Education Briefs

Published 11:49am Thursday, May 9, 2013

Harrison to attend Camp MDme
Wetumpka High School student Aundrea Harrison has been selected to attend Camp MDme, a summer camp sponsored by M.D. Connection, an initiative of Envision 2020. She is the daughter of André and Monica Harrison. Dr. André Harrison is Elmore County’s deputy superintendent and Monica Harrison is the counselor at the Elmore County Alternative Program.
The camp is designed for students who demonstrate academic strength in math and science and who are interested in attending medical school.
She is one of 20 students in the River Region selected to participate in this summer experience. The camp will encompass meeting with local physicians and field trips to a laboratory, the Institute for Patient Safety and Medical Simulations, Children’s Hospital of Alabama in Birmingham and the Bodies Exhibit in Atlanta.
The camp is one of many aspects created by Envision 2020 to address the health care need in the River Region area.
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Murphy chosen for graduate research fellowship program
Aeriel Murphy of Wetumpka is one of seven University of Alabama students and one alumna selected by the National Science Foundation for its Graduate Research Fellowship Program. They were chosen from among more than 13,000 applicants.
Part of 2,000 NSF Graduate Research Fellows, the students from the University will receive financial support for graduate studies.
Murphy is a student in the College of Engineering, who studies metallurgical engineering. She worked with Dr. Subhadra Gupta, associate professor of metallurgical and materials engineering, to research developing nanopatterned graded media for hard disk drives. She was also part of a research group under Drs. Mark Weaver and Nagy El-Kaddah, professors of metallurgical and materials engineering, to determine the behavior of a type of magnesium alloy during casting, which she will continue to focus on during graduate school. She also did research as an intern for Merck Pharmaceutical and Co. She
The awards, up to $121,500 per fellowship, according to NSF, come with annual stipends to be used in the pursuit of a research-based master’s or doctoral degree. Fellowships were awarded to 2,000 students, about 15 percent of those who applied.
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Oliver to be pinned at Freed-Hardeman
Lauren Oliver of Wetumpka is a member of the first class of Barchelor of Science in Nursing graduates at Freed-Hardeman University. A pinning ceremony will be held for the class May 10 and students will receive their BSN degrees May 11.
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Segars awarded scholarship from MS chapter
The Alabama-Mississippi Chapter of the National MS Society has announced this year’s recipients of its annual scholarship program. Jonothon Segars of Wetumpka High School, along with 22 other high school seniors, will receive scholarships from the chapter to help support their educational goals.
The program helps students affected by multiple sclerosis pursue a college or technical school education. It is open to high school seniors who live with MS or have a parent who is diagnosed with MS.
The society established its scholarship program 10 years ago and it immediately became a source of encouragement for families concerned that MS might put college out of reach.
Applications are evaluated on financial need, academic record, leadership and volunteer activities, a statement of educational and career goals and letters of recommendation. Applicants are also asked to provide a personal statement describing the impact MS has had on their life. Scholarships range from $1,000 to $3,000 and typically cover one year, although a limited number of awards may exceed this amount.
“For the Segars Family and the hundreds of thousands diagnosed with MS across the country, there are very few known sources of scholarship assistance specially targeted for these families,” said Jan Bell, chapter president. “MS shouldn’t stand in the way of an education, and we are hopeful this program will give families some relief.”
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Jones recognized by Achievement Academy
DeAngleo Jones of Wetumpka has been recognized by the United States Achievement Academy as a student of excellence in Leadership.
This is an honor few students attain, with only 10 percent of American high school students selecdted.
Jones, who attends Wetumpka Middle School was nominated for the honor by Jessica Williams, a teacher at the school. Jones will appear in the United States Achievement Academy’s Official Yearbook, which is published nationally.
The academy recognizes students upon the exclusive recommendation of teachers, coaches, counselors and other qualified sponsors and upon the standards for selection. Standards include academic performance, interest and aptitude, leadership qualities, responsibility, enthusiasm, motivation to learn and improve, attitude and cooperative spirit, dependability and the recommendation.
DeAngleo is the son of Frank and Lakecia Jones of Wetumpka. His grandparents are Jimmy and Betty Malchen of Monroeville.
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Local residents initiated into Phi Kappa Phi
The following local residents recently were initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines.
Eclectic – Matthew Lot, Auburn Montgomery.
Millbrook – Barbara Buchanan, Auburn Montgomery.
Wetumpka – Michael Anderson, Auburn Mont­gomery; Lyndee Bobo, Auburn Montgomery; Amanda Edmiston, Auburn Montgomery; Kyle Emfinger, Auburn University; Virginia Lucky, Auburn University; Jayne Shell, Auburn Mont­gomery; William Whatley, Auburn Montgomery..
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May graduates announced at UA
The University of Alabama awarded some 4,097 degrees during spring commencement May 3-4 on campus.
Local students receiving degrees were:
Deatsville – Kathryn Diane Bridges, Bachelor’s; Lindsey B. Gothard, Master’s; Joseph Allen Rightmyer, Doctoral; Melanie June Rightmyer, Doctoral; Crystal L. Sheridan, Bachelor’s; Raymonde T. Townsend, Master’s
Eclectic – Daniel J. Stanley, Master’s
Millbrook – Robert Mason Anderson, Bachelor’s; William B. Wood, Master’s
Tallassee – Samuel Elliott Bodner, Bachelor’s
Wetumpka – Brandy S. Brendle, Master’s; Bestor Wynne Coleman IV, Bachelor’s; Whitney D. Collier, Bachelor’s; Bethany S. Colquitt, Bachelor’s; Jennifer Rose Dailey, Master’s Degree; Alexander Scott Fain, Bachelor’s; Jason Thomas Grenier, Bachelor’s; Katrina T. Kessler, Bach­elor’s Degree; Kayla R. Key, Bachelor’s; Chelsea Elizabeth Les­ter, Bachelor’s; Latasha Jasmine Lewis, Bachelor’s; Jade K. O’Brien, Bach­elor’s; Glenda Hendricks Rogers, Master’s; Vir­ginia Ann Vilardi, Doctoral
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Howell accepted for Masters internship
Tina Howell, who was a 27-year resident of Wetumpka, has been accepted for a Masters degree internship in disaster management at Benedictine University and will intern in Greensboro, Ga.
She is an honor student at Benedictine University maintaining a 4.0 GPA. She entered Benedictine in fall 2010 and will complete her Masters degree in December 2013.
Her concentrations are in emergency, disaster and hazardous mitigation/management. She also has a second concentration in epidemiology. She will also complete three additional certifications: health management and policy certification, disaster management certification, and health education and promotion certification.
Howell moved to Georgia three years ago seeking a different experience in the health field. She is a seasoned radiology technologist of 30 years with an additional seven years experience as a medical assistant.
She is a former Dean’s List and Honor Alumni student from Auburn University with a 4.0 GPA.
Howell’s internship will be under the direction of County Manager Byron Lombard, who is also the director of EMA.
Her goal after graduation is to secure a job with FEMA, a state emergency management agency or as a state epidemiologist.

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