Snellville Commerce Club awards scholarships

SNELLVILLE - The Snellville Commerce Club awarded its 2009 Future Business Leaders of America (FLBA)/

Distributive Education Club of America (DECA) Scholarship to Jamie Stebell of South Gwinnett High School and David "Carter" Zimmerman of Brookwood High School.

Both have demonstrated academic achievement while giving time to the Snellville community. Each recipient will have $1,000 paid to their respective college to assist educational pursuits.

Zimmerman plans to attend Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville, and Stebell has been accepted to North Georgia College in Dahlonega. Both students are active in church and have maintained a "real world" working education through FBLA/DECA. Stebell has been an academic honor recipient all four years at South Gwinnett. Zimmerman received the scholar athlete award and academic honors during his four years at Brookwood.

"It's reassuring to see another generation of motivated and focused achievers among Snellville's youth," Club treasurer Barbara Bender said.

Gwinnett volunteer honored

LAWRENCEVILLE - Partnership Against Domestic Violence (PADV) celebrated National Volunteer Appreciation Month by saluting all of its volunteers and honoring Fay Josephs with the Gwinnett Volunteer of the Year Award.

"Fay Josephs has a track-record of going the extra mile for our organization and the women and children we serve," said Cathy Willis Spraetz, president and CEO for PADV. "Our volunteers are more important than ever during this economic recession. PADV volunteers help us continue to meet the constant demand for our services despite dwindling resources."

Josephs has been volunteering with PADV for four years. As a support group facilitator, she helps survivors of domestic violence become self-sufficient through encouragement, support and empowerment. She is a trusted and compassionate facilitator because she's been down the same road. She grew up in a violent home and was molested by her stepfather.

"I had to learn how to survive since I was 16. I totally understand what these women have been through. I know their pain," she said.

Lilburn store donates to food bank

LILBURN - Music Go Round of Lilburn recently announced that it will be donating 240 pounds of food to the Georgia Mountain Food Bank.

Music Go Round of Lilburn held a free guitar re-string day in support of International Guitar Month and asked customers to bring in nonperishable food items for the entire month of April to receive the free guitar re-string.

Ann Wood, store owner, said community involvement is very important.

"Customers were so excited about the opportunity to give and save money that they were dropping off extra food," she said.

Music Go Round of Lilburn sells, purchases and trades music equipment, such as guitars, amps, drums and professional audio equipment.

Duluth resident honored

DULUTH - Verizon Wireless has named Duluth native Chris Martin to the company's prestigious President's Cabinet.

Martin has been recognized nationally for his efforts in making Verizon Wireless an industry leader. The President's Cabinet designation is for employees ranking in the top 2 percent nationwide in sales and customer service.

Martin is a business account executive for Verizon Wireless in Atlanta and has been with the company for three years. Martin earned an all-expenses-paid vacation to Rome, Italy, where winners from across the country enjoyed fine accommodations, food and entertainment.

Martin graduated from Duluth High School in 2001 and the University of Georgia in 2005.

UGA honors deceased students, staff

ATHENS - Sara Beth Ward of Lawrenceville and John M. Conn Jr. of Monroe were among the University of Georgia students who were remembered at an annual candlelight memorial service. The event honored students, faculty and staff who have died since last May.

The service, called "Georgia Remembers ... A Candlelight Memorial," has been held each spring since 2000 to help the university community find comfort while honoring deceased friends, family members and colleagues.

Ward was a senior majoring in English, and Conn was a student in the School of Law.

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