Brandon Pendarvis Brown, the vice president of institutional advancement at Paine College, received the national Legacy Award for outstanding service to higher education during the United Negro College Fund’s National Alumni Council and Pre-Alumni Council Leadership Conference, held Friday in Orlando, Fla.
Brown is charged with raising more than $14 million for the college’s Health Education Activities Learning, or HEAL Complex, which is currently under construction.
Taylor “Pretty” Honore, a 2011 graduate of Westside High School, was chosen to be “made into a hot female rapper” on the MTV show Made. The premiere episode of the show’s 12th season aired Jan. 24.
Made follows teens around, taping their everyday activities, and transforms their lives by making their dreams a reality.
The following have been named to the Leadership Georgia Class of 2012: Jay B. Forrester, the group vice president and senior loan officer of Georgia Bank and Trust; Catherine Rebekah Henry, the executive director of the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art; Duncan Johnson Jr., the president of Duncan Johnson Motor Co.
Leadership Georgia, affiliated with the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, trains and builds a network of young leaders from across the state. Sixty participants are selected each year from a pool of several hundred applicants.
Tamara Samuels, a student at Augusta State University, has accepted membership in the Golden Key International Honour Society. She was honored during a recent induction ceremony at the university.
Golden Key provides academic recognition to top-performing college and university students as well as scholarships and awards, career and internship opportunities, networking, service and leadership development opportunities.
The Augusta Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution recently announced winners in the 2011-12 American History Essay Contest. The topic was “Young America Takes a Stand: The War of 1812.” Ten schools participated, and the following were chosen to represent Richmond County:
• Eighth Grade: first place, Taylor Ferguson, Hillcrest Baptist School; second place, Kiki Scales, Hillcrest Baptist
• Seventh Grade: first place, Mercedes C. Jackson, Hillcrest Baptist; second place, Jayla Motley-Brown, Hillcrest Baptist
• Sixth Grade: first place, Kayla Washington, Hillcrest Baptist; second place, Taliah Beasley, John M. Tutt Middle
• Fifth Grade: first place, Damaris Billups, Tobacco Road Elementary; second place, Nadiyah Buchanan, Deer Chase Elementary
• Tiffany Alexis Shelton, of Augusta, graduated in the fall semester from Valdosta State University with a Bachelor of Science in education with a major in early childhood education.
• The following students graduated from the University of Georgia in the fall semester: Patrick Neumann Almeter, of Augusta, Bachelor of Arts; Erin Elizabeth Burch, of Augusta, Bachelor of Science in education; John Douglass Cates V, of Athens, Ga., Master of Business Administration; Kevin Keny Cincinatus, of Augusta, Bachelor of Science in family and consumer sciences; Virginia Ellen Dent, of Augusta, Bachelor of Arts; Jennifer Lauryn Evans, of Augusta, Bachelor of Science in education; Stephanie Johnson Fleming, of Augusta, Bachelor of Science in education; Sarah Katherine Gilliland, of Augusta, Bachelor of Science in education; La Shaun Victoria Hammond, of Hephzibah, Master of Social Work; Jordan Wesley Herin, of Augusta, Bachelor of Arts in journalism; Amanda Elizabeth Hewett, of Augusta, Bachelor of Science in biological engineering; Jasmine Sade Morrissette, of Grovetown, Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts; Brittney Alexis Scruggs, of Hephzibah, Bachelor of Science; Jeffrey Carl Shurtleff Jr., of Augusta, Bachelor of Business Administration; Lacey Suzanne Sombar, of Augusta, Bachelor of Fine Arts; Kimberly Christina Walker, of Augusta, Juris Doctor; Melissa Katherine Walters, of Augusta, Bachelor of Business Administration and Master of Accountancy; and Rachel Kay Winsor, of Madison, Ga., Bachelor of Arts.