2018-05-16 / Campus

Students recognized during Honor’s Day at SGA

Junior Beta award winners included Bonnie Jean Houston, Caroline Harper and Anna Myles Moseley. Junior Beta award winners included Bonnie Jean Houston, Caroline Harper and Anna Myles Moseley. “Like the ancient Athenians, Southwest Georgia Academy strives to develop a sound mind in a healthy body,” Miss Henrinel Middleton reminded students in the introduction for Honors Day held May 1, 2018, in the Joe Bryan Auditorium at the Academy.

The program is sponsored by the Senior and Junior Beta Clubs, and the Student Council. Their respective sponsors are Jan Calhoun, Debbie Ray, and Jennifer Hatcher.

Karsyn Massey, Senior Beta President, welcomed the guests and students. Junior Beta President Aida Dozier gave the prayer and led the pledge to the flag. Headmaster Matt Dalrymple, members of the faculty and special guests presented the various scholarships and awards.


Susan Pettus, representing the Peter Early Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution of Blakely, recognized Justin Grimsley, who was chosen the Senior Good Citizen last fall. Justin is the son of Janet and Scott Grimsley of Colquitt. The award for the highest American History average went to Abby Chapman, daughter of Mandy and Chad Chapman of Blakely. The Youth Citizenship Award was also presented to Abby Chapman. Mrs. Pettus presented certificates to the eighth grade DAR Essay winners. They were Katheryne Clinkscales, first place and county winner; Mac Broome second place, and Abby Pickle, third place. Seventh grade winners were Rylan Foster, first place and county winner; Parker Broome, second place; and Sarah Watson, third place. Sixth grade winners were Lanie Conner, first place; Avery Smith, second place; and Anna Belle Adams, third place.

Beta Graduates include from left, Benjamin Bryant Tedder, Miller Wilson Pickle, Harrison Lee Hall, Jessica McKinzi Andrews, Sydney Alexa Thompson, Ellie Karsyn Massey, Andrew Thomas Collins, Justin Scott Grimsley. Beta Graduates include from left, Benjamin Bryant Tedder, Miller Wilson Pickle, Harrison Lee Hall, Jessica McKinzi Andrews, Sydney Alexa Thompson, Ellie Karsyn Massey, Andrew Thomas Collins, Justin Scott Grimsley. Scholarships

Students receiving the award for Highest Numerical Average in grades six through 12 include Bonnie Jean Houston, sixth grade; Anna Myles Moseley, seventh grade; Caroline Harper, eighth grade; Laurel Ann Wilkerson, ninth grade; Bridget Peterson, 10th grade; Abby Chapman, 11th grade; and Sydney Thompson, 12th grade. Students receiving the award for Highest Numerical Average in grades six through 12 include Bonnie Jean Houston, sixth grade; Anna Myles Moseley, seventh grade; Caroline Harper, eighth grade; Laurel Ann Wilkerson, ninth grade; Bridget Peterson, 10th grade; Abby Chapman, 11th grade; and Sydney Thompson, 12th grade. On behalf of the Pilot Club of Blakely, Sandra Langley presented a $1,000 Bessie Lewis Scholarship to Karsyn Massey, daughter of April and Todd Massey of Donalsonville. She also recognized SGA STAR student Miller Pickle and STAR Teacher Adam Benton. They each received a gift from the Pilot Club.

Nancy and Alec Jernigan presented a $1,000 scholarship in memory of their son Matthew. This is an annual scholarship presented to a baseball player with a good academic record. This year’s recipient is Luke Benton, son of Angel and Adam Benton of Blakely.

The Junior and Senior Beta Clubs have honored charter headmaster W.T. Henry by establishing a scholarship in his name. The scholarship is presented to a qualified junior who has an especially good attitude and is cooperative with students and teachers alike. The recipient of this year’s $250 scholarship is Collier McLendon, son of Monica Haddock McClendon and Rob McLendon.

Recipients of the Dan Foster and Bill Foster Memorial Scholarships are Zack Alderman, son Brent and Kendall, and Ryan O’Hearn, son of Brenda and Ricky O’Hearn of Donalsonville. These scholarships were established by Damascus Peanut Company in memory of the sons of Fred Foster and the late Sister Foster of Blakely.

SGA Beta Clubs have also chosen to honor charter teacher and Junior Beta organizer Martha Jean Jordan with a memorial scholarship of $250 to an outstanding Junior Beta member. This year’s scholarship was awarded to Aida Dozier, daughter of Jill Dowdy Dozier and Stephen Dozier of Leary.

Anngene Gibbs’ Senior English Scholarship was presented to B.B. Tedder, son of Teresa and Glenn Tedder of Blakely. This scholarship honors Mrs. Gibbs who was one of SGA’s charter teachers. She taught senior English during her 41 years at the Academy. The $250 scholarship was provided by the SGA Student Council.

