Educator honored

with Coke award

ATLANTA - Jaime Claymore, a Latin teacher at Norcross High School, has been named a 2007 Coca-Cola Educator of Distinction by the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation.

Claymore is one of 250 educators across the country chosen to receive the award, which recognizes outstanding teachers dedicated to providing education with an enhanced purpose.

Claymore receives a commemorative crystal gift from the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation and a plaque inscribed with a personal dedication written by Robert Powers, a 2007 Coca-Cola Scholar and a senior from Norcross High School, who nominated Claymore.

Each year, the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation chooses 250 outstanding high school seniors to receive college scholarships of either $20,000 or $10,000. Once named a scholar, the students then designate the teacher, coach, principal or counselor that inspired and encouraged them most as their Educator of Distinction.

Duluth High picks

up two national

geography awards

DULUTH - A team of Duluth High students recently conquered the world using the skills they have mastered in their social studies classes. Students picked up both a team and an individual award during the National Geography Challenge, a nationwide competition sponsored by the National Council for Geographic Education.

Teams of students from across the country compete against other students in the same grade level. The five competition levels are grades 2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-9 and 10-12. The Duluth High ninth-grade geography team placed first in the grade 7-9 division. The winning team consists of students Jessica Efird, Daniel Espinel, Harrison Falk, Alanna Fox, SuJi Kang, Daniel Karasek, Jonathan Kim, Emily Nicholos, Sean Sims and Kyle Whitaker.

Students also compete individually. Duluth High senior Sean Valentine earned first place as well, competing individually in the 10-12 division. Duluth High teacher Geri Flanary was the team's coach.

Greenway to be

built near mall

LAWRENCEVILLE - The Ivy Creek Greenway Trail near the Mall of Georgia will soon be under construction.

The $942,000 contract for the project was awarded to Lewallen Construction Co. Tuesday.

The project includes an 81-foot steel bridge with a wood deck to span Ivy Creek and connect to a previously constructed trail at the Mall of Georgia Nature Area. Most of the new trail will run parallel to the creek.

About 1,700 feet of 12-foot-wide multipurpose trail will be constructed of pervious material that allows stormwater to soak into the ground.

This phase of the project also includes signage, landscaping and an information kiosk. When completed, the greenway will connect the new Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center to the Mall of Georgia Nature Area.

Summer music

series to be held

LAWRENCEVILLE - The Moonlight and Music Concert Series will host live music on the lawn of the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse at 8 p.m. every fourth Friday through September. For information on

performers and table reservations, visit

Hammond family

to host reunion

STATHAM - All descendants of William W. Hammond or Boswell B. Hammond will meet at a family reunion June 24.

Doors open at 12:30 p.m. at the Statham Georgia American Legion on the Atlanta Highway, and lunch will be at 1:30 p.m.

Bring food and drink to share along with bring old family photos or memorabilia. For more information, call Chad Hammond at

770-307-7840 or e-mail

Breast cancer

fundraiser ongoing

LAWRENCEVILLE - American LubeFast has teamed up with the Atlanta Breast Cancer 3-Day Walk, an event benefiting the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and the National Philanthropic Trust, to raise funds for breast cancer research and community outreach initiatives. The fundraiser will end June 30.

During the months of April, May and June, the Atlanta-area American LubeFast locations have been taking donations for the cause. Anyone donating to the fundraiser has received a memorial card to personalize and hang in the store.

All proceeds from the fundraiser will go directly to the Breast Cancer 3-Day Walk that will be held Oct. 12-14 in Atlanta.

The Breast Cancer 3-Day Walk is an annual event held in 12 cities nationwide. The event includes a three-day, 60-mile walk for participants that must be committed to the cause and are a member of a walk team. Each participant will walk approximately 20 miles per day raising awareness of breast cancer.

For more information, call 850-698-7800 or

Seniors win

talent showcase

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation congratulates the Gwinnett winners of the Georgia Recreation and Park Association Senior Talent Showcase held in Marietta last month.

Winning first place in the Large Dance category were Betty Champion, Helen Dalton, Carol Dillon, Dorothy Jones, Janet Kimple, Rena Lill, Nancy Long, Karol McClenny, Sandy Rubinstein and Pat Soukup. The group is known as the Sophisticated Ladies.

John Sullivan won first place in Individual Vocals and Most Outstanding Performance.

The Dancing Duos, comprised of Sandy Rubenstein and Janet Kimple, placed second in Dance.

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