Education:  Harley Chastain, Georgia Northwestern’s EAGLE Award winner, a regional finalist for state title. Model High, Armuchee Middle students walked away with top honors in Rome Noon Optimist Club oratorical contest. ‘Broadway at Berry’ set for 7:30 p.m. Monday.

Education: Harley Chastain, Georgia Northwestern’s EAGLE Award winner, a regional finalist for state title. Model High, Armuchee Middle students walked away with top honors in Rome Noon Optimist Club oratorical contest. ‘Broadway at Berry’ set for 7:30 p.m. Monday.

Harley Chastain (center), with Kerri Hosmer (right) and Lisa Shaw (left). GNTC photo

Harley Chastain, winner of the Georgia Northwestern Technical College EAGLE Award for 2019, was chosen as a regional finalist for the State EAGLE Award by the Technical College System of Georgia.

The statewide EAGLE Leadership Institute is currently under way at the Atlanta Waverly Hotel. The winner will be announced at a luncheon on Wednesday, March 13. The Leadership Institute recognizes and honors those students who have demonstrated superior achievement in adult education classes and programs.

A resident of Calhoun, Chastain is currently enrolled in the Lactation Consultant program on GNTC’s Gordon County Campus. Her career goal is to eventually become a midwife.

“GNTC’s adult education classes have prepared me for college by giving me the right tool belt of knowledge,” said Chastain. “Within the first week of college I was using a few of the writing skills taught to me in the adult education classes.”

Chastain was nominated for the EAGLE award by Melissa Blevins, lead teacher and site manager for Adult Education in Gordon County. Blevins said that she chose to nominate Chastain based on how much she would work with other students.

EAGLE (Exceptional Adult Georgian in Literacy Education) is the first statewide program in the nation that recognizes and rewards excellence among students enrolled in adult education programs. This student recognition program is designed to create greater awareness of educational opportunities that are available in local communities across the state and to foster greater involvement in lifelong learning pursuits.


Pictured are Marissa Kimple, (from left), Micah Veillon and Sarai Eubanks.

 

Students from Model High and Armuchee Middle walked away with top honors in the annual Rome Noon Optimist Club oratorical contest held Saturday in the Garden Lakes Baptist Church chapel.  Dr. Carol Willis, contest chairperson, said eight students delivered  brief original speeches on the topic, “Is There a Fine Line Between Optimism and Reality?”
First place went to to Micah Veillon, a Model junior and son of Jeremiah and Melissa VeillonSarai Eubanks, also a Model student and daughter of Sadie Eubanks, placed second.  Third place went to Armuchee Middle School’s Marissa Kimple, daughter of Julia and Mike Kimple.
Each winner received a cash award and Veillon and Eubanks advance to the North Georgia area competition April 6 in Cherokee County.  The ultimate national winner will receive scholarships totaling $25,000.

Broadway stars of “Wicked” and “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” will perform Monday (March 18) at Berry College’s Sisters Theatre for an evening cabaret. The Berry College Theatre Company welcomes Lindsay Northen and Jared Bradshaw as they perform “Broadway at Berry, at 7:30 p.m. This performance is free and open to the public.

Northen currently stars in the Tony award-winning musical “Wicked,” as a member of the ensemble and appears regularly as the understudy for Glinda the Good Witch. Bradshaw appeared as Jerry Jubilee in “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” and was the understudy for Willy Wonka. The Broadway stars will be joined on the piano by Julie Bearden Carver, the musical director for Berry’s upcoming production of “Dogfight.” 

Bradshaw and Northen will also work with theatre students in a masterclass and select students to join them onstage for the evening’s performance. Songs from “Wicked,” “Hercules,” “West Side Story” and “Thoroughly Modern Mille” will be featured.

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