The Siemens Foundation recently honored the winners of the 10th annual Siemens Awards for Advanced Placement. Pamela Fedas, a teacher at Wesleyan School, won a Teachers Award.
The Siemens Foundation honors winning high school math and science teachers with a $1,000 award. Educators with a minimum of five years of experience in teaching a math, science or technology course are selected for their exemplary teaching and enthusiastic dedication to students and the AP program.
"We celebrate our 10th year of the Siemens Awards for Advanced Placement in partnership with the College Board at a time when math and science education is most vital in the United States," James Whaley, president of the New Jersey-based Siemens Foundation, said in a news release. "At Siemens we understand that an investment in our nation's future begins with investing resources in the lives of students, teachers and high schools who will inspire our next generation of innovators."
The $300,000 program was first established in 1998 and is one of five Siemens Foundation programs that support math and science education from grade school through graduate school.
Auburn Elementary student's science project wins honor
An Auburn Elementary School student recently received first place in a regional competition at Athens Technical College.
Draven Lehman's project, titled "How does temperature affect popcorn," also won honors at the Barrow County school.
Other school winners were Jetaine Vang, William Warren Aliff, Jarrett Bennett, Jose Cabrita and Jennifer Brown. Honorable mentions were awarded to Ivey Vaugh, Ashley Phillips, Quentin Garrison, TJ Johnson and Will Jernigan.
Before the science fair took place, fourth- and fifth-grade teachers taught the students about the scientific method.
Peachtree Ridge students win pageant awards
During the fifth annual Miss Peachtree Ridge Scholarship Pageant on Feb. 23, 52 young ladies competed for the title of Miss Freshman, Miss Sophomore, Miss Junior and Miss Peachtree Ridge 2008. The event was sponsored by the Peachtree Ridge Foundation.
The following students received awards:
Miss Freshman 2008 competition
Miss Freshman: Katie Turner
First runner-up: Lauren Persichetti
Second runner-up: Stephanie Lennox
Third runner-up: Summer Peabody
Fourth runner-up: Baillie Burmaster
Academic Award Winner: Summer Peabody
Spirit Award: Katie Turner
Miss Congeniality: Sally Crocker
Miss Sophomore 2008 competition
Miss Sophomore: Becca Smith
First runner-up: Savannah Butler
Academic Award Winner: Becca Smith
Spirit Award: Tatum Harmon
Miss Congeniality: Tatum Harmon
Freshman/Sophomore Pageant Photogenic Award
Miss Photogenic: Lauren Persichetti Winner of a $1,000 portfolio by Mossy Creek Photography)
Runner-up: Katie Turner
Miss Junior 2008 competition
Miss Junior: Lauren Bennett
First runner-up: Chelsey Perry
Second runner-up: Aoife Healy
Third runner-up: Lauren Corley
Fourth runner-up: Devin Harmon
Academic Award Winner: Devin Harmon
Spirit Award: Breanna Hill
Miss Congeniality: Ellie Winfrey
Miss Peachtree Ridge High School 2008 competition
Miss Peachtree Ridge 2008: Mary Kathryn White (Winner of a $1,000 cash scholarship sponsored by Cory Lesko of Classy Nails and Tan)
First runner-up: Chelsea Jennings
Second runner-up: Arvisse Suanders
Third runner-up: Jessica Holcombe
Fourth runner-up: Lindsey Griffith
Fifth runner-up: Hannah Oliver
Top 10: Megan Frank, Arvisse Saunders, Layne Oldfield, Jessica Holcombe, Lindsey Griffith, Mary Kathryn White, Asya-Lorrene Morgan, Chelsea Jennings, Hannah Oliver and Catherine Placek
Academic Award Winner: Layne Oldfield
Spirit Award: Stephanie Russell
Miss Congeniality: Arvisse Saunders
Junior/Miss Peachtree Ridge Pageant Photogenic Award
Miss Photogenic: Mary Kathryn White Winner of a $1,000 portfolio by Mossy Creek Photography)
Runner-up: Chelsey Perry
Heather Darenberg writes about education. Good News From Schools appears in the Sunday edition of the Gwinnett Daily Post.