Marist grad wins $2,500 Catholic scholarship

New Marist School graduate Virginia Gilchrist is the recipient of the the second annual Archbishop Emeritus John Francis Donoghue Scholarship, presented by the Georgia Federal Credit Union.

The $2,500 scholarship goes to one outstanding Catholic high school senior who lives in the 69 counties that make up the Archdiocese of Atlanta. The selection is based on academic accomplishments, leadership and participation in both school and community activities, and an essay.

Gilchrist is a member of the National Honor Society and French Honor Society and was editor in chief of the Marist yearbook this year. She also is a Eucharistic minister of Holy Communion. Her volunteer work included the North Atlanta Health and Rehabilitation Center, Sheltering Arms Daycare, and various soup kitchens.

The daughter of Craig and Terry Gilchrist, she will attend St. Mary’s College of California in the fall. She plans to major in English with a French minor.

Seventh-graders at St. Martin’s finish Cornell bird study

The seventh-grade science classes at St. Martin’s Episcopal School recently concluded a four-month bird study on campus. It was the eighth annual study affiliated with the Cornell University Lab of Ornithology and was organized by science teacher Susan Potenza.

Students positively identified 28 species of birds at or near feeders in January, February, March and April. Their data will be sent to the university’s lab to become part of an international bird study.

The birds included the mourning dove, the most consistent visitor; the red-bellied woodpecker; the pine warbler; the American goldfinch; the Northern mockingbird; the Carolina chickadee; the cedar waxwing, 39 of which flocked to the water source in one day; and the brown thrasher, the state bird of Georgia.

Atlanta International School gets $50,000 green grant

Grants to Green has awarded Atlanta International School $50,000 to help build an energy-efficient Arts, Science and Design Center.

The money will be used to install high-performance windows, energy-recovery ventilation and an ultraefficient lighting package that could lead to annual energy savings of more than 20 percent and provide the Buckhead school with significant financial savings, freeing up resources to improve education.

“We are delighted to receive this grant from the Grants to Green Foundation, which will enable us to implement additional innovative strategies to increase our green credentials. This must be, and is, a fundamental part of the education that we provide our students and our community,” Headmaster Robert Brindley said.

The Grants to Green program is a partnership of the Southface Energy Institute, the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta and Enterprise Community Partners. It helps nonprofit organizations in the Atlanta area assess their facilities, identify energy-, water- and resource-efficiency upgrades, and adopt best management practices in sustainability.