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Freshman’s speaking skills make history

Freshman’s speaking skills make history

FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. -- (submitted by Melinda Berry-Dreisbach) Winning a state championship is extraordinary for any student, but it is exceptional for a freshman competing at her first GHSA (Georgia High School Association) Literary State Meet. 

Menaka Reddy of Fayette County High became the school’s first freshman to win the championship in the girls Extemporaneous Speaking division of the state competition. Her victory gave the school its third state championship in this division, and the first since 2002.

“This is a fantastic accomplishment for anyone, and especially a freshman,” says Jeffrey Miller, mathematics teacher and director of speech and debate at Fayette County High.  

Contestants are rated on organization, analysis of topic, subject, reasoning, expression, diction, and delivery.

Art in The Park McDonough Square this Saturday

Art in The Park McDonough Square this Saturday

This Saturday, April 2nd, come and enjoy Art in The Park on the Square in McDonough.  Artist from all venues will be there. It is a fun day from 12n - 5p with free admission.  Try your hand at learning to paint or just enjoy the beauty created by others.  Artist Jeff Hunter said, " We encourage learning, we always have a couple of paint brushes and canvas around."  You maybe surprised at what you can do with a little guidance. 

 

Register your child for Pre-Kindergarten until April 13

Register your child for Pre-Kindergarten until April 13

FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. -- (submitted by Melinda Berry-Dreisbach) Registration for the Fayette County Public School System’s eight state funded pre-kindergarten classes will continue as of April 13, 2011 at Brooks, Crabapple Lane, Hood Avenue, Inman, North Fayette, Oak Grove, Peachtree City, and Robert J. Burch elementary schools for any openings and waiting lists following the April 12th lottery drawing.  

Students must be four years old on or before September 1, 2011 to be eligible for the pre-kindergarten program.  A student who is age eligible for kindergarten may not register for the pre-kindergarten program.

Residency information, and the child’s birth certificate and social security card, must be presented at the time of registration. The enrollment form and state lottery form must also be completed.

Fayetteville Police Department receives its CALEA Accreditation

Fayetteville Police Department receives its CALEA Accreditation

FAYETTEVILLE – (submitted by Fayetteville Police Department) On March 26, 2011 the Fayetteville Police Department went before the Commission for Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) review board.

The board, comprised of three CALEA Commissioners conducted a review of the December 2010 on-site inspection administered by CALEA at the Fayetteville Police Department. The review board made a recommendation that the Fayetteville Police Department be re-accredited. 

At a banquet held in Bethesda, Maryland on March 26, 2011, the CALEA Commission awarded the Fayetteville Police Department its fourth CALEA Accreditation. The police department has been CALEA Accredited since 2002.

A presentation before City Council will be held upon receipt of the certificate.

Winston Churchill’s Descendent Delivers Special Invitation

Winston Churchill’s Descendent Delivers Special Invitation

FAYETTEVILLE – (submitted by Melinda Barry-Dreisbach) A visit of historical proportions took place on Friday at Fayette County High.

Sir Winston Churchill’s great grandson, Duncan Sandys, and also the Lord Mayor of the City of Westminster, made a personal appearance to invite the school’s chorus to perform in the London International Choral Festival taking place in London, England December 27, 2011-January 4, 2012.

The choral festival is being held in conjunction with the London New Year's Parade. This will be the first official event in Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee Celebration, honoring 60 years on the throne.

Lisa Williams Rescues Atlanta’s Lost and Forgotten

Lisa Williams Rescues Atlanta’s Lost and Forgotten

Lisa Williams remembers the first girl who walked through the door of this house, nestled snugly in the hills of a sleepy Georgia town. The 13 year-old, handcuffed and wearing leg shackles, had been arrested for child prostitution. Young, bound, and helpless, the “baby,” as Williams calls her, was a painfully real example of something that, until that moment, she had only read about.

Years earlier, in 2004, Williams had read about two other girls just like this one in an article in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “Selling Atlanta’s Children” profiled the commercial sexual exploitation of two sisters – one ten and one eleven years of age.

CLICK HERE & READ THE ENTIRE STORY AND HOW LISA HAS HELPED THESE CHILDREN AT www.FAYETTEWOMAN.com

Fayetteville Native to appear on "The Apprentice"

Are you ready for the new season of “The Apprentice”? If not, maybe you should be because Fayetteville native, Kelly Smith Beaty, will be a contender on the upcoming season of "The Apprentice” which features the first “civilian” cast in three years.

Recently named one of the city's “Power 30 Under 30”, Beaty is an avid supporter of "Living Water For Girls," which is a rehab center that rescues and restores abused girls. She serves as an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., a public service organization, and is a founding member of the "Next Wave Society," the young professionals auxiliary of the world famous Georgia Aquarium.

Beaty received her Bachelor of Arts in political science from Spelman College and her Master’s in Public Communication from American University.