Annual Honors Program held
Courtney Brownlee, president of the Senior Beta Club, gave the welcome, followed by Kelly Lane giving the invocation. Will Martin led the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Principal Robert McIntosh, Amanda Long, and department teachers gave awards to the seniors who had four years of academic excellence. In order to receive an academic or vocational award at honor's night, a student must have taken at least four classes in a specific academic and vocational subject in grades nine - 12. The student also must have made an "A" in every class taken in the subject.
Receiving awards were Michael Bailey, Deana Barwick, Courtney Brownlee, Syltoya Bush, Phillip Cook, Cassietta Coon, Tyler Cox, Christy Daniels, Nikki Donley, Amber Espinoza, Brittany Goodwin, Larry Hart, Julie Kimmins, Jordie King, Jordan Kirkland, Kelly Lane, Chelsea Larkins, Caleb Long, Cody Mayo, James Newberry, Laci Phillips, Megan Phillips, Kendra Pickren, Justin Poff, Ben Posey, Chase Rawlings, Shelby Standifer, and Brooke Widner.
To be a junior marshal, a student must be one of the top eight students in the junior class. These students lead the graduates at the graduation ceremony and provide assistance with graduation preparation. This year's junior marshals Shanice Grimsley, Kelsea Grimes, LeAndra Kelley, Will Martin, Alan Mickael Sherburn, Frank Sisson, and Bret Snow.
Next the honor graduates of the class of 2009 were recognized. In order to be an honor graduate from Miller County High School, a student must complete the college prepatory curriculum with distinction which includes a minimum of four years of English, four years of social studies, four years of lab science, four years of math, and two years of the same foreign language. The student must also have attained a cumulative grade point average for the four years in those core areas of at least 90.000. The final grades must be calculated before honor graduates are known for sure, but at the time of the program, the following students had met the requirements: Janay Ancheta, Deana Barwick, Courtney Brownlee, Syltoya Bush, Cassietta Coon, Christy Daniels, Tanelia Douglas, Amber Espinoza, Colby Gilbert, Brittany Goodwin, Brittany Grant, Nikki Griffin, Jordie King, Jordan Kirkland, Kelly Lane, Chelsea Larkins, Brittany Miller, James Newberry, Laci Phillips, Megan Phillips, Shelton Pickle, Kendra Pickren, Ben Posey, Shelby Standifer, and Brooke Widner.
Next on the program, Mrs. Jan Calhoun, Mrs. Sherry Calhoun, and Mrs. Jennifer Jarvis presented Beta stoles. To receive a Beta stole to be worn at graduation, the student must be a senior member who has been in good standing for three consecutive years. To receive a Beta tassel to be worn at graduation, the student must be a member of the Beta Club in good standing. This includes maintaining an overall grade point average of 90 or above as well as satisfactory conduct within each class. These students must also participate in community and school projects while showing exemplary character and leadership towards their fellow classmates, teachers, school, and community. The following students were awarded with a Beta stole and/or tassel to be worn at graduation: Janay Ancheta, Deana Barwick, Courtney Brownlee, Toya Bush, Cassietta Coon, Christy Daniels, Amber Espinoza, Colby Gilbert, Brittany Goodwin, Nikki Griffin, Julia Kimmins, Jordie King, Kelly Lane, Chelsea Larkins, Brittany Miller, Laci Phillips, Megan Phillips, Shelby Standifer, Denise Torres, and Brooke Widner.
Courtney Brownlee, president of the Beta Club, Amber Espinoza, secretary, and Jordie King, vice president, were awarded a medal to be worn at graduation in recognition for their service as Beta Club officers.
The Colquitt Lions Club awards a $250 scholarship to one senior boy and one senior girl who will be attending college, vocational school, or other training equivalent to vocational school. Dr. Joe Grimsley, representing the Lions Club, presented this year's scholarships to recipients, Jordie King and Nick Rawlings.
Each year a top academic senior is named the STAR student and is sponsored by Ameris Bank and the Professional Association of Georgia Educators Foundation. To obtain the STAR nomination, students must have the highest score in one sitting on the Scholastic Assessment Test taken through the November test date of the senior year and be in the top ten percent or top ten students in their class.
Ameris Bank awards the STAR student with a scholarship of $300 to be presented after the student enrolls in the college of his or her choice. Sharon Karter presented this year's award to Megan Phillips. Megan chose Joye Bailey as her STAR Teacher.
