Be proud of pillars of the community

During any given week, there are numerous locals deserving recognition for making Gwinnett County proud and doing their part to improve the community. Looking back at the past week, the Daily Post salutes the following individuals who made headlines. They all deserve a thumbs up.

· Julie Shively. The Winn Holt Elementary School teacher earned a prestigious U.S. Department of Education Teaching Ambassador Fellowship. Shively, who began her fellowship this week, was one of 25 teachers nationwide to earn the honor.

The educator, who teaches gifted education at Winn Holt, will work with the U.S. Department of Education for a year in her fellowship role. She will work in the Office of Innovation and Improvement, and focus on teacher quality and retention.

· Brian McCann. The Atlanta Braves catcher was named to the National League All-Star team for the third consecutive year, playing in the game at historic Yankee Stadium, which will close at the end of this season.

The Duluth grad is the first player from the Braves organization to earn All-Star status in his first three full seasons with the club. At the All-Star break, McCann was batting .302 with 18 home runs and 53 RBIs.

· David Greene and Matt and Jon Stinchcomb. The former University of Georgia football players did their alma mater proud this weekend, organizing and participating in Countdown to Kickoff in Athens.

The event was held Saturday and raised money for local children's charities. Countdown to Kickoff allowed fans to meet current and former players, get autographs and participate in games and contests.

Greene is a South Gwinnett grad who is currently on the Kansas City Chiefs' roster. Jon Stinchcomb plays for the New Orleans Saints, and his brother, Matt, is retired from the NFL. The Stinchcomb brothers are Parkview graduates.