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Good news from schools: Local student artists win technology for classroom

Students at three local schools recently helped win technology for their classrooms from Richardson Technology Systems.

Richardson TSI recently held a "Classrooms of the Future" contest to highlight the positive difference technology is making in the learning process. Fifth- and sixth-grade students were invited to submit artwork representing technologically inventive classrooms.

Loria Crews' class at Five Forks Middle School was chosen as the winner with four submissions by students Sarah Burger, Lauren Jones, Tiffani Palamuso and Kiran Wasif. Richardson TSI will provide LearningSoft's flagship wireless student response handheld platform, the Indigo Learning System, for the classroom.

Kati Searcy's class at Mountain Park Elementary, with an entry from student Mia Hall, and Terri Thornton's class at Auburn Elementary, with an entry from student William Warren-Aliff, were chosen as runners-up. They will receive honorary prizes of TeachLogic's Quantum system, an infrared wireless communication device ideal for classrooms.

Car dealership owner honors high school junior

Peachtree Ridge junior Brittany Carmack was recently selected as the recipient of the school's 2008 Principal's Award.

The award recognizes a junior with a grade-percentage average of at least 93 out of 100 who exemplifies the highest standards of scholarship, leadership, citizenship and community service. The Principal's Award is part of the Focus on Education program, sponsored Gwinnett Place Ford in partnership with the high school.

The winner is chosen by a selection committee made up of 12 members, including the previous year's recipient, the student council president, the National Honor Society president, recent Teachers of the Year, at least one administrator and at least two community leaders and teachers.

As this year's winner, Carmack will receive a 2008 Ford Focus donated by Casey Coffey, the owner of Gwinnett Place Ford. Coffey and his wife established the Focus on Education program in 2005 to honor a student at Peachtree Ridge for excellence in all areas of student life.

Gwinnett Place Ford also presents a new Ford Focus to the school's Teacher of the Year.

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 Monday.