Former Gwinnett County resident Aeshia Miles utilized her athletic talent to go to college and beyond. In August she was named a graduate assistant softball coach at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois, the first step in her plan to one day be a head coach on the Division I level.
And now Miles, who played on state-championship teams at Collins Hill High School in 2011 and 2013 and utilized her pitching ability during a four-year career at Ball State University, seeks to help others in their educational pursuits.
Thanks to a pivotal presidential election and an energized team of faculty, staff, administrators and students, more than 450 Meadowcreek High School students have registered to vote in 2020.
Credit school librarian Cicely Lewis for not only getting students registered through her Vote Woke program, but also for educating students on the decisions they made and make while at the polls and reminding them of the importance of each and every opportunity to cast a ballot.
For Sugar Hill Elementary School second grade teacher Katie Blum, the desire to be a teacher goes way back.
In fact, as a little girl, she would play teacher and make family members pretend to be her students. It's just something that has seemingly always been a part of her.
Nitheyaa Shree's plans for a career in nueroscience research received a major boost when the senior recently became Georgia State University's first Marshall Scholar.
“I’m very excited and very honored,” Shree, a Duluth resident said. “As the very first Marshall Scholar from Georgia State, I feel like this will open doors for those who are coming after me, and I hope to inspire other students to apply.”
The pandemic didn't stop a group of local students from continuing the Friday Night Food Fight this year. In fact, seven Gwinnett County high schools participated in the event — raising $25,000 during a two-week period.
That money equates to about 100,000 meals for local food pantries, organizers said. The event, started five years ago by the Mill Creek High School Student Council, has local schools competing to see who can collect the most food (or donations for food) for local food pantries and co-ops.
The ArtsBridge Foundation recently announced the 24 Georgia high schools chosen to compete in the 13th Annual Georgia High School Musical Theatre Awards, including five schools from Gwinnett County.
Known as “The Shuler Awards,” organizers named the competition for the Marietta-born star of the stage and screen who is host of the awards event. Prior to spring 2020, the event was held in the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre and last year’s awards presentation took place virtually on May 14 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.