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435 Gwinnett educators retire

435 Gwinnett educators retire

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- Now that the school year has ended, Gwinnett County Public Schools officials are prepared to honor the 435 district employees who will retire this year.

The retirees dedicated a collective 11,233 years of their lives to teaching. They served in several capacities -- in the classroom, on the bus, behind the counter in school shops, and so on.

"I would like to personally thank each of our retiring employees for their service to Gwinnett County Public Schools, to our community, and most importantly to our students," GCPS Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks said in a statement. "Each and every one of these individuals made a difference through their contributions. While they are closing a chapter in their lives, their legacy will continue as our school system builds on all that they have accomplished to serve students next year and in the years to come."

11 Gwinnett students named Gates Millennium Scholars

11 Gwinnett students named Gates Millennium Scholars

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- Eleven graduating seniors in Gwinnett County public schools have been named 2012 Gates Millennium Scholars.

The prestigious Gates Millennium Scholarship, which is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, pays full college tuition, room and board for some of the country's most promising young people. Only 1,000 students earn the scholarship every school year.

This year's Gates Millennium Scholars from Gwinnett County include:

Collins Hill High School
Vivek Kamlesh Patel
Will attend the University of Georgia
Major: Pre-medicine

Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology
Arsalan Akkas Sufi
Will attend Yale University
Major: Undecided

Meadowcreek High School
Alex Shaun Steele
Will attend the University of Georgia
Major: Computer engineering

UHY Advisors Taps Beth Bissell as Marketing Manager for Atlanta Office

UHY Advisors Taps Beth Bissell as Marketing Manager for Atlanta Office

UHY Advisors Inc. today announced the appointment of Beth Bissell as Marketing Manager for the Southeast practice. Bissell will be based in the Atlanta office, serving clients nationwide. She brings expertise in proposal writing, as well as design, process improvement and project management and will report to UHY Advisors’ Managing Director in the southeast, Frank Fenello.

“Beth Bissell’s extensive experience in proposal design and process will take us to a new level,” said Frank Fenello. “It’s vital that we provide our clients with materials that embody not just information but also the transformative power of what UHY Advisors offers companies.”

Nationally, UHY Advisors is one of the top 25 professional services firms specializing in business consulting and tax services to public and private companies in the Fortune 1000 and middle market.

100+ Gwinnett students chosen for Governor's Honors

100+ Gwinnett students chosen for Governor's Honors

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- More than 100 high school students from Gwinnett County were selected for the 2012 Georgia Governor's Honors Program.

This prestigious program gives Georgia's best and brightest students the opportunity to spend four weeks pursuing their passions in a challenging, learning-centric environment.

Gwinnett students make up a whopping 15 percent of those chosen to participate.

"Governor's Honors is such a competitive program that even being nominated is an accomplishment," Dale Lyles, director of the program, said in a statement. "I congratulate the students of Gwinnett County Public Schools and look forward to meeting them and their parents in June."

Gwinnett's Governor's Honors finalists include:

Berkmar High School
* Adila Abdulwahid, communicative arts
* Eden Hailemichael, communicative arts

15 Gwinnett students win National Achievement Scholarship

15 Gwinnett students win National Achievement Scholarship

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- Fifteen students from Gwinnett County received the National Achievement Scholarship in 2012.

This program, which is part of the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, recognizes and honors outstanding black high school students across the United States.

More than 800 students received over $2 million in college funds from this year's scholarship program.

Gwinnett County's recipients are:

Berkmar High School

* Kerra I. Jones
$2,500 scholarship
Probable career field: neonatology

Brookwood High School

* Adrian Bortier Alabi
$2,500 scholarship
Probable career field: electrical engineering

* La'Ron-Chenee H. Tracey
National Merit Scholarship
Probable career field: international law

Central Gwinnett High School

* Matthew H. Pack
$2,500 scholarship
Probable career field: engineering

CPCID board welcomes new member

CPCID board welcomes new member

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- The Gwinnett Place Community Improvement District (GPCID) welcomes Kimberly Morphis as the newest member of the board of directors.

Morphis is the president of LVK Management Corp., a commerical real estate property management company. She specializes in leasing and managing shopping centers.

"We are excited to have Kimberly Morphis join the board to help us further our objective of increasing the vitality of greater Gwinnett Place," GPCID executive director Joe Allen said in a statement. "We welcome her leadership and professional insights as we move forward with a number of highly visible and important improvements."

The next GPCID board meeting will be held on Wednesday, Apr. 11. Learn more at www.gwinnettplacecid.com.

Peachtree Ridge junior named Gatorade Ga. Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year

Peachtree Ridge junior named Gatorade Ga. Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year

SUWANEE, Ga. -- A Peachtree Ridge High School student-athlete has been named the 2011-2012 Gatorade Georgia Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year.

Junior Josh Brickell is the first Peachtree Ridge student to receive the honor.

The 5-foot-11-inch runner raced to his second consecutive Class AAAAA individual state championship this season with a time of 15:40:68, helping the Lions place fifth as a team. Brickell placed fourth in the Foot Locker South Regional championships and eighth at the national Foot Locker Cross Country Championships.

Also a track standout, Brickell maintains a 4.0 GPA and volunteers on behalf of his church and Peachtree Ridge's chapters of the National Honor Society and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.