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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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Norcross High School theatre director inducted into Educational Theater Association’s Hall of Fame


The theatre director at Norcross High School was recently inducted into the Educational Theater Association’s Hall of Fame.

“To receive this honor from the Educational Theatre Association is just beyond words and to have my family there when I was honored — priceless,” said Gina Parrish.

Parrish has worked as a teacher and director for the past 29 years. She was inducted into the Georgia Thespian Hall of Fame in 2011.

Parrish was selected for induction by a committee that included one member of the Association’s Board of Directors, one other volunteer leader and one member of the Hall of Fame.

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Dad builds hammock for Gwinnett special education classroom


The typical school supply list at Rosebud Elementary didn’t include a hammock, but it’s turned out to be one of the most popular and useful items around.

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Brookwood teacher receives another honor for entrepreneurship program!


It’d be difficult to pinpoint a better stretch professionally for Cindy Quinlan.

The Brookwood High School teacher picked up another honor, the third time she, or the program she works with, has been honored or received a monetary donation.

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