Piedmont College in Demorest, awarded degrees to 470 students. Among the graduates were the following area residents:
Jackson EMC recently awarded the A.T. Sharpton Scholarship to six Northeast Georgia students this year. Scholarships are awarded based on academic accomplishments, standardized test scores, extra-curricular activities, personal biographies and letters of recommendation.
Ryan Cravero, a sophomore at Johnson High School, entered his 1967 Ford Fairlane in the recent "Cruise In For A Cure" Car Show at Chestatee High School.
Joy Messerschmidt of Gainesville has been given a full tuition scholarship plus a paid teaching assistantship to the Applied Medical Anthropology Phd Program for the fall of 2012 at the University of Connecticut.
2nd Lt. Bryant Wine of Gainesville was commissioned into the Georgia Army National Guard in a ceremony held May 3 at North Georgia College & State University. As part of the ceremony, Wine's parents, Brent and Nancy Wine, attached his new lieutenant's gold bars to his uniform.
The Quinlan Visual Arts Center recently received Summer Art Camp scholarship funding throught he help of Publix Supermarkets Charities, Cargil Community Cares and the Jackson EMC Foundation Operation Round Up program.
North Hall Middle School's seventh-grade health class received a Health Certificate of Achievement from the Georgia School Nutrition Association for its win in the statewide Move it Challenge. Students wrote a poem or essay about being healthier and then the class chose the best three for competition. They were recognized at UGA with Coach Mark Richt at a dinner in the athletic dining facilities.
Thomas Larry Nix of Gainesville was honored as one of the Golden Anniversary alumni at Reinhardt University's 2012 commencement ceremony.
Namhee Kwak of Gainesville has received the Burroughs Welcome Scholarship Award. Kwak is a fifth-year student in Northeastern University's Bouve College of Health Sciences' pharmacy program. This award is presented annually to recognize undergraduate students demonstrating excellence and financial need.
The Georgia Art League at the Quinlan Visual Arts Center announced the award winners of the 2012 Late Spring Exhibit in the Sawyer Gallery. Bob Westervelt was the judge for the awards. First place went to Marie-Helene Gardelle for her raku "Maternite." Second place went to Ruth Money for her oil painting "A Life Well-Lived," and third place went to Dana Ross for his 3-D wood sculpture "Edge."
Fifth-grade gifted students at Gainesville Exploration Academy recently interviewed retired Times editor Johnny Vardeman about the history of Gainesville City School System.
The following students were initiated into The Georgia Southern University chapter of Phi Eta Sigma, a national honor society for college freshmen. To be eligible, initiates earn a minimum GPA of 3.6 while enrolled full-time:
The North and South Gainesville Junior Music Clubs recently held the annual music festivals. The winners for the 2012 Gainesville Music Club Festival were:
The DaVinci Academy seventh- and eighth-grade band participated in the Ninth District East Georgia Music Educators Large Group Performance Evaluation at Hart County High School Performing Arts Center in Hartwell. In their first ever LGPE participation, the group earned superior ratings from all three performance judges.
The following local students were recently recognized as the Grady Young Foundation's "Rising S.T.A.R.S."
The Gainesville Newcomers Club was the host of a Senior Citizen Valentine's Day luncheon Feb. 12 at the Senior Life Center in Gainesville. Volunteers and some of their spouses served a hot lunch and ice cream sundaes to approximately 93 Hall County seniors. During the luncheon, Newcomers Club volunteers entertained their guests with games and prizes.
Army Spc. Thomas W. Roa has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Benning. During the nine-week training period, he received instruction in drill and ceremony, weapons, rifle marksmanship and bayonet training, chemical warfare, field training and tactical exercises, armed and unarmed combat, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, and Army history, traditions and core values. Roa is the son of Mark T. Roa of Gainesville. He is a 2007 graduate of West Hall High School. He earned a bachelor's degree in 2011 from the University of Georgia.
Pharmacy students from the Georgia campus of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine prepared diabetes care packages in January to benefit patients at the Good News Clinics in Gainesville.
The new Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market on Browns Bridge Road in Gainesville has partnered with the Georgia Mountain Food Bank, presenting the bank with a $2,500 grant at the store's grand opening in January.
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