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GWINNETT GAB: WEG Electric plans open house

Staff Photo: Jonathan Phillips
 Meadowcreek culinary students Linh Nguyen, right, Chrysta Cribb, Jade Turner and Tyler Rivera prepare a meal in the school’s commons area as they practice for state recently. The team won the state culinary championship in March. 

Staff Photo: Jonathan Phillips Meadowcreek culinary students Linh Nguyen, right, Chrysta Cribb, Jade Turner and Tyler Rivera prepare a meal in the school’s commons area as they practice for state recently. The team won the state culinary championship in March. 

WEG Electric plans open house

DULUTH — WEG Electric Corp. is having an open house April 16 to celebrate its new U.S. headquarters at 6655 Sugarloaf Parkway in Duluth.

Tours of the new office and warehouse space will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and a ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place at 12:30 p.m.

WEG Electric Corp. was incorporated in 1991 to service the U.S. market, but the company has been selling in the United States since 1977. WEG Electric Corp. employs more than 200 people in the United States — and more than 100 in the Duluth location.

For more information, visit www.wegopenhouse.com or call 678-534-4660.

Third-graders get new dictionaries

TUCKER — More than 3,500 third-graders in 27 elementary schools in Gwinnett and DeKalb counties have received their own personal dictionaries this year through a community service program conducted by the DeKalb-based Atlanta Northlake Elks Lodge 78.

For the past six years, members of the Elks Lodge 78 have delivered almost 20,000 dictionaries to students in the two counties.

The Dictionary Project was founded in 1995 by Mary French of Charleston, S.C. The mission of her nonprofit organization — which the Elks share — is to distribute dictionaries to as many third-graders as possible in the United States and its environs.

In 2004, the Elks became involved, and dictionaries have been distributed to every state of the union, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. More than 12 million children have received dictionaries since the program started.

The dictionaries distributed by the Atlanta Northlake Elks, titled "The Best Dictionary For Students," also contains a table of weights and measures, information on the 50 states and several other factual sections.

Gwinnett elementary schools that received dictionaries were Nesbit, Craig, St. John Neumann Regional Catholic School, Pharr, Lilburn, Grayson, Cooper, Lovin and Beaver Ridge.

Students show off cooking skills

ATLANTA — Three Gwinnett students and a Winder resident are among 12 high school students that have been selected as semifinalists in The Art Institute's Best Teen Chef Local Cook-Off.

The students will compete by preparing a set two-course menu in two hours Saturday in the kitchens of The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Atlanta. The gold, silver and bronze medal winners will be awarded scholarships to the culinary school, and the gold medal winner will go on to compete against the winners from 30 other Art Institute locations in the national cook-off competition on May 15 in Houston.

The finalists include Emily Gain and Kobi Speight, both of Lawrenceville, Norcross resident Linh Nguyen and Winder resident John Patton.

For more information, visit www.artinstitutes.edu/btc.

Gwinnett Tech students honored

LAWRENCEVILLE — Four Gwinnett Technical College students were judged to be among the best in the state at the recent Delta Epsilon Chi (DEX) conference, earning the opportunity to compete at the DEX international event in April.

Delta Epsilon Chi is an international organization for college students preparing for a variety of careers and fosters development through several avenues, including annual skills competitions, networking with industry leaders and leadership training.

Taking home top honors for Gwinnett Tech were:

• Allis Ellis — first place in the Sales Representative division

• Jessica Deresch — second place in the Business Ethics division

• Cassy Schnautz — second place in the Business Ethics division

• Lisa Barton — third Place in the Restaurant and Food Service division

Ellis, Deresch and Schnautz are enrolled in Gwinnett Tech's marketing management program, while Barton is in the hotel, restaurant and tourism management program.

Faculty advisor Perry Hidalgo, program director for Gwinnett Tech's marketing management and sport and recreation management programs, led a contingent of five students in all. Also attending was Lisa Wilson, a culinary arts student.

The students who placed will to advance to the 2010 International Career Development Conference to be held April 17 to 20 in Louisville, Ky.

Tourney to help Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

BRASELTON — More than 80 golfers will play in the Braydon Bunch Annual Classic on April 24 at the Chateau Elan Golf Club.

The tournament will benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, which funds research that strives to develop a cure for this disease.

Registration begins at 10 a.m., and golfers tee off at noon.

Taste of Grayson to raise money for schools

LOGANVILLE — The Grayson Cluster Schools Foundation and Grayson High School DECA are sponsoring the 2010 Taste of Grayson from noon to 2 p.m. April 17 at Grayson High School.

Restaurants from the Grayson, Snellville, Loganville and Lawrenceville area will be at the school to offer samples of their cuisines. Local businesses will also be on hand with services and products for sale.

Tickets are available at all cluster schools for $10.

Grayson High is located at 50 Hope Hollow Road in Loganville.

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