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Representative Scott announces Congressional App Challenge finalists

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Congressman David Scott announced the finalists of the 2022 inaugural Congressional App Challenge in Georgia’s 13th District.

The first-place finalists will be invited to the House of Code in Washington, D.C., where they will have the opportunity to meet with other coders and program participants from across the country. Additionally, the app will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol and on the U.S. House of Representatives’ website.

The First Place Finalists are Shriya Chakraborti (Chuck-ruh-vorty) and Phillip Abraham of 11th graders at Elite Scholars Academy.

Their App Submission was “Wishi.” The app was designed to be a Discord bot that hosts several games and can be played with commands native to the Discord application. Games include Rock-Paper scissors, Riddles, Jokes and Truth or Dare. The app was designed using the programming language Python. According to the team, the app was inspired by online socialization, as they wanted to create a way to meet new people, start conversations and remove potential awkwardness.

The Second Place Finalist is Daniel Anyanwoke (Anne-yun-woke)  an 11th grader at South Cobb High School.

Daniel's App Submission was “Easy Reader.” The app was designed to be a browser attachment that applies “Dark Mode” to any website and aims to aid online reading. The app was designed using the programming language JavaScript (web). According to the designer, the app was inspired by the amount of time people spent looking at screens during the pandemic and their interest in making online reading easier and more accessible.

Wheeler point guard Isaiah Collier was selected as a McDonald’s All-American and will compete in the 46th annual high school all-star game March 28 at the Toyota Center in Houston. Collier became the first Cobb County boys player to make the game since McEachern’s Sharife Cooper earned the honor three years ago. He is the 13th McDonald’s All-American from Cobb County, the ninth boys player and the sixth player from Wheeler, joining EJ Montgomery (2018), Jaylen Brown (2015), Jelan Kendrick (2010), JJ Hickson (2007) and Shareef Abdur-Rahim (1995). Collier, who recently signed with Southern California, is one of two players from Georgia who will play in the game. He will suit up for the West team, while Newton guard Stephon Castle, a Connecticut signee, will play for the East.

Collier will be teammates in the McDonald’s game with Kentucky signee Reed Sheppard, Stanford signee Andrej Stojakovic (Stoy-yah-kavich) and uncommitted Bronny James — the respective sons of former Kentucky star Jeff Sheppard, former NBA All-Star Peja Stojakovic (Stoy-yah-kavich) and current superstar LeBron James. Collier and Bronny James recently faced off when Wheeler traveled to Los Angeles to play Sierra Canyon in the Chosen-1’s Invitational. Collier had 17 points, but James scored 17 of his 22 points in the second half to lead the Trailblazers to a 66-55 victory.

More than 11 million new tons of plastic pollute the oceans every year.

Local Cobb County REALTOR Janice Overbeck wanted to know what is being done to combat one of the world's most critical environmental issues, so she co-wrote, co-directed and produced the new documentary, "Plastic Earth," hosted by actor/comedian Rob Riggle. Overbeck personally investigated how new inventions and technologies are working to stop plastic debris from overwhelming the planet, killing wildlife and contributing to climate change. The film will be available on iTunes on February 7. For more information, please head to Plastic Earth Movie dot com.

When Dr. Luis Torres was working toward his undergraduate degree in his native Puerto Rico, he would have never guessed that a dinner invite would change his path in life. A Life University recruiter invited him to dinner, and then shortly after he attended Life Leadership weekend and decided he wanted to be a chiropractor. Dr. Torres found himself in Marietta on the pathway to becoming a Doctor of Chiropractic. After years of hard work and dedication, he graduated in March 2021. Soon after graduation, he got the opportunity from his alma mater to head the newest branch of LIFE Chiropractic Centers in San Juan. The clinic officially opened in the winter of 2022, but a grand opening ceremony was held in October where many from Life U’s executive leadership team and Board of Trustees attended and hosted a one-day continuing education event and ribbon cutting. Life U President Dr. Rob Scott, Vice President of University Advancement & Enrollment Dr. Gilles LaMarche, Board of Trustee member and Puerto Rico native Dr. Eddy Diaz and Vice President of Global Initiative Dr. John Downes were just a few of the special speakers and attendees at the grand opening. According to Dr. Torres, plans for the clinic’s future include continuing to care for patients in the community and increase patient volume, but also serving as a hub where other Life U alumni in Puerto Rico can gather for continuing education, meet and greets and simply to recharge their passion for the profession with their colleagues to serve a population that is growing more aware of the benefits of chiropractic care.

District Attorney Flynn Broady’s $1.4 million funding ask to get a new local domestic violence center off the ground was put on hold by Cobb commissioners this week.

The pause appeared to stem in part from a communication breakdown, as several commissioners said they were hearing of the request for the first time, while Broady reportedly tried multiple times to discuss it with the board prior to their meeting.

The Family Advocacy Center, as the location will be known, was unveiled last month on Fairground Street after years of planning. It’s billed as a hub for victims and survivors of domestic violence, where a coalition of community groups and agencies can provide support all under one roof.

The center was partially funded with a $400,000 grant from the state, and will be the first of its kind to open in Georgia, according to the DA’s office. Broady was set to ask for an additional $650,000 to fund the center through the end of this fiscal year, and another $815,000 for fiscal 2024. About a fourth of that money was for the initial improvements and equipment for the building; about half was for salary for the center’s staff.

Some commissioners initially balked at the proposal because Broady asked for the money to come from county reserve funds. The county has in the past hesitated to use that money to pay for recurring expenses, like hiring new staff. Broady said he was willing to drop the item for now, that he’d like to for the commissioners to commit to meeting with him in the next few weeks to “get this back on track.”

The newly formed Cobb County chapter of a national nonprofit that works to bring people out of poverty has named Barbara Garner of Marietta as its executive director.

Circles USA has over 80 locations in the U.S. and Canada. Circles Cobb was established last year by a board of community nonprofit and business leaders.

Board Chair Holly Tuchman said when the founding board members discovered Circles USA, they "all decided that this would be a great program to bring to Cobb County."

In the later half of 2022, Tuchman said she and Vice Chair Jeri Barr joined the board and moved forward with finding a director who could lead the organization. Tuchman said the board wanted the executive director to be extremely familiar with the community. Garner, who most recently served as the donor services manager for the Cobb Community Foundation, said extensive nonprofit experience and passion for serving others will help her excel in the role.

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