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Suwanee teen crowned Miss Georgia

Suwanee teen crowned Miss Georgia

COLUMBUS, Ga. -- A 19-year-old Georgia State University student from Suwanee has been crowned Miss Georgia.

Leighton Jordan won the statewide pageant Saturday night in Columbus. She won a $15,000 scholarship and a chance to compete in the Miss America pageant in January.

Jordan beat out 32 other contestants for the crown with a ballet routine. She is studying nursing and wants to become a pediatric oncology nurse practitioner. Jordan was previously crowned Miss Capital City.

She will travel the state over the next year promoting support for special needs children and their siblings.

The first runner-up in the pageant was Miss Georgia Cotton, Carly Mathis, and the second runner-up was Miss Atlanta, Briana Jewett. The third runner-up was Miss Peachtree, Lauren Edmonds, and the fourth runner-up was Miss Gwinnett County, Annie Walker.

Ga. Gwinnett College names head tennis coach

Ga. Gwinnett College names head tennis coach

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- Georgia Gwinnett College has named a coach for its new men's and women's tennis teams.

Athletics director Darin Wilson says former Division I coach Chase Hodges will lead the new Grizzlies teams.

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Hodges has 14 years of collegiate coaching experience, including 11 as a head coach. He comes to Georgia Gwinnett College from Georgia State University, where he ended his three-year tenure by being named Colonial Athletic Association Co-Coach of the Year in April.

5 Gwinnett students earn perfect scores on National Latin Exam

5 Gwinnett students earn perfect scores on National Latin Exam

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- Five students at three Gwinnett County high schools earned perfect scores on the 2012 National Latin Exam.

More than 130,000 students nationwide took the test, which assesses students' understanding of Latin.

The five "perfect" Gwinnett students achieved the distinction of Perfect Paper at the levels on which they were tested.

Three of those students attend North Gwinnett High School:

* Ho Lim Lee, 12th grade
Perfect Paper, Level 4 Poetry

* Josh O'Shields, 11th grade
Perfect Paper, Level 3 Poetry

* Angela Park, 10th grade
Perfect Paper, Level 2

The other two students are Sergio Parra, a 10th grader at Mill Creek High School (Perfect Paper, Level 2), and Kevin Kuonqui, an 11th grader at Mountain View High School (Perfect Paper, Level 1).

Deal to speak at drug court graduation

Deal to speak at drug court graduation

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- A graduation ceremony for the Gwinnett County Drug Court is set to have some notable speakers.

Gov. Nathan Deal, Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice George Carley and Gwinnett County Chairwoman Charlotte Nash are set to speak at the graduation Friday.

The ceremony will be held in the courtroom of the state supreme court in Atlanta.

Gwinnett County Superior Court Judge William M. Ray II will hand out diplomas. He has presided over the drug court since its founding seven years ago.

Six people are set to graduate.

'Happiest Baby' film to screen across metro Atlanta

'Happiest Baby' film to screen across metro Atlanta

ATLANTA -- Pediatrician Dr. Harvey Karp is bringing his famous, revolutionary parenting techniques to a movie theater near you.

The film Parent' Night Out with the Happiest Baby & Happiest Toddler, starring Dr. Harvey Karp will be screened at select theaters at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 21. The screenings will be hosted by actress Ali Landry.

Learn more about Karp and his parenting guides, The Happiest Baby on the Block and The Happiest Toddler on the Block, at www.happiestbaby.com.

Tickets to the Parents Night Out film can be purchased online or at participating theaters' box offices:

Alpharetta
Regal North Point Market 8
6500 North Point Parkway

Chamblee
Regal Hollywood Stadium 24
3265 Northeast Expressway

435 Gwinnett educators retire

435 Gwinnett educators retire

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- Now that the school year has ended, Gwinnett County Public Schools officials are prepared to honor the 435 district employees who will retire this year.

The retirees dedicated a collective 11,233 years of their lives to teaching. They served in several capacities -- in the classroom, on the bus, behind the counter in school shops, and so on.

"I would like to personally thank each of our retiring employees for their service to Gwinnett County Public Schools, to our community, and most importantly to our students," GCPS Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks said in a statement. "Each and every one of these individuals made a difference through their contributions. While they are closing a chapter in their lives, their legacy will continue as our school system builds on all that they have accomplished to serve students next year and in the years to come."

11 Gwinnett students named Gates Millennium Scholars

11 Gwinnett students named Gates Millennium Scholars

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- Eleven graduating seniors in Gwinnett County public schools have been named 2012 Gates Millennium Scholars.

The prestigious Gates Millennium Scholarship, which is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, pays full college tuition, room and board for some of the country's most promising young people. Only 1,000 students earn the scholarship every school year.

This year's Gates Millennium Scholars from Gwinnett County include:

Collins Hill High School
Vivek Kamlesh Patel
Will attend the University of Georgia
Major: Pre-medicine

Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology
Arsalan Akkas Sufi
Will attend Yale University
Major: Undecided

Meadowcreek High School
Alex Shaun Steele
Will attend the University of Georgia
Major: Computer engineering