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GWINNETT GAB: Marketing director gets certification

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 Rebekah Cline, second from right, marketing director for the Lawrenceville Tourism and Trade Association, has earned certification as a travel marketing professional after completing the three-year program of the Southeast Tourism Society Marketing College. 

Special Photo Rebekah Cline, second from right, marketing director for the Lawrenceville Tourism and Trade Association, has earned certification as a travel marketing professional after completing the three-year program of the Southeast Tourism Society Marketing College. 

Marketing director gets certification

LAWRENCEVILLE — Rebekah Cline, marketing director for the Lawrenceville Tourism and Trade Association, has earned certification as a travel marketing professional after completing the three-year program of the Southeast Tourism Society Marketing College.

Cline was one of 50 new travel marketing professionals recognized at the Southeast Tourism Society in Nashville, Tenn. The Marketing College started in 1992, and 563 people have earned the certification.

The Marketing College is a professional development program that for one week each summer turns the facilities of North Georgia College and State University in Dahlonega into a laboratory to teach tourism marketing.

Course topics include special events marketing, media relations, tourism advertising, vacation research, crisis management, heritage tourism and community/rural tourism. After the classroom room, students must also complete a project that relates to their employment.

Volunteers needed for clean-up

LILBURN — The city of Lilburn is hosting two events for the Great American Clean-Up, an annual program administered by Keep America Beautiful that occurs from March 1 to May 31.

This year's project will be held May 1 and will consist of replanting flowers on the Greenway trail. Volunteers will meet at 9 a.m. at the entrance to the trail.

For more information or to sign up to volunteer, call Alayne Hightower at City Hall at 770-638-2229 or e-mail ahightower@cityoflilburn.com.

Pet Picture Day to benefit Humane Society

BUFORD — David Pope Photography in Buford is hosting a Pet Picture Day on May 1 to raise money for the Gwinnett Humane Society.

Pets will be photographed in a professional studio setting during a private 15-minute photo session. Packages priced at $29 include a fully edited 8-by-10 color, black-and-white or sepia print.

The event is also sponsored by the Mill Creek Key Club and North Gwinnett Kiwanis Club.

Call David Pope Photography at 770-271-9159 or e-mail dpope@davidpopephotography.com to schedule and reserve a photo session. More information and directions to the studio will be provided at the time of registration.

Donations of pet food will also be accepted at the event.

Buford business owner to receive arts award

BUFORD — Nicolle Rubenstein Campbell, owner of The Actor's Scene in Buford, will be honored by the Northwestern Oklahoma State University Alumni Association with the Outstanding Arts Award during its annual Spring Reunion Banquet on Saturday.

A 1993 graduate originally from Enid, Okla., Campbell received her bachelor's degree in speech and drama and mass communication. After receiving her degree, she worked as an actress appearing in a number of commercial and film projects before using her skills as training director for John Robert Powers, an acting and modeling school, from 1999 to 2003.

In 2003, she established The Actor's Scene, an acting school in Buford. Campbell specializes in training children, teens and adults and placing students in the entertainment field locally, regionally and nationally. In addition to teaching techniques and methods, the training programs focus on building confidence and self-esteem in students.

As owner and operator of The Actor's Scene, Campbell manages all aspects of her business, including marketing and program development. She has been honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by Actors Models and Talent for Christ, a prestigious national competition.

The Northwestern Oklahoma State University Alumni Association established the Outstanding Graduates program in 1973 to pay tribute to alumni achievement. In 1984, the Recognition Award was added to honor someone who has made significant achievements within five years of graduation. Campbell is the first graduate to be recognized with the Outstanding Arts Award.

Buck's Pizza locations win awards

LAWRENCEVILLE — Two Buck's Pizza locations in Gwinnett received a top sales and service excellence award at the annual Buck's Pizza franchise meeting in Memphis.

The locations are Buck's Pizza at Five Forks Village, 850 Dogwood Road in Lawrenceville, owned by Matt and Ron Weber, and Buck's Pizza at 3303 Centerville Highway in Centerville, owned by Trent and Ron Weber.

The Lawrenceville location has been owned by the Weber family since 2003, and the Centerville location has been owned by the family since 2007.

Chick-fil-A employees get scholarships

LAWRENCEVILLE — Chick-fil-A employees Mayra Flores, of Lawrenceville, and Colby Hitchcock, of Loganville, are the newest recipients of the chain's 37-year-old national Leadership Scholarship program.

Flores received the $1,000 scholarship from Chick-fil-A franchise operator Brad Williams at the free-standing restaurant at Sugarloaf Corporate Center. Flores, the 18th team member from that location to receive the honor, is studying accounting at Gwinnett Technical College.

Hitchcock received the $1,000 scholarship from Chick-fil-A franchise operator Tom Balsamides at the free-standing restaurant at Scenic Highway. Hitchcock, the 27th team member from that location to receive the honor, is studying exercise and sports science at the University of Cumberlands.

Local resident selected as Coca-Cola Scholar

SNELLVILLE — Shivani Goel, a senior at Brookwood High School, has been selected as a member of the 22nd class of Coca-Cola Scholars.

Goel was selected as a finalist from more than 2,200 semifinalists for having demonstrated the academic excellence, school leadership and community involvement epitomized by winners of this scholarship.

With the help of Coca-Cola Enterprises and The Coca-Cola Co., Goel will begin college next fall at the school of her choice.

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