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Winners in the recent Miss Falcon pageant at Flowery Branch High School are, from left, Carsey Pilcher, Tiana Milazzo, Ashley Hurst, Tori Parrish, Allie Hedden, Alexis Hart, Jennifer Phillips, Ashleigh Grant, Chelsea Johnson, Staley Alexander, Stephanie Swenson, Amanda Martin, Montana Nowak and Madi Sexton.

Students at Flowery Branch High School recently competed in the Miss Falcon pageant at the school. The pageant was directed by Stacie Mavis and the master of ceremonies was Bryan Mavis.

Underclassmen winners received a $50 scholarship while the senior winners earned a $200 scholarship. The winners were:


  • Alexis Hart
  • Allie Hedden (first runner-up)
  • Jennifer Phillips (second runner-up)

Formal wear: Allie Hedden

Talent: Alexis Hart

Miss Congeniality: Carsey Pilcher

Miss Photogenic: Ashleigh Grant


  • Tori Parrish
  • Ashley Hurst (first runner-up)
  • Tiana Milazzo (second runner-up)


  • Staley Brooke Alexander
  • Stephanie Swenson (first runner-up)
  • Chelsea Johnson (second runner-up)


  • Amanda Martin
  • Madi Sexton (first runner-up)
  • Montana Nowak (second runner-up)

Chanel Bess of Fair Street International Baccalaureate World School was the winner of the A Day Made Better contest sponsored by Office Max. She was given more than $1,000 in supplies and materials for her classroom, including a camera and printer. Office Max also donated about $400 in supplies to the school's office.

Chuiqing Kong, a junior at Brenau Academy, recently attended the National Young Leader Conference in Washington, D.C. Kong attended sessions that helped develop leadership skills and participated in activities such as a mock Congress and a workshop about the U.S. Constitution. The conference also gave Kong the opportunity to debate world issues with students from around the country and visit some of the country's memorials in Washington.

Kong also had the chance to listen to speeches given from the floor of the U.S. House and meet Rep. Nathan Deal.

Students at East Hall Middle School have collected close to 50 pairs of gently used shoes for people around the world.

This is the third year the school has participated in the shoe drive for Share Your Soles, an organization based in Chicago. So far, more than 200 pairs have been collected for needy children.

If you are interested in donating a pair of shoes, contact East Hall Middle at 770-531-9457.

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