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Patricia Smith, left, was recently named North Hall Middle School Staff Member of the Year and Debbie Wiley was named Teacher of the Year. They are pictured with North Hall Middle School Principal Brad Brown.

Tadmore Elementary teacher Jon Kostulakos was surprised by visitors to his classroom from OfficeMax who had come to announce that he had been selected as one of 1,000 teachers across the nation to receive the annual "A Day Made Better" award.

The award includes $1,000 worth of school supplies, which is OfficeMax’s way of giving back to teachers, the vast majority of whom spend their own money to enhance learning for their students.

Kostulakos was recommended for the award by Tadmore Assistant Principal Judy Mancusco.


The Belhaven University Athletic Department celebrated the achievements of its student-athletes during the Excellence in Athletics Day Sept. 27.

Hamilton Harper from Clermont was honored during the program for excelling in both athletics and academics. Harper is a sophomore pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.


On Sept. 28 at The Oaks at Lanier Career Academy, students from all over Hall County in all grade levels participated in a technology showcase in which they demonstrated their use of technology in the classroom to enhance their learning. East Hall Middle School was represented by Bailey Jarrard, Eric Covarubbias and Emma Stuart.


On Oct, 6 the West Hall High School Band of Silver competed in the Lake Lanier Tournament of Bands at Chestatee High School. The band received superior ratings in all categories during both performances. The drumline finished third in class double-A.

Abigail Lewis finished first among Class AA feature twirlers. The band also finished third in Class AA.In competition, the silver division consisted of 11 of the best bands from the region (including several from Hall County). The WHHS Color Guard was rated second overall in the silver division.

Drum major Roxie Smith was rated the best overall drum major in the silver division. The West Hall Band received the highest overall score among the 11 bands in the silver division.

This is the 25th anniversary year for West Hall High School and the band program, under the leadership of band director Ernie H. Phillips.


Sarah Waller of Gainesville was elected by classmates to represent the Senior Class on the 2012 Homecoming court at Samford University. The court was introduced at halftime of Samford’s Oct. 13 game against Appalachian State University. Waller, a journalism and mass communication major, is the daughter of Anna and John Waller


Amy Broome from Gainesville State College won the top individual performance honors and Brenau University scored the most points in team competition at the 10th annual Brenau Invitational Mock Mediation Tournament.The tournament, a regional program that has been regarded as a limbering up for teams that participate in national competition each November, featured representatives from colleges and universities in three states: two teams each from Brenau, Gainesville State, Georgia State University, Middle Tennessee State University, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Western Carolina University, Clayton State University and Brenau University.

Broome, a business administration major from Oakwood earned the Elizabeth Baumgardner Peacemaker Award for both mediation and advocacy.

Brenau’s team of Shantel Francis, Melanie Fain and Carmen Hughey finished first in team scoring, followed by second-place Gainesville State’s team of Broome, Scott Fuller and Gina Schwartz.

Many of the participants will return to Gainesville on Nov. 1-3, when Brenau hosts the 13th annual National Intercollegiate Mock Mediation Tournament, the first time the tournament has ever been held outside of the Midwestern United States.