Youth Challenge graduate
Leigh Clemmons, 16, a rising junior at Evans High School, is one of 28 students in the United States chosen to participate in the Duke University Talent Identification Program course in filmmaking at Chapman University's School of Film. Students will work with an Academy Award-winning instructor to write, shoot and edit two short films. Leigh is the daughter of Elizabeth Clemmons of Martinez. Leigh is also president of the EHS Drama Club.
Phillip M. Brantley of Harlem and Ryan J. Marchbanks of Grovetown are among a class of 228 who will graduate from the Georgia National Guard-sponsored Youth Challenge Academy on June 12 in Macon.
Georgias Youth Challenge Academy is a 22-week residential program for formerly at-risk youth ages 16-18 who have dropped out of school. The military-styled program provides teen dropouts with the opportunity to complete basic academic courses in order to receive their high school diploma or GED and to acquire valuable life skills and training.
Youth Challenge is a voluntary program that emphasizes academics, physical fitness and discipline.
Many students graduating from Youth Challenge Academy go on to attend colleges, universities or technical schools, while others join the military.
Youth Challenge operates two campuses in Georgia. The original campus in Fort Stewart has graduated more than 3,800 students since opening in 1993. The newest campus at Fort Gordon has graduated more than 900 since it opened in 2000.
For more information about the Youth Challenge Academy, call (912) 767-2666 or view the YCA Web site at www.dod.state.ga.us.
GC&SUs Presidents List
The following area residents were named to the Georgia College & State University spring semester 2004 Presidents List:
From Evans: Mallory Getts, Melissa Mobley, Keller Newman, David Nguyen and Ashley Roemer.
From Martinez: Anna Cheely.
From Grovetown: Amanda Hogan and Amy Little.
From Harlem: Lindsey Hair and Jennifer Prosnak.
From Appling: Jamie Lee.
Ann Beth Harrison of Martinez, a student at the State University of West Georgia in Carrollton, has been selected for inclusion in the 2004 edition of Whos Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.
Jessica A. Morrell, a 2001 graduate of Aquinas High School and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Keith Morrell of Martinez, has received the service to the community award at St. Vincent College, Latrobe, Pa.
The following area students have earned juris doctor degrees from the University of Georgia:
Christopher John Buccafusco, Russel Ashley Gaines and Kimberly Ann Henderson, all of Evans.
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