Tyrone "Hollywood" Roberts visited students at Riverbend Elementary School earlier this year. He delivered a speech to encourage students to persevere and show determination in order to make their dreams come true. Roberts demonstrated several of the famous Harlem Globetrotters' basketball tricks with a little help from some of the Riverbend students.
The following students recently graduated from Brenau University in Gainesville: Charles Green, Tracy Troutman, Eloise Flanagin, Anna Hawkins, Jessica Daniel, Joey Barrett, Melissa Black, Rommie Stalnaker, Giovanna Holden, Heather Lyons, Allison Nethery, Amy Todd, Sarah Jett, Tonya Adams, Catherine Brinson, Brant Glover, Catherine Van Parker, Anne Trotter, Jared Terry, Stephanie Wood, Danielle Di Fede, Ruthnie Angrand, Heather Sturm, Jennifer England, Jisel Arroyo, Lindsey Clark, Sara Diosdado, Holly Allen, Lindsey Strohsnitter, Kevin Crawford, Eric Radich, Angella Powell, Deloris Bagwell, Ashley Riley, Maria Fernandez, Carrie Brookshire, Emily Romine, Megan Shuler, Peter Keys, Heather McDonald, Nyssa Mooney, Havolynne Page, Marie Batho, Sybil Schneider, Gabriel Espinoza, Christa Perry, Christina Van Den Handel, Kelsey Alexander, Stephanie Reid, Jennifer Kelley, Dana Crocker, Lyn Froehlich, Tammy Lashley, Lisa Scroggin, Rebekah Galyean, Meah Garrison, Robert Yarem, Nathan Wallace, Shannon Brookshire, Angela Carrillo, Craig Leslie, Emily Lewis, Katie Ramey, Margarita Scott, Jordan Beasley, Heather Galavitz, Amanda Dale, Claudia Goss, Christian Smith, Rachel Arms, Sierra Jackson and N'Tara Hendrix, all of Gainesville; Cortney Orme and Cresta Davis, both of Clermont; Debbie Dorsey and Deborah Mintz, both of Maysville; Scotty Poole, Ashley Armour and Tonya Gaines, all of Lula; Mary Harris, Ashley Albey, Janice Gomez, Kimberly Pirkle, Emily Rowland, Jana Clyatt, Amy Coleman, Rachel Nodine, Randi Orr, Jill Peterman, Stacey Phagan, Tiffany Blake, Stanley Ledford, Kelly Dodd, Patricia Klaput, Heather Kotula, Stanley McQueen, Philip Paulk and Heather Guenther, all of Flowery Branch; Kristina Shepard, Tiffany Towns, Kathleen Reynolds, Katrina Beck, Suzette Burt, Mitzi Floyd, Dessica Westbrook, Stacie Tanner and Sarah Stanley, all of Dawsonville; and Tammy Whitt, Courtney Reece, Jessie Clark and Annie Reece, all of Gillsville.
Flowery Branch High School's junior varsity academic team, which competed in the Georgia Academic Team Association's tournament in McDonough on April 19, won the statewide championship for the AAA division. The Flowery Branch team is the No. 1 team in the state for the 2007-2008 school year. Participants in this tournament were Andrew Popovici, Sean Magee, Chelsea Feihaut, Liz French and Jake Jacob. Popovici was named Most Valuable Player for the event. The team's coach is Lori Koser.
Whitney Fagge of Gainesville was recognized at Reinhardt College's Honors Day Ceremony on April 27. In all, 122 students and one faculty member were honored. She was recognized as a Hugh Peterson Jr. Academic Scholar, an award given to seniors and juniors with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.6 to 3.89.
Korey Brown and Bryant Wine, recent graduates of East Hall High School in Gainesville, have been awarded Georgia Military Scholarships. They are members of the East Hall Junior ROTC and plan to attend North Georgia College & State University in Dahlonega. The military scholarship is a full scholarship. Only 32 are offered in the state.