Student chosen for fellowship

LAWRENCEVILLE - A Lawrenceville resident was one of 32 college students selected to receive a fellowship valued at nearly $100,000, the Institute for International Public Policy announced.

John Choi, a Boston College student, was chosen for the 14th cohort of the IIPP Fellowship, a program for minority students interested in pursing careers in international affairs.

Selection as a fellow is highly competitive and is based on a record of remarkable academic achievement, evidence of leadership potential and commitment to a career in global affairs. Over the next five years, the students will study abroad during their junior years, participate in intensive foreign language training and work in internships tied to their areas of interest and graduate study.

This summer, students will participate in a rigorous seven-week Sophomore Summer Policy Institute, hosted at Spelman College in Atlanta. The Institute introduces the students to the basics of international policy development, foreign affairs, cultural competence, careers in these fields and options for graduate study.

Gwinnett residents honored at luncheon

LAWRENCEVILLE - The Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants recently honored Lawrenceville residents Danielle Wright and Daniel Wykoff, Lilburn resident Carolyn Duncan and Norcross resident Kristy Frietas at a luncheon in Atlanta.

The luncheon was held to recognize the achievements of the people who have met all the requirements to become certified public accountants, including receiving a five-year degree with at least 30 quarter or 20 semester hours in accounting courses, passing the written CPA exam, and working either two years in public accounting or five years in industry, government or education.

The GSCPA is a professional organization for CPAs in Georgia. The organization has more than 11,00 members throughout the state.

17 graduate from military program

LAWRENCEVILLE - More than 150 teens, including 17 from Gwinnett, graduated Saturday from the National Guard-sponsored Youth Challenge Academy, based at Fort Stewart.

The Gwinnett teens in the Class of 2008-02 are Julian Joshuh Noel Betancourt, Ating Atabang Eminue, Henry Parker Whitley, Donald Paul Winters, Alec Harris Carver, Michael Donald Niebruegge and Henry Parker Whitley, all of Lawrenceville; Richard Anthony Burnett, Antron Delano Watson and Quinjon Todd McClendon, all of Snellville; Javier Fernando Perez and Alexx Elijah Trahan, both of Norcross; Steven Pierce McPherson and Dustin Ray York, both of Buford; Josiah David Falco of Grayson; Julien Elvin Vaughn of Loganville; and Darcelle Corrin Leslie of Stone Mountain.

Georgia's Youth Challenge in a 22-week voluntary residential youth program for teens aged 16 to 18 who have dropped out of school. The military-styled program provides teens with the opportunity to complete basic academic courses leading to a high school diploma or GED. The voluntary program also provides teens with life skills training emphasizing academic, physical fitness and personal discipline.

The Georgia National Guard operates two Youth Challenge Academy campuses in Georgia - the original campus at Fort Stewart near Savannah and a second campus at Fort Gordon near Augusta that opened in 2000. To date, more than 7,700 formerly "at risk" teens have graduated from the two Youth Challenge Academy campuses.