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Peachtree Ridge student gets $3,000 scholarship

SUWANEE -- A Peachtree Ridge High School student has been awarded $3,000 in scholarship money based on her essay skills, academic accomplishments, leadership and participation in school and community activities.

Karl-Mary Akre of Suwanee was the first place winner of the Vernon E. Carne Scholarship essay competition.

Akre, who plans to attend Vanderbilt University and major in international relations, stays busy at Peachtree Ridge.

She is an AP scholar with honors, vice president of the National English Honor Society, a member of the National Society of High School Scholars, a Governor's Honors participant, co-president of the National History Club, president of the National History Club, president of the Readers Rally Team, treasurer of DECA, a Next Generation Venture Fund Scholar and a volunteer at St. Patrick's Catholic Church.

She is the daughter of Felicite Nguessan of Lawrenceville.

The Vernon E. Carne Scholarship and the John F. Donoghue Catholic Scholarship have contributed a total of about $200,000 to high school seniors.

Both accolades are sponsored by Georgia United Credit Union, which awards 13 of the scholarships every year.

Fellow Gwinnett County Public Schools student Shakori Fletcher of South Gwinnett High School was first runner up for the Donoghue Scholarship.

For more information about the scholarships or a complete list of winners, visit www.georgiaunitedcu.org.