Preschool teacher honored

A music teacher at First Baptist Duluth Preschool and Kindergarten has been honored by the Georgia Preschool Association.

Lynda McKeown has worked for First Baptist Duluth for two years, but she has many years of experience as a preschool teacher.

A grandparent of a former student nominated McKeown for the Distinguished Certificate of Recognition, and McKeown received the award at the annual conference of the Georgia Preschool Association. The award is equivalent to the prestigious Teacher of the Year award.

It was McKeown's third time receiving the award.

First Baptist Duluth Preschool and Kindergarten, 2908 Ga. Highway 120, Duluth, offers half-day classes for 1-year-olds to kindergartners. The school is accredited by National Association for the Education of Young Children.

Gwinnett students win

theater scholarships

Mill Creek High student Elizabeth "Lizzy" Trawick recently won an Educational Theatre Association scholarship for a student planning to pursue a career in educational theater.

The award was announced at a recent State Thespian Conference. Only one $2,000 Educational Theatre Association scholarship is awarded in each state.

Georgia Thespians contribute $1,000 and the Educational Theatre Association (International Thespians) match this amount with an additional $1,000 contribution.

A Mill Creek High student has received the award two of the three times it has been presented.

Peachtree Ridge High student Monte Howell won a $2,000 Georgia Thespian scholarship at the State Thespian Conference.

Monte was one of 11 students selected to win a scholarship from a field of more than 100 students who auditioned.


•Berkmar High will host the 2007 Gallaudet University High School Academic Bowl for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students, Southeast Region, from 2 to 10 p.m. Thursday to Sunday. This is the first time a public school has been selected to host an Academic Bowl in the Southeast. A team from Berkmar will compete.

•Parkview High will host a College Fair from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday in the commons area and old gym. This PTSA-sponsored event is open to all Gwinnett high school students. More than 60 college representatives will be on hand to share brochures and answer questions about their programs.

•Louise Radloff Middle is sponsoring a fundraiser to benefit student scholarships to the International Thespian Society at 7 p.m. Friday. Tickets may be purchased for $10 at the school or at the door.

•The Duluth Center Stage Alliance presents "Harvey" at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the Duluth High theater. For more information about the play, visit www.dhstheater.com. Tickets may be purchased for $6 from Vanette Vedder at Duluth High or at the door.

•The Peachtree Ridge Foundation will sponsor the Miss Peachtree Ridge Scholarship Pageant Saturday in the school theater. The Miss Freshman/Miss Sophomore pageant will be held at 3 p.m., and the Miss Junior/Miss Peachtree Ridge High School pageant begins at 7 p.m. The winner of the Miss PRHS Scholarship Pageant will receive a $1,000 scholarship.

Heather Darenberg is the education reporter for the Gwinnett Daily Post.