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Kali Peterson holds her award-winning poster while standing with Hall County firefighters.

In December, fifth-graders at McEver Elementary School had an electrifying experience. Ed Gillot, electrical engineer from Baldor Reliance Electric, showed students the fundamentals of a simple motor using wire and a magnet. He also showed them a cut away of an operating motor that is similar to the ones designed and manufactured at his plant in Flowery Branch. When he was done with his presentation, the students participated in a hands-on project about the role that magnets play in producing electricity. Gillot is the husband of fifth-grade teacher Linda Gillot.

Natalie Escobar of West Hall High School was awarded the $3,000 Silver Award in the Georgia High School Drawing Competition for her artwork, "Pippi in Wonderland." Savannah College of Art and Design announced 10 winners of the competition on Saturday in a ceremony at SCAD-Atlanta. The winners were awarded scholarships to attend SCAD, SCAD-Atlanta or SCAD-eLearning.

Twenty-seven technical college executives from across the state of Georgia have graduated from the Technical College System of Georgia’s Executive Leadership Academy. June McClain, director of instruction of Lanier Technical College in Oakwood was among the 2007 academy class graduates.

Participation in the academy is selective and by invitation only. McClain was nominated to attend the academy by Lanier Tech president Mike Moye, and then approved by the Executive Leadership Academy’s board of directors. Currently in its second year, the intensive, 10-month academy is held on technical college campuses across Georgia.

Kali Peterson, a fourth-grader at Wauka Mountain Elementary, won first place in a poster competition held by the Hall County fire department. Her prize was a ride to school on a fire truck, which happened to be driven by her uncle who works out of the Wauka Mountain station.