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Hull Middle student learns about leadership at conference

Hull Middle School student Cole Romaguera, 12, recently attended the Congressional Youth Leadership Council's Junior National Young Leaders Conference.

Cole, a seventh-grade student who plans to study marine biology in college, said he learned about respect, character, teamwork, leadership and problem solving.

"I was very happy," Cole said of his thoughts when he first learned he was invited to the conference. "I was really looking forward to meeting new people from all over the place.

Cole said the skills he learned at the conference are making a difference in his day-to-day life, and he's looking forward to going to an alumni conference in Boston this summer.

Teachers at Hull Middle have asked Cole about his experiences at the conference, and more students from the middle school may be attending future conferences.

National PTA honors

Camp Creek Elementary

The National PTA has certified Camp Creek Elementary as a Parent Involvement School of Excellence. This national certification program recognizes schools that uphold the highest standards in parent involvement; a symbol of parents, community members, and staff working together to achieve the common goal of helping children succeed.

"Educating children today requires maximum effort from teachers, students, and parents," Camp Creek Principal Kathy Jones said. "When parents become involved in their child's education, a child will reach or exceed their academic potential."

As part of the certification process, Camp Creek Elementary formed a diverse team of parents, community members, students, teachers, and staff. The team completed a self-assessment and created a parent involvement plan. The group then applied for one of two distinctions, "Certification of Excellence" or "Recognition of Commitment," based on the results of their self-assessment.

Honors

Several college students from Gwinnett County have received honors based on academic excellence.

•Georgia Tech freshmen Joseph Edward Brown, 18, and Tyler Graham Pate, 18, have made the dean's list. Both are studying engineering. Brown had a 3.5 grade point average on a 4.0 scale in the fall semester, and Pate had a 3.4 GPA.

•David Carver of Suwanee is one of 22 juniors and seniors at Patrick Henry College in Purcellville, Va., who will be inducted into the Who's Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities for 2006 to 2007. Students qualified for this award through academic excellence, leadership, extracurricular activities and by having a GPA of at least 3.75.

•Taylor C. Noland of Duluth has received high honors from the University of Tennessee at Martin. Noland achieved this honor by taking at least 12 credit hours of classes and making a GPA between 3.5 and 3.79.

Calendar

•The 2007 Gwinnett County Spelling Bee will be held Saturday in the Mill Creek High Theater.

Registration is from 8:15 to 8:50 a.m. One winner from each of the 83 GCPS elementary and middle schools will compete in the Written Bee beginning at 9 a.m. The top 11 winners will compete in the Oral Bee immediately following the Written Bee, and will also represent GCPS in the District 3 Bee on Feb. 24. Spectators may attend the Oral Bee.

The Gwinnett County Spelling Bee is co-sponsored by the Gwinnett County Association of Educators and The Gwinnett Daily Post.

•Duluth Middle will host the Gwinnett County Middle School Conference from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Students take classes in the morning in Improvisation, Audition Techniques, and Stage Movement from Atlanta professionals. After a pizza lunch, students will see student performances. The fee to attend is $25 per student which includes lunch and snacks.

For more information, e-mail kathy_gillcrist@gwinnett.k12.ga.us or call Duluth Middle at 770-476-3372.

Heather Darenberg is the education reporter for

the Gwinnett Daily Post.

Good News From Schools appears in the Sunday edition of the Post.