Brookwood raises more than $21,000 in fundraiser

Brookwood High School recently raised $21,301.38 during the 11th annual "Helping Hands and Hearts" fundraiser.

The senior class raised the most money among grade levels with a total of $5,733.65. Barbara Willis' sophomore Guided Study class raised the most money as a class with a total of $586.56.

The money is used to provide for the emergency needs of families in the Brookwood cluster. A committee of teachers and staff members receives requests for help from families within the Brookwood community, and the committee investigates the circumstances before giving assistance.

In the past, the money has been used to help families who have suddenly lost jobs or experienced illnesses and those who were affected by Hurricane Katrina.

The organizers of the fundraiser were Keith Toda, Felicia Gudger and Libby Atwell.

Parkview student wins $160,000 scholarship

Parkview High student Catphuong Vu has been selected by The College Match as one of 102 recipients of its most prestigious prize. Vu will be guaranteed a four-year scholarship worth more than $160,000.

Vu has been a participant in Governor's Honors Program for Spanish and has won a National Council of Teachers of English Superior Writing Award. She is co-president of the student council and part of the Metro Atlanta Regional Commission. In the Science Olympiad, she was part of the first-place state team and also won first place in circuit lab and remote sensing.

At Princeton University, Vu is planning to pursue interests in medicine and science.

Student wins prize

in essay contest

A sixth-grade student from Gwinnett County was the winner of the Clean Water Campaign's 2006 Essay Contest.

Kathryn Fazekas of Wesleyan School in Norcross will receive the $100 grand prize.

Kathryn's essay won at the county level and went on to win the district award.

"We need clean water for people and animals to drink, to grow plants and to live. We need to conserve water for people living now and in the future," Kathryn wrote.

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