Collins Hill student invited to presidential inauguration

Dorian DeRamus, a student at Collins Hill High School, has been accepted into the People to People Presidential Inauguration program. She will join a select group of returning People to People Ambassadors from around the world to celebrate this monumental event in Washington, D.C.

DeRamus is part of a special delegation of student ambassadors who will witness the swearing in of Barack Obama as the 44th and the first black president of the United States and listen to the inaugural address. While in Washington, she will gain insights into American leaders throughout history during discussions with political experts, access to the U.S. Capitol and National Archives, exploration of the newly reopened National Museum of American History and visits to Washington's monuments and memorials.

As a successful People to People delegate, DeRamus earned an exclusive invitation to this unique opportunity. She traveled to Europe with the delegation in the summer of 2007 as part of the international studies program.

The program is coordinated by People to People Leadership Programs to fulfill the vision former President Dwight D. Eisenhower had for fostering world citizenship when he founded People to People during his presidency in 1956.


Teacher of the Year

earns national honor

The National Art Education Association has selected Gwinnett County Public Schools teacher Aimée Burgamy as the recipient of the 2009 Outstanding National Junior Art Honor Society Sponsor Award.

Burgamy, Gwinnett County's 2009 Teacher of the Year, teaches fine arts at Trickum Middle. She earned this honor at the state level last fall and moved on to compete at the national level.

The award recognizes one art teacher across the nation for his or her dedication to a junior art society, also known as a school's art club. Burgamy sponsors Trickum Middle's art club, where students work on service projects while expanding their fine arts knowledge beyond what they learn in the classroom. She plans several off-campus art activities where students are encouraged to invite a parent and work together on the assigned project.

Burgamy became a part of the Trickum Middle faculty in 2005, four years after first joining the school district. She is a former museum of fine arts curator and university professor. She holds bachelor's and master's degrees, both in art history, and is working on her doctoral degree from the University of Georgia. She was selected as Gwinnett County's Teacher of the Year in November.

The National Art Education Association is a nonprofit educational organization made up of art educators from across the nation. The association works to promote art education through different avenues including service, staff development, advancement of knowledge and leadership.

Heather Darenberg writes about education. Good News From Schools appears in the Sunday

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