The Georgia Department of Transportation announces the winners of the annual District-wide equipment driving skills competition called the "DOT Roadeo." The Roadeo is an annual competition between Georgia Department of Transportation employees to determine the "Best" driver in six categories: Single Axle Dump Truck, Double Axle Dump Truck, Tractor Mower, Backhoe, Motor Grader and Lowboy.
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. Funding will directly support the cost of supply fees, summer art camp scholarships and the expanded outreach into the community regarding Summer Art Camp programming for children. For more information about Summer Art Camps , please call 770-536-2575.
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.
Kangaroo Express operated by The Pantry Inc., recently announced its Florida and select Georgia and South Carolina stores have raised more than $453,000 for Give Kids The World Village, a 70-acre, nonprofit "storybook" village in central Florida that provides cost-free, weeklong vacations for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families.
Students from Chestatee, East Hall, Flowery Branch and the Lanier Charter Career Academy recently attended the International DECA Conference in Anaheim, Calif. More than 16,000 students from around the world competes in marketing-based events.
Hanh Nguyen, a 2013 graduate of West Hall High School in Oakwood, has been awarded a scholarship from the Baldor Electric Company Foundation for the 2013-14 school year.
North Georgia resident Luke Pilgrim has been awarded The McClure-Scanlin Award at The University of North Georgia in Dahlonega.
This past week Jeff Gulle, photography instructor at North Georgia Technical College, competed in the annual print competition with the Georgia Professional Photographers Association. For the second year in a row, he won "Photographer of the Year."
Elachee Nature Science Center has been selected to receive a $4,000 grant as part of the Restaurant Community Grants program from the Darden Foundation, the charitable arm of Darden Restaurants Inc.
P.E.O. Chapter AB of Cumming member, Carolyn Swistek, right, presents Susan Iles of Gainesville with a $1,200 check as a part of P.E.O.s Program for Continuing Education Grant.
A crowd attended this year's Chamber Chase 5-kilometer and 2-mile Wellness Walk. The Hall County Sheriff's Office received the "Most Creative Over" for its T-shirt design thanks to Baxter's Shirt Factory. The Chamber Chase was a warm-up for the inaugural Sheriff's Summer Sprint 5K.
The following local students completed courses with exemplary marks and made the President's and Dean's List for 2012 fall semester at Gainesville State College in Oakwood.
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