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Local school counselors recognized as national finalists

Known as leaders in the counseling field, two Gwinnett County Public Schools counseling professionals were recently honored in the nation's capital as finalists for the National Counselor of the Year Award.

Berkeley Lake Elementary's Karen Griffith and Collins Hill High's Margaret Cheeley were two of 10 national finalists selected by the American School Counselor Association from among more than 100,000 counseling professionals across the United States.

Cheeley was previously recognized as the 2007 Georgia Middle School Counselor of the Year and the 2007 Gwinnett County Middle School Counselor of the Year.

Griffith was named the Elementary School Counselor of the Year for the state and the county in 2008.

These outstanding counselors, both of whom have garnered local and state accolades, visited Washington, D.C., during the ASCA Counselor of the Year recognition from Jan. 28 to 31, just before National School Counseling Week, which was Monday to Friday.

Kindergartners celebrate 100 days of school

Bramlett Elementary School kindergartners celebrated the 100th day of school on Monday.

Since the beginning of the year, the students have learned to count to 100, recognize colors and read sight words. To help celebrate the day, kindergartners brought in 100 objects.

Student Macy Maynard observed the day by wearing 100 ponytails in her hair.

The 100th day of school in Gwinnett County was on Jan. 20.

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.