Awards and Achievements (2011-2012)

Fabian Bowman, a seventh-grade life science teacher at Carson Middle School, was among 40 of Georgia’s best and brightest new teachers to receive a New Teacher Assistance Grant from Georgia Power. Teacher nominations were submitted to Georgia Power by the 20 Georgia public colleges and universities that have a school of education.  To be eligible for the grant, candidates had to be in the top 25 percent of their class academically, be a first-year teacher employed by a public school in Georgia and demonstrate a high aptitude for teaching.  

Greensboro Elementary School Principal Dr. Joan Antone received the Marcus Foster Distinguished Educator Award at the 2011 National Alliance of Black School Educators (NABSE) conference. The Marcus Foster Distinguished Educator Award is bestowed upon individuals who have exercised exceptional leadership qualities and who, through their talents, have made systemic impacts in the field of education.  

Makayla Mathews, an 8th grader at Carson Middle School, was nominated and accepted as a People to People Student Ambassador to China for the summer of 2012.  As a People to People Student Ambassador, Makayla will spend 17 days travelling through Beijing, Xi'an, Shanghai, Wuzhen and Hong Kong with 30 other students her age from South Carolina and Georgia.   

Union Point Elementary School received a Bronze award for making great gains on state assessments under the Single Statewide Accountability System (SSAS). Great gains schools are recognized for demonstrating significant improvement on the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) or the Georgia High School Graduation Tests (GHSGT).  

Lake Oconee Academy received a Silver award for high performance on state assessments under the Single Statewide Accountability System (SSAS).  High performance schools are recognized for high achievement on the CRCT or GHSGT.  

Union Point Elementary School was named a Georgia Title I Distinguished School.  Title I schools that receive this award have made AYP for three consecutive years or more.  

Linsey Meng, a member of the Greene County High School FFA Chapter was named the state winner in the Small Animal Production and Care Proficiency. As the state winner, Linsey will compete at the National FFA Convention held in Indianapolis, IN this October. She received a plaque, $100 cash, and $500 travel money to attend the National FFA Convention for winning the state competition.  

Greensboro Elementary School fifth graders Keedon Reid and Tony Rowland placed first in their region in the Stock Market Games. Fourth graders Mya Greene and Nakayla Hudson placed second in their region after competing against more than 20 teams, which included middle school and high school students.  

Greene County High School FFA member Jaylen Sneed placed third in the Area II FFA Prepared Public Speaking Career Development Event. The FFA Prepared Public Speaking Career Development Event is designed to develop agricultural leadership. Participants are required to write and deliver a four to six minute long speech on an agricultural-related topic. The participants are judged on content and composition of the manuscript, voice, stage presence, power of expression, general effect and response to questions asked by a panel of judges. Jaylen chose to speak on the importance of agricultural careers.  

Carson Middle School students Abigail Johnson and Hannah Mason placed second at the State Technology Fair.  The pair created a PowerPoint presentation that won first place at the school level and at the Regional Technology. Their presentation had nearly 200 slides and demonstrated how to create animation using PowerPoint.  

Carson Middle School’s media center was one of 238 school libraries awarded a grant from the Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries for 2012.