Good News From Schools

Local students receive scholarships from credit union

The Gwinnett Federal Credit Union awarded a total of $32,500 to local students. The Legacy Scholarships, valued at $2,000 each, were given to high school seniors who will be majoring in education and plan on teaching in Georgia after college.

The scholarship honors past and present board members who have served for more than 20 years, and credit union employees who have served for more than 30 years.

The organization also awarded scholarships valued at $1,250. These Career Advancement Founders Scholarships were in honor of the seven individuals who founded the Gwinnett Federal Credit Union.

The following seniors received $2,000 scholarships from the credit union:

•Heather Freeburn, South Gwinnett High School

•Alicia Garrett, Mill Creek High School

•Whitney Riker, Dacula High School

•Jessica Skeels, Central Gwinnett High School

•Kaitlin Spooner, Brookwood High School

•Jasmine Underwood, Grayson High School

•Vedat Mahmuti (Louise Radloff scholarship), South Gwinnett High School

The following winners received $1,250 Career Advancement Founders Scholarships:

•Barbara A. Bucey, Grayson High School

•Kay Cooksey, Shiloh High School

•Robert Todd Izzo, Grayson High School

•La'Keisha Queener, Nesbit Elementary School

•Sandra Wilson, Pinckneyville Middle School

•Amanda Yetter, Pharr Elementary School.

School orchestra headed to New York City next year

The Norcross High School Philharmonic Orchestra has been invited to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

MidAmerica Productions Inc. invited the award-winning orchestra following their performance at a national orchestra competition this year in Kansas City, Mo.

The trip will last five days and four nights in April 2007. It will include a trip to the top of the Empire State Building, staying near Grand Central Station, and a dinner and dance cruise on which students will circle the Statue of Liberty.

"Many of our students are considering careers in music or in teaching," said Catherine Hudnall, the orchestra's co-director. "For them, this trip to Carnegie Hall will have special meaning, and having played at Carnegie Hall might tip the scales for college scholarship money. For all our students, this trip will create memories that will last their entire lives and maybe inspire their artistic careers."

In all, the trip will cost about $1,500 per student attending. With 50 students and 10 chaperones, it will cost an estimated $90,000. Outside contributions will be needed to finance the trip.

Businesses and individuals are encouraged to mail donations to: Norcross High School Orchestra Boosters Inc. (Catherine Hudnall and Allison Bates, directors), Norcross High School, 5300 Spalding Drive, Norcross, GA 30092.

High schools rank

in Newsweek list

Eight Gwinnett County public high schools were recognized by Newsweek magazine as being among the best 1,200 in the country. The annual ranking was based on how many students participated in Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate tests.

To get the final ratio, the number of students taking these tests was divided by the number of graduating seniors. Both programs provide an academically rigorous course of study for high school students.

These are the schools with their respective rankings on the list:

•North Gwinnett High School (557)

•Duluth High School (598)

•Norcross High School (650)

•Brookwood High School (717)

•Peachtree Ridge High School (763)

•Parkview High School (1,009)

•Collins Hill High School (1,032)

•Dacula High School (1,158).

For more information on the rankings, visit http://msnbc.msn.com/id/12532678/site/newsweek.

North Gwinnett seniors

win scholarships

The Suwanee Business Alliance presented two local students with college scholarships at their meeting this month.

The first-place winner was Sarah Avery, who was awarded $1,000. She is a North Gwinnett High School student who will be attending the University of Georgia this fall. The second-place winner is another North Gwinnett senior, George Macon, who will be attending the Georgia Institute of Technology. He received $500.

The Alliance picked its winners based on two letters of recommendation, an essay and their involvement in school and in their communities. other considerations were their grade-point averages and their SAT or ACT scores.


The last day of school for Gwinnett County Public Schools for the 2005-06 school year is Wednesday. High school graduation ceremonies will be held Tuesday through Saturday.

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