GOOD NEWS FROM SCHOOLS: Young Leaders Scholarship winners

Ashley-Kay Fonkeng, from left, Katherine Rodriguez, Vani Senthil, Georgia United Credit Union President and CEO Debbie Smith, Victoria Kabat and Marcayla Hannah pose for a photograph. The five students received $2,000 Young Leaders Scholarships from the Georgia United Foundation.

The Georgia United Foundation, in partnership with the Gwinnett County Public Schools Foundation, recently awarded five high school seniors $2,000 each in scholarships.

The Young Leaders Scholarship recipients were selected based on academic standing and demonstrated leadership as a community volunteer, entrepreneur or school leader with results that make the community a better place, according to a news release.

“We are proud to award scholarships to these deserving young women who are dedicated to improving our communities, through our continued partnership with Gwinnett County Public Schools Foundation and Executive Women’s Day,” said Debbie Smith, Georgia United Credit Union’s president and CEO.

The 2019 Young Leaders scholarship winners are Ashley-Kay Fonkeng of Dacula High, who will attend the University of Georgia; Marcayla Hannah of Parkview High, who will attend Kennesaw State University; Victoria Kabat of Collins Hill High, who will attend Georgia Tech; Katherine Rodriguez of Mill Creek High, who will attend Georgia State University; and Vani Senthil of Duluth High, who will attend Augusta University.

GCPS students earn national art and writing honors

Nearly a dozen Gwinnett County Public Schools students earned recognition for their artistic and writing talents.

Ten students were Gold or Silver medalists in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, sponsored by the Alliance for Young Arts and Writers, according to a news release.

In addition to winning a Gold Medal in the Mixed Media category, Summer Foster, an 11th grader at Brookwood High, won an American Visions Medal, the highest regional honor. It is given to one writer and one artist from each region.

Nearly 340,000 works of art and writing samples were submitted to the Scholastic Awards by teens in grades 7 through 12. Honorees were selected by leaders in the visual and literary arts and by past award winners. According to the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers, Gold medals represent the most outstanding works in the nation and Silver medals represent works demonstrating high honors nationally.

The other recipients include:

♦ Angel Ahabue, an 11th grader at Parkview High, who received a Silver Medal in the Photography category;

♦ Karina Anderson, an 11th grader at South Gwinnett High, who received a Gold medal in the Painting category;

♦ Rebecca Eludinni, a 12th grader at Central Gwinnett High, who received a Gold medal in the Photography category;

♦ Jason Hong, a 12th grader at Peachtree Ridge High, who received a Gold medal in the Drawing and Illustration category;

♦ Ashley Kim, an 11th grader at Peachtree Ridge High, who received a Silver medal in the Drawing and Illustration category;

♦ Hannah O’Neil, a 12th grader at Collins Hill High, who received a Gold Medal in the Mixed Media category;

♦ Damara Sochacki, a 12th grader at Brookwood High, who received a Silver Medal in the Photography category;

♦ Ashley Yeon, a 12th grader at North Gwinnett High, who received a Gold Medal in the Photography category; and

♦ Jai Hyuk Yu, a 12th grader at Collins Hill High, who received a Gold Medal in the Drawing and Illustration category.

Students earn scholarships in Congressional Art Show

Imani Sylvain, a senior at South Gwinnett High, was awarded a $48,000 scholarship to attend the Savannah College of Art and Design after she was named the Grand Prize winner in U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson’s 2019 Congressional Arts Competition.

Each spring, the Congressional Institute sponsors a nationwide high school visual arts competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent in the nation and in each congressional district. The winning works are displayed for one year at the U.S. Capitol.

Angel Ahuabue, a junior at Parkview High School and first runner-up in the competition, won a $12,000 scholarship to the Art Institute of Atlanta for her “White Only” photograph. Isabella Hernandez, a senior at Parkview High School, was named third runner-up and was awarded a $3,500 scholarship to The Art Institute of Atlanta for her “Looking Back” charcoal piece.

Georgia Library Media Association honors GCPS media programs

Norcross High School and Coleman Middle School have been recognized as 2019 Judy Serritella Exemplary Library Media Programs by the Georgia Library Media Association.

The Judy Serritella Exemplary Library Media Program was created to recognize library media programs that empower students to be critical thinkers, enthusiastic readers, skillful researchers, and ethical users of information both in vision and in practice.

The association also gave a nod to Burnette Elementary, commending it as an Exceptional Library Media Program.

Exceptional library media programs are ones that demonstrate these characteristics in a consistent and effective manner. Exemplary library media programs go one step beyond and are a model for innovation, student empowerment and leadership in the school library community.

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