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GWINNETT GAB: Local students attend CNN camp

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 Leadership Unplugged students from Gwinnett County pictured on Tuesday at CNN in Atlanta. From left: Brandon Ona, David Kang, Joel Joseph, Philip Musey, Shakori Fletcher, Eunice Lim, Amanda Nabors, Machmud Makhmudov, Ricky Miller Jr. 

John Nowak/CNN Leadership Unplugged students from Gwinnett County pictured on Tuesday at CNN in Atlanta. From left: Brandon Ona, David Kang, Joel Joseph, Philip Musey, Shakori Fletcher, Eunice Lim, Amanda Nabors, Machmud Makhmudov, Ricky Miller Jr. 

Local students attend CNN camp

ATLANTA — Nine high school students from Gwinnett County were among 75 that attended the sixth annual Leadership Unplugged: A CNN Experience, a weeklong series of training sessions and discussions focused on media literacy.

The Gwinnett students were Shakori Fletcher of South Gwinnett; Joel Joseph of Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology; David King and Eunice Lim, both of North Gwinnett; Machmud Makhmudov, Philip Musey and Amanda Nabors, all of Parkview; Ricky Miller Jr. of Shiloh; and Brandon Ona of Mill Creek.

CNN Worldwide and the 21st Century Leaders hosted the group of high school juniors and seniors selected from a competitive pool of applicants from across the state. Workshops took place last week at CNN and the Georgia Tech campus.

Each workshop was led by CNN executives and journalists, including the CNN Student News staff. Presentations focused on topics including diversity, ethics in media and audience engagement.

Following the classes and workshops, the students worked in teams to develop a story idea based upon the lessons they learned. They then presented their proposals to a panel of judges.

Rotary sends Rainbow Village kids to camp

DULUTH — For the second consecutive year, Rotary Club of Duluth made it possible for children of Rainbow Village to attend summer day camp at Bunten Road Park in Duluth.

The Duluth Rotary hosted two fundraising events earlier this year — a winter poker/bingo party at Gwinnett Place Marriott and a spring golf tournament at Chateau Elan — so that all Rainbow Village children of eligible age could attend the day camp.

The Rotary presented nearly $16,000 to Rainbow Village to help 27 children ages 4 to 15 take part as campers, counselors in training or counselor technicians.

On June 12, the Duluth Rotary hosted a celebratory cookout with horseback rides at Rogers Bridge Park for the families participating in the summer camp program.

Rainbow Village is a Duluth nonprofit organization that supports families in dire need with temporary housing, job training, parenting classes and other programs that lead to self-sufficiency.

For more information about the Rotary Club of Duluth, visit www.clubrunner.ca/duluth.

Former Gwinnett resident published in grief book

BLAIRSVILLE — Former Snellville resident Patrick T. Malone wrote two articles published in “Open to Hope: Inspirational Stories of Healing after Loss,” which includes guidance, stories and validation from nearly 100 experts in the area of grief and loss.

Malone, who now lives in Blairsville, is senior partner of the PAR group the co-author of the business book, “Cracking the Code to Leadership.”

In his article “Discovering You’re Not Alone,” Malone recounts his experience of losing his son, Lance, who was killed in a motorcycle accident at the age of 25 in 1995.

“My wife, Kathy, dragged me to a Compassionate Friends meeting, and I discovered that being with others who had experienced the grief of child loss was very helpful in managing my own grief,” he said.

Malone’s second article, “Choosing Positive Memories,” deals with recovery and reinvestment in life after the death of a loved one.

“As I moved through my grief journey, I was confronted with the challenge of knowing I would see my kids again and they would want to know what I did with the rest of my life after they died,” he said. “That was my inspiration to reinvest the rest of my life in their memory.”

The book, published by The Open to Hope Foundation, is available at local and national bookstores, as well as online booksellers such as www.amazon.com or directly through www.opentohope.com/book.

