Best in class fore Aug. 24

Lexi Lobel, a Woodward Academy sophomore from Sandy Springs, has been inducted into the second class of Youth Leadership Sandy Springs. Thirty-two students from eight high schools are taking part in a year of leadership training and civic awareness. The students will meet with city leaders and conduct a mock trial among other things. At the end of the school year, the students will work on a joint service project based on the needs of the community.

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Mill Creek High School senior Paola Rivera attended the 69th annual session of the Junior Statesmen Summer School for future leaders at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. Students attended college-level courses in American government, international relations, and speech, and took part in nightly student debates on public policy issues. They met with a group of leaders from the government, business, and the media. Paola hopes to study international relations and psychology in college. An honor student at Gwinnett's Mill Creek, Paola is active in the Gwinnett Bar Association's Law Explorers, and a member of the Mock Trial Team, Latin Club/Junior Classical League, National Honor Society, and Yearbook.

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The Art Institute of Atlanta was recognized this summer at the Campus MovieFest, at its CMF Hollywood Awards at the Globe Theatre at University Studios. The short film, "Elias Cromwell," directed by Joshua Gary, a student in the bachelor of fine arts program in digital filmmaking & video production, was recognized as a Top 25 nominee for Best Picture. It was also recognized as a Golden Tripod Nominee for Best Actor, Best Director, and Best Cinematography. "Elias Cromwell" won Best Picture in the local CMF competition at The Art Institute of Atlanta. CMF, founded by students more than 11 years ago, has provided 500,000 participants with laptops, camcorders, and training to create short movies at no cost. The films can be seen at: www.campusmoviefest.com/hollywood.