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Brookwood High's Principal is this year's 'Georgia Principal of the Year'

Brookwood High's Principal is this year's 'Georgia Principal of the Year'

Gwinnett County, GA--  The Georgia Association of Secondary High School Principals (GASSP) recently announced that a Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) principal was named the 2011-2012 Georgia High School Principal of the Year. That recognition was presented to Debbie Dees, principal of Gwinnett’s Brookwood High.

Dees now will represent Georgia in the national competition for the NASSP (National Association of Secondary School Principals)/MetLife National Principal of the Year title. The “Principal of the Year” recognition program recognizes school principals that excel in educational leadership, resolving complex problems, developing self and others and who give back to their communities through community service.

Dees has been a GCPS school administrator for 10 years. But she began serving Gwinnett students long before that when she joined Gwinnett County Public Schools in 1990 as a teacher and coach at Meadowcreek High.

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.

Students have paid Internship opportunities with county governments

Students have paid Internship opportunities with county governments

ATLANTA, Ga.--  (submitted by the Association County Commissioners of Georgia)  

Students looking an internship this spring and summer should explore opportunities available in county government.  The Georgia County Internship Program (GCIP) was developed through a partnership between the Association County Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG) and the Atlanta Regional Council for Higher Education (ARCHE) to provide college, graduate and technical school students with opportunities to work in counties, allowing these students to gain valuable work experience while learning about local government operations.  More than 100 paid spring and summer internships currently are available through this program in locations throughout the state.  Interested students can view internship opportunities at: www.GeorgiaCountyInternships.org.

“In addition to developing a skilled workforce through practical internship experiences, the Georgia County Internship Program is promoting civic engagement.” said ACCG Executive Director Ross King. “We are not only connecting students with opportunities in county government; we’re connecting county government with tomorrow’s leaders.”

Last year, ACCG received a $250,000 grant from the Georgia Department of Labor to fund paid internships.  This grant has been extended to fund additional internship opportunities through June 30, 2011.  To date, the program has funded internships in 49 counties for 139 students.

$40 = 4 Class Pass for Group Piano or Guitar Lessons at Eclectic Music (50% off)

$40 = 4 Class Pass for Group Piano or Guitar Lessons at Eclectic Music (50% off)

50% off Group Guitar & Piano Lessons at Eclectic Music, an intown music school, where learning about music is fun for students of any age.


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Norcross Students Honored as Basketball Player of the Year by ESPN

Norcross, GA--  Diamond DeShields of Norcross High School has just been given the huge honor of being the 2010-11 Gatorade GA Girls Basketball Player of the Year.  This is the first time a player from Norcross High has won this distinction.

The 6-foot-1 sophomore guard and forward has led the Blue Devils to a 26-3 record and a berth in the Class 5A state semifinals against Campbell High, scheduled for March 10. The returning ESPN RISE National Freshman of the Year, DeShields has averaged 20.6 points, 6.2 rebounds, 4.1 steals and 3.0 assists per game. Also the returning Class AAAAA Player of the Year as named by the Georgia Sports Writers Association, she produced 17.6 points, 7.8 rebounds, 2.6 steals and 2.1 assists per contest, leading Norcross to the 2010 Class AAAAA state championship as a freshman.

Flat Lottery, Too Many Students, Even Snow Mean HOPE Cuts

Flat Lottery, Too Many Students, Even Snow Mean HOPE Cuts

ATLANTA -- Most of them know the bad news is coming.

Most of Georgia's more than 300,000 state college students know they'll see even higher tuition next year and even fewer benefits from the HOPE Scholarship.

"I'm gonna have to find alternative ways to finance my coming here," Georgia State University freshman Kenja McNeil said, adding that those will probably include, "loans, scholarships, more scholarships and more scholarships."

Lottery proceeds have poured about $15 billion into the HOPE and pre-kindergarten programs since they began 17 years ago.

Right now, about 200,000 state college students receive HOPE benefits.

But lottery sales have flattened out, according to Margaret DeFrancisco, CEO of the Georgia Lottery Corporation.

Wednesday morning she told the University System's State Board of Regents that's thanks to the recession, growing competition from other states...and even January's winter storm.

Atlanta Tech Announces Design Competition for K-12 Students

Atlanta Tech Announces Design Competition for K-12 Students

Atlanta, GA--  (submitted by Atlanta Area Tech)

Atlanta Technical College is now accepting entries for the 15th annual Manufacturing Appreciation Week (MAW) student design competition.  The contest is open to all area elementary, middle and high school students.  Designs must be received by the Atlanta Technical College Office of Communications by Tuesday, February 8.

Elementary school children may compete in the placemat competition; middle schoolers in the poster contest and high students in the T-shirt design competition.  The artwork submitted to Atlanta Technical College will be entered in the statewide competition where three winners will be chosen in each of the three groupings.  The first-, second- and third-place winners in each category will be honored at the Governor’s Awards Luncheon on April 28 at the Georgia International Convention Center.  At that time the governor of Georgia will present each winner with a certificate, a