GOOD NEWS FROM SCHOOLS: Norcross student named journalism 'Rock Star'

Photo by Corinne Nicholson

Photo by Corinne Nicholson

Meghan Walsh of Norcross High School was named the "Rock Star" for broadcast writing and reporting in the 2010 Georgia Journalism Academy, hosted by the University of Georgia Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Walsh was one of 71 participants of the academy, a weeklong camp for high school journalists. Students lived in a campus residence hall during the week and took classes at the Grady College in one of seven core areas: broadcast writing and reporting, broadcast news production, news writing, feature writing, editorial writing, photojournalism or graphic design. This year's camp, held June 6 to 12, had the theme of "Journalism Rock Star."

Broadcast students produced a 15-minute newscast called the Grady News Network. In addition, students maintained personal blogs throughout the week.

The academy "Rock Stars" were recognized at a closing banquet at UGA's Memorial Hall on June 11.

The Georgia Journalism Academy just completed its 27th year and is open to any high school student interested in journalism. Since 2005, CNN has been a strong financial supporter of prospective academy students, this year providing funds for full or partial scholarships for roughly 20 camp participants.

Seven Gwinnett students earn Youth Art Month Award

Seven Gwinnett students were among 23 students from Georgia whose artistic talents earned them a Youth Art Month Award this year.

The students' designs were included on the 2010 Georgia Youth Art Month Flag. The flag design winners from Gwinnett were:

* Ellyse Awtry, Osborne Middle School

* Justin Beck, Magill Elementary School

* Lauren Jacobs, Lovin Elementary School

* Michael Omoigui, Norcross Elementary School

* Sauleja Satkute, North Gwinnett High School

* Alexis Vitovic, Five Forks Middle School

* Laura Wallace, Level Creek Elementary School

The main nationwide component of Youth Art Month is a competition called School Flags Across America . . . Flying High.

As part of the competition, each state Youth Art Month chairperson selects a theme that is representative of that state and of the spirit of Youth Art Month, and students design flags around that theme. The winning design from each state is then made into an actual flag, and the 50 student-designed flags are then displayed throughout Washington, D.C., following an opening ceremony held the first week of March to commemorate the start of Youth Art Month.

The winning students and their families are invited to attend this opening ceremony in Washington, D.C., and the flags are displayed throughout the city for March, and then displayed at the Youth Art Month booth at the annual convention of the National Art Education Association.

Heather Darenberg writes about education. Good News From Schools appears in the Sunday edition of the Gwinnett Daily Post. For more good news, visit www.gwinnettdailypost.com on Monday.