Principals and staff members from schools exceeding statistical predictions for academic performance were awarded Certificates of Recognition by Phi Delta Kappa Chapter 1219 at a TEA & CHEERS Reception on Saturday, September 30, 2017 at Southwest Library Auditorium. The remarkable achievement of “Beating the Odds” was celebrated in an address by Dr. Mary Kropiewnicki, Dean and Professor of Education at Savannah State University accompanied by Dr. Michaela Munday, Assistant Professor of Education, also of Savannah State University. Those schools accepting the honors are pictured above. Back row left to right are: Katherine Ferrell, Teacher, Jacob G. Smith Elementary School; Monique H. Robinson, Assistant Principal, Groves High School; Shomari Gilford, Assistant Principal Groves High School; Timothy Cox, Principal, Groves High School; McRae Mangum, Assistant Principal, Spencer Elementary School. Front row left to right are Kevanna Bostick, Haven Elementary School; Dr. Brenda Logan, Retired Professor & Phi Delta Kappa Secretary; Shirley Spears, Retired Educator & Phi Delta Kappa President; Kirsteen Mosier, Lead Counselor at Woodville Tompkins Technical & Career Academy; Renee Bryant-Evans, Interim Principal, Gadsden Elementary School; Andrea Williams, Principal at Spencer Elementary School.