Saturday, May 18, 2013
Lisa Hicks overcomes medical challenges and walks across stage to accept her diploma.
When Lisa Hicks, 47, of Buford started attending Georgia Gwinnett College in Lawrenceville, she was in a wheelchair. On Friday (May 17), she walked across the stage and received her bachelor’s degree. She was among 270 students graduating from the four-year liberal arts college in the spring commencement. Hicks earned an associate’s degree in criminal justice from a local technical college in 2009 after being diagnosed with Lupus in 2005 and realizing that she might not have many years left to pursue her dream of a degree. After a series of dialysis and chemotherapy treatments, her condition went back into remission, and she enrolled at GGC in 2010. “GGC’s staff helped me with access and made my early experience a positive one,” Hicks said…
Ambassador Andrew Young delivered the address at Dr. Daniel Kaufman's last commencement as president of GGC. Share your photos and videos from the day here.
More than 270 students donned their caps and gowns Friday (May 17), as they graduated from Georgia Gwinnett College. It was a notable graduation for the young college in Lawrenceville for a number of reasons. GGC graduated their 1,000th student, welcomed their first double major and double degree graduates and their first Fulbright Scholar. The commencement was also the last for GGC's founding president Dr. Daniel Kaufman. He will step down at the end of June to become president of the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce. Ambassador Andrew Young delivered the commencement address to the 2,500 people in attendance. --Were you at Friday's commencement? Did you or a loved one graduate? Share your photos and videos by clicking the "Upload photos and…
Friday, May 17, 2013
Gwinnett County Board of Education adopts $1.763 billion FY2014 budget and tentatively adopts 1.30 mills increase in tax millage rate.
After holding the line in the face of declining revenue in recent years, the Gwinnett County Board of Education anticipates having to raise the tax millage rate to fund the FY2014 budget. The school board adopted a FY2014 balanced budget totaling $1.76 billion, a decrease of $12.8 million or .7 percent from the FY2013 budget at its meeting Thursday (May 16) at the Instructional Support Center in Suwanee. The board also tentatively adopted an increase of 1.30 mills in the tax rate. Despite “a tremendous downturn in the economy we’ve been able to have the millage rate unchanged for some time,” Rick Cost, chief financial officer for Gwinnett County Public Schools, said. This increase includes .55 mills for maintenance and operations (General …
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Before all the pomp and circumstance, celebrate your graduating senior's accomplishments!
Can you believe it's already that time of year? If you have a graduating senior that you would like to recognize, share that information with Buford Patch! Just post an announcement with their name, school and plans for the future. You can even include their senior photo and a few words of praise. How to Upload Photos and Videos to Buford Patch If you have an iPhone or an Android smart phone, you can download our free Patch app by clicking here for iPhone users or here for Android phones. If you prefer to upload photos via your computer, it's even easier. Navigate to the green box at the top of the announcement, click "Add Photos, Videos and PDFs" and then simply upload a favorite photo from your desktop. A complete video tutorial is also…
Friday, May 10, 2013
The new system replaces Adequate Yearly Progress instituted with the federal No Child Left Behind policy.
Buford City Schools scored above the state average in a new performance rating system that assesses whether schools are producing students ready for college. Earlier this week, the state Department of Education released the first results of the new College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI). The new system considers achievement, progress, and the achievement gap using a 100-point scale, and replaces Adequate Yearly Progress used in No Child Left Behind. This year's report is based on 2011-2012 data. How Buford City Schools Fared: >> Buford Elementary School (grades PK-1) -- 96.7 >> Buford Academy (grades 2-5) --93.4 Understanding the Score: Each school receives a score out of 100 points, just like as students …
Buford Wolves open football season with home game against Elbert County Aug. 30.
The Georgia High School Association just released the game schedule for football teams in Georgia. Buford High School’s 2013 football season starts with a game at home against Elbert County Aug. 30. BHS is in Region 7-AAA. Here’s the football schedule for the Buford High School Wolves: Click here to see the full schedule.
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Tre Neal is being scouted by numerous colleges. He helped lead BHS to a state title in 2012.
Buford High's Tre Neal isn't a senior yet, but he already has several college football offers. Those include: Charlotte, East Carolina, South Florida, Southern Miss, University of Central Florida and West Virginia, according to Yahoo Sports' Rivals.com. And, now it looks like the 6-foot-2-inch, 185-pound wide receiver could land an offer from the Indiana Hoosiers, according to college's Rivals.com page. The May 7 report said Neal is receiving "a great deal" of attention. Neal helped lead Buford High to a state title in 2012. On Twitter, Neal said he is just a "normal kid" trying to make something out of himself. See also:
Thursday, May 2, 2013
Local students are among the 96 Gwinnett County Public Schools students who will take part in the program.
One Lanier High School student, 14 North Gwinnett High School students and seven Mill Creek High School students will spend part of their summer studying as part of the Georgia Governor’s Honors Program (GHP), a program for gifted and talented high school juniors and seniors. A total of 96 Gwinnett County Public Schools students were selected as finalists out of the 3,000 students statewide who interviewed and auditioned for the program. Dain Song, of Lanier High School, will join Mill Creek students Antra Das, Taylor Holmes, Keely Mruk, Jamie Na, Joshua Neely, Chukwuka Okoye and Siddhi Shah and North Gwinnett students Virginia Chandler, Eunhye Choi, Dae Gun Chung Kim, Apoorva Gangavelli, Caroline Howard, Richard Jin, Joon Kang, Kamillah …
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
About 150 participated in the event on April 27.
In its annual "I See a Cure" event, Gwinnett County Public Schools participants raised about $4,000 for cancer awareness and research, according to organizers. The event was held April 27 at the Gwinnett County Public Schools district offices in Suwanee. Some 150 people attended. Funds from the event are forwarded to Gwinnett Relay for Life, and go to support the American Cancer Society. "Despite a few sprinkles in the beginning, the race went very well and we all had a great time running/walking to support Relay for Life," said Patrice Pendergast, GCPS recruitment coordinator and an event committee member. "We honored cancer survivors, those who are currently battling and those who have lost the battle," Pendergast added. Besides GCPS …
Friday, April 26, 2013
Gwinnett County Public Schools will split a $10,000 prize with Cobb County's Ford Elementary.
Gwinnett County Public Schools is among the nation's first school districts to be awarded a sustainability award from the U.S. Department of Education. The announcement came this week to coincide with Earth Day. In addition to Gwinnett County's honor, Ford Elementary in Cobb County was named a 2013 national Green Ribbon School. For their outstanding green principles, Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) and Ford Elementary will split $10,000 in award money from the Turner Foundation. "We are so proud that once again a Georgia school has been named a National Green Ribbon School,” said State School Superintendent John Barge. "We are equally proud of Gwinnett County Public Schools for being named as one of the first National Green Ribbon …