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School News from March 25

Staff Reports • Dec 15, 2015 at 2:44 PM

Osman gets diploma from Adult Learning Center

Jason Osman moved to Tennessee when he was 12. At 17, he made what he termed “a stupid choice” and quit high school. 

“I got bored,” he said, “and because I had started school at 3 years of age due to birth defects, I was really tired of being in school.”

Osman suffered from seal’s arm, a cleft palate and a hole in his heart as a child. But he was quick to point out that a person is “only handicapped if you want to be.” And Osman didn’t want to be.

“I stayed home after I quit school and watched the Brady Bunch until it drove me nuts,” he said, “I knew I had to go to work.” 

Osman cooked pizzas for about six months before joining his family in their construction business.

“One of the reasons I never pursued furthering my education,” he said, “was because I could be employed in the family business without a diploma.” 

That all changed in 2011 when the company failed. Osman got into insurance adjustment, but he realized he wasn’t going to get far without a diploma.

Osman went to the Adult Learning Center in Lebanon for assistance in preparing for earning his high school equivalency/GED diploma. He said he was surprised at how close he was to being ready.

“The math required in construction work really helped prepare me for the test,” he said.

Osman received his diploma in June 2013 where he was also named valedictorian of his class.

“Don’t lose the opportunity you are offered; make sure you get your high school diploma or GED/HiSET equivalency,” Osman said.

Currently Osman is back working with pizzas while attending Everest School for information technology.

The ALC applauded Osman and his fellow graduates for their dedication to succeed.

Free classes are available at the ALC with both day and night classes. Additionally, classes are offered in Mt. Juliet, Hermitage, Watertown, Carthage and Hartsville. Any adult in need of a high school equivalency diploma may call 615-443-8731 for more information.

Fraker graduates from Akron

AKRON, Ohio –Sarah Fraker, of Mt. Juliet, graduated as a member of the 210th class from the University of Akron.

In all, the fall class consisted of 1,453 candidates from 22 states and 30 countries. This group includes 49 candidates for doctoral degrees; 340 for master's degrees; 878 for bachelor's degrees; and 204 for associate degrees.

Fraker successfully completed the program requirements earning a master’s in science statistics.

The University of Akron offers more than 300 associate, bachelor's, master's, doctorate and law degree programs – with accreditations by 35 professional agencies. With nearly 30,000 students and more than $65 million in research expenditures, UA is among the nation's public universities focused on innovation, entrepreneurship and investment in community and economic growth. Programs are targeted to diverse groups of learners, including full-time, part-time and online students, veterans and adults returning to the classroom.

Comer named to Mars Hill University dean’s list

Sydney Marie Comer, of Lebanon, was named on the honor roll of the academic dean at Mars Hills University at the end of the fall semester.

To qualify for the dean's list, students must earn a grade-point average of 3.5 on a minimum of 12 semester hours, and carry no grade below a C.

Mars Hill University is a premier private, liberal arts institution offering more than 30 baccalaureate degrees and one graduate degree in elementary education. Founded in 1856 by Baptist families of the region, the campus is 20 minutes north of Asheville in the mountains of western North Carolina.

Vivio graduates from Harding University

SEARCY, Ark. – Jeremiah Vivio, of Mt. Juliet, is one of nearly 400 graduates who received a diploma at Harding University's commencement exercises in December.

Vivio received a bachelor’s degree in business administration in management and management information systems.

Graduates include students from the College of Allied Health, College of Arts and Humanities, College of Bible and Ministry, Paul R. Carter College of Business Administration, Cannon-Clary College of Education, Carr College of Nursing, College of Pharmacy and College of Sciences.

University President Bruce D. McLarty presented the diplomas to the graduates.

Harding is the largest private university in Arkansas with 6,295 students. The university also maintains campuses in Australia, Chile, England, France, Greece, Italy and Zambia. For more information visit harding.edu.

Local students to attend UT Martin

MARTIN – Two Wilson County students were awarded scholarships to attend the University of Tennessee at Martin, according to Judy Rayburn, director of admissions.

Maryann Kormoski, daughter of William and Terri Kormoski, of Mt. Juliet, will be a freshman.  She received the Dean’s Scholarship and the Leaders-in-Residence Award.

Kaitlyn Simmons, daughter of Adam and Kim Simmons, of Lebanon, will be a freshman.  She received the Dean’s Scholarship.

