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GOOD NEWS: Local student congratulated by Lt. Gov.

Special Photo Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle congratulates Hull Middle's Dong Ouk (Joseph) Chung on winning third place for his division in the Manufacturing Appreciation Week Student Design Contest.

Special Photo Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle congratulates Hull Middle's Dong Ouk (Joseph) Chung on winning third place for his division in the Manufacturing Appreciation Week Student Design Contest.

SUWANEE -- An eighth-grade student from Hull Middle School has been recognized by Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle for winning third place in his division for the 2013 Manufacturing Appreciation Week Student Design Contest.

Dong Ouk (Joseph) Chung participated in the competition as part of Manufacturing Appreciation Week, which was developed by the Technical College System of Georgia and the Georgia Department of Economic Development to recognize the contribution of manufacturing to Georgia's economy.

"We're so impressed by Joseph and the rest of the students that participated in this competition. It's great to see students at such a young age take interest in manufacturing in their home communities," said David McCulloch, vice president of Economic Development at Gwinnett Tech, a TCSG college.

The student design competition involved school-aged children from across Georgia submitting artwork depicting the importance of manufacturing to their lives and communities. Winners were named for grades 9-12, 6-8, and K-5.

For Chung's award-winning entry, he created a collage by drawing different company symbols that best represent the manufacturers of Georgia, including Atlanta-based Delta Airlines. His winning effort netted him a $100 scholarship check, presented by Lt. Gov. Cagle, at the MAW Governor's Awards Luncheon held at the Georgia International Convention Center.

"I was really excited to meet Lieutenant Governor Cagle. We were recently learning about him in my social studies class, so it was great to get the opportunity to meet and talk to him in person. I also enjoy drawing and painting, and this design contest gave me experience entering art competitions," Chung said.

Mentoring event is Thursday

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Those looking to become a community-based Gwinnett County Public Schools mentor can attend a training session at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at 52 Gwinnett Drive, Lawrenceville.

According to a news release from the Community-Based Mentoring Program, mentors are "ordinary, caring people who are willing to make a personal commitment to be involved in the life of a young man ... mentors are individuals who listen and offer encouragement ... mentors help young people develop their strengths and talents by supporting their efforts ... and mentors provide positive role models for students."

For more information, email joann_baker@gwinnett.k12.ga.us.

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