GWINNETT GAB: Norcross man to compete in Empire State Building Run-Up

Norcross man to compete in Empire State Building Run-Up

NORCROSS — Norcross resident Victor Serrano has been invited to compete Feb. 2 in the annual Empire State Building Run-Up.

During the event, elite competitors race up 1,575 stairs of the famous New York City landmark, from the lobby to the 86th floor.

The Run-Up is considered by many the Olympics of stair climbing, according to a news release. Competitors gain entry to the event by invitation only and must reapply each year. This is the second year Serrano has been invited to participate.

During the 2009 Run-Up, Serrano finished with a time of 15:09 and was the only Georgia resident competing. The graduate of Norcross High School co-owns Magic Mufflers and Brakes with his father, Antonio.

Serrano has also competed in the Climb Atlanta competition up the 50 stories of One Ninety One Peachtree Tower in downtown Atlanta — a total of 1,150 stairs. During the 2009 race, he finished third overall and first in his age group.

GSMST wins $500 in statewide video contest

DULUTH — The Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology recently won the New Media Education Foundation of Georgia and SkillsUSA Georgia video competition for dairy products and farmers.

The contest focused on the dairy industry with B-roll provided by the Southeast United Dairy Industry Association. Georgia students currently enrolled in broadcast video production submitted entries for consideration. The videos focused on the nutrient-rich value of dairy food and the dairy farmers who produce them.

SUDIA presented the school with $500 on Friday to help further its programming efforts.

"This was a tremendous opportunity for our students to apply their critical thinking, analyze information, and effectively communicate in an actual working environment," said Jeff Mathews, principal of GSMST. "Through exposing consumers to agriculture and wellness, the project made learning come alive for our students, resulting in learning at higher levels."

To view the winning video, visit www.schooltube.com.

North student wins online art competition

SUWANEE — A North Gwinnett High School junior was recently named a winner of Artsonia and Blick Art Materials' national Artist of the Week competition.

Art teacher Debi West posted her students' artwork on the school's online gallery at www.artsonia.com/schools/North-Gwinnett1 using Artsonia, the world's largest online kid's art museum. Any teacher or parent can create an online art gallery for their child or school on the Web site.

Each week during the school year, 48 finalists — 12 from each age group — will appear on the museum Web page at www.artsonia.com/aotw. Fans can demonstrate support for an artist be visiting this page online to vote for the student's artwork. One winner from each age group is selected every Sunday.

The winners receive a $50 Blick Arts Materials gift certificate, and the teacher that nominated the winning student receives a $100 Blick Arts Materials gift certificate to spend on their school's art education program.

North Gwinnett Kiwanis Club to host dance

BUFORD —The North Gwinnett Kiwanis Club is hosting the 2nd annual Father/Daughter Valentine Dance at the Legacy Lodge and Conference Center at Lake Lanier Islands Resort from 6 to 8 p.m. on Feb. 6. This event is open to daughters, from toddler to adult.

Music will be provided, light refreshments will be served and professional photography will be available. Fathers, stepfathers, grandfathers, uncles and anyone who is a significant father figure is invited to bring their daughters, stepdaughters, and nieces.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.northgwinnettkiwanis.com or from any club member. Cost is $40 per couple/$10 for each additional daughter; the Lake Lanier Island gate admission comes with the ticket. Dress is Sunday attire. For more information, visit the Web site or call 404-386-4782.

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