GOOD NEWS FROM SCHOOLS: Sweetwater students take national honors

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A team of students from Sweetwater Middle School recently won top honors in the WordMasters Challenge, a national language arts competition.

Competing in the challenge's gold division, Coach Lois Bean helped guide students to a first-place victory last month, besting 191 other school teams in the division.

Students on the team who won highest honors included sixth-graders Kaitlyn Choe, Joshua da la Fuente, James Ha, Rodrigo Herrera, Ibum Obu, Mariela Prieto-Torres, Sofia Salazar and Jeremiah Scott; and eighth-grader Thienkhak Nguyen. These students earned perfect scores in the meet.

Others at the school who achieved outstanding results included sixth-graders Nabid Farvez, Liliana Aisota, Manuela Caceres, Ava Chen, Daniel Dixon, Marlon Garibay, Oscar Magana, Buduka Ogonor, Darlene Praseuth, Lauren Sengaphone and Jorge Vale; seventh-grader Aminah Mohammed; and eighth-graders Margaret Baethke, Nayia Kenny and Violaine Muhemedi.

The WordMasters Challenge is an exercise in critical thinking that encourages students to become familiar with a set of new words and then challenges them to use those words to complete analogies expressing various types of logical relationships.

More than 220,000 students compete annually in the event.

The WordMasters Challenge has been administered for the past 25 years by a company based in Allendale, N.J., which is dedicated to "inspiring high achievement in American schools."Corporation donates $75,000 to Gwinnett Tech campaignLAWRENCEVILLE -- AGCO Corporation has donated $75,000 to Gwinnett Tech's Legacy of Lives Campaign to support expansion of the college's bioscience technology program.

The funds will be used to underwrite a second, full-time bioscience faculty member, making it possible to increase enrollment in the program. The faculty member will also play a role as a liaison to the region's growing bioscience and environmental sustainability communities.

"We are so pleased to partner with AGCO Corporation and value this very generous gift that enables us to grow our capacity in the bioscience area," said Sharon Bartels, president of Gwinnett Technical College. "AGCO's support permits us to help students to become self-sufficient and contributing members of our community, and through their work make an even greater contribution to sustainable environments worldwide."

With corporate offices in Duluth, AGCO is a global, full-line agricultural equipment manufacturer creating more efficient and environmentally sustainable equipment and innovative processes to support the worldwide farming community."

The bioscience technology program prepares graduates to perform in a number of biotechnology related careers, including laboratory research and provides the skills to work in sophisticated biotechnology manufacturing settings.

Gwinnett Tech offers an associate degree option in bioscience technology, which can be competed in about two years. Other bioscience options at Gwinett Tech include certificate programs for the bioscience environmental laboratory technologist and bioscience regulatory assurance technologist.

For more information, visit www.gwinnetttech.edu or call 770-962-7580.

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


kevin 3 years, 9 months ago

Thanks GDP for this story. Refreshing to see stories about kids doing smart things in education instead of sports, sports, and more sports, which is a waste in high school of our tax money. I still say that Gwinnett residents are too stupid to see all the wasted money on each school having its own fields. This is adding millions to the taxes we have to pay. Why didn't Gwinnett built one or two sports complex centers and have the schools share the fields. There are many other large cities that do that. Football fields are not a quality of life necessity but classrooms and teachers are. Companies do not come here for a high school football field with artificial turf. They come here for the brain power the schools provide.


ssilover1 3 years, 8 months ago

Kevin, be quiet.This argument is tiresome.

Way to go Sweetwater! You make us proud!


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