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Top scholars best economic development tool

May 19, 2005

Albany -- A State Senator says Georgia's best economic development tools are this year's outstanding high school graduates.

Seven top graduates from each of the public and private high schools in Dougherty County were presented college scholarships from the Albany Rotary Club. The students were selected for the scholarships because of their superior academics and leadership qualities.

State Senator Joseph Carter of Tifton said well educated young people like these are what businesses are searching for. "If the school system does not meet their expectations and they are not happy, the company does not perform at the level it should. So economic development begins at the school house, period."

Senator Carter says improving the state's education system is the best way to attract new industry to Georgia. The seven graduates received 12-hundred dollar college scholarships.

The Albany Rotary Club Scholarship winners were Le Garen Toomer of Albany High, who will attend Georgia Tech.

Haley Brumbley of Byne Memorial Baptist School, who will attend Darton College.

Laura Stubbs of Deerfield Windsor School, who will attend the University of Georgia.

Dereca Watkins of Dougherty High, who will attend Albany State University.

Tracy Edwards of Monroe High, who will attend Albany State University.

Stephanie Maddox of Sherwood Christian Academy, who will attend Darton College.

David Mathis of Westover High, who will attend Georgia Tech.

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