SPECIAL MAU race winners MAU Workforce Solutions has recognized the winners of the "Beat the President" contest, which took place March 31 at the Cooper River Bridge Run in Charleston, S.C. The contest provided MAU Workforce Solutions employees with the opportunity to compete for prize money by beating the race time of Randy Hatcher, the president of MAU Workforce Solutions. The prize winners were as follows: first place, $1,000, John "Jake" Martin Rice (40:44); second place, $750, Matthew Robert Murray (40:44); third place, $250, Marc Garraud (45:11). Hatcher's time was 54:22.

The Friendship Recovery Center, which falls under the umbrella of Mental Health America announced that Gareth Fenley has been selected by the national board of directors of the National Alliance on Mental Illness for its Multicultural Outreach Award for 2012.


In January, she helped institute a collaborative partnership with several mental health organizations in the Augusta area.

Fenley will be presented with the award at the annual convention, scheduled for June 27-30 in Seattle.

James Donathan Garner, a tutor in the Augusta State University Writing Center, has been nominated for a fellowship award with the National Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest, largest and most selective all-discipline honor society.

Each year, Phi Kappa Phi awards 51 fellowships of $5,000 each and five for $15,000 each to members entering the first year of graduate or professional study. According to Phi Kappa Phi officials, the ASU Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi selected Garner from among local applicants, and he is now eligible to compete for the societywide awards.

If awarded a fellowship with Phi Kappa Phi, Garner hopes to continue his studies at the University of North Carolina, the University of Georgia or the University of South Carolina. Garner received a bachelor’s degree in English from ASU in 2010.

Sara Griswold, an assistant professor of Spanish in Augusta State University’s Department of English and Foreign Languages, has been named the 2012 Professor of the Year by the Georgia chapter of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese.

Griswold was selected based on her outstanding work in helping students to not only learn Spanish but gain an appreciation for the Hispanic culture. She was nominated for the award by her colleague, ASU Spanish professor Jana Sandarg, who commended Griswold’s leadership role in foreign language education.

Three students from Augusta State University’s Department of Chemistry and Physics won awards for presentations at the Georgia Academy of Sciences conference, which was held March 23-24 at Kennesaw State University.

Philip Javernick, Joy Jenkins and Emily Murray each won the award for best undergraduate oral presentation in their session. Javernick presented his research, “Second harmonic generation and non-linear corrections to the high frequency susceptibility of a multiferroic material”; Jenkins presented “Synthesis of 2-Aminofluorene derivatives as an organic chemistry laboratory project”; and Murray presented “Synthesis of C- and N-Substituted bicyclic sulfones as potential inhibitors of HHV-6.”

They were among 30 students and eight faculty members from ASU’s chemistry and physics and biology departments attending the conference.

Several Westminster Schools of Augusta students had standout performances on the 2012 National Latin Exam.

Four students earned perfect scores: Palmer Brigham, Stephen Cave, Sam McCartney, and Jon Gibbs. Three students earned Maureen O’Donell Book Awards from the American Classical League for earning their fourth gold medal on the exam: Hope Patterson, Kelly Smith, and Kerrie Edmondson.

The following students received medals for their performance on the exam: Latin 1, gold medal — Roderick Bayliss, Brantley Barinowski, Palmer Brigham, Stephen Cave, George Inman, Ethan Lynch, Caroline McCully, Wils Meeks, Catherine Paulk, Abbey Robertson, Anna Robertson, Edward Ruan, Brielle Smith, Savannah Smith and Jordan Trahan; Latin 1, silver medal — Tanner Barfield, Colson Herrin and David Legg; Latin 2, gold medal — Bryce Barinowski, Caroline Cain, Jacob Criss, Ivan Day, Jon Gibbs, Jarred Hanner, Caleb Herrin and Sam McCartney; Latin 3, gold medal — Amy Chan, Will Newton, Caroline Page and Mallory Walters; Latin 3, silver medal — Grace Goodell, Anna Grimm and Caleb Lively; Latin 4, gold medal — Hope Patterson and Kelly Smith; Latin 5, gold medal — Kerrie Edmondson.

Westminster Schools of Augusta has received notification that Hope Patterson, a junior, has been selected as a finalist for the Georgia Governor’s Honors Program. She was nominated and accepted based on her expertise in Latin.

The Governor’s Honors Program is a residential summer program for gifted and talented high school juniors and seniors.

A function of the Georgia Department of Education, it takes place on the campus of Valdosta State University. The 2012 program will be the 49th summer, making it the longest continually running program of its kind in the nation.

More than 2,900 students from across the state were interviewed and auditioned over three weekends in January and February, and 690 finalists were chosen to participate in the 2012 program.

Written evidence including the nomination, transcripts, PSAT/SAT scores, endorsements and other pertinent information, plus data gathered in the student interview/auditions are used to select finalists. Because the program is fully funded by the state, there is no charge for students to attend.

Students will arrive at Valdosta State on June 24 and spend four weeks in the program.

The Georgia Department of Education recently honored the Fort Gordon Youth Challenge Academy for reaching a high level of student participation in the School Nutrition Program.

The academy was awarded a certificate of accomplishment to acknowledge the school’s success in
having 91 percent of students each lunch and 93 percent eat breakfast at school.

The National Guard Youth Challenge Program is a voluntary intervention program open to high school dropouts ages 16 to 18 who are looking for a way to change their lives through education, community service, physical fitness and life-skills training.

The 17-month program helps young people earn a GED, enroll in college, enter the workforce or join the military.

Augusta native and opera baritone Mark Diamond, 25, recently won Sarah Tucker Study Grant, which includes a $5,000 cash prize.

The award came after two days of auditions by some of the country’s finest young opera singers in New York City.

Diamond is in the Houston Grand Opera’s young artist program.

These grants are awarded to singers making the transition from student to professional singer, who
are generally younger than 30.



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