Each year when final grades are calculated, the two students with the highest academic core grade point average in the senior class are recognized as valedictorian and salutatorian.
Megan Phillips and Syltoya Bush are the top two graduates. To be eligible for salutatorian, a senior must have completed the college preparatory with distinction program of study. They must have achieved the second highest academic core grade point average in this program. The core courses include four English, four mathematics, four social studies, four science, and two foreign language. First State Bank, represented by Livvy Smith, recognized this achievement by awarding the student with a $300.00 scholarship.
To be eligible for valedictorian, a senior must have completed the college preparatory with distinction program of study. They must have achieved the highest academic core grade point average in this program. The core courses include four English, four mathematics, four social studies, four science, and two foreign language. PeoplesSouth Bank recognized this achievement by awarding the student with a $300.00 scholarship.
When final grades are calculated, one of these students will be named valedictorian and the other salutatorian.
Connie Snyder, representing Bainbridge College, presented this year's valedictorian and salutatorian each with a $1000.00 scholarship.
The Yale Book Award is designed to recognize outstanding juniors in secondary schools around the country. The award is presented by the Yale Club of Southwest Georgia to a junior at Miller County High School selected by the faculty as a person who exhibits outstanding personal character and intellectual promise. This year's award is entitled "The Subprime Solution" by Robert J. Shiller who is a professor of economics at Yale University. In this selection, Shiller reveals the origins of the current subprime crisis in America and puts forward bold measures to solve it. Representing Yale, Greg Fullerton presented this year's award to Bret Snow.
Each year the Woodman of the World recognizes a high school student who has demonstrated exceptional achievement in history. The student receiving this award was Megan Phillips.
The Miller County Retired Educators Association presented a $250.00 scholarship to a senior who plans to become an educator. Criteria for selection included GPA, teacher recommendations, and participation in school and community activities. Students also had to describe the qualities they possess that would help them be successful in the field of education as well as how they would like to contribute to the world as an educator. Jan Calhoun presented this year's award to Courtney Brownlee.
Currently Bainbridge College offers the Dual Enrollment Program at four high schools in the area. These students enrolled in this program are able to take college classes while receiving both high school and college credits. This semester seven students successfully completed the class designed for training as nursing assistants.
hours of clinical time spent at a long-term care facility. Also, the students must have at least a 75 average to pass the class and be eligible to take the state registry test, providing them with state certification as a nurse assistant. This certification will provide these students with jobs in nursing homes, hospitals, clinics, etc. Students meeting these requirements are Yolanda Nelson, Syltoya Bush, Ericka Benton, Cassietta Coon, Denise Torres, Chamondia Moten, Kyla Moye, Whitly Jones, and Tamisha Douglas.
Those receiving recognition in senior welding were Malcolm Horne, Samuel Lovering, Justin Poff, Danny Roberts, Clayton Cook, Tyler Cox, Tony Grier, Russell Hart, Jimmy Henry, Jesse Kelley, Jack McNease, Justin Ogletree, Joey Sexton and William Williamson.
Debra Atkinson, representing the Community Development Corporation, awarded a $5000.00 scholarship each to three senior boys. They are Michael Bailey, Chris Williams, and Corey Whitaker.
The Pepsi Cola Bottling Company in Bainbridge has presented Miller County High School with a $1000 scholarship for deserving high school seniors. Our school has chosen to present two $500 scholarships to two seniors who will be enrolling in a postsecondary school, have a strong academic record, have been involved in extra-curricular activities at school and in the community, and have written an essay explaining how they will use this money to further their educational goals. Cleve Roland, high school counselor, presented these two awards to Courtney Brownlee and Chase Rawlings.
Jordie King received the Servant Leadership Scholarship. Servant Leadership at Columbus State University is a comprehensive program committed to developing future leaders. Participants are given the opportunity to develop leadership skills through exciting and innovative leadership classes, handson modeling of leadership practices, and participation in community service projects.
To be eligible for this scholarship, students must maintain a 3.0 GPA, and submit an application with letters of recommendation. After receiving 150 applications, 40 students were invited to complete in an interview with community leaders, and 15 students were selected to be a part of the Servant Leadership Program. This program provides a $10,000 scholarship. Jordie King received this prestigious scholarship.
Julia Kimmins received the Sound of the South band scholarship for trombone. This scholarship is chosen based on audition.
Miller County High School Principal Robert McIntosh gave the closing remarks, followed by the benediction by Cassietta Coon.
Congratulations are extended to all the ones who received awards. Hard work does pay off!