Martha Dozier, another charter teacher, was also honored with a memorial scholarship given to an outstanding member of the yearbook staff. Mrs. Dozier was yearbook advisor for many years at SGA. Karsyn Massey, daughter of April and Todd Massey of Donalsonville, received this $250 scholarship provided by the SGA Student Council.

Ryan Cole, representing Troy State University, presented two scholarships. Recipients were Justin Grimsley, son of Janet and Scott Grimsley of Colquitt, and Miller Pickle, son of Stacie and Trent Pickle of Colquitt.

Darren Sims presented the Georgia- Pacific Foundation Scholarship in the amount of $800 to Miller Pickle.

Kim Storey, representing the Distinguished Young Women organization of Blakely, presented a scholarship in the amount of $800 to Loulie Hattaway, daughter of Leslie and Sam Hattaway of Blakely.

The Early County Historical Society Scholarship was presented to Justin Grimsley by Leslie Godwin, school counselor.

Jana Sizemore and Parker Rentz, classmates of the late Weston Lee, presented a scholarship in memory of Weston, an alumnus of SGA who was killed in Iraq approximately one year ago. His classmates have held several moneymaking events to provide this scholarship. Weston was the son of Aldean and the late Eddie Lee of Bluffton. The scholarship was awarded to Collier McLendon, son of Monica Haddock McLendon and Rob McLendon of Blakely.

For the first time this year, a new scholarship was added to the list: the Henrinel Middleton Service Scholarship in honor of Miss Middleton, a charter teacher who has completed 48 years at SGA in addition to 11 years elsewhere. Sydney Thompson, daughter of Brooke Williams Clinkscales and Jeff Clinkscales of Blakely and Travis and Callie Thompson of Blakely, received this scholarship.

Academic Letters

The announcement was made by Henrinel Middleton that five freshman, 14 sophomores and 13 juniors had earned bars for the academic letter which they will receive their senior year. Students earn a bar for each of their high school years in which they have a 90 or above average in each of their subjects. Seniors receive an academic letter with the appropriate number of bars. Seniors receiving a letter with one bar were Hannah Goings and Harrison Hall. Receiving two bars was Miller Pickle. Jessica Andrews and Karsyn Massey each received letters with three bars each. Students receiving four bars on their letter were Andrew Collins and Justin Grimsley.

Editor’s Award

Becky Gordon, yearbook advisor, recognized her editors for this year. She presented an Outstanding Senior Yearbook award to Karsyn Massey and outstanding Junior Yearbook awards were presented to Abby Chapman, Abbie Earnest, Saylor Odom and Ash Phillips. She then recognized the yearbook staff for their fine work this year.

Danielle Duebelt, newspaper advisor, presented her Editor’s Medal to Sydney Thompson as she commented on the fine job she had done. She then recognized the rest of the staff, Karlie Bridges, Darian Cross, Cameron Durden, Emerson Fenn, Laney Hall, Christian Reichard and Kate Vann for their work on the newspaper and the help they had given her this year.

BETA Awards

Jan Calhoun, Senior Beta advisor, presented the President’s Medalion to Karsyn Massey. She announced that once again the Senior Beta had received outstanding awards this year — the National Beta School of Distinction and the School of Merit Award, which includes the Junior Beta as well. She introduced the graduating members of the senior club and announced that they would be wearing special stoles denoting their membership in the National Beta Club at the graduation exercises. She then presented medallions to the Senior Beta Officers. Lastly, she introduced all members of the Club to the audience.

Debbie Ray, Junior Beta advisor, introduced her club members to the group. First, she presented gold, silver and bronze medals to the three with the highest averages — Gold, Bonnie Jean Houston; Silver, Caroline Harper; and Bronze, Anna Myles Moseley. Earlier in the program, Aida Dozier, an eighth grader, had received the Martha Jean Jordan Memorial Scholarship as the outstanding Beta member. She also presented medallions to the officers in her club. Mrs. Ray concluded with asking the entire group to stand and be recognized.


Mr. Dalrymple presented leadership medals to the class presidents in high school. Receiving these medals were: 12th grade, Justin Grimsley; 11th grade, Beau Watson; 10th grade, Savana Bradford; and ninth grade, Laurel Anne Wilkerson.

A medal was also presented to the President of H.A.N.D.S., which is a school service organization started by an SGA student years ago. The recipient of that medal was Sydney Thompson.

Student Council officers received medals for leadership in recognition of their contributions to the school. The president of the Council is Justin Grimsley; vice-president, Abbie Earnest; secretary, K.C. Stuart; and treasurer, Laurel Ann Wilkerson.


Rick LaGuardia gave special awards to students who “never get an award” but who deserve one. The audience enjoyed LaGuardia’s humorous remarks as he presented awards to Karsyn Massey, who picks out the Prom songs; Lewis Carter, who helps with the sound system; Storm Tabb, who always checks on the well-being of people in the school and town; Abbie Bruner, his biggest fan; Brock Mathis, who checks on LaGuardia and how he is feeling; Meredith Joyner, for proper classroom decorum; K.C. Stuart, for his communication skills; and Brunson Fain, for his concern and good manners which make him a “great son.”

