GWINNETT GAB: City, GGC win $1,000 in clean up challenge

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 Seven Gwinnett students participated in the fifth annual Leadership Unplugged: A CNN Experience, a weeklong series of training sessions and discussions focused on the media and current events. 

Special Photo Seven Gwinnett students participated in the fifth annual Leadership Unplugged: A CNN Experience, a weeklong series of training sessions and discussions focused on the media and current events. 

City, GGC win $1,000 in clean up challenge

LAWRENCEVILLE — The city of Lawrenceville and Georgia Gwinnett College received the first place award and cash prize of $1,000 in this year’s Great American Clean Up Gwinnett Challenge.

The city and the college teamed up to beautify Lawrenceville’s Louise Cooper Park during Keep America Beautiful’s Great American Clean Up, coordinated locally by Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful.

The Greening Youth Foundation, in partnership with Brookwood Elementary, Craig Elementary and Crews Middle schools, was selected to receive the second place award and cash prize of $500.

The Foxmoor Community Group received the third place award and cash prize of $250.

More than 22,000 people in Gwinnett joined millions of volunteers from throughout the country to participate in the nation’s largest community improvement effort.

Recyclers collected more than 1 million pounds of recyclables, enough to fill a convoy of 23 tractor-trailers

About 850 volunteers focused on cleaning up and beautifying parks and roadways. These volunteers planted 483 trees and flowers, removed litter from 100 miles of roadways — the distance from Duluth to Macon — and picked up enough litter to fill all of the garbage carts in a 350-home neighborhood.

Bettandorff selected as Outstanding Adult Educator

LAWRENCEVILLE — Ruth Bettandorff, who serves as assistant vice president for academic affairs and director of the University of Georgia Gwinnett Campus, has been named Outstanding Adult Educator in Georgia by the Georgia Adult Education Association.

GAEA is a statewide association serving adult educators from all segments of the adult education profession including colleges and universities, corporations, governmental agencies and nonprofit organizations.

The award, which was presented to Bettandorff at the association’s annual meeting earlier this month, recognizes extraordinary contributions on a long-term basis that have an extensive impact on adult/continuing education.

A GAEA member since 1998, Bettandorff has held several offices in the association and currently serves on the board of directors. She is also an active member of the International Association of Continuing Higher Education and is past chair of ACHE-South.

As director of the Gwinnett Campus, Bettandorff is responsible for day-to-day coordination of graduate and continuing education programs offered at the facility, located at 2530 Sever Road in Lawrenceville.

Local author wins Georgia Author of the Year

NORCROSS — Peachtree Corners author V.S. Chin has been named a 2010 Georgia Author of the Year for her first middle-grade children’s novel, “Dragon Girl.”

Published by Royal Fireworks Press in Unionville, N.Y., “Dragon Girl” is an interactive novel that, through most of the book, allows readers to determine the choices the main character will make.

The Georgia Author of the Year awards are presented by the Georgia Writers Association in several categories, including fiction, poetry and lifetime achievement. This prestigious award is considered to be the oldest literary award in the Southeast and has been awarded to such notables as Terry Kay, Steve Berry and Jimmy Carter.

“Dragon Girl” is available online through Royal Fireworks Press at www.rfwp.com. Royal Fireworks Press is the world’s largest publisher of books for gifted children.

Associated Credit Union holds ribbon-cutting ceremony

NORCROSS — Associated Credit Union recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its branch in the new Atlanta Journal-Constitution building in Dunwoody. Its location on the first floor of 223 Perimeter Center Parkway is open to the public.

The AJC recently relocated its offices from downtown Atlanta to Dunwoody, adjacent to Perimeter Mall.

Associated Credit Union is headquartered in Norcross and serves more than 155,000 members. Providing low-cost services to its members, ACU is ranked in the top 150 credit unions in the United States.

Students take part in Leadership Unplugged

LAWRENCEVILLE — Seven Gwinnett students were among a group of 100 Georgia high school juniors and seniors who participated in the fifth annual Leadership Unplugged: A CNN Experience at Georgia Tech.

The students, selected from a competitive pool of applicants, participated in a weeklong series of training sessions and discussions focused on the media and current events. Each Leadership Unplugged workshop was an interactive experience led by professionals. Discussions focused on topics such as diversity, ethics in media and audience engagement.

The Gwinnett students who participated were Michael Green of Mill Creek High; DeJane Thompson of Grayson High; Maya Zeigler of Peachtree Ridge High; Stachia Burke and Noemí De Miguel Mota, both of South Gwinnett High; and Yoonju Ahn, Dakotah Rice, and Yun Seo, all of Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology.

The curriculum for Leadership Unplugged was developed by CNN Student News, CNN’s 10-minute, cost and commercial-free news program for middle and high school students that airs at 4 a.m. weekdays throughout the school year on HLN and is streamed on www.CNNStudentNews.com.

Following the classes and workshops, the students worked in teams to develop a story idea based upon gthe lessons they learned. The week concluded with the student teams presenting their proposals before a panel of judged comprised of CNN and TBS executives.

The event was hosted by CNN Worldwide, in partnership with Turner Broadcasting System and 21st Century Leaders.

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