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 Mill Creek High School junior Graham Robson received honorable mention in the Journalism Education Association/National Scholastic Press Association’s 2009 Photo of the Year competition in the Sports Reaction category. His picture features Mill Creek head football coach Shannon Jarvis, left, and player James Powell. 

Special Photo Mill Creek High School junior Graham Robson received honorable mention in the Journalism Education Association/National Scholastic Press Association’s 2009 Photo of the Year competition in the Sports Reaction category. His picture features Mill Creek head football coach Shannon Jarvis, left, and player James Powell. 

Norcross High Foundation names honorees

NORCROSS — The Norcross High School Foundation for Excellence has selected Nathan Slaff and Kirsten Mixter Baker as its 2010 Hall of Fame honorees.

Slaff served on the foundation's board for nearly six years and served as president for four years. He is now treasurer and founding director of Emory University's Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony Foundation.

Slaff is employed as a principal at Towers Perrin, where he has worked since 1984. He and his wife, Laurie, have two sons who graduated from Norcross High. Barry is a junior at the University of Pennsylvania, and Jared is a freshman at Indiana University.

Baker, an assistant principal at Norcross High, was on the foundation board for four years. She has worked at Norcross High for 10 years and previously taught science and served as department chair. She was also a soccer coach and advised several student groups. She was Norcross High Teacher of the Year in 2003 and the Georgia Association of Student Councils Adviser of the Year in 2005.

Baker and her husband, Mike, are expecting their first child in January.

Slaff and Baker will be honored April 30 at the foundation's fundraiser, Gala 5. Last year's event raised more than $70,000 to benefit the school. The Foundation has raised about $700,000 since its founding in 2001.

Mill Creek student recognized in photo competition

HOSCHTON — Mill Creek High School junior Graham Robson received honorable mention in the Journalism Education Association/National Scholastic Press Association's 2009 Photo of the Year competition.

More than 12,000 photos are submitted each year for consideration for these awards. Robson was one of six student photographers chosen as a national finalist in the category of Sports Reaction photos.

Jackson EMC offers student scholarships

JEFFERSON — Jackson Electric Membership Corp. is accepting applications for three scholarship programs based on academic ability, faculty recommendations and financial need.

Jackson EMC offers two separate types of awards through the A.T. Sharpton Scholarship program, named in honor of a late chairman of the Jackson EMC Board of Directors. Six $1,000 scholarships will be awarded this year, three from the following two categories:

• The A.T. Sharpton Restricted Scholarship Award is available exclusively to students planning to attend Gainesville State College. Financial need is a primary consideration, but judges will also consider academic average, standardized test scores and recommendations.

• The A.T. Sharpton Unrestricted Scholarship Award is available for any accredited two- or four-year college, university or technical college in the nation. The scholarship can be awarded to high school seniors who have been accepted to one of these schools or to full- or part-time students currently enrolled at the undergraduate or graduate level. Financial need is a primary consideration, but judges will also consider academic average, standardized test scores and recommendations.

Also available is the Walter Harrison Scholarship, administered by Georgia EMC and named for a leader in the state and national electric cooperative movements. Several of these $1,000 scholarships are awarded statewide to undergraduate students enrolled in or accepted by a Georgia college, university or technical school. A.T. Sharpton applicants may also apply for the Walter Harrison Scholarship as long as the requirements are met.

All scholarship recipients must be a customer of Jackson EMC (or the son or daughter of a customer) and a resident of the home served by Jackson EMC. Students interested in applying for these scholarships can contact their high school guidance counselor or complete an application online at www.jacksonemc.com/scholarships.

The deadline for applications is Jan. 29.

Gwinnett schools participate in online pledge

LAWRENCEVILLE — Seven Gwinnett County high schools are participating in the Teen Safe Driver Pledge, an online driver safety agreement between parents and teenage drivers that establishes safe driving expectations.

By participating in the program, the schools earn an automatic cash prize from program sponsor American Family Insurance and are in the running for larger cash prizes based on each school's participation rate.

Families can learn more about the program and enroll at www.teensafedriver.com/pledge.

The participating schools are Berkmar High, Brookwood High, Duluth High, Mill Creek High, North Gwinnett High, Parkview High and Peachtree Ridge High. In all, 40 schools in Georgia and 410 schools nationwide are participating.

Each school will receive a check for at least $900 at a basketball game this season, presented at a game by a local American Family Insurance agent. Participating schools also can earn $25,000, $10,000 or $5,000 if they are among the top three schools based on the percentage of driving-age students who take the pledge.

In addition, individual participants can qualify for prize drawings, regardless of the school's overall ranking. Those prizes include Nintendo Wiis, iPod Shuffles and iTunes gift cards

The Teen Safe Driver Program ends March 1.

Digger's raises money for shelter

LAWRENCEVILLE — Digger's Freestyle Grill is sponsoring a fundraiser for the Gwinnett Children's Shelter.

Digger's has hired Bar Games Promotions to host a Texas Hold'em game. Tickets are $30, and half of the money raised will go to the winner. The other half will go to the Gwinnett Children's Shelter.

The game will take place from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday at Digger's, 909 Parkside Lane Walk, Lawrenceville.

Macy's to donate $1 for letters to Santa Claus

LAWRENCEVILLE — Write a letter to Santa and make wishes come true.

The Macy's Believe Campaign will help wishes come true for many children this holiday season. For each letter to Santa received, Macy's will donate $1 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation up to $1 million.

Children are invited to drop off their letters to Santa, stamped and addressed headed to the North Pole. Letters can be taken to the special Santa Mail Letterbox at any Macy's store. Letters will then be delivered to the post office for mailing to Santa.

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