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Members of Gainesville State College’s SIFE team are, seated from left, Monica Thomas, Nathaly Loaiza, Stephanie Llanes, Maria Martinez, Helen Petgrave, Vanessa Stephens, Tina Ma and Dieu Tran. Standing, from left, are SIFE Advisor Katie Simmons, Barbara Morrison, Chris Cooke, Billy Hulsey, Shane Gravitt, Jerry Johnson, Donette Spruill, SIFE Advisor Garfield Anderson, Marcho Hull, Zach Thomas, John Hernandez, Natasha Bennett and Stephanie Lopez. - photo by For The Times

The following students local students recently graduated from Mercer University’s Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer’s University in Macon, all receiving juris doctorate degrees:

David Gram, Justin Rossi and William Thompson, all of Gainesville.


Wesley Yonts of Dahlonega has been named to the dean’s list for the spring 2010 semester at Morehead College in Morehead, Ky.

To be eligible for this honor, a student must have a semester GPA of 3.5 or better and take a minimum of 12 letter-graded hours (four courses).


Chelsea Sirard of Gainesville was named to the dean’s list at Darton College in Albany for the spring 2010 semester. To be eligible for this honor, a student must be full time and have earned a 3.4 or higher GPA.


Pia Adolphsen of Dawsonville, the daughter of Brigitte and Gert Adolphsen; Sarah Penn of Buford, the daughter of Nancy and William Penn; and Marie St. Germain of Flowery Branch, the daughter of Mariette and Martial St. Germain, all recently graduated from Agnes Scott College in Atlanta.


Odiri Urhuogo of Buford recently graduated from Nazareth College in Rochester, Ky.


The Gainesville State College Students in Free Enterprise team was named a Regional Champion at the SIFE USA Regional Competition held in April in Atlanta. This is the 16th year in a row the Gainesville State SIFE team was named a regional champion.

At the regional competition, the GSC SIFE team was also named a finalist in the Teaching Success Skills and Teaching Financial Literacy Special Topic competitions.

Gainesville State’s SIFE is one of more than 500 SIFE programs in the United States. Participating students use business concepts to develop community outreach projects that improve the quality of life and standard of living for people in need. During this academic year, the GSC SIFE team organized 20 projects in the Gainesville/Hall and Oconee County communities, including teaching Junior Achievement classes to high school, middle and elementary school age children, teaching the American Business Merit Badge to Boy Scouts at the Winter Advance-O-Rama, teaching financial literacy classes using the Peer Financial Counseling and HSBC Money Matters curriculum, sponsoring canned food drives on campus and in the community and presenting workshops on interviewing skills and entrepreneurship on both campuses.

As a regional champion, the Gainesville State SIFE team advanced to the 2010 SIFE USA National Exposition in Minneapolis, Minn., in May, where the school’s SIFE team competed against four-year colleges and universities.

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