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GOOD NEWS FROM SCHOOLS: Suwanee starts youth leadership program

A nine-month program designed for high school sophomores and juniors is being launched by the city of Suwanee to develop leaders.

The new youth leadership initiative is designed for students at North Gwinnett and Peachtree Ridge clusters, and students who attend private or home-based schools, Suwanee officials said. The program is scheduled to begin in January. Applications are available at suwanee.com and due by Oct. 25.

Denise Brinson, Suwanee’s economic and community development director, said the program is in response to the city’s 20/20 strategic vision plan that city leaders adopted last year. In one section of the plan, youth involvement in community planning is recommended.

“We want our youth to have a strong voice and active role in planning the city’s success,” Brinson said in a press release. “Young people are the future of our community, and we want to engage their energy, enthusiasm, and ability to think outside the box. Our program is meant to complement programs offered through the schools while also providing a direct link to civic and community leaders.”

The Suwanee Youth Leaders program will help students develop team-building, communication, and leadership skills. The initiative will include monthly programs and small-group meetings and will culminate with hands-on community service opportunities.

For more information, contact Brinson at denise@suwanee.com or at 770-945-8996.

Scholarship brunch benefits Beauty P. Baldwin Scholarship

A scholarship brunch held on Sunday at the 1818 Club in Duluth was put on by the Upsilon Alpha Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. in conjunction with the Gwinnett Pearls of Service Foundation Inc. to benefit the Beauty P. Baldwin Scholarship. Baldwin was the first female African-American superintendent of Buford City Schools.

The Mardi Gras-themed brunch was designed to “unmask higher education for deserving youth.”

Broadcom Masters semifinals named

The Broadcom Foundation and Society for Science and the Public named four Gwinnett students among 300 named as semifinalists in the third annual Broadcom Masters, a prestigious science, technology, engineering and math competition for middle school students. Crews Middle’s Eddie Thurmon and Matthew Warth were recognized, while

Abhiramgopal Akella and Judy Liu from Trickum Middle were named.

FLARE competition winners announced

The 2013 Gwinnett County Public Schools FLARE competition brought together students from elementary, middle, and high schools to celebrate innovation in alternative energy.

FLARE is designed to provide a venue for students to integrate science and engineering concepts to innovate with solar energy. The competition categories were Solar Cookers for elementary, Junior Solar Sprint for Middle and Senior Solar Sprint Racecars for High. The winners, in order of finish, were Britt Elementary, Anderson-Livsey Elementary and Patrick Elementary. In middle school, the winners were North Gwinnett Middle, Trickum Middle and Sweetwater Middle. Middle school design and racing winners were North Gwinnett Middle and Trickum Middle and Sweetwater Middle won second place for racing. High school winners were Lanier High and Brookwood High.

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