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Collins Hill hosts Latin competition

Collins Hill High School recently hosted the first Turkey Buzz Off, a certamen - or Latin quiz bowl competition - in which teams from 11 Georgia high schools participated.

Students in 39 teams from Collins Hill High, Brookwood High, Dacula High, North Gwinnett High, Eastside High, Grady High, Milton High, Northview High, Walton High, Holy Innocents and Marist School answered questions about history, mythology, culture, grammar and derivatives. After each team played three rounds, the teams with the highest points competed in the final round.

At the novice level, North Gwinnett High took first place, Walton won second and Milton came in third. At the lower level, Northview High won first place, North Gwinnett came in second and Walton took third. At the upper level, Northview High came in first, Walton took second and Eastside was third.

Julie Condor, a Latin teacher at Collins Hill, organized the event to give students studying Latin a chance to meet their peers from throughout the state.

"Latin is a lot bigger than people realize in high school," Condor said.

Peachtree Ridge students place in art competition

Two students from Peachtree Ridge High School won awards in the 2008-09 Regional Scholastic Art Exhibition.

Haemi Choi was named a Gold Key winner for having artwork demonstrating the highest levels of achievement in technique, originality and personal vision. Her work will be sent to New York City for national adjudication.

Erin Cook was named a Silver Key winner for having artwork demonstrating achievement worthy of recognition at the regional level. She also received two honorable mentions.

Their artwork will be on display through early December at Georgia State.

Rockbridge teachers, PTA members reunite

Rockbridge Elementary School teachers and PTA members from years past met Oct. 12 for a reunion at Lake Washington Clubhouse.

The group talked about their fond memories of the school and shared pictures of children and grandchildren.

Former teachers or PTA volunteers who would like to join the group can call Deanna Simmons at 770-736-6321 or e-mail her at deasimmons@gmail.com.

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.