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Steve Dougherty presents Gale Watkins with a certificate and pin for faithful service. - photo by For The Times

Gale Watkins, institutional effectiveness coordinator at North Georgia Technical College, recently received the Faithful Service Award for 30 years of service. The Faithful Service Award symbolizes the dedication and hard work that employees have performed for the institution.

Watkins and her husband, Phillip, live in Clarkesville. Phillip is also a graduate of the college in electronics technology.


Ashley McCarty, Suzanne Cindea, Emily Thomas, Amanda Perry and Bert Harrison, all of Gainesville, have recently been named to the dean’s list at Berry College in Rome for the fall 2009 semester.

To be eligible for this honor, students must have a grade-point average of at least 3.5 while carrying at least 12 credit hours during the semester.


Several Chestatee high School students placed in the DECA Career Development conference held in February in Atlanta. Winners in the following categories were:

Civic Consciousness (fifth), DECA Memorial Scholarship (second):  Meghan Montrois Community Service Project (third):  Cara Martin and Whitney Brechter Sports and Entertainment Team Decision Making (seventh):  Brice Beck and Zack Sisk Learn and Earn (seventh):  Kelsey Neukem and Taylor Wilson Entrepreneurship Participating Franchise (second):  KayLynn Samples was named vice president of chapter development for Georgia DECA for the upcoming year. Also, the following students received the Outstanding DECA Member award: Megan Montrois, Chelsea Cheshire and Whitney Brechter.

The Chestatee High School DECA chapter was named 14th in the state and named an Outstanding DECA Chapter for this school year.


Flowery Branch high School’s Odyssey of the Mind team won first place earlier this year at the regional tournament held at Harrison High School in Kennesaw. That win qualified the team to recently compete in the state finals at Columbus State University.

First- and second-place teams at the state competition will advance to the world finals this month. The team is coached by Tammy Leach.


The following area students recently competed at the SkillsUSA Georgia 2010 Leadership skills Conference in Atlanta.

Gold winners were: Judd Robinson, East Hall High School; Amber Stamey, Miguel Ramirez, Josh Crampton and Hector Torres, Johnson High School; and Matthew DeLong of West Hall High School.

Silver winners were: Shane Martin, East Hall; Ana Manrique, Faiza Khan and Erin Cansler, West Hall.

Bronze winners were: Will Anthony, Scott Allan and Hector Torres, Johnson; Zach Brown, Chestatee.

Gold award winners will compete in the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in June in Kansas City, Kan.

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