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HCCA STEM Summer Camp Underway

HCCA STEM Summer Camp Underway
The Houston County Career Academy is holding a free STEM Summer Camp for ninth graders (rising tenth graders) enrolled in the Houston County School System. The camp is taking place this week through June 7 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Academy.  

Approximately 40 students are registered.  The camp will expose them to nontraditional career opportunities with the girls studying engineering and the guys concentrating on the medical field. Sessions include guest speakers from various areas of medicine. There are also hands-on activities and each student will become CPR certified.  Camp summaries follow.

Girl’s Camp:  Day 1 - Electronic Engineering & Green Technology; Day 2 - Mechanical Engineering; Day 3 - Aerospace Engineering; Day 4 - Civil Engineering; and Day 5 - Chemical Engineering.

Houston Co. Teacher Nominated for Educator Grammy

Next February, one Houston County music educator may just find a shiny trophy in her hand.

Faye Boyer, a Lake Joy Primary School music teacher, has been nominated for the Music Educator Award Grammy, according to a news release.

A former student of Boyer's, who is now a teenager, nominated her.

"I am humbled by the nomination. To be considered by a teenage, former student not only validates music education, but reminds us all of the value of a teacher. We have a unique, but very brief opportunity to positively impact the lives of students. I love what I do every day," Boyer said in a release.

She is now considered one of 217 quarterfinalists. More than 30,000 teachers were nominated across the 50 states.

The Recording Academy introduced the new category this year, where people could vote online. The Music Educator Award winner be announced in February 2014.

Perry Opens Little Free Library in Honor of Librarian

People in Perry found a way for a Westside graduate to live on, even after her death.

Ashley Moore passed away unexpectedly last November at the age of 34. She was the library director in Dougherty County, Georgia.

It's her passion for books that will carry on in her hometown for years to come.

A small project, no bigger than a large birdhouse, drew a big crowd to Perry's Carroll Street Friday.

People came to see the opening of what seems to be a box with books, but it's much more.

A close friend of Ashley's parents, Terre Walker, said, "I wanted to do something for the library, because Ashley was a librarian, and I wanted it to be something permanent."

Walker heard about the "Little Free Library" system from Houston County's librarians. She thought it a fitting honor for Ashley.

Perry Kiwanis Club Presents the 2013 Students of the Year

Perry Kiwanis Club Presents the 2013 Students of the Year


Each year the Perry Kiwanis Club recognizes Students of the Year from local schools. Each school choses their most outstanding student for the award. Please join us in congratulating them.

Pictured from left to right starting with the bottom row are: Tyler Claxton, Perry High School; Bryce Odom, Morningside Elementary; Jake Fromm, Mossy Creek Middle; Bryce Westmoreland, The Westfield School; Colson Jones, King’s Chapel Elementary; Ethan Dorr,  Matt Arthur Elementary; Chase Fletcher, Tucker Elementary; and Skylar Mizell, Perry Middle School.

Public-Private Partnership Benefits Houston Co. Schools

Houston County schools are trying something different. Instead of depending entirely on public funds for operations, they're looking to private sponsorships.

Superintendent Robin Hines announced a pilot program Tuesday, that he says is already paying off.

In a classroom at Westside Elementary, first grader Zaria Glover intently played a learning game on a computer.

She said, "I was playing volleyball. The game on Kids College I really like."

The "Kids College" program she played reinforces what's learned in the classroom. It uses technology her teacher, Amanda Wood, says speaks to students.

Wood said, "They love earning points and playing games after they answer questions."

Perry High Youth Soccer Camp

Perry High Youth Soccer Camp

Perry High Youth Soccer Camp is set for May 30-31.

The cost is $35 and is from 9-2 at the PHS soccer field.


PHS Student Wins National Silver Medal Art Award

PHS Student Wins National Silver Medal Art Award



Perry High junior Steven Le won a Silver Medal from the national Scholastic Art & Writing Awards for his work titled “Bicycle.”  He is invited to attend the Awards Reception at Carnegie Hall on May 31, 2013, in New York City.  His art teacher is Catherine Heller. 

Carnegie Hall will have a live webcast online May 31. To view the awards program live or for more information, click here: http://www.artandwriting.org/carnegiewebcast2013

More than 230,000 works of art and writings were submitted to the contest this year.  Close to 1,900 Scholastic Award Medals were bestowed on the nation’s most talented teen artists and writers.