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GOODNEWS: Shiloh Marching Brigade wins awards

SNELLVILLE -- The Shiloh High Marching Brigade won awards at the ninth annual Adrian Carroll Official Historical Black College and University/High School Battle of the Bands in Class AAA and overall competition.

The group won first place for majorettes; second place for general effect and drum major; and third place for music and dance.Allison, Baek, to serve on state advisory councilLAWRENCEVILLE -- Jessica Allison of Gwinnett School of Math, Science and Technology and Seung Kwan Baek of Mill Creek High are two of 50 students named from around the state to serve on State Superintendent John Barge's 2011-12 student advisory council.

As members, the students will meet twice throughout the school year to advise the superintendent and the Georgia Department of Education on how state policies are impacting the classroom.

The council also will discuss other education-related issues and serve as ambassadors at their respective schools.

Student selected for leadership program

DULUTH -- Abhi Ramachandrian, a student at Duluth High School, has been selected to serve as the chairperson of the Model Atlanta Regional Commission.

Students from 16 counties serve on the commission and interact with leaders throughout the Metro Atlanta area to examine issues facing the region.

Topics addressed include urban sprawl, traffic congestion and historic preservation.

Each year, Duluth High School teacher Geri Flanary nominates several students to serve in the leadership program.

Northview students wins state math award

DULUTH -- A senior at Northview High School took home top honors during a regional event for the Siemens Competition in math, science and technology.

Sitan (Stan) Chen won in the individual category and got a $3,000 scholarship for his mathematics project, On the Rank Number of Grid Graphs, which could result in a new method for studying graphs.

"Mr. Chen presented a graduate level type of study that addresses a prominent topic in mathematics today," said Judge Eva K. Lee, a professor of industrial systems engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

"His results offer important applications of parallel algorithm design which can advance how computers multi-task data across platforms. Mr. Chen's research impacts all electronics including computers, mobile phones and digital circuit appliances."

Launched in 1998, the Siemens Competition is "the nation's premier science research competition for high school students."

A record number of students, 2,436, registered to enter this year's competition.

Frank Reddy writes about education. Good News from Schools appears in the Sunday edition of the Daily Post.