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School news, April 16
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The DaVinci Academy seventh- and eighth-grade band participated in the Ninth District East Georgia Music Educators Large Group Performance Evaluation at Hart County High School Performing Arts Center in Hartwell. In their first ever LGPE participation, the group earned superior ratings from all three performance judges.

Out of 45 categories, the DaVinci band earned A or A-plus in 40 of those categories.

Timothy James Fisher of North Hall was named to the fall 2011 dean’s list at Boyce College in Louisville, Ky. The dean’s list honors students who have achieved a 3.5 or higher GPA for the semester.

Chestatee High School student Annie Roper, daughter of Jeff and Vickie Roper of Gainesville, recently won first place at the AAA Regional Literary Meet for Dramatic Interpretation in the girls division. She went on to win the state championship for Chestatee High School.

She will be recognized at the Board of Education meeting April 26.

The Gainesville State College Mediation Team won eighth place out of 47 teams competing in the International Academy of Dispute Resolution’s 11th annual International Law School Mediation Tournament held March 23-24 at the Loyola University Chicago School of Law in Chicago, Ill.

GSC students Gina Schwartz of Flowery Branch, president of the Mediation Club, Will Rigdon of Gainesville, past president of the Mediation Club, and Madeleine Broxton of Cleveland comprised the team which brought home the 8th-place honors and trophy.

GSC student Scott Fuller of Flowery Branch accompanied the team as alternate by virtue of his winning top national honors as Mediation Advocate with a swing partner from Brenau University at the Drake National Mock Mediation Tournament in fall of 2011.

The Georgia Institute of Technology has named Kara Yogan of Buford one of 75 President’s Scholars. Considered the most prestigious merit award offered to incoming Georgia Tech first-year students, the President’s Scholarship emphasizes scholarship, leadership, progress and service.

Recipients are selected by a committee of Georgia Tech admissions professionals, scholarship administrators, faculty and President’s Scholar alumni.

Exceptional Georgia Southern University students were recognized at the annual Honors Day Ceremony held recently on the University’s campus. Honors Day is held each spring to highlight distinguished students from all disciplines and areas of college life. The following local students listed below were honored:

Natasha Martin from Flowery Branch received the International Trade Award and the William J. Deal Memorial Music Scholarship.

Kristina McFadden from Commerce received the Outstanding Scholar Graduating Senior Award.

Jenna Sicard from Gainesville has been named to Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. Selected for grade-point average, campus or community leadership and service, and achievement or recognition in their area of study, the students are also required to be a junior or senior.

Students are nominated by the faculty, staff and student body of Georgia Southern.

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