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Published 8:37am Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Wiggins honored by U.S. Achievement Academy
Ashley Catherine Wig­gins of Deatsville has been recognized by the United States Achievement Academy as a student of excellence in fine arts. The Academy recognizes fewer than 10 percent of all American high school students.
Wiggins, who attends Holtville High, was nominated for the honor by Ashley Strahm, former band director and teacher at the school. Wiggins will appear in the U.S. Achievement Academy’s official yearbook, which is published nationally.
Wiggins is the daughter of Gary and Brenda Wiggins of Deatsville. Her grandparents are Donnie and Peggy Stearns of Wetumpka and John and Cathy Wiggins of Wetumpka.
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Edwards completes UA Rural Health Scholars program
Kayla Ed­wards, of Wetumpka, recently completed the University of Ala­ba­ma’s Rural Health Scholars program.
During the recent program, two select groups of students from across the state were on campus for the Rural Health Scholars and Rural Minority Health Scholars sessions.
The two five-week programs introduce students from rural areas to college life and give them an orientation to the need for health and medical professionals in communities like their own. Statistics show that rural students are more likely to live and practice in rural areas.
The concept of the Rural Health Leaders Pipeline, which was recognized earlier this year with an Outstanding Rural Health Program Award from the National Rural Health Association, was developed as part of a strategy to recruit rural students into medical school.
The Rural Health Scholars, who are rising high school seniors, live on campus, take college courses in English and chemistry, learn about health careers and make field trips to rural health care facilities and a medical school.
These students, chosen based on their academic achievements and interest in rural health care, come to UA during the summer and take courses for college credit and to attend seminars. Cynthia Moore and Dr. John Wheat of CCHS direct the programs.
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Wetumpka students earn degrees from Georgia Tech
Mason Nixon and Sean Withers, both of Wetumpka, were awarded degrees during the Georgia Institute of Technology’s spring 2013 commencement exercises.
Nixon received a MS in Electrical and Computer, and Withers earned a BS in Business Administration.
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Fraley, Kunz graduate from JSU
Two Elmore County residents – Craig Fraley of Deatsville and Benjamin Kunz of Millbrook were among the 408 students awarded degrees Aug. 2 at Jacksonville State University. Kunz was also recognized with special honors in nursing.

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