January 2018 Around Town 3

Flipping Virgins in Town

The 21st Annual North Atlanta Home Show has doubled in size with the addition of an Outdoor Living Expo.  The popular home remodeling showcase will be held February 9-11 at the Infinite Energy Center, in Duluth.  It will include more than 200 home remodeling and outdoor living experts offering product demonstrations, presentations and buyer discounts.  Realtor Egypt Sherrod, host of HGTV’s “Flipping Virgins,” “Property Virgins” and “Urban Oasis,” will speak at 1 and 3 p.m. on Saturday, February 10.  Attendees will be able to comparison shop, speak one-on-one with the exhibitors and even make appointments for professionals to come to their homes.  General admission is $8 and tickets may be purchased at the door or online at AtlantaHomeShow.com.  The 2018 North Atlanta Home Show and Outdoor Living Expo will be the largest home improvement event ever held at the Infinite Energy Center, and is a SEMCO Show.

Students in Government

Student Leadership Johns Creek Secretary of State Ambassadors were recognized on Election Day for their successful efforts to coordinate the first-ever, student-led debate for mayoral and city council candidates in the city of Johns Creek. Steve Smith, chief of staff for Fulton County Schools, had the following remarks at the meeting: “The work that these students performed prior to today’s election has been extraordinary. Let me share with you briefly what this group was able to accomplish. As Student Leadership Johns Creek Secretary of State Ambassadors, our nine honorees organized, promoted and hosted a city-wide debate for residents. Students created brochures to promote the event and to encourage voter registration; conducted research on topics and issues important to Johns Creek residents; developed an appropriate list of questions for candidates; served as moderators for the debate; and videotaped the event for posting on social media and YouTube. Student Leadership Johns Creek is a competitive program that has been a highly-valued part of the community for six+ years. Students come from Centennial High, Chattahoochee High, Johns Creek High and Northview High. Pictured from left to right:  School Board Superintendent Dr. Jeff Rose, Executive Director Irene Sanders, Kaitlyn Jung, Adiva Dutta, Kriti Kothari, Vanisha Kudumuri, Olivia Logan, Past President of JCCA Judy LeFave, School Board Vice President Linda McCain. Back row, left to right: Aniruddha Gupta, Nathaniel Alemayehu, Caroline Custis, Student Assistant Liz Wong, and Sarah McWhirter.

Save the Date

On February 1, Johns CreekLifestyle will honor the winners in our first READERS’ CHOICE AWARDS, where  businesses from throughout our community have been voted by you, our readers, as the best around.  The party will be held at The Metropolitan Club, featuring live music, networking, food and drinks and an awards ceremony with prizes and gifts.  Go to JohnsCreekLifestyle.com for tickets and bring your clan! 

Milton Mechanical is our Gold Sponsor. Ken and his crew are big supporters throughout the community and we’re proud to partner with them. For all your home or business heating and cooling needs, head to MiltonMechanicalServices.com. Our beneficiary is the national nonprofit Hire Heroes USA, which is based in Alpharetta and earned Charity Navigator’s highest possible 4-Star rating for a third consecutive year, and is a top employment resource for thousands of transitioning military members, veterans and military spouses annually. A leading veteran service organization specifically targeting the issues of unemployment and underemployment among military veterans, its services are provided at no cost. Hire Heroes USA offers resume, networking and interview assistance, federal sector help, mock interviews, and job sourcing. It also aligns itself with employment partners ranging from small businesses to Fortune 100 companies to offer job matching, virtual career fairs and a job board with thousands of career opportunities. Hire Heroes USA sets the standard in veteran employment services, with best-in-class results since 2007. Its programs are funded exclusively by private grants and public donations. HireHeroesUSA.org

New Nannies in Town

A new location of College Nannies + Sitters + Tutors (CNST) of Alpharetta/Johns Creek serving our community’s families has opened at 4190 Old Milton Parkway in Alpharetta.  CNST was started when company President Joe Keeley was a college hockey player asked by his coach to be a nanny.  From there the company has grown to be the nation’s most complete and professional resource for helping busy families raise smart, confident, well-adjusted kids through their unique Role Model Promise and mission of Building Stronger Families.  Owner Brad Fried invites you to come and visit their Learning Center on Thursday, January 18, from 4 to 7 p.m., when you can meet the team of role models and learn more about their cradle to college approach.  To learn more about CNST and the full spectrum of childcare and tutoring services offered, please call 678.675.0303 or visit CollegeNanniesAndTutors.com.

Science Forever

McGinnis Woods Country Day School is excited about the many hands on STEM activities which students in PreK -8th grade are immersed in each week.  The STEM Lab is always buzzing with the sounds of the 3D printer, robots, building, and collaboration as the children work with the STEM teacher to solve real life problems while bringing the curriculum to life. After school STEM, Robotics, and 3D and Me! clubs keep the students excited and engaged while preparing them for the future. Recently the school hosted its first Technology Fair showcasing the STEM skills and creativity of the middle school students. Students created a vast array of projects which included topics such as 3D Modeling, Animation, Audio Production, Multimedia Applications and Video Production. The participants were excited to share their projects and answer questions posed by parents, younger students, and friends. Three of the projects were chosen to advance to an upcoming regional fair and possibly onto the state technology fair. McginnisWoods.org

New President

Father Joel M. Konzen, S.M., has been appointed the Marist School’s president by the Very Reverend Paul Frechette, S.M., provincial superior of the Society of Mary U.S. Province, which has owned and operated Marist School since 1901. Father Konzen will assume his new position effective July 1. Board Chairman William G. Roche, a 1976 graduate of the school, remarked, “We are blessed to have a new president who will continue the legacy of outstanding Marist School leadership. Father Joel Konzen is the perfect person to lead Marist into the future.”

Father Frechette also commented, “Father Konzen possesses all the personal skills, professional competence, and spiritual wisdom of the Society of Mary that would have made him an ideal provincial. It is apparent, though, that God had other plans. Father Konzen has spent 28 years of his ministry at Marist School. This is no accident. It is because of the gracious choice of Mary. Think about all the students and faculty, parents, and alumni whose lives have been impacted for the better because of Father Konzen. Now you can see how the graciousness of Mary has been lavishly bestowed upon the school that bears her name through this Marist religious and his fidelity to everything her name entails.”


Naval Academy Bound

Vidya Gopalakrishna, a senior at Northview High School, recently received a prestigious appointment to the United States Naval Academy. The appointment was made on November 8 by Congresswoman Karen Handel. Vidya went through a rigorous interview process and competed with many students from across Georgia for this highly coveted appointment.  Vidya is a graduate of Student Leadership Johns Creek class of 2018. The organization member is a competitive program that has been a highly valued part of the community for six+ years. Students come from Centennial High, Chattahoochee High, Johns Creek High and Northview High. Applications for the next Student Leadership Johns Creek class will be available beginning December 1, 2017, at each school’s counselor office or on-line at StudentLeadershipJohnsCreek.com.