Bronze Star recipient
Army Staff Sgt. Ricky Donell Wright, the son of Richardean Norwood, of Augusta, and a graduate of T.W. Josey High School, recently was awarded a Bronze Star with a combat "V" for valor for his service in Iraq. The medal commends his actions under fire after his convoy was struck with an explosive device. Staff Sgt. Wright was stationed in Fallujah from January to December 2005. This was his second tour of duty in Iraq. He and his wife, Lee Anne Wright, have three children.
Runner-up in pageant
Kayla Byrd, daughter of Michael and Christy Byrd, of Augusta, was second runner-up in beauty recently at the Sunburst International Georgia State Beauty Pageant. She placed first in Most Photogenic, Best Composite Photo, Best Portfolio Photos, Best Attire, School Ware Competition, Best Mail in Photo and Golden Globe Award.
Scott "Ross" Bowden, a member of Boy Scout Troop 716, has attained the rank of Eagle Scout. He is the grandson of Sherry and Woody Walker, of Augusta.
Margaret K. Holmes, Rebecca A. Murchinson and Paul G. Trotter, of Augusta, have graduated from Furman University, Greenville, S.C.
JeDonne Williams, of Hephzibah, has earned a bachelor of business administration degree in management from Baylor University, Waco, Texas.
The following Richmond County teens have graduated from the Georgia National Guard's Youth Challenge Academy, Fort Stewart, Ga.:
Orlando Acevedo, Carmelo Albino, Demitre Barnes, Quinton Clayton, Savannah Fortune, Timothy Greynolds, Kendra Harris, Kendra Kirkland, Jesse Phillips, Anitryl Willams and Jonathan Williams.
Lavetta Kimberlyann Dorsey and Ernest L. Jones III, of Lucy C. Laney High School, have been named recipients of Thomas L. Clark Jr. Academic Scholarship awards.
Top NAACP branch
The Augusta NAACP branch recently was named the Georgia State Conference Branch of the Quarter.
Brittany Kennethia Henderson, of Hephzibah High School, received an Excellence in Citizenship Award from Georgia Secretary of State Cathy Cox.
Stacy Johnson, a rising junior at Cross Creek High School, recently attended Presidential Classroom's Law and Justice in a Democracy Program in Washington.
Dr. Chavonda Jacobs-Young, of Augusta, a national program leader in the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service National Research Initiative, has received the Outstanding Achievement in Government Award.
Winter dean's list
Heather Romig, of Augusta, has been named to the dean's list for the winter quarter 2006 at Eastern Washington University, Cheney.
Spring dean's list
Sharena Nicole Thompson, of Hephzibah, has been named to the dean's list for the spring 2006 semester at Mercer University, Macon, Ga.
Krystle A. Johnson, of Augusta, has earned a bachelor of science degree in respiratory therapy, and Tabitha L. McCoy, of Augusta, has earned a bachelor of science in education in early childhood education degree from Armstrong Atlantic State University, Savannah, Ga.
Quentin Phillip Nixon, son of Jerry and Dorothy Nixon, of Hephzibah, has been selected for membership into the National Society of High School Scholars.
Allison A. Elsey, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harry C. Elsey, of Augusta, graduated magna cum laude with bachelor of science degrees in biology and chemistry from Augusta State University.
The William Few chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution has elected and installed the following officers for 2006-07:
Dr. Richard L. Schuster, president; H. Campbell Chafee II, vice president; Robert R. Turbyfill Jr., secretary/treasurer; and Lt. Col. David R.Titus, chaplain.
The outgoing president, Dr. Russell K. Brown, was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal.