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GOOD NEWS FROM SCHOOLS: 14 receive college-sponsored National Merit Scholarships

Fourteen students who recently graduated from schools in Gwinnett County are among more than 2,900 winners of National Merit Scholarships financed by U.S. colleges and universities.

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GOOD NEWS FROM SCHOOLS: GGC students toast AITP charter, first-year achievements

Georgia Gwinnett College's student chapter of the Association of Information Technology Professionals recently capped a year of impressive firsts with a celebration on GGC's campus.

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Students win 'Best in State' in engineering competition

Students from the Gwinnett School of Math, Science and Technology have been named "Best in State" winners in Georgia in the Junior Engineering Technical Society's 2011 TEAMS competition.

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GOOD NEWS FROM SCHOOLS: North Gwinnett Robotics Team makes it to semifinals

The North Gwinnett Robotics team, the North STARS, recently returned from the FIRST Robotics World Championships after winning the Peachtree Regional competition in March. From April 27 to April 30, 352 qualifying teams out of a total of 2,075 worldwide teams coming from as far as Australia gathered in St. Louis for the chance to be named world champion.

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GOOD NEWS FROM SCHOOLS: GGC surpasses 5,500 spring semester enrollment goal

Georgia Gwinnett College surpassed its 2011 spring semester enrollment goal of 5,500 students by more than 250, achieving a record enrollment of more than 5,700.

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GOOD NEWS FROM SCHOOLS: Parkview marching band wins top honors

The Parkview High School marching band recently won several awards, including grand champion with the highest overall score of 94, at the Golden River Marching Festival on Oct. 16 in Tallapoosa.

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GOOD NEWS FROM SCHOOLS: National Achievement Scholarship semifinalists named

This week, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced the names of more than 1,600 black high school seniors who have been designated semifinalists in the 47th annual National Achievement Scholarship Program.

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Teen Harvard scholar addresses Ivy Prep's new students

Noni Carter -- the 19-year-old author, classical pianist and Harvard scholar -- recently served as the guest speaker for Ivy Preparatory Academy's annual New Scholars Ceremony.

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GOOD NEWS FROM SCHOOLS: Georgia PTA honors Gwinnett leaders who support schools

As the 2010-11 school year gets under way, Gwinnett County PTA and PTSA units already are working to support the teaching and learning taking place in Gwinnett County Public Schools.

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GOOD NEWS FROM SCHOOLS: Foundation awards scholarships to Duluth, Loganville residents

Two area residents -- Kianna Monique Lawrence of Duluth and Sean Mario Walsh II of Loganville -- have each won a scholarship from the United Health Foundation's Diverse Scholars Initiative to pursue careers in health care.

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19 Gwinnett educators named Master Teachers

Gov. Sonny Perdue recently announced the names of 131 teachers who have earned the Master Teacher certification this year, a designation based on appreciable gains in student achievement. Of those, 19 work for Gwinnett County Public Schools.

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GOOD NEWS FROM SCHOOLS: Norcross student named journalism 'Rock Star'

Meghan Walsh of Norcross High School was named the "Rock Star" for broadcast writing and reporting in the 2010 Georgia Journalism Academy, hosted by the University of Georgia Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication.

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Gwinnett Tech confers most graduation awards in college system

Gwinnett Technical College's 2010 graduates -- more than 1,350 students in all -- were honored at the college's June commencement ceremony, urged by teachers and mentors to gain confidence from their proven strengths and abilities.

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GOOD NEWS FROM SCHOOLS: Gwinnett teacher celebrates retirement with former students

Jo Beth Stoecker, who recently retired after teaching for 20 years at B.B. Harris Elementary School, celebrated her career with many of the children she taught.

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GCPS thanks community members for service as role models

As the 2009-10 school year comes to a close, Gwinnett County Public Schools expressed appreciation for the growing number of volunteer community members who have partnered with the school system to offer additional support to students through the district's Community-Based Mentoring Program.

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GOOD NEWS FROM SCHOOLS: Gwinnett County sweeps counseling awards

The dedication Gwinnett County Public Schools counseling professionals have to making sure that students succeed academically was evident to judges during the Georgia School Counselor Association Region 2 Awards.

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Buford Middle participates in Earth Day Groceries Project

Buford Middle School students recently decorated paper grocery bags with environmental messages.

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South Gwinnett students create winning business plan

South Gwinnett High School's DECA Club and the Upsilon Alpha Omega Graduate Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority formed a winning partnership in the sorority's Youth Business Plan Competition.

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GOOD NEWS FROM SCHOOLS: Student artists take top honors in All-State Art Symposium

During a recent art education statewide gathering, five Gwinnett County Public Schools students took center stage as their works of art were admired and earned recognition from artists and art educators from across Georgia.

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GOOD NEWS FROM SCHOOLS: Sweetwater MS WordMasters among nation's top 10

Some Gwinnett students from Sweetwater Middle recently placed among the nation's top competitors during the WordMasters Challenge, a national language arts competition.

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Radloff Middle, Collins Hill High earn counseling recognition

The counseling programs at Radloff Middle and Collins Hill High both have earned the American School Counselor Association's Recognized ASCA Model Program Designation.

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Trickum Middle students collect soccer balls for soldiers

Students from Trickum Middle School celebrated America Recycles Day by collecting gently used soccer balls and gear for U.S. soldiers to hand out to impoverished Afghani children.

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Parkview teacher named top adviser to technology students

The Gwinnett County Board of Education recently honored Parkview High School teacher Terry Cotton for being named the 2009 Technology Student Association High School Adviser of the Year.

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GOOD NEWS FROM SCHOOLS: Gwinnett students take top honors at International Media Festival

Gwinnett County Public Schools students walked away with 85 wins during the 2009 International Media Festival, an annual event designed to inspire students to achieve academic excellence through the creative use of media technology.

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