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12 Gwinnett seniors win college-sponsored scholarships

12 Gwinnett seniors win college-sponsored scholarships

GWINNETT CO., Ga. -- Twelve seniors in Gwinnett County Public Schools recently learned they will receive additional financial assistance for their college educations.

The students all earned the College-Sponsored National Merit Scholarship. They join a select group of only 2,900 students nationwide to receive the honor.

Winners are chosen based on their high school academic performance. Each scholarship is worth between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study at a certain school.

Gwinnett's recipients are:

* Gabriella L. Anderson
Parkview High School, Lilburn
Attending Auburn University
Probable career field: Theater

* Cristina V. Azcoitia
Dacula High School
Attending Auburn University
Probable career field: Neurology

* Stanley R.

Lawmakers to look for charter school solutions

Lawmakers to look for charter school solutions

ATLANTA -- State lawmakers are planning to meet next week to hammer out solutions for more than a dozen charter schools that face closing after a Georgia Supreme Court ruled the state commission that created them is unconstitutional.

Senate Education Committee Chairman Fran Millar said the meeting is set for June 3 at 10 a.m. at the Capitol. The Atlanta Republican says the goal is to make sure the 16,000 students enrolled in the schools have an "education setting that meets their needs" when school starts this fall.

Millar has invited several state officials, including state schools Superintendent John Barge and Mark Peevy, executive director of the Georgia Charter Schools Commission.

 

My School, My Choice 12 Powerful Photos that tell a story

My School, My Choice 12 Powerful Photos that tell a story
Parents, Students Rally To Keep Charter Schools Open  In the first place, God made idiots. That was for practice. Then he made school boards. 

"Ghost Out" at Norcross High School shows devastating consequences of drinking and driving

"Ghost Out" at Norcross High School shows devastating consequences of drinking and driving

Norcross, Ga -  At this time of the year, students are excited about the prom, graduation parties and often don't realize the consequences of being reckless and driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.   On May 18th, 2011, Norcross High School presented "Ghost Out" to the entire student body.   Around 3000 students crowded into the stadium to see first-hand, a simulation of a serious accident involving two cars racing and heading to a graduation party.    Following the collision,  sirens from the police cars and firetrucks filled the area around the school as the police and firefighters rushed onto the field.  The  victims were extracted from the vehicle using the "Jaws of Life" provided by the Gwinnett Firefighters and one student was pronounced dead and one critically injured.   A Georgia Lifeflight helicopter landed on the field and removed the critically injured teen.    The driver that

Charter school law declared unconstitutional

Charter school law declared unconstitutional

ATLANTA -- A Georgia law that cleared the way for a surge in new charter schools was struck down by the state's top court in a high-profile decision that will affect thousands of students and could reshape how the state's public school system is funded.

The Georgia Supreme Court's 4-3 decision on Monday overturned the 2008 Georgia Charter Schools Commission Act, which allowed the state to approve and fund charter schools over the objection of local school boards.

Gwinnett juniors improve on graduation test

Gwinnett juniors improve on graduation test

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- The results of the spring 2011 Georgia High School Graduation Test (GHSGT) continued a trend for Gwinnett County juniors: topping state results.

More than 9,000 Gwinnett 11th graders took the test in March. They scored the system's highest-ever passing rate in Science (96 percent) and met the previous all-time high in English/Language Arts (94 percent).

Additionally, a higher percentage of Gwinnett students earned the "Advanced Proficiency" or "Honors" designation, compared to their peers in the rest of the state.

Students must pass all four sections of the GHSGT to receive a high school diploma.

LOCAL PROFILE: Gwinnett County Summer Reading Program

LOCAL PROFILE: Gwinnett County Summer Reading Program

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. – Although, local schools are on the cusp of summer recess students in the area will, no longer, back able to use summer as an excuse to impede their enrichment. The Gwinnett County Library System is sponsoring their annual summer reading programming for this year on May 22. The county offers programs for teens and children.

Participants can register online stating May 9, for the summer reading program.