GOOD NEWS FROM SCHOOLS: Russell Middle students win fishing essay contest

Two businesses recently sponsored a writing contest in which students were asked to relate tales of their best fishing experience.

Retirement planner Rick Carnes of the Georgia Retirement Council and John Kissel of Kissel Krafts Custom Rods invited students at Russell Middle School to write a composition sharing details of their favorite experiences in the great outdoors, specifically relating to the sport of fishing.

Russell Middle School teachers Elisa Carnes and Valerie Price organized the competition and waded through dozens of entries to determine the top six compositions.

First- and second-place winners were Jake Frady and Mat Jones. Both received a custom-crafted rod and reel combination, personalized with their name.

The third- through sixth-place winners — Grace Lee, Dominique Xiong, Zach Pollard and Lindsay Martindale — received a box filled with assorted tackle, baits and lures, including a custom-made Suddeth crank bait.

Russell Middle School is located in Winder in Barrow County.

Gwinnett students

awarded UGA


Two University of Georgia students from Gwinnett County have been selected to receive scholarships awarded by the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

Brittany Davis, a Parkview High School graduate from Lilburn, has been selected to receive the Robert S. Wheeler Scholarship, awarded annually to a student based on academic excellence and extracurricular activities.

Davis is a sophomore at the University of Georgia majoring in animal science. As a 2009 graduate of Parkview, she participated in several student activities including 4H, Horse Club, National Beta Club and National Spanish Honor Society.

In addition, Davis has taken an active role in various community and philanthropic events such as Relay For Life, Ronald McDonald House and Toys for Tots. In the future, Davis hopes to pursue a career that combines her passion of biology and animals.

Erin Elizabeth Kaiser, of Suwanee, has been selected to receive an Emory L. Cocke Scholarship, awarded annually to three students.

Kaiser is a sophomore at the University of Georgia majoring in animal science. While being named a UGA Presidential Scholar, she also participates in several student activities including Pre-Vet Club, Block and Bridle Club and Forgotten Friends Club. In the future, Kaiser hopes to combine her love for horses and children and become a certified hippotherapist.

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