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North Hall High Principal Joe Gheesling presented awards to the following teachers at the school’s End of the Year Luncheon. From left are Jennifer Rudeseal, ABCD Award; Sharon Hartis, Trojan Spirit Award; Jeff Chandler, Gold Apple Award; Gheesling; Laura Stephens, Pulling for the Kids Award; and Ruth Hall and Don Stafford, Retiring with 30 Years of Service.
The following Hall County students recently graduated from Piedmont College in Demorest:
From Flowery Branch: Iris Aleta Butts, Jennifer Marie Callaway, Merrissa Gallegos, Amy L. Glover, Lori Ann Moore, Dawn Jordan Roberson, Kathryn Clarise Sanchez and Latricia Ann Hopper.
From Gainesville: Laurie Cole Samples, Bryan Thomas Black, Allene Bledsoe Gossman, Angela Cheryl Grimes-Graeme, Deena Fay Hicks, Autumn Ruby Hudgins, Lisa N. Jennings, Thomas West Macloskie, Michelle Miller, Mark Corey Poole, Michael A. Rubio, John Chris Satterfield and Oscar Henry Simpson.
From Oakwood: Natisha Camp, Lloyd Lynch Herford and Josh McEachin.

Emily Dunlap “Sissy” Lawson was unanimously elected as a trustee of the University of Georgia Foundation at its recently annual board meeting.
A 1968 graduate of UGA, Lawson was the first woman mayor of Gainesville and served on the Gainesville City Council for 18 years. She also has volunteered with organizations including the First United Methodist Church of Gainesville, Elachee Nature Science Center, North Georgia Community Foundation, the State Botanical Garden and Habitat for Humanity.
Her term of service on the UGA Foundation board began July 1, and she will serve on both the Audit and Governance and Development and Public Affairs committees.  

In conjunction with National School Nurse Day, Hall County School’s Director of Student Services, Jim Sargent, presented Dee Scarpellino with the RN School Nurse of the Year award, and Ellen Neece with the LPN School Nurse of the Year award.
Scarpellino has 36 years of nursing experience and is the school nurse at McEver Elementary School, while Ellen Neece has 22 years of nursing experience and is the school nurse at East Hall Middle School.

The following students have been named to the dean’s list for the spring semester at Young Harris College in young Harris: Ryan Bender of Braselton; Kendra Cowart of Lumpkin County; Brandie Garrett, Raquel Jasso, Stewart Teaver and Lauren Gillespie of Gainesville; Mary Marlowe of Clermont.
To be eligible for this honor, students must achieve at least a 3.5 GPA.
The following students recently graduated from young Harris College: Rashelle Edwards of Gillsville, Gillespie and Callie Stevens of Gainesville,

Erin Waller of Buford recently graduated from Rice University in Houston.

Seven students recently graduated from the Hall County Schools’ and Northeast Georgia Medical Center’s second annual Project SEARCH program.  
Project SEARCH is a unique business-led transition program designed for students with developmental disabilities.  The program targets high school seniors whose main goal is employment and who will benefit from career exploration. The cornerstone of the one-year-program is immersion into Northeast Georgia Health System, which serves as the host site for the program.  
In the program, students learn employment-related job skills while participating in three worksite rotations that prepare them with the essential job-specific skills needed to gain and maintain meaningful employment.  

Andrew K. McRee recently graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law. He is a 2003 graduate of North Hall High School and the son of Mitch and Lynn McRee of Gainesville.
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