Students receive merit honors

Caleb Lively, a senior at Westminster Schools of Augusta, has been named semifinalist in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program.

Brenton Durkee, Chandler Holgate, Will Newton and Caroline Page, also students at Westminster, have been named Commended Students in the program.

Action Ministries received a large donation of furniture Oct. 8 from La-Z-Boy.

The furniture store collects gently used furniture through its trade-in program and donates it to charity. Since the program began in 2006, it has collected more than $120,000 and 3,300 pieces of furniture, according to a news release.

Ashleigh Marie Andrews has graduated from the University of Georgia with a BS in nursing and was named to the deans list for the summer 2013 semester.

The Augusta Branch NAACP received seven awards at the Georgia State Conference NAACP Convention, held in Columbus on Oct. 3-6. The branch won the Judge John. H. Ruffin Jr. Award for legal initiatives; the Julius C. Hope Award for Unit Excellence and Activities; the Amos Holmes Award for Educational Excellence; the Robert Flanagan Award for the for the greatest membership increase in 2012; the W.W. Law Award for Unit Awareness; the Ruby Hurley Award for the greatest increase in adult memberships for 2012; and the Earl T. Shinholster Award for support of economic development in the community. The branch placed second in the state membership laydown competition.

The branch also recommended and adopted five state convention resolutions honoring community leaders: State Rep. William Quincy Murphy; Kellie Kenner McIntyre, the first African American solicitor general; Harry B. James III, the first African American Judge of Probate Court; Richard Roundtree, the first African American to win the Democratic nomination for sheriff; and opera singer Jessye Norman.

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