FBLA students get national recognition

Several Gwinnett County Public Schools students earned national recognition after placing in the top 10 during a Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) competition.

Fourteen students traveled to California to participate in the 2009 FBLA National Leadership Conference. The representatives of Collins Hill High, Peachtree Ridge High, Shiloh High and South Gwinnett High participated in competitive events and leadership development activities.

Out of the 8,000 participants from the continental United States, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, five Gwinnett students placed among the top. The winning students and their categories are:

· Dhruv Bhavsar of Collins Hill High - fourth place in Network Design

· Stephen Hester of South Gwinnett High - eighth place in Banking and Financial Systems

· Brandon Lewis of South Gwinnett High - first place in Impromptu Speaking

· Breannah Norris of Shiloh High - eighth place in Banking and Financial Systems

· Jackson Willis of Peachtree Ridge High - 10th place in Business Procedures

The awards were part of a competitive events program sponsored by FBLA. Individuals, state teams and local chapters had the opportunity to compete in more than 50 difference events representing a wide range of activities. The winners of these highly competitive and prestigious awards were selected from FBLA membership of 250,000 students and advisers representing some of the best and brightest of today's youth.

FBLA is a nonprofit education association with a mission to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs.

PTA leaders honored by state organization

The Georgia PTA recently presented Gwinnett schools and PTA units with more than 20 awards for their work during the 2008-09 school year.

The state organization recognized the efforts of parent leaders, educators and students, as they worked together to support the teaching and learning that takes place every day in Gwinnett classrooms.

Below is a listing of Gwinnett PTAs and individuals honored by the Georgia PTA:

· Outstanding District: 12th District, Carol Ranft, district director - first place

· Keys to Leadership Success: Deirdre Hill of Trickum Middle PTA and Carol Ranft of Collins Hill High PTSA

· Outstanding Principal: Cindy Antrim of McKendree Elementary (retired)

· Outstanding School Nurse: Pam Barrientos of Rockbridge Elementary

· Outstanding Local Unit: Head Elementary PTA - third place (school with an enrollment of 751 students and under)

· Outstanding Local Unit: McKendree Elementary PTA - first place (school with an enrollment of 751 students and above)

· Outstanding Local Unit: Five Forks Middle PTA - second place (middle school level)

· National PTA Hearst Family-School Partnership Award: Jackson Elementary PTA - Award of Merit

· Model PTA Awards: Camp Creek Elementary, Cedar Hill Elementary, Grayson Elementary, Head Elementary, Jackson Elementary, Level Creek Elementary, Taylor Elementary, McKendree Elementary, Winn Holt Elementary, Creekland Middle, Five Forks Middle, Richards Middle, Trickum Middle and Brookwood High

To receive the Georgia PTA honor, each recipient was nominated by their local unit. The nominees are selected by representatives in their PTA district.

Heather Darenberg writes about education. Good News From Schools appears in the Sunday edition of the Gwinnett Daily Post.