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Statesboro (Ga.) High School has Brian Tanner to thank for helping set a state record. The 18-year-old senior scored a perfect 1600 on the combined portions of the Scholastic Assessment Test, making him the second senior in two years at Statesboro High to ace the college-entrance exam.

Principal Allen Fort said it was the first time in Georgia that students from the same school achieved perfect S.A.T. scores in consecutive years. Mr. Tanner's science partner, Chris Ricker, who graduated last May, also scored a 1600.

Mr. Fort said he was proud of the record and the school's accomplishment in turning out good students.

Ted Sanders, the Ohio state superintendent, has made what he calls "the most difficult decision of my career." He will leave his position in June to become Southern Illinois University's next chancellor. He had been the leading candidate for the job since a round of interviews last month. Mr. Sanders, 53, was the Illinois state superintendent from 1985 to 1989, when he left to become the U.S. undersecretary of education during the Bush Administration.

A school in Corpus Christi, Tex., may be renamed to honor Selena, the Grammy Award-winning singer who was shot to death in the city--her hometown--on March 31. A city council member proposed the idea of renaming West Oso Junior High, but a final decision will not be made until Superintendent Frank Hogan of the Corpus Christi schools has consulted with Selena's family. Also in the works is the Selena Quintanilla Foundation, which would provide tuition, grants, and scholarships to gifted and talented students pursuing careers in the arts and entertainment. ...The Mid-continent Regional Educational Laboratory has appointed J. Timothy Waters, the deputy director, to be its nextpresident and executive director. The current president and executive director, C.L. Hutchins, is stepping down after 17 years with the Aurora, Colo.-based organization. The educational laboratory, which was founded in 1966, is a nonprofit research-and-development organization financed by the U.S. Education Department's office of educational research and improvement.

--Adrienne D. Coles

Vol. 14, Issue 30, Page 5

Published in Print: April 19, 1995, as People Column
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