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North Georgia resident Luke Pilgrim's artwork is on display at the Hansford Gallery at the University of North Georgia in Dahlonega.

North Georgia resident Luke Pilgrim has been awarded The McClure-Scanlin Award at The University of North Georgia in Dahlonega.

The scholarship is awarded annually to a student with a portfolio having the strongest body of work in the class and a GPA of 3.0 or higher. The portfolio review was judged by the Department of Visual Arts faculty members at UNG.

Pilgrim’s artwork is on display through June 30 in Hansford Gallery at University of North Georgia in Dahlonega.

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Hall County 4-H recently participated in a horse judging event at the barn of Jeff Davis Show Horses in Braselton.

Participants judged three halter classes and three performance classes. A reining demonstration and question-and-answer session were conducted at the end of the event.

The Hall County 4-H Horse Club will have two junior teams and one senior team competed May 4 at the State 4-H Horse Judging event in Athens.

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Emily Bruce, a 2013 North Hall High School graduate, received the “Brenau Scholar Award,” which is a full-paid tuition scholarship. She plans to major in English. Bruce attended the University of North Georgia for the fall and spring semesters 2012-13. She is attending college through a program called Move on When Ready. She will have more than 30 hours of college credit when she enters college. Bruce is active in her local church, Northside Church.

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Carly Reid, a senior dance education major from Commerce, was a featured student choreographer in “Change is the Only Constant,” the 2013 spring dance program at Brenau University.

The program was April 11-13 at the John S. Burd Center for the Performing Arts, 429 Academy St., on Brenau’s campus.

The 10 unique works in the program include two pieces by Reid. Her contemporary senior thesis choreography, “Her Majesties,” portrayed the complexities of the six wives of King Henry VIII.

She also presented a solo work portraying an abstract awakening of a scarecrow and her ensuing curiosity.

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HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, Va. — Thomas Heyward Drury was recently elected to the College Activities Council at Hampden-Sydney College, as a representative of the senior class, for the 2013-14 academic year.

The CAC is an arm of student government responsible for planning dances, concerts, movies and other activities for students. Student government was first introduced at Hampden-Sydney in 1886 and has a long and respected tradition.

Drury is a graduate of Lakeview Academy and is the son of Brent and Laura Drury of Gainesville.

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BATON ROUGE, La. — The following local students were initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.

The following students were granted an achievement for being inducted into Phi Kappa Phi at The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi:

Margaret Dollar of Braselton, Melissa Parker of Jefferson, Trent Tignor of Hoschton, Madeline Kearns of Gainesville, Jordan Vuaghan of Gainesville, Christina White of Gainesville, Ivy Godfrey of Braselton, Jennifer Whitaker of Cleveland, Sharon Keane of Cleveland, Patrick Higingbotham of Gainesville, Jennifer Turlington of Gainesville, Michael Turlington of Gainesville, Elizabeth Love of Gainesville, Lisa Logue of Gainesville, Rachel Weaver of Hoschton, Hilary Ference of Hoschton, Rachel Rogers of Lula, Jessica Williams of Maysville, Jill Putnam of Oakwood, Taylor Turner of Statham, Samuel Broucek of Statesboro, Paula Pinkerton of Bogart, Cynthia Johnson of Jefferson, Lawrence Winsor of Athens, Clayton Wing of Bogart, Clark McDonald of Cleveland, Nicole Williams of Flowery Branch, Kiersten Sapp of Gainesville, Catherine Ball of Maysville, Harold Turk of Flowery Branch and Leigh Poole of Bogart.

Founded in 1897, Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Membership is by invitation only to the top 10 percent of seniors and graduate students and 7.5 percent of juniors.

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WALESKA — Jessica Simmons, a junior from Flowery Branch, was recognized at Reinhardt University’s recent Honors Day Ceremony on Sunday, April 7. In all, one faculty member and 96 students were honored.

Simmons was recognized as a Hugh Peterson Jr. Academic Scholar, which is awarded to seniors and juniors with a cumulative grade point average of 3.6 to 3.89.

Reinhardt has two locations: a residential campus in Cherokee County in Waleska and a center focused on adults in Alpharetta.

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The Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce initiated Youth Leadership Hall in 2005, and 443 students have graduated from the program. Youth Leadership Hall is designed to develop leadership skills for high school juniors and seniors while increasing awareness of the community. The YLH program seeks to provide an investment in the community’s future leadership by fostering interest in the community and inspiring students to become the leaders of tomorrow.

