STJ salutes those making a difference

Published 12:00 am Friday, January 16, 2004

To Meadowview Christian School, where pre-kindergarten to 3- and 4-year-olds spend 20 minutes daily in a school computer lab. No child is too young to begin working on the computer. To observe the children, eyes locked on the color-filled screen, hands easily moving the mouse, one realizes how thoroughly the computer has become a part of our culture and how significant it is as a tool in every area of life. Their lab instructor, Lorri Lippeatt, said that the children go through three levels with each game, and when they have completed the game they move to another one &045; at their own pace. The games are produced by Knowledge Adventures and include Jump Start and Reader Rabbit. At this stage, she said, they learn how to start and end the game and to do simple tasks with the mouse. The games themselves typically involve letters, numbers and shapes, and augment what is being taught in the classroom.

To Morgan Academy junior, Tyler Gresham, who won a trip to attend the Congressional Seminar in June by writing the winning essay for the statewide contest sponsored by the Colonial Dames of America.

The assigned topic was to write an essay on &uot;What Role Should the United States Play in Keeping Peace in Other Parts of the World?&uot;

The son of Doug and Janet Gresham began the journey to Washington by winning the Dallas County competition among all public and private schools. Gresham is a student of Mrs. Diane McWilliams who teaches honors English at Morgan. The Colonial Dames sponsor the essay contest each year with timely themes. Bebe Reeves of the Selma Chapter of the Colonial Dames said, &uot;We are really proud of Tyler and we know that he will represent our state well.&uot;

To Sandra Bishop, a staff intensive care unit nurse, who recently received a certificate for 21 years of service from Vaughan Regional Medical Center. The certificate was presented by the hospital’s CEO, Steve Mahan, during an employee recognition banquet. About 120 employees were awarded.

To local artist Jack Reed on being named as &uot;Artist of the Month&uot; by the Performing Arts Centre. Many of Reed’s watercolor painting depict life in the rural South. Paintings are on display from8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.