GOOD NEWS FROM SCHOOLS: Third-grader wins Jimmy Carter contest

DACULA -- Oswaldo Terrones Suarez, a third-grade student at Dacula Elementary School has been recognized by the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site Education Program for his art.

Each year, K-12th grade students are invited to participate in the "Plains, Peanuts, and a President" Mini-Poster Art Contest, where entries are judged by their creativity in work and neatness in drawing an image that represents Jimmy Carter, Plains and Peanuts.

Out of nearly 10,000 entries this year, Suarez' art was the first-place winner. His entry will be on display at the Peanut Festival next year and in the Plains High School Museum.

Suarez will receive an autographed copy of one of Carter's books as well.Buford student participates in national youth forumBUFORD -- Seventeen-year-old Ian Wilson of Buford High School was invited last month to an event sponsored by the National Youth Leadership Forum in Washington, D.C.

He was nominated to attend the six-day program, "Exploring American Diplomacy, Intelligence and Defense," which is intended to introduce students from around the country to careers in national security and intelligence.

Said Wilson: "I am hoping that this forum will have a profound effect on my future."

According to its website, the National Youth Leadership Forum was founded in 1992 as an educational organization established "to help prepare extraordinary young people for their professional careers."

More than 50,000 young people have attended the forums since the beginning.Student scholarships offeredLAWRENCEVILLE -- Jackson Electric Membership Corporation is currently accepting applications for scholarship programs.

Applicants may be full- or part-time students. Winners will be chosen by a scholarship committee, which will review each application to select qualified candidates based on academic ability, extracurricular activities, autobiographical sketch and recommendations.

Jackson EMC offers awards through the A.T. Sharpton Scholarship program, and there will be three $1,000 scholarships awarded this year from several categories.

For more information, visit www.jacksonemc.com/scholarships or ngcf.org. The deadline for applications is Jan. 20.

Other questions can be addressed to Callie Flack at cflack@ngcf.org.

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