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GOOD NEWS FROM SCHOOLS: Archer student named to state student advisory council

South Gwinnett High School teacher Willie Carter visits the World of Coca-Cola with his son Asher for the attraction’s annual Educator Open House with the Georgia Aquarium earlier this month. (Special Photo)

South Gwinnett High School teacher Willie Carter visits the World of Coca-Cola with his son Asher for the attraction’s annual Educator Open House with the Georgia Aquarium earlier this month. (Special Photo)

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Lambert High School teacher Matt Fiedler, Duluth High School teacher Heidi Fiedler and their daughter Katriina visit the World of Coca-Cola for its annual Educator Open House with the Georgia Aquarium earlier this month. (Special Photo)

Archer High student Ashley Huynh was among 50 students selected by State School Superintendent John Barge to serve on his Student Advisory Council for this school year.

As members of the council, these students will meet three times throughout the school year to advise Barge on how state policies are having an effect in the classroom. The Student Advisory Council will also discuss other education-related issues and will serve as Barge’s ambassadors in their respective schools.

“The Student Advisory Council is a great way for me to hear directly from students in our schools and discuss major initiatives with them,” Barge said in a press release. “Having student input during the policy-making process is invaluable. The students are ultimately the ones impacted by our work, and I want them to share their ideas and concerns as we address many critical issues.”

More than 700 students applied to be a member of the Student Advisory Council and answered essay questions. Students were chosen based on the strength of their essay answers.

“As usual, the selection process for the Student Advisory Council was very difficult because there were so many outstanding applications.” Barge said. “I’m excited about working with this group of students because they have very diverse backgrounds and will help me in the process of making education work for all students.”

The first meeting of the Student Advisory Council will be held Friday at the state Department of Education offices in Atlanta.

Waffle House Foundation supports Gwinnett Heat

A $7,000 donation has been presented to the Gwinnett County Public Schools Foundation by the Waffle House Foundation for the benefit of the adapted athletic program, the Gwinnett Heat.

The funds will help the team purchase a custom trailer to transport athletic wheelchairs and sporting equipment to venues throughout the state. The adapted sports program is starting its eighth year, and has won several state championships and sent a player to the collegiate level. Martinez Johnson now plays for the University of Illinois adapted athletics basketball program.

Athletes on the Gwinnett Heat must have a physical impairment that excludes them from competing on a typical sports team. The Heat competes at the varsity level in handball, football and basketball. No state or federal funding is received for this program, relying solely on fundraisers, sponsors and grants.

World of Coke open house

Several Gwinnett teachers recently visited the World of Coca-Cola for its annual Educator Open House. At the Open House, Georgia educators learned about the educational features and field trip opportunities at the World of Coca-Cola, where they can satisfy more than 300 Common Core standards. Last year, more than 600 field trips visited the World of Coca-Coa.

Parkview student selected member of scholar association

Parkview High student Ciceli Millwood recently was selected to become a member of the National Society of High School Scholars. The organization recognizes top scholars who have demonstrated outstanding leadership, scholarship and community commitment.

“On behalf of NSHSS, I am honored to recognize the hard work, sacrifice and commitment that Ciceli has demonstrated to achieve this exceptional level of academic excellence,” founder and chairman Claes Nobel said in a press release. “Ciceli is now a member of a unique community of scholars — a community that represents our very best hope for the future.”

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