School News for July 22, 2014

Staff Reports • Updated Jul 21, 2014 at 11:57 PM

Brizuela named to deans list

Ashley Marie Brizuela, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Brizuela of Lebanon, was named to the Dean’s List at Pensacola Christian College for academic achievement during the 2014 spring semester. This was a result of earning a B average or higher.

Matthews graduates from Samford University

Makennah Bree Mathews of Old Hickory graduated from Samford University’s Ida Moffett School of Nursing during recent commencement exercises. Mathews earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.

Mathews was one of 900 students to receive a bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree in one of seven ceremonies.

McLaughlin attends Summer Camp at Western Kentucky University

The Center for Gifted Studies at Western Kentucky University hosted 166 campers for the 32nd annual Summer Camp for Academically Talented Middle School Students (SCATS) from June 8 to 20.

Alana McLaughlin of Mt. Juliet was among those in attendance.

Located on the campus of WKU, SCATS provides enhanced learning opportunities for academically talented sixth, seventh and eighth grade students.

This summer, young people from 38 Kentucky school districts, 15 Kentucky private schools, two Kentucky Diocese, one home school, 10 states, the District of Columbia and Saudi Arabia participated in 31 challenging and fun courses.

Students chose the four classes they attended daily at the two-week camp. The Center offered a diverse curriculum encompassing music, science, art, math, history and acting with classes including Youth for Human Rights, Mysteries of the Marine, Clowning, American History through Pop Culture, Science-Discover It, Introduction to Robotics, Creative Ceramics, and more.

Outside the classroom, residential campers participated in a variety of engaging activities, such as musical performances, sports matches, dances, and a talent show.

Burton earns top gun award

Wilson County native Neal Burton earned the Top Gun award in his session at the Aviation Challenge in July.  The Aviation Challenge is a summer program that is sponsored by the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala.

Students compete in the challenge against each other for points using high-powered virtual fighter jet simulators. To earn the award students must display piloting skill, target accuracy, strategy, and other performance metrics. During the program, the students experience obstacle courses, night maneuvers, and wilderness survival skills training along with basic aeronautical theory. He is the grandson of Lebanon Councilman Fred and Billie Burton, Kay Brinkhurst and Larry Norris.

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