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GOOD NEWS: Local art teacher recognized

LILBURN -- Aimee Burgamy, a Trickum Middle art teacher, has been recognized by Artsonia -- the world's largest online kid's art museum -- for outstanding leadership in the area of art education.

The school's online art gallery -- www.artsonia.com/schools/Trickum1 -- ranks No. 5 in the state, according to Artsonia. The Leadership Award, presented to Burgamy, honors teachers who go beyond the classroom walls to encourage family and community involvement in art education.

The award also recognizes significant achievement in the area of technology integration within the school arts program. During the 2011-12 school year, the Trickum Middle gallery exhibited 4,030 works of art.

Artsonia donates 20 percent of their annual product revenue back to the school art program. Dr. Burgamy is GCPS' 2009 Teacher of the Year. For more information, visit www.artsonia.com.

Two local students are state winners

SUWANEE -- Two GCPS students were named state winners in the 2012 School Bus Safety Poster Contest. This year's theme was "Stand Back from the Yellow and Black."

Division 1 first place winner was Diana Hincapie of Trip Elementary, and Division 3 second place winner was Aman Luthra of Trickum Middle.

Hincapie's poster will now compete at the National School Bus Safety Poster Contest.

Dacula student wins Jimmy Carter contest

DACULA -- Brian Wilkerson, a ninth-grade student at Dacula High School, recently won first place for his entry in the Jimmy Carter "Digging Peanuts in Plains" Postcard Contest.

Awarded by the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site Education Program, Wilkerson's entry was among 8,000 state wide.

Wilkerson's poster will be on display in the Plains High School Museum and the Jimmy Carter website. His poster also was on display at the Peanut Festival in September, where Jimmy Carter personally greeted him and gave him the award.

Students have the opportunity to explore the historic resources through interactive activities at Plains High School Museum, the Depot, and the Jimmy Carter Boyhood Farm.

Each year, K-12 grade students are invited to participate in the Poster Art Contest where entries are judged by their creativity in work and neatness in drawing an image that represents Jimmy Carter, Plains and peanuts.

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