Lilburn Living - April 2019

Lilburn Living Covering Lilburn and Mountain Park Volume 29, No. 4 • APRIL 2019 PRICELESS ISSUE! • LOCAL, POSITIVE COMMUNITY NEWS H ometown n ews A tlAntA April 22nd Congrats to Gwinnett for Top Public High School in Ga . Tower at 970 McElvaney Lane Lawrenceville 39944 bespeaks distin- guished academic secondary school achievement among nation’s elite. It’s only been around since 2007, but Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science & Technology in a short time has amassed such a superior record in its challenging curriculum that it reigns again as best public school in Georgia for 2018. That’s according to the specialized website Niche, highly regarded by consumers as “the best place to research U.S. colleges, schools, neighborhoods and companies.” Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Sci- ence and Technology, one of the true crown jewels of the Gwinnett County Public School Board, has heady average standardized scores, SAT 1360 and ACT 31. The elite high school in the Gwinnett County seat of Lawrenceville with an enrollment of 966 ranks No. 13 among its peers nationwide. Each year thousands of worshippers make the pilgrimage to Stone Mountain Park for the annual Easter Sunrise Service celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Christian tradition began on a much smaller scale 75 years ago when Lucille Lanford, a member of Stone Moun- tain United Methodist Church led a group of church youth to the top of the mountain to worship. It was April 9, 1944, and among the young people from Ms. Lanford’s Unit- ed Methodist Youth Fellowship group that morning was Barbara Spivey, then Barbara Arrington, a ninth-grader at Stone Moun- tain High School. A lifelong member of Stone Mountain United Methodist Church, Mrs. Spivey, 88, who lived on Main Street “In the third house up from the lumber yard” she said. “We met before sunrise. It was cold and it was real windy on top. By the time we got to the top you could hardly stand up.” She recalled the wind was so strong the girl’s scarves were blowing off their heads. “Some of the boys looked around and found a place where we could be shielded from the wind. That’s where we had our service, a little bit down from the top,” she said. Remembering the First Easter Sunrise Service Atop Stone Mountain Continued on page 5 Barbara Spivey, a lifelong member of Stone Mountain United Methodist Church Continued on page 5