Maxwell vocational students take first-place at conference

Thirty-one Maxwell High School of Technology students made their mark at the annual Fall Leadership Conference for SkillsUSA Georgia, a national club for vocational students.

The students won first-place trophies for enthusiasm and membership for demonstrating school spirit and for registering 268 teachers and students as SkillsUSA members during a membership drive. Sixteen of the students also earned Statesman Awards for reciting

SkillsUSA Georgia information from memory. The conference was held on Sept. 16 to 17 in Jekyll Island.

Local grads earn scholarships

Three local high school graduates who entered Berry College in Rome this fall have been selected to receive scholarships.

Lyndsay Ricketson of Cumming, Daniel Sherrill of Loganville and John Mouser of Lawrenceville were among the 22 freshmen who will receive scholarships from Berry and Winship Centre Inc., a foundation established by Chick-fil-A. They will each receive $8,000 per year. The students were chosen based on their academic achievement and community service.

Collins Hill student wins

writing award

Joaquin Contreras of Collins Hill in Suwanee is one of six winning writers in the University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education statewide Latino Writing Contest.

The topic was "How attending a college/university will help me better serve the Latino community." Contreras' essay was selected from a pool of 613 entries from high school students across the state.

Contreras and a parent attended an overnight retreat and awards ceremony in Athens this weekend.

Peachtree Ridge

funds approved

The Peachtree Ridge Foundation approved more than $29,000 this week to support projects within the Peachtree Ridge cluster of schools. The money will go to support academics, art and athletics programs through grants and loans to cluster schools in Duluth, Lawrenceville and Suwanee. The funding will go toward fulfilling requests made by teachers who couldn't otherwise get it through the school system.

The Foundation raises money through community events, contributions from parents and local businesses.


Auburn Elementary School is hosting a Scholastic Book Fair Monday through Friday. Proceeds will go toward books for the Media Center. It will be open Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday to 5:30 p.m. and Friday until noon.

Creekland Middle School students will be participating in the 10th annual Power Over Prejudice summit Wednesday at the Georgia Institute of


Cedar Hill Elementary School is hosting its fourth annual Math Carnival from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday.

Brookwood High School is hosting forensics teams from more than 30 schools and seven states at the Maroon and Gold Forensic Classic tournament on Friday and Oct. 1. It will be open to the public Friday.

The Mill Creek High School band is holding an art auction fundraiser on Oct. 1 at 6 p.m. Tickets are $5 per family and include food and drinks.

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