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GOOD NEWS FROM SCHOOLS: Hull Middle wins academic bowl

2014 PAGE Academic Bowl for Middle Grades State Champion Hull Middle School team members and their coach were joined by presenters following their awards presentation: (back row, left to right) PAGE Foundation Trustee Charles Richardson, Coach Teresa Hawkins, Team Captain Jake Bickford, Joseph Zhang, Kevin Jin, Sumedh Garimella and PAGE President Emily Felton; and (front row, left to right) Julian Heske, Sana Hafeez and Shawn Im. (Special Photo)

2014 PAGE Academic Bowl for Middle Grades State Champion Hull Middle School team members and their coach were joined by presenters following their awards presentation: (back row, left to right) PAGE Foundation Trustee Charles Richardson, Coach Teresa Hawkins, Team Captain Jake Bickford, Joseph Zhang, Kevin Jin, Sumedh Garimella and PAGE President Emily Felton; and (front row, left to right) Julian Heske, Sana Hafeez and Shawn Im. (Special Photo)

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Brookwood Elementary students pose for pictures while they decorate the school’s hallways with paper boots. (Special Photo)

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Congressman Rob Woodall recently visited the Peachtree Ridge High chapter of the Future Business Leaders of America. (Special Photo)

On the 30th anniversary of the Professional Association of Georgia Educators academic bowl, Hull Middle’s team took home the trophy.

The event, at Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville, featured 24 semifinalists who competed in a round-robin competition, and eight advanced to be finalists. The eight teams competed in a single-elimination session as Hull, coached by Teresa Hawkins, emerged as the victor.

Statewide, more than 2,000 students compete at the local, regional and state levels of the PAGE Academic Bowl for middle grades.

“I’d like to extend our congratulations to each of the dedicated team members and their hard-working coaches,” John Varner, president of the PAGE Foundation said in a news release. “We know we are joined by parents, friends and school administrators when we say all involved should be proud of their achievements.”

Give cancer the boot

Brookwood Elementary school held a “Give Cancer the Boot” Relay for Life fundraiser last month. Students could purchase a paper boot for 50 cents or three for a dollar. The students of Brookwood Elementary raised $2,558.75 for cancer research.

Rob Woodall visits Peachtree Ridge High

Congressman Rob Woodall recently spoke to the Peachtree Ridge High chapter of Future Business Leaders of America. He spoke to the students about leadership in their community, his role in Washington, and advised students about their futures and the future of the United States. In addition to putting $17 trillion of debt into perspective, he emphasized the need for students to take advantage of every opportunity presented to them.

Maxwell High students receive OSHA certification

Forty-five Maxwell High School of Technology students, enrolled in the Welding and Construction programs at the school recently received Occupational Safety and Health Administration-10 safety certification.

A sponsorship with the Georgia Tech Research Institute and the OSHA outreach program. The certification program is coordinated by Michelle Dunham, supervising trainer and industrial hygienist at Georgia Tech. Students received a stringent 10-hour training along with orientation. Georgia Tech Research Institute made this available by securing financial sponsorship for each student, absorbing the normal cost of this credential.

The goal of the safety course is to provide a quality safety training that educates workers in construction-related industries about the most important four hazards: fall hazards, electrical hazards, struck-by hazards, and caught-in-between hazards. Ultimately, participation in an “OSHA Focus Four Hazards” course helps employees and employers avoid the pain and cost of death and injury relating to these four hazards.

The students are Caleb Cooper, Archer High, Jeremy Crowe, Archer High, Phillip Laurio, Archer High, Kaleb Mock, Archer High, Isaiah Crayton, Berkmar High, Cristain Briones-Mena, Brookwood High, Maurchel Friends-Brown, Brookwood High, Michael Gustin, Brookwood High, Joshua Lyons, Brookwood High, Kailey Moore, Brookwood High, Alvina Vojnikovic, Brookwood High, Jonathan Brown, Central Gwinnett High, Cristain Zapata-Rodriguez, Central Gwinnett High, Cristain Hernandez, Collins Hill High, Travis Morris, Collins Hill High, Charles Phifer, Collins Hill High, Corey Simpson, Collins Hill High, Rosa Ventura, Collins Hill High, Kevin Fuentes, Dacula High, Matthew Steele, Dacula High, Brandon Benhumea, Duluth High, Cutberto Carrillo, Duluth High, Denis Romero, Duluth High, Guy Cook, Lanier High, James Hanrahan, Lanier High, Brendan Rourke, Lanier High, Ryan Stalcup, Lanier High, Marcelo Sanchez, Meadowcreek High, Alexander Ciraulo, Mill Creek High, Dustin Huckaby, Mill Creek High, Derrick Owens, Mill Creek High, John (Alex) Pollio, Mill Creek High, Hayden Uphaus, Mill Creek High, Dustin Vincent, Mill Creek High, William (Will) Washburn, Mill Creek High, Jacob Worley, Mill Creek High, Bryant Mitchell, Mountain View High, Jacob Stonecypher, Mountain View High, Sade Simon, Norcross High, Brian Moore, North Gwinnett High, Alan Johnston, Parkview High, Dennis Nguyen, Parkview High, Marissa Tedone, Peachtree Ridge High, Torey Cooper, South Gwinnett High and Felipe Duran, South Gwinnett High.

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