GWINNETT GAB: Jackson EMC awards $22K in grants

Jackson EMC awards $22K in grants

LAWRENCEVILLE — The Jackson EMC Foundation, funded by the electric cooperative’s members through their contributions to the Operation Round Up program, has awarded $22,500 in grants to two organizations serving the residents of Gwinnett County.

The Partnership Against Domestic Violence — Gwinnett has been awarded a $15,000 grant for its Children & Youth Program at the Gwinnett Safe House.

The Northeast Georgia History Center was awarded $7,500 to develop history exhibits in a trunk that could be checked out by teachers in the region for use in their classrooms to teach the history of the Cherokee, Georgia pioneer life, the Civil War, World War II and the general history of Northeast Georgia.

Jackson EMC members fund Foundation grants by having their monthly electric bills rounded up to the next dollar amount through the Operation Round Up program.

Kaiser Permanente to offer free skin cancer screenings

DULUTH — Sun exposure remains the leading cause of skin cancer. If detected and treated early, skin cancer can often be cured.

In May, Kaiser Permanente of Georgia is offering free skin cancer screenings at locations including Kaiser’s Gwinnett Medical Center at 3650 Steve Reynolds Blvd., Duluth. The screenings will take place from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and are open to public.

For directions, visit www.kp.org and click on the “Locate Our Services” tab.

Local honored for sharing talent with ill children

DULUTH — Duluth resident Suzanne Patterson was among some metro Atlanta artists recently honored for creating beads given to critically ill children at the Aflac Cancer Center and The Children’s Sibley Heart Center through the Beads of Courage program.

Patterson is a retired information systems analyst who has been making glass beads since 2004 when she took her first class at Spruill Arts. She is also a metalsmith who makes jewelry sold at home shows. She also draws and creates portraits in graphite and colored pencil.

Patterson is a member of several organizations, including the National Walking Horse Society, the Johns Creek Art Guild, the Georgia Goldsmith Guild and the Cobb Gem and Mineral Society. She volunteers at FurKids, a cat shelter, and sings in the choir at Johns Creek United Methodist Church.

Patterson has been married to her husband, Bill, for 29 years. She has two children, Rob and Brendan.

Buford resident gets full-tuition scholarship to Univ. of Phoenix

BUFORD — University of Phoenix recently announced it has awarded 30 full-tuition scholarships to be used in pursuit of an undergraduate degree at the school.

Scholarship recipients were nominated by alumni from University of Phoenix bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree programs and selected by the Paying It Forward Scholarship committee consisting of representatives from University of Phoenix, including alumni.

Buford resident Natalie Brooke was nominated for the scholarship by her mother, Sharon Hackett. Brooke plans to use the scholarship to pursue a bachelor’s degree in business with a concentration in marketing.

This is the fifth year of the University’s Paying It Forward Scholarship program which, to date, has awarded 150 full-tuition scholarships.

Duluth student awarded UGA Foundation Fellowship

DULUTH — Ronnie Kurtz, a senior at Duluth High School, has been awarded the University of Georgia’s Foundation Fellowship.

Kurtz is the valedictorian of his class and plays on the Duluth baseball team.

Recipients of the Foundation Fellowship must display strong academic achievement and a history of accomplishment and leadership in co-curricular activities. He was one of 24 recipients chosen from about 900 applicants.

The scholarship provides a stipend to cover tuition and offers three summers of study abroad.

Gwinnett Tech student selected for internship

LAWRENCEVILLE — Gwinnett Tech radiologic technology student Margaret Macchia was recently selected as an intern for the state’s professional society board of directors, The Georgia Society of Radiologic Technologists.

The Georgia Society of Radiologic Technologists’ purpose is to advance the science of radiologic technology by establishing and maintaining high standards of education and improving the quality of patient care and socioeconomic welfare of radiologic technologists.

Macchia is the first student to receive an internship with the GSRT board of directors. She is a first-year radiologic technology student, a 2010 Gwinnett Tech Student Ambassador and one of the college’s 2011 nominees for the Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership.

Duluth native inducted into McCallie School’s TEPS chapter

DULUTH — Duluth native Timi Coker is one of 14 McCallie School freshmen who were welcomed into next year’s TEPS chapter.

TEPS is the school’s leadership organization for sophomores who have demonstrated spirit, service and leadership on campus. The group is named for Dr. Thomas Edwards Peck Woods who taught at McCallie and served as associate headmaster from 1921 to 1948.

Coker is the son of Dr. Ernest and Amber Coker of Duluth.

McCallie School in Chattanooga, Tenn., is a college preparatory schools for boys.

Peachtree Ridge student takes part in CYLC conference

SUWANEE — Dorian Pogman, a sophomore at Peachtree Ridge High School, was nominated to participate for six days in the National Young Leaders Conference in Washington, D.C.

The Congressional Youth Leadership Council seeks to identify students with demonstrated leadership potential and a history of academic achievement who will contribute to the strength and character of the National Young Leaders Conference.

Pogman attended the conference during spring break and participated in several leadership and skill-building activities and simulations.

Pogman was nominated because of his high scores on standardized tests and excellent grades in school. He has taken several pre-Advanced Placement and honors classes and is a member of the Duke TIP program.

The 16-year-old is on the football and track teams and an active member of The 100 Black Men of North Metro and Friendship Baptist Church.

100 Black Men, Friendship Baptist Church and Brenda Revere made financial contributions to allow Pogman to attend the conference.

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