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Good News in Schools: 42 Gwinnett students named scholarship semifinalists

The National Merit Scholarship Corp. has named about 16,000 seniors, including 42 Gwinnett students, as semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program.

More than 1.4 million students entered the competition last school year as juniors by taking the 2006 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which served as the initial screening for program entrants. The nationwide semifinalists named in the 2008 National Merit Scholarship Program are the highest-scoring entrants in each state.

These academically talented students will now continue in the competition by taking the next step as finalists. That level is determined by looking at the student's outstanding academic record throughout high school, an endorsement by the school principal, and SAT scores that confirm the student's earlier qualifying test performance.

The semifinalist must submit a detailed scholarship application, which includes a self-descriptive essay and information about the semifinalist's participation and leadership in school and community activities.

The local semifinalists are as follows:

Brookwood High: Jonathan DiGioia, Brice R. Eidson, Michael Gallagher, David C. Kilgore, Keri A. Lau, Charles C. Liu, Yoon Y. Mun, Kevin L. Rucker, Maheen Shermohammed, Parth M. Tejani, Blake A. Vander Wood, Armin Vosough

Collins Hill High: Katelyn O. Martin, Amber C. Matthews

Dacula High: Joshua A. Job

Duluth High: William C. Herald, Alan J. Lee, Meng K. Lee, Albert Liao

Grayson High: Sean Gregory

Mill Creek High: Melinda R. Dolphyn, Kimberly M. Ingram, Grant J. McFerrin

Norcross High: Meredith A. Cole, Michael S. Kahn, Cassandra L. Parkos, Sarah L. Silver, Stephanie E. Swart, Catherine Trippe

North Gwinnett High: Michael G. Angell, Kara N. Finnegan, Collin A. Jones, McKenna K. Zerfas

Parkview High: Cullen K. Graham, Kelsey K. Jordan, Sang-Keun Kim, Ian M. Nurse, Ryan D. Smith, Maylene Xie

Peachtree Ridge High: Christina M. Carroll, Aditya Shrivastaya, Kaitlin Timmer

Gwinnett Tech vet tech students ace exam

Gwinnett Tech's veterinary technology program has once again secured a 100 percent pass rate on the Veterinary Technician National Exam this testing session, continuing its history of a 100 percent pass rate since the program's inception nine years ago.

The VTNE is a 200-item multiple choice examination delivered jointly by the American Association of Veterinary State Boards and the Professional Examination Service.

Gwinnett Tech's veterinary technology program emphasizes specialized training in animal health care. Program graduates receive a veterinary technology associate in applied science degree and are eligible to sit for the VTNE to become qualified as registered veterinary technicians in Georgia.

Graduates of Gwinnett Tech's veterinary technology program go on to work in small-animal practices, research facilities, specialty practices, mixed animal practices and in industry. In its nine years, the veterinary technology program at Gwinnett Tech has graduated 118 students.

Gwinnett teachers team up to learn about technology

Three Gwinnett teachers recently participated in the University of Georgia's Tifton Campus' Georgia Intern-Fellowships for Teachers. The GIFT program provides teachers with real-world experiences that are not found in a classroom.

Anne Granville of Norcross High worked with Elliot Altman on alternative feed stocks for biofuels. Laura Rowe of Grayson High School worked in Rob Phillips' laboratory with graduate student Musa Musa on extraordinary enzymes. John Schellenberg of Hull Middle School joined Ying Xu's biochemistry and molecular biology laboratory to study comparative genetics and bioinformatics.

The University of Georgia provides this program in partnership with Georgia Tech. The majority of funding is provided by federal programs such as Improving Teacher Quality Education and the National Science Foundation.

MBA Tour comes to Atlanta

The MBA Tour is coming to Atlanta on Tuesday.

The tour allows students interested in pursuing a Master of Business Administration to have direct contact with alumni and admissions representatives from around the world. Candidates participate in round-table and panel discussions to gain a deeper understanding of how admissions decisions are made and if an MBA is the right degree for them to pursue.

Those interested in pursing the degree are encouraged to stop by Emory University Goizueta Business School from 5 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday.

For full details and registration for the free event, go to www.thembatour.com/events/atlanta.shtml.

Calendar

Citizenship Day is Monday.

Georgia School Bus Safety Week begins Monday.

Constitution Week runs from Monday to Sunday.

Henry Partee Elementary is celebrating 10 years of excellence in education. The school is inviting alumni to a birthday celebration from 2 to 4 p.m. Sept. 23 in the Partee Dining Room.

Juniors will take the Georgia High School Graduation Test on Sept. 26.

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