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Fulton County Schools celebrates Professionals of the Year

Fulton County Schools celebrates Professionals of the Year

ATLANTA -- The Fulton County School System has recognized two behind-the-scenes professionals who make every school day run smoothly.

The 2012-2013 Professional and Support Professional of the Year include a technology specialist and a bus driver, both of whom brighten students' school days with their kindness and expertise.

Fulton County's two winners will be celebrated with their fellow honorees at a special luncheon in the fall.

James Stewart
School Professional of the Year

Stewart has been with Fulton County Schools for 23 years and became a technology specialist when the position was first introduced. He has filled several roles since then, but never forgot his original love, and returned to the job of technology specialist in 2011.

At Roswell's Esther Jackson Elementary, Stewart keeps classroom technology working and accessible for students -- and spreads a little magic on a daily basis.

AHS lacrosse team raises funds for local nonprofit

AHS lacrosse team raises funds for local nonprofit

ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- The region champion Alpharetta High School lacrosse team has celebrated its successful season by doing good for others.

Earlier this year, the AHS Raiders decided to raise money for a local company for their senior legacy philanthrophy project. Together, the young men collected $4,690.40 for Hal's Drive Thru.

Run by Hal Vernier and his wife Nancye, Hal's Drive Thru is an Alpharetta-based 501(c)(3) organization that serves hot food to local residents in need. Learn more about this worthwhile cause at halsdrivethru.org.

Lacrosse players raised the money by soliciting pledges for every goal scored during the season. They presented the Verniers with an oversize check during Friday's game.

School board announces May community meetings

School board announces May community meetings

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Each member of the Fulton County Board of Education sponsors a monthly meeting open to all members of the community.

The sessions provide an opportunity for direct contact with community members and give board members a chance to listen to local issues and concerns.

Board members have set the following meeting dates for May:

District 1 (Linda Schultz)
Monday, May 14 at 9:30 a.m.
Crabapple Middle (10700 Crabapple Road, Roswell)

District 2 (Katie Reeves)
Friday, May 11 at 9:30 a.m.
Summit Hill Elementary (13855 Providence Road, Milton)

District 3 (Gail Dean)
Thursday, May 10 at 9:30 a.m.
Heards Ferry Elementary (1050 Heards Ferry Road, Sandy Springs)

District 4 (Linda Bryant)
Monday, May 14 at 6:30 p.m.
Campbell Elementary (91 Elder Street, Fairburn)

9 more Fulton students named National Merit Scholars

9 more Fulton students named National Merit Scholars

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Nine more North Fulton County high school seniors have been named 2012 National Merit Scholars, joining 12 of their peers in earning one of the nation's most prestigious titles for high school students.

The National Merit Scholarship comes with $2,500 for college-bound students to use at the schools of their choice.

To qualify for the honor, a student must earn an exceptionally high score on the PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. They must also be endorsed by their principals, perform well in the classroom and confirm their PSAT scores by earning similar high scores on the SAT.

The nine most recent winners from Fulton County include:

Alpharetta High School
Nathan S. Corbin
Alexandra Edquist
Ananth Punyala

Tri-Cities HS principal named Fulton 'Principal of the Year'

Tri-Cities HS principal named Fulton 'Principal of the Year'

EAST POINT, Ga. -- The first-ever Fulton County Principal of the Year honor has been bestowed upon Dan Sims of Tri-Cities High School.

Sims was chosen from nearly 100 principals for the title and says he is humbled by it.

"We do it for the kids," he said during the school system's latest meeting of principals and central office administrators, upon learning he'd won. "At the end of the day, it's all about the children and what we can do to help them achieve and create a better world. This is an award not only for me, but also for Tri-Cities High School."

An East Point native, Sims began his academic career as a math teacher. He has worked at Tri-Cities High and Paul D. West Middle School as both a teacher and an administrator. He holds B.S. and M.Ed. degrees from Georgia State University and is currently working on his doctoral degree. Sims is also a proud cancer survivor.

Fulton County to Celebrate Older Americans Month

Fulton County to Celebrate Older Americans Month

 

Atlanta Braves recognize that you’re “Never too Old to Play” through the donation of 200 tickets to Fulton County Senior Multipurpose Facilities

The month of May is when the nation honors older Americans and the theme for 2012 —Never Too Old to Play!— recognizes the value that older adults continue to bring to our communities through spirited participation in social and faith groups, service organizations, and other activities. Throughout May, Fulton County will shine the spotlight on the important role older adults play in our community.  The celebration officially begins May 2, when the Fulton County Board of Commissioners issues a proclamation honoring senior adults living in Fulton County.

12 North Fulton seniors among National Merit Scholars

12 North Fulton seniors among National Merit Scholars

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Twelve students from six Fulton County high schools are among about 1,000 seniors nationwide to receive corporate-sponsored scholarships from the National Merit Scholarship Corp.

The winners qualified for the prestigious scholarship by earning exceptionally high scores on the PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. They were also endorsed for the award by their principals.

These particular National Merit Scholarships are sponsored by corporations that grant the money to students with certain career goals, to the children of employees, or to certain residents of the communities in which the companies are located.

North Fulton County's 2012 winners are:

Alpharetta High School
Diane D. Lin

Centennial High School
George X. Tang

Chattahoochee High School
Manasa R. Bhatta
Sophia Chen
Lily Qiu