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Duluth sixth-grader wins second place in state design contest, $300 scholarship


Sharona Huang not only picked up a statewide award last week, she received a $300 scholarship and lunch with Gov. Nathan Deal.

Sharona, a sixth-grader at Coleman Middle in Duluth won second place in the 2017 Manufacturing Appreciation Week student design contest in the sixth through eighth grade category. She received the honors at an awards luncheon at the Georgia International Convention Center in Atlanta.

Students from around the state submitted design entries featuring Georgia manufacturers and their products to teach students about the importance of manufacturing.

Ann Sechrist, director of Economic Development at Gwinnett Tech, said there was nearly 20 submissions from the local community alone.

“The manufacturing industry has changed significantly in the last few decades,” Sechrist said in a press release. “These are clean, high-tech jobs that pay well above average. Graduates in this field are in high-demand.”

Co-hosted by the Technical College System of Georgia and the Georgia Department of Economic Development, MAW brings attention to this component of Georgia’s economy.

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South Gwinnett JROTC receives special designation


The South Gwinnett High School Comet Battalion recently went through an intensive formal inspection and came out with high marks, which gave the unit a special designation.

The JROTC program received the Honor Unit with Distinction label, the highest accreditation level that an Army JROTC program can receive across the country. The

Comet Battalion received an overall score of 95.8 percent.
“Our cadets have been working very hard to become an Honor Unit with Distinction for approximately six years, and they have finally accomplished their mission,” said retired Lt. Col. Nathaniel Flegler Jr., the senior Army instructor in charge of the program.

The purpose of the inspection was to assess and validate the growth and compliance of the program. The accreditation consisted of a Cadet Continuous Improvement Briefing, Cadet Service Learning Project, drill/ceremony and portfolio interviews by cadets and instructors.

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Meadowcreek, Vulcan Materials set for second Quarry Crusher Run


Looking for a picturesque and, at times, grueling run on a Saturday morning next month? The Meadowcreek cluster and Vulcan Materials has just the event.
At 8 a.m. May 6, Vulcan Materials Company will host its second annual Vulcan Materials Quarry Crusher Run. Proceeds from the race benefit the Gwinnett County Public Schools Foundation Fund, specifically supporting schools in the Meadowcreek cluster.

The Vulcan Materials Quarry Crusher Run is similar to other events held in six cities across the country, running events that began in Columbia, S.C.

It’s a 3.7-mile race that takes runners from the top of the quarry to the bottom and then back to the top.

Participants will descend more than 600 feet on the way down experiencing a grade incline on average of 10 percent.

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GCPS honors top senior student-athletes


Hannah Mahaffey’s credentials set the tone for Monday night’s Gwinnett County Outstanding Senior Athlete Banquet.

The Archer senior is her high school’s STAR student, as well as a standout swimmer who will compete at the college level for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She was followed by 38 more seniors with impressive resumés of their own as the best student-athletes from Gwinnett County Public Schools were honored at the Sonesta Gwinnett Place.

The eighth annual event also saw nearly $12,000 in scholarships awarded by Scana, Balfour Scholastic Images and Mall of Georgia Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram.

“This is a testament to the commitment Gwinnett County has for students,” said Jon Weyher, GCPS’ director of athletics, activities and community schools. “This is a student-athlete recognition. You’ve heard everyone highlight academics, athletics, leadership. It’s just the best of the best. One thing I like about this event is that these kids are in the local schools and ninth-graders, 10th-graders and 11th-graders can watch them and follow in their footsteps.”

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Puckett’s Mill robotics team gears up for trip to world competition


Eight years in the making, the Sparrowbots have made it to worlds.

Led by an exhaustive research project about the pygmy three-toed sloth, and how there are just 75 left in the world, the robotics team from Puckett’s Mill Elementary won the state competition in February, and was highlighted during a pep rally at the school on Friday afternoon.

“I woke up one morning and I said, ‘We must celebrate this team,’” Puckett’s Mill Principal Ruth Westbrooks said. “With this pep rally, we are encouraging this team and congratulating them.”

The nine members of the team, who are in fourth and fifth grade, gave a presentation during the assembly about their core values and how they work as a team.

On Wednesday, they will leave for Houston and the international competition of the First Lego League. They will be part of a group of about 30 people from Puckett’s Mill, including teachers, parents and spouses. When they arrive, they will setup an exhibit that encompasses their state, country and project, and join eight other international teams.

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Gwinnett County Sports Hall of Fame announces Class of 2017, Falcons’ Quinn as keynote speaker


With an impressive keynote speaker already on board for its induction ceremony, the Gwinnett County Sports Hall of Fame made its Class of 2017 inductees public this week.

Providence Christian grad and gymnast Courtney Puckett Oros, Berkmar grad and basketball player Tony Akins, Collins Hill grad and wrestler Kyle Maynard, and Wesleyan grad and football player Chad Hall were selected for their athletic endeavors. They are joined in the hall’s eighth class by longtime Gwinnett coach Jack Britt, a Grayson grad.

Those five will be celebrated May 19 at the Infinite Energy Center with an evening that features Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Quinn, fresh off a Super Bowl LI appearance, as the keynote speaker. The event is a fundraiser for the Gwinnett County Public Schools Foundation, which provides financial resources to support the education of GCPS students.

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