history, geography and ecology while incorporating higher-order thinking skills.

The three received a standing ovation at the end of their presentation.

Feagin Mill Middle School is located at 1200 Feagin Mill Rd. in Warner Robins Dr. Jesse Davis serves as principal.

For more information, contact Peggy.McCall@hcbe.net.

Mercer Basketball Offers Two Ways for Free Admission to Navy Game on Friday

Mercer University will offer two ways to receive free admission ot the men's basketball game versus Navy on Friday, Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. in the Mercer University Center.

Mercer The first way to gain free admission is for anyone presenting their military identification card at the ticket window on the day of the game.

The other way to receive free admission is to bring a new, unwrapped toy to the door on game day. The toys will be distributed to families of military members stationed at Warner Robins Air Force Base who are deployed abroad for this holiday season.

Perry Board Office to Host School Oratorical Contest

Perry Board Office to Host School Oratorical Contest

The 5th Grade FOCUS Oratorical Contest will be held Thursday, Dec. 9, 2010, at the Perry Board office at 6 p.m. in the auditorium. 

Eighteen fifth-graders representing all elementary schools will each give a two-minute speech on the topic, “If I Were Leader of the Free World, the First Issue I Would Address Would be ... " 

The school representative is selected by a panel of judges at the school level.

Three judges that will include high school debate coaches and a counselor, will select the top three speakers by using a rubric. The winners will be given a cash award: with first place winning $25, second place $15 and third place $10.  Winners will also be invited to perform at a future Board meeting.  All orators will receive a certificate of participation.