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GOOD NEWS FROM SCHOOLS: Sugar Hill looks for student essays for time capsule

The city of Sugar Hill has extended the deadline to Dec. 30 for an essay contest for students in and around the city.

The city’s 75th anniversary committee is seeking orginal essays of 1,500 words or less about “Life in Sugar Hill (2014)” and “What I Think Life in Sugar Hill Will Be in 2089.” The top five winning essays from each category will be placed in the time capsule and buried as part of the city’s anniversary celebration next year.

The winning writers will receive a certificate, have their entries read and be honored at the ceremony in March.

Students from North Gwinnett and Lanier clusters are eligible, along with any Sugar Hill resident from kindergarten through high school in a private or home school program.

Entries that include drawings, photographs or diagrams cannot be submitted on more than two standard letter size pages. The rules also include only one entry per person. An application can be found on the city’s website.

Entries will be judged by a panel of anniversary planning committee members, employees or elected officials of Sugar Hill and writing professionals.

Submissions should be addressed to Dan Kelemen, city of Sugar Hill, 5039 West Broad St., Sugar Hill, 30518 or dkelemen@cityofsugarhill.com.

Peachtree Ridge FBLA recognized at conference

The Peachtree Ridge High chapter of Future Business Leaders of America recently had several members place in the open testing competition of the FBLA’s Fall Leadership Conference in Athens. The school had more winners than any other chapter in the state. These students competed against other FBLA members around the state. In business communication, Simi Shah won first place and Olivia Shuler won third place. David Chen won first place in the entrepreneurship/management decision-making category. Daniel Li won first place in the introduction to technology concepts category, while Jay Krishnaswamy won first place in personal finance.

Shuler also created and designed a banner that won second in the state in the Chapter Banner Design contest.

Mall scholarships available

The Simon Youth Foundation is offering scholarships to students in the 2014 graduating class who live within 50 miles of a Simon property, such as the Mall of Georgia. The program will award a one-time scholarship of up to $1,500 to students who plan to enroll in an accredited college, university, vocational or technical school.

It’s the 14th straight year of the program for at-risk high school students in every community of a Simon property. The application period is open through Jan. 11. Applications can be downloaded at www.syf.org/our-initiatives/scholarships/community-application.

Scholarship applications are also available at the Simon Guest Services Center at Lenox Square, Phipps Plaza, Mall of Georgia, Town Center at Cobb, Northlake Mall and Sugarloaf Mills malls.

There are also 10 regional awards called “Award of Excellence” that will be given to top candidates. Students will have the opportunity to win a $2,500 scholarship that is renewable for up to three years.

Lanier High college student symposium

The Lanier High Science National Honor Society is hosting its first College Student Symposium at 2:30 p.m. on Monday. Current college students majoring in various areas of science will speak on their social, academic and career experiences.

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