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Choral students from the six Hall County middle schools recently participated in Large Group Performance Evaluations, sponsored by the Georgia Music Educators Association.

A three-person panel judged musical performance and sight-reading abilities for students, groups and teachers. Each chorus performed two selections, one from a specified list.

Every school had choral groups receive superior ratings, the highest given, and C.W. Davis received superior ratings for both Performance and Sight Reading categories in all sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade levels. North Hall, East Hall, Chestatee and West Hall scored all superiors in Performance; South Hall scored superiors in Sight Reading.

Amanda Martin, an eighth-grader at C.W. Davis Middle School, has been accepted to the Duke University Talent Identification Program's Center for Summer Studies. Her score on the ACT surpassed 80 percent of test-takers across the country.

Hunter Martin, also an eighth-grader at Davis, was accepted to the Center for Summer Studies program at Duke University based on his ACT score in math. Also, he attended the Future Business Leaders of America state conference in March and placed sixth for Level 2 Keyboarding Applications.

Sophie Parker, a senior at Heritage Academy, has been named a Beta Scholar by the National Beta Club and has won a $1,000 scholarship.

Parker plans to attend Mercer University in Macon. She was recommended for this award by the local Beta Club sponsor Lisa Dorsey and headmaster Ken Gossage. She is the daughter of Bryan and Sherri Parker.

Gainesville State College recently hosted the 15th annual Gainesville State College Math Tournament.

About 85 students representing nine colleges from four southeastern states competed. Gainesville State College placed fourth in the team competition and 13 Gainesville State students from the Gainesville and Oconee Campuses participated.

Lauren E. Pilcher of Flowery Branch has been inducted into the Samford University chapter of Theta Alpha Kappa national honor society for religious studies.

Pilcher is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Tim Pilcher. Samford University is located in Birmingham, Ala.

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