Sixth-grader Ethan von Bergen has qualified to represent Darlington School in the state level competition of the National Geographic Bee on April 6 at at Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville. Von Bergen defended last year’s Geo Bee title and won Darlington’s Geo Bee on Jan. 23 in Thatcher Hall. He then passed an online qualifying test to proceed to the state level competition.
“Ethan has proven to have a passion for Geography and the cultures of the world,” said Angela Pieroni, eighth-grade science teacher and assistant director of Pre-K to 8. “In addition, he has shown his persistence by being a sixth-grader and already a two-time Darlington winner, now advancing to State! We are so proud to have Ethan represent Darlington.”
The initial leg of the Darlington competition consisted of seven rounds of 35 questions per round. The top ten contestants continued to the next round and elimination continued until there were only three students left. A final round was held to determine the winner.
“It felt great to defend my title from last year and the competition at Darlington was even stronger than before,” von Bergen said. “I studied a bit harder for the online test and was really surprised when I learned that I made it through.”
Von Bergen credits third grade teacher Steve McConnell with inspiring his love for geography.
The Rome Noon Optimist Club recently completed its annual Essay Contest. Nineteen students from the Rome/Floyd County area submitted for consideration on this year’s topic, “Can Society Function without Respect?” Model High School student Emily Falcitelli will represent the club at the upcoming GATEway Optimist District Contest where the winner will receive a $2,500.00 scholarship to the college of their choice.
A few years ago, Georgia Highlands College started a project called the Charger Food Pantry to help combat the nationwide problem of food insecurity among college students. GHC was recognized with the “Advocacy Award” at the 25th Annual Georgia College Counseling Association Conference, which brings together counselors from over 50 public and private universities across the state.The GCCA honored GHC’s Student Support Services team with the award. Director Angie Wheelus said the problem arose from seeing so many students her department serves have so few resources and in some cases going without food while taking classes. “These included single moms of all ages, non-traditional and traditional-aged college students who had no family support, and more,” Wheelus said. “The problem afflicted students of all backgrounds.” Wheelus stated the pantry has officially served over 1,000 students to date. Should you wish to donate to GHC’s Charger Food Pantry, please make monetary donations at any GHC business office in Rome, Cartersville, Marietta, Paulding or Douglasville. To make non-perishable food donations, please contact Student Support Services at: firstname.lastname@example.org
In honor of the 180th Anniversary of the Trail of Tears, Chieftains Museum/Major Ridge Home is honored to co-sponsor a lecture, “If Plants Could Talk: A Cherokee Relationship,” by Tony Harris on April 3 at 7 p.m. in McAllister Auditorium on the Berry College campus. Harris a citizen of the Cherokee Nation and was born and raised in Muskogee, Oklahoma. The presentation on Cherokee ethnobotany is co-sponsored by Chieftains Museum along with the Environmental Studies program and the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Berry College as part of the Chieftains Lecture Series at Berry College.