The following high school students have been named semifinalists for the 2012 National Merit Scholarship Program. These academically talented high school seniors have the opportunity to continue competing for National Merit Scholarships that will be offered in the spring of 2012.
Kenneth Alvarez has been selected to receive the Jim Andrews Family Foundation Scholarship awarded by the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences for the 2011-12 academic year.
The following students were named the president's list at Georgia Southern University for summer 2011. To be eligible, students must have a 4.0 grade-point average and carry a minimum of 12 hours for the semester.
Peachtree Plantation Senior Community celebrated National Assisted Living Week by converting their community into a luxury cruise ship. National Assisted Living Week was proclaimed by the Oakwood City Council for the week of Sept. 12-18.
Blackshear Place Baptist Church recently opened the doors on the newest addition to the church in South Hall. The new space is called "The Venue," and Blackshear Place Director of Communications Stephen Odum said "it reminds us of all the reasons this building will exist."
Hall County High School 4-H'ers started their new year with a learning program about mutual funds. Curtis Collins from Collins and Associates Securities and Advisory Services in Oakwood was guest speaker.
Army Pfc. Joshua J. Rebello has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla. He is the son of Kristina McCroan of Flowery Branch and a 2002 graduate of from North Gwinnett High School.
Two students from Hall County, Johnathan Kytle and Chad Williams, were named to the summer semester dean's list at Middle Georgia College. To make the dean's list, a student must have at least a grade-point average of 3.5 out of a possible 4.0 while maintaining a full academic load.
The Gainesville Newcomers Club recently gave the Gainesville Police finger food and other varieties of homemade dishes to show appreciation for their dedication to the community. With the help of Cpl. Kevin Holbrook, who works in the Community Relations Department, Rae Aldridge, Beverly Collins and Linda Brady delivered an assortment of baked goods provided by numerous GNC volunteers.
Georgia Mountain Food Bank raised more than $53,164.50 and received more than 6,313 pounds of food in its Stock the Shelves Campaign, which will help build up nutritional food supplies for more than 58 distribution partners.
Cadet Technical Sergeant Gabriel Robertson of the Civil Air Patrol in Gainesville was recently awarded the Silver Cadet Medal by the Daughters of the American Revolution for his work with the Wreaths Across America service in April at the Alta Vista Cemetery.