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Class Notes: Two UNG students selected for Fulbright scholarships
Dietrich headed to Oman, Evans to Russia
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Two University of North Georgia students were selected for the Fulbright scholarship program from thousands of students across the nation.

Jacob Dietrich and Erika Evans were selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement and demonstrated leadership potential in their fields.

“Having one Fulbright winner is exceptional, and having a second is phenomenal,” said UNG President Bonita Jacobs. “Jacob and Erika will join a very select group representing the United States abroad during 2015-2016, and they will represent us very well.”

The Fulbright program is an international exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and designed to increase mutual understanding between American people and those of other countries.

Dietrich and Evans, along with 1,900 other students across the nation, will travel abroad for 10 months of the 2015-16 academic year. The award includes support for round-trip transportation and funding to cover room, board and additional costs.

Dietrich graduated in May with a bachelor’s degree in modern language with a concentration in Arabic. He will travel to Oman in early 2016, where he will study the impact of tourism on the Omani culture.

Evans, who graduates in August and currently serves as UNG’s first intern at the U.S. European Command in Germany, will participate in the Fulbright English Teaching Assistant program in Russia. She will teach at Kaliningrad State Technical University while volunteering at nearby orphanages.

 North Hall High School students attend elite summer institute

Two North Hall High students spent a week in June participating in an elite summer leadership institute.

Erica Tolbert, a rising senior, and Parker Goins, a rising junior, attended the summer leadership program through 21st Century Leaders, in partnership with Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.

Turner Voices Youth Media Institute is a week-long, media-focused leadership program at Georgia Tech completely funded by Turner Broadcasting. This year, it took place from June 21-26 and gave participating students a behind-the-scenes look into the Turner Broadcasting System and its networks, including CNN, HLN, Turner Sports, TBS, TCM and Cartoon Network.

“It’s a wonderful example of a diverse group of our future leaders pursuing their leadership development with executives from Turner Broadcasting, and a local company’s commitment to our youth,” said Kate Hewitt, communication manager for 21st Century Leaders.

More than 70 students from more than 50 high schools, 35 cities and 20 counties in Georgia were accepted to the program.

Each day, students participated in workshops, tours, panels and mentoring sessions with Turner executives and talent including Turner Content Distribution President Coleman Breland; CNN Student News Host Carl Azuz; Hania Poole, senior director of March Madness Live; and Cartoon Network’s Susan Shipsky.

Mount Vernon Exploratory School recognized for project-based learning

Mount Vernon Exploratory School was recognized recently for its charter initiative.

Principal Connie Daniels announced the school was selected for the 2015 Georgia Association of Elementary School Principals’ School Bell Award.

The GAESP presents this award each year to no more than 10 schools with outstanding programs in the area of curriculum and organizational leadership.

The school’s charter initiative, “Project-Based Learning 21st Century,” was credited with the award and will be formally recognized Nov. 9 in Savannah at GAESP’s fall conference.

Mount Vernon’s award will also be recognized at the Summer Georgia Association of Educational Leaders’ Conference on Jekyll Island, which will be July 12-15.

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