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GOOD NEWS FROM SCHOOLS: Students bring home awards from National History Day

Four students from Collins Hill High School received honors for outstanding achievement at National History Day in Maryland.

Giahoa Nguyen, Ellen Min, Mariam Ahmed and Eun Jun Lee placed 14th in the nation and received Georgia's Outstanding State Entry for the Senior Division for their website, "Debated Currency: The Battle between the Silver and Gold Standard."

Teacher Terrae Fogarty served as a mentor for the project.

Other competitors from Gwinnett included Manav Dutta, Ryan Hawks, Devan Barker and Katelyn Nesbit of Collins Hill.

National History Day is an academic program for elementary and secondary school students. Students choose historical topics related to a theme and conduct extensive research. Students then present their work in original papers, websites, exhibits, performances and documentaries at regional and state contests. Winners from the state competition compete at the national level.

Credit union helps high schools raise money for charity

Building on the philosophy of "people helping people," Delta Community Credit Union, through its Serve & Deserve contributions program, guides high school students toward becoming more involved in their local communities.

During the first half of 2011, the credit union worked with high school groups and programs -- including Collins Hill, Mill Creek and North Gwinnett -- that raised more than $57,000 for local nonprofits. In support of these efforts, Delta Community contributed nearly $50,000 back to the participating schools.

One of the pillars of the credit union's community investment model, Serve & Deserve is a proprietary program that, by matching in-kind donations to the schools, encourages high school students to give back to their communities through charitable giving. The program was created to remind students of the broader community beyond their high school environment and offers the added benefit of providing the groups with a fundraising cause likely to have wider appeal for general audiences.

Collins Hill High School's Future Business Leaders of America raised nearly $350 for March of Dimes. The Mill Creek High School Dugout Club raised more than $2,100 for Children's Miracle Network of Atlanta. North Gwinnett High School Football raised an impressive $40,000 for CMN through its Lift-A-Thon event.

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