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GOODNEWS: Arcado students are 'WordMasters'

LILBURN -- A group of students from Arcado Elementary recently won the highest honors in the WordMasters Challenge, a national language arts competition with more than 2 million student participants across the country.

Fourth-grader Rhiannon Eplett won in the Blue Division for individual achievement by earning a perfect score. The coach is Arcado Elementary Teacher Kathy Dean.

A team of fourth-graders tied for fourth place in the nation, competing against 698 school teams. The results were earned by students Cailleagh Finlayson, Samir Hadi, Isabel Segre, Paul "Joey" Thomas, Mary Wang, Elise Musser, Jessica Pan, Reece Whitfield, and Jule Zehngraff.

The WordMasters Challenge is an exercise in critical thinking that first encourages students to become familiar with a set of new words which are harder than grade level, and challenges students to use those words to complete analogies expressing various kinds of relationships.

Brookwood student honored for art

SNELLVILLE -- Brookwood High Visual Art student Sharon Pak had her colored pencil drawing titled "Son of Man" chosen to be displayed on the Big Screen Plaza in New York City during the National Art Education Association Convention.

Big Screen Plaza displays a giant 30-foot-by-16-foot outdoor LED screen, which showcases artistic talent for visitors to view.

FBLA chapter established

SNELLVILLE -- Snellville Middle School established a Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) chapter recently with 48 members. The chapter was encouraged and motivated by Georgia State Secretary Stacia Burke, a Snellville Middle alumni.

As a new FBLA Chapter, students earned 18 medals at the Region Leadership Conference in February. Students who won medals qualified to advance to the State Leadership Conference. At the conference in Macon, student Zoe Wimby earned 6th place for the 2012 Middle Level State Business Spelling Competition.

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