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Twenty-one seniors selected as Georgia scholars

Twenty-one graduating seniors from Gwinnett County Public Schools earned the distinction of Georgia Scholar. They will all be receiving partial tuition assistance if they attend a Georgia college or university.

The scholarship is funded by the state legislature, and recognizes top students for their academic excellence, leadership and attendance.

To qualify, students must have a minimum grade point average of 3.75 or be in the top 10 percent of their class. They must also have an SAT score of at least 1360. Starting in ninth grade, they have to meet certain curriculum and attendance requirements.

The following graduating seniors were selected as Georgia Scholars:

•Andrea Barrett, Brookwood High School

•Alexander Reihm, Brookwood High School

•Jacqueline Mirandola Mullen, Central Gwinnett High School

•Nivedh Manohar, Collins Hill High School

•Abigail Palmer, Collins Hill High School

•Johanna Underwood, Collins Hill High School

•Katlin Best, Duluth High School

•Caitlin Burns, Duluth High School

•Jeehon Choi, Duluth High School

•Long Lin, Duluth High School

•Zachary Peters, Duluth High School

•Stephen Pety, Duluth High School

•Chenguang Wu, Duluth High School

•Sagar Amin, Grayson High School

•Benjamin Johnson, Grayson High School

•Jasmine Ford, Mill Creek High School

•Crystal Fang, Norcross High School

•LeAnne Nguyen, Norcross High School

•Ginger Tsai, Norcross High School

•Chelsea Duttweiler, South Gwinnett High School

•Coleman Porter, South Gwinnett High School

Middle-schoolers take third at World competition

Through perseverance and creativity, students at Hull Middle School took third place in the World Finals of Odyssey of the Mind.

More than 800 teams attended the tournament, representing all 50 states and more than 25 countries. The Hull team ranked third in Division 2 of the competition, which was held in Ames, Iowa, last month.

Students applied their creativity to solve problems that ranged from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretations of literary classics. To qualify for the World tournament, they had to compete on the local and state level.

Another challenge was raising the $13,000 to be able to finance the trip to the World Finals. The kids and parents sold doughnuts, Coke products, pine straw, raffle tickets and held a tennis tournament to help raise money.

Parent Mark Robison drove 2,200 miles round-trip to watch the competition and was pleasantly surprised by how well they performed.

"We had no expectation whatsoever that they would place so highly in the world finals," Robison said. "We are obviously very proud of their accomplishment."

The team from Hull consisted of: Nolan and Brian Alsobrook, Grace Kwon, Clayton Feustel, Heather Pavik, Lindsey Cook and Grant Robison. This year's coaches were Debbie Alsobrook, Jennifer Cook and Beth Feustel.

Malls give graduates scholarships

Two local recent graduates recently received college scholarships through Gwinnett Place Mall and the Mall of Georgia.

The scholarships were awarded through the Simon Youth Foundation, a charitable organization established by the Simon Property Group, which owns both malls.

Raphael Coleman received his $1,200 Community Scholarship through Gwinnett Place Mall. He is a recent graduate of South Gwinnett High School and is planning to attend Emory University in the fall to study biology.

Hannah Pak, who got her scholarship through the Mall of Georgia, just graduated from Buford High School. She is planning to be pre-med at the University of Georgia this fall.

Simon Property Group awarded about 1,200 scholarships to students nationwide through its shopping centers. Other malls it owns in metro Atlanta include Lenox Square, Phipps Plaza and Northlake Mall, which also awarded scholarships to local students.

All of the students were honored at a ceremony held last week at Phipps Plaza.

Sixth-grader headed to D.C. through program

A Lilburn sixth-grader will be taking a trip to Washington D.C. this summer after being selected to attend the 2006 Junior National Young Leaders Conference.

Nicole Gilmartin, a student at St. John Neumann Regional Catholic School in Lilburn,will be spending six days at the capital as part of a program, which aims to teach students leadership skills and give them an in-depth look at American history.

During their trip, program participants will visit key historical sites and meet with elected officials and Congressional staff members.

"Young people are not only welcome in Washington, D.C., they actually keep this city and our country running," said Mike Lasday, executive director of the Congressional Youth Leadership Council.

Nicole was nominated for the program by her teacher, Bruce Brickey. Selection was based on her academic excellence, leadership and scholarship. She is involved in drama, altar serving and the school news crew.

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