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Class Notes: Lumpkin County High School is a semifinalist for technology grant
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Lumpkin County High School will have a shot at a piece of $1 million worth of technology grants.

The school has been selected as one of 75 semifinalists in Samsung’s “Solve for Tomorrow” contest.

Led by Peggy Melton, the Lumpkin County science department chair, science classes will receive a video creation kit, which includes a Samsung camcorder, laptop and Adobe editing software to create videos that answer the company’s challenge: “Show how science or math can help improve the environment in your community.”

Of the top 75 classrooms, 15 schools will win technology grants worth approximately $40,000 and their videos will be placed on Samsung’s website for the public voting round.

Five of those schools will win $110,000 in technology grants and be honored at an awards ceremony.

Lumpkin County students will explore medical careers through a mock hospital project, researching diseases and collecting bacteria from their schools. Roles will vary from Centers for Disease Control epidemiologists to lab technicians to social workers.

The application period for the contest, open to middle and high school teachers across the United States, closed on Oct. 31.

The contest aims to encourage science-, technology-, engineering- and math-based learning.

According to Samsung’s website, only 43 percent of U.S. high school graduates in 2010 were ready for a college math course. Only 29 percent were ready in science.

7 Hall schools recognized for healthy initiatives
Seven Hall County schools have received a national award from the Alliance for a Healthier Generation.

Friendship Elementary School, Riverbend Elementary School, McEver Arts Academy, Chestnut Mountain Elementary School, Spout Springs Elementary School, Chicopee Woods Elementary School and White Sulphur Elementary School have all received the bronze level award from the alliance.

Only 18 other schools in the state have received similar awards this year.

The alliance works to battle childhood obesity, something Hall County, with the help of UnitedHealthcare, has addressed aggressively in its schools through the Georgia Student Health and Physical Education program.

“This is a program we’ve talked about for awhile,” said Nath Morris, Hall County Board of Education chairman. “This has really taken off and what it’s all about is getting these kids healthy. Healthy bodies equal healthy minds and I truly believe that.”

Eight schools, including Sugar Hill Elementary, North Hall Middle School and South Hall Middle School, were given gold level honors at the state level for their work within the SHAPE program.

The majority of schools receiving national recognition also received state honors.
 
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