Education: Special Olympians from local schools compete at Darlington Thursday. National honors for Berry student.

Education: Special Olympians from local schools compete at Darlington Thursday. National honors for Berry student.

 

Perfect day for Floyd County Special Olympics. Young athletes numbering 600 and representing Rome City Schools, Floyd County Schools and Georgia School for the Deaf took part in Thursday’s annual Special Olympics courtesy of Darlington School and Rome Floyd Parks and Rec. The parade lineup  began at 9:30 a.m. at Darlington’s Chris Hunter Memorial Stadium and ceremonies at 10 a.m. Photo by Randy Quick. Additional coverage: Facebook

Berry student awarded Goldwater Scholarship: Berry College junior Sarah Cooper is one of 211 students in the nation to receive the 2018 Goldwater Scholarship – one of the most prestigious scholarships in the natural sciences, engineering and mathematics fields. “Being awarded the Goldwater Scholarship … has shown me that I am capable of achieving my career path that used to be just a dream,” Cooper said. “Receiving this national award is also a testament to the strength of Berry’s student work program and how well professors invest themselves in student research.” The Goldwater Scholarship was established by Congress in honor of Sen. Barry Goldwater’s service as a soldier and statesman. The foundation strives to support sophomores and juniors who desire to pursue research careers in the natural sciences, engineering and mathematics sectors to ensure the U.S. has highly qualified individuals in these fields. Cooper, a biochemistry major from Lafayette, Ind., found her passion for biochemical research when she worked in a Purdue University cancer research lab during high school. She has continued to work at Berry as a lab assistant under the guidance of Associate Professor of Biochemistry Dominic Qualley.

 

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