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Gwinnett Gab 4/2/2009

McMullen named best marketer

LAWRENCEVILLE - Honored for his leadership within both his company and his community, Gwinnett entrepreneur Dave McMullen was named Atlanta Marketer of the Year by the American Marketing Association.

McMullen is a partner and lead strategic planner at redpepper, a creative agency with offices in Lawrenceville and Nashville. He is also the 2009 president of the Atlanta chapter of the Entrepreneurs Organization, a select group that serves and supports successful entrepreneurs around the globe.

In 2008, the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce named McMullen the Pinnacle Small Business Person of the Year. He was also listed as No. 14 on Catalyst magazine's Top 25 Entrepreneurs list and led redpepper to be named to the Inc. 5,000 list of fastest growing companies in both 2007 and 2008.

The Marketer of the Year award criteria focuses on not only role and influence upon the organization, but involvement in civic initiatives, leadership outside of the workplace, and championing the marketing profession in the community and within their organization.

Student competes for scholarship

LAWRENCEVILLE - Emily Summerbell of Lawrenceville has been chosen to compete for a $50,000 college scholarship at the 2008-09 Young Epidemiology Scholars (YES) Competition sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and administered by the College Board.

Summerbell is among 60 high school juniors and seniors who will receive a $2,000 scholarship and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., April 17 to 20 to present her research to nationally recognized epidemiologists and teachers and compete for college scholarships of up to $50,000.

YES competitors develop a research question and hypothesis about a health issue that concerns a group or groups of people and then conduct research to analyze the subject and suggest potential ways to improve the problem based on their analysis. Summerbell's project is titled, "The Effects of Familial Composition, Dynamics, and Environment on Daughters' Dating and Social Behavior: The Sociological and Potential Health Consequences of America's Pandemic of Poor Parenting."

The finalists will be judged on the basis of their written reports, oral presentations and question-and-answer sessions.

Teacher wins technology grant

LILBURN - Allisan Mintz, a veteran technology teacher at St. John Neumann Regional Catholic School in Lilburn, was among eight Georgia winners in the Best Buy Teach Awards announced recently.

Mintz was awarded a grant totaling $4,000 that will be used to enhance video production at the school. Last year, Mintz won a $2,000 Best Buy grant.

This year, the grant was awarded to an existing project at the school that could be enhanced by additional technology. The winning entry, "Morning Video News Project," entailed the production of a new opening segment for the morning news broadcast over the school's closed-circuit TV station, WSJN. Students used the school's current digital cameras, laptops, and Windows Movie Maker to produce the original video.

Mintz will use the grant to purchase several pieces of equipment to enhance and extend the possibilities inherent in the project, among them an Apple MacBook computer, additional still and video cameras, and software programs.

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