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GWINNETT GAB: Public invited to Path2College 529 Plan celebration

ATLANTA — Gov. Nathan Deal and Georgia Treasurer Tommy Hills will announce milestone achievements Tuesday intended to help Georgia families in their efforts to financially prepare for their children’s education.

The celebration is scheduled from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday at the North Wing of the State Capitol. The event is free and open to the public.

The event will include one door prize of $1,529 to be used toward a child’s college savings. Parents and guardians can enter a child to win. The winner will be announced at the end of the event and must be present to win.

Additionally, the event will offer free pizza and ice cream, free T-shirts for the first 100 guests to arrive, photos with the Path2College 529 Plan mascot Hootie the Wise Old Owl, a tour of the state Capitol and face painting and balloon art from Twinklz the Clown and Lovey the Clown.

The Capitol is located at 206 Washington St. in Atlanta. For more information about the Path2College 529 Plan, visit www.path2college529.com or call 877-424-4377.

Cox Enterprises exec joined Tech board

LAWRENCEVILLE — Gwinnett Technical College recently expanded its board of directors with the addition of Gregory Morrison, a seasoned IT and strategic development executive from Cox Enterprises.

Morrison is the latest addition to the college’s board of directors, which ensures that the needs of the residents, business and industry within Gwinnett Tech’s service area are met to the highest possible degree. The board members’ role is to maintain awareness of local industry and community needs for technical college programs and to communicate those needs to the college’s president and administrative staff.

As senior vice president and chief information officer of Cox Enterprises, Morrison is responsible for technology service and strategy development for all corporate systems, enhancing the IT infrastructure that supports business expansion and ensuring consistent service levels across the enterprise.

Rainbow Village names new chief officer

DULUTH — Sandra Cathy has been named chief development office of Rainbow Village.

A press release from the nonprofit organization said Cathy will be a driving force in the recently announced $7.7 million capital campaign for the construction of a new all-inclusive village to support homeless families with children.

Cathy is a seasoned community relations professional with a background in advocacy, resource development and collaborative partnership formation. She has previously served as director of government and community relations at the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce, director of governmental affairs for the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association and staff director with the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games.

Accent South Media wins GAMMA Awards

LAWRENCEVILLE — Accent South Media took home two GAMMA awards during the annual ceremony organized by the Magazine Association of the Southeast.

This was the second consecutive year of success at the GAMMAs for Accent South Media. The marketing firm was awarded the silver GAMMA for Best Custom Publishing and the bronze GAMMA for Best Design for their work on Legacy on Lanier magazine.

The GAMMA Awards celebrates outstanding performance, innovation and creativity in the fields of print media and journalism.

Local Bojangles earn honors

LAWRENCEVILLE — Jayesh Patel, who oversees daily operations of the Bojangles restaurant in Buford, was named the company’s Unit Director of the Year at a recent leadership conference. Patel won a five-day cruise and $800 for the honor.

In addition to systemwide winners, each region within the company also recognized a number of unit directors for outstanding performance. Patel was named Bojangles’ top unit director in Region One, which Cuc Acquino, of the Bojangles in Lawrenceville, was named the region’s Star Performer.

Earlier this year, under Acquino’s leadership, the Bojangles restaurant in Lawrenceville was recognized as one of 19 finalists for the ShowBo awards. Each year Bojangles conducts an extensive evaluation of each of its nearly 180 company-owned restaurants to determine the winners of the company’s ShowBo awards.

Duluth Zaxby’s wins award for speed of service

DULUTH — The Zaxby’s in Duluth recently won an award for speed of service at the chain’s Zeggy awards ceremony.

The awards salute many of the chain’s licensees who operate nearly 525 Zaxby’s restaurants in 12 states.

The licensees of the Duluth restaurant are David Rozier and Rich Vann of V & V Foods. Their restaurant was honored for having the lowest average drive-through window time for the year.

Gwinnett student wins Discus Award

HOSCHTON — Jung-Ju Lee of Mill Creek High School has been recognized as a 2010-11 Discus Award winner for her achievements in the areas of academics, government and athletics.

The Discus Awards is a national program that provides recognition and scholarship opportunities to all-around high school students who excel in three of 10 key attributes.

As a winner, Lee became eligible for 2010-11 Discus Awards scholarships. She also created a multimedia profile highlighting her achievements, which may be viewed in the Discus Awards Winners Gallery at www.DiscusAwards.com/winners.

Teen honored by Scholastic award

LILBURN — Lilburn resident Taylor Henry, a 16-year-old who attends Providence Christian Academy, was recently honored by the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, run by the nonprofit Alliance for Young Artists and Writers.

Henry’s painting titled, “A Certain City with a Certain Name,” was included in this year’s award-winning work, which was selected out of more than 185,000 submissions in 29 categories

Henry, awarded a Silver Medal, was among 50 other Georgia teens to be honored at the ceremony.

AGL Resources rewards students

LAWRENCEVILLE — AGL Resources recently announced the recipients of its 2011 scholarship program, which offers $1,000 renewable scholarships to deserving students whose parents are employed by the company.

Local winners included:

• Demi Chandler, daughter of Pamela and Jeffrey Chandler of Loganville and a graduate of Loganville High. Her father is a fleet analyst at AGL Resources.

• Justin Dooly, son of Lori and Mark Dooly of Buford and a member of the National Honor Society, honor roll member and peer academic tutor at Hebron Christian Academy. His father is a multipurpose sales account executive at Atlanta Gas and Light.

• Katherine Meeker, daughter of Melanie and Mark Meeker of Snellville and student at Georgia Southern University. Her father is managing director of business development at AGL Resources.

Students named ‘Best in State’

LAWRENCEVILLE — Students from Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology were named “Best in State” winners in Georgia in the Junior Engineering Technical Society’s (JETS) 2011 TEAMS competition.

The Gwinnett students took the top 11th- and 12th-grade prize. At the competition, students worked to solve the global energy supply-and-demand problem highlighted by the recent Gulf of Mexico oil spill and current events in the Middle East.

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