The 2013-14 session begins with a kick-off program at the Gainesville Civic Center on Aug. 20 with educators, principals, superintendents, volunteers and parents. Students will participate in monthly programs on topics such as the judicial system, health care, servant leadership and economic development. Students must have a satisfactory academic standing and be nominated by a teacher, administrator, coach or extra-curricular activity director. The 2013-2014 class is:

Chestatee High School students Logan Allen, Grace Brown, Macey Jarrard, Madison Mayfield, Austin Pasmore, Maitri Patel and Melanie Smith; East Hall High School students Emmunel Andrade, Angela Cruz, Laura Gonzalez, Tarryn Long, Melanie Raper, Jiovany Reyes and Courtney Tyner; Flowery Branch High students Caroline Catledge, Sarah Clack, Taylor Kay, Bailey Little, Donnie Lo, Hunter McGee, Matthew McVey, Faith Thompson and Allison Walls; Gainesville High School students Lauren Carter, John Cumiskey, Gabrielle Diaz, Madeline Harr, Alaina Holeman, Braz Jackson, Kelsey Kirkpatrick, Morgan Mercer and Diana Vela; Johnson High School students Sydney Farley, Eduardo Figueroa, Conner Grady, Christopher Marin, Huong Nguyen, Lindsey Waters and Sawyer Wilson; Lakeview Academy students Emily Bendin, Kelly Holt Harrision, Christian Reinhardt, Anna Rogers, Nathan Zottnick and Dalton Snydery; Lanier Charter Career Academy student Ali Farmer; North Georgia Christian School student Sam Youngblood; North Hall High School students Elle Hefner, Travis Davis, Dalton Lavender, Thomas Marchman, Bryce Schuebert, Clay Shope, Erica Thomas, Amber Thompson and Haley Twiggs; Riverside Military Academy students Benjamin Herman, Pearce Sauls, Conner Schiro and Harrison Summerour; and West Hall High School students Allison Compton, Carrie Crocker, Katie Harben, Austin Paul, Amberleigh Teyes, Lincoln Stubbs and Taylor Walker.

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Michelle Kniffen of Braselton has been inducted into Samford University’s chapter of Alpha Lambda Delta freshman honor society. The society honors Samford freshmen in the top 20 percent of their class with grade point averages of 3.75 on a 4.00 system.

“I really appreciate the fact that ALD celebrates the first year of college when there are so many challenges and transitions in life,” said Samford geography professor Jennifer Speights-Binet, ALD advisor. “By focusing on that first year of college, ALD is acknowledging that education is a journey, and the beginning and middle of the journey are just as important as the end.”

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Cornerstone Schools earned first place in the eCYBERMISSION web-based science, technology, engineering and mathematics competition for sixth grade.

Teams had to propose a solution to a real problem in the community and compete for state, regional and national awards. Mission challenges included alternative sources of energy, environment, food, health and fitness, forces and motion, national security and safety, robotics and technology.

Sixth-grade winners on team Venuswere Gian Dev, Caitlyn Fricks, Neve Miskus and Lucas Storz. The team investigated the effect of various soil types on the rate of decomposition of organic and inorganic materials in landfills. Each student on the first-place state-winning team will receive $1,000 in U.S. EE Savings Bonds.

The eCYBERMISSION is part of the Army Educational Outreach Programs. One of AEOP goals is to increase literacy in science, technology, engineering and mathematics hopefully leading American students to the better career opportunities. Expanding STEM education opportunities across the country will improve our global competitiveness.

Cornerstone Schools offer pre-kindergarten programs, elementary, middle and high school as well as summer camps. The campus is at 4888 Browns Bridge Road in Cumming.

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Gainesville High School student Alex Longoria has been selected from a pool of more than 54,00 applicants as one of 1,000 Gates Millennium Scholars for 2013. He will receive a full, annually renewable scholarship to any university or college in the U.S. of his choice. He has been accepted to Columbia University in New York City.

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Logan Clark of Gainesville is a new junior member of the American Angus Association, reported Bryce Schumann, CEO of the national organization with headquarters in St. Joseph, Mo.

Junior members of the Association are eligible to register cattle in the American Angus Association, participate in programs conducted by the National Junior Angus Association and take part in Association-sponsored shows and other national and regional events.

The American Angus Association is the largest beef breed association in the world, with more than 25,000 active adult and junior members.

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