24 local girls are top cookie sellers

LAWRENCEVILLE — The Dough Getters Club recently honored 24 girls from Gwinnett County for selling 1,000 boxes or more of Girl Scout Cookies during the 2011 Girl Scout Cookie Program.

Nataly Beacham, Jeleah Broadus, Alyssa Doyley, Jessica Evenchick, Megan Harper, Samantha Lopez, Kristen Meister, Jasmin Mitchell, Caroline Moody, Erin Moody, Danni Mussatt, Leeann Mussatt, Jennifer Narde, Katie Neese, Megan Parris, Sara Rahimzadeh, Karen Robinson, Andrea Rosario, A’Nyce Sanders, Jessica Scales, Mahvish Sojiwala, Alyssa Sudduth, MacKenzie Wilson and Victoria Wilson were the top-selling Girl Scouts from Gwinnett County.

Walton EMC Natural Gas ranked as top provider

MONROE — According to a report released by J.D. Power and Associates, Walton EMC Natural Gas ranks highest in customer satisfaction among retail natural gas providers in Georgia.

The study examined four key factors: price, billing and payment, communications and customer service. Besides the highest overall score of 724, Walton also scored the highest in each of the four study areas. The industry average is 667.

By scoring 724, Walton is the only Georgia marketer to earn a JDPower.com Power Circle Rating of five, making it “Among the best” according to the Power Circle Ratings Legend.

Grants available to fight hunger

LAWRENCEVILLE — In partnership with The Sodexo Foundation, Youth Service America, a global organization that improves communities by increasing the number and diversity of young people serving in substantive roles, is giving away 25 $500 youth grants addressing hunger.

The grants require youth ages 5 to 25 to implement a project. To receive a grant, the project must engage at least 20 youths in a community service and service-learning role during Hunger and Homelessness Week from Nov. 14 to 20. The groups must track and report the scale, diversity and outreach outcomes and increase public awareness through media relations and elected officials.

Applications will open Friday at www.ysa.org/grants/sodexoyouth. There is no fee to apply.

AGL Resources gives scholarships

LAWRENCEVILLE — Three area students are among the recipients of AGL Resources’ 2011 scholarship program.

The program offers $1,000 renewable scholarships to deserving students whose parents are employed by the company. The scholarships are based upon academic record, leadership and participation in school and community activities, honors, work experience, career and educational goals, and an outside recommendation.

The scholarship recipients are:

• Demi Chandler, daughter of Pamela and Jeffrey Chandler of Loganville. A graduate of Loganville High School, Chandler was named STAR Student with the highest SAT score in her high school, and her grade- point average ranked among the top five in her class. With strong interests in photography and studio art, she plans to major in visual arts at the University of Georgia. Her father is a fleet analyst at AGL Resources.

• Justin Dooly, son of Lori and Mark Dooly of Buford. Dooly was a member of the National Honor Society, an honor roll member and a peer academic tutor at Hebron Christian Academy in Dacula. He also was a member of the varsity tennis team and took educational trips to England and France. He intends to pursue an international affairs major at the University of Georgia. His father is a multi-purpose sales account executive at Atlanta Gas Light.

• Katherine Meeker, daughter of Melanie and Mark Meeker of Snellville. Meeker is enrolled at Georgia Southern University, where she is pursuing a degree in nursing. In her program, she has performed clinical rounds at East Georgia Regional Medical Center in Statesboro and Memorial University Hospital in Savannah and conducted volunteer work at health centers in Costa Rica. Her father is the managing director of business development at AGL Resources.

North Gwinnett band alumni planning reunion

SUWANEE — Alumni of the North Gwinnett High School band are planning a reunion for those who graduated between 1977 and 1982.

The reunion is slated to take place in September or October, and the organizers are seeking input to finalize the date.

For more information, email Bobby Veal at vealbulldog@yahoo.com, call him at 404-545-7032 or look up DeAnn C. Garner Kline on Facebook.

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