The Daily Post gives a thumbs up to Gwinnett citizens who have stood apart this week. Gladiator pride

Thumbs up this week to the Gwinnett Gladiators.

Though the sting of losing the Kelly Cup to the Alaska Aces on Gwinnett ice is still fresh, the Gladiators - and the team's loyal fans - have much to be proud of.

Gwinnett was the ECHL's top-scoring team. Jeff Campbell was the league's MVP. The Gladiators, in the team's third year in Gwinnett, won their second division title and their first conference championship. Campbell, Troy Milam and Guillaume Desbiens were selected to the ECHL All-Star game. Jon Awe was selected to the league's all-rookie team and coach Jeff Pyle was coach of the All-Star game for the third straight year.

The fans won't soon forget how hard the team worked to put a successful season together or how often it orchestrated heart-pounding comebacks.

In addition to an exceptional season, the Gladiators team and its fans were a class act throughout the playoffs.

Gladiator's captain Cam Brown, a 15-year veteran, said Thursday night was his final game. Brown is beloved and well respected, on and off the ice, and will be missed.

To the rescue

Three teens are being credited for rescuing a woman from the Chattahoochee River this week.

Hunter Allen, Thomas McHughes and Michael Reynolds, all 13 and all of Forsyth County, were tubing down the river when they heard a woman screaming for help. The woman was caught on a tree, thrashing as the cold water rose higher.

The three devised a plan and rescue her from the tree before firefighters arrived and guided her to safety.

Grad tests scores up

Passing rates for local high school juniors went up on the Georgia High School Graduation Test this year, according to results released Friday by Gwinnett County Public Schools.

On average, the passing rate for Gwinnett students was 10 percentage points higher than the state's in the area of science, and six points higher in social studies. Gwinnett juniors also exceeded the Georgia average in the areas of language arts and mathematics.

The test was administered in March to more than 7,200 Gwinnett juniors. Georgia students are required to pass the graduation test to earn a high school diploma.

Three high schools - Brookwood, North Gwinnett and Parkview - had 100 percent passing rates in the areas of language arts and mathematics. Norcross High School also had 100 percent of regular education students pass the language arts component on their first try.

Meadowcreek High School showed the most significant gains in all subject areas.