More Good News From Schools: Elementary schools participate in math tournament

Gwinnett County Public Schools mathematics champions competed Saturday in the school system's annual "Witzzle Pro Tournament," a mental math game that tests students' knowledge of numbers and operations.

The students who participated are fourth- and fifth-graders who are representing their school or cluster based on first-place finishes during local competitions.

The children also participate in their school's Witzzle Pro Club or Math Club, which meet weekly to play Witzzle Pro and compete with other mathematicians to refine mental math skills. The game enhances problem-solving strategies and mental math skills, and it can be played with a partner or a group.

The following schools participated in the tournament:

· Annistown Elementary

· Berkeley Lake Elementary

· Brookwood Elementary

· Cedar Hill Elementary

· Centerville Elementary

· Chattahoochee Elementary

· Charles Brant Chesney Elementary

· Duncan Creek Elementary

· J.G. Dyer Elementary

· Gwin Oaks Elementary

· Margaret Winn Holt Elementary

· Harbins Elementary

· Ivy Creek Elementary

· Jackson Elementary

· Lawrenceville Elementary

· Mason Elementary

· McKendree Elementary

· Rebecca Minor Elementary

· Mulberry Elementary

· Norcross Elementary

· Parsons Elementary

· Peachtree Elementary

· Pharr Elementary

The results of the competition will be included in a future edition of Good News.

Snellville student named 'Promising Scholar' by UGA

Saint Pius X Catholic High School senior Amanda McKenley was one of 15 high school seniors in Georgia honored as a Promising Scholar by the University of Georgia's Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities.

The students, honored by the center for their scholastic achievements, were invited to UGA for a two-day program, which included attending the 2008 CURO symposium, where more than 200 UGA students presented their research projects.

During their visit to UGA, the high school seniors had the opportunity to spend the day with current CURO apprentices - UGA freshmen and sophomores who work one-on-one with faculty mentors on year-long projects in various disciplines.

Panel discussions with UGA faculty from the life sciences, social sciences and humanities were also part of the activities. These selected faculty mentors introduced the Promising Scholars and their parents to the rigors and expectations of the undergraduate research experience, including the advantages of becoming involved with research as early as possible in college.

Heather Darenberg writes about education for the Gwinnett Daily Post. More Good News From Schools appears online Monday.