Femia Schwab, of Hephzibah, a pharmacy technology student at Augusta Technical College, was recently named as the college’s winner of the Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership, or GOAL.
The announcement was made by the Optimist Club of Augusta, the sponsoring organization for Augusta Tech’s GOAL program. Schwab was chosen by a panel of local leaders over three other nominees for the award.
GOAL winners are selected at each of the state’s 25 technical colleges as well as the four University System of Georgia colleges with technical education divisions.
Schwab will proceed to consortia preliminary judging. If chosen as one of the 12 finalists, two from each consortium, she will receive go to Atlanta in May to compete to be the state’s 2012 GOAL winner. The grand prize includes a new car.
Corey McArthur Dortch graduated from the University of Georgia with a Doctor of Philosophy degree in higher education. Dortch is a 1999 honors graduate of A.R. Johnson Health Sciences and Engineering Magnet School and received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from UGA. Dortch is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Dortch.
Essay contest winners
Three Richmond County pupils were named winners in the Augusta chapter of the National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution’s 2011-12 American History Essay Contest. The topic was “Young America Takes a Stand: The War of 1812.” Ten schools participated. All participants will be recognized with a certificate. Of the many distinguished entries, the following were chosen to represent Richmond County:
• First Place: Damaris Billups, Tobacco Road Elementary (fifth grade)
• Second Place: Taliah Beasley, John M. Tutt Middle School (sixth grade); Nadiyah Buchanan, Deer Chase Elementary (fifth grade)
The CSRA Area Agency on Aging, a division of the CSRA Regional Commission, announced recently that three members of its staff passed an international certification examination for the aging profession. The exam, administered by the Alliance of Information and Referral Systems, or AIRS, was hosted Oct. 20 in Atlanta by the United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta.
Jacqueline Sparks, lead information and screening specialist; Lee Walker, education and resource specialist; and April Young, information and screening specialist, are now Certified Information and Referral Specialists – Aging. The AIRS Certification Program awards professional credentials internationally to individuals who have demonstrated competencies in the field of information and referral that include the knowledge, skills, attitudes and work-related behaviors needed by practitioners to successfully perform their duties.
Dr. Betty B. Wray, an allergy and asthma specialist at Medical College of Georgia Hospital’s Children’s Medical Center, has received a Lifetime Achievement Award for distinguished service to the Southeastern Allergy, Asthma, Immunology Society. The award was presented at the society’s annual meeting in Alabama.
Wray, a professor emerita in pediatrics and medicine at Georgia Health Sciences University, was recognized for decades of service to the society, including her 1984-85 tenure as president, as well as her many other professional contributions to the field of allergy, asthma and immunology.
The T.W. Josey High School FCCLA student organization submitted an application in December for the Fuel Up to Play 60 program. It was notified in January that its grant was approved. The organization will receive a total funding award of $4,000 from the Southeast United Dairy Industry Association Inc.
Fuel Up to Play 60 is an in-school nutrition and physical activity program launched by National Dairy Council and NFL, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, to combat childhood obesity.
Augusta Mayor Deke Copenhaver and Georgia Health Sciences University President Ricardo Azziz were named to Georgia Trend’s 2012 100 Most Influential Georgians.
Cathy Williams has received the 2011 Gloria Ginn Volunteer of the Year Award from the Children’s Heart Program Volunteer Council.
The award recognizes her significant contributions to children with heart disease and to their family members.
Boxing club success
The Augusta Boxing Club reports a couple of recent successful tournaments.
In December, Ray “Stingray” Whitfield said the club took home the team trophy from a tournament in Columbus, Ga.
Then just after the new year started, Whitfield took five boxers to the Silver Gloves Tournament in Wilmington, N.C. Doc Robinson won the gold medal and will compete in the National Silver Gloves Tournament in Kansas City, Mo., Feb. 3-6.
Desmond Lyons, Willie Burns, Orlando Hernton and Malik Hampton all took home silver medals.
• Stephanie Danielle Farmer, of Richmond County, made the dean’s list at Middle Georgia College for the fall semester.
• Nichole Martineau, of Augusta, was named to the dean’s list at Jamestown College in Jamestown, N.D., for the fall semester.
• Javen J. Teasley, a 2011 graduate of Hephzibah High School, graduated from Air Force basic raining at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio. He is the son of Pearlene Teasley, of Augusta.
• Clevonna V. Paschal, a 2008 graduate of Greenbrier High School, completed Army basic training at Fort Sill in Lawton, Okla. She is the daughter of Mary Paschal, of Appling.
• Capus P. Barnett, a 2006 graduate of George P. Butler High School, graduated from the Army National Guard Basic Field Artillery Cannon Crewmember Advanced Individual Training course at Fort Sill in Lawton, Okla. He is the son of Adam T. Barnett Sr., of Augusta.