Best in Class for Aug. 30

Woodward Academy juniors Rachel Erbrick and Jacob Reich have been selected to represent the school in the Anti-Defamation League Grosfeld Family National Youth Leadership Mission to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. in November.

The ADL is one of the nation’s premier civil rights and human relations organizations. The experience will offer students a substantive and effective vehicle for applying the lessons of the Holocaust to modern-day issues of bigotry. More than 100 student delegates from 10 ADL regions will take part in the leadership mission.

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Students at Cobb County’s Pine Mountain Middle School started back to school with a real world task: place the right number of bus stops in a city to get all the students to school and back on time and within budget. The exercise gave students a lesson in city management.

Thirty classrooms nationwide participated in the project, a test pilot for an educational software program called “SimCityEDU.” The educational version of the popular SimCity game incorporates real-world situations faced by cities nationwide. It gives students a chance to think critically and solve problems. Students must analyze data to make the right decisions, while keeping in mind budget constraints.

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Penny Joyner Waddell, speech program director at Gwinnett Technical College, has received the Michael and Suzanne Osborn Community College Outstanding Educator Award from the National Communication Association. The award goes to an instructor who has made outstanding contributions at a two-year or community college.

Waddell is also the 2013 Rick Perkins Award of Excellence in Technical Education winner at Gwinnett Tech, presented to the college’s Instructor of the Year. She has been with Gwinnett Tech since 2002.

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Woodward Academy Primary School principal Missy Duncan Smith is the recipient of the the inaugural Golden Peach Award, sponsored by Bentley Atlanta and Roche Bobois.

The Golden Peach Award honors 10 of Atlanta’s most esteemed women who inspire and empower others to make a difference in their communities.

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