February 2, 2013

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February 2, 2013 The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — THUMBS UP

To Wiregrass Georgia Technical College and area representatives for starting the Georgia Teacher Academy for Preparation and Pedagogy. The GaTAPP will train people with degrees in other fields to become certified teachers. This means they can apply their original training in the classrooms. The program will benefit people seeking other avenues of employment as well as students. 

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To the Vex Robotics Design Systems High School Competition held last weekend at Lowndes High School. Through designing and building competitive robots, area students receive a fun introduction to the possibilities of entering developing technological fields in the future. 

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To the Valdosta City School Systems’ citywide spelling bee. In this age of spell check and auto-correct, it’s refreshing to see the tradition of spelling bees continue in our schools. On Friday, 24 children, who won spelling bees in their respective city elementary and middle schools, competed. The continuation of traditional educational forms spells success. 

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To Kay Powell, the retired Atlanta-Journal Constitution obituary editor and a one-time reporter for The Valdosta Daily Times. At 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, Quitman United Methodist Church, Powell will share with participants how to write an obituary that reflects the personality and experiences of the family member who has passed away. Given her acclaim for preparing such obituary stories daily for 13 years for the AJC, Powell’s commentary should be insightful.

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