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Austin alumna Megan McKinstry presented a gift to retiring Austin employee Mickey Brown.

Mickey Brown, an 18-year employee of Austin Elementary school will retire this summer.

Upon learning if his retirement, more than 50 families sent cards and checks, totaling more than $2,000 to help Mr. Brown enjoy his retirement. He has been a custodian at the school, arriving most days around 3 a.m. to make sure everything was done before the kids arrived for the day. He is appreciated for the positive impact he has made on the lives of current and past students. Brown was overwhelmed and the next day wrote a letter to express his appreciation.

Megan McKinstry, Austin Elementary School class of 2007 and rising Auburn University senior, presented him with the more than $2,000 raised from current and past AES families.

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With its championship win at the Forsyth County Academic Team Invitational, the quiz bowl team from Dunwoody High School proved itself worthy to play on a national stage.  On May 26, the team will represent their school in a national competition testing their knowledge of history, science, literature, fine arts, geography, the social sciences, current events, and more areas of study:  National Academic Quiz Tournaments’ High School National Championship Tournament.

Dunwoody has attended the High School National Championship Tournament four times before. 

Last year’s tournament featured 272 of the top high school teams from across the United States.This year’s competition will again feature 272 teams.  Dunwoody may face familiar foes in Atlanta, as Chamblee, Marist and Weber School will also be attending.

The team will be captained by Matthew DeSoutter, who will be joined by Mattias Andrews, Patrick Clinch, Alex Eldridge, Nathaniel Lee, Seth May, Rohan Narendra, and Ryan Wirtz.  The team will be coached by Paul Siegel, who will be assisted by Ted Ward.

With its championship win at the 2017 GATA Varsity State Championship, the quiz bowl team from Chamblee Charter High School will also represent their school at the National Academic Quiz Tournaments’ High School National Championship Tournament.

Chamblee Charter has attended the High School National Championship Tournament once before.  In 2000 they made the playoffs and finished in 30th place.

The team will be captained by Chenthuran Abeyakaran, who will be joined by Ramanan Abeyakaran, Nevin Aresh, Ben Blanck, Foster Cowan, Logan Durisch, Sam Lehmann, Rohan Misra, Sifat Raihan, and Ashley Veazey.  The team will be coached by Carolyn Fraser.

Tournament results will be updated throughout the three days of competition at naqt.com so everyone can follow along and see how the team does.  The tournament is open to the public, and spectators are welcome to attend at no cost; the Information Desk will be able to help spectators find specific teams’ games.

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