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Members of the Thomas University Pre-College Program won the “HI-Q” competition at the recent 18th Annual Georgia Association of Special Programs Personnel Student Initiative Leadership Conference held in Valdosta on Nov. 10. Team members include (from left) Vernita Clark, TU Pre-College Program High School Coordinator; Jamiyah Hughes of Thomasville High School; Mya Cooney of Thomas County Central High School; Za'Miriya Sneed of Thomas County Central High School; and Luther Marable of Thomasville High School. 

 

TU Pre-College Program students win state championship

The Thomas University Pre-College Program sent a high school team and a middle school team to the 18th Annual Georgia Association of Special Programs Personnel Student Initiative Leadership Conference (SILC) held at Valdosta State University Saturday, Nov. 10. The purpose of the SILC is to develop student leaders and recognize the academic excellence of student participants competing in academic competitions.

Students on both teams won in various categories, but the high school team, which competed in the “HI-Q” Academic Competition won against four teams from across the state and will travel to Atlanta to compete in the regional competition this spring.

The middle school team won second place in the spelling exam, third place in the Super Quiz and third place in the written exam categories. Individual winners from the middle school team included Ariel Anderson of McIntyre Park Middle School, who placed first in the spelling competition, and Teri (Alana) McCord, of Bainbridge Middle School, who won second place on the written exam competition.

The TU Pre-College Program helps area youth graduate high school and then enter into and graduate from college. Two federally funded programs, through the Department of Education, fall under the Pre-College program umbrella: Educational Talent Search (ETS) and GEAR UP. Currently, ETS serves 580 students in Bainbridge, Cairo, Thomasville and Thomas County. GEAR UP serves a cohort of seventh, eighth and ninth grade students in the same school systems.

For more information about TU’s Pre-College Programs, call Melanie Martin at (229) 227-6929. 

 

Members of the TU Pre-College Program Middle School Academic Bowl Team also competed at the conference. Team members include (from left) Kendrick Duncan, TU Pre-College Program Middle School Coordinator; Jamaya Brown of MacIntyre Park Middle School; Ashley Skinner of Thomas County Middle School; Erikah Baker of MacIntyre Park Middle School; Demaya Sawyer of MacIntyre Park Middle School; Ashton Lightfoot of Washington Middle School; Rachel English of Thomas County Middle School; Ariel Anderson of MacIntyre Park Middle School; and Jordan Williams of MacIntyre Park Middle School.

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