Gwinnett students win Hispanic Heritage Essay awards

Nine Gwinnett County Public Schools students won top awards in the Hispanic Advisory Committee of Gwinnett's Hispanic Heritage Essay Contest.

Norcross Elementary School students Kristal Portugal, Alejandra Bocanegra and Kathy M. Loez won first, second and third places, respectively, at the elementary school level.

Pinckneyville Middle School student Celene Cervin won first place at the middle school level. Louise Radloff Middle School student Sergio Ortiz won second place, and Trickum Middle School student Clarita Herrera won third place.

Mill Creek High School students Stephanie Aguilar and Itzel Rivero won first and second places, respectively, at the high school level. Norcross High School student Isis O. Blanco won third place.

Students wrote essays, poems or songs with the theme "What Hispanic Culture Means to Me."

Magazine honors teacher and administrator

Meadowcreek High School science department chair Karyn Black and former principal Angela Pringle, who is now Gwinnett's director of elementary school staffing, received the Women of Color Journal Magazine national award honoring science and technology teachers and their principals for their work in promoting the sciences to young women.

Black and Pringle were honored Saturday during the 11th annual National Women of Color Technology Awards Conference.

Loganville student admitted to national society

The National Society of High School Scholars has selected Greater Atlanta Christian School student Brooke Puglise as a member.

Puglise, of Loganville, joins top scholars in the nation who have achieved superior academic excellence. The society is designed to connect young scholars with each other. Membership also provides additional resources to help students succeed in scholarship, leadership and service.

Students who qualify for membership are sophomores, juniors or seniors in high school who have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.5. Members must be nominated by their schools or the society.

For more information about the society, visit www.nshss.org.

Dodgeball tournament winners

North Gwinnett High School's Key Club sponsored a dodgeball tournament to raise money for the annual turkey drive, in which grocery stores put together Thanksgiving meals for families in need.

Thirteen teams - most made up of students - battled to win, but one team defeated the younger competition.

The winning team included Assistant Principal Reuben Gresham, Parkview student and cross country runner Michael Winston, former student Evan Wimpey and coaches Matt Johnson, Mark Karen, Amber Cahoon and Stephani Eckelkamp.

Grayson High student wins poetry competition

Elise Marie Longnecker of Grayson High School won the grand prize in the Gwinnett County Public Library Poetry and Writing Contest. Longnecker received a $500 gift certificate for her poem, "Windowsill Eulogy."

William Michael Britt Jr. of Creekland Middle School won at the middle school level with his entry, "Water."

Brian Bjorklund and Christina Bradley Rogers, both of Trickum Middle School, and Jalesa Harper of Norcross High School won honorable mentions.

Fall Market needs vendors

Lawrenceville Elementary School's PTA is seeking vendors for the Fall Market, which will raise money for the PTA to organize programs at the school and to buy a gift for the school's teacher of the year.

There is a $20 vendor fee, and vendors can keep the profits they make at the market. Booths must be able to fit inside a parking space, and vendors can sell items such as clothing or crafts. Food items, alcohol, tobacco and weapons cannot be sold.

The market is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 4 at Lawrenceville Elementary School, 122 Gwinnett Drive, Lawrenceville. If it rains, the market will be held Nov. 11.

Tickets for adults cost $1, and tickets for children are exchanged for canned goods.

For information, call Jean Coleman at 770-995-9999.


- Central Gwinnett Cluster schools will display students' artwork at "Arts in the Park" from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the courthouse square in Lawrenceville. The artwork will be on display at the courthouse, and there will be chorus, orchestra and band performances.

- The Trickum Middle School media center and PTA will co-host Literary Night after the 6:30 p.m. PTA meeting Thursday.

- Sweetwater Middle School is having a Fall Festival fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Admission is $5 per family.

- Gwinnett County Public Schools will host a Child Find Screening and Information Fair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Norcross Human Service Center, 5030 Georgia Belle Court, Norcross. Representatives will conduct developmental, vision, hearing and speech screenings for Gwinnett children up to age 21. A Spanish interpreter will be available. For more information, call 678-301-7244.

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