County students successful in middle school science fair

Gwinnett middle schoolers recently competed in the first Gwinnett Regional Science and Engineering Fair, Junior Division, at Notre Dame Academy in Duluth.

The top 10 projects are advancing to the 59th Georgia State Science and Engineering Fair, to be held from March 28 to 31 at the University of Georgia.

The overall science fair winner, Daniel Gehle of Richards Middle, received the Armed Forces Communication and Electronics Association Award. He was also the overall physical science winner and won first place in the physics category.

Rhett Henry of Richards Middle was the overall winner of biological sciences. He won first place in behavioral and social sciences.

First-place winners are as follows:

• Meagan Traldi of Notre Dame Academy for chemistry

• Aanniel Angulo of Richards Middle for computer science

• Gisell Pena of Richards Middle for earth science

• Nick Diaz of Richards Middle for energy and transportation

• Marah Schiavinato of Notre Dame Academy for engineering

• Michele Mandula of Notre Dame Academy for environmental science

• Arjun Patel of Shiloh Middle for medicine and health microbiology

• Kimberly O'Brien of Shiloh Middle for plant sciences

Four Gwinnett schools compete in reading rally

Four Gwinnett County schools participated in a regional reading competition Saturday after earning a spot during a recent county-level quiz bowl.

The schools competed in the Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl in Augusta.

North Gwinnett High, the 2006 state champion, won first place in the county competition this year. Collins Hill took second place.

Lilburn Middle was the first-place middle school winner, and Creekland Middle took second place.

Dr. M.H. Mason Jr. Elementary was the first-place elementary school winner, and Chattahoochee Elementary and K.E. Taylor Elementary tied for second place. Elementary schools do not participate in regional or state competitions.

The winning high school and middle school from the regional competition will move on to the state bowl on April 21 during the Children's Literature Conference at the Georgia Center for Continuing Education in Athens.

High school artists encouraged to enter contest

U.S. Rep. John Linder is inviting all high school students in the 7th Congressional district to enter the annual Congressional art competition, "An Artistic Discovery."

The first-place winner will receive a $12,000 scholarship to the Savannah College of Art and Design and a $10,000 scholarship to the Art Institute of Atlanta. The winner will also be invited to attend the opening of the national exhibition this summer at the U.S. Capitol.

Entries must be submitted to Linder's office by March 31. Artwork, including the frame, cannot be larger than 32-by-32 inches and no more than 4 inches in depth.

The categories are: paintings (oils, acrylics, watercolor), drawings (pastels, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, ink, markers), prints (lithographs, silkscreen, block prints), collage (must be 2-D), computer graphics or photography.

Entries must be original concepts and cannot violate U.S. copyright laws.

For more information and a copy of the entry from, call Annie Valenty in Linder's Gwinnett office at 770-232-1131.


• Barrow County Schools Early Learning Center's prekindergarten applications are available from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. through March 30 at the school, 54 Star St. W., Bethlehem. A proof of residency is required when turning in an application. Call 770-868-1520 with questions.

• A college fair for students with special needs is scheduled for 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center in Lawrenceville. All Gwinnett middle and high school special needs students and their parents are invited to meet college recruiters from four-year universities, two-year colleges and technical colleges.

• Central Gwinnett's second-annual career fair is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday in the high school's commons area. More than fifty vendors from private companies, government agencies, colleges and the military are expected to be present.

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