Taylor Thompson, a Spanish language student at Evans High School, was named the 2012 FLAIR (Foreign Language Alliance for International Rapport) Outstanding Student of the Year. Taylor received a check and a plaque at the induction ceremony at Augusta State University.
The Harlem High FFA Nursery/Landscape Team placed first in the Area 4 FFA Nursery/Landscape Career Development Event in Swainsboro, Ga. Team members are Donnie Fuller (from left), who was high individual; Tanner Duckworth; Mark Player, who was second highest individual; Adam Yelton; and Cliff Collins.
Hall of Fame is one of the highest honors a student can receive at Lakeside High. Each department nominates three boys and three girls it believes exhibits the best qualities of Lakeside - good citizenship, academic excellence, positive attitude and pride in their school. After the nominations have been made, the entire faculty votes for two boys and two girls from the list. The top votes are calculated and the Hall of Fame is chosen, with the top boy and girl being named Mr. and Miss LHS. Recipients are Varun Anand, Katie Bollag, Elizabeth Capers, Allyson Coghlan, Sam Graham, Tyler Hall, Abby Harrover, Katherine Huff, Caroline King, Johnny Leonard, Danny Leonardi, Sonia McCall, Mihir Patel, Chinmaya Sharma, Sydney Umstead and Jacob Wright. Mr. and Mrs. Lakeside were Luke Reeve and Winnie Cheng.
Augusta Christian handed out awards at its basketball banquet. Front row, left to right: Aston Grant, All-Region; Sha'toria Dent, All-Region, most outstanding defense; Anna Motes, All-Region, playmaker award; Abigail Giles, coach's award; Nick Fortenberry, All-Region, playmaker award. Back row, left to right: Tyquan Burns, Heart of a Lion; Mason Spratling, most improved; Austin Roper, most outstanding defense. Not pictured: Amaura Brandt, All-Region, Heart of a Lion; Tori Lewis, honorable mention All-Region.
Megan O'Neal, of Evans, was selected to participate in the 2012 Miss Teen Atlanta pageant. Megan is a 2011 graduate of Greenbrier High School and is the daughter of Mark and Joan O'Neal. She is a freshman at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Ga.
Students from Lakeside High School competed in the 2012 Regional Literary Competition on March 3 and brought home the championship trophy for the second consecutive year. The day-long competition took place at Statesboro High School and featured categories ranging from essay writing to vocal performances. The following Lakeside students placed at the event: Elizabeth Capers, first in girls' dramatic interpretation; Victoria Donahue, first in girls' extemporaneous speaking; Aarish Rojiani, first in boys' extemporaneous speaking; Peter Brannigan, Will Kuzia, Alec Leeseberg and Logan Pirkle, first in boys' quartet; David Brownfield, second in boys' soloist; and Brant Boudreaux, third in boys' essay. Lakeside language arts teacher Elaine Griswell organized the school's involvement in the competition.