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Jasmine Guy takes her campaign against child sex trafficking to Georgia Perimeter College

Jasmine Guy takes her campaign against child sex trafficking to Georgia Perimeter College

On the heels of a successful campaign launch for "I Am Not Yours!"- a campaign committed to taking a stand against child sexual exploitation, Jasmine Guy has been making her case in national media with the likes of 

Ga. Teacher of the Year finalists announced

Ga. Teacher of the Year finalists announced

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Department of Education has revealed the 10 finalists for 2014 Georgia Teacher of the Year.

Several of the finalists are from metro Atlanta. The top teachers were chosen from 155 educators across the state.

"I congratulate our ten Georgia Teacher of the Year finalists and those who applied," State Superintendent Dr. John Barge said in a statement. "As usual, we had a very impressive group of teachers make the top ten."

The 2014 Georgia Teacher of the Year will be revealed at a banquet on May 3. That teacher will succeed 2013 Georgia Teacher of the Year Lauren Eckman, who works at the Georgia Academy for the Blind in Macon.

The 10 finalists are:

Tamika N. Ball
Teaches math at D.M. Therrell School of Health Sciences and Research
Atlanta Public Schools

Jemelleh Coes
Teaches English language arts and reading at Langston Chapel Middle School
Bulloch County School System

Holocaust survivor to speak at Henry County MS

Holocaust survivor to speak at Henry County MS

MCDONOUGH, Ga. -- Eighth grade students at Henry County Middle School have been studying various aspects of World War II this year.

First, the children learned all about the Tuskegee Airmen, a group of African-American pilots who fought in the war.

Now, the curriculum has shifted to the Holocaust. To cap off the lesson in one of the most difficult periods in history, Henry County Middle administrators have invited an Auschwitz survivor to speak to students about her experience.

Helen Weingarten will address the school community at 5 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 25. The public is invited to attend; tickets are $10 each, but seating is limited to 250 people, so those who are interested are encouraged to sign up soon.

Attendees will also be treated to a dinner theater production of And Then They Came for Me: Remembering the World of Anne Frank, performed by Roswell's Georgia Ensemble Theatre.

Shirley Franklin to speak at Clayton State

Shirley Franklin to speak at Clayton State

MORROW, Ga. -- Former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin will speak at Clayton State University later this month.

Franklin will give her presentation, "Lessons in Leadership: The Power of One," at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 14, and at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 15. Both talks will be held in the Harry S. Downs Center on campus.

Franklin's talks at Clayton State are free and open to the public. Visit claytonstate.com to learn more and reserve a seat.

A former Spelman College faculty member, Franklin served as Atlanta's mayor from 2002 to 2009. She recently accepted a visiting faculty position at the University of Texas.

Henry County HS senior honored by Work-Based Learning Program

Henry County HS senior honored by Work-Based Learning Program

MCDONOUGH, Ga. -- Jordan McDuffie has been named the Henry County Work-Based Learning Program's Student of the Month for December.

McDuffie is a senior at Henry County High School in McDonough. He works as a cashier and bagger at the Publix at Paradise Pointe at Lake Dow.

He is proud of his job. "It has taught me how to deal with a busy schedule and discipline myself," he said.

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In addition to working at Publix, McDuffie maintains an A average and runs varsity track. He hopes to go to college and study forensic anthropology.

His supervisors are impressed with his work ethic.

"Jordan makes sure our customers leave satisfied and he exemplifies the Publix spirit," Publix employee Jennifer Nash said.

Hampton ES teacher honored by Falcons

Hampton ES teacher honored by Falcons

HAMPTON, Ga. -- A dedicated physical education teacher from Henry County has been recognized by the Atlanta Falcons for her hard work promoting a healthy lifestyle to her students.

Merry Watkins is the Falcons' 2011-12 First Down for Fitness Teacher of the Year. She teaches at Hampton Elementary School.

"Merry genuinely cares for her students, and it shows every day," Hampton Elementary principal Dr. Debra Collins said in a statement. "She is truly a one-of-a-kind educator with a heart for children and a passion for their well-being."

Watkins emphasizes physical fitness in her classes, but she also focuses on cooperation and community, fostering positive relationships among her students.

Ola HS senior honored by Work-Based Learning program

Ola HS senior honored by Work-Based Learning program

MCDONOUGH, Ga. -- Amanda Berstler is October's Student of the Month for Henry County's Work-Based Learning initiative.

Berstler, a senior at Ola High School in McDonough, works part-time as a teller at Delta Community Credit Union. She believes her work at the bank makes her more marketable for future job opportunities.

"The Work-Based Learning program is fantastic because it has taught me responsibility and time management skills that will help me throughout future endeavors," she said. "It is a blessing to experience everything that I get to learn at Delta Community Credit Union."

The Work-Based Learning program provides students at Henry County's nine high schools with valuable work experience and career guidance. Christina Hinz, Ola High's Work-Based Learning instructor, calls Berstler a model student for the program.