Educational briefs

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Lakeside senior named county's STAR student


Lakeside High School senior Linda Yi received Columbia County's top academic honor Thursday for earning the county's highest SAT score.

She received the Student Teacher Achievement Recognition honor during the 47th annual presentation of the award by the Harlem Woman's Club. She selected physics teacher John Cato as her STAR teacher.

Ms. Yi scored a 2,340 out of a possible 2,400 on the test. STAR honors are awarded annually to seniors who have the top SAT score at their school and are in the top 10 percent of their class. A finalist for the award is chosen from each of the county's four public high schools, Augusta Christian Schools, Augusta Preparatory Day School and Evans Christian Academy. The students also select their STAR teacher.

Other finalists were: Augusta Christian senior Helen Cave and Advanced Placement calculus teacher Jack Hook; Augusta Prep senior Trevor Terris and math teacher Timothy Shafer; Evans Christian senior Laura Smolley and American history teacher Kathryn Nave; Evans High senior Rebecca Welch and language arts teacher Debbie Daniel; Greenbrier High senior Rebecca Noblett and AP U.S. history teacher Tracy Roden; and Harlem High senior Violet Roden and honors biology and human anatomy teacher Stephanie Arrington.

2 juveniles arrested in school bomb threats

Two more juveniles have been arrested over bomb threats against Richmond County schools, sheriff's Lt. Scott Peebles said Thursday.

The juveniles made two calls to East Augusta Middle School, the violent crimes investigator said.

Five juveniles have now been arrested in less than two weeks in the bomb threat cases.

Police began rounding up suspects after the calls spiked in January. That led Superintendent Dana Bedden to release recordings of some of the calls.

Davidson educator is finalist for state prize

Richmond County's Teacher of the Year is a finalist for the state title.

Aletha Snowberger is one of 10 finalists for Georgia Teacher of the Year, the state Department of Education announced Thursday. Ms. Snowberger, the only local finalist, teaches world history at John S. Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School.

The winner will be named at the Georgia Aquarium in May.

Teacher receives grant for writing instruction

Nancy Sladky, a teacher at John S. Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School, has been awarded one of six College Board Bob Costas Grants for the Teaching of Writing.

Ms. Sladky, who teaches literature and composition, received $3,000 with the recognition.

The grants, given nationally, recognize extraordinary teachers who use innovative methods to inspire their students to write.

The award is named in honor of the Emmy Award-winning broadcaster and author.

-- From staff reports