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The Jackson County High School FFA chapter was awarded a gold emblem on their National Chapter Award Application. The National Chapter Award Program is designed to recognize FFA chapters that actively implement the mission and strategies of the organization on the local level. Only 10 percent of FFA chapters in the state can earn a gold emblem. The application will now advance to judging on the national level in the fall. Some of the chapter’s activities included a community special needs petting zoo, career success seminars and hands-only CPR training for members.

MCHS grad to play basketball at Georgia College

The Georgia College Women’s Basketball program recently announced the signing of four freshmen for the upcoming 2020-21 season, the first recruiting class under head coach Ross Jolly.

Alexis Figures, a guard who played at Mill Creek High School under head coach Jeremy Huckaby, was among those who have signed for the upcoming season at Georgia College.

Figures was on the All-Region First Team, All County-Second Team, Dacula Tip-Off Classic All-Tournament Team and played AAU for Peak Performance and coaches Sidney Miller, Tony Gorell and Ty Hodges. Figures plans to major in nursing.

“Alexis is a very talented wing player with ability to score the ball," said Jolly. "She will be an outstanding addition that will help us make positive steps with our program.”

Figures joins Saliah Ponteau, guard from Peachtree Ridge High; Jada Warren, forward from Norcross High; and Kya Williams, guard from Kell High. All four hail from the Peach State and will have an opportunity for early contributions.

“We are thrilled to be adding four outstanding young ladies to our group of returners,” said Jolly. “Each signee has chosen to be a piece of the puzzle in building our program. With this class, we will add depth on the court while maintaining our team’s positive identity. We look forward to seeing their growth as student-athletes at Georgia College, as well as the impact that they each will make."

UNG Enactus team takes third in national competition

The University of North Georgia's (UNG) Enactus team earned third place in the Unilever Bright Futures Project Accelerator competition at the national Enactus conference, which was held virtually. Enactus is an entrepreneurial and service club for college students.

Benjamin Spellman, of Braselton, was part of UNG's Enactus team that earned the recognition.

UNG's Enactus students participated in a variety of sustainability projects during the past year that led to the honor. With the initial $1,500 accelerator grant from Unilever, the UNG Enactus group purchased two recycling centers for the Interactive Neighborhood for Kids (INK) museum in Gainesville. It also set up a passive irrigation system with recycled bottles at INK.

Enactus students then learned how to make reusable bags out of old T-shirts and jewelry out of recycled products, with the intent to share those lessons in the Hall County School District. UNG's Enactus also aims to help increase recycling in Hall schools.

The top-three finish earned UNG's Enactus group a $3,000 prize to further its efforts. The Sustainability Club and Students for Environmental Awareness have both committed to assist Enactus.

Katie Simmons, associate dean for undergraduate programs for the Mike Cottrell College of Business, serves as faculty adviser for Enactus.

Two Hoschton students make chancellor's list at Troy University

Troy University recently announced the students who have been named to the chancellor's list for the spring semester and Term 4 of the 2019-20 academic year.

Local students who made the chancellor's list include:

  • Stephanie Maytum of Hoschton.
  • Bailey Sanderson of Hoschton.

Full-time undergraduate students who are registered for at least 12 semester hours and who earn a grade point average of 4.0 qualify for the chancellor's list.

Kindergarten registration underway at Gwinnett schools

Kindergarten registration for Gwinnett County Public Schools’ is underway.

Parents and guardians of children who will be five years old on or before September 1, 2020, are encouraged to begin the registration process by visiting the website of the school their child will attend. If parents are unsure which school their child will attend, they can find that information by entering their address on the GCPS’ school locator web page ( to identify their attendance zone.

The first day of school is set for Wednesday, Aug. 5.

In the coming weeks, schools will plan activities to welcome and introduce new kindergartners to their new school and teacher. Students will need to be registered to receive the information.

Parents can complete much of the registration process, including the uploading of documents need for registration, online. Most document attachments are compatible. The file size limit is 2 MG. Even if families do not have the required immunization and/or screening documents at this time, they are encouraged to go ahead and begin the online registration process as this will help the school plan for students and create class lists. The documents families will need to complete registration include:

•An official document showing proof of birth date. Examples include an original birth certificate or birth registration, an official state or federal form with date of birth, or a passport. For a fee, parents can order a birth certificate for a child born in Georgia through the state’s ROVER service. (

•Proof of residency in the attendance zone. The school requires proof of residency, which may be verified by presenting a current utility bill (excluding telephone bills) and one of the following documents: a non-contingent sales contract, current lease/rental agreement, most recent income tax return, current paycheck stub, current residential property tax statement or bill, current warranty or quitclaim deed, current home purchase agreement or current homeowner’s insurance policy.

Documents presented for residency verification must include the same address as the accompanying utility bill. An exception: A deed without an address is acceptable if accompanied by two utility bills (excluding telephone bills) with same address in the attendance zone.

A contingency contract is not acceptable. If the parent lives with a friend or family member and needs information about verifying residency, he or she can call the local school regarding a third-person affidavit of residency.

•A Georgia certificate of immunization. By state law, a valid Georgia Certificate of Immunization (Department of Public Health Form #3231) or a notarized Affidavit of Religious Exemption (Department of Public Health Form #2208, available from the school) is required for enrollment. The certificate of immunization must be completed by the health department or your healthcare provider. A valid Form #3231 must be marked with either “Date of Expiration” or as “Complete for School Attendance.” (A certificate marked with a “Date of Expiration” expires on the date indicated. A current certificate must be submitted within 30 days of expiration.) A medical exemption, if applicable, should be noted on Form #3231 with a current date of expiration. Families that are unable to obtain the required immunization and/or screening documents due to the COVID-19 situation will be given additional time to obtain those documents but should go ahead and begin the online registration process.

•Evidence of vision, hearing, dental and nutrition screening obtained in the past year. This information should be on a current Georgia Form #3300 (rev. 2013), available from the health department or a physician and dentist and dated within the last 12 months. Letters from appropriate healthcare professionals and out-of-state certificates are acceptable, if completed within the last 12 months and stapled to the state form.

•Photo ID. The person enrolling a student should present proper identification. This identification may include a driver’s license, a state identification card, a passport, or other official photo identification, such as an ID card obtained through an official government agency or consulate.

•Proof of authorized person to enroll (only required of non-birth parents). The following people are authorized to enroll students: parent (natural or adoptive), legal guardian, grandparent with a properly executed power of attorney for the care of a minor child, kinship caregiver with a properly executed Kinship Caregiver Affidavit, or foster parent appointed by a state agency.

•The child’s Social Security Number. State law requires that schools ask for this number at the time of enrollment. Students will be enrolled, even if the number is not provided. However, parents not providing a number will be asked to sign a waiver.

Families should periodically check the website of their child’s new school for updates about the new school year and related activities and information.