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GOOD NEWS: Maxwell High student wins national competition

Marina O’Connell, left, won the national championship at the National SkillsUSA competition recently in Kansas City, Mo. O’Connell is a senior at Maxwell High School of Technology and Brookwood High, while her model is Crystal Morales, a senior at South Gwinnett High. (Special Photo)

Marina O’Connell, left, won the national championship at the National SkillsUSA competition recently in Kansas City, Mo. O’Connell is a senior at Maxwell High School of Technology and Brookwood High, while her model is Crystal Morales, a senior at South Gwinnett High. (Special Photo)

A Maxwell High and Brookwood High student was a state champion in the spring, and over the summer became a national champion.

Marina O’Connell, concurrently enrolled at Maxwell High School of Technology and Brookwood, won a national championship at the National SkillsUSA competition in Kansas City, Mo. O’Connell, a senior, used South Gwinnett senior Crystal Morales as a model as she competed against all the other state winners.

SkillsUSA said on its web site that it’s a national nonprofit organization serving teachers and high school and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations, including health occupations.

O’Connell won the Esthetics competition, where she was evaluated for techniques and professionalism in the field of skin care. Students were tested in areas such as oral skin consultation, written exam, the fundamentals of skin care, sanitation, skin analysis, a hands-on basic facial demonstration, and a daytime and fantasy makeup application.

O’Connell’s advisor and teacher is Janice Loyd, who said O’Connell arrives each day in class with a smile and ready to learn.

“I remember telling how nice it was to always look to her during lecture and she would smile and nod to me as if she was just taking every word in,” Loyd said. “She always wanted more and strived for perfection in every task she attempted. She pushed herself and did whatever it took to get the job done.”

O’Connell was also formally congratulated by State School Superintendent John Barge.

“We are very proud of Marina and her accomplishments,” Maxwell Principal Jeff Hall said. “She worked hard throughout the year and is a fantastic student and artist. Her dedication to her craft is second to none. Her teacher, Janice Loyd, is a perfectionist and she and Marina are great representatives of Gwinnett County Public Schools.”

Gwinnett Tech, Georgia Tech to partner on manufacturer series

Gwinnett Technical College and Georgia Tech are partnering to present “Strategic Thinking: A Practical Guide to Total Company Involvement,” a luncheon event that is part of the Manufacturing Growth Education Series.

The event will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sept. 24 at The Busbee Center on the campus of Gwinnett Tech in Room 1.309. The cost is $15 and includes lunch, networking, presentation, and a case study. Manufacturing Supply Chain Council Members receive a $5 discount.

“This educational programming provides an opportunity for Gwinnett Tech and Georgia Tech to extend our services to the manufacturing community with an opportunity that can enrich their business or staff development,” said Dave McCulloch, Gwinnett Tech’s Vice President of Economic Development.

The lunch and learn educational series takes place quarterly at Gwinnett Tech’s Busbee Center and delivers actionable tips and tools of the trade specifically designed to help Georgia’s manufacturers.

GGC student wins second Emmy

Georgia Gwinnett College student Homero Gonzalez, 23, has won his second Emmy award.

Gonzalez, of Lawrenceville, received the honor from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Southeast at a ceremony in Atlanta earlier this summer. Gonzalez was part of a Telemundo Atlanta team recognized for Outstanding Achievement: Television Crafts Achievement Excellence Category: 7 Team Coverage News Series “Acción Diferida.”

Telemundo Atlanta was the only Spanish-language station that was nominated for Station Excellence and News Excellence in this year’s competition — and it won in both categories.

Last year, Gonzalez was part of team that won an Emmy for Outstanding Achievement: Television News Gathering Excellence — News Special. The award recognized, “Special Series HB-87,” a four-part news series covering Georgia’s controversial House Bill 87, which said companies with more than 10 employees are required to use the free and quick E-Verify program to ensure prospective employees are legal U.S. citizens. It also allows law enforcement to check immigration status of suspects during the regular investigation of criminal acts.

The series informed members of the Hispanic community about changes this law would bring to the state and how it would affect them. That Emmy was the first for Telemundo Atlanta.

Gonzalez is a 2011 graduate of GGC with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.

Norcross grad receives North Ga. scholarship

Norcross graduate Cole Kisner was one of four graduates to receive the Jenny Melton Foundation scholarship from the North Georgia Community Foundation.

The scholarship fund was established in 2002, and each recipient received $1,500.

Women’s Club scholarships

The GFWC-GaFWC Buford Lanier Woman’s Club recently awarded a $1,500 scholarship to three women. They are Forrest Ann Anderson, a Flowery Branch High graduate, who now attends the University of South Carolina, Amanda Leigh Hicks a Buford High graduate who now attends the University of Georgia and Lenae Grace Hodnett a Buford High graduate who now attends The Freed Hardemen University in Henderson, Tenn.

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