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435 Gwinnett educators retire

435 Gwinnett educators retire

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- Now that the school year has ended, Gwinnett County Public Schools officials are prepared to honor the 435 district employees who will retire this year.

The retirees dedicated a collective 11,233 years of their lives to teaching. They served in several capacities -- in the classroom, on the bus, behind the counter in school shops, and so on.

"I would like to personally thank each of our retiring employees for their service to Gwinnett County Public Schools, to our community, and most importantly to our students," GCPS Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks said in a statement. "Each and every one of these individuals made a difference through their contributions. While they are closing a chapter in their lives, their legacy will continue as our school system builds on all that they have accomplished to serve students next year and in the years to come."

11 Gwinnett students named Gates Millennium Scholars

11 Gwinnett students named Gates Millennium Scholars

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- Eleven graduating seniors in Gwinnett County public schools have been named 2012 Gates Millennium Scholars.

The prestigious Gates Millennium Scholarship, which is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, pays full college tuition, room and board for some of the country's most promising young people. Only 1,000 students earn the scholarship every school year.

This year's Gates Millennium Scholars from Gwinnett County include:

Collins Hill High School
Vivek Kamlesh Patel
Will attend the University of Georgia
Major: Pre-medicine

Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology
Arsalan Akkas Sufi
Will attend Yale University
Major: Undecided

Meadowcreek High School
Alex Shaun Steele
Will attend the University of Georgia
Major: Computer engineering

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.