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GOOD NEWS: Local scholars selected for CNN program

ATLANTA -- CNN Worldwide and 21st Century Leaders hosted a select group of high school juniors and seniors selected from a competitive pool of applicants across the state. Among them: Six students who live in Gwinnett County.

The seventh annual Leadership Unplugged: A CNN Experience engaged the top Georgia high school students in a weeklong series of training sessions and discussions focused on media skills.

Local students who attended include the following: LaShan Coburn of Loganville, South Gwinnett; Ashanti Jabri of Lawrenceville, Brookwood; Rayhaan Merani of Snellville, Gwinnett School of Math, Science and Technology; Shelby Norman of Loganville, the Paideia School; Chandler Phillips of Buford, Collins Hill and Queentela Benjamin of Gwinnett County, Campbell High School.

"Leadership Unplugged: A CNN Experience is an amazing opportunity for these students to learn about the media industry," said Susan Grant, executive vice president of CNN News Services. "My CNN colleagues and I are excited to offer these remarkable young people a platform to further develop their personal leadership skills as well as learn more about some of the challenges facing media professionals every day."

Twenty-First Century Leaders Inc. is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to inspire the next generation of Georgia leaders by empowering high school students with essential business and community leadership skills through programs connecting a diverse group of enthusiastic peers and passionate professionals."

GCPS received Quality of Life grant for adapted sports program

SUWANEE -- Gwinnett County Public Schools announced recently that it received a $5,600 Quality of Life grant from the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, which will be used to purchase equipment for the adapted sports program.

The award was one of 69 grants totaling nearly $425,000 funded by the Reeve Foundation. Grants were provided to nonprofit organizations nationwide that aid in providing more opportunities, access and daily quality of life for individuals living with paralysis, their families and caregivers.

Created by the late Dana Reeve, the program has awarded 2,055 grants totaling more than $15.6 million since 1999.

The Gwinnett County Public Schools adapted sports program will use the grant to buy equipment needed to provide students with physical disabilities the opportunity to participate in competitive athletics.

Specifically, the funding will help with the purchase of sport wheelchairs for the athletes.

"We are extremely honored to have had our adapted sports program selected to receive one of the Quality of Life Grants from the Reeve Foundation," said Mike Emery, director of athletics, student activities and community schools. "This grant will help us continue to provide our students with the best equipment available so they can continue to pursue their dream of participating in interscholastic athletics."

The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation is dedicated to curing spinal cord injury by funding innovative research and improving the quality of life for people living with paralysis through grants, information and advocacy.

For more information, visit www.christopherreeve.org or call 800 225-0292.

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