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Young writers win computers in literacy competition

By Rubina Madan

Staff Writer

rubina.madan@gwinnettdailypost.com

Six Gwinnett teenagers each won a new computer in a writing contest for middle and high school students. The Gwinnett County Public Library held a poetry and writing contest in honor of Teen Read Week. Ten finalists were selected from a pool of more than 700 submissions. One student was selected as a winner from each grade level and received a computer provided by Sonic Drive-in Restaurants. The following Gwinnett County students were finalists in the contest:

Jessica Thai of North Gwinnett High School, grand prize winner - high school

Johnny Bud of Meadowcreek High School

Anna Ofsa of Shiloh High School

Devin Alphin of South Gwinnett High School

Doyoung Park of Creekland Middle School, grand prize winner - middle school

Emily Summerbell of Creekland Middle School

Liz Dyer of Trickum Middle School

Patrick Massey of Trickum Middle School

Trey West of Trickum Middle School

Teacher honored

Ernie Blankenship, a teacher at Grayson High School, was honored as the High School Educator of the Year in a competition sponsored by BellSouth. The English to Speakers of Other Languages coordinator received a $1,000 grant for use by the high school. He was one of three educators chosen from a pool of 24 Excellence in Education award winners named earlier this month. Other Gwinnett teachers who were honored include Laura Henderson of Sugar Hill Elementary School, James Rayford of Lilburn Middle School and Terry Williams of Meadowcreek High School.

Lilburn resident selected for UGA homecoming court

Lilburn resident Adam Gobin was selected for the University of Georgia homecoming court. He was one of 10 students - five men and five women - to be selected as finalists for this year's homecoming king and queen. He was chosen by the University Union homecoming committee based on his responses to a questionnaire, an interview and an application essay on the meaning of "homecoming." Gobin is a member of many on-campus organizations including World Ambassadors, the UGA Diversity Council, Leadership and Residence Life. He is originally from Trinidad and Tobago.

Calendar

The Osborne Middle School PTA is sponsoring a free educational program on teens and sex. The program will feature guest speaker Jackie Brewton from the nonprofit group Breaking the Cycle. She will cover the influences of teen sexual activity, negative consequences, motivators for abstinence and what parents can do to help their teens. It will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Mill Creek High School theater.

•Peachtree Ridge High School is hosting the Governor's Education Finance Task Force on Wednesday. Governor Sonny Perdue and State Superintendent of Schools Kathy Cox will lead the second annual statewide "Community Conversation," which focuses on setting budget priorities for education. It will take place simultaneously at 16 sites across Georgia. Gwinnett residents can participate by going to Peachtree Ridge or logging onto http://www.ie2.org from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday.

The NAACP Gwinnett Youth Council is sponsoring two youth substance awareness programs in honor of Red Ribbon Week. William Richardson, a retired Gwinnett County police officer, will talk to parents and teens today about the realities of teen driving. That event will be held at from 4

to 6 p.m. at the Gwinnett County Justice and Administration Center at 75 Langley Drive. On Saturday, the NAACP is sponsoring the DrugFree 3 on 3 basketball tournament for students of all grade levels. Registration is $10 per team or $4 per person. It will be held at Shiloh Middle School in Snellville.

Rubina Madan is the education reporter for the Gwinnett Daily Post. Good News From Schools appears in the Sunday edition of the Post.