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Every day, the schools of the DeKalb County School District are bursting with activities that supports college and career readiness. We’ll share that news in TRUST in the Schoolhouse. Below are some examples of that work. Got an idea? Please share it here.

Austin Elementary

Congratulations to Austin Elementary students for taking second and third place at the annual Inventure STEM Fair. The team that came in second place will have the opportunity to compete at a state STEM competition on March 14 at Georgia Tech.

Dunwoody Elementary

Dunwoody Elementary hosted the inaugural Inventure STEM Fair for DeKalb County students on Jan. 31. More than 40 project entries were reviewed and scored by 15 judges from across the county. Winners will compete in a state level competition at Georgia Tech and have the chance to move on to a national competition later this year. Congratulations to fourth graders Ava Ceo, Hannah Lang and Abby Thorpe for earning first-place for their remote-controlled vacuum invention.

Congratulations to Dunwoody Elementary students Luke McNamara, Myles Ea, Morgan Sturtz, Adelyn Pearson, Jaeden Brown, Ansh Chaudhary, Shiv Mheta, Bhavya Shah, Lauren Smith and Shoela Ettampola for earning first-place finishes at the 2018 DCSD Technology Fair. The school earned the most first place finishes.

Dunwoody High

Congratulations to basketball player Jared Whitehurst for being recognized as the DeKalb County basketball player of the month. Whitehurst was recognized Jan. 21 at the Tip-Off Club meeting at Columbia High School.

Congratulations to students Camila Rubiano, Niki Azadi, Andrew Sonnier, Sarah Gagnier, and Cater Carr for earning entry into the 2018 International DECA Competition and Development conference set to take place in April 2018.

Congratulations to students Christine Chang, Sophia Cohen, Elizabeth Cowen, Filippo DiBenedetto, Galya Fischer, Justin Jasper, John Kerdasha, Carmen Morgan, Laura Pankey, Erika Smith, Weston Spenser, Brian Weinshenker, and Sophie Zhang for being selected to participate in state level interviews for the Governor’s Honors Program. The interviews will take place at Berry College on Feb. 24, 2018.

Congratulations to student Daniel Bynum, who will represent Dunwoody High at the Regional Competition for Poetry Out Loud.

Huntley Hills Elementary

Huntley Hills hosted a “Star Readers” event to celebrate achievement reached in the Accelerated Reader program. The celebration consisted of a red carpet event, a popcorn party and the presentation of a crown. Huntley Hills’ leading class, headed by Lilian Watts, had 68 percent of students reach their reading goals.

Peachtree Charter Middle

Congratulations to Peachtree Charter Middle School’s Science Bowl Team, which claimed first place in a North Georgia regional competition. The team will now compete at the state level in Savannah, Ga.

Kingsley Charter Elementary

The Kingsley Charter Leadership Club spent a Wednesday evening at the newly purchased and renovated Dunwoody City Hall. Students learned about all aspects of running a city and interviewed six department heads about their duties. After the trip, students wrote about what they learned, which will be presented to Mayor Denis Shortal as recommendations for his State of the City Address on Feb. 22.

Kittredge Magnet

Kittredge Magnet School placed first in the middle school division of the 2018 Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl on Jan. 27. The team—made up of two fourth graders, five fifth graders and two sixth graders—bested their competition by more than 50 points.

Margaret Harris Comprehensive School

Margaret Harris concluded their week by hosting a Special Olympics Bowling event at Midtown Bowling Lanes. Teachers, students and staff alike were excited as students persevered through struggles with sensory issues and physical challenges to make sure the day was successful.

DeKalb Elementary School of the Arts (DESA)

DESA 6th and 7th grade students hosted a benefit concert for Make-A-Wish Georgia in November, raising $2,300 to help grant a wish of a child diagnosed with critical illness.

DESA’s Student Council hosted a “Party with a Purpose” in January and raised $700 to Bert’s Big Adventure to help provide a magical, all-expenses-paid journey to Walt Disney World for five days.

DESA’s 4th through 7th grade students sang as part of the Atlanta Hawks’ pregame show on Jan. 21 and have been invited back to sing the National Anthem next season.

DeKalb Early College Academy (DECA)

Congratulations to Sydnie Cobb, who helped raise $6,500 for hygiene products for girls in Kasungu, Malawi. Cobb was named to Georgia’s 20 Under 20 by 21st Century Leaders for her accomplishments.

Congratulations to students Christopher Ballenger, Moontashir Siam, Hawda Shukralla, Jovita Bell and Jackie Ochieng for claiming first-place finishes at the 2018 DCSD Technology Fair. The students placed first in such categories as Mobile Apps, Multimedia and Video Production.

Southwest DeKalb High School

Congratulations to student Abenezer Sultan for claiming first place at the 2018 DCSD Technology Fair in the category of Internet Applications for ninth- through 10th grade students.

E.L. Bouie Traditional Theme School

Congratulations to student Yeabsira Sultan for claiming first place at the 2018 DCSD Technology Fair in the Internet Application category for third- through fourth-graders.

Browns Mill Elementary

Congratulations to students Angelia Woodley and Kamari Dixon for claiming first place in the Productivity Design category of the 2018 DCSD Technology Fair for fifth- through sixth-graders.

Miller Grove High

Congratulations to student Adelani Alegbeleye for claiming first place in the Video Production Category for 11th through 12th grade students at the 2018 DCSD Technology Fair.

Cedar Grove High

Congratulations to Cedar Grove student Kaleb Morris for placing 2nd in the Job Interview category at the state DECA competition. Morris will advance to the national portion of the competition, where he will represent the school, DeKalb County School District and Georgia.

Congratulations to the Cedar Grove FCCLA students who earned gold medals in the regional FCCLA Regional Competition. First place entrants will advance to a state level of the competition.

Arabia Mountain High

Congratulations to the Arabia Mountain Reading Bowl team for advancing to the Metro Regional Helen Ruffing Reading Bowl competition. The competition will take place at Southwest DeKalb High on March 3.

Chapel Hill Middle

Congratulations to Chapel Hill Middle for being named a School of Merit by the National Beta Club.

Lithonia High

During the week of Feb. 5, Lithonia High School to celebrated CTAE Month and FBLA Week by hosting a health fair and blood drive in collaboration with the American Red Cross. On CTAE Career Day, which was held on Feb. 8, the school hosted the Mayor of Lithonia, the Chief of Police for the city of Lithonia, and three DCSD board members–Dr. Melvin Johnson, Dr. Joyce Morley, and Mrs. Vickie Turner. Other presenters included, an African-American pilot, a judge, an engineer, real estate agents, bank representatives, attorneys, and a few entrepreneurs. To end the week, the CTAE students focused on Black Wall Street.

Elizabeth Andrews High School

Congratulations to teacher Teresa Massey for being honored at the Georgia State Capitol on Feb. 6 for providing insight into the needs of science education in Georgia.