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School News, March 21
Students from Lanier Charter Career Academy and Chestatee High School attended a legislative luncheon in Atlanta recently to promote legislative support of career technical education programs in Georgia. Students had the opportunity to listen to Gov. Nathan Deal, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and State School Superintendent John Barge discuss the importance of career technical education and the students organizations such as DECA, FBLA and FFA. The luncheon was attended by legislatures from across Georgia as well as state and local officers for student organizations in career technical education. Following the luncheon, the Chestatee and LCCA students had the opportunity to visit Deal's office at the Capitol.

Chestatee High School DECA competed among 2,000 other high school students from across Georgia recently at the DECA State Career Development Conference in Atlanta. Fourteen students placed high enough to move on to compete at internationals in Orlando, Fla., at the end of April.

DECA, the marketing club at the high school level, allows students to create various business and promotion related projects that they present to judges at state competition each year. The following students placed in the top six will move on to compete at Internationals: Peyton Chambliss, Kaylan Senter and Blakely Haff who competed in Advertising Campaign for North Georgia Canopy Tours; Kelsey Nuekum and Taylor Wilson who competed in Learn an Earn; Ariela Centeno and Krishi Patel who competed in Community Service Project; Taylor Jarrard, Christen Watkins and Gracie Peck placed seventh in Fashion Promotion Plan; Whitney Brechter, Outstanding DECA Member recipient and DECA Memorial Scholarship Winner, as well as placing fifth in General Marketing Testing; Katelyn White, who placed third in Chapter Civic Consciousness Project; Samantha Robbins place third in Business Speech; and KayLynn Samples, Outstanding DECA Member recipient, newly elected 2011-2012 Georgia DECA State Vice President, and placed second in Entrepreneurship Participating Franchise.


Patrick Richmond of Gainesville was among 410 students named to the dean's list for fall semester 2010 at Reinhardt University in Waleska.

Dean's List students must maintain a 3.5 grade-point average based on successful completion of a minimum of 12 semester credits with no grade less than a B.


The following local students were named to the Honor List at Agnes Scott College in Decature for fall semester: Erin Carner of Braselton, Alexandria Asher of Flowery Branch and Veronica Leon of Gainesville.

Students are eligible for the Honor List at the end of a semester if they have completed 16 semester hours in academic courses with a semester GPA of at least 3.3.


Oakwood resident and Azusa Pacific University student Kathleen E. Smith made the academic Deans' List at APU. Smith is honored for a fall semester 2010 academic standing of a 3.5 or better grade-point average.


Riverside Military Academy Cadet Maj. Andrew M. Olson has been accepted to the United States Military Academy in West Point, N.Y.

Olson, who has attended Riverside since 2007, is the Battalion Operations and Training Officer (S-3) for the RMA Corps of Cadets.

He is one of 1,200 applicants selected for an appointment from over 16,000 student applications.

Olson is a member of the Horton Society, one of Riverside's oldest and most prestigious organizations, named in honor of Col. O.R. Horton. He is also a member of the National Honor Society and participates on the Raider team and drill team, or Fusiliers.

A Gainesville native, he is the son of Dr. and Mrs. Richard Olson.

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