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GOOD NEWS FROM SCHOOLS: Collins Hill teacher participates in Belfer Conference

Angela Dean, a language arts teacher at Collins Hill High School, attended the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum's 14th annual Arthur and Rochelle Belfer National Conference for Educators from June 27 to 29.

Dean was one of more than 175 secondary educators from around the country who participated in the three-day workshop.

The conference is part of the museum's ongoing effort to equip educators nationwide with the knowledge and skills to effectively bring Holocaust education into their classrooms. Every year, the museum trains hundreds of teachers through training programs held in Washington, D.C., and around the country.

"In the face of rising antisemitism and Holocaust denial, educating students about this history is increasingly urgent," said Peter Fredlake, director of museum national outreach for teacher initiatives. "As the global leader in Holocaust education, the museum works to ensure teachers have the training and resources they need to introduce their students to this important and complex history and show them how its lessons remain relevant to all citizens."

Conference participants represented a variety of disciplines -- including history, English, library science and more -- and worked with museum educators and Holocaust scholars to enhance both their historical knowledge of the Holocaust and explore successful practices that engage students in this history.

Teachers with five or more years experience in Holocaust education may participate in the Belfer Next Step Conference, held every two years, or the intensive, five-day Museum Teacher Fellowship program, held each summer.

In addition, the museum's Regional Education Corps is a dedicated and growing team of 31 advanced Holocaust educators who provide other teachers around the country with the tools to teach the Holocaust effectively.

The museum's website, www.ushmm.org, provides resources at no cost to educators, including a range of online training modules, exemplary lesson plans and extensive historical information about the Holocaust.

UGA announces 2010 Charter Scholarship recipients

Several University of Georgia incoming freshmen have been selected to receive the Charter Scholarship for the 2010-11 academic year.

The Charter Scholarship, named to reflect the university's distinction as the nation's first state-chartered public university, recognizes first-year students with stellar academic records, leadership and community involvement, and a respect for and commitment to intellectual, social and cultural diversity. The Charter Scholarship is funded by the University of Georgia Foundation.

In-state students receive $1,000 per year in addition to the HOPE Scholarship.

The average SAT score of this year's Charter Scholars exceeded 1,400 and their average high school GPA exceeded 4.0. Usually the top 6 to 8 percent of incoming freshmen are recognized as Charter Scholars.

The award is renewable for an additional three years if the recipients maintain certain academic standards.

The 2010 Charter Scholarship recipients include:

* Caitlin Austin of Buford, a Mill Creek High School graduate

* Jennifer Barron of Dacula, a Dacula High School graduate

* Yasir Bouchi of Lawrenceville, a Central Gwinnett High School graduate

* Rebecca Clements of Suwanee, a Greater Atlanta Christian School graduate

* Trent Collett of Norcross, a Wesleyan School graduate

* Gregory Collins of Duluth, a Northview High School graduate

* Joshua Cook of Lawrenceville, a Brookwood High School graduate

* Donald Davis of Duluth, a Greater Atlanta Christian School graduate

* Katherine Dennison of Lilburn, a Parkview High School graduate

* Allison Doyle of Lawrenceville, a George Walton Academy graduate

* Nicholas Eberhart of Lilburn, a Parkview High School graduate

* Kate Fosse of Lawrenceville, a Collins Hill High School graduate

* Caroline Freeman of Norcross, a Greater Atlanta Christian School graduate

* Nicholas Gable of Buford, a Mill Creek High School graduate

* Tucker Green of Duluth, a Peachtree Ridge High School graduate

* Kara Greenberg of Norcross, a Norcross High School graduate

* Christopher Jagels of Dacula, a Mill Creek High School graduate

* Lauren Lim of Suwanee, a South Forsyth High School graduate

* Peter Luu of Snellville, a South Gwinnett High School graduate

* Angeline Myers of Snellville, a Brookwood High School graduate

* Rachel Nasuti of Norcross, a Norcross High School graduate

* Kaitlyn Ogden of Lawrenceville, a Collins Hill High School graduate

* Robert Parker of Alpharetta, a Greater Atlanta Christian School graduate

* Asha Patel of Snellville, a Brookwood High School graduate

* Katherine Patrick of Lawrenceville, a Grayson High School graduate

* Julian Rios of Duluth, a Marist School graduate

* Jeffrey Rogers of Lawrenceville, a Brookwood High School graduate

* Caitlin Ruddick of Snellville, a Brookwood High School graduate

* EvaMarie Siegel of Atlanta, a Wesleyan School graduate

* Margaret Sharpe of Dunwoody, a Greater Atlanta Christian School graduate

* Kinsey Stroup of Suwanee, a South Forsyth High School graduate

* Lindsay Ullrich of Dacula, a Mill Creek High School graduate

* Alexandra Vagasi of Lilburn, a Parkview High School graduate

* Stephanie Wilding of Lawrenceville, a Greater Atlanta Christian School graduate

* Rachel Witt of Buford, a Mill Creek High School graduate

* Austin Yoo of Duluth, a Peachtree Ridge High School graduate

* Alan Zorofchian of Duluth, a South Forsyth High School graduate

Three Gwinnett grads receive UGA Presidential Leadership Scholarship

Three Brookwood High School graduates are among 21 University of Georgia incoming freshmen who were selected to receive the Presidential Leadership Scholarship for the 2010-11 academic year.

The new scholarship, supported by UGA's Athletic Association and awarded for the first time this year, recognizes academically outstanding undergraduate first-year students who demonstrate leadership potential. The scholarship provides $3,000 per year in addition to the HOPE scholarship to Georgia high school graduates.

The award is renewable for an additional three years as long as the recipients maintain certain academic standards.

The scholarship recipients from Gwinnett are

* Michael Ackerman of Lilburn

* Victoria Anderson of Lawrenceville

* Kimberly Yau of Lilburn

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