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Jefferson High School graduation

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DSC_0124The Jefferson High School Class of 2015 received diplomas during Friday night commencement exercises at Memorial Stadium.

See LeAnne Akin’s photo gallery below and see coverage in the May 28 print edition of The Paper.

Jefferson High School graduation 2015

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Mill Creek High awards 799 diplomas to graduates

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After 13 years of hard work during their K-12 academic careers, more than to 11,100 students will be earning their high school diploma from Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) and 799 of those grads walked across the stage on Markham Field on Thursday evening.

Lava Bashar Barwari accepts her diploma from Principal Jason Lane. With the help of a U.S. Army soldier who told her mother to use his name to get her infant daughter out of Iraq in 1996 reunited with the family before graduation and shared the occasion. See LeAnne Akin's photo gallery below.

Lava Bashar Barwari accepts her diploma from Principal Jason Lane. With the help of a U.S. Army soldier who told her mother to use his name to get her infant daughter out of Iraq in 1996 reunited with the family before graduation and shared the occasion. See LeAnne Akin’s photo gallery below.

The Mill Creek High School Class of 2015 was among the school district’s largest and most decorated to date. One of the graduates, Lava Bashar Barwari, had a special guest in the audience, the United States Army soldier who saw to it during the first Gulf War in 1996 that the young baby was able to leave Iraq with her mother, Awaz, whose name had been placed on a kill list because she worked for an American organization. A reunion of sorts took place prior to graduation and Barwari later walked across the podium to accept her diploma.

The seniors, accompanied by faculty, walked into the stadium to the cheers of family and friends as the Mill Creek High School Band, under the direction of Erik Mason, performed “Pomp and Circumstance.”

Faith Y Yim led the Pledge of Allegiance and the Senior Choral Ensemble, directed by Stephanie Archer, performed the National Anthem.

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Field day fun

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hula-hoop-DSC_0531How can you tell the end of the school year is approaching? Field day, of course.

These West Jackson Middle School students are enjoying field day today on the ball field.

LeAnne Akin captured these scenes of the fun and games.

Mill Creek graduation is May 21

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Katherine Victoria Harrison is Mill Creek High School Valedictorian; Birk Evavold is Salutatorian

After 13 years of hard work during their K-12 academic careers, more than to 11,100 students will be earning their high school diploma from Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS). The 11,130 high school seniors will walk across the stage this week as the school district congratulates the Class of 2015, the largest and most decorated to date.

“We salute the Class of 2015 and all that these students have accomplished,” says CEO/Superintendent Alvin Wilbanks. “Graduation is the capstone of a student’s K-12 academic career. It is a big moment for these students, their families, and the school district. This is a highly decorated class in terms of scholarships and accomplishments. They are among the best prepared of any graduating class and many of them will continue their education, attending schools all over the world. We wish them well and congratulate them on their hard work and persistence, knowing they are ready for the future. And, while the focus is on the graduates at this time of year, I also would like to thank their families and the thousands of teachers who provided support and guidance to them throughout the years.”

Katherine Victoria Harrison is Mill Creek High School’s Valedictorian and Birk Evavold is the Salutatorian. Mill Creek has 263 honor graduates among its 799 graduates. Mill Creek graduation will be held at 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 21, at Markham Field.

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Lindsay’s Legacy Mentoring celebrates its 10 birthday

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Bill Fokes is Mentor of the Year

Brought to the podium by executive director Lisa Stephens, Bill Fokes expresses surprise at being named Mentor of the Year and he grew emotional as he spoke of the gift which is Lindsay’s Legacy Mentoring. See more scenes from the celebration below in LeAnne Akin's photo gallery.

Brought to the podium by executive director Lisa Stephens, Bill Fokes expresses surprise at being named Mentor of the Year and he grew emotional as he spoke of the gift which is Lindsay’s Legacy Mentoring. See more scenes from the celebration below in LeAnne Akin’s photo gallery.

Lindsay’s Legacy Mentoring recently celebrated 10 years of making the impossible possible, according to Joe Godfrey, chairman of the nonprofit which trains mentors

A birthday cake provided by Ferranti’s Cakery concluded the celebration with Jackson County Sheriff Janis Mangum and her mentee, Ruby Crimm, blowing out the candles.

Godfrey said mentors share their time, talent and treasures to enrich the lives of young people who in turn greatly enrich the lives of their mentors.

Pastor Chris Stephens gave the invocation, praying that Jack Lindsay understood the importance of mentoring. Thank you for those mentors who are pouring their lives into students who greatly accept.” He prayed for the celebration of 10 years of success, noting that a look back and a look ahead will show the best is yet to come.

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