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GOOD NEWS: Student singer a finalist for Honors Choir

SNELLVILLE -- South Gwinnett High student Cheyanne Osoria is a finalist in the Honors Choir for the 2013 American High School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall. Osoria will represent the finest high school performers in North America during the event.

According to its website, the performance series was established to showcase "some of the most talented student performers in high school today. Through an individual nomination and selection process, accomplished students are brought together in New York City with peers to comprise the Honors Choir and Honors Instrumental Ensembles."

Several days of rehearsal under the direction of renowned music conductors culminate in a "life-changing performance at Carnegie Hall. Carnegie Hall represents excellence in musical performance, making it the perfect venue for the Honors Performance Series to showcase its student performers."

Young artist wins grand prize

HOSCHTON -- Mill Creek High student artist Joshua Stephens earned the title of grand prize winner in the DREAM@50 Art Contest for his piece "Shake the Foundations."

The national awards ceremony for the grand prize winner from 10 participating cities will be held in August in Washington, D.C.

The Dream@50 is a tribute series to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech.

The contest is produced by Karz Productions in partnership with the King Center, National Education Association, National Art Education Association, Americans for the Arts, National Council of Teachers of English, National Council for the Social Studies, Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, United Nations Academic Impact and YouTube.

Sixth-grader gets perfect WordMasters score

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Competing in the difficult Blue Division of the WordMasters Challenge, Moore Middle sixth-grader Amy Truong earned a perfect score of 20 in the December meet.

Nationally, only eight sixth-grade students achieved a perfect score. Amy was coached by teacher Laura Moon.

The WordMasters Challenge is a national competition for students in grades 3-8 that encourages growth in vocabulary and verbal reasoning. Each year, nearly 250,000 students from some of the best public and private schools throughout the United States participate in the WordMasters Challenge.

For more information, visit www.wordmasterschallenge.com.

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