Education Briefs — May 15, 2017

Education Briefs — May 15, 2017

Albany’s Kelsey Jones earns journalism fellowship

ATLANTA — Albany native Kelsey Jones was recently named the recipient of the 2017 Chevrolet Discover the Unexpected Journalism Fellowship.

Jones is a junior at Spelman College and is on the staff of The Carolinian, a National Newspaper Publishing Association member newspaper. The Albany native realized her passion for journalism in high school and has worked on honing her skills ever since.

She has interned at WSB-TV and is currently a staff writer for the Morehouse Maroon Tiger newspaper. Her photo essay of her travels to the Dominican Republic were displayed in a photo exhibition at Spelman.

St. Teresa’s Catholic School Students Earn Honors

ALBANY — St. Teresa’s Catholic School students Angie Hardison, Grace Mallow, Emily Grundfast, Kaylee Yipp and Donna Anaya-Maldonado recently competed in the State National History Day contest held at Mercer University in Macon. The students were awarded third place in the group performance category and were named alternates to the national competition at the University of Maryland for their original play entitled “Eli Wiesel: Taking a Stand Against Oppression.”

For the rising seventh-graders, this win marks the end of a yearlong process, which included writing, choreographing and performing their play; creating a process paper detailing their endeavors, and generating an annotated bibliography explaining their source material.

“I am thrilled we won,” said Mallow. “It is the first time St. Teresa’s has made it this far at state, and what makes it even better is that so many of my friends were also here competing.”

The school also had 33 students in grades 6-8 qualify for state at a regional NHD competition held earlier this year at Georgia Southwestern State University. Those students were eighth-graders Caden Woodcock, Tyler Hatcher, Taylor Sokolowski, Edgar Rangel, Joshua Lumogdang, Giacomo Palazzolo, Kayley Kincheloe, Donyae Thornton, Nakiya Hodge, Cecelia Lukes, Kate Basko, Claudia Soto, Millie Soria; seventh-graders Shane Tharani, Alex Newton, Lesland Glover, Savannah Paros, Molly Simpson; and sixth-graders Grant Johnson, Morgan Wright, Corigan Keaton, Nick Patton, Tania Betancourt, Alana Centeno, Kyndall Barlow, Valeria Barragan, Angelica Malinao and Londyn Polite.

Albany Tech, Columbus State sign articulation agreement

ALBANY — Albany Technical College and Columbus State University signed an articulation agreement recently.

Academic programs impacted by the agreement are accounting, law enforcement technology, and early childhood care and education.

Albany Tech students in these programs would be eligible to transfer to Columbus State to earn a Bachelor’s of Business Administration in accounting, a Bachelor’s of Science in criminal justice, or Bachelor’s of Science in Education in early childhood education.

Albany area students graduate from Thomas College

THOMASVILLE — More than 370 students graduated from Thomas University during its 62nd commencement exercises held earlier this month, in the Ben Grace Historic Quadrangle on TU’s Forbes Campus. Albany-area students who graduated were:


Laurie B Bryant, Master of Science, Clinical Rehabilitation & Mental Health Counseling; Carlotta Z. Hudson, Master of Science, Clinical Rehabilitation & Mental Health Counseling; Darryl T. Jones, Bachelor of Science, Criminal Justice; Angela D. Korona, Bachelor of Science, Nursing; Lashanda M. Parker, Master of Science Clinical Rehabilitation & Mental Health Counseling; Laura E. Stanley, Master of Science, Nursing; Lavicka Q. Stewart, Bachelor of Science, Nursing; and Travis Scott Wilson, Bachelor of Science, Nursing.


Michelle Mock, Bachelor of Science, Nursing.


Terri L. Brooks, Bachelor of Science, Criminal Justice; Brian M. Cox, Bachelor of Science, Criminal Justice; and James S. Womack, Master of Business Administration.


Felicia A. Frazier, Bachelor of Science, Nursing; Andrea J. Kromminga, Master of Science, Clinical Rehabilitation & Mental Health Counseling; Tiffani N. Miller, Bachelor of Science, Psychology (summa cum laude); and Patrick L. Smith, Master of Science, Clinical Rehabilitation & Mental Health Counseling.