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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 

UWG names new president

UWG names new president

CARROLLTON, Ga. -- Dr. Kyle Marrero has been named the seventh president of the University of West Georgia.

Marrero is currently vice president for university advancement at the University of West Florida, Pensacola. He will replace Dr. Beheruz Sethna, who announced his retirement in August.

"I am delighted that Dr. Kyle Marrero will be taking over leadership at the University of West Georgia," Georgia Board of Regents chair William "Dink" NeSmith said in a statement. "Dr. Marrero brings a set of unique talents, skills and experience that should build upon the foundation constructed by Dr. Sethna. We look forward to his leadership as he works with the university, the community and the Board of Regents to move West Georgia to a new level of academic excellence."

Coweta County announces 2013 STAR Students

Coweta County announces 2013 STAR Students

NEWNAN, Ga. -- The Coweta County School System has named an East Coweta High School senior its 2013 STAR Student.

Saeyun Lee was honored at a luncheon last week. He plans to study biochemistry at Dartmouth College in the fall, with the goal of someday becoming a doctor.

Lee chose AP Biology teacher Chris Sewell to be his STAR Teacher.

The Student Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) Program honors top high school seniors. STAR Students must earn the highest SAT score and be among the top 10 percent of students in their classes. Each STAR Student selects an educator who inspires him or her to be a STAR Teacher.

Lee is the STAR Student for both East Coweta High and the entire school district. Coweta County's other STAR Students and Teachers include:

The Heritage School
STAR Student: Cara Stechmann
STAR Teacher: Glenda Davis, AP English Literature and Composition

3 Coweta schools among 2012 AP STEM Schools

3 Coweta schools among 2012 AP STEM Schools

NEWNAN, Ga. -- All three of Coweta County's traditional high schools are among the 2012 AP STEM Schools.

The honor is given annually to U.S. high schools that offer at least two Advanced Placement courses in both science and math.

Coweta's AP STEM Schools are East Coweta, Newnan and Northgate.

The College Board, which gives AP exams every year, reported Wednesday that Georgia is the 12th state in the nation for the percentage of seniors earning passing scores on AP tests. More than 41 percent of Georgia's seniors took at least one AP exam in 2012, compared to the U.S. average of 32.4 percent.

"Georgia's students continue to outperform most of their peers throughout the country on Advanced Placement exams," State Superintendent of Schools Dr. John Barge said in a statement. "These results show that Georgia's students can compete against any students in the nation."

Scholarship created in memory of UWG professor

Scholarship created in memory of UWG professor

CARROLLTON, Ga. -- A scholarship program honoring late University of West Georgia professor Dr. W. Glenn Esslinger, Sr., will continue, the university announced Monday.

Esslinger's son and daughter-in-law recently gave UWG $25,000 to fund the scholarship endowment over the next five years.

"We are pleased to be able to do this, to make sure the legacy of my father lives on," Bill Esslinger, Jr., said in a statement. "He was a professor for more than 30 years here at the university. He loved teaching, he loved the university and he certainly loved the students. We are just pleased to be able to extend his legacy and provide this opportunity for students in the future."

The recipient of the W. Glenn Esslinger Scholarship must be a chemistry major, maintain a 3.0 GPA and be from Carroll, Coweta, Douglas, Heard or Haralson counties.

Esslinger, Sr., taught chemistry at UWG from 1968 to 2000.

18 Ga. schools to compete in regional science bowl

18 Ga. schools to compete in regional science bowl

SAVANNAH, Ga. -- Twenty Southeast schools will compete later this month for a chance to attend the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science's National Science Bowl.

The regional bowl will be held Saturday, Feb. 23 at Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah.

Eighteen schools from Georgia and two from Florida will battle for a paid trip to Washington, D.C., for the national bowl in late April.

Teams from Maclay High School in Tallahassee, Fla., Eastside High School in Gainesville, Fla., and these Georgia schools, many of which are in metro Atlanta, will compete in the regional event:

3 Coweta students qualify for regional STEM fair

3 Coweta students qualify for regional STEM fair

NEWNAN, Ga. -- More than 75 projects were entered into this year's Coweta County School System Science and Engineering Fair.

Several of those projects qualified for the next level of competition.

Beck Glover, Jackson Sims and Tyler Sisk clinched the top prizes in their respective divisions.

Sisk, a student at Northgate High School, won in the senior division. His project, "The Fuel of the Future 2," includes improvements on a working hydrogen fuel cell that he built last year.

Glover and Sims tied for the top prize in the junior division. Glover's project, "Erosion of Georgia's Soils," expanded upon work he began in a 4-H group. He is a student at Smokey Road Middle School. Sims, who attends Madras Middle School, titled his project "Whatever Floats Your Boat"; he built a boat hull designed to reduce dragging.