U.S. Rep. John Linder, R-Duluth, has announced his nominees for the United States Service Academies.
"Year after year I am amazed at the level of dedication and commitment these young men and women reflect in their eagerness to serve their country," Linder said in a news release. "Military service is never easy and, in a dangerous time when wartime service is more likely, it is encouraging to see these young candidates resolute and committed to serve. I am confident that these students will represent the Seventh (Congressional) District with distinction, and I am humbled to have the privilege of nominating them."
The following students received a nomination to attend the Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.:
Rachael Duvall, Hebron Christian Academy
Kemp Greenwood, Collins Hill High School
Matthew Jackson, Central Gwinnett High School
Michael Metz, Pinecrest Academy in Forsyth County
Zachary Oliver, Buford High School
Colin Patrick, Norcross High School
Chris Pawlik, Collins Hill High School
Matthew Quick, a Gwinnett resident who attends Riverside Military Academy
Taylor Rose, Brookwood High School
Timothy Schmidt, home schooled in Gwinnett County
Tyler Scott, Dacula High School
Matthew Whitley, George Walton Academy in Walton County
The following students received a nomination to attend the Naval Academy at Annapolis, Md.:
Collin Burchins, Parkview High School
Aaron Dumond, Mill Creek High School
Henry Hayes, South Gwinnett High School
Tony Hotle, Dacula High School
Matthew Joiner, Collins Hill High School
Michelle Lansford, Duluth High School
Paul Neidhardt, Brookwood High School
Michael Scruggs, Grayson High School
The following students received a nomination to attend the Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, N.Y.:
Ashley Bullard, Loganville High School in Walton County
David Kilgore, Brookwood High School
David Klotz, Peachtree Ridge High School
Mikhail Manalo, Brookwood High School
Taylor McClendon, Norcross High School
The following students received a nomination to attend the Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, Colo.:
Chase Anderson, Mill Creek High School
James Collins, Greater Atlanta Christian School
Austin Dale, Collins Hill High School
Matthew Hamrick, a Gwinnett resident who attends St. Francis High School
Mark Johnson, Wesleyan School
Rich McMurry, Wesleyan School (Gwinnett)
Paul Owens, home schooled in Gwinnett
Rob Rohmiller, a Gwinnett resident who attends Blessed Trinity High School
David Shealy, Providence Christian Academy
Matthew Siverio, Shiloh High School
Nominations are based on a variety of criteria: a candidate's high school academic ranking, SAT or ACT scores, athletic ability, and leadership potential as demonstrated by extra-curricular activities, community service, or part-time employment.
A nomination from Linder does not guarantee an appointment to a service academy. It is the decision of the individual academies to issue appointments.
The Coast Guard Academy at New London, Conn., does not require a nomination.
If you are interested in learning more about the nomination process for 2008, please contact Annie Valenty, the Seventh Congressional District's Academy Advisory Panel Coordinator, at 770-232-3005, or visit Linder's Online Office at http://linder.house.gov.
Schools participate in quiz bowl for readers
Many of Gwinnett County Public Schools' most avid readers participated Saturday in the Gwinnett Readers Rally, a quiz-bowl competition for students in fourth through 12th grades.
In its third year, 58 teams competed in the Readers Rally for the countywide championships. Readers competed in five-student teams using their knowledge of literature by answering questions based on a given list of books.
The following schools competed in the 2008 Gwinnett Readers Rally:
· Elementary schools: Alcova Elementary, B.B. Harris Elementary, Benefield Elementary, W.C. Britt Elementary, Brookwood Elementary, Cedar Hill Elementary, Centerville Elementary, Chattahoochee Elementary, Charles Brant Chesney Elementary, J.W. Cooper Elementary, Corley Elementary, Craig Elementary, J.G. Dyer Elementary, Fort Daniel Elementary, Gwin Oaks Elementary, Harbins Elementary, Ivy Creek Elementary, Jackson Elementary, Knight Elementary, Lawrenceville Elementary, Level Creek Elementary, Lovin Elementary, J.C. Magill Elementary, Dr. M. H. Mason Jr. Elementary, Mountain Park Elementary, Mulberry Elementary, Norcross Elementary, R.L. Norton Elementary, Parsons Elementary, Riverside Elementary, Rock Springs Elementary, Shiloh Elementary, Simonton Elementary, Susan Stripling Elementary, Sugar Hill Elementary, Suwanee Elementary, Sycamore Elementary, K.E. Taylor Elementary, Walnut Grove Elementary and Margaret Winn Holt Elementary
· Middle schools: Creekland Middle, Alton C. Crews Middle, Dacula Middle, Five Forks Middle, Glenn C. Jones Middle, Lilburn Middle, J.P. McConnell Middle, Frank N. Osborne Middle, Sweetwater Middle and Trickum Middle
· High schools: Brookwood High, Collins Hill High, Grayson High, Mill Creek High, Norcross High, Peachtree Ridge High, North Gwinnett High and South Gwinnett High
First, second and third place winning teams were named at each level: elementary, middle and high. The results of the competition were not available before this column's press time.
The two winning teams at the middle and high school levels will proceed to the Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl, a regional competition scheduled for Feb. 9 in Augusta. The state playoffs will be held March 1 during the Children's Literature Conference at the Georgia Center for Continuing Education in Athens.
Heather Darenberg writes about education. Good News From Schools appears in the Sunday edition of the Gwinnett Daily Post.