Monday, May 20, 2013
Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks will speak at the ceremony May 22.
Gwinnett County's superintendent is among speakers slated for the Shiloh High School graduation this week. Since 1996, Wilbanks has served as superintendent of the Gwinnett County Public Schools, the state's largest school district. In addition to Wilbanks, other speakers include: Dr. Robert McClure, school board member; Eric Parker, principal; Tilak Patel, valedictorian; and Hermoon Worku, salutatorian. The school is graduating 429 students, with 42 honor graduates. The commencement ceremony takes place 4 p.m., May 22 at the Gwinnett Center Arena. Who's Speaking at Nearby Schools?* Brookwood High School: 810 graduates, 224 honor graduates -- Ceremony takes place 8 p.m., May 22 at the Brookwood Community Stadium. South Gwinnett High …
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Julie Allen reaches out to the Snellville high school for being integral part of her family's life. Her daughter, Taylor, is this year's valedictorian.
The graduation of Brookwood High's valedictorian is especially important to one long-time educator -- her mother. In 2010, Julie Allen retired with 31 years in education, and with 21 of those years in Gwinnett County Public Schools, including Jones Middle and South Gwinnett High. She graduated as a Bronco, and now her daughter, Taylor, is doing the same. Because of Taylor's stellar grades, she also is this year's valedictorian. In an email to the Brookwood High school community, Julie Allen thanks the school for being a part of her family's life. Here is an excerpt, provided by Gwinnett County Public Schools: "It is hard to believe 27 years ago my husband and I were tossing our BHS caps into the air, and now it is Taylor's turn. From the …
Educators Ken and Patty Lindahl are retiring after 30 years at the Snellville high school. The community thanks them for their service to students and dedication to the arts.
Applause erupts, and it seems unending. The audience leaps to its feet. There are cheers, and there are tears -- all for two people: Ken and Patty Lindahl. This day has been three decades in the making. Drawn together by their mutual love of the arts, the husband and wife are now taking their final bow at Brookwood High. It's hard to imagine that this day would ever come. But, it has. It's time for the Lindahls to retire. For all the love, and all the memories, and all the hard work of so many people year after year, "we are so fortunate," Ken Lindahl said at the end of their final performance. Growing Up Artsy As teenagers, the two met in St. Joseph, Mich., at a street dance not far from a lake. "It was like "West Side Story," except for…
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Gwinnett County Public Schools announces names of Brookwood High School's 2012-2013 valedictorian and salutatorian.
Gwinnett County Public Schools has released the names of the 2012-2013 valedictorian and salutatorian from Brookwood High School. The title of valedictorian is normally given to the student with the highest GPA, and salutatorian is given to the student with the second-highest GPA. Photos of the honorees are attached to the story. Don't forget to upload your children's graduation announcements to Patch, and share with the entire community.
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Robert Chandler was awarded $250 and will have his film featured online.
Robert Chandler, a sophomore at Brookwood High School in Snellville, GA, won honorable mention for an original video he produced for the “World of 7 Billion” student video contest, sponsored by Population Connection. See the above video to watch Chandler's video, titled “Food Security: Inked.” Robert’s video – which uses hand-drawn animation to show how hunger affects the human population – was among 13 winners from 567 submissions created by high school students in 37 states, 18 countries and American Samoa. Robert won $250 and has his video featured on the “World of 7 Billion” website. Robert won honorable mention in the “Food Security” category. Two other categories included “Global Status of Women and Girls” and “Wildlife Habitat.” …
The Georgia Thespians honored Patty Lindahl for her long-time dedication to the arts.
A Brookwood High teacher has earned a spot in the Georgia Thespian Hall of Fame. Patty Lindahl, a veteran theater arts teacher, was recognized by the Georgia Thespians at the group’s state conference in Columbus earlier this year. Gwinnett County school officials congratulated Lindahl at its recent board meeting, and then announced the news on May 8. "Patty Lindahl embodies all the qualities that define a successful and effective teacher,” said Brookwood High Principal Debbie Dees. "She is caring, empathetic, non-judgmental, and open-minded. "She also is enthusiastic, creative, and innovative. Her passion for teaching is infectious." Lindahl will be retiring with her husband, Ken, after more than 30 years at Brookwood High. Look for a …
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Brookwood is among ten Gwinnett high schools that made the list.
Snellville's Brookwood High School and ten others in Gwinnett County have made Newsweek's 2013 list of the nation's top schools. Newsweek released the rankings May 6. The Gwinnett County schools making the list are: The rankings are based, in part, on graduation rates, college acceptance and SAT scores. To see the full methodology, click here. -- Want to know how Gwinnett County schools ranked in the recent U.S. News & World Report? Click here for that list. --
Saturday, April 13, 2013
They are among 800 winners nationwide.
Saturday, April 13
Two Snellville students have won $2,500 National Achievement Scholarships from the National Merit Scholarship Corp., the group announced this week. Ruth Amsel Melka of Brookwood High School and Imani J. James, who attends DeKalb School of the Arts, were the winners, according to a media release. Melka plans to pursue a career in neurology; James is undecided for now. The students are among 800 outstanding black American high school seniors who have won Achievement Scholarship awards through the National Achievement Scholarship Program, the release says. These awards, totaling over $2 million, are financed by grants from 34 corporate organizations and professional associations, and by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. The winning …
Thursday, April 4, 2013
As a member of the Dream Team, the pair will receive an all-expenses paid trip to San Francisco in May for TeachFest, through the support of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Robin Valentine and Melissa Huneycutt, both Brookwood High teachers, have been selected to the 2013 LearnZillion Dream Team. "We are both very excited about this opportunity," said Valentine, "and we believe it provides a positive example of teachers here at Brookwood High School and in Gwinnett County do every day." More than 3,000 teachers, instructional coaches, and administrators from across the country applied, and only 200 were chosen to the highly selective Dream Team. These teachers were chosen based on their understanding of the Common Core State Standards and their ability to create high-quality, highly conceptual lessons that are easily understood by students. As a member of the Dream Team, Valentine and Huneycutt will receive …
Sunday, March 24, 2013
Tasty treats and a good time were had by all at the seventh annual Brookwood High School band event.
Taste of Brookwood, held on March 23 at Brookwood High School, was once again a huge success. As the largest fundraiser for the Brookwood High School Band Association, the event featured live entertainment provided by the school's jazz band, a silent auction and samples from local restaurants at the party-like fundraiser. Over 20 restaurants from the Snellville, Lawrenceville and Lilburn areas participated in the event. For information about the high school band, visit their website. Were you there? Add your own photos to this story!