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Education roundup: Incarcerated youths get to graduate

Students from the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice’s Augusta Youth Development Campus...
Students from the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice’s Augusta Youth Development Campus were among those participating in a recent high school graduation ceremony.(Contributed)
Published: Jun. 2, 2022 at 4:07 PM EDT
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AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - Students from the Augusta Youth Development Campus were among those participating in a recent high school graduation ceremony in Decatur.

The Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice’s held its annual spring high school commencement ceremony for youth enrolled in the DJJ School System on Friday.

Twenty-four high school diplomas and 15 General Equivalency Degrees diplomas were awarded to qualifying students.

The Georgia Preparatory Academy is the agency’s middle and high school and Pathway to Success is the GED program within the school system.

Graduates came from Atlanta, Eastman, Augusta, Milledgeville, Macon, Muscogee, Gainesville, Metro, Waycross, Rome, Cadwell and Chatham facilities.

Doctors Hospital welcomes ‘529 Day’ baby

Hayden Tramble, family and friends
Hayden Tramble, family and friends(Contributed)

AUGUSTA, Ga. - On May 29, Doctors Hospital of Augusta, in partnership with the state of Georgia’s Path2College 529 Plan, welcomed Hayden Tramble, the hospital’s first “529 Day” baby.

The hospital awarded him a $1,529 contribution to his Path2College 529 Plan savings account.

“We were so excited to welcome our baby boy, and this just adds to the excitement,” said Hayden’s mom, Cynthia.

This is the eighth year the Path2College 529 Plan has partnered with Doctors Hospital of Augusta to award a college savings account to a “529 Day Baby.”

States across the country recognize May 29 as a day to raise awareness about each state’s 529 plan and the importance of saving for college.

Mini grants awarded to teachers at schools across region

Tiara Boyd, Monte Sano Elementary, celebrates as she receives a special prize in addition to...
Tiara Boyd, Monte Sano Elementary, celebrates as she receives a special prize in addition to her mini grant award.(SRNS)

AIKEN, S.C. - As part of the 2022 Innovative Teaching Mini Grants Program funded by Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, 82 local educators received grants ranging from $500 to $1,000 during a recent celebration.

To date, $825,000 has been contributed to support educators throughout the region.

Using this money, teachers can purchase equipment, supplies and resources to enhance their students’ performances in mathematics and science.

“This is our first year to have a Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) program,” said April Barbin, a STEAM teacher at Cedar Ridge Elementary, in Grovetown, Ga. “We have a theme for next year called ‘Balloons Over Broadway’ where our students will learn how to build and code robotic parade floats. I taught them how to code other robots this year, so I can’t wait for them to see these. I think they are going to have a blast.”

Educators from all Central Savannah River Area elementary and middle schools are eligible to apply annually for $50,000 in mini grants funded by SRNS parent companies Fluor, Newport News Nuclear and Honeywell.

“The SRNS Mini Grant program is a great way to give us materials that put things in a perspective that are hands on and engaging, making learning more exciting for our students,” said Christi McWaters, a first-grade teacher at East Aiken Elementary. “I think it’s really awesome that community-oriented organizations like SRNS are willing to support education.”

Local students earn scholarships from S.C. State Fair

COLUMBIA, S.C. - The South Carolina State Fair has named its Ride of Your Life Scholarship recipients for 2022.

The S. C. State Fair annually awards about 50 scholarships to South Carolina high school students planning to pursue their studies at any public or private college, university, or technical college in the state. The $6,000 scholarships are awarded at an annual rate of $1,500 and are based on academic and extracurricular achievement, communication skills, need, and completeness of the application.

Thanks to Circle K stores, the S. C. State Fair will award three additional scholarships this year.

In our region, the scholarship recipients include:

  • Sheridan Carpenter, Fox Creek High School
  • Roy Humphreys, Midland Valley High School
  • Kimberly Elizabeth Morris, Aiken High School
  • JoCobe D. Fields, Orangeburg Wilkinson School
  • Riley Mae Johnson, Bamberg-Erhrardt High School
  • Raj Patel, Denmark-Olar High School

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