Good For You: GPS senior gets perfect score on ACT

Good For You: GPS senior gets perfect score on ACT

October 21st, 2016 by Compiled by staff writer Susan Pierce in Life Entertainment

Junior Achievement of Chattanooga awarded $1,500 scholarships to four high school seniors who participated in JA high school programs. The "Free Enterprise Cup" scholarships were presented by JA President Brigette Thurman, center, and given to, from left, Joudeline Morales-Santoyo, Red Bank High School; Charmichael Jefferson, Brainerd High School; Joyce Mathai, Tyner Academy; and Colin McCormick, Ooltewah High School.

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Comcast awards $47,000 to East Tennessee nonprofits

The Comcast Foundation announced it has awarded more than $47,000 in grants to 16 nonprofit organizations in East Tennessee.

Organizations receiving the grants participated in the 15th annual "Comcast Cares Day" in April. The event, held during National Volunteer Month, is Comcast and NBCUniversal's signature day of service and the nation's largest single-day corporate volunteer effort.

Organizations supported by the Comcast Foundation this year in East Tennessee are Athens Parks Foundation Inc., United Way of Greater Chattanooga, Blood Assurance Inc., Chattanooga Church Ministries Inc., Chattanooga Room In The Inn Inc., Tennessee Aquarium and Gibbs High School ROTC.

Also supported are Habitat For Humanity International Inc., Jonesborough Parks and Recreation, PTA Tennessee Congress Parents & Teachers Inc., Medic Inc., Southern Off Road Bicycle Association, Norris Elementary School PTO, Oak Ridge Rowing Association Inc., Net Church Healing Hearts Outreach and Scott County Schools.

Logan Cash.

Logan Cash.

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Logan Cash honored by Army

Logan Cash of Chickamauga, Ga., daughter of Darren Cash and Robbie Brown, was recently awarded Trooper of the Week by her commander at Fort Riley, Kan., where she is serving in the U.S. Army.

The award is given based on demonstrated dedication to supporting the squadron and exceptional efforts toward her comrades.

Cash is a graduate of Gordon Lee High School. While completing basic training at Fort Jackson, S.C., she was awarded a marksmanship medal for M-16 targeting. She next was stationed in Fort Lee, Va., for advanced training before being transferred to Fort Riley.

Alabama Alumni Award goes to Hairston

The University of Alabama College of Human Environmental Sciences presented Jack Davis Professional Achievement Awards during recent homecoming activities on campus.

Chattanoogan Jennifer Hairston was one of 11 alumni honored. The Davis awards are presented annually to outstanding CHES alumni for professional accomplishments.

Hairston is vice president of operations at Barnett & Co., a firm providing investment management as well as financial and estate-planning consultations. Prior to that, she was chief operations officer and financial planner for Campbell Asset Management in Chattanooga.

Since January 2011, Hairston has worked as an adjunct instructor at the University of Alabama, where she teaches financial-planning techniques and develops case studies.

Case named trustee of medical board

Monica Case, certified medical assistant, was recently elected to a two-year term with the board of trustees of the American Association of Medical Assistants during its annual conference in Reston, Va. She has served in numerous capacities on chapter, state and national levels of the AAMA.

Case is currently president of the Chattanooga chapter of Medical Assistants and the Tennessee Society of Medical Assistants. She is on the advisory board for the medical assisting program at Chattanooga State Community College, from which she graduated.

Case works for Chattanooga Family Practice in East Ridge and has been the clinical and administrative medical assistant for Dr. Robert Drake for 25 years.

Leah Baxter

Leah Baxter

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Baxter aces ACT

Leah Baxter, a senior at Girls Preparatory School, earned the highest possible composite score of 36 on the ACT college admissions test.

In a letter to the student, ACT Chief Executive Officer Marten Roorda said, "Your achievement on the ACT is significant and rare. While test scores are just one of multiple criteria that most colleges consider when making admission decisions, your exceptional ACT composite score should prove helpful as you pursue your education and career goals."

On average, less than one-tenth of 1 percent of students who take the ACT earn a top score. The ACT consists of tests in English, mathematics, reading and science, each scored on a scale of 1-36. A student's composite score is the average of the four test scores.