The National Bonnie Plants Cabbage Program’s GEORGIA State Winner, …  Jaidyn Sawyer. She grew a humongous cabbage and was randomly selected by the Georgia Agriculture Department. Jaidyn will receive a $1,000 saving bond towards education from Bonnie Plants. Jaodyn is a student at Greater Atlanta Christian School in Norcross.

Local student cashes in on Cabbage

Kids across America are growing, and some are earning, a lot of “green” participating in the National Bonnie Plants Cabbage Program. This year, more than 1.5 million third graders in 48 states have gotten hands-on gardening experience growing colossal cabbages with high hopes to win “best in state” and receive a $1,000 scholarship towards education from Bonnie Plants.

 Daniela Aguilar, 22, of Lawrenceville, took the GED® exam at Gwinnett Tech on Jan. 2., 2014

New Year Ushers in New GED® Program and Test

Gwinnett Tech GED® Testing Center One of State’s First to Offer New Test 

LAWRENCEVILLE -- The new year brought with it a new GED® program and test takers at Gwinnett Technical College’s GED® Testing Center were among the first in the state to experience the new 2014 GED® test.

Citizen Police Academy begins in Duluth

Citizen Police Academy begins in Duluth

Only a few spots remain! The City of Duluth Police Department is proud to announce the scheduling of a Citizen Police Academy. Citizens are invited to attend this free academy, which has been designed to introduce citizen to the various functions of police work. The department is now accepting applications. The thirty hour course will begin on January 23 and end on May 24, 2014. 

L-R: GCPS CEO/Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks, Mrs. Zorn, GCPS director of advisement and counseling Dianne Thompson, and Mason Elementary Principal Mr. David Jones.

Zorn named 2014 National Counselor

The Gwinnett County school counselor who was instrumental in launching the school district’s Elementary School Peer Leadership Conference, has been named the 2014 ASCA National School Counselor of the Year. A representative from the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) traveled to Mason Elementary in the Peachtree Ridge Cluster on Tuesday, December 3, 2013, to surprise school counselor Robin Zorn with the news.

Gwinnett County’s annual 2014 MLK Parade

Gwinnett County’s annual 2014 MLK Parade

The United Ebony Society is proud to present our 14th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade on Monday, January 20, 2014. Our theme, “Strengthening our Community, Nation and World” is a reminder to us all of the importance of knowledge, empowerment, and wellness. 

Emma’s image on a wooden plague

Gwinnett Neighborhood Leadership Institute (GNLI) Students Make Plans to Offer Sexting Resources to Parents and Teens
By Emma Reynolds-Middleton

I (Emma Reynolds-Middleton, MA) am a parent, community leader, and a concerned citizen presently attending/enrolled in the Gwinnett Neighborhood Leadership Institute (GNLI, http://www.gnli.org/). Since September 2013, my team and I have been working on a project designed to have county-wide impact.

Andrea Ide, GGC graduate, in her cupcake shop

GGC and Harvard graduate finds sweet success in Suwanee

Entrepreneur uses life and leadership skills gained at GGC to pursue passion for baking

When Suwanee resident Andrea Ide received her master’s in education from Harvard University in 2009, it never occurred to her that she would devote her career to cupcakes. A lover of baking since childhood, Ide moved back to metro Atlanta from Boston with plans to put her Georgia Gwinnett College bachelor’s degree in psychology and Harvard master’s degree to use by teaching psychology to high school or college students.

Cadet Staff Sergeant  Thomas Greene

Civil Air Patrol honors high achieving youth

Lawrenceville - Civil Air Patrol's Gwinnett Composite Squadron awarded its third quarter of 2013 Cadet of the Quarter award to Cadet Staff Sergeant Thomas Greene. C/SSgt. Greene is a freshmen Bob Jones Home School student in Lawrenceville, GA. He enjoys playing classical piano, guitar and is an avid archery enthusiast. Cadet Green also has had the lead role in a summer theater group for the last several years.

Brookwood High teacher Dana Kling observes and discusses "The Scarlet Letter" student project presentations with his 11th grade gifted American Literature class.

Gwinnett’s STAR teacher named a “Top Ten Educator of Year”

Gwinnett County’s STAR teacher has yet another distinction to add to his list of awards: that of being named one of the “Top Ten Educators of the Year.” The National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS) recently announced that Mr. Dana Kling of Brookwood High is one of 10 teachers from around the country named a 2013 Claes Nobel Educator of the Year. Mr. Kling, an American Literature and Advanced Placement Literature teacher, was formally honored  Saturday, December 7, 2013, at the Carter Center in Atlanta. The other nine teachers had been invited to the event in Georgia where Governor Deal had declared December 7 as National Society of High School Scholars Day. The event also included scholarship presentations and panel discussions.