On Thursday, May 18, 2023, 24 students graduated from Macon-Bibb County’s Georgia Civic Awareness Program for Students (GCAPS). They were presented with a diploma to honor their completion of the immersive program that teaches young people about government operations in our community and state.
“This year we had a wonderful group of students,” said Community Affairs Executive Director and GCAPS Coordinator Dr. Henry Ficklin. “They were really interested in learning about the different agencies in our local and state government. This is an experience that will benefit them in their careers and lives.”
“The trips we took every month showed me that our city and country as a whole could not run without these special individuals who work in these places,” said GCAPS Scholar Adrian Daniel. “I plan on being a GCAPS member for the next two years in high school. I have met so many great people in this program. GCAPS has been a blessing to me.”
Students were given an overview of several departments within Macon-Bibb, including the Mayor’s Office and the Commission, the Clerk of County Commission, Board of Elections, Human Resources, Recreation, Parks and Beautification, Finance, Engineering, Code Enforcement, Facilities Management, Small Business Affairs, and Communications.
Students also took trips to the Middle Georgia Regional Airport, Emergency Management Agency, Fire Training Academy, Sheriff’s Office and Law Enforcement Center, Visit Macon, Macon Water Authority’s Treatment Plant, the Georgia State Capitol, and the Federal Reserve Bank.
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GCAPS Scholars 2023
Raeleigh Arimah Sophomore Howard High
Carter Atkinson Junior Howard High
Wilson Bridges Senior Central High
Lauryn Canty Senior Howard High
Andreas Cooke, Jr. Junior Mt. DeSales High
Adrian Daniel Sophomore Howard High
Madison David Sophomore Howard High
MyAsia Hancock Sophomore Northeast High
Lillian Harper Junior Howard High
Kyle Hicks Sophomore Howard High
Cameron McKay Senior Howard High
Reanna Nelson Sophomore Central High
Azaley Person Sophomore Northeast High
Jazmyn Revels Senior Northeast High
Ja’Darrien Riggins Sophomore Northeast High
Sofia Suarez Senior Home School
Zayna Suarez Sophomore Home School
Hayley Terry Sophomore Northeast High
Jonta Thorpe Senior Northeast High
Jamiah Tolbert Senior Howard High
Jayden Tolbert Sophomore Howard High
Denzel Washington Senior Rutland High
Donald Williams III Sophomore Howard High
Keadence Williams Junior Northeast High