Additional information on scholarships and other types of financial assistance is available by calling 731-881-7040.

Harrington cast in spring musical ‘Godspell’

HARROGATE – Brooklyn Harrington, of Lebanon, was cast in the Lincoln Memorial University School of Arts and Humanities and LMU Players production of "Godspell," and rehearsals are under way.

Marking the second production from the student company, "Godspell" features the talents of more than 20 LMU students, including a cast of 11 company actors. The Stephen Schwartz musical will be produced and designed by assistant professor of theater Stephen E. Haynes and directed by James Harshbarger, with musical direction by Young Kim, LMU instructor of music. The production will premier in the Sam and Sue Mars Performing Arts Center in the Duke Hall of Citizenship on LMU's main campus in Harrogate on April 11. The show will run through April 15 with nightly curtain calls set for 8 p.m.

The musical, which is based on the gospel of Matthew, features hit songs, including "Day by Day," "Beautiful City," "All for the Best" and others. "Godspell" premiered off Broadway in 1971 and was later produced on Broadway. The LMU Players production is based on a 2012 Broadway revival that brought a fresh sound and sensibility to the timeless material. The structure of "Godspell" is different than most musicals as it features the telling of biblical parables in fun, lively ways with music sprinkled throughout.

Lincoln Memorial University is a values-based learning community dedicated to providing educational experiences in the liberal arts and professional studies. The main campus is located in Harrogate, Tennessee. For more information about the undergraduate and graduate programs available at LMU, call 423-869-6280 or e-mail admissions@lmunet.edu.

Wahl named to Saint Anselm College dean's list

MANCHESTER, N.H. –Brigid E. Wahl, a theology major, was named to the dean's list for the fall 2013 semester at Saint Anselm College.

Wahl, of Old Hickory, is a member of the class of 2015.

To be eligible for the honor, a student must compile a grade-point average of 3.0 or higher.

Haynes makes president’s list at Clemson

CLEMSON, S.C. – Elizabeth Haynes, of Mt. Juliet, was named to the president's list at Clemson University for the fall semester.

Haynes is a production studies major in performing arts.

To be named to the president's list, a student must achieve a 4.0 grade-point average.

Ranked No. 21 among national public universities, Clemson University is a major, land-grant, science- and engineering-oriented research university that maintains a strong commitment to teaching and student success. Clemson is an inclusive, student-centered community characterized by high academic standards, a culture of collaboration, school spirit and a competitive drive to excel.

Mason named to dean’s list at Wake Forest

WINSTON SALEM, N.C. – Tyler Mason, Mt. Juliet, was named to the dean’s list at Wake Forest University for the fall semester.

Students who achieve a 3.4 grade-point average and no grade below a C are named to the list.

Aklilu named to dean’s list at Mercer

MACON, Ga. – Freshman Jonathan Aklilu, of Mt. Juliet, was named to the dean's list at Mercer University's College of Liberal Arts for the fall semester.

Inclusion on the list requires students to meet grade-point-average standards specific to the college or school within the university.

Founded in 1833, Mercer University is a dynamic and comprehensive center of undergraduate, graduate and professional education. The university enrolls more than 8,300 students in 12 schools and colleges – liberal arts, law, pharmacy, medicine, business, engineering, education, theology, music, nursing, health professions and continuing and professional studies – on campuses in Macon, Atlanta and Savannah – and four regional academic centers across the state.

Storey selected as National Youth Delegate

FAIRFAX, Va. – Madison Storey, a student at Mt. Juliet High School, was selected to represent Tennessee as a National Youth Delegate to the 2014 Washington Youth Summit on the Environment at George Mason University.

Storey joins a group of 250 students from across the country to participate in an intensive study week-long of leadership in environmental science and conservation. Storey was chosen based on academic accomplishments and a demonstrated interest and excellence in leadership in the sciences and conservation studies.

George Mason University along with partners, National Geographic and the National Zoo, will welcome the nation's youth scholars to Washington, D.C.

With distinguished faculty, guest speakers, and direct access to elite D.C. practitioners, the Washington Youth Summit on the Environment offers aspiring environmentalists and student leaders an unique experience. The weeklong program is held at George Mason University's campus. The summit will encourage and inspire young leaders who desire an experience focused on successful careers in environmental studies.

The Washington Youth Summit on the Environment will be June 22-27.

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