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The 2003 GEM Individual Archive Award  

Awarded To: Amy C. Semratedu

For her enthusiastic leadership in organizing the Talking Rock Trail, Eton Elementary School, Eton, GA. The project features a Talking Rock Trail with boulder size rocks, minerals and fossils from various mining companies. Not only are the students using the trail, but also the local community is using the trail after school hours for exercise, fitness and learning.
Amy received a Bachelors degree in Geology from Georgia Southern University in 1992. She was hired as a research technician in the Materials Research Group at Thiele Kaolin in January of 1993. While at Thiele she was promoted to Senior Research Technician and then Geologist within the Materials Research Group and completed product and process development projects that resulted in two kaolin processing patents. In 1999 she joined Global Stone Filler Products as the Technical Services Manager. In this position she supports the sales and marketing team while administering the quality program for the production plants.

For the last ten years she has been an active member of the Georgia Section of SME. She has held the local section offices of Vice Chair, Chair, and is currently the local section GEM Chair. During the last ten years she has helped the section organize a new annual event that includes a two day session of technical presentations and a field trip to a mining company. She has organized and participated in many GEM projects including: teacher rock kits for NSTA meetings; speaking at local schools; leading field trips for all ages to various mine sites; creating and building a mineral cube class room science center; and most recently, completing the Eton Elementary School Talking Rock Nature Trail.

The trail is ¼ of a mile long with fossils and boulder size mineral specimens along the trail. Each mineral specimen has a large sign and solar powered recorded message about the mineral’s geology and mining importance. The recordings for the messages were performed by students, who competed in an essay contest to have that privilege and then had to audition for the job. To aid the teachers, Amy has created a slide presentation about the trail, the minerals and mining to use in the classroom. She has also spent many hours talking with students about the minerals and helping identify the fossils they have found.

Along with winning the GEM Section Award last year, this project has been awarded the School Bell Award from the local section of the Association of School Principals. During the day the trail is also used by the students as a walking path for physical education, while in the evenings many local residents of the small community of Eton walk the trail in the for exercise.

About The GEM Individual Archive Award:

The GEM Award was established in 1978 to recognize outstanding contributions to the SME Government, Education and Mining (GEM) program within the defined scope of GEM activities. The award is made for activities at the Local Section level only. Election to this honor is by the GEM Committee with notification to the SME Executive Committee.


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