Leaders honored at ceremony

ATLANTA - Two Gwinnett County Public Schools graduates were in the inaugural group of Georgia's 20 Under 20, recognized Thursday at a celebration and silent auction at The Foundry at Puritan Mills in Atlanta.

Jasenka Basic, a Shiloh High graduate and sophomore at Oglethorpe University, and Juan Quintero, a Duluth High grad and freshman at Georgia Tech, were among the 20 people selected for being outstanding role models for other youth; demonstrating leadership through organizing a business, nonprofit or community initiative that makes an impact on the greater community by serving as a positive example to other young people; and initiating endeavors or accomplishments overall.

Basic, a refugee from the Bosnian war of the 1990s, has helped more than 100 young refugee children as a volunteer with Refugee Family Services in Clarkston. In high school, Basic created a peer tutoring program for Stone Mountain middle schoolers called "Rise Above." She was a 2007 recipient of the Yoshiyama Award for Exemplary Community Service.

Quintero launched the Latino Club at Duluth High to encourage Hispanic students to go to college. He was student class president, Key Club president and an executive committee member of JUNTOS Latino Club. He was selected for the University of Georgia Latino Leadership Program and Gwinnett County's Leadership Teen Summit.

The names of the 20 Under 20 were announced by 21st Century Leaders, a nonprofit organization that aims to expand the number and diversity of Georgia's future leaders, and this year's Atlanta Business Chronicle 40 Under 40.

Clubs celebrate International Literacy Day

NORCROSS - The Rotary Club of Peachtree Corners recently welcomed the officers of the Interact Club of Norcross High to celebrate International Literacy Day.

The Interact Club brought books to donate to Reading Tree, an organization dedicated to promoting childhood literacy by collecting books for distribution to children whose families may not be able to afford reading materials. The Interact Club officers are president Regina Hwangbo, vice president Penn Kanjanampa, secretary Cindy Lam, recycling chair Rahshid Aria, historian Tony Tran and club sponsor Robert Katz.

Rotary Club President Larry Reed encouraged his members to collect used and new children's books through the end of September.

The Rotary Club of Peachtree Corners meets at noon every Monday at the Carlyle House in downtown Norcross and adheres to the Rotary International theme of "Service Above Self."

UPS drivers honored for safety

LAWRENCEVILLE - Lawrenceville resident William Rodgers, a tractor-trailer driver for UPS, and Suwanee resident Don Burgess, a package car driver for UPS, were recently recognized by the company for completing 25 years without an accident.

Rodgers and Burgess work out of the facility located at 3930 Pleasantdale Road in Doraville. Rodgers provides service in the Atlanta to Montgomery, Ala., area, and Burgess provides service in the Norcross area.

Manager Bernice Tutt presented Rodgers with the 25-year safe driving award, and manager Joe Pharr presented Burgess with his award.

Scholarship pageant taking applications

FLOWERY BRANCH - Miss Hall County/Miss Flowery Branch Scholarship Pageant is accepting registration applications until Oct. 27 for young ladies aged 2 to 22.

Scholarship prizes will be given to winners in the two oldest divisions. Contestants must live, work, attend a class or go to school in Hall County.

To attend free workshops in modeling and interview, register by Oct. 10.

For more information, call 678-357-7359 or 770-338-0298 or visit www.MissFloweryBranch.com.

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