Rock Springs fourth-graders win creative competition

A team of fourth-graders from Rock Springs Elementary School placed first in their category in Destination Imagination, beating out other teams from across Georgia and Florida.

Their team name was "Grr! Dangerous Pitchforks," an anagram of "Rock Springs Fourth Grade." They won in the "How'd that Happen?" category. It was designed to challenge their creativity, scientific exploration, improvisation and architectural and mechanical design skills.

"They learn how to think on their feet and outside of the box," said Amy Stalker, a team manager. "They learn to understand and appreciate the ideas, strengths and abilities of their fellow time members. They learn how to manage their time efficiently."

Thirty-four teams, ranging in age from kindergarten to college, participated at the Georgia/Florida Creativity Gala, which was held at Duluth High School.

The team members were Zaki Colabawala, Kunal Chawla, Connor Hallett, Altan Stalker, Morgan Foley, Zahra Punja and Breanne Jones.

They will advance to the national finals on May 24 in Knoxville, Tenn.

Student wins scholarship for poster design

A Lilburn student won first place in a regional poster design competition and will now move on to the national level.

Stuart Rogers will receive a tuition scholarship worth $3,000 to attend The Art Institute of Atlanta in the summer or fall. Every year, the Americans for the Arts organization and the Art Institutes offer the scholarships to graduating seniors interested in studying graphic design or other design and media arts programs.

The theme of Rogers' poster was "Robot. Design. Innovation."

"It's the idea that art creates art that fueled my thought process," Rogers wrote on his entry form. "The entire piece is a 3-D composition built out of old junk I found. The robot (my art) is in turn creating more art with the words, "Art Leads to Innovation."

Now his design will be entered into the national competition, which will be judged by a panel of industry professionals. Ten winners will receive scholarships ranging from $2,000 to $25,000 in addition to their local scholarship awards. Their work will also be featured in a 2007 calendar produced by the Art Institutes and distributed nationwide.

Best bus managers,

monitors honored

Gwinnett County Public Schools honored their best bus managers and bus monitors of the year.

June Thomason, who drives in the North Gwinnett cluster, was selected as the Bus Manager of the Year. The Bus Monitor of the Year was Heather Mack, who serves students in the Berkmar cluster.

In the special needs category, Robert Purcell was selected as the Bus Manager of the Year.

"Gwinnett's bus managers and monitors establish a positive tone for students at the beginning of each school day and cap that afternoon off in the afternoon," said Grant Reppert, the school system's director of transportation. "All of our drivers and monitors can be extremely proud of the excellent job they do every day."

Finalists were selected by their peers, and tested in both written and skill formats. A final evaluation "ride along" was done to determine the winners.


Five Forks Middle School is hosting an open forum for parents on the impact of drugs and alcohol. Jim Travis, the Parent Corp. chair at Brookwood High School, will give a slide and video presentation, with a question and answer session at the end. The event will be held at Five Forks Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Berkmar High School will host Heart Screenings for Teens all day Saturday. The school will be offering echocardiograms for students for a charge of $58. A Board-certified pediatric cardiologist will read the results. Visit http://www.heartscreensforteens.com for more information. Appointments may be made by calling Candy Stanford at 770-638-8391.

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