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Pa~'2A August 22, 2018 r~ RepOrter By Diane Glidewell news@rnymcr.nef T.J. Terrell, an 1 lth grader, was called to the counselors' office at Mary Persons on qqaursday aftemoon, Aug. 16 and wondered what the problem could be. He had no idea that Counselor Teresa Roller and Middle Georgia State Univer- sity (MGA) recruiters were about to surprise him with a purple MGA T-shirt and instructions to get ready to move onto the Cochran campus over the weekend and start college classes on Monday. Terrell has been accepted to the Georgia Academy of Residential & Commercial. We Service All Brands ,Honest & Reliable Service Licensed and Insured , Experience You Can Count On Locally Owned & Family Operated Financing Available Service Agreements Thank You for Your Business! BASIC COMPUTER TRAINING Arts, Mathematics, Engi- neering and Sciences (for- merly known as GAMES), an exclusive two-year dual enrollment residential pro- gram. Terrell had applied for the program, deciding it was a perfect fit for him, but hit financial bmnps that seemed to say this opportunity just wasn't going to happen. "I was crushed when I didn't get a scholarship," said Terrell. "I felt at home in those hallways [when I visited the campus], and I don't feel comfortable every- where" Like Terrell, Roller felt that Terrell is the type of student Left to right, Mallory Miller, Tori Pitts,T.J. Terrell, Teresa Roller. Middle Georgia College recruiters Miller and Pitts and Mary Persons counselor Roller surprised Terrell on Thursday to let him know he was awarded a full scholarship to the Georgia Academy and would move into a dorm over the weekend and start classes on Monday. T.J. Terrell celebrates with his family his opportunity to begin college while he is finishing his last two years of high school. Pictured is his mother, Darlene Terrell, left, and sister, Latrice Terrell, right. (Photos/Diane Glidewell) Miller and Tori Pitts met Terrell in the Mary Persons media center and welcomed meeting was for entirely dif- ferent purposes. One of the people at the meeting, Jenni- !l for whom Georgia Acad-fer Stenander, Vice President him to college. : : ': % emy is made; she was also of Enrollment Management, "I've got to call my momS' disappointed when it did had some amazing contacts said Terrell. "Thank you Ms. " ' not look like it was going to and quickly made thingsRoller!" ~;i;~:~ ~ s o,o work out for him to attend, happen. Roller said that Terrell She helped him enroll in the 3t e Georgia Academy is a came to her last year asking I Gordon State College dual two-year program for gifted about Georgia Academy; which began in 1997. She said that three or four Mary Persons students have participated in the program over the years, all with posi- tive results. She was delight- ed to see things working out for a deserving student. She said they already had his classes set up at the Co- chran campus; so it should not be hard for him to get started even though he just has a weekend to move in Wednesday, August 29, 201810:30AM Computer Basics Training The FVSU Mobile Technology Unit will be in town! This class is ideal for individuals with little or no experience with computers. Students will learn about the basics of Microsoft Word and word processing. Sign Up is required. Monroe County Library 62 W. Main Street Forsyth, GA 31029 478-994-7025 enrollment program with Mary Persons, and he had already started attending classes. "He's unbelievably moti- vated;' said Roller. "But the only way he could attend is if he received a fuli-time scholarship? Roller had a meeting with several Middle Georgia State personnel last week and could not resist mention- ing Terrell, even though the and mature high school students. Students live in a dormitory on campus and have the chance to become involved in programs usu- ally only available to college students while they take dasses that give them the credits to graduate from high school, earn an associ- ate degree and work toward a Bachelor's degree in their apply and manage your Licensee #5656, chosen field. MGA recruiters Mallory Local Business and get going. Roller told him that even his meal plan is covered for the first semester so he doesn't have to worry about anything except studying. She said they have time to worry about working out details for the next semester. Terrell is interested in majoring in psychology and foreign languages. He has taken Spanish at Mary Per- sons and came to Lauri Eng- lish, media center specialist and former French teacher, in the second semester last year for help learning French on his own. Tracy Brinkman, Chil- dren's Librarian at Monroe County Library, said that Terrell volunteered to teach Spanish twice a week at the library over the summer to anyone who wanted to learn. She said that about 30 people signed up, although about six came to classes regularly throughout the summer. "T.J. is an excellent teacher" said Brinkman. "He has a linguistic gift" She said he worked well with both children and adults, customizing his lessons to what his students wanted to learn. Some stu- dents just wanted help with conjugating verbs correctly. Others wanted to be fluent with conversation. Two brothers, ages about 9 and 7, wanted to be able to talk to each other without the adults in their lives under- standing what they said. Brinkman said Terrell also studied the Thai language on his own at the library. "I loved teaching. It was the highlight of my week;' said Terrell. "If they got it, or even if they didn't, it made me feel good to help, and it helped me with problem solving" He described himself as a "word person" and said that he is attracted to all kinds of people. He said that in studying languages, he has made friends all over the world by way of the internet. He referred to a quote attributed to Nelson Mandela, "If you talk to a man in a second language, you're talking to his brain, ifyou talk to him in his mother language you're talk- ing to his heart." "I want that kind of con- nection" said Terrell. He is the son of Darlene Terrell and is the young- est of four siblings. He has two sisters, Briana Hudson and Lattice Terrell, and one brother, Brian Walker. His mother said it is taking her a little time to absorb the idea that her youngest child is about to move away to col- lege when he has just started 1 lth grade. But she said she appreciates the opportuni- ties it offers and that she is sure it is what he wants to do. Asked if he feels any regrets about missing his last two high school years, Terrell said he will stay con- nected to, his friends at Mary Persons. He said he has a lot of high school memories but no qualms about leaving early. "It's a better choice in the long run. It will take me fur- ther" he said. "I'm ready for all ' I" the ch enge. Itsamazmg.