Four recent graduates received $1,000 scholarships from Bulloch County’s Georgia Association of Educators chapter on June 13 during a special banquet to honor their achievements. Sydney Davis and Andreas Ward of Statesboro High School, Brantley Spence of Portal Middle High School and Preston Smith of Southeast Bulloch High School each attended the event with their families and shared their future plans.
Davis, an SHS honor graduate, is attending Georgia Southern University, where she is a biology/pre-medicine major. Ward, who is also a SHS honor graduate, will be attending the Georgia Institute of Technology in the fall, where he plans to major in mechanical engineering, obtain his master’s degree in business administration and put his degrees to work in the field of prosthetics. Spence, an honor graduate from PMHS, plans on majoring in mathematics at GSU and obtaining his master’s degree in education so that he can return to teach in Bulloch County. Smith, an honor graduate from SEBHS, also has been accepted to Georgia Tech, where he will major in information technology. As the Georgia High School Association’s State Triple Jump champion, he also will be a member of Georgia Tech’s track and field team.
“All of our attempts to show our gratitude are unintentionally inadequate,” said Mary Felton as she addressed the students. Felton is the school system’s new assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction, and she served as the event’s guest speaker. “We are proud of your accomplishments. You were trailblazers through high school, and we wish you a lifetime of success.”
The local GAE chapter also recognized six employees who retired this year: Patricia Taylor, Linda O’Dowd, Holli Strozzo, Leigh Ann Mikell, Bernice Kent and Milton Williams. They were part of a group of 28 total retirees for 2013–2014 that served the school system for 697 years.