GOOD NEWS FROM SCHOOLS: Maxwell student wins carpentry competition

Maxwell student Larson Field won the Associated General Contractors of Georgia’s Workforce Development Skills Challenge. (Special Photo)

Maxwell High School of Technology student Larson Field recently won first place in the Associated General Contractors of Georgia’s Workforce Development Skills Challenge.

Joining forces with local contractors, AGC hosted nearly 60 high school students who competed in four regions throughout Georgia. Field won the Northeast Georgia region competition held at Chicopee Woods Agricultural Center in Gainesville.

“Larson has done a fantastic job in Construction this year,” Maxwell construction teacher Mike Mahaffey said. “He worked hard in preparation for the competition. His diligence in the classroom will go a long way in preparing him for a career in construction.”

For winning, Field received a gold medal, along with a tool belt and additional prizes.

“We are proud of Larson, as well as the other students who participated for Maxwell,” Maxwell Principal Jeff Hall said. “His performance is a great example of the comprehensive education our students receive at Maxwell and in Gwinnett County Public Schools. The competition is a true reflection of the need for highly skilled individuals in the workforce. I am happy for Larson and Mr. Mahaffey, and grateful for their dedication to the construction program.”

GIVE Center teacher earns state honor

Alex Robson, a high school language arts teacher at GIVE Center West in Norcross, has been named 2018-19 Georgia Alternative Teacher of the Year by the Georgia Association of Alternative Education.

The distinction is awarded to a teacher who is an exceptional, dedicated, knowledgeable and skilled teacher who inspires students of all backgrounds and abilities to learn and plays an active and useful role in the community as well as in the school.

The GIVE Center is an alternative school that offers academic opportunities to students whose behaviors have resulted in a long-term suspension from their traditional school. The goal of the GIVE Center is to provide each student with the tools and skills needed to transition seamlessly back to the home school in better academic and behavioral standing than when the student arrived at GIVE.

Robson, a Mill Creek High School graduate who was a 2016-17 finalist for Gwinnett County Teacher of the Year, said he is humbled by the news of this latest honor. He was one of the organizers of the Hungry for Education’s hunger strike in August, which aimed to raise awareness of the need to fully fund education. Additionally, Robson and GIVE West high school language arts and social studies teacher Chris Paul have established a scholarship for seniors who attended either GIVE West in Norcross or GIVE East in Lawrenceville.

“I am honored to shine a light on the GIVE Centers in Gwinnett County and the important and powerful effect they have on students’ lives every day,” Robson said in a news release. “Alternative Education is a vital part of our school system and helps our students who need it most.”

Good News from Schools appears in the Gwinnett Daily Post’s Sunday Edition, highlighting achievements and success.