Jamie Davis of Farm Bureau presented certificates to the essay winners for this year. First place winner was Ethan Ragan, second place went to Lewis Carter, and Jack Davis was third place winner.

Counselor Leslie Godwin announced that the Presidential Awards went to eighth graders Aida Dozier, Claudia Hall, Caroline Harper, and Ethan Ragan. Seniors who received this award were Justin Grimsley and Sydney Thompson. K.C. Stuart was recognized for having the highest math score at the Kennesaw Math Tournament. Nominees for several honors were announced.



Members of the faculty recognized those students averaging 90 or above in each subject area. Then the outstanding student or students were presented medals of achievement by Headmaster Matt Dalrymple. Those chosen as outstanding were as follows:

Sixth Grade

English: Lauren Godwin and Bonnie Jean Houston; Math: Anna Belle Adams, Lauren Godwin, Bonnie Jean Houston and Bailey Nunnery; Science: Lauren Godwin, Bonnie Jean Houston and Grace Morgan; Social Studies: Emma Holloman; Reading: Emma Chapman, Lanie Conner, Lauren Godwin, Emma Holloman, Grace Morgan, Bonnie Jean Houston and Bradleigh Lott. Highest Numerical Average in Grade: Bonnie Jean Houston

Seventh Grade

English: Anna Myles Mosely, Devyn Bennett, Maggie Benton and Jackson Ginn; Math: Maggie Benton, Katie Earnest, Lenton Jernigan, Anna Myles Mosely, Devyn Bennett, Anna Dozier, Jackson Ginn and Mimi Sasser; Agriculture: Brunson, Fain, Abby Bruner and Jackson Ginn; Life Science: Devyn Bennett, Katie Earnest, Brunson Fain, Jackson Finn, Meredith Joyner and Meg Phillips; Social Studies: Carter Haddock and Jackson Ginn; Highest Numerical Average: Anna Myles Mosely

Eighth Grade

English: Aida Dozier, Caroline Harper, Taylor Bruner, Parker Broome and Abby Pickle; Math: Abby Pickle, Claudia Hall, Jaxon Gordon, Aida Dozier, Taylor Bruner and Caroline Harper; Earth Science: Caroline Harper, Aida Dozier, Taylor Bruner, Mary Mac Cooper, Claudia Hall, Abby Pickle and Ethan Ragan; Georgia History: Jaxon Gordon and Aida Dozier; Technology I: Abby Pickle and Taylor Bruner; Highest Numerical Average: Caroline Harper.

Ninth Grade

English: Hank Harbin, Ansley Smith and Laurel Ann Wilkerson; Spanish I: Ansley Smith; Geometry I: Hank Harbin, Rylan O’Hearn, Ansley Smith and Laurel Ann Wilkerson; Physical Science: Laurel Ann Wilkerson; Civics: Laurel Ann Wilkerson and Ansley Smith; Highest Numerical Average: Laurel Ann Wilkerson.

10th Grade

English: Sam Askew, Savanna Davis, Bridget Peterson and Ethan Pham; Algebra II: Savana Bradford, Paige Burke, Sam Askew, Savanna Davis, Ethan Pham and Bridget Peterson; Biology: Savanna Davis; World History: Savanna Davis, Collier Harper, Bridget Peterson, Ethan Pham, K.C. Stuart and Sam Askew; Technology II: Ethan Pham, Emily Earnest and Bennett Johnson; Spanish II: Savanna Davis and Emily Earnest; Highest Numerical Average: Bridget Peterson.

11th Grade

English: Abby Chapman, Emerson Fenn, Loulie Hattaway, Christian Reichard, Collier McLendon and Ash Phillips; Journalism I: Emerson Fenn, Cameron Durden and Laney Hall; Algebra III/Tr igonomet ry: Karlie Bridges, Abby Chapman, Emerson Fenn, Abbie Earnest and Ash Phillips; Chemistry: Abbie Earnest; U. S. History: Abby Chapman, Abbie Earnest, Emerson Fenn, Loulie Hattaway and Ash Phillips. Geography: Ash Phillips; Highest Numerical Average: Abby Chapman

12th Grade

English: B.B. Tedder; College 1101 and College 1102: Karsyn Massey and Sydney Thompson; Journalism II: Sydney Thompson; Calculus: Andrew Collins; Senior Math: Landon Durden, Byrant Tedder and K.J. Warren; College Algebra: Abby Chapman and Andrew Collins; Anatomy and Physiology: Morgan Cannon and Miller Pickle; Economics: Jessica Andrews, Justin Grimsley, Karsyn Massey, Sydney Thompson and Miller Pickle; Highest Numerical Average: Sydney Thompson.

Headmaster Dalrymple closed the program with congratulations to the winners and words of encouragement to all of the students. He thanked the visitors for their attendance. Then he announced that all students recognized on the program would be honored with an Academic Breakfast the following Wednesday morning.

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