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School News, June 4
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Jackson EMC recently awarded the A.T. Sharpton Scholarship to six Northeast Georgia students this year. Scholarships are awarded based on academic accomplishments, standardized test scores, extra-curricular activities, personal biographies and letters of recommendation.

Jeremy Cwikla, a Chestatee High School senior, is the son of Ilene Cwikla of Gainesville, Cwikla participated in the band, tennis, Boy Scouts and Health Occupational Students of America.

Ben “Chase” Bennett, a Gainesville State College freshman, is the son of Joseph and Myra Bennett of Gainesville. Bennett participated in the Student Government Association, Presidential Leadership program and the Baptist Collegiate Ministry.

James Pitcher, an East Jackson County Comprehensive High School senior, is the son of Jason and Susan Pitcher of Jefferson. Pitcher participated in Student Council, Beta Club, the National English Honor Society and played varsity soccer.

The Chestatee, East Hall, Lanier Charter Career Academy and North Hall DECA chapters attended the DECA International Career Development Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Students attending competed against 14,000 students from around the world in a variety of different business and marketing related competitions.

Allison Doty, North Hall, placed in the top 16 for her Entrepreneurship Participating Franchise Event. She researched and created a business plan for opening an optometrist business and presented the plan to judges.

Nicole Columbo, LCCA, placed in the top 10 in Creative Marketing Campaign at the international level for her work with Corrigan Care, a special-needs day care program in Marietta.

Chance Bloomer, North Hall, placed in the top 10 in the series event of Full Service Restaurant Marketing Management. He competed against 125 other individuals.

Ellie Forrester and KayLynn Samples placed second in Public Relations Project at the International level for their work with the Buy Hall Y’all campaign. They competed against 145 teams and were also 1 out of 5 teams selected to receive the Microsoft Technology Applications Award for their use of technology in their campaign.

Carley Stamps, a freshman at Lumpkin County High School in Dahlonega, won the state’s Rumbaugh Oratory competition April 28. She will represent the state at the national meet in July, held in Phoenix. The contest was sponsored by the Lyman Hall Chapter of the Georgia Society Sons of the American Revolution.
Carley’s speech was based on the exploits of her ancestor, Ebenezer Carley, who served with Ethan Allen and the Green Mountain Boys during the Revolutionary War. Ebenezer Carley was involved in several key campaigns of the war, from Fort Ticonderoga through to the final battle at Yorktown.

Berry College welcomed 286 new alums May 5 at the Spring Commencement.

  • Trevor Bishop of Gainesville earned a BS degree in Exercise Science.
  • Brian Davis of Buford earned a BS degree in Dual-Degree Engineering.
  • Beth Anne Dunagan of Cleveland earned a BA degree in Government.
  • Brittany Farmer of Hoschton earned a BS degree in Accounting.
  • Hannah Gunnin of Cleveland earned a BA degree in Anthropology, Religion.
  • Taylor McKenzie of Gainesville earned a BA degree in Communication.
  • Emily Thomas of Gainesville earned a BS degree in Early Childhood Education.
  • Sara Walcott of Cleveland earned a degree in Economics.