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Denny's exec to speak at Ga. Gwinnett graduation

Denny's exec to speak at Ga. Gwinnett graduation

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- The chairwoman of the board of directors for Denny's Inc. will speak at Georgia Gwinnett College's graduation ceremony.

Debra Smithart-Oglesby will deliver the commencement address May 11 at 10 a.m. Smithart-Oglesby served as the interim CEO of the restaurant chain from June 2010 to January 2011.

She also served in a number of leadership roles at Brinker International, the parent company of Chili's Grill & Bar and Romano's Macaroni Grill, among other restaurants.

Denny's is the country's largest full service family restaurant chain with more than 1,650 locations.

Georgia Gwinnett College opened in 2006 as the state's newest four-year college in more than a century.

2 Gwinnett students win credit union scholarships

2 Gwinnett students win credit union scholarships

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- Two high school students from Gwinnett County are this year's winners of the top scholarships offered by Georgia United Credit Union.

The credit union gave away $12,500 worth of college money to 13 metro Atlanta high school seniors this year.

Karl-Mary Akre received a first-place $3,000 scholarship. The Peachtree Ridge High School student is part of several prestigious organizations, including the National English Honor Society, the National History Club and DECA. She is also an AP Scholar with Honors and a past participant in the Governor's Honors Program. Karl-Mary will attend Vanderbilt University in the fall, where she plans to major in international relations.

Silverbacks sign new midfielder

Silverbacks sign new midfielder

DORAVILLE, Ga. -- The Atlanta Silverbacks have signed 24-year-old Borfor Carr as the newest member of the team, the club announced Friday.

Carr offiically joins the Silverbacks after an impressive extended trial during preseason training camp.

100+ Gwinnett students chosen for Governor's Honors

100+ Gwinnett students chosen for Governor's Honors

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- More than 100 high school students from Gwinnett County were selected for the 2012 Georgia Governor's Honors Program.

This prestigious program gives Georgia's best and brightest students the opportunity to spend four weeks pursuing their passions in a challenging, learning-centric environment.

Gwinnett students make up a whopping 15 percent of those chosen to participate.

"Governor's Honors is such a competitive program that even being nominated is an accomplishment," Dale Lyles, director of the program, said in a statement. "I congratulate the students of Gwinnett County Public Schools and look forward to meeting them and their parents in June."

Gwinnett's Governor's Honors finalists include:

Berkmar High School
* Adila Abdulwahid, communicative arts
* Eden Hailemichael, communicative arts

15 Gwinnett students win National Achievement Scholarship

15 Gwinnett students win National Achievement Scholarship

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- Fifteen students from Gwinnett County received the National Achievement Scholarship in 2012.

This program, which is part of the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, recognizes and honors outstanding black high school students across the United States.

More than 800 students received over $2 million in college funds from this year's scholarship program.

Gwinnett County's recipients are:

Berkmar High School

* Kerra I. Jones
$2,500 scholarship
Probable career field: neonatology

Brookwood High School

* Adrian Bortier Alabi
$2,500 scholarship
Probable career field: electrical engineering

* La'Ron-Chenee H. Tracey
National Merit Scholarship
Probable career field: international law

Central Gwinnett High School

* Matthew H. Pack
$2,500 scholarship
Probable career field: engineering

CPCID board welcomes new member

CPCID board welcomes new member

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- The Gwinnett Place Community Improvement District (GPCID) welcomes Kimberly Morphis as the newest member of the board of directors.

Morphis is the president of LVK Management Corp., a commerical real estate property management company. She specializes in leasing and managing shopping centers.

"We are excited to have Kimberly Morphis join the board to help us further our objective of increasing the vitality of greater Gwinnett Place," GPCID executive director Joe Allen said in a statement. "We welcome her leadership and professional insights as we move forward with a number of highly visible and important improvements."

The next GPCID board meeting will be held on Wednesday, Apr. 11. Learn more at www.gwinnettplacecid.com.

GGC hires two assistant soccer coaches

GGC hires two assistant soccer coaches

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- Georgia Gwinnett College has hired two new assistant soccer coaches to its budding athletic program.

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Kevin May will serve as the Grizzlies' assistant men's coach. He has spent the last three years as the director of soccer operations at the University of Connecticut and once played as a midfielder at Nazareth College in Pittsford, N.Y.