GWINNETT GAB: Tennis tourney raises money for hemophilia

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 Sharon McSpadden, Mandie Wilcox, Andi Haynes and Lynn Moore were among the participants of the Sterling on the Lake’s thrid annual Member-Guest Tennis Tournament. The event raised more than 9,000 for Hemophilia of Georgia. 

Special Photo Sharon McSpadden, Mandie Wilcox, Andi Haynes and Lynn Moore were among the participants of the Sterling on the Lake’s thrid annual Member-Guest Tennis Tournament. The event raised more than 9,000 for Hemophilia of Georgia. 

Tennis tourney raises money for hemophilia

FLOWERY BRANCH — Sterling on the Lake’s third annual Member-Guest Tennis Tournament raised more than $9,000 for Hemophilia of Georgia.

It was the largest amount that the tournament has ever generated. The three-day tournament raised money through sponsorships, entry fees and a silent auction for the organization that helps people in Georgia affected by bleeding disorders live as normally and productively as possible.

The tournament was open to all residents of Sterling on the Lake and a non-resident partner of their choice. Teams were divided into 10 brackets with every level of tennis represented from beginners to seasoned pros.

The tournament champions were Jessica Clixby and Chrissy Kuhs, Jacquie Matute and Zaida Figueroa, April Curlee and Gail Lightsey, Kathy Anglin and Jennifer Zimmerman, Mai Shedd and Lee Yarrell, Jessica Tullar and Laurie Hosea, Morgan Brick and Tom Schlictman, Ron Coleman and Chip Pierce, Stuart Caldwell and Michael Clement, and Chris Mundy and Steve Magee.

Restaurant to host Olympics fundraiser

LAWRENCEVILLE — Members of the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Department and the Gwinnett County Police Department will be working shifts at Joe’s Crab Shack on Thursday to help raise money for Special Olympics Georgia.

The officers and deputies will help seat guests, fill drink orders and bring food to the table at the restaurant locations in Lilburn and Duluth. Tips will benefit the departments’ fundraising efforts.

Joe’s Crab Shack is located at 4300 Stone Mountain Highway in Lilburn and 1590 Pleasant Hill Road in Duluth.

Duluth resident to sign copies of new book

NORCROSS — Duluth resident Phil Saylor will sign copies of his book, “Retire To — Not From,” from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at Caribou Coffee, 5135 Peachtree Parkway, No. 930, Norcross.

In his book, Saylor encourages readers to glimpse the silver lining of their golden years and embark on their next great, active adventure rather than treating retirement like a nap after a long day.

Georgia State Defense Force trains in Gwinnett

LAWRENCEVILLE — Soldiers of the Third Battalion, First Brigade of the Georgia State Defense Force recently participated in a weekend-long Field Training Exercise at Tribble Mill Park in Lawrenceville.

The exercise scenarios consisted of daytime and nighttime land navigation, water crossing with rope bridges, sentry duty and exercise and CPR certification.

The Georgia State Defense Force is a volunteer organization that is part of the state’s Department of Defense and augments the state’s disaster preparedness infrastructure. The defense force, which reports to the governor, operates in much the same manner as the Army National Guard, although it cannot be federalized or deployed outside of the state.

The 17-county area of operation for the Third Battalion, First Brigade includes Barrow, Gwinnett and Walton counties. It is based in Winder.

Chick-fil-A employees get scholarships

LAWRENCEVILLE — Chick-fil-A’s 38-year-old national Leadership Scholarship program has awarded the honor to its newest recipients: Lance Harrell, Rachel Toranzo, Ileana Popovici, Richardson Jean and Jennifer Davidson, all of Lawrenceville; Eric Walls of Suwanee; and Caleb Salter of Duluth.

All of the students received $1,000 scholarships.

Harrell works at the restaurant at the Mall of Georgia and is attending Southern Polytechnic State University.

