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School news, Sept. 12
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The following students earned the distinction of faculty honors for summer semester 2011 at the Georgia Institute of Technology: Juan Llanes of Flowery Branch and Cecilia Pantoja of Gainesville.

Undergraduate students earning a 4.00 academic average for the semester gain the distinction of Faculty Honors at Georgia Tech.

Matthew Compton of Buford earned the distinction of dean’s list at The Georgia Institute of Technology for summer semester 2011.

Undergraduate students earning a 3.00 or higher academic average for the semester gain the distinction of being named to the dean’s list at Georgia Tech.

Michael Will of Buford was named to the spring 2011 dean’s list at Davis & Elkins College in Elkins, W.Va. Will is the son of Donald and Julie. Students on the Davis & Elkins dean’s list must earn a 3.6 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale while taking a minimum of 12 semester hours.

Cadet Andrew Miller Olson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Olson of Gainesville, completed Cadet Basic Training at the U.S. Military Academy. 

Olson entered West Point on June 27 and has successfully completed six weeks of CBT. Also referred to as “Beast Barracks,” CBT is one of the most challenging events a cadet will encounter over the course of their four years at the academy. 

The initial military training program provides cadets with basic skills to instill discipline, pride, cohesion, confidence and a high sense of duty to prepare them for entry into the Corps of Cadets. 

Areas of summer instruction included first aid, mountaineering, hand grenades, rifle marksmanship and nuclear, biological, and chemical training. 

Olson began classes Aug. 15. The West Point curriculum offers 45 majors balancing physical sciences and engineering with humanities and social sciences leading to a Bachelor of Science degree. 

Olson graduated from Riverside Military Academy. He plans to graduate from West Point in 2015 and be commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army. 

Brenau University students recently played host to a 5K run/one-mile walk on the front lawn of Brenau University as a fundraising event for the Casa Shalom Orphanage in Guatemala.

Proceeds from the event benefit the orphanage that Brenau graduate students in business encountered during a spring break trip in which they worked with specific enterprises and organizations in the emerging Central American economy.