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School News Dec. 10
North Georgia Christian School middle-school teacher, Rebecca Purcell, Seth Carey and Hall County Commissioner Craig Lutz.

Students Chris Collins and John Hayes of North Georgia College & State University’s Department of Chemistry were recognized for their outstanding undergraduate research earlier this month at a regional conference in Raleigh, N.C.

The Southeastern Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society was held Nov. 14-17, and consisted of more than 2,200 registered attendees, more than 500 undergraduates. This year, 15 awards were given to undergraduate researchers.

Collins was recognized as the runner-up in organic chemistry for the presentation of his research, "The Impact of Conjugation Length on Benzobisazole Cruciforms." Collins was mentored by Aimée Tomlinson, associate professor of chemistry.

"The direct application of this research is to find more efficient forms of organic solar cells," Collins said. "SERMACS was a great experience; all the chemistry fields were represented, and being able to hear what other chemists are doing provided a much more tangible experience than what we hear about in a classroom. This and learning the fundamentals of true research have taken me beyond what can be taught in class."

Hayes was recognized as the runner-up in analytical chemistry for the presentation of his research, "Electrodeposition of sol-gels for spectroelectrochemical sensing: Three modes of selectivity—one small device."

Hayes also was recognized for his research in September at the Herty Undergraduate Research Symposium, and was mentored by Royce Dansby-Sparks, assistant professor of analytical chemistry.


Seth Carey, an eighth-grade student at North Georgia Christian School, was recognized for winning the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District’s annual water essay contest.More than 60 metro Atlanta schools submitted entries from sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students in 15 metro Atlanta counties. Carey’s essay, "Stormwater Pollution," was named the most outstanding among the 15 county winners.

Carey read his essay before an assembly of NGCS middle school students and faculty, receiving accolades from his teacher, Rebecca Purcell.

Along with the acknowledgement, Carey received a $200 prize presented by Kostoula Vallianos, Senior Education Program Specialist with the Clean Water Campaign.


Several students have been selected as Georgia College representatives in the 2012-2013 edition of "Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges."

Taylor Phillips, a senior psychology major from Gainesville, is a member of the Max Noah Singers, president-elect and section leader of University Chorus and Psi Chi Honors Fraternity.

Kelsi Cunningham, a senior mass communications major from Hoschton, is president of Delta Zeta sorority.


On Nov. 27-28, students at New Holland had the honor of listening to several United States veterans from all branches of service. Students learned about history from those who actually participated in these monumental events.

Some of the veterans we heard from were Airman First Class Wendy Paradis, Sgt.Rodney Craig, MAA Dan Rado, Col. Charles Lindsey and Senior Airman First Class Stanley Garner.