Wesleyan nominates two students for scholarships

A faculty committee at Wesleyan School has nominated student Will Taylor for this year's Jefferson Scholars competition. A committee also selected student Erik Trum as its first nominee for the Morehead-Cain Scholars Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The Jefferson Scholars Foundation seeks to attract the most promising scholars to the University of Virginia. The foundation seeks to find high school seniors who possess exceptional ability in leadership and scholarship and who show promise of making a significant contribution to the UVA community as students and to society at large as graduates. Schools are asked to nominate the student who best exemplifies the Jeffersonian ideals of leadership, scholarship and citizenship.

Select high schools throughout the country are asked to select one senior to participate in the competition. About 1,000 students will be nominated by their schools, and 100 of those will be selected as finalists. Last year, 47 students were selected as Jefferson Scholars.

The Morehead-Cain Foundation seeks to attract "dynamic young leaders" to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Nominees are chosen according to the following criteria: leadership, scholarship, moral force of character and physical vigor.

About 140 students will be invited to the finalist weekend in Chapel Hill. Last year, 82 students were offered scholarships.

Cheerleaders place in several competitions

Grayson High's Golden Rams traveled Sept. 16 to Dawson County High School to participate in the 2008 Tiger Cheer Classic cheerleading competition. The junior varsity squad, coached by Christie Snell, and the varsity squad, coached by Molly Spencer, cheered their way to the top. Both squads took first place.

In the Mill Creek High School Cheer Classic on Sept. 27, the varsity squad took first place and were named overall grand champions. The junior varsity squad placed second.

On Oct. 6, the competition cheerleading squads participated in the Cheer for a Cure benefit at Loganville High School. They brought home a trophy for raising the most money at the event.

The Golden Rams traveled to Peachtree Ridge High School on Oct. 11 to compete with more than 100 area squads in the Hear Our Roar cheerleading competition. The junior varsity squad came home with a first-place win. To complete the sweep, the varsity team scored first place as well.

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.