GWINNETT GAB: Boy Choir visits Alaska

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Some Gwinnett County boys are exploring Alaska with other members of the Atlanta Boy Choir.

The world-famous choir, under the direction of founder Fletcher Wolfe, is holding concerts in Alaska. The choir, founded 53 years ago, has performed concerts throughout the world.

On this, its third tour to Alaska, the choir has performed in venues in Anchorage, Homer, Kenai and Seward.

Part of each tour consists of educational experiences for the boys. They have visited wildlife areas, seen animals up close and took a ship excursion into the Bearing Sea to watch whales.

The choir boys were joined in concert by an Alumni Men's Choir of about 20 voices and a small chamber orchestra, including some first chair players from several Georgia orchestras.

The Grammy Award-winning choir is always auditioning boys ages 6 to 13 who love to sing and have a pleasant voice. For more information about the choir, call 404-378-0064 or email info@atlantaboyschoir


Gwinnettian graduates from DOL program

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Gwinnett County resident Tai Wang, an employment and training consultant in the Georgia Department of Labor's Field Services Division, has graduated from the department's recent class of its Executive Commitment to Excellence in Leadership (EXCEL) program.

EXCEL is designed to develop future leaders for the department. Classes explore the major political, social and economic issues facing the state and nation.

EXCEL is a partnership between the Labor Department and the University of Georgia's Carl Vinson Institute of Government.

Asbury Auto employee to be honored

DULUTH -- Elizabeth Chandler, vice president, secretary and general counsel of Asbury Automotive Group, will be honored this month by Business to Business magazine as one of Atlanta's most outstanding professional women.

During the 13th annual Women of Excellence luncheon, Business to Business will recognize the top professional women who are making a difference in both the business world and their community.

Asbury Automotive's corporate headquarters is located in Duluth.

Peachtree Ridge grad wins pageant title

SUWANEE -- Jennifer Mullins, daughter of Joe and Patricia Mullins, earned the title of 2011 National American Miss Georgia.

She will be attending the National Pageant during Thanksgiving week at Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif., where she will have the opportunity to win her share of more than $500,000 in cash and prizes.

Mullins, a graduate of Peachtree Ridge High School, is a dance major at Kennesaw State University. She participates in the Kennesaw State University Dance Company and works as a dance teacher at Sugarloaf Performing Arts.

Health center welcomes new doctor

DACULA -- Gwinnett County native Dr. Adam Tedder will be joining his brother, Dr. Nick Tedder, in practice at Upper Cervical Health Centers of America located at 3635 Braselton Highway in Dacula.

Upper Cervical Health Centers of America is hosting a ribbon cutting and introduction to Upper Cervical Health Talk from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. July 12 at Tedder's office. Light refreshments will be served. Call 770-614-9444 to reserve a seat.

Two earn Kohl's Cares scholarship

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A Dacula girl and a Lawrenceville teen are among 200 volunteers who have earned $1,000 college scholarships through Kohl's Department Stores' Kohl's Cares Scholarship Program.

The recipients were McClain Hermes, 10, of Dacula and Alexander Lopez, 17, of Lawrenceville.

Hermes organized the Shoes for the Soul program and has collected more than 1,500 pairs of shoes for the Atlanta Mission. Lopez has volunteered for the past four years with multicultural adult students to teach English and help them adapt to American culture.

These regional winners were selected from a group of nearly 2,200 store winners nationwide who positively impacted their communities through volunteerism. In all, 67 store winners from Georgia -- including eight from the Gwinnett area -- each received a $50 gift card and recognition certificate from Kohl's to reward efforts that have made a difference in their communities.

In addition to Hermes and Lopez, the store winners were Ashleigh Cox, 16, and Jackson Sims, 7, both of Lawrenceville; Brittany Kokinos, 18, of Dacula; Madison Richardson, 12, of Duluth; Alina Rodriguez, 7, of Braselton; and Amanda Turner, 12 of Loganville.

Of the more than 200 regional winners, 10 national winners will each receive a total of $10,000 in scholarships and Kohl's will donate $1,000 to a nonprofit organization on each national winner's behalf.

Gas South gives $50 when Braves throw strikeouts

LAWRENCEVILLE -- For the second year, local natural gas marketer Gas South will be "Bringing the Heat" to benefit the United Way and the Salvation Army -- based on the number of strikeouts recorded by the Atlanta Braves pitching rotation.

Gas South pledged to donate $50 each time an Atlanta Braves pitcher strikes out an opposing batter at home and on the road. At the end of the season, the donation will be divided between the United Way of Metro Atlanta and Salvation Army Project SHARE.

In 2010, the Braves recorded 1,241 strikeouts, resulting in a donating of more than $62,000.

Duluth resident selected for gifted program

DULUTH -- Jack Griffin of Duluth was accepted to attend the 2011 Vanderbilt Summer Academy, a program for gifted students in grades eight through 12 hosted by Vanderbilt University's Programs for Talented Youth.

Students who attend VSA are among the brightest in the country, scoring in the top tier on academic achievement tests such as the SAT and ACT.

VSA consists of one-, two- and three-week sessions, each featuring challenging courses taught in university classrooms and laboratories by Vanderbilt scholars. The caliber of VSA's teaching staff and students' access to university resources make VSA unique among summer academic programs for gifted youth.

Griffin, a rising ninth-grader at Peachtree Ridge High School, chose to study consumerism, which combines the disciplines of economics and religious studies to explore how American consumerism acts as a force upon which the economy rises and falls.

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