Best in Class for Feb. 7

Maxwell High School of Technology recently announced that 45 students enrolled in Welding and Construction programs have earned OSHA-10 safety certification. In order to obtain the certification, students must take a stringent 10-hour training along with orientation. The goal of the OSHA 10 Hour Safety Course is to provide quality safety training that educates workers in construction-related industries about important hazards. The certification is made available to students through sponsorship with the Georgia Tech Research Institute and Health Administration outreach program.

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The Norcross High Wind Symphony students competed at the 64th Annual High School Music Festival at The University of Georgia. Directors Lee Newman and Jessie Matthews both received the Citation of Excellence from the National Band of Association for the students' performance.

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The Bank of American Youth Jazz Band Competition will take place 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 22 and is being hosted by the Georgia State University School of Music. The competition will take place in the Kopleff Recital Hall, and is open to the Georgia Department of Education accredited high schools in all 28 metro Atlanta counties. Winners of the competition will receive a scholarship. Interested high school bands should email JAGrant@AtlantaGa.Gov to request an application.

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As part of The Learning Experience’s first-of-its-kind philanthropy curriculum, preschoolers at TLE in Woodstock are being taught lessons of hope and being a humanitarium. Preschoolers at the country’s fastest growing early learning academy will be participating in the second annual nationwide BeCause Our Hearts Beat Art Auction on Feb. 22 to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Tying in Valentine’s Day and American Heart Month, the preschoolers will be creating “heart” art and selling it to benefit Make-A-Wish.

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The Cobb County-Marietta Water Authority and Cobb County Water System has congratulated 12 Cobb County elementary school students who have been chosen as this year's winners of the Ninth Annual Allatoona Ally Artist Challenge. Michelle Namgoong, a fifth-grader at Mountain View Elementary, is the overall winner of this year's contest, and her drawing will be showcased of the front cover of a magazine that will be distributed throughout the community. In addition, a party to honor the artists will be held at 5 p.m. Feb. 12 at the South Cobb Regional Library.

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Amber Abernathy and Arsema Hailemarian of Holy Innocents' Episcopal School have both been offered The Possee Scholarship by The Possee Scholarship Foundation Inc., which is a four-year, full tuition award. Abernathy will attend Brandeis University and Hailemarian plans to enter Boston University in the fall.

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The Woodward Academy Upper School Visual Art Department has announced that 28 students have received Regional Scholastic Art Awards this year. The awards include five Gold Keys, five Silver Keys and 18 Honorable Mentions. All Gold Key winners will go on to compete in New York City at the national level later this year.