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9 Gwinnett schools among 2012 AP Merit Schools

9 Gwinnett schools among 2012 AP Merit Schools

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- Nine Gwinnett County high schools are among the 2012 AP Merit Schools.

The honor is given annually to U.S. high schools where at least 20 percent of students take Advanced Placement exams. Of those tests, at least half must earn a passing score of 3 or higher.

Gwinnett's AP Merit Schools are Berkmar; Brookwood; Duluth; Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science & Technology; Mill Creek; Mountain View; North Gwinnett; Parkview and Peachtree Ridge.

The College Board, which gives AP exams every year, reported Wednesday that Georgia is the 12th state in the nation for the percentage of seniors earning passing scores on AP tests. More than 41 percent of Georgia's seniors took at least one AP exam in 2012, compared to the U.S. average of 32.4 percent.

Credit union supports Gwinnett scholarship program

Credit union supports Gwinnett scholarship program

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- Peach State Federal Credit Union has given $10,000 to the Gwinnett County Public Schools Foundation scholarship fund.

The money will go to four scholarships awarded to exceptional Gwinnett high school seniors.

"I applaud Peach State Federal Credit Union for this effort," GCPS Foundation President David Seago said in a statement. "Gwinnett depends on the quality of the workforce, and it is a smart investment to help students achieve post-secondary success."

The GCPS Foundation is a non-profit that helps Gwinnett County students succeed in both school and life. Learn more at gcps-foundation.org.

Formerly Gwinnett Federal Credit Union, Peach State Federal Credit Union now serves Barrow, Clarke, DeKalb, Gwinnett, Jackson, Oconee and Walton counties. It awarded nearly $100,000 in scholarship money and educational grants in 2012.

Big interest draws lottery for GSMST admission

Big interest draws lottery for GSMST admission

GWINNETT COUNTY -- The Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology will hold a lottery to decide which students are admitted into the next freshman class in fall of 2013. 

A spokesman for GSMST said the school had a great number of students interested in attending, as almost 850 eighth graders had turned in registration for admission as of the February 1 deadline. Only 350 students can be admitted. 

The lottery is set for Monday, February 11, and will begin at 7:30 a.m. The drawing will be held in the Instructional Support Center in Suwanee. 

Those students who will be a part of the lottery were assigned a number, and notified of that number by email. They will also find out if their name was selected shortly after the drawing, wither by email or mail. The lottery is open to the public, but parents and students are not required to be there. 

31 Ga. schools eligible for AP funding

31 Ga. schools eligible for AP funding

ATLANTA -- More than 30 high schools in Georgia have been chosen to apply for funding for the new AP STEM Access program, the Georgia Department of Education announced Wednesday.

The program was created to increase the numbers of girls and minorities who take Advanced Placement STEM courses.

"I couldn't be more thrilled to see this many Georgia high schools selected to expand access to Advanced Placement courses," Superintendent Dr. John Barge said in a statement. "Having more access for our students to take courses in the STEM fields will help us meet students' needs and the expectations of colleges and employers. I encourage all of these schools to apply so more students have this access."

More than 800 U.S. high schools were selected to apply for the AP STEM Access program, which will begin in the fall of 2013 and offer STEM AP courses for at least three school years.

Georgia's eligible AP STEM Access schools include:

Death of key witness could jeopardize DeKalb school corruption trial

Death of key witness could jeopardize DeKalb school corruption trial

DEKALB COUNTY, GA - A funeral at a Lilburn church marked the passing of Cointa Moody on Tuesday.

According to the medical examiner, the former school system employee died of natural causes.

Now there's a question about whether her death could jeopardize one of DeKalb County's biggest open corruption cases.

"I remember when I was a prosecutor, unfortunately there were cases that had to be dismissed because the state's key witness was no longer available to provide testimony in the trial," former DeKalb County District Attorney J. Tom Morgan told 11 Alive News.

Morgan now represents architect Tony Pope, who was indicted along with three others on bribery and corruption charges in 2010.

Those others included Pope's ex-wife and former DeKalb County School Chief Operating Officer Pat Reid, former School Superintendent Crawford Lewis and Reid's personal secretary, Cointa Moody.

6 Berkmar HS students earn QuestBridge scholarships

6 Berkmar HS students earn QuestBridge scholarships

LILBURN, Ga. -- Six gifted seniors at Berkmar High School in Lilburn are among the 2013 QuestBridge National College Match recipients.

The honor comes with a full scholarship to one of 33 top universities, including Brown University, Emory University, MIT and Yale University.

To qualify for a QuestBridge scholarship, a student must earn good grades and high test scores, and must also express a financial need. Most QuestBridge recipients are the first in their families to attend a four-year college, according to the program's website.

The application process begins during a student's freshman year. Berkmar High AP teacher Joni Jameson guided this year's six winners through their journeys.

Berkmar's QuestBridge scholars include:

Adila Abdulwahid
Will attend the University of Chicago
Plans to major in pre-med

97.5% of Gwinnett students pass Ga. High School Writing Test

97.5% of Gwinnett students pass Ga. High School Writing Test

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- More than 97 percent of high school juniors and seniors in Gwinnett County passed the Georgia High School Writing Test in 2012.

Gwinnett's 97.5 percent is much higher than Georgia's 93 percent, up from 91 percent in 2011 and 88 percent in 2007, when the more rigorous test was rolled out.

Students must pass the annual writing assessment to receive a high school diploma. A perfect score is 350; a student must earn at least 200 points to pass. They may take the test multiple times during their junior and senior years.

A breakdown for each Gwinnett County high school is as follows:

Archer HS
475 students took the test
98.5 percent passed the test

Berkmar HS
569 students took the test
97.2 percent passed the test

Brookwood HS
770 students took the test
99.1 percent passed the test