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Good news from schools: Gwinnett Tech's surgical technology students post top test scores

Gwinnett Technical College's surgical technology students scored among the best in the nation on the most recent Program Assessment Exam, ranking Gwinnett Tech's program in the country's top 20 of 435 accredited surgical technology programs.

The PAE exam is administered by the Accreditation Review Committee on Education in Surgical Technology, which has admitted Gwinnett Tech to the Par Elite Twenty Program in honor of the high achievement, according to a news release. This most recent result surpasses Gwinnett Tech's previous status as a top 10 percent program.

"We have always been proud of the fact that the hospitals hiring our students have been so pleased with their level of training and knowledge," Gwinnett Tech's Surgical Technology Program Director T.C. Parker said in a statement. "This award is truly icing on the cake for us and substantiates all the hard work we've done here."

Parker credited success on exams to the program's contacts with the local medical industry, which have provided opportunities that would otherwise have been unavailable, such as the use of cadavers and other surgical supplies.

Gwinnett Tech's Surgical Technology Program prepares students for employment in the surgical field. Graduates of the program receive a surgical technology diploma and may become certified as a surgical technologist by taking the National Surgical Technologists Certification Exam. The program takes about five quarters to complete.

Gwinnett Tech students participate in fundraiser for youth program

The Gwinnett Tech Design Group, composed of interiors students at Gwinnett Technical College, is participating in a design contest and silent auction to benefit the Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation.

Students Dawn White, Jill Rackley and Susan Ramos donated a children's table and chair set to the fundraiser. They were the sole student group to take part in the auction, while various Atlanta-area design firms also contributed table and chair sets.

"It's a great way for students in the Interiors Program at Gwinnett Tech to interface with the professional design community, get practical design experience and support a wonderful charitable organization," Susan Arnold, the design group's faculty adviser and GTC Interiors program director, said in a statement.

White designed the table and chair set, while Rackley and Ramos applied the faux finishing and upholstery to the set.

NFL Officeworks, a Smyrna-based office furniture dealership, is hosting the silent auction from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at its showroom at 2870 Plant Atkinson Road in Smyrna. The design team of the furniture set that brings in the highest winning bid will win tickets to an Atlanta Falcons game and a tour of the team's training facility.

Gwinnett Tech's Interiors Program offers degree, diploma and certificate options. The associate degree in Interiors takes about two years to complete. Also available is a diploma program, as well as certificate options for an interior design assistant and in painted and faux finishes and kitchen and bath design.

Killian Hill Christian plans its largest stage production

Killian Hill Christian School will present the largest stage production in its history when "Fiddler on the Roof" opens at 7 p.m. Nov. 8. A second show is scheduled for Nov. 9.

More than 120 students in seventh through 12th grades will participate in the production of this classic musical set in a Jewish village early in the 20th century. The story follows Teyve as he deals with an upheaval of tradition, with three of his five daughters finding love on their own instead of having their father find husbands for them.

All of the leading cast members have been active in the school's speech and drama program for several years.

Senior Paul Hudson, who plays Teyve, is a multiple AACS winner in various speech and drama categories and has been involved in the fine arts program at KHCS since seventh grade.

Golde, Teyve's wife, is portrayed by fellow senior Ahna Boley. She is a first-year student at KHCS.

The daughters at the center of this love story are Tzeitel (senior Anna Niarochos), Hodel (senior Lana Tagli) and Chava (junior Andrea Stalinescu). Their suitors are Motel (senior Zach Ford), Perchik (junior Chris Huff) and Fyedka (junior Aaron Parks). Jesintha Stephensen, a junior, has the role of Yente, the matchmaker.

The rest of the townspeople are provided courtesy of the high school chorus (grades nine through 12), while the junior high chorus members play the village children.

A live orchestra will accompany the cast this year, numbering about 20 members. A few are students, but most are adult volunteers from Killian Hill Baptist Church and the surrounding community. Some are from Lilburn First Baptist Church, including the minister of music, who is a parent of a cast member.

Admission to the Nov. 8 and 9 performances of "Fiddler on the Roof" is free. Killian Hill Christian School is at 151 Arcado Road S.W. in Lilburn.

For more information, call 770-921-3224 or visit www.khcs.org.

Heather Darenberg writes about education. Good News From Schools appears in the Sunday edition of the Gwinnett Daily Post.