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GWINNETT GAB: Gwinnett teens graduate from Youth Challenge Academy

Gwinnett teens graduate from Youth Challenge Academy

LAWRENCEVILLE — Fourteen Gwinnett County teens graduated from the National Guard-sponsored Youth Challenge Academy at commencement ceremonies Dec. 19 in Macon.

Jean Pierre Briceno, Tyrone Cobb and Ryan Kwiatkowski, all of Lawrenceville; Tyler Costello and Ian Wright, both of Lilburn; James Flood and Alexis Forbes, both of Snellville; Julian Garcia and Michael Granby, both of Buford; Henry Riggins, of Duluth, and William Stockton, of Loganville, were among 209 graduates of the Fort Stewart-based Youth Challenge Academy who successfully completed the 22-week, in-residence program for at-risk youth.

The National Guard Youth Challenge Program helps to reclaim the lives of at-risk youth to produce successful graduates with the values, skills, education and self-discipline necessary to succeed as adults. Youth Challenge Program is a preventive rather than remedial program, targeting youth who are unemployed, drug-free and law-abiding high-school dropouts, 16 to 18 years of age.

Georgia has two Youth Challenge Academy campuses, the original at Fort Stewart near Savannah and a second at Fort Gordon near Augusta. Since its first graduating class in 1993, Youth Challenge boasts of more than 10,000 graduates.

Students win scholarships

ATLANTA — Chris Nonne man of Norcross High and Allie Dezii of Mill Creek High will both receive $1,000 scholarships Wednesday at the Greater Atlanta Chapter of the National Football Foundation's annual Awards' Breakfast at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis.

The Greater Atlanta Chapter is awarding 35 scholarships this year to the best and brightest scholar-athletes and scholar-student managers in Georgia for their combined accomplishments on the field, in the classroom and in the community. In the last 14 years, the Greater Atlanta Chapter has awarded nearly $400,000 in scholarships.

Students spread holiday cheer

SNELLVILLE — Gwinnettians who long to see some wintry scenes can stop by Texas Roadhouse, 1969 Dogwood Road, in Snellville.

Snellville Middle School students Kayla Tigue, Andrew Thomas, Meredith Rowley, Olivia Lowery, Claire Rohrer, Bethany Bogan, Feker Solomon, Amanda Surman, Emily Fore and Ayah Musaille painted winter scenes on the windows of the restaurant.

"The students wanted to show their support for their community and spread a little holiday cheer," Snellville Middle School art teacher Anna Matricardi said.