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Hanh Nguyen, a 2013 graduate of West Hall High School in Oakwood, has been awarded a scholarship from the Baldor Electric Company Foundation for the 2013-14 school year.

Nguyen was president of the Beta Club and Book Club, a member of HOSA Future Healthcare Professionals and played on the Lady Spartans varsity tennis team. She is planning to study pre-med at Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta in the fall.

Nguyen is the daughter of Phuong Tran and Thien Nguyen, who works for Baldor in Flowery Branch.

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Jordan Schoon of Dyer, Ind., has been awarded a scholarship from the Baldor Electric Company Foundation for the 2013-14 school year.

Schoon will continue studying finance at Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind., in the fall where he is a member of the Investment Banking Club, served as events director and inclusion coordinator for his dorm floor and is a Founders Scholar.

Schoon is the son of Kristy Crider and Daniel Schoon, who works for Baldor in Flowery Branch.

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James Pitcher of Jefferson has been awarded a scholarship from the Baldor Electric Company Foundation for the 2013-14 school year.

Pitcher will continue studying biochemistry and molecular biology at the University of Georgia in Athens in the fall where he has been on the Dean’s List, received the Zell B. Miller scholarship and volunteers for Habitat for Humanity.

James is the son of Susan and Jason Pitcher, who is employed by Baldor in Flowery Branch.

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Approximately 425 students from 28 middle schools and 20 high schools participated in the statewide competition National History Day in Georgia on April 27 at Mercer University in Macon.

Students competed as groups or individuals in the junior (middle school) or senior (high school) Division in five categories, which are historical papers, performances, exhibits, websites and documentary films.

Katie Rose Dionne, a ninth-grader at North Hall High School and Da Vinci Academy alumna, won first place in the state competition for the fourth year in a row. This year Dionne’s performance was about the Battle of Cowpens in the American Revolution.

Maddie Compton and Grace Van Hooser, sixth-graders at DVA, won third place in group documentary films for the junior division. Their film was titled, “Illuminating the Dark Ages: The Gutenberg Press.”

All three girls have qualified to compete in the national competition June 9-13, at the University of Maryland. Their coach is Kelly Schollaert from DVA.

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Jennifer Bulley of Gainesville has been elected to Omicron Delta Kappa national leadership fraternity for men and women.

Bulley, a junior at Washington and Lee University, was “tapped” during ceremonies on opening night of W&L’s 2013 reunion weekend.

She is an economics major and is a Bonner Scholar. She was a residential advisor 2011-12 and a Shepherd Alliance Intern in 2012. Bulley serves on the Campus Kitchen leadership team, the Outing Club Key Staff and as leadership coordinator for Generals Christian Fellowship. Bulley received a Johnson Opportunity Grant for summer 2013 to intern at the UNESCO World Heritage Area in Illulisat, Greenland. She belongs to Alpha Delta Pi sorority.

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Amber Youngblood of Gainesville was recognized recently at Darton State College’s 45th annual Honors Awards ceremony.

Youngblood received the Jerry Alex Walton Memorial Scholarship.

The Honors Award Ceremony is annually recognizes the academic achievements of students and scholarship recipients.

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Hearts of America offers its recognition to the North Hall High School students in Anita Cox’s class for collecting more than 450 pounds of food and hygiene items for Hearts of America. The donations will be sent to deployed military.

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Eighth-grade students from West Hall Middle School shared their knowledge of CPR and how to help a choking victim with fifth-graders at Flowery Branch Elementary School and Oakwood Elementary School.

The rising ninth-graders received their American Heart Association Heartsaver CPR certification in WHMS’s Health Care Science class and wanted to demonstrate the life-saving skills to younger students.

OES principal Dr. Shane Rayburn values the collaborative effort between the schools.

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