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100+ Gwinnett students chosen for Governor's Honors

100+ Gwinnett students chosen for Governor's Honors

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- More than 100 high school students from Gwinnett County were selected for the 2012 Georgia Governor's Honors Program.

This prestigious program gives Georgia's best and brightest students the opportunity to spend four weeks pursuing their passions in a challenging, learning-centric environment.

Gwinnett students make up a whopping 15 percent of those chosen to participate.

"Governor's Honors is such a competitive program that even being nominated is an accomplishment," Dale Lyles, director of the program, said in a statement. "I congratulate the students of Gwinnett County Public Schools and look forward to meeting them and their parents in June."

Gwinnett's Governor's Honors finalists include:

Berkmar High School
* Adila Abdulwahid, communicative arts
* Eden Hailemichael, communicative arts

15 Gwinnett students win National Achievement Scholarship

15 Gwinnett students win National Achievement Scholarship

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- Fifteen students from Gwinnett County received the National Achievement Scholarship in 2012.

This program, which is part of the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, recognizes and honors outstanding black high school students across the United States.

More than 800 students received over $2 million in college funds from this year's scholarship program.

Gwinnett County's recipients are:

Berkmar High School

* Kerra I. Jones
$2,500 scholarship
Probable career field: neonatology

Brookwood High School

* Adrian Bortier Alabi
$2,500 scholarship
Probable career field: electrical engineering

* La'Ron-Chenee H. Tracey
National Merit Scholarship
Probable career field: international law

Central Gwinnett High School

* Matthew H. Pack
$2,500 scholarship
Probable career field: engineering

CPCID board welcomes new member

CPCID board welcomes new member

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- The Gwinnett Place Community Improvement District (GPCID) welcomes Kimberly Morphis as the newest member of the board of directors.

Morphis is the president of LVK Management Corp., a commerical real estate property management company. She specializes in leasing and managing shopping centers.

"We are excited to have Kimberly Morphis join the board to help us further our objective of increasing the vitality of greater Gwinnett Place," GPCID executive director Joe Allen said in a statement. "We welcome her leadership and professional insights as we move forward with a number of highly visible and important improvements."

The next GPCID board meeting will be held on Wednesday, Apr. 11. Learn more at www.gwinnettplacecid.com.

Merry Christmas from Gov. Deal

Merry Christmas from Gov. Deal

ATLANTA -- Governor Nathan Deal issued a special holiday greeting for Georgia residents on Friday.

As Christmas nears, I wanted to wish every Georgian a merry Christmas and a happy holiday season.

Christmas has a special way of reminding us what is really important: our faith in God, family and the well-being of our fellow man.

But Christmas is not limited to a single season or date on a calendar. These feelings of peace and love are always with us throughout our lives. For many, Christmas serves as a rejuvenation of these values and ideals.

After the gifts are all unwrapped and the candles begin to dim, our spirits will once again be enriched and fully restored.

As we reflect on all we have been able to accomplish this past year, we will cary this rejuvenated spirit to achieve all the goals that we have set for the coming years.

Deal appoints new Ga. EPD director

Deal appoints new Ga. EPD director

ATLANTA -- Jud Turner has been appointed director of the Environmental Protection Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

The DNR board made the appointment official this week after Gov. Nathan Deal nominated Turner for the post.

Turner replaces F. Allen Barnes, who is leaving to work in the private sector.

Turner is a founding partner in the law firm Turner, Bachman & Garrett LLC and public affairs firm Georgia360 LLC. He was former Gov. Sonny Perdue's lead attorney and represented the governor during negotiations with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service during the state's severe drought.

Turner has also served as general counsel to the Georgia Department of Education.

Local couple donates $250,000 to Gwinnett Tech

Local couple donates $250,000 to Gwinnett Tech

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- Gwinnett philanthropists Clyde and Sandra Strickland have donated $250,000 to the Legacy of Lives Campaign at Gwinnett Technical College.

The program establishes scholarships for students in certain programs, and helps others enroll in the school after obtaining their GEDs.

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Georgia Gwinnett College hires women's soccer coach

Georgia Gwinnett College hires women's soccer coach

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- A veteran soccer coach has been chosen to lead the new women's soccer program at Georgia Gwinnett College.

Domenic Martelli comes to Gwinnett with 18 years of Division I coaching experience. He spent the last 12 seasons at Georgia State University, where he quickly became the winningest coach in school history.

"It's thrilling to be a part of what is beginning to take place at GGC," Martelli said. "This is a golden opportunity -- a college growing academically, technologically and, of course, athletically."

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