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GOOD NEWS FROM SCHOOLS: Aurora Theatre invites students to participate in holiday play

North Gwinnett High School equestrian team won first place

Members of the North Gwinnett High School equestrian team pose for a picture with Principal Ed Shaddix, right, after they won first place at the IEA Bulldog Classic on Oct. 19 in Gainesville. (Special Photo)

Members of the North Gwinnett High School equestrian team pose for a picture with Principal Ed Shaddix, right, after they won first place at the IEA Bulldog Classic on Oct. 19 in Gainesville. (Special Photo)

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A first-year Relay For life fundraiser organized by Peachtree Ridge High students raised $17,500 for the fight against cancer in its event on Oct. 19. (Special Photo)

The Aurora Theatre will put on a play called “Ebony Scrooge: A Modern Christmas Carol,” and is inviting elementary through high school students to participate.

The play, directed by Jessica DeMaria, was such a hit last year that Aurora brought it back, said Al Stilo, director of sales and marketing. Stilo said registration is underway for this production class which begins on Nov. 5.

Rehearsals will be held from from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, except for Thanksgiving Day. All students will audition for roles on the first day of class, and all students will get a part, but space is limited.

There will be two public performances of the play at 6 and 7 p.m. on Dec. 10 at Aurora’s Studio Theatre.

King to visit Killian Hill Christian School

Killian Hill Baptist Church and Christian School is scheduled to host Osagyefuo Amoatia Ofori Panin, king of Akyem Abuakwa, Ghana for special meetings today through Wednesday. The king will attend Killian Hill’s worship service today and a special convocation at Killian Hill Christian School on Tuesday in the school gymnasium. The assembly will feature performances by Killian Hill students, tribal dress and the singing of the national anthem by Ghanaians living in the Atlanta area, as well as an address from the King. He will speak to the student body on the challenges and opportunities of 21st century Africa. The public is invited to attend.

Norcross schools’ “Fall Fling”

Norcross cluster schools will have a “Fall Fling” on Nov. 9 at the Hilton Atlanta Northeast, which will feature games, juggling and an interactive disc jockey. The event will also have a buffet dinner, silent auction and bidding on carousel horse centerpieces from local artists. The event, which costs $50, benefits public schools in Norcross and Peachtree Corners.

North Gwinnett equestrian team wins first place

North Gwinnett High Principal Ed Shaddix was in attendance when the school’s equestrian team won first place at the Interscholastic Equestrian Association Bulldog Classic on Oct. 19. The team, coached by Jack Flowers and Jill Zabiegala, won the event over South Forsyth and Lambert high schools at Hilmar Farm in Gainesville. The seventh annual event was co-hosted by Hillmar Farm and Lanier Equestrian Teams. The IEA was established to give competitive and educational opportunities through equestrian athletics.

Norcross High students selected as delegates

Norcross High juniors Madison Findling and Carmen Lopez have been selected as Lynne and Howard Halpern Atlanta delegates for the Anti-Defamation League’s 14th Annual Grosfeld Family National Youth Leadership Mission to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, Nov. 17-20. The group of 11 diverse high school students from the metro-Atlanta area will participate in the Youth Mission. Local funding for the program is provided by Atlanta residents Lynne and Howard Halpern. Students will convene in Washington to debate, question and discuss the issues of bigotry and intolerance in America. Students will listen to personal stories from Holocaust survivors and current day civil rights leaders.

Grace Snell Middle to hold Veterans Day program

Grace Snell Middle will present the third annual Veterans Day Program on Nov. 11 at 12:45 p.m. Veterans are invited to a luncheon at noon, followed by a patriotic program to honor men and women who have served or are currently serving, in the armed forces. The students will sing military and patriotic songs, and present information about the American flag and each branch of the military. In addition, the school orchestra will perform America the Beautiful, the chorus will sing the National Anthem, and the leadership class will present the flag. Each attendee will be given a medal and a certificate. A photo slideshow will be played in memory of Grace Snell Middle family members who are presently serving, or have served in the past. Seventh grade students singing “God Bless the USA” will conclude the program.

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