Crews Middle School

We give a thumbs up this week to Alton C. Crews Middle School, which was honored for its innovative professional development program by being named a finalist for the Intel Scholastic Schools of Distinction Award. One of only three finalists from the state of Georgia, Crews is one of 48 schools nationwide to earn that distinction. Sixteen of those will be selected as schools of distinction.

According to principal Jonathan Patterson, faculty members at Crews have the opportunity every Tuesday to attend programs that focus on best practices and instructional strategies. During those meetings the teachers learn how to improve their process of previewing material, answering essential questions, summarizing it for the students and using technology to teach.

It is in that area, technology, that Patterson would like to improve his school if Crews wins the $10,000 grant it is competing for against two other schools in the professional development category.

"We're keeping our fingers crossed to see if we can get that," Patterson said. "It's a wonderful achievement and it recognizes all of our work that our faculty and staff has done over the years at Crews Middle School."

Berkmar High School

athletic department

Everyone wants to win when they cross the lines on the athletic fields around the county, but this week showed another example of how local schools support each other as well. After the baseball field at Providence Christian Academy was made unplayable by last week's severe weather, the program got a nice assist from Berkmar High School.

The Lilburn school is helping out by allowing Providence to move some of its home games up the road to Berkmar. The Stars will play "home" games on April 25 and May 3 at Berkmar.

Providence also had offers for help from Parkview as well as Region 8-AA rivals Buford, Greater Atlanta Christian and Wesleyan, support which reminded Providence head coach Adam Cantrell of the bond of Gwinnett County baseball.

"It's a great feeling to know there's a community of coaches, not only in Lilburn but in Gwinnett County, that is willing to help us out," Cantrell said.

Maya Moore

The junior at Collins Hill High School is well known for her basketball aptitude, but more and more people are learning that she's far more than just an athlete. After making her college decision this week - she chose the University of Connecticut over Tennessee, Duke and Georgia - Moore was bombarded with phone calls from newspapers that cover the prestigious Lady Huskies program.

The fervent UConn fans are thrilled to land the No. 1 junior recruit in the nation, and even happier to know what a good person she is. That happiness led one fan to e-mail the Daily Post, thanking Gwinnett for producing such a well-rounded athlete.