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BoE honors students, teachers
Lyman Hall International Media Festival winners proudly display certificates presented during the Liberty County Board of Education recognition program Feb. 6. - photo by Photo provided.
Honoring students, teachers and administrators who achieve high standards is a big deal for the Liberty County Board of Education.
BOE Chairman Lily H. Baker and School Superintendent Dr. Steve Wilmoth recognized more than 25 high achievers Feb. 13 during the board’s regular meeting.
“It’s a pleasure to do this every month,” Baker said.
For the past 10 years, third grade teacher Dorothy Phillips’ students have participated in the countywide Dr. Martin Luther King Poster Contest. Phillips, a teacher at Joseph Martin Elementary, was proud to have winners receive certificates. Third grader Tiffany Kato won first place; third grader Ashli Smith placed second; fifth grader Tamara Barney placed third, and fourth place winners were Trevon Watson, third grade, and Omaralys Lara, fourth grade.
The Liberty County Pre-K was recognized in a national education magazine for its use of Smart Boards in the classroom. Technology may faze some, but not the 4- and 5-year-old students at the Pre-K center, the article noted.
Spelling Bee winners were recognized and were to compete in the district bee on Saturday at Ware County High School; first place, Cetiera Boyd, an eighth grader at Midway Middle; second place, Raushan Minor, at Liberty Elementary; and third place, Adam Corwin, a seventh grader at Lewis Frasier Middle.
Several Lyman Hall Elementary students won certificates for their winning projects at the International Media Festival last month. “Aliens Invade Lyman Hall Elementary” by Alyssa Anderson, Miracle Fata and Deja Russell was chosen as one of the Judges Favorites and was distinguished as Best of Festival in the competition. The project was honored for being in the top five percent of all projects internationally. “Beautiful Flower” by Davasia Briggs and “Proud to Be an American” by Jaela Walters and Annalise Paylor were also recognized, and “If I Gave Mrs. Brewton a Hug” by DeAngela Williams was selected as one of the Judge’s Favorites
Students at Joseph Martin Elementary also won at the International Media Festival. “The Three Little Vehicles and the Big Bad Tow Truck” by Samantha O’Neal; “Michael and his Miracle Deed” by Kayla Rocker, “Where are My Eggs?” by Bernadee Randall’s Kindergarten and “Drugs” by Ashley Howe were noted winners.
School principals were applauded and given cash awards for their school’s achieving Annual Yearly Progress for more than three years. Snelson-Golden Middle received a certificate for achieving AYP for three years.  
Lyman Hall Elementary, 6 years, $1,002
Taylors Creek Elementary, 6 years, $1,002
Joseph Martin Elementary, 5 years, $800
Frank Long Elementary, 5 years, $800
Jordye Bacon Elementary, 4 years, $525
Waldo Pafford Elementary, 4 years, $525
Button Gwinnett Elementary, 4 years, $525
Liberty Elementary, 4 years, $525
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