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School News, Nov. 12
Zane Loggins, 4, casts a ballot with help from Ruth Bruner at Primrose School of Gainesville. Pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students geared up for this year’s election by hosting “Election Day at Primrose.” The students learned about civic responsibility and the voting process from their teachers and listened to children’s book, “Duck for President” from a special guest reader, Gainesville City Council member Ruth Bruner. The students cast their vote for the 2012 Presidential Class Mascot and the Presidential Snack of the Day in the Primrose polling place.

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Lakeview Academy’s Paloma Zavala has been named a Scholar by the College Board in the National Hispanic Recognition Program, 2012-2013 which is awarded for excellence in Academic Achievement.

The National Hispanic Recognition program was established by the College Board in 1983 to recognize the academic achievements of Hispanic students and to help identify their accomplishments for post-secondary schools.

Recognition comes by taking the PSAT test as a high school junior. Achievement in this test coupled with further evidence of academic achievement are used to choose National Hispanic Scholars.

The 2013 U.S. Army All-American Bowl Selection Tour visited New Lumpkin County High School in Dahlonega to select trombone player Braden Barrentine to the U.S. Army All-American Marching Band.

New Lumpkin County High School honored Barrentine before his fellow band members, classmates, fans and family during an assembly in the music room.

The All-American Marching Band performs at halftime of the nationally-broadcasted U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Only 125 high school band members among the millions in the United States are selected each year.

Six students from Wauka Mountain Multiple Intelligences Academy — Dalton Dodson, Elli Kennedy, Eli McClain, Alyssa, Montanez, Bentley Smallwood, and Christa Whitlow — attended the fall edition of the third annual “Step Up and Lead” conference in Dahlonga.

A joint effort of Georgia 4-H and the Georgia Association of Elementary and Middle School Principals, “Step Up and Lead” conferences focus on cultivating leadership skills in elementary and middle school students while providing adult leaders with a framework for engaging these students when they return to school.