November 11, 2022
Communications and Media Relations Coordinator
Madisyn Chandler Earls of Macon, Georgia is the fall 2022 President’s Award for Academic Excellence recipient 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 is the recipient of the 2022 Fall President’s Award for Academic Excellence from 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 awarded to a high-achieving graduate student at 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 will be recognized during VSU’s 234e Starts at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 10 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.
“Graduating in English and secondary education 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 I am now poised for success in my career after graduating from VSU. I owe all of my accomplishments to God, my family and my extended family; they have supported me every step of the way. I will be eternally grateful to my teachers, supervisors and mentor teacher for all the knowledge, resources and encouragement they gave me. Finally, I want to acknowledge my high school cohort and the rest of my fellow education graduates, it is truly through collaboration and mutual support that we have all gotten this far.
As a student, Earls served as editor of Volume 11 of Omnino, VSU’s undergraduate research journal, and published a creative writing article, “The Hidden Noose”, in the 2021 edition. from On Tap, the magazine run and read by VSU students. . She was a HOPE Scholar and has earned Dean’s List honors multiple times.
Earls worked as a tutor for Mercer University’s Upward Bound program during summer 2019 and summer 2020.
“Upward Bound is an educational program offered during the school year and summer to high school students from low-income families or families where neither parent has a bachelor’s degree,” she said. . “The goal of the program is to increase the rate at which students complete high school and graduate from college. Students who participate in the program receive academic tutoring, assistance with the college application process, opportunities to visit colleges, and 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 lessons, receive two meals and a snack, and can take all the books they read during the summer with them when the program ends. “
Earls plans to pursue a career as a middle school or high school English teacher in Georgia. Its goal is to help students develop a love of reading and writing by creating literacy-rich learning environments.
“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, an essential skill for students to succeed beyond the classroom.
While at home in Macon, Earls attends Lizzie Chapel Baptist Church, where she volunteers as a children’s church teacher. Her supporting family includes mom Dr Pamela Earls, dad Dr Julian Earls and sister Mariah Earls.
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