GOODNEWS: Buford student wins speech contest

BUFORD -- A student from Buford High School bested competitors during the American Legion District Oratorical Contest Feb. 25 in Alpharetta.

Priscilla Clark, 17, will move on to the area contest and will have a chance to compete at the state and national American Legion levels, where she could win an $18,000 scholarship.

The daughter of George and Marjorie Clark of Sugar Hill, Clark will represent 22 American Legion Posts from Roswell to Blue Ridge in the upcoming competition.

In her winning speech, titled, "The Power of One," she made a case for limits on executive branch power and talked about how much the power of the U.S. presidency has grown over the past several decades. For winning, she received a medal, plaque and a cash prize.

Since 1938, the American Legion has conducted the oratorical contest, a constitutional speech to help students develop a knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the U.S. Constitution.Gwinnett schools dominate in decathlonLAWRENCEVILLE -- Academic Decathlon teams from Gwinnett County's Berkmar High School, Parkview High School and Mill Creek High School took top honors among Division I teams at the 2012 Professional Association of Georgia Educators Academic Decathlon State Championship.

Berkmar High School, coached by Christopher Pae and Brian Bernhardt, was the Division I winner and will represent Georgia in the U.S. Academic Decathlon in April.

Other Division I winners included first runner up Parkview High School, coached by Melodie Carr and Rachel Granade, and second runner up Mill Creek, coached by Lori Bowen.

The competition took place Feb. 24-25 at Berkmar High School.

The PAGE Georgia Academic Decathlon is one of several programs sponsored by the PAGE Foundation, which aims to recruit, develop, recognize and retain highly-accomplished teachers for Georgia students.

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