Ann Marie Stephens, a rising ninth grader at Marietta High School, was nominated by her teacher, Mr. Joey Chan, Marietta Middle School and was accepted to attend the Junior National Young Leaders Conference this summer in Washington, D.C. Stephens will attend the JrNYLC July 13-18, 2019. This program helps high school students gain real-world experience with unique, hands-on programs.

Practicing teamwork and public speaking skills, Stephens and her peers will set goals for continued personal leadership improvement as D.C. serves as a living classroom around the capital. They will create their own student-led grass roots organizations in the Voices of Change Project.

Chan nominated Stephens because he recognized her as a student with scholastic merit, maturity and strength of character to represent the Marietta Middle School System, from which she recently graduated.

Stephens is the daughter of Bryan and Linda Stephens and granddaughter of Mary Lou and Dan Stephens of Marietta.

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The Western Golf Association’s Caddie Academy is returning for its eighth summer, providing a group of 85 female high school students from across the nation the opportunity to work at local golf and country clubs along Chicago’s North Shore. Additionally, the Boys Caddie Academy is beginning its third summer with 19 male high school participants.

This year, a record number of applicants applied to the Caddie Academy. Joining the returning participants are 24 new girls and nine new boys.

Girls began caddying daily for seven weeks on June 18 at one of 14 participating clubs while living at Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart in Lake Forest, Illinois. Boys will reside at the Northwestern Evans Scholarship House in Evanston, Illinois, and caddie at one of four participating clubs.

This unique program offers participants a chance to experience the benefits of being a golf caddie, from learning life lessons to being around successful adults. Participants are from economically under-resourced backgrounds, and more than 90 percent are minorities.

As part of the program, the group participates in special outings and field trips, career talks from successful Evans Scholars Alumni leaders and standardized test prep training.

Those who complete the three-year program will become eligible to apply for the Evans Scholarship, which provides a full, four-year tuition and housing grant to top universities across the country. The prestigious Evans Scholarship, a program supported by the WGA, is awarded to caddies who demonstrate financial need and strong character, as well as outstanding caddie and academic records. This past year, 985 Evans Scholars were enrolled at 18 universities across the nation.

This year, 20 Caddie Academy participants were awarded the Evans Scholarship and will begin college this fall. Elizabeth Rodriguez of Powder Springs was awarded the scholarship and will attend Notre Dame University.

For more information on the WGA Caddie Academy, visit

To learn more about the Evans Scholarship, visit

Sally Litchfield is a longtime Marietta resident. She has written for the MDJ since October 2000. Send Sally news at Call Sally at 404-713-7318.


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