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GOOD NEWS: Local students get national scholarships

SUWANEE -- Several national corporations have awarded three Gwinnett County Public Schools students scholarships for their hard work and success.

The recipients are part of a group of 1,000 distinguished high school seniors who have won corporate-sponsored National Merit Scholarships.

The local winners are Alexis L. Brooks, Brookwood High School, National Merit Automatic Data Processing, Inc. Henry Taub Memorial Scholarship; Ryan S. Nelson, Brookwood High School, National Merit PPG Industries Foundation Scholarship; and Angela Mo, Collins Hill High School, National Merit Chemtura Corp. Scholarship.

These students were selected from a pool of finalists in the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program who met the criteria of their scholarship sponsors.

Corporate organizations generally provide awards for finalists who are children of their employees, residents of communities the company serves or have plans to pursue majors or careers the grantor wishes to encourage.

About 200 companies, foundations and other business organizations finance the scholarships, most of which are renewable for up to four years of college undergraduate study and provide annual stipends ranging from $500 to $10,000 per year. Some provide a single payment between $2,500 and $5,000.

Gwinnett students, schools among TAG-Ed WEBChallenge winners

ATLANTA -- The Technology Association of Georgia Education Collaborative has announced the winners of the 2013 WEBChallenge Scholarship Competition. The program challenges middle and high school students to develop websites and web-based applications centered on a pre-determined theme.

Winners receive partial post-secondary scholarship awards.

High school teams were challenged to develop their own product or service idea to be marketed or sold over the Internet to a specific audience, while middle school students were asked to "Stand Up to Bullying:" by creating a website that provides helpful resources for students facing difficulties with bullying.

Local high school winners included CyTech Industries, first place for website functionality, Meadowcreek High School; and Rights of Kittens, second place, Meadowcreek High School; Lynx Gaming, first place, Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology; and Hot Fox, second place, Meadowcreek High School.

Grand prize went to Pick-a-Ticket from North Gwinnett High School.

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