Kyle Donaldson, son of Randy and Tari Donaldson and a member of Boy Scout Troop 203, has achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. For his project, Kyle constructed an 80-foot brick walkway leading to a prayer labyrinth at Pleasant Hill Presbyterian. Kyle is a sophomore at Flowery Branch High School.
The National Federation of Music Clubs has awarded gold cups to 33 area piano, voice and strings students who participated in the annual North Gainesville Music Festival held recently at Brenau University in Gainesville.
The highest awards went to three students who received 45-point Gold Cups in Piano Solo.
They are Caitlin Cosper, student of Josephine Cosper; Connor Monaghan, student of Keith Jefcoat; and Lila Kate Cooley, student of You Ju Lee.
Students receiving 30-point gold cups were:
Piano students Maggie Auffarth, student of Sherry Franklin; Benjamin Jobson, student of Jefcoat; Hannah Nichols, student of Sara Harris; Naomi Kelly, student of Sharon Collins; and violin student Jenny Zimler, student of Laurin Smith.
The following students received 15-point gold cups:
Piano students Amelia Brock, Nolen Bryant, Ansley Rochester and Carey Sartain, students of Beth Lawrence; Olivia Robbins, student of Franklin; Chase Bennett, Hayley Duncan, Matt McAndrew and Ana Smith, students of Jefcoat; Connor Bizon, Nicholas Dillard and Georgia Whitehead, students of Jeff Shaw; Phong Giang, Jin Moon, Phil Moon and Ines Shin, students of Lee; Laila Hasnain, student of Nicole Parks; Delaney Benson, McKinley Benson, Timothy Deremer and Kadi Perry, students of Donna Kirkindoll; and Ashley Harold, student of Harris.
Also receiving 15-point cups were Claire Herndon and Jamie Mancuso, cello students of Mary Alice Swope; and Anna Diaz, violin student of Smith.
All teachers are members of the Gainesville Music Club, which sponsors the annual Junior Music Festivals in conjunction with the Georgia and National Federations of Music Clubs.
Georgia's Parks, Recreation and Historic Sites Division recently was honored with two national accolades.
The division won a "National Award of Excellence" from the National Association of Recreation Resource Planners and is a finalist for the National Recreation and Park Association's gold medal award.
The 2009 National Award of SCORP Excellence from the National Association of Recreation Resource Planners and the National Park Service is a result of Georgia's Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan.
The National Recreation and Park Association's Gold Medal Excellence in Park & Recreation Management award is the most prestigious accolade a recreation agency can achieve.
It is co-sponsored by the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration. Georgia shares nominee status with state park systems from Michigan, Pennsylvania and North Carolina. The winner will be announced in October at the 2009 NRPA Congress & Exposition in Utah.
The I-85 North Board of Realtors recently held its Homes for People and Pets 5K run/walk and 1-mile fun run. Approximately 100 runners and walkers participated, and the event raised $1,800 for the Humane Society of Jackson County.
The following students have been awarded scholarships to this summer's Quinlan Visual Arts Center's summer art camp, Art of Pirates Adventure: Alan Campos, Celilia Castro, Gabi Bean Diaz, Nichaela Athena Merida, FloraJean Puente, Trinidad Puente and Jack Rohlfs.
The scholarships were made possible by proceeds from the annual Latin Gala, held at the Quinlan in conjunction with the Gainesville Multicultural Committee.