Best in Class for June 27

Robyn Smith, a junior from Benjamin E. Mays High School in Atlanta, will attend the Boston University Tanglewood Institute summer music program in Lenox, Mass. this summer. BUTI is a program from the School of Music at the College of Fine Arts at Boston University, and is led by artistic director Phyllis Hoffman. Smith has studied trombone at the Math and Science Academy for six years.

Gwinnett Online Campus is a recipient of the Blackboard Catalyst Award for Innovation for thinking outside the box to improve education delivery and experience for students. Gwinnett Online Campus offers students Learning Labs, which gives students the option to participate in learning sessions online or in person.

Pinecrest Academy, in Cumming, received a $5,000 grant from the Catholic Foundation of North Georgia to expand its Science, Technology, Engineering and Math programs for middle school students.

Art Institute of Atlanta student Judith Grant won third place in the fourth annual Sherwin-Williams STIR Student Design Contest. She received $500 cash, and her residential design will be featured in the Sherwin-Williams email newsletter, on Facebook and at

Forty-seven Paulding County fifth graders attended Drug Abuse Resistance Education camp June 9-13 with deputies from the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office. The students participated in canoeing, swimming, fishing and arts and crafts, and also learned about the dangers of drugs and alcohol, how to deal with peer pressure and how to improve self esteem.

Two students from Maxwell High School of Technology, in Lawrenceville, competed at the 65th Annual Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills Competition National Finals June 10. David Chavez and Jorge Gonzalez traveled to Dearborn, Mich. to participate in the competition, which featured a timed test to identify glitches in a 2014 Ford Fusion SE, as well as a written exam.

Kennesaw State University students Amber Caldara, Daniel Hoffman, Samuel Keenan, Alden Lathrop, James Law, Bradley Norvell, Aaron Pital, Alberto Romero, Dennys Rosales, and Maredith Sapp are participating in the Birla Carbon Scholars Program with an opportunity to advance scientific and mathematical research. The new scholars program was developed in April 2014 with a $250,000 pledge from Birla Carbon, a global manufacturer and supplier of carbon black additives. Each student will work side-by-side with faculty researchers on projects dealing with topics from coastal ecosystems to traffic patterns on Interstate 75.

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