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Students to compete in science fair

About 700 sixth- through 12th-grade students will show off their research projects this week during the 60th Georgia Science and Engineering Fair at the Athens Classic Center.

Each participant in this statewide science competition earned the opportunity to compete by winning top honors in one of 21 affiliated regional fairs. In Gwinnett, more than 100 students are advancing to the state competition.

Exhibits will include projects and experiments in 17 categories, including biochemistry, engineering and plant sciences. Judging, which takes place Thursday, will be based on creativity, scientific thought and engineering goals, thoroughness, skill and clarity.

In addition to four grand award prizes of all-expense paid trips to the International Science and Engineering Fair, entrants will compete for more than $48,000 in prizes and awards honoring the best achievements in specific scientific areas.

The public is invited to view the projects during the Georgia Science and Engineering Fair open house from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday at the Athens Classic Center.

For a list of the Gwinnett students competing in the state competition, visit the Gwinnett Daily Post's Web site Monday and read "More Good News From Schools."

Scholarship applications accepted

Upsilon Alpha Omega Graduate Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, the first African-American Greek letter sorority in Gwinnett County, is seeking applicants for the Beauty P. Baldwin Scholarship.

To be considered, students must meet the following qualifications:

Must already be accepted to an accredited four-year college or university

Must possess leadership potential and good character

Must demonstrate superior scholastic achievement

Must attend a school within Gwinnett County

Men are encouraged to apply, as one scholarship will be given to a male student.

Applications and information have been forwarded to all Gwinnett County high schools. To access the application or for more information, candidates should see their high school counselor.

All completed application packets must be postmarked by April 25.

Heather Darenberg writes about education. Good News From Schools appears in the Sunday edition of the Gwinnett Daily Post. For more good news, visit www.gwinnettdailypost.com on Monday.