Best in Class for Dec. 6

Georgia State University Doctoral Student Stuart Manito Smith won KPMG Foundation's $10,000 Minority Doctoral Scholarship. The foundation aims to grow minority representation in business schools and has awarded over $15 million to 320 African-American, Hispanic-American and Native American academics working towards their doctorate degrees.

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Sarah Bufkin, Atlanta's Henry Grady High School alumni, was awarded U.S.-Ireland Alliance's Mitchell Scholarship which will fund her tuition, living accommodations and travel fees for one year of graduate studies in Ireland. Bufkin plans to complete her master's degree in moral, legal and political philosophy at Belfast's Queens University. The senior at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill was chosen based on her leadership, scholarship and community service. In the future, she hopes to be a civil rights public interest lawyer.

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On Monday, Emory University’s AIDS Awareness Club held their annual Quilt on the Quad event where they teamed up with the NAMES Project to unfold commemorative quilts honoring those who have lost their lives to AIDS.

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Aubrey Gehle from Gwinnett County's North Gwinnett Middle School wrote the first place essay about water conservation for Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District's (MNGWPD) 2013 Water Essay Contest. Jennifer Deng from Fayette County's J.C. Booth Middle School won District-wide Runner-Up. Other winners were: Ava Carubia, Holly Quick, Marissa Henager, Kosi Moneke, Zelda Rogers, Allison Vessell, Prateek Umashankar, Jordan Bogner, Hyuk Lee, Paige Norris, Aubrey Gehle, Eleanor Luciani, Maggie Coughlin, Amani Ward and Jackson Page.

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Brentius Watts, Henry County's Tussahaw Elementary physical education teacher, won Hero in the Classroom from Symetra Financial, the Atlanta Falcons and SunTrust Bank. The award recognizes teachers who balance curriculum and individual student needs, build community trust and work towards student success.

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The Catholic Foundation of North Georgia provided Atlanta’s Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic School a $6,000 grant which the school will use to expand their iPad technology.