Nicholas Blackwell obtained a Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from Mercer University. Blackwell graduated as member of the Phi Lambda Sigma National Leadership Society. He is the son of Doug and Christi Blackwell of Gainesville.
The Northeast Georgia Writers' club recently held its 37th annual awards banquet at the Gainesville Elks Lodge, announcing winners of the 2011 writing contests. Local author and illustrator Robyn Hood Black was the keynote speaker, presenting a "Journey Through Words and Pictures."
Abigail Coleman of Gainesville has been chosen winner of the Hall County Chapter of Georgia Right to Life Oratory and Writing contest. The contest was open to all Hall County juniors and seniors. Coleman is a student at North Georgia Christian School. She will represent Hall County in the state contest in Lawrenceville.
Cadets John Kishimoto and Justin Beverly of Gainesville were recently presented with a commendation and their first set of second lieutenant gold bars by the members of Georgia Mountain Chapter, Military Officers Association of America.
The National Federation of Music Clubs has awarded gold cups to 41 area piano, voice and strings students who participated in the annual North Gainesville Music Festival held recently at Brenau University.
Twenty-two Hall County fifth- and sixth-grade Cloverleaf 4-H'ers traveled to Union County to participate in district project achievement on March 26. Each 4-H'er gave an illustrated talk, performance or demonstration on a topic of their choice.
Anyone who has wandered through the lobby of the Visual Technology Building on the Clarkesville campus of North Georgia Technical College may view an array of images captured by students in the photography program. But once a year the studio doors are thrown open for a public viewing with visitors getting up close and personal with the budding photographers.
Julian Lopez of North Hall High School and Madison Tasker of West Hall High School have been selected to participate in the EarthCare: The Leadership Challenge of the 21st Century program, according to Darrell Synder, Georgia Power Gainesville area manager.
North Hall's Andrew James Cape earned first place in the proficiency competition for dairy production placement at the 87th Georgia FFA State Convention last month. The event was held April 23-25 at the Macon Centreplex.
Cadet SSG Adam Stumpf, a Riverside Military Academy sophomore, and Cadet SGT Ayaz Mustafa, an RMA freshman, have both been accepted to "Earthcare: The Leadership Challenge for the 21st Century" to be held at Berry College in June.