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.
Pfc. Matthew Charles Sneed recently graduated from Advance Individual Training at the Defense Information School, Fort Meade, Md. Sneed completed the Basic Television Equipment Maintenance Course, affiliated with the U.S. Army Signal Corps.
Hall County 4-H'ers recently competed at the 4-H District Project Achievement held March 4-6 at Rock Eagle 4-H Center in Eatonton. To be eligible to compete, the 4-H'ers submitted a portfolio in January that highlights their project and leadership activities, community service and other school and community related activities.
The Notre Dame Glee Club delivered an a cappella program of sacred, secular and contemporary music at Lakeview Academy in Gainesville. Recognized as one of the finest all-male collegiate choral groups in the country, the University of Notre Dame Glee Club visited Atlanta during its spring tour of the Southeast.
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.