Local students honored in VFW essay contest

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5255 honored four students and one teacher in its annual essay competition. Judi Wells, a teacher at Dacula Elementary School, won the Citizenship Education Teacher award. Yaa Sarpong took first place in the Voice of Democracy Audio Essay Competition. My-Ngoc To of Trickum Middle School won the Patriot's Pen Youth Essay Competition locally and for District 9. To placed second statewide. John Pantoja of Sweetwater Middle School took second locally, and home-school student Rebecca Rose Brazeale took third.

Schools participate in Martin Luther King Jr. celebration

County schools will participate in the United Ebony Society's Martin Luther King Jr. program on Monday. The celebration will begin at 10 a.m. with a parade starting at the Historic Courthouse in Lawrenceville. It will be followed by a program at noon at Central Gwinnett High School.

Students from area schools will serve as ushers and read aloud their essays honoring King's memory. The Meadowcreek High School band and Central Gwinnett orchestra will perform.

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