School raises money for ministry

The Notre Dame Academy, one of Gwinnett's newest private schools, presented a check for $1,900 last week to the Hands of Christ Duluth Cooperative.

The school raised money through proceeds of the Family FunFest, an all-day Christian music concert and carnival held on May 7. Though the event was free, the school charged for inflatable rides, food and a silent auction.

Two nationally recognized Christian acts, Superchic[k] and eLi, headlined the concert. Four local acts also performed at the show: Silver Rain, Salah, Paul Tate and Deep Blue C.

It was a major event for the small school, which opened in August 2005 and has about 200 students. It is expected to expand over the next few years to serve 600 students from age 3 to eighth grade.

Fourth-grader Justine Magnusson and third-grader Jason Marcacci presented the check to the ministry's executive director, Mary Roberts. In the past year, their grade levels have held regular food drives to help contribute to the ministry.

Teachers recognized

by Wal-Mart

Fourteen local educators were recognized by Wal-Mart as being exemplary teachers through their annual "Teacher of the Year" awards.

Each of the winning teachers will receive a $100 gift card and a $1000 grant for their school.

Wal-Mart worked with the Phi Delta Kappa international professional education association to identify some of the best teachers across the country. There were more than 4,000 teachers recognized nationally.

Winning teachers will have a chance to apply for state and national Teacher of the Year honors. Wal-Mart will donate an additional $10,000 to schools of state winners and $25,000 to the national winner.

The following Barrow and Gwinnett County teachers were honored by Wal-Mart:

•Lesa Whatley, Auburn Elementary School

•Tawanda Lewis, M.H. Mason Elementary School

•Kimberly Ashe, Duncan Creek Elementary School

•Brian Segool, Rock Springs Elementary School

•Crystal Wessells, Cedar Hill Elementary School

•Isabel Krauth, Sweetwater Middle School

•Rebecca McClellan, Gwin Oaks Elementary School

•Tiffany Pruitt, Gwin Oaks Elementary School

•Alison Crossman, Berkmar High School

•Jane Bostwick, Trickum Middle School

•Billy Ray Davis, Meadowcreek High School

•Katrina Kyser, Henry Partee Elementary School

•Susan Murrah, Brookwood High School

•Patrick Yaggy, North Gwinnett High School

Outstanding students

honored by Gwinnett Tech

Student Ginger Boyll was selected as this year's recipient of the 2005 Distinguished Award from Gwinnett Technical College.

She served as president of the Student Leadership Council, a student ambassador and an officer in the Association of Information Technology Professionals. She also is an active volunteer, working with victims of Hurricane Katrina, high school students, troops in Iraq, Relay for Life and The United Way.

Boyll is enrolled in the networking specialist program at Gwinnett Tech and will enter the information security program after graduation.

"She far exceeds expectations in her program and sets the standards for her peers. She is a constant asset to the school, both as a role model student and a valuable resource to new program students," said Anthony Rojo, the college's director of networking computer and industrial technology.

Gwinnett Technical College honored Boyll and more than 100 other students for their academic achievement and excellence in the past year.

At the college's annual May Awards Ceremony, the Gwinnett Tech Foundation gave out 40 scholarships totaling $51,400. Students were selected based on leadership, teamwork, academic performance and vocational and occupational skills.

Boyll was selected from the top five outstanding students at Gwinnett Tech, according to a panel of judges. The other outstanding students recognized at the ceremony were Donna Covault, Joseph Rounsenville, Shelley Hoster and Joel Rosich.

Senior wins scholarship to spend year in Europe

A Collins Hill High School student won a full academic scholarship to spend a year studying in Germany.

Stephen Joiner, who graduated Saturday, will be setting off for Europe in July to become a Youth Ambassador through a government-sponsored program. He was one of 50 students across the Southeast to be selected as a Congress Bundestag Youth Exchange Scholar.

The program begins in Washington, D.C., with a two-day orientation. Then the selected students enroll in a monthlong cultural and language immersion program in Germany.

Joiner will live with a host family during his year in Germany. After they return, most of the program's alumni go on to college.

The youth exchange program is sponsored by the United States Department of State and funded by the U.S. Congress and the German Bundestag.

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