Seven students from Gwinnett County will be recognized as among the best graduates of the University of Georgia's Class of 2006.
Rather than designating a valedictorian, the university has had a tradition since 1978 of naming First Honor Graduates. This year, there will be 58 students who will receive the distinction for maintaining a perfect 4.0 GPA.
They will be recognized at UGA's annual Honors Day program on April 26. In addition to the First Honor Graduates, several hundred students will be recognized for winning national scholarships or being members of prestigious honor societies. Outstanding faculty members will also be honored from each of the schools.
The following students from Gwinnett County are First Honor Graduates at UGA:
•Karen Brown, a biology major from Lilburn
•Justin Cheeley, a biology major from Lawrenceville
•Amy Edgerton, a psychology and magazine major from Norcross
•Jess Johnson, a political science and sociology major from Snellville
•Nicole Leyland, a pharmacy major from Suwanee
•Yvette McNett, a special education major from Snellville
•Marissa Yurko, an art and art education major from Lilburn
Early education center receives accreditation
A Lawrenceville preschool and child care center received national accreditation after working for two years to achieve it.
The Legacy Academy - Old Peachtree celebrated receiving its accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children. The honor makes them nationally recognized as a high quality child care environment.
The Accreditation Commission Decision Panel reviewed the application materials and comments by validators who visited the school. Legacy School administrators were notified of the good news late last month.
Arcado student recognized for environmental artwork
A student at Arcado Elementary School was honored for her artwork, which promoted the importance of the longleaf pine's ecosystem.
Fifth-grader Kirsten Boe tied for second place in the Georgia Conservancy's statewide "Home Sweet Habitat Art Contest" for elementary school students. She competed against 170 other students in the sixth year of the competition.
Kirstin's artwork depicted a colorful longleaf pine and a variety of different wildlife that are part of its ecosystem.
"The longleaf pine is a beautiful tree which also offers shade and a home for many forest creatures," Kirstin wrote on her entry form.
The winning artwork was unveiled at the Pinewoods Bird Festival in Thomasville and is posted at www.georgiaconservancy.org.
Arcado Elementary School will celebrate its 25th anniversary with a celebration on Monday night. All former and current students and parents are invited, especially those with a second or third generation student at the school. The event will begin at 7 p.m. Monday in the Arcado gym.
Duluth High School will host the Appalachia Waltz Trio. The string trio will perform their original compositions at the school's theater on Monday night. The Duluth Wildcat Fiddlers will be opening. Tickets are $15. For information, call Reid Smith at 770-232-3393.
Rubina Madan is the education reporter for the Gwinnett Daily Post. Good News From Schools appears in the Sunday edition of the Post.