November 11, 2022
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Madisyn Chandler Earls of Macon, Georgia, received the Fall 2022 President’s Award for Academic Excellence for the James L. and Dorothy H. Dewar College of Education and Human Services at Valdosta State University. She graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Bachelor of Science in Education in Secondary Education.
VALDOSTA — Madisyn Chandler Earls of Macon, Georgia, received the Fall 2022 President’s Award for Academic Excellence for the James L. and Dorothy H. Dewar College of Education and Human Services at Valdosta State University.
The President’s Award for Academic Excellence is presented to a high-performing graduate from each of VSU’s six colleges – Harley Langdale Jr. College of Business Administration, College of Nursing and Health Sciences, College of the Arts, James L. and Dorothy H. Dewar College of Education and Human Services, College of Humanities and Social Sciences and College of Science and Mathematics.
Earls are recognized during VSU 234th Starts at 4:30pm on Saturday 10th December on the front lawn. She will graduate summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Bachelor of Science in Education in Secondary Education.
“Getting my degree in both English and secondary school came with challenges,” she said. “However, I am grateful to my professors and department heads for ensuring that I was equipped to meet these challenges and am now ready to thrive in my career after graduating from VSU. I owe all my achievements to God and to my family and extended family; They supported me every step of the way. I will forever be grateful to my professors, supervisors, and mentor teachers for all of the knowledge, resources, and encouragement they have provided to me. Finally, I would like to acknowledge my secondary school year and the rest of my classmates. It’s really through working together and supporting each other that we’ve all made it to this point.”
As an undergraduate, Earls was an editor at Volume 11 of Omnino, VSU’s student research journal, and published a creative writing piece, “The Hidden Noose”, in the 2021 issue of On Tap, VSU’s student-run and student-read magazine. . She was a HOPE grantee and has repeatedly received honors on the Dean’s List.
Earls tutored the Upward Bound program at Mercer University during the summer of 2019 and summer 2020.
“Upward Bound is an educational program offered during the school year and summer for high school students from low-income families or families where neither parent has a bachelor’s degree,” she said. “The purpose of the program is to increase the rate at which students graduate from high school and through college. Students who participate in the program receive academic instruction, assistance with the college application process, the opportunity to visit college and much more.”
Earls volunteered for the Free to Read program hosted by Appleton Episcopal Ministries in Macon, Georgia in the summer of 2022.
“Free to Read is a six-week reading and enrichment program offered to elementary school students living in underserved and impoverished communities,” she said. “Students who participate in the program read new books every day, receive reading classes, receive two meals and a snack, and at the end of the program they can take home all the books they read over the summer.”
Earls plans to pursue a career as a middle or high school English teacher in Georgia. Her goal is to help students develop a love of reading and writing by creating a literacy-rich learning environment.
“One of the reasons I always wanted to be an English teacher is because I understand the power of literacy,” she said. “Reading enables students to make sense of the world around them by interpreting the opinions and experiences of others. Writing allows students to express their own opinions and experiences, a skill essential to student success outside of the classroom.”
When she is home in Macon, Earls attends Lizzie Chapel Baptist Church, where she volunteers as a children’s church teacher. Her supportive family includes mother Dr. Pamela Earls, father of Dr. Julian Earls and sister Mariah Earls.
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