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Linder makes nominations for service academics

U.S. Rep. John Linder, R-Ga., has nominated several Gwinnett County students who plan to apply to the Military Academy in West Point, N.Y., Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, N.Y., and Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo.

"Every year I am amazed at the dedicated students who contact my office seeking a nomination to the service academies," Linder said in a press release. "I am confident that those selected will make great cadets. I am humbled every year to have the privilege of nominating the best and brightest students of the seventh district. I wish them all of the very best in all their future endeavors."

The following students attending Gwinnett schools received a nomination: Patrick Smith of Grayson High School, Kiernan Kane of Duluth High School, Adam Geil of North Gwinnett High School, Thomas Izzo of Parkview High School, Craig Lynerg of Parkview High School, Kristin Donaldson of Collins Hill High School, Christine Johnson of Collins Hill High School, Cory McCart of Central Gwinnett High School, Russ Mainor of Shiloh High School, Sam Kazmer of Brookwood High School, Rex Atwood of Wesleyan School, Vincent Catrini of Wesleyan School, Shane Sandridge of Horizon Christian Academy, Jonathan Leo of Duluth High School and Steven Gower of Brookwood High School.

The nomination does not guarantee an appointment to a service academy.

For more information about the nomination process, visit Linder's Web site at linder.house.gov.

Mill Creek choir helps

Disney resort celebrate

The Mill Creek High School Advanced Choral Ensemble performed Friday in the Walt Disney World Candlelight Processional and Massed Choir Program at Epcot.

The group performed on the American Gardens Theater Stage in front of theme park guests. They performed 13 original holiday arrangements and were accompanied by the Walt Disney World orchestra.

The choir was selected to perform based on an application and videotape of their performance.

Winn Holt Elementary receives check from bank

At the Dec. 4 PTA General Meeting, Jason Stevens from Washington Mutual Bank presented Margaret Winn Holt Principal Jim Curtiss with a check for $500.

The Lawrenceville elementary school was chosen in a drawing at the Washington Mutual Booth at the PTA Annual Conference this past spring.

Curtiss said the money would go toward materials and benefit all students at the school.

The school also recently completed their third annual Salvation Army Holiday Drive. Families participated in the "Season of Giving" by donating new toys and food items for the Lawrenceville community.

Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful offering scholarships in 2007

Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful plans to offer a $1,000 scholarship in 2007 to a senior who graduates from an accredited Gwinnett County high school.

The scholarship, which is non-renewable, will be awarded to a senior focused on achieving environmental career goals through higher education.

A second $1,000 scholarship, sponsored by the Georgia Soil & Water Conservation District, will also be awarded.

To be eligible for consideration, applicants must be a graduating senior from an accredited Gwinnett County institution and plan to be enrolled full-time in an accredited college or university in a field of study related to the environment.

The scholarship committee will also consider environmental service participation in school and community activities.

Scholarship application forms can be found online at www.gwinnettcb.org. Applications must be postmarked by March 31.

Several Gwinnett students score top marks on exams

Some Gwinnett County Public Schools students recently had perfect scores on the ACT and the SAT college entrance exams.

Calley Mersmann of South Gwinnett High, Long Chen of Norcross High, and Cullen Graham of Parkview High, scored a perfect 36 on the ACT.

Maylene Xie of Parkview High, Clara Yang of Brookwood High, Elinor Willis of Meadowcreek High and Steven Lau of Duluth High scored a perfect 2,400 on the SAT.

Calendar

•The Duluth High Chorus will perform its winter concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the school's auditorium. For information, call the school at 770-476-5206.

•Peachtree Ridge High will host Hispanic Night from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday. Representatives from the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, the Peachtree Ridge High International Club, the Peachtree Ridge High School Community Foundation, school counselors and the Mexican Consulate will speak to students about educational opportunities and student achievement. For information, call Heather Toner at 678-957-3100.

•Gwinnett Technical College's Sport and Recreation Management Club and Rhodes Jordan Park have rescheduled the round-robin tennis tournament. The

tournament, open to all players who are 18 and older, is scheduled for 6:45 p.m. Wednesday at Rhodes Jordan Park in Lawrenceville.

Entry fees are $10 for players and $5 for nonplayers and guests. Proceeds will benefit the Dream House for Medically Fragile Children in Lilburn.

For information, call Perry Hidalgo, Gwinnett Tech's Sport and Recreation Management program director, at 678-226-6715.

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