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McDuffie's super student: Thomson Middle student wins Communities in Schools contest

DeVonte Johnson of Thomson Middle School has been named a winner in the Communities in Schools third annual Student Achievement Month contest.


DeVonte Johnson works on a computer at TMS.

"I was really happy when I won," said DeVonte, who worked on his presentation under the guidance of teacher Anita Cummings.

"DeVonte's terrific PowerPoint entry demonstrates what a difference it can make in children's lives when adults believe in them and personally invest in their success.İ DeVonte shares how his principal'sİ'great expectations' andİtheİguidance of Communities In Schools helped him to transform himself from problem to potential.İ He is truly a CIS success story," said Neil Shorthouse, president of Communities in Schools in Georgia.

"The competition was tough, and extremely close in many categories," stated Dan Derby, executive assistant for development and communications for CIS. DeVonte went up against more than 500 students from 24 CIS programs across the state. Of those, 127 advanced to the regional level, and 40 advanced to the state competition.

DeVonte entered the computer technology category and created an account of how CIS made a difference in his life. Other categories students could enter included written expression, creative expression and public speaking.

The Thomson Middle schooler joins two other students in middle school, three elementary school students and four high school students across the state to be named winners.

Each winner will receive a new computer, educational software and a digital camera. In addition, DeVonte and the other winners will be honored at an evening reception March 9, and will be recognized at the state board of education meeting March 10.

DeVonte plans to attend the event with his mother, he said.

Judges were faculty and staff at Albany State University, Augusta State University, Georgia State University, Macon State College and Ogeechee Technical College.

CIS is a national program, and reaches 90,000 students in the state of Georgia.

The program is sponsored by Georgia Natural Gas, AGL Resources, AlphaSkills, IBM, Wal-Mart and THP Printing.

Web posted on Thursday, February 10, 2005


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