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Aviation school to hold open house

Aviation school to hold open house

DULUTH, Ga. -- Aviation Institute of Maintenance (AIM) in Gwinnett County will hold a free open house next week.

The event will be Friday, July 25 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Members of the public are invited to visit the campus, take a tour, learn about training and watch an aircraft engine start-up. Visitors will also be entered to win a hot air balloon ride. Lunch and snacks will be served.

Call AIM at 678-377-5600 or visit aviationmaintenance.edu for more information.

The campus is located at 2025 Satellite Pointe in Duluth.

Ga. libraries launch college savings sweepstakes

Ga. libraries launch college savings sweepstakes

(WXIA) -- Public libraries across Georgia will participate in this year's Summer Reading Program and college savings sweepstakes.

The initiative, which is hosted by Georgia's Path2College 529 Plan, will award one grand prize and four regional scholarships to five lucky participants. The winners will be chosen at random from five groups.

The grand prize is a college scholarship worth $5,529 and a $1,529 grant for the winner's library. The runners-up will each get $1,529 to put toward a Path2College 529 Plan and $529 for their libraries.

Georgia parents, grandparents and legal guardians can sign up their children at path2college529.com. Entry closes on Aug. 10.

The program provides students with activities throughout the summer and encourages them to read by giving them prizes for finishing books, ebooks, audiobooks and magazines.

Participating library groups include:

Teens represent Ga. in national auto skills competition

Teens represent Ga. in national auto skills competition

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- A pair of recent high school graduates may get parents re-thinking their children's future plans.

Jorge Gonzalez and David Chavez have each won $34,000 scholarships because they know how to repair cars. They're also learning skills for jobs currently in demand.

The pair are representing Georgia in the Ford/AAA Auto Skills Competition taking place in Detroit, Michigan this week.

They took automotive classes at Maxwell High School in Gwinnett County and beat nine other Georgia teams to win the state title and scholarships, plus coveted tools for working on vehicles.

The pair are coached by teacher Max Chavez (not related to David), who says the Detroit competition involves each team trying to diagnose and repair vehicle pre-set with problems.

"They'll (contest organizers) set faults on the car so it would be simulating the customer showing up at a repair shop," said Max Chavez.

Ga. Connections Academy graduates Class of 2014

Ga. Connections Academy graduates Class of 2014

(WXIA) -- Georgia Connections Academy recently held a graduation ceremony for its Class of 2014.

Many classmates met for the very first time during the event at the Gwinnett Center.

"We are very proud of our graduates," GCA lead principal Heather Robinson said in a release. Altogether, the Class of 2014 secured $1.33 million in college scholarship offers.

Emily McClure of Columbus is GCA's valedictorian. She will attend Georgia College and State University on the Zell Miller Scholarship in the fall.

Learn more about Georgia Connections Academy, the state's free virtual charter school for students in grades K-12, at georgiaconnectionsacademy.com.

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Gwinnett teen advances to semifinals of national spelling bee

Gwinnett teen advances to semifinals of national spelling bee

ATLANTA -- Georgia's top speller was eliminated from the national spelling bee Thursday, during the semi-final round. He spelled both words in the round correctly, gelid and vaporetto, but didn't score high enough on the test to advance to the finals.

Enterorrhagia, e-n-t-e-r-r-h-a-g-i-a -- was the winning word that sent 14-year-old Sumedh Garimella of Tucker to the national bee.

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Ga. Cyber Academy graduates first class

Ga. Cyber Academy graduates first class

(WXIA) -- The Class of 2014 is the very first class to graduate from Georgia Cyber Academy, the state's free online public school.

The school will hold a graduation ceremony at noon on Saturday, May 31 at the Gwinnett Center. More than 300 graduating seniors are scheduled to walk across the stage.

"We're so proud of each of our graduates, all of whom have taken the individualized learning that comes with GCA's online curriculum and worked with GCA's world-class teachers to adapt it to best serve and support their own academic successes," GCA head of school Matt Arkin said in a release.

Members of GCA's Class of 2014 were accepted to some of the country's top colleges and universities, including Cornell University, Georgia Tech, the University of Alabama and the University of Georgia.

16 Gwinnett grads earn Foundation Fund scholarships

16 Gwinnett grads earn Foundation Fund scholarships

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- Every year, the Gwinnett County Public Schools Foundation Fund awards scholarships to exemplary high school seniors.

Sixteen members of Gwinnett's Class of 2014 took home nine scholarships, including:

Alton C. Crews Teaching Scholarship
* Corey Crain Gray Jr., Central Gwinnett HS
* Jonathan Peraza, Meadowcreek HS
* Peter Mark Schlueter, Mountain View HS
This $1,500 scholarship is awarded to students pursuing careers in education. It is funded in memory of former superintendent Dr. Alton Crews, who headed up GCPS from 1977 to1989.

GCPS Foundation STEM Scholarship
* Mark P. Lougee, Peachtree Ridge HS
* Lindsey Thrift, Brookwood HS
This $1,000 scholarship is given to students who plan to study STEM subjects in college. To earn it, a graduate must excel in the classroom and perform community service.