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Newsmakers for Nov. 11
AP Christopher Way
Airman Christopher A. Way
Way graduates basic training
Air Force Airman Christopher A. Way has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.
During the six weeks of training, the airman studied the Air Force mission, organization, and military customs and courtesies; performed drill and ceremony marches, and received physical training, rifle marksmanship, field training exercises, and special training in human relations.
In addition, airmen who complete basic training earn credits toward an associate degree through the Community College of the Air Force.
He is the son of Thomas Way and grandson of Janet Smith of Ludowici.
Way is a 2007 graduate of Wayne County High School, Jesup.

Chapman named to student council
Liberty County resident Alesha Chapman was among more than 50 students from high schools across Georgia who have been named members of the State Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council.
The council had its first meeting Oct. 15 at Georgia Gwinnett College in Lawrenceville.
Prior to the meeting, State Superintendent of Schools Kathy Cox said, “I look forward to meeting with this diverse group of students from every corner and section of Georgia. Over the past four years, the Student Advisory Council has played an important role in guiding how state policy is created and implemented.”
Since taking office in 2003, Cox has annually chosen about 50 students to be members of her Student Advisory Council. The council members provide input on how state policies are being implemented at the local school level and advise the Superintendent on issues that are important to students and communities. This year, more than 550 students from 118 school districts applied to be on the advisory council by filling out an application that included three essay questions.
There were 53 students chosen, each from a different school district around the state.

Walker graduates Army ROTC course
Tewanda Walker has graduated from the Army ROTC (Reserve Officers’ Training Corps) Leader Development and Assessment Course, also known as “Operation Warrior Forge,” at Fort Lewis, Tacoma, Wash. The ROTC cadet has been commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Army.
The 33 days of training provide the best possible professional training and evaluation for all cadets in the aspects of military life, administration and logistical support. Although continued military training and leadership development is included in the curriculum, the primary focus of the course is to develop and evaluate each cadet’s officer potential as a leader by exercising the cadet’s intelligence, common sense, ingenuity and physical stamina. The cadet command assesses each cadet’s performance and progress in officer traits, qualities and professionalism while attending the course.
Cadets in their junior and senior year of college must complete the leadership development course. Upon successful completion of the course, the ROTC program, and graduation from college, cadets are commissioned as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army, National Guard or Reserve.
She is the daughter of Ronald C. Walker Jr. of Ludowici and Jessica Walker Riceboro.
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