Given valor awards
Linda M. Banks and Robert Richardson, police officers at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers, have received valor awards from the department for their efforts during Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
The Active Duty Rehabilitation Unit of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers, Augusta, has been recognized with the department's Diversity Award.
Leroysha Nicole Kemp, of Augusta, daughter of Leroy and Burdette Kemp, has earned a bachelor of science degree in business management from Southern Polytechnic State University, Marietta, Ga.
The following students in Augusta State University's Minority Advising Program were honored at the African-American Scholar Recognition Program during Black History Month:
Krystal Hawes and Tei'Aira Lawrence, T.W. Josey High School; Alicia Hines and Jared Williams, Westminster Schools; and Brianna L. Bridgeman and Ashley R. Morrow, the Academy of Richmond County; Crystan LaTorah Dowds and Michael Weston Smith, A.R. Johnson Health Science and Engineering Magnet High School; and Joette Jones and Shekema Green, Butler High School; Farrahn Evans and Whitney Lyons, Cross Creek High School; and Dorian Patterson and Porscha Dickens, John S. Davidson Fine Arts School; TaCara D. Harris and Byron W. Doyle, Glenn Hills High School; Jenifer Felix and Natasha Pace, Hephzibah High School; and Eboni Fields and Rachel Hollomon, Lucy C. Laney High School.
The following area students have earned degrees from the University of West Georgia, Carrollton:
Augusta - Jonathan Brauer, bachelor of arts in chemistry; Chadwick Givens, bachelor of business administration in marketing; and Kenneth Ludlow, bachelor of arts in history.
Hepzibah - Keenila Johnson, bachelor of science in biology.