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Nathaniel Shelton
Nathaniel Shelton was awarded the 2012 Elsie Nesbit Trailblazer Award by the School Social Worker Association of Georgia at a recent ceremony.

The North and South Gainesville Junior Music Clubs recently held the annual music festivals. The winners for the 2012 Gainesville Music Club Festival were:

Larson Church — Gainesville Music Club Strings;

Joy Owolabi — South Gainesville Vocal Musical Theater and Jimmy Cutrell Vocal Art Song;

Ryan Sanders — South Gainesville Piano Solo;

Morgan Copeland — North Gainesville Vocal Musical Theater;

Caroline Coleman — North Gainesville Jimmy Cutrell Vocal Art Song;

John Stenzel — North Gainesville Piano Solo

Shuchi Goyal — South Gainesville Theory Grades 7-9;

Victoria Tuck — South Gainesville Theory Grades 10-12.




The Colonel William Candler Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution held its 2012 Awards Tea with special guest first lady of Georgia Sandra Deal. The following awards were given to local residents:

Nicole Newsom, Sarah Orr — DAR Good Citizens Awards for high school seniors;

Abbie Cliche, Kelsey McQueen, Hannah McQueen, Julie Fowler, Karen Zavala, Trent Partin, Madison Tart, Jake Walden, Lindsey Brock and Hanna Alfredson — DAR Good Citizenship Awards for eighth-graders;

Cole Burchardt, Joshual Burchardt — DAR American History Essay Awards;

Katherine Edwards, Virginia O’Keefe, Kylee Peacock, and Joseph Diaz — DAR Junior American Citizens Awards;

Julie Oliver — DAR Junior American Citizens Thatcher Award to an Outstanding Teacher;

Michael McCann — DAR Outstanding Teacher of American History;

Julia Cromartie, George Wangemann — DAR Community Service Awards;

Nancy Baumgardner — Certificate of Award for Excellence as Registrar.



On March 22, New Horizons West held their annual Ms. New Horizons West Pageant. Pearl Cunningham, age 85, was crowned Ms. New Horizons West 2012.

Cunningham enjoys making people laugh. She participates in the daily exercise group, singing activities, and the women’s groups where she likes to socialize.

Cunningham has been selected as one of 20 semi-finalists to participate in the Ms. Georgia Nursing Home Pageant.



Winners of the 2012 Quinlan Visual Arts Center Youth Art Month Student Choice Awards were:

Thuy-Hanh Tran: First place, "Nature’s Irony," mixed media;

Grayson Tyler: Second place, "Eagle In Flight," oil on canvas;

Bryan Castillo: Third place, "Hobby Room," mixed media sculpture.



4-H District Project Achievement was recently held at Rock Eagle 4-H Center. More than 500 students from 39 counties competed at this annual speech and performance competition.

The first-place winners of this contest will represent the Hall County 4-H Club at the state contest in July. State Congress is the highlight of the 4-H year. 4-H’ers from across the state compete in the hopes of achieving the title of "Master 4-H’er."

Hall County’s first-place winners are Anna Minor, Jared Lee, Robbie Sheppard, and John Washington. Each of these students will participate in interviews, leadership programs, educational tours and the speech contest.



The Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce Beautification Committee announces winners of the Residential Beautification Award from various sections of Gainesville-Hall County.

Award winners were nominated by neighbors and friends and selected by members of the Chamber’s Beautification Committee.

Home of Milton Robson, 3509 Tanners Mill Circle, Gainesville;

Home of Bobbie Page, 815 Lakeview Drive, Gainesville;

Home of James and Barbara Brooks, 728 Summit St., Gainesville.

For more information on Residential or Business Beautification Awards, contact Robin Halstead, Vice President Community Development, Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce, 770-532-6206, greaterhall



Micheal McClendon Sims, a junior at Riverside Military Academy, has been accepted for the Summer Leaders Seminar at West Point Military Academy in June.


Nathaniel Shelton was awarded the 2012 Elsie Nesbit Trailblazer Award by the School Social Worker Association of Georgia at a recent ceremony. The award recognizes an individual who promotes service to students and their families and has made a significant contribution to the profession of school social work.