Savvy sci­en­tist

New­ton High stu­dent wins first place at dis­trict science fair

The Covington News - - School Beat -

New­ton High sopho­more Brooke Wil­son won the Grif­fin Re­gional Ed­u­ca­tion Ser­vice Agency Science Fair for her project ti­tled “DNA Ex­trac­tion: Ef­fects of Tem­per­a­ture Change.”

For her project she ex­tracted DNA from sev­eral veg­eta­bles to de­ter­mine if changes in tem­per­a­ture would af­fect the struc­ture and func­tion of the DNA mol­e­cules. This ex­per­i­ment in­tended to look at the pos­si­ble ef­fects of global warm­ing.

Wil­son also won two awards in ad­di­tion to the first place ti­tle — a Cer­tifi­cate of Achieve­ment for Out­stand­ing Science Fair Project from the U.S. Army and a Bi­o­log­i­cal Sci­ences Award from the Univer­sity of Ge­or­gia.

She was awarded $100 from UGA’s Col­lege of Agri­cul­tural and En­vi­ron­men­tal Sci­ences as well.

Her project will ad­vance to the state science fair at UGA’s main cam­pus in Athens April 2 through 5.

PA Kids ac­tiv­i­ties fund

Project Ad­ven­ture Kids, an or­ga­ni­za­tion ded­i­cated to help­ing abused and aban­doned youth, has launched a cam­paign to raise funds for stu­dent ac­tiv­i­ties.

Play­ing school sports such as soc­cer, wrestling, base­ball and track re­quire the pur­chase of uni­forms and equip­ment. Donna Auchen­bach of Project Ad­ven­ture said the costs have de­terred many stu­dents the or­ga­ni­za­tion pro­vides for from par­tic­i­pat­ing in sports and other ex­tracur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties.

Auchen­bach also said funds are needed to pay for driver’s ed­u­ca­tion classes for the stu­dents since the state stopped pay­ing for those pro­grams in pub­lic schools.

She added the fa­cil­ity houses three se­niors who would like to at­tend their high school prom on March 21 but can not af­ford the costs of tick­ets, for­mal wear and trans­porta­tion to the prom held in At­lanta.

Auchen­bach said any amount would be ap­pre­ci­ated.

Checks made to Project Ad­ven­ture Kids can be sent to 107 Cum­ber­land Court, Smyrna, 30080. Mark the for line “ac­tiv­i­ties fund.”

GPC dean’s list

Ge­or­gia Perime­ter Col­lege an­nounces its dean’s list for the 2007 fall se­mes­ter. Hon­ored from New­ton County were Car­rie L. Alexan­der, Farjana H. Azad, Re­jena H. Azad, Rachel B. Belcher, Joshua A. Berner, Crys­tal N. Borg, Am­ber C. Bradley, Saye H. Braucht, Jes­sica B. Burgess, Mar­cie K. Chupp, Brandi F. Cooper, Jes­sica P. Cowart, Shauna S. Crowe, Frank D. Davis, Jen­nifer L. Duf­fey, Morgan E. Ed­wards, Lauren M. Elling­ton, Aubrey J. El­liott, Stacey H. Fos­ter, Car­rie E. Fred­er­icks, Jeremy S. Fred­er­icks, Lind­say L. Free­man, Daniel E. Fulford, Diana L. Gail­lard, Cleada G. Ger­main, Chelsey M. Giles, Zachary T. God­win, Mal­isa M. Gunter, Am­ber L. Hall­ford, Bran­don L. Hardy, Brandy M. Hawkins, Christina S. Head, Laura K. Hill­man, Larry D. Ivie, Chelsea J. Jones, Mal­lory A. Kemp, Jes­sica N. Kep­ner, Chad K. Killingsworth, Misty L. Lant­trip, Jonathan H. Mi­ley, Phillip J. Mont­gomery, Eric A. North­cutt, Ash­ley L. Owen, Amy N. Parks, Christo­pher B. Partee, Amanda M. Pend­ley, Amanda R. Pes­tle, Spencer K. Pick­ens, Rod­er­ick K. Prince, Court­ney J. Rea­gan, Randy J. Rea­gin, Lyubov S. Reut, Svet­lana S. Reut, Susan L. Sch­nei­der, April L. Shearer, Keonna S. Simp­son, Shon­te­cia D. Smith, Natalie K. Ste­wart, Chris­tian B. Stin­nett, Afo­lake O. Su­lola, Cameron L. Town­ley, Me­gan D. Trout­man, Kristo­pher S. Walden, William W. Wells, DaNeya K. Weng, Ni­cole G. Wen­zel, Laken A. White, Jes­sica L. Wy­att, Selma A. Yal­lah, Shaye T. Zon­tek.

Mansfield stu­dents of the month

Mansfield El­e­men­tary School an­nounces its stu­dents of the month for Fe­bru­ary. They are pre-K Vic­to­ria Bai­ley, Scotty Evans; kinder­garten Kins­ley Dozier, Christo­pher Gomes, Isabella Ste­gall, Dakota Miller; first grade Blake Bow­man, Heather Thompson, Scout Cowan, Jovita Dave; sec­ond grade Emma Raines, Zion Heard, Matthew Jenk­ins, Devin Smith; third grade Ly­dia Hub­bard, Jes­sica Brown, John Sin­g­ley, El­iz­a­beth Cooper; fourth grade Christo­pher Cain, Brit­tany Miller, Syd­ney Hol­ger­son, Ally All­bright; fifth grade Savannah Smith, Tay­lor Bechtler, Shelby Henry.

CMU grad­u­ates

Three New­ton County stu­dents re­cently grad­u­ated from Cen­tral Michi­gan Univer­sity.

An­thony Mays of Cov­ing­ton earned his Mas­ter of Arts, KiTonya McCoy of Cov­ing­ton earned her ed­u­ca­tion spe­cial­ist de­gree and Randy Up­ton of Ox­ford earned his mas­ter of pub­lic ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Sub­mit­ted photo

DNA of a win­ner: New­ton High sopho­more Brooke Wil­son poses with her first-place science project and Grif­fin RESA tro­phy.

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