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Westside Senior Named Work-Based Learning Region 5 Student of the Year

Westside Senior Named Work-Based Learning Region 5 Student of the Year

Taylor Babbs, a graduating senior at Westside High School, was chosen as Work-Based Learning (WBL) Student of the Year for Region 5. Each candidate was judged based on their WBL involvement, letters of recommendation, résumé and their response to the following questions: How has your WBL experience prepared or shaped your future career goals? Where do you see yourself in 5 years, and then 10 years? What coursework has prepared you for work and your future career?

Taylor, an employee at Chick-fil-A, has been an exceptional leader throughout her entire high school career. In addition to being President of her DECA chapter, Taylor was also Captain of the Westside High School Cheerleading Squad, an Officer in the Westside High School Air Force JROTC Program, as well as being voted Best All-Around by her fellow classmates.

Northeast student finds success at Intel Science Fair

Northeast student finds success at Intel Science Fair

Northeast High School rising senior Auriel Wright placed fourth this month at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) in Los Angeles. She won $500 and made many connections with scientists all over the world. Auriel was invited to attend the Intel ISEF after competing in the 2014 Georgia College Regional Science and Engineering Fair. Auriel received first place at the 2014 Georgia College Regional Science and Engineering Fair, which was held January 31 and February 1 at Georgia College & State University.

Rutland High science teacher named VP for State Association

Rutland High science teacher named VP for State Association

The newest Vice President of the Georgia Science Teachers Association (GSTA) is Bibb County’s own Brian Butler. Mr. Butler joined GSTA his second year in Bibb schools. He began teaching science in 2007at Miller Magnet Middle Schools. After three years at Miller, he transferred to Rutland High. At Rutland High he is the Science Department Chair and sponsor of the school's Student Council.

Macon band director blames same-sex marriage for firing

Macon band director blames same-sex marriage for firing

Mount de Sales Academy's band director says he was fired because he plans to marry his male partner of six years.

Flint Dollar says he was fired by school officials Wednesday and told that his pending marriage is the reason.

Mount de Sales band parents contacted 13WMAZ about the firing. They said they planned to meet Thursday afternoon with David Held, president of the Catholic prep school in Macon.

Ocmulgee plans free children's workshops

Ocmulgee plans free children's workshops

Ocmulgee National Monument announces its annual Summer Children’s Workshops on Wednesdays, June 4, 11, 18, & 25 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.  The workshops are for children ages 6-12.  Children will take a one mile hike to see the Indian Mounds, learn about Southeast Indians and get to participate in making Native American crafts and playing games.

Morton, West win Bibb Co. school board seats

Morton, West win Bibb Co. school board seats

Daryl Morton and Wanda West defeated their opponents in their races for Bibb County Board of Education.

West, the incumbent, soundly beat Darren Latch, 10,266 to 7,260.

Morton defeated James Bumpus 11,068 to 6,142.

The totals included 40 of 40 Bibb County precincts, but did not include absentee ballots.

Sport Fencing growing at high school and middle school levels

Sport Fencing growing at high school and middle school levels

Many parents and educators across the U.S. are coming to realize the benefits to students of Olympic Sport Fencing.  Sport fencing has been a small but ever present sport in America since the 19th century.  Usually, and erroneously, associated with the privileged class, it has found little place at large in the ball dominate sports arena in America.  However, that view has been changing rapidly over the 25 years.  The U.S. has grown steadily in world prominence including generation of World Champions and Olympic Gold and Silver medalist.  This growth is attributed with broader media coverage but also with a concerted effort by coaches and fencing enthusiast to promote this exciting sport at the middle school and high school levels around the country.  This moves fencing out from the traditional private salles (clubs) and college environments so as to make it accessible to everyone who is interested.