Thomas University Pre-College Program Students Win State Competition | Education

On November 15-16, Thomas University Pre-College Programs sent a team of high schools and colleges to the 19th Annual Georgia Association of Special Programs (SILC) Staff Student Initiative Leadership Conference held at the Atlanta Metropolitan State University. The goal of SILC is to train student leaders and recognize the academic excellence of students participating in academic competitions.

Students from both TU teams won in various categories. The high school team, which competed in the HI-Q Academic Competition, won first place against teams from across the state and will travel to Atlanta to compete in the regional competition in April.

The college team winners were Savana Manning, first place in the written exam, and Ariel Anderson, second in spelling. The Academic Bowl Team awards are third place in the written exam; second place in the spelling exam; second place in the Super Quiz; and second place in the general classification.

The pre-university program helps local youth graduate from high school and enter and graduate from university. Two programs funded by the federal government through the Ministry of Education fall under the pre-university program: Educational Talent Search (ETS) and GEAR UP. In addition, thanks to funding from AT&T, Yes I Can! The Scholars program provides GEAR UP students with additional services and activities.

Currently, ETS serves 580 students in schools in Bainbridge, Cairo, Thomasville and Thomas County. GEAR UP serves a cohort of eighth, ninth and tenth graders in the same school systems. For more information, call Mélanie Martin at (229) 227-6929.

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