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.
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."
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 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 Jackson EMC Foundation, a charity funded by the electric cooperative's members through their donations to the Operation Round Up program, has awarded grants totaling $29,500 to four agencies serving area residents.
Several local students recently competed in the Annual Health Care Occupations of America State Leadership Conference in Athens. The top three students in each of the 54 events have qualified to compete at the HOSA National Leadership Conference held in June in Orlando, Fla. The following local students placed in their respective events.
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