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Eagle Scout beautifies Gwinnett Tech

Eagle Scout beautifies Gwinnett Tech

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- A Gwinnett County Eagle Scout used his project to overhaul the landscaping at Gwinnett Technical College.

Brian Dalrymple is a junior at Mill Creek High School in Hoschton and a member of BSA Troop 1534 from Buford. His father Allan is program director of Gwinnett Tech's Emergency Services Education program.

Dalrymple and members of his troop planted 21 trees and 1,400 plants on the Gwinnett Tech campus. The Eagle Scout's plan was designed to minimize the heat island effect on the school's grounds, according to Gwinnett Tech spokesperson Dana Urrutia.

Urrutia said a heat island is created when open land and vegetation are replaced with roads and buildings. Effects of a heat island include increased energy costs and air pollution.

Dalrymple and Gwinnett Tech grounds manager Gail Zorn spent three weeks planning and planting the project. Thanks to his hard work, Dalrymple officially became an Eagle Scout in December.

Ga. Gwinnett College celebrates first MIS graduate

Ga. Gwinnett College celebrates first MIS graduate

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- A 25-year-old computer whiz is the first person to receive a degree in Management Information Systems (MIS) from Georgia Gwinnett College.

Courtney Heba received her diploma Thursday during the Lawrenceville college's fall commencement.

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"I chose to pursue the MIS concentration because I love technology and business," said Heba, who earned a BBA with an MIS concentration. "I want to work in the IT field, but I also want a strong business application background, so the MIS concentration was the perfect combination, and I didn't have to expend time and money pursuing courses I didn't need."

97.5% of Gwinnett students pass Ga. High School Writing Test

97.5% of Gwinnett students pass Ga. High School Writing Test

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- More than 97 percent of high school juniors and seniors in Gwinnett County passed the Georgia High School Writing Test in 2012.

Gwinnett's 97.5 percent is much higher than Georgia's 93 percent, up from 91 percent in 2011 and 88 percent in 2007, when the more rigorous test was rolled out.

Students must pass the annual writing assessment to receive a high school diploma. A perfect score is 350; a student must earn at least 200 points to pass. They may take the test multiple times during their junior and senior years.

A breakdown for each Gwinnett County high school is as follows:

Archer HS
475 students took the test
98.5 percent passed the test

Berkmar HS
569 students took the test
97.2 percent passed the test

Brookwood HS
770 students took the test
99.1 percent passed the test

Students' artwork to hang in City Hall

Students' artwork to hang in City Hall

SNELLVILLE, Ga. -- Snellville's Art on the Wall at City Hall program is honoring local students in December.

Works from Brookwood High School students will be on display at City Hall all month, Snellville Mayor Kelly D. Kautz announced Tuesday.

An opening night reception for the display will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Attendees can mingle and chat with the budding artists and view their creations.

Anyone interested in having their work featured by the Art on the Wall program can get more information at snellvillearts.com.

Berry students to sell goods at Harry's Farmers Market

Berry students to sell goods at Harry's Farmers Market

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Berry Student Enterprises will sell some of its wares at Harry's Farmers Market in Marietta this weekend.

The student group will be at the Powers Ferry Road store from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17. The Berry entrepreneurs will sell a bit of everything -- from cheese to mints to hand-made scarves.

"We could not be happier. This is a huge deal for the enterprises," Josh Fancher, a Berry sophomore from Lawrenceville and risk management specialist of the enterprise, said in a statement.

Participating enterprises include Martha's Herbs, Season's Harvest, Viking Creations and Viking Furniture. Each enterprise is made up of Berry students working closely with a faculty advisor.

For more information, visit berry.edu/studententerprises.

Look for JROTC cadets collecting for the Empty Stocking Fund Nov. 3-4

Look for JROTC cadets collecting for the Empty Stocking Fund Nov. 3-4

More than 2,000 JROTC cadets from 30 metro Atlanta high schools
to participate in historic fundraising effort

On Saturday, November 3rd and Sunday, November 4th, visitors to metro Atlanta Kroger stores are likely to be met by a smiling, uniformed JROTC cadet with an Empty Stocking Fund logo, as more than 2,000 cadets representing 30 metro Atlanta high schools’ JROTC programs will be working outside metro Kroger stores to raise awareness of and contributions for The Empty Stocking Fund, an Atlanta-based, Atlanta-serving non-profit organization that has been providing holiday gifts to Atlanta’s neediest children since 1926. 

International Student Media Festival recognizes nearly 100 local projects

International Student Media Festival recognizes nearly 100 local projects

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- The 2012 International Student Media Festival recognized almost 100 projects from Gwinnett County students on Thursday.

The program incorporates the use of media technology for teachers to motivate, educate and inspire students, according to Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS).

"Excellence in Media Production" awards will be given to 79 entries, 97 were recognized, and 12 were honored with both the "Excellence in Media Production" and "Judge's Favorite" awards. Six entries qualified for "Best In Festival," the competition's highest honor.

The six "Best of Festival" projects include:

 

From Britt ES and teacher Sara Forrester: