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Riverside Military Academy’s Corps of Cadets recently won the coveted President’s Trophy for best marching unit at the Atlanta Veteran’s Day Parade.

Kimberly Fox of Buford graduated from Berry College with a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology.

Bert Harrison of Gainesville, graduated from Berry College with a Bachelor of Science degree in exercise science.

The following students from your area were awarded bachelor’s degrees from Flagler College in St. Augustine, Fla.:

Heather Louise Herndon, of Sautee-Nacoochee;

Kendall Paige Shelton of Buford.

Michael Johnsa of Buford received a Bachelor of Science degree from Belhaven University.

MaKenzie Bryant, an eighth- grade student at North Hall Middle School, is the Hall County winner in the 10th annual Clean Water Campaign Essay Contest. The contest encourages students to write about problems and provides solutions to protecting our water quality and supply in the metro Atlanta region. It is sponsored by the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District (Metro Water District).

Hall County Commissioner Billy Powell presented the county award to MaKenzie at North Hall Middle School.

Powell said, "We all know how important conservation and protecting water quality is especially with Lake Lanier in our backyard and MaKenzie’s writing has framed the issues perfectly. She highlights easy things that each of us should be doing in our daily lives to help conserve water and protect water quality and Hall County is extremely proud of her."

The county winners receive a $25 check along with a certificate presented by a county representative.

To see the complete list of winners, visit

Riverside Military Academy Corps of Cadets recently won the coveted President’s Trophy for best marching unit at the Atlanta Veteran’s Day Parade.

This is the corps’ third consecutive win of the President’s Trophy for RMA.

"This victory is the culmination of hundreds of hours of dedicated preparation and training by our cadets," says RMA Commandant Lt. Col. J. Kevin Jarrard.

The theme of this year’s Atlanta Veteran’s Day Parade was "Honoring our Greatest Generation, our World War II Veterans."

Kendra Lynne Cowart of Murrayville was among 14 Young Harris College students inducted into the Alpha Sigma Omicron chapter of the international English honor society Sigma Tau Delta during a special ceremony held in Susan B. Harris Chapel on the Young Harris College campus.

The primary objective of Sigma Tau Delta is to confer distinction upon students of the English language and literature in undergraduate, graduate and professional studies. The society also recognizes the accomplishments of professional writers who have contributed to language and literature.

Wauka Mountain Elementary School received a $500 grant from the ExxonMobil Educational Alliance program from Clermont IGA, Clermont. The ExxonMobil dealer worked with school officials to secure the grant, which is one of 4,000 available to schools across the country served by Exxon or Mobil stations.

Riverside Military Academy has nominated four students to attend the state level interviews for the 2012 Georgia Governor’s Honors Program: Benjamin Jobson, DoYeun Kim, Michael Sims and

Harrison Summerour.

The Governor’s Honors Program is a residential summer program for gifted and talented high school juniors and seniors. A function of the Georgia Department of Education, it takes place at Valdosta State University.

More than 2,800 students from across the state will be interviewed and auditioned over three weekends in January and February. From those nominees, 690 finalists will be chosen to participate in the 2012 program. Since the program is fully funded by the Georgia General Assembly, there is no charge for students to attend.

The Family Career Community Leaders of America and Interact Club from Flowery Branch High School recently donated time and help to Good News at Noon in Gainesville. There were 10 students who cooked, served and helped clean. Jennifer Wood, FCCLA’s advisor, and the many members of FC CLA worked hard to raise money to fund their trip to the soup kitchen by selling T-shirts. All together they served about 75 people in need.

Students from the Hall County Honors Mentorship Program recently visited the governor’s mansion. Students toured the mansion and met briefly with first lady Sandra Deal. Then they enjoyed lunch at the Swan Coach House before heading back to Gainesville. HMP includes juniors and seniors from all six county high schools. Susan Rogers, Assistant Principal of FBHS, Jennifer Killingsworth, HMP co-coordinator and Kathy Mellette of NHMS accompanied the students.

Dax Jaxon Danns of Gainesville was among nearly 1,500 students who received degrees from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln at winter commencement exercises. Danns received a bachelor of arts from the College of Arts and Sciences.

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