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Morris at MAP International
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Larry Morris ’75 lives in Brunswick, Georgia and works as Manager of the Short-Term Medical Mission Program for MAP International.

Larry writes, “I recall a distinct academic difference between Savannah Christian and public school. Savannah Christian was much more challenging, and, without a doubt, better prepared me for my future.”

He says chapels and Bible classes had a positive effect on his spiritual growth, but admits, “I am much more thankful for that now than I was then.”

He earned a pre-business associate degree from Brunswick Junior College and a BBA in Marketing from Georgia Southern University, then worked 10 years with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association at the Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove in Asheville, North Carolina in the Program Department responsible for conference reservations, registrations, and staff.

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Bulldogs Have Edge Back
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Kris Edge returns to the Bulldogs as Director of Baseball Operations

(Georgia Sports Communications) – Kris Edge ‘98, a four-year starting outfielder for the University of Georgia (UGA) from 1999-2002, is back with the Bulldogs as the director of baseball operations.

Edge has spent the past two years as an assistant coach/recruiting coordinator at Middle Georgia College. He helped the Warriors to a pair of playoff appearances, including a 44-20 mark this past season and the Junior College World Series. Prior to his stint at Middle Georgia, Edge managed and was an instructor for Savannah’s Chain Baseball Academy, an 18 and under summer league traveling baseball squad.

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Hollingsworth President of Foothills Commerical Builders
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Rocky Hollingsworth ‘73 – who recently returned to Savannah to participate in the 2009 Homecoming activities – knows about working hard and repeatedly shooting for a goal.

A former basketball player who also served on the school newspaper staff, he recalls graduating from high school with no prospect of being able to afford to further his education. He joined the Army, instead, and ended up at Fitzsimons Army Medical Center in Colorado, where he earned an Associate Degree training in medical, dental, and x-ray equipment. He then worked in the construction business as an apprentice for four years, and decided to start his own business in 1986.

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Bennett Helping Relieve Hunger
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Sheila Bennett ‘76 lives in Cumming, Georgia, where she works as Director of the Great American Dine Out.

Sheila writes, “Following graduation, I returned to my home city of Nashville, Tennessee to attend college at Lipscomb University where I studied Elementary Education and Psychology. Immediately following, I worked at Vanderbilt Hospital as a teaching assistant to patients in Child Psychiatry. While working there, I began my career in the foodservice industry.

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SCPS Alum in Pit Crew at Daytona 500

Kenneth Purcell, Class of 2000The 52nd running of the Daytona 500 officially opened the 2010 NASCAR season on Sunday, February 14, 2010 at Daytona International Speedway. SCPS alum Kenneth Purcell '00, who currently lives in Mooresville, North Carolina, rejoined Jimmie Johnson's #48 team for his 4th season racing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship.

After SCPS, Kenneth attended Armstrong Atlantic State University, then graduated from Lanier Technical College in Atlanta in 2003. He then worked internships for the Richard Petty Driving Experience, and joined the crew of Innovative Motorsports in the Craftsman Truck Series (2004). Other opportunities ultimately landed him on the Lowe’s racing team working for #48 Jimmie Johnson in 2007.

Kenneth is the #48 car’s jack man, the first crew member off the wall when Jimmie Johnson steers the car into the pit box. During the week, he is a mechanic, which is another demanding job that requires extensive knowledge of racing and automotive technology. While working for Hendrick Motorsports, Kenneth has been part of the team that has won three consecutive Sprint cup championships, two brickyard 400 wins and over 21 other career wins.

 
Palefsky Named Representative of the Year

PIA National Names Sheldon Palefsky of Columbia Insurance Group 2009 Company Representative of the Year

COLUMBIA, Mo. (10/12/09) — The National Association of Professional Insurance Agents has named Sheldon M. Palefsky, CIC, of Columbia Insurance Group as its 2009 Company Representative of the Year. The award was presented on October 3, 2009 during a ceremony in San Diego, California held in conjunction with a national PIA board of directors meeting.

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Small Business, BIG IMPACT
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Allan Adams
'78 alum serves as State Director of SBDC

Small businesses of less than 500 employees comprise approximately 98% of the businesses in Georgia and employ nearly 50% of the state’s non-farm, private sector workers.

Many SCPS alumni own, manage, or work in small businesses, and one of our own alumni currently leads a state organization dedicated to helping many of these businesses and people succeed.

Allan Adams, Class of 1978, is the State Director of the University of Georgia Small Business Development Center (SBDC). He manages 83 employees in 18 statewide offices headquartered in Athens at the University of Georgia. Part of a national network of SBDC’s in all 50 states, the network is similar to the agricultural cooperative extension service that helps farmers in communities nationwide.

Georgia’s SBDC (www.sbdc.uga.edu) specifically offers tailored business services to communities and individuals around the state, especially entrepreneurs.

In a recent year under Allan’s leadership, Georgia’s SBDC provided training to more than 14,000 people, consulted with nearly 5,000 business owners or aspiring entrepreneurs, and offered more than 700 workshops and seminars ranging from sales and marketing to accounting to management.

“Many entrepreneurs have skills and passion related to their product or service, but they may not know the best ways to effectively manage, expand, or sustain their business,” says Allan. “Many times, people expand too fast or too far ahead of their cash flow, or their ability to attract and manage the right staff. That’s where we come in; we help people succeed.”

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Former SCPS Student Wins Miss Texas USA

Congratulations to former SCPS student Kelsey Moore ('07) who was crowned MISS TEXAS USA 2010 on Sunday, September 6, in a competition featuring 107 contestants from throughout Texas. Representing El Paso in the pageant, she was also named Swimsuit Winner. The 19-year-old blue-eyed blonde is a Student Athlete at the Division 1 Level, attending the University of Texas at El Paso on a full ride scholarship to play volleyball. She is majoring in Electronic Media and plans to become a political newscaster after playing professional volleyball for a couple of years. Kelsey is the daughter of Pat and Dianna Moore, and sister of Ryan Moore. The family moved from Savannah to Chandler, Arizona at the beginning of Kelsey's Junior year. She will compete in the Miss USA pageant on April 18, 2010, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

 
Alumni Athletic News

Brian Harman '05 - Harman Accustomed to Representing U.S.

Patrick Knorr '05 - Savannah Chatham County Public Schools has endorsed the FCA Character Coach program for high school and middle school teams in Chatham County. The Athletic Department noted, "In this economic environment it is important to have quality volunteer sports mentors for our kids." Patrick Knorr '05, a graduate and football player from Savannah Christian Preparatory School and North Greenville College, is the first FCA Character Coach to complete the process. He will join Coach Jackson and the Savannah High Blue Jackets staff this fall.

Tyler Sumner '08 - GSU's Sumner Determined to Start

 
Jamie Lindley 2008 Debuts With UGA Bulldawgs

Star SCPS athlete Jamie Lindley '08 debuted in his college football career on the field with the Georgia Bulldogs in the third quarter of the Georgia vs. South Carolina game on Saturday, September 13.  The UGA student newspaper highlighted Jamie on the front page of their Wednesday, September 17th edition in an article entitled, "Freshman recognizes obscurity on all-star team:  Freshman already competing for kick-offs."  Read full article

 
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