GOOD NEWS FROM SCHOOLS: Parkview High students selected for Governor’s Honors Program

Seventeen Parkview High students have been selected to represent the school in January at a statewide program to enrich educational opportunities for students in the arts.

The Governor’s Honors Program will announce finalists in March for a four-week summer instructional program designed to challenge talented high school students with opportunities not usually available during the school year. Activities are designed to provide each participatant with opportunity to acquire the skills, knowledge and attitudes to become independent and lifelong learners.

The students are Julie Byrne (theater performance), Carlos Camacho (visual arts), Sania Chandrani (social studies), Jackl Fontana (music-violin), Sally Hedrick (social studies), Luis Herrera (Latin), Asimm Hirani (technology), Yevgeniya llyasova (dance), Sarah Jory (social studies), Kathy Li (music-violin), Palmer Moise (mathematics), Selina Pham (visual arts), Sida Tang (design), Stephanie Tang (French), Bart Wisniewski (German), Kexin Zhang (German) and Richard Zhang (music-violin).

Yale Alley Cats coming to Peachtree Ridge

The Yale Alley Cats, Yale University’s premier all-male singing group, is coming to Peachtree Ridge for a performance at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 3. Since their founding in 1943, the Yale Alley Cats have played an active role in spreading a cappella music throughout the nation and the world.

Yale student and 2012 Peachtree Ridge graduate Sei Han said, “our musicianship is rooted in jazz, but our repertoire has expanded to include Motown, folk, pop, classical, and other genres.” The group has performed for U.S. Presidents, foreign leaders and on national television.

Dyer Elementary student honored

A tree was recently planted at Dyer Elementary to honor the winner of the school’s “Positive Vision for the Planet” art contest. Third-grade student Bethany Shope was honored for her artwork titled “A Healthy Earth is a Happy Earth.” The school’s business partner, AMEC, awarded a plaque to be placed near the tree in honor of Bethany.

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