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Gainesville resident Heather Nicole Smith is the recipient of a Student Professional Association of Georgia Educators Undergraduate Scholarship, awarded each year through the Professional Association of Georgia Educators Foundation.

The $1,000 scholarship goes to an outstanding SPAGE member in a teacher education program who will soon be entering Georgia’s classrooms. Recipients agree to teach in Georgia for three years. Smith is an early childhood education major and attends Gainesville State College in Gainesville.

Local student members of Brenau University Golden Tigers intercollegiate athletics teams helped Brenau place six teams in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics rankings for top Scholar Team awards.

The local participants were:

Ana Lopera

from Gainesville, runner on the Golden Tigers Cross Country team.

Ashley McCoy

from Maysville, runner on the Golden Tigers Cross Country team.

Ashley Valentine

from Hoschton, middle blocker on the Golden Tigers Volleyball team.

To be eligible for the prestigious national honor for student athletes, all the members of the team must post grade-point averages that result in an overall team GPA of more than 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

Six of Brenau’s eight varsity programs qualified for NAIA Scholar Team awards: cross country, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis and volleyball.

The following students have been named to the dean’s list at the Savannah College of Art and Design for summer quarter 2011. Full-time undergraduate students who earn a grade-point average of 3.5 or above for the quarter receive recognition on the dean’s list:

Alexandra Clotfelter

of Gainesville;

Jessica Dunagan

of Gainesville.

BP and Clipper Petroleum have donated $22,500 to East Hall County Area Schools, which includes a $20,000 Fueling Communities grant donation. Of the total funding, $15,000 will be donated to East Hall High School; $5,000 to East Hall Middle School; and $2,500 to White Sulphur Elementary School. The use of the funds will support a wide spectrum of programs and activities at each school, including student leadership programs, extracurricular clubs, academic teams, athletic teams and technology upgrades to enhance learning.

The BP Fueling Communities program provides grants to local organizations that are nominated by BP’s Branded Marketers like Clipper Petroleum to support the communities in which they do business. Fueling Communities gives back to local organizations that support health, education, youth, food and housing to spread charity and goodwill.