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GOOD NEWS: Collins Hill students master German language

SUWANEE -- Three Gwinnett County Public Schools students earned Georgia's highest scores on the 2012 National German Exam, a tool administered annually across the country to assess students' acquisition of the German language.

Out of test-takers in Georgia, the following students outperformed their peers:

-- Jennifer Shaffer, first place, 12th grade, earned Georgia's top score on the Level 3 National German Exam. Taught by Collins Hill High foreign language teacher Jennifer Haney, Shaffer has been enrolled in German for several years. She most recently took Honors German III.

-- Garrett Helmick, second place, 10th grade, took the Level 2 exam, earning second place in Georgia. He recently took German II taught by teacher Jill Tweety.

Aaron Krask, second place, 12th grade, Level 3 National German Exam. Krask was in Haney's class at Collins Hill.

The three students were recognized during the June 21 board of education meeting.

In addition to the three students' top scores, 34 other GCPS students scored at or above the 90th percentile, with 26 additional students scoring between the 85th-89th percentile.

The National German Exam is administered by the American Association of Teachers of German. Students participate in foreign language exams as a means to demonstrate their achievement in mastering the language.

Journalism programs earn industry certification

SUWANEE -- The video and broadcast journalism programs at Meadowcreek High School and Phoenix High School recently earned industry certification from the New Media Education Foundation of Georgia.

Industry certification from the foundation is designed to promote high-quality instruction for entry-level positions in the industry.

Certification is a formal process that strengthens Career, Technical and Agricultural Education pogroms through a rigorous review. During the process, curriculum and instruction are interfaced and aligned with current industry standards to assist with providing better career opportunities for students.

In addition to curriculum and instructional alignment, the following CTAE program components are evaluated and strengthened during review: lab areas, equipment, industry/community involvement, work-based learning opportunities, career technical student organizations, instructor qualifications and program safety.

Teachers for the new industry-certified programs are Nancy Khashan of Meadowcreek High and Pasha Souvorin of Phoenix High.

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