GOOD NEWS: Student selected for leadership school

DACULA -- Mill Creek High School senior Paola Rivera has been selected to attend a special summer school for future leaders at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

While at the Junior Statesmen Summer School, students take college-level courses in American government, international relations, speech and other courses during the program, which runs through Aug. 5.

Rivera hopes to study international relations and psychology in college. She was accepted into the program because of her academic record and potential for leadership. Rivera is an honors student at Mill Creek, is active in the Gwinnett Bar Association's Law Explorers program, Mill Creek Mock Trial Team, Latin Club/Junior Classical League, National Honor Society and yearbook clubs.

Over the summer, she interned at the Geogia Association of Latino-Elected Officials by supporting and promoting the Georgia Latino Vote campaign and registration efforts.

Rivera has been a Dacula resident for 10 years.

According to a news release, the Junior Statesmen Summer School offers a "challenging, dynamic experience for students who have a passion for making a difference."

Duluth student gets first place in geography challenge

DULUTH -- A Duluth High student recently earned the title of national champion during the National Geography Challenge, a multiple-choice, question-based contest.

Christopher Baleanu, a rising 10th-grader, tied for first place in the academic competition, along with a student from Virginia.

In addition, Duluth High's ninth grade team finished second in the nation. Baleanu was part of the team that won second place. Other team members include Alex Broomfield, Kishan Chudasama, Keon Grant, Lexie Hofmann, Joel Katz, Surya Narayanan, Vishnu Ramachandran, Michael Xu and Danny Zhang. Their teacher is Duluth High AP Human Geography Teacher Geri Flanary.

The event is sponsored by the National Council for Geography Education.

Counseling programs get national distinction

SUWANEE -- Two Gwinnett County Public Schools counseling programs have earned national distinction. The American School Counselor Association identified Trip Elementary and Hull Middle as Recognized ASCA Model Programs. The RAMP designation, awarded to schools that are aligned with the criteria set in the ASCA National Model, recognizes schools that are committed to delivering a comprehensive, data-driven school counseling program and an exemplary educational environment.

The American School Counselor Association is a worldwide nonprofit organization which supports school counselors' efforts to help students focus on academic, personal/social, and career development so they not only achieve success in school but are prepared to lead fulfilling lives as responsible members of society.

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