Davidson, Toranzo and Popovici work at the Pleasant Hill Dwarf House. Toranzo and Popovici attend Georgia Perimeter College, and Davidson attends the University of Georgia.

Walls works at the restaurant at Peachtree Corners. He attends Regent University.

Jean works at the restaurant at the Mall of Georgia at Mill Creek. He attends Georgia State University.

Salter works at the restaurant in Johns Creek. He attends Georgia College and State University.

Mountain View student wins scholarship

LAWRENCEVILLE — Jackson EMC recently awarded Diana Marticorena, a Mountain View High School graduation, with a 2011 A.T. Sharpton Scholarship.

Marticorena was one of six recipients selected from nearly 300 applications. Named after a former chairman of Jackson EMC’s board of directors, the scholarship program honors Sharpton’s commitment to education.

The daughter of Gina Murguia of Buford, Marticorena participated in many high school organizations, including Student Council, DECA, Future Business Leaders of America, Math Team and Key Club, holding offices in most of them.

She plans to attend Georgia State University to major in accounting, with the goal of becoming a certified public accountant.

Maxxis awards scholarships to vals and sals

SUWANEE — Combining support of its community with commitment to education, Maxxis has awarded scholarships to high-achieving students for an eighth straight year.

Valedictorians and salutatorians of the 20 high schools in Gwinnett County Public Schools received awards of $500 each. The scholarships are intended to help the students with their postsecondary educational expenses.

The recipients were Katelynn Burkart and Samantha Healy of Archer High; Destiny August Cobb and Dina Hassan of Berkmar High; Akshaya Suresh and Justin Chang of Brookwood High; Christopher Rhett Henry and Anna Eileen Dilks of Central Gwinnett High; Andres Gonzalez and Peter Schnaak of Collins Hill High; Alexander Douglas Frazer and Grace Liu of Dacula High; Ronald Kurtz and Nihar Madhavan of Duluth High; Meghan Craft and Sraha Ann Jestel of Grayson High; Seong Jin Park and Joshua Chang of Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology; Sainabou Jallow and Christina Hardison of Lanier High; Daniel Ionescu and Loredana Dragos of Meadowcreek High; Lee Turner and Jasmine Ko of Mill Creek High; Victor Alexander Ubiera and Samuel Yang of Mountain View High; Andrea Howard and Kristen Knowles of Norcross High; Linh Tran and Wooim Jun of North Gwinnett High; Tianqi Wu and Kurt Slawitzchka of Parkview High; Jennifer Dininger and Meen Hong of Peachtree Ridge; Wanda Wilson and Emily LeBlanc of Phoenix High; Kristen Lemaster and Zubbia Saeed of Shiloh High; and Rachel Harrison and Jessica Williamson of South Gwinnett High.

Gwinnett County is home to Maxxis’ North American headquarters.

Parkview grad named W.E.B. Du Bois Scholar

LILBURN — Six black high school students, including Parkview High School graduate Asha Harris, have been named to the inaugural class of W.E.B. Du Bois Scholars.

The program, modeled after the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program, honors high-achieving black students from throughout metro Atlanta.

Harris, who plans to attend Georgia Tech, and the other scholars participated in a week of activities from June 6 to 10 for Scholars Recognition Week.

UGA recognizes First Honor Graduates

LAWRENCEVILLE — The University of Georgia bestowed First Honor Graduate distinctions on 14 students, including two from Gwinnett, at commencement ceremonies on May 13 at Sanford Stadium.

The honor is presented to students who have maintained a perfect 4.0 cumulative grade-point average throughout their undergraduate studies as well as all college-level transfer work attempted prior to or following enrollment at the university. This year’s students graduated summa cum laude and ranked in the top 1 percent of their 4,000-member class.

UGA began recognizing First Honor Graduates in 1978 rather than designating a graduating senior as valedictorian.

The honorees include Laura Angelica Hernandez of Lawrenceville, who majored in international affairs, and Christina Michele Little of Suwanee, who majored in child and family development.

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