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Class Notes: Teachers association honors teachers of the year
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Michele Cutrone, a Chicopee Woods Elementary School teacher of the year, looks inside a gift bag she was given at a celebration hosted Tuesday by Alpha Delta Kappa at Peach State Bank & Trust in Gainesville. - photo by Erin O. Smith

No one understands the work teachers do better than former teachers.

The local chapter of a national teachers’ organization recognized the area teachers of the year Tuesday at the Peach State Bank in Gainesville.

“We’re part of a teacher of the year celebration hosted by the Beta Beta chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa,” said Lynn Evans, a member of the organization. “...We do a special recognition of honor for our teachers of the year each year.”

Alpha Delta Kappa is an international organization of women educators. It has more than 33,000 members around the world and the local Beta Beta chapter hosts regular opportunities to recognize the commitment of local educators.

UNG receives $10,000 for poultry sciences scholarships

The booming poultry business in Gainesville is investing in its future employees.

Several North Georgia poultry businesses recently contributed $10,000 to the University of North Georgia. The funds will support scholarships for poultry science students pursuing a career in the industry.

A 2011 report from the University of Georgia found nearly 47 percent of the state’s agricultural industry is in the poultry business, according to a release from the University of North Georgia. The state is the No. 1 state in the U.S. for broiler chicken production and, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, were it a country, Georgia would be seventh in the world for broiler production.

“Poultry is a critical part of Georgia’s economy, and the scholarships provided by these funds and the progress of our course offerings ensure that our students will be well-positioned to drive the state’s poultry industry forward,” said Dr. Mike Bodri, dean of the College of Science and Mathematics.

The local businesses that contributed to the scholarship fund include CWT Farms, Pilgrim’s, Columbia Farms and Fieldale Farms.

In 2014, North Georgia’s poultry science program received its third consecutive grant from the U.S. Poultry Foundation. The $6,550 grant was more than double the previous year’s award of $3,100 and is dedicated to student recruiting.

Brenau exhibits students’ work

Works by several Gainesville City Schools students are on exhibit at Brenau University.

Gainesville students Sarah Hastings, Zoe Head, Shontel Means, Caroline Givorge, and Christy Martinez have works on display in the John S. Burd Center for the Performing Arts, Castelli Gallery.

They and several other female high school students were finalists in Brenau University’s Young Women’s Art and Design Competition. The exhibit and competition ends today.

Previously, the competition was known as the All-State Festival of Art and Design, but the university remodeled it into a women’s-only event.

It still includes a dynamic festival of exhibitions which seek to celebrate the young woman’s role in both art and society. Its purpose is to provide high school women with the chance to exhibit their artwork, develop their skills and earn scholarships for college study. The competition also provided participating artists with a number of activities including workshops and lectures tailored to them, along with the exhibition.

It is a regional competition open to students in Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Tennessee, North Carolina and South Carolina.

The final awards will be given Monday. Awards include gold, silver and bronze levels and one award for Best in Show. Brenau will also award up to $40,000 in scholarships and $1,000 cash awards.

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