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Grayson student wins first in national business event

GRAYSON -- Bradley Newton of Grayson High School took home a first place award at the national level during the Future Business Leaders of America Conference in Orlando, Fla., last month.

Newton won in the help desk competition division.

Newton was honored Aug. 18 during the Gwinnett County Board of Education meeting. He shook hands with the superintendent as well as board members, who congratulated him on his success.

FBLA is the largest student business organization in the world with more than 250,000 members. The organization is recognized by the U.S. Departments of Education and Labor as an integral part of a co-curricular approach to business and leadership in school.North Gwinnett JROTC recognizedSUWANEE -- The North Gwinnett High School Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps was selected to receive the 2010-11 distinguished unit award from the Department of the Air Force.

The accolade recognizes air force JROTC units that perform "above and beyond" normal expectations and have distinguished themselves through "outstanding service to their school and community while meeting the AFJROTC mission of producing better citizens for America."

According to its website, the objective of the AFJROTC program is to educate and train high school cadets in citizenship and life skills, promote community service, instill responsibility, character and self-discipline through character education and to provide instruction in air and space fundamentals."UGA students from Lawrenceville spend summer abroadLAWRENCEVILLE -- Ten University of Georgia students participated in summer language institutes abroad as recipients of 2011 Critical Language Scholarships from the U.S. Department of Education.

Of those 10 students, two of them were from Lawrenceville.

Amnah Hillou and Mai Himedan took part in the seven- to 10-week intensive immersion programs in order to help them further learn a foreign language.

The U.S. Department of Education created the scholarships in 2006 to increase opportunities for U.S. students to study critical-need languages abroad that are deemed essential to the U.S. in fostering international relations.

Hillou, who is pursuing a bachelor's degree in psychology and Arabic, visited Fes, Morocco. While at UGA, she has served in leadership roles for student groups Athens for Justice in Palestine and Dawgs for Disaster Relief.

As a member of the honors program, she also has interned in the conflict resolutions (Middle East) program at the Carter Center. Hillou plans to attend law school and focus on international law.

Himedan, who is pursuing a bachelor's degree in Arabic and biochemistry and molecular biology, participated in language study in Amman, Jordan. She has conducted research in both majors as a member of the honors program and as a scholar of the Peach State Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation. Himedan plans to earn an M.D. and work in the Middle East through Doctors Without Borders.

Frank Reddy covers education. Good News From Schools appears in the Sunday edition of the Gwinnett Daily Post.