Students win 'Best in State' in engineering competition

Photo by Corinne Nicholson

Photo by Corinne Nicholson

Students from the Gwinnett School of Math, Science and Technology have been named "Best in State" winners in Georgia in the Junior Engineering Technical Society's 2011 TEAMS competition.

These award-winning ninth- to 12th-graders 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.

The Gwinnett students took the top 11th- and 12th-grade prize. As "Best in State" winners, they receive award banners, medals and certificates and will now vie for national awards to be announced later in May.

With the 2011 theme, "Smarter Energy, Cleaner Planet," the Gwinnett students were among more than 10,000 TEAMS participants from communities around the country who experienced first-hand how engineers are involved in addressing the global energy issue.

Like the other signature JETS programs, the purpose of TEAMS is to encourage more American students to pursue engineering by showing them how engineering impacts everyday life and how engineers help solve social and community problems.

Walmart helps develop leaders in sports

Walmart has partnered with the IDEALS Foundation to help develop high school student-athletes of Buford and North Gwinnett high school into positive role models and more effective leaders.

The Student Athlete Leadership Team (SALT) was designed to help student-athletes reach their potential as leaders, both on and off the field.

Students at Buford and North Gwinnett involved in the SALT Program will meet for eight weeks through the spring to discuss topics such as being a role model, communication, principles, leadership, mentoring and goal setting.

Speakers include former student and professional athletes and prominent leaders in the business community. All the topics covered can be applied by the high school athletes on their respective team and school but also for life after school.

GGC, Golden Key induct first honor society members

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Georgia Gwinnett College's first honor society, Golden Key, inducted its first 71 student members in a ceremony that also honored several of the college's leaders.

Golden Key is the world's premier collegiate honor society, recognizing outstanding academic achievement and connecting high-achieving individuals locally, regionally and globally with lifetime opportunity, reward and success. It has more than 2 million members in more than 390 chapters at colleges and universities in almost 200 nations. Membership is by invitation only.

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