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Ayanna Griffith, a second-grader at Enota Multiple Intelligences Academy, holds her poster that recently won second place in the third-grade division of the Woodsy Owl and Smokey Bear poster contest sponsored by the Garden Club of Georgia. Adeline Bryant, a second-grader, won first place and her poster will go on to the National Garden Clubs to be judged. Crabapple Garden Club is the local sponsor.

Scott Mechler and Harold Shoffeitt Jr. of Gainesville recently graduated from Reinhardt University in Waleska.

Jennifer L. Wilcox of Buford recently graduated from Seton Hall University in South Orange, N.J.

The following students graduated in the fall of 2009 from the University of Georgia in Athens:
Tom Bellhouse and Heather Pyne of Alto, Kyla Gaffney of Commerce, Benjamin Hinson of Baldwin and James Rylee of Homer;
Sarah Darby and Elizabeth Washington of Dawsonville;
Jordan Bell and Alan Pierce of Demorest; Stephenie Scroggs of Alto; Mary Smith and Alan Pierce of Demorest; and William Umbehant of Mount Airy;
Patricia Barnes, Jason Fraser, Paul Godfrey, Daniel Sage and Jessica Wright of Flowery Branch; Charles Bodine of Murrayville; Eric Burnette, Colin Dunlop, James Ellis Jr., Kathleen Pendleton, Lisa Plowman, Gregory Preston, Moriah Shope, Phat Dat Vu and Kathleen Yapp of Gainesville; Graham Hanson of Oakwood; Roberto Aguilera of Hoschton; Roberto Aguilera and Christopher Andrew of Hoschton; Courtney Broadwell, Yvonne Manley, Amanda Peavy and Brandon Smith of Jefferson; Robert Bryan and Glen Ramsey of Nicholson; and Aime Lloyd of Pendergrass;
Kalei Caldwell and Jason Strever of Dahlonega;
Matthew Cook, Kevin Patterson, Emily Sprayberry and Sarah Stanley of Blairsville;
Jeremy Palmer of Cleveland.

The Lanier Charter Career Academy DECA chapter recently competed at the DECA International Career Development Conference in Louisville, Ken. More than 12,000 students from the United States, Canada and several other countries participated in the competition.  


Lance Pulliam, a junior at Chestatee High School, and Carolina Lopera, a senior from Flowery Branch High School, placed first in the Hospitality and Tourism Operations Research category. Morgan Barron, a senior at Flowery Branch, and Eliza Paris, a senior at North Hall High School, placed second in Internet Marketing Business Plan. Danielle Miller, a senior at Flowery Branch, placed in the top 10 for Learn and Earn with her presentation on the Design 360 student-ran promotions lab. Hayley Wells, a senior at Lanier Career Academy, placed in the top 16 in Entrepreneurship Participating Independent for her business plan for a bridal consulting firm.
Other members of the LCCA DECA chapter placing in the top 20 percent of competitors include Ellie Forrester, KayLynn Samples Amy Edmonds, Hailey Smith, Alyssa Preslar, Cydney Stephens and Brittany LeBlanc.
DECA is an international organization for high school students in marketing, management, hospitality and entrepreneurship. The Lanier Charter Career Academy DECA has students from across Hall County who attend the charter class programs in hospitality and tourism marketing, and interactive marketing and advertising.

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