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Flowery Branch High School Falcon Marching Band officers celebrate the band’s class A second-place finish at the Old South Marching Festival and Competition at Newnan High School. Standing, front row from left, are Tyler Ellis, Rebecca Staley, Kellie Clendennin, Sydni Carr, Marie Peacock, Kaelin Clendennin and Corey Scienza. Standing, back from left, are Caitlin White, Michael Bermejo, Chelsea Puckett, James Lambert, Corey O’Quinn, Alec Johnson, Rachel Hortman and Kaylynn Crites.

Gainesville Elementary School has announced the winners of the 2007 School Bus Safety poster contest. For grades kindergarten through second, first prize goes to Sandy Do, a second-grader. For grades third through fifth, the winner is Carlos Martinez, a fourth-grader. Students received a certificate for a free McDonald’s Happy Meal, and their artwork will represent Gainesville city schools at the state level of the poster contest.

Thirteen students at Lakeview Academy have earned the designation of AP Scholar by the College Board in recognition of their exceptional achievement on the college-level Advanced Placement exams. Five students qualified for the AP Scholar with Distinction award by earning an average grade of at least 3.5 on all AP exams, and grades of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams. These students are Kristin Corbett, Sibylle Freiermuth, Nicholas Johnson, Jennifer Whitehead and Kelsey Zottnick. In addition, eight students qualified for the AP Scholar Award by completing three or more AP exams, with grades of 3 or higher. These AP Scholars are Tauseef Anam, Chris Beck, David Burleson, Chris Gatti, Kat Miller, Chase Ollis, Jeff Reynolds and Hannah Styles.

The Flowery Branch Marching Band placed second overall band in class A at the Old South Marching Festival and Competition held Nov. 3 at Newnan High School in Newnan as well as at the Georgia Invitational Band Championship held Oct. 27 at Hiram High School. The band performed its halftime show, "Good vs. Evil." At the competition in Newnan, the band earned first place for majorettes, color guard, percussion and drum majors. Drum Majors Marie Peacock and Sydni Carr earned second highest ratings of the day. At the competition in Hiram, the majorettes earned first place.

The North Hall Marching Trojans completed their most successful competition season in six years on Nov. 3 at Newnan High School in Newnan. The band and percussion placed first in class AAA. The guard finished third in the class and Sara Beth Jones finished second in the class for drum majors. The size of the band would have normally put them in Class A, but director Alan Kirkland chose to register them in Class AAA, with bands up to twice their size. The band ranked fifth out of 18 for the entire day, while the percussion section finished third out of 18 for the entire competition.