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GOOD NEWS: GSMST, GGC among finalists for technology awards

LAWRENCEVILLE -- The Technology Association of Georgia and the TAG Education Collaborative today announced this week finalists for the inaugural S.T.E.M. Education Awards. Among them: Gwinnett School of Math, Science and Technology and Georgia Gwinnett College.

The awards were created to recognize and celebrate schools, extracurricular programs, public-private partnerships, science agencies and post-secondary education outreach programs for outstanding efforts and achievement in supporting and promoting science, technology, engineering and math education in Georgia.

"We applaud each of this year's finalists for their extraordinary efforts to bolster awareness about the importance of STEM and for their hard work to increase student participation in science, technology, engineering and math programs," said Michael Robertson, director of TAG-Ed. "Georgia will need to fill some 211,000 STEM-related jobs by 2018, so we are pleased to showcase so many great schools, programs and organizations that are helping to develop a strong future workforce for our state."

The Technology Association of Georgia serves more than 17,800 members and hosts more than 200 events every year. According to its website, TAG's mission is to "educate, promote, influence and unite Georgia's technology community to foster an innovative and connected marketplace that stimulates and enhances a tech-based economy."

For more information, visit www.tagonline.org.Farm Bureau awards scholarshipsLAWRENCEVILLE -- The Gwinnett County Farm Bureau awarded its 2012 scholarships to Michael Ziegler of Grayson High School and Kayla Thompson of Dacula High School.

Each student received a $1,500 scholarship.

Ziegler plans to attend Georgia College & State University, while Thompson has plans to attend North Georgia College & State University.

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