Emory student goes to Washington on Senate internship

Emory University senior Genie Arcila recently completed the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s internship program in the U.S. Senate.

Arcila was one of 42 students chosen from hundreds of applicants for the program.

She worked in the office of Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., for eight weeks as she responded to constituent inquiries, drafted memos, conducted research and met with leaders.

Arcila said the experience made her feel empowered to pursue a career in politics so that she can represented Latinos in the legislative process.


Ray Herbert, a rising senior at Pinecrest Academy in Cumming, won first place for the state of Georgia in the National Society of Professional Surveyors’ 2013 Trig-Star Awards.

The program honors high school students for trigonometry skill.

Herbert placed 20th in the country on the national test, and he was recognized with other winners at a banquet in Charleston, S.C., last month.


The Buford Lanier Woman’s Club has awarded $1,500 scholarships to three recent graduates who are preparing to attend college.

Forrest Ann Anderson graduated from Flowery Branch High School and will attend the University of South Carolina.

Amanda Leigh Hicks graduated from Buford High School and will attend the University of Georgia.

Lenae Grace Hodnett graduated from Buford High School and will attend Freed-Hardeman University in Henderson, Tenn.


Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School has announced the appointment of Timothy Sommer to the position of Lower School Chaplain. He will serve on the HIES chaplaincy team with the Rev. Wendy Porter-Cade and with Head Chaplain Ned Mulligan leading worship, working with children in chapel, providing pastoral care as needed, teaching and coaching.

Sommer received his Master’s in Divinity from Yale Divinity School and his diploma in Anglican Studies from the Berkeley Divinity School at Yale in May. In 2010, he earned a Master of Arts in Religion with distinction from Chicago Theological Seminary. Sommer is also a 2007 graduate of Olivet Nazarene University, Magna Laude, in general studies with distinction in English and history.


Gainesville High School special education teacher Robert Horne earned a donation of 20 iPads for his class from Little Hug Fruit Barrels.

Horne first won $3,000 through a juice drinks promotion after buying the drinks for an end of the school year party for his class.

He learned he had cancer soon afterward, but he continued with plans to use his prize money to buy educational equipment for his students.

Little Hug donated the iPads for educational use after hearing Horne’s story, which allows him to keep his prize money for medical expenses.

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