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Gwinnett boasts 12 Gates Millennium Scholars

Gwinnett boasts 12 Gates Millennium Scholars

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- Twelve Gwinnett County high school seniors have been named 2013 Gates Millennium Scholars, the school district announced Monday.

These exceptional students are among only 1,000 Gates Millennium Scholars nationwide.

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The Gates Millennium Scholars Program grants full scholarships to some of the country's top minority students. To qualify for the prize, a student must earn high grades, be involved in extracurricular and community activities, and display a need for financial assistance.

Funds for the scholarship program come from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Gwinnett's Gates Millennium Scholars will be honored Friday, May 10 at a special ceremony. They include:

Gwinnett Co. residents invited to "A Knight in the Garden"

Gwinnett Co. residents invited to "A Knight in the Garden"

LILBURN, Ga. -- The PTA of Knight Elementary is inviting the whole community to "A Knight in the Garden" at the school on Friday evening. 

The project is being held with help from the Environmental Protection Agency, Home Depot and residents. The garden features raised vegetable and pollinator gardens on school grounds, a spokesman for Knight Elementary said. 

"A Knight in the Garden" will run from 6:00 - 8:00. The school is located at 401 River Road in Lilburn. 

Several learning areas make up the garden, where learning comes from a Rainbow Garden, Dragon Garden, Music Garden, Heritage Garden, Storybook Garden, Herb Garden, Math Garden and Sensory Garden. 

Principal Toni Ferguson said, "Environmental awareness learned in early childhood projects promotes optimal childhood health, intellectual development and environmental stewardship." 

Online Campus registration open through May 3

Online Campus registration open through May 3

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- There's still time for parents to register their students for the Gwinnett County Online Campus (GOC) for the 2013-14 school year.

Signup, which is open to students in grades 4-12, will close Friday, May 3 and can be completed at gwinnettonlinecampus.com.

GOC is one of four charter schools within Gwinnett County Public Schools. It gives children the opportunity to study at home and at their own pace. GOC combines online and face-to-face classes with the same curriculum found at traditional Gwinnett elementary, middle and high schools.

Gwinnett Tech hosting plant sale

Gwinnett Tech hosting plant sale

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- Horticulture students at Gwinnett Technical College will host a plant sale later this month and an edible sale next month.

The plant sale will be Apr. 16-18 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the college's greenhouse.

Plenty of plant types will be sold, including annuals, perennials, shrubs, herbs and house plants.

The edible sale will be May 7-9 and will feature fruits, vegetables and herbs.

"I know every year we say the plant sale gets better, but the greenhouse is spectacular. The students have pulled together the best looking and the healthiest plants ever," Gwinnett Tech horticulture program director Aaron Poulsen said in a statement. "There are more varieties than we have time to list, and I think our supporters will be pleased."

Cash and checks will be accepted at the sale; those wishing to use credit and debit cards will have to pay in the school's business office.

Gwinnett Tech brings bioscience to high school

Gwinnett Tech brings bioscience to high school

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- Forty North Gwinnett High School students recently got an up-close look at the field of bioscience, thanks to Gwinnett Technical College.

The Lawrenceville college's Life Sciences Center taught the high schoolers about careers in the fast-growing field.

Professors Herschel Meaders, Dr. Robert Powers, Dr. Mohammed Salameh and Dr. Saphronia Wallace guided the teens through different labs to give them a comprehensive view of bioscience.

"I really enjoyed touring Gwinnett Tech and learning about the different areas of bioscience and biotechnology," North Gwinnett student Anna Raye said. "My favorite session was Dr. Salameh's on protein research."

Gwinnett Tech's Life Sciences Center hosts numerous sessions for young learners throughout the year. Dr. Phil Gibson, director of the school's bioscience program, is currently creating labs for eighth graders at Moore and Sweetwater middle schools.

Summer program to teach job skills to middle schoolers

Summer program to teach job skills to middle schoolers

LOGANVILLE, Ga. -- Gwinnett County Public Schools will host a special summer program for middle school students.

The Grayson High Technical Education program will give students the opportunity to explore a number of possible career paths, including culinary arts, robotics, photography, digital media design and video broadcast journalism.

The program will be held the week of June 10 at Grayson High School.

Rising 7th, 8th and 9th graders are invited to sign for the program beginning on Monday, Apr. 1. Registration closes on May 15.

For more information, visit graysontech.org.

Grayson High School is located at 50 Hope Hollow Road.

College and Career Education Fair calls Gwinnett County students

College and Career Education Fair calls Gwinnett County students

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- Maxwell High School of Technology is hosting a College and Career Education Fair and inviting all local students to attend. 

The fair is set for Thursday, April 4 from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. Maxwell is located at 990 McElvaney Lane in Lawrenceville.

An official for Gwinnett County schools said the fair will have teachers and representatives on hand to explain how so many careers require different levels of education, and how core academic skills can help students be effective in their future workplaces. 

Along with all students of GCPS, also invited are parents, high school counselors, teachers and other educators. 

For more information, contact Maxwell High School at (770) 963-6838.