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LOCAL PROFILE: Bryant Gantt continues to make mark on UGA Athletics

LOCAL PROFILE: Bryant Gantt continues to make mark on UGA Athletics

NORTHEAST METRO – The University of Georgia’s football office is home to prominent figures, great history and much heart. Along with all of those things and a number of tireless staff members, it’s also home to former UGA football standout Bryant Gantt and his, almost innate, dedication to the community of UGA football and Athens.  

Gantt, now a program coordinator and recruiting assistant at the school is one of the instrumental forces behind the team’s new mentorship program. Early last year, along with Gantt, Coach Van Halenger, Director of Athletics Greg McGarity and the Associate Athletic Director Carla Williams came together to create a program that paired current UGA football players with leaders in the Athens community for a “different type” of mentorship program. They aimed to connect the players with the Athens community.

BEST SPOTS: Inexpensive Dates

BEST SPOTS: Inexpensive Dates

NORTHEAST METRO – For this week’s installment of Best Spots, we’re compiling a list of Inexpensive Date Spots for you to take your special someone.

In today’s economy, it’s important to find companionship which, in our opinion, is the cheapest form of entertainment. However, it’s the springtime, and people like to get out every now and then. So, check out these suggestions for fun under $15.

If your date is a romantic, Athens-Clarke County Greenways and Riverside Parks are hosting a Full Moon Hike. This guided hike will be lighted by the full moon, which occurs on April 26. The hike begins at 8:00 p.m. and ends at 10:00 p.m. Athens residents will be admitted for a $2 fee, all non-residents will be charged $5.

11 Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) high school seniors are Scholarship winners

11 Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) high school seniors are Scholarship winners

Gwinnett County, GA --  The National Merit Scholarship Corporation recently announced that 11 Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) high school seniors have been selected as 2011 National Achievement Scholarship winners. The National Achievement Scholarship Program provides a one-time $2,500 scholarship to outstanding Black American high school students, considered as having the strongest record of accomplishments and greatest potential for academic success in college.

The 2011 Gwinnett honorees are:

Berkmar High:

·     Dina A. Hassan

   probable career field: International Relations/Diplomatic Service

Brookwood High:

·     Joel A. Owen

    probable career field: Veterinary Medicine

·     Dania A. Roach

   probable career field: Biomedical Engineering

·     Aida J. Syrkett

   probable career field: Statistics/Information Technology

Dacula High:

·     Patricia E. Ekpo

   probable career field: International Non-profit Management

Grayson High:

·     Brianna I. Edghill

   probable career field: Non-profit Management

Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology:

·     Wesley Mitchell

   probable career field: Engineering

·     Amarachi O. Nnakwe

   probable career field: Pediatrics

Parkview High:

·     Tiffany A. Agard

   probable career field: International Relations

South Gwinnett High:

·     Jamal B. Gaddis

   probable career field: Biology

·     Kadeem J. Yearwood

   probable career field: Business Management

These 11 GCPS students join more than 700 outstanding Black American high school seniors across the nation who will receive scholarships totaling more than $2 million dollars as part of the annual National Achievement Scholarship competition, conducted by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). About 100 Achievement Scholars are recipients of the corporate-sponsored Achievement Scholarship awards.

Spikes4Tykes is local track star's passion

Spikes4Tykes is local track star's passion

ATLANTA -- O'neal Wanliss is not your average high school jock.  In fact, he's way above average in every way. Wanliss was a state champion as a sophomore and finished fourth in the 400 meters in the National Junior Olympics last summer.

But his passion for competing is equalled by his grasp of life's big picture.  His father came to New York from Jamaica at the age of 16.  O'neal has been back to that island country with his parents and seen some pretty shocking poverty.  He couldn't do much, but he is doing what he can.

His athletic career began with soccer, so when he was done with his old cleats, he would send them to cousins and others in Jamaica who needed shoes.  Now that running is his game, he continues the charitable efforts with used spikes.  His Holy Innocents Global Citizenship project is a perfect match for the Spikes4Tykes program he started.

Alex Porto leaving as St. Mary's principal for larger school in Lilburn

Alex Porto leaving as St. Mary's principal for larger school in Lilburn

Lilburn, GA--  Alex Porto, who is currently the principal of St. Mary's Catholic School has reportedly resigned effective June 30th.  She will become the new principal of St. John Neuman catholic School in Lilburn.

For more on this story visit the Rome News Tribune website.

“Days of our Lives” Cast heads to Atlanta on Book Tour

“Days of our Lives” Cast heads to Atlanta on Book Tour

“Days of our Lives” Cast heads to Atlanta on Book Tour for

                                                           “Days of our Lives 45 Years: a Celebration in Photos”

WHAT

Book signing of “Days of our Lives 45 Years: a Celebration in Photos” and the “Days of our Lives”-inspired novel “A Secret in Salem.” This will follow sold-out stops where thousands of fans showed up to see their favorite stars on this national tour that has already included New York City, Los Angeles, Miami, Houston, Detroit, and Chicago.  Nearing the NY Times Best-Sellers List, “Days of our Lives

National Beauty Retailer To Award $8,000 Scholarship in Gainesville To Winning High School Senior

National Beauty Retailer To Award $8,000 Scholarship in Gainesville To Winning High School Senior

Gainesville, GA--  (Submitted by Lyndsay Livingston)  

ULTA, the largest beauty retailer in the US, has launched the 2011 Enrich, Empower & Enlighten Scholarship program with more than $100,000 in scholarship grants in Gainesville and 12 other markets.  Open to young women who are high school seniors, each winner will receive an $8,000 scholarship to the educational institution of her choice.   

Committed to the empowerment of women and the enrichment of their lives, the ULTA Enrich, Empower & Enlighten Scholarship program was established in 2008 and has already awarded nearly $150,000 to deserving young women nationwide. 


The 2011 applications will be evaluated on community involvement, leadership qualities, academic achievement and commitment to continuing their education.  Winners of the scholarships will best demonstrate the passion and skill set needed to succeed in their career area of choice and will exemplify a positive role model to their peers.