Fine arts scholarship, art show information available from arts council


The Jackson County Arts Council will be awarding a $500 scholarship to a graduating senior from Jackson County who wishes to pursue post-high school education in the area of Fine Arts. Students who wish to major in the visual arts, music, dance or drama are eligible.

Please contact your high school counselor for an application. Homeschoolers are encouraged to apply: call 706-757-3535 for more information and a copy of the application.

Celebrate the Arts, a free countywide student art show will be held on March 14-17 at the Jackson County Courthouse. School art teachers can provide more details, and home-schooled students are invited to submit art work: painting, drawing, 3D creations (pottery, sculpture) and mixed medium pieces are accepted.

For more information about the Jackson County Arts Council, call 706-757-3535.

Feb. 17 session on free GED and community programs in Jackson


Need information about educational opportunities for adults in Jackson County?

The Jackson County Adult Education Center, located on the Jackson campus of Lanier Technical College in Commerce, is providing free assessments and community information from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 17. Registration is required.

Gwenn Evans and the Adult Education staff will present an overview of services including free GED prep classes, computer skills and programs to assist learners with specific needs.

Guests will include Lisa Paez of ACTION Inc., who will present information on free college tuition, child care and gas allowance to qualified applicants.

Venola Gilder with the Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency will give an overview of services and pre-screen applicants.

Classes are offered in Commerce and Braselton, and student schedules are flexible. GED Testing fee scholarships are available to enrolled students that complete enrollment and academic requirements.

For more information or to register, contact Gwenn Evans at 770-535-6277.

5 WJMS band members selected for All-State Band


West Jackson Middle School will be represented at All-State Band by five students who secured a spot based on their audition scoring.

Annually, the 13 districts of the Georgia Music Educators Association host district honor band auditions across the state and five WJMS are among those selected for All-State Band. They are Garitt Wolter, trumpet; Ray Guereca, alto saxophone; Josiah Reeves, tuba; Savannah Van Buren, French horn; and Elizabeth Sanders, trombone.

The band members were congratulated by William Kilgore, director of bands at WJMS.

“It is an honor for these students to be chosen to take part in the All-State Band,” said Kilgore. “The All-State Band is the highest honor a band student can receive in middle school. For Jackson County to have five students to make the band is quite an accomplishment.”

The GMEA Middle School All-State Band will convene March 3 at the Classic Center in Athens and will perform a concert on March 5.



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GOAL winner plans to help veterans thanks to health care education


Lanier Tech student, teacher honored at awards luncheon


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Lanier Technical College's Evelyn Johnson is announced the winner of the 2016 Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership Wednesday afternoon during the school's awards luncheon at the Gainesville Civic Center.

Lanier Technical College’s Evelyn Johnson is announced the winner of the 2016 Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership Wednesday afternoon during the school’s awards luncheon at the Gainesville Civic Center.

Growing up in a small village in Costa Rica, Evelyn Johnson didn’t have an understanding of the U.S. armed forces, or military life at all.

But today, it is her goal and her passion to do what she can to support the men and women who serve their country.

Johnson shared her story Wednesday afternoon at the Lanier Technical College GOAL and Rick Perkins Awards Luncheon in Gainesville, where she was awarded the Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership from Lanier Tech.

Amy O’Dell, instructor in the interiors program at Lanier Tech, received the Rick Perkins Award for Excellence in Technical Instruction.

Johnson and O’Dell will go on to compete at regional levels for these awards, which honor excellence in one student and one teacher in the Technical College System of Georgia.

Johnson said she started working right out of high school in Costa Rica to help support her family.

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Young leaders sought for trip to nation’s capital


Jackson Electric Membership Corporation (EMC) is seeking applicants for the leadership experience of a lifetime and the cooperative will send four exceptional student delegates on an all-expenses paid leadership trip to Washington, D.C., June 9-16 for the 2016 Washington Youth Tour (WYT).

Interested applicants should contact their school guidance counselor or leadership department.

Candidates must be a high school sophomore or junior at least 16 years of age at the time of the trip, with demonstrated leadership and academic excellence who are interested in learning more about leadership, civic service, history and U.S. government.

Nominees will be selected by their high school guidance counselors/educators or may be home-schooled students living in a Jackson EMC member’s household who are interested in the program.

The four winners of this award will earn the prestigious title of a WYT delegate and an all-expense paid leadership trip to Washington, D.C., joining more than 100 of Georgia’s brightest students and roughly 1,600 students sponsored by electric membership cooperatives across the country.

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