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11/20/2017

For most students, summer vacation is a relief from the daily school grind, a time to catch up on sleep, take family vacations or maybe even work a part-time job. But for Peachtree Ridge High School seniors Nile Ravenell and Shaza Mehdi, it was the precious time they needed to create the project they plan to submit into the upcoming Gwinnett Regional Science, Engineering and Innovation Fair.

Putting in a focused 40 hours per week all summer won the two 17-year-olds the attention of businesses near and far, long before the science fair, set for Feb. 23 at the Infinite Energy Center in Duluth, is even scheduled to take place.

Their project, an app they named PlantMD, helps diagnose diseases in common garden fruit and vegetable plants.

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11/20/2017

Parkview ought to build a bigger trophy case for its Marine Corps JROTC unit.

For the ninth straight year, the unit received a Naval Honor School award from the commanding general of the Marine Corps Training and Education Command at Quantico, Va.

The units that receive this award are selected by the Area Commander for attaining the highest overall rating during the school year.

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11/17/2017

The health and wellness of you and your family is at the forefront of your mind, so it's our top priority. That's why Gwinnett Medical Center has partnered with Gwinnett County Public Schools to make you aware of the programs, services and tools available to meet the unique needs of each member of your family. From primary care and urgent care to sports medicine and general wellness information, we are committed to keeping you and your family healthy.

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11/15/2017

By Gwinnett County Fire Chief Casey Snyder’s estimate, the Maxwell High School of Technology in Lawrenceville may be the only school in the U.S. that has a fire training tower on its campus for students to use.

He said there is one school out west, in Meridian, Idaho, that lets students use a training tower, but Snyder said it’s not on that school’s campus. Either way, the fire chief said Gwinnett County and a town in Idaho may not be comparable to each other.

“One thing I don’t know is how many four-story buildings, or taller buildings, that they have in Meridian, Idaho, but we do (have them) and we’re going to have a lot more,” Snyder said at tower’s ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday. “So this facility is certainly going to be both innovative and timely for all of us, both the students and us.”

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11/13/2017

Students at Lawrenceville’s Moore Middle School now have another reason to pursue a college degree.

Bernard Watson, the founder of a new education foundation, launched the effort in honor of his sister, who died four years ago following a fight against breast cancer. Watson said the program would offer college savings accounts and seed money to two classes of sixth-grade students at the school who were selected through a lottery.

The foundation is called S.T.E.P.P., which stands for Success Through Education Preparation and Perseverance, in honor of the Barbra Watson-Riley Striving Students Scholarship Program.

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11/13/2017

Karen Hallford, assistant director of the Gwinnett County Public Schools School Nutrition Program, has been named a 2018 Foodservice Achievement Management Excellence (FAME) Award winner.

The School Nutrition Association will present Hallford with the Silver Spirit Award during the 2018 School Nutrition Industry Conference in New Orleans in January. The award honors recipients for their innovations and achievements. Hallford is one of six nutrition professionals who will be honored as part of the 29th annual FAME Awards competition.

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