Education News and Notes: July 3 to 9

(From left) Kelsey, Samuel, Madeline and Kyle Tackeberry.  Photo courtesy of Jeff Tackeberry

(From left) Kelsey, Samuel, Madeline and Kyle Tackeberry. Photo courtesy of Jeff Tackeberry

Siblings excel in academic studies, earn awards

INDIAN TRAIL – Four Indian Trail siblings are excelling academically while simultaneously encouraging each other to put their best foot forward.

Madeline Tackeberry was awarded the Cornwell Scholarship for the 2012-13 school year at Darlington School, one of the top college preparatory schools in the Southeast, according to a news release. Madeline’s experience propelled her younger brother, Kyle, to apply for the scholarship.

Kyle was awarded the full scholarship for the 2013-14 school year, as well as for the remainder of his high school career, providing he maintains the required academic standards. He is expected to graduate in 2016.

Samuel Tackeberry, the younger brother of Kyle and Madeline, recently was awarded the Darlington Honor Scholarship, one of the school’s most prestigious awards. The full scholarship is awarded to one freshman day applicant and one freshman boarding applicant each year. He is expected to graduate in 2018.

“I feel that Darlington will bring out the most potential in myself,” Samuel said in the news release. “I also trust that Darlington will set me up for my future and prepare me for college. Darlington seems to be the most reliable option to put me in the best possible learning environment and give me a taste of the responsibilities of being independent.”

Kelsey Tackeberry, the oldest of the four siblings, is a rising junior at Clemson University and recently was accepted into the Clemson Honors College and made the school’s Dean’s List. Madeline is a rising sophomore at the University of Mississippi and also made the Dean’s List for this past academic year.

Kelsey graduated from Weddington High School in 2012, and Madeline graduated from Darlington School in 2013.

Darlington School is located in Rome, Georgia. Find more information at

UCEF announces BizEd 2014 dates

The Union County Education Foundation recently announced the dates for its annual BizEd function.

The foundation will host the BizEd Classroom Experience the morning of Nov. 18, a Tuesday. The specific speaking times depend on individuals’ school assignments. The BizEd Breakfast is scheduled for Nov. 20, a Thursday, at 7:30 a.m. More details will become available at a later date.

The annual BizEd events are designed to connect area businesses and business leaders with Union County schools and students. The functions are held in conjunction with American Education Week. Representatives from various Union County businesses volunteer a morning to “teach” a class at a participating school within the Union County Public Schools district. The breakfast, previously a luncheon, recognizes the UCPS Teacher and Principal of the Year award winners and includes special announcements about ongoing foundation initiatives.

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Dr. Krista Wilson

Dr. Krista Wilson

Wingate associate professor a semifinalist in chemistry competition

WINGATE – The American Chemical Society recently announced Dr. Krista Wilson, an assistant professor at Wingate University, as one of 10 semifinalists in the Chemistry Champions contest.

Contestants submitted a two-to-three minute video describing their research and promoted their videos through social media. A panel of 11 judges selected the semifinalists based on social media “likes” and tweets, as well as the quality and scientific accuracy of the video, according to a news release.

Semifinalists will fly to the society’s national meeting in San Francisco, California, for a closed-door competition Aug. 9, a Saturday. Five finalists will be selected to present their research to a live public audience in San Francisco Aug. 10. Wingate University Television (WUTV) produced Wilson’s video, entitled “Chemistry of Frogs to Develop New Methods of Pain Relief.” View Wilson’s video in the Chemistry Champions YouTube playlist.

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