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As part of the High School Pipeline Program, Marian Dockery and other volunteers help students write papers and research colleges.

Set Up for Success Marian Dockery helps prepare students for college and law school A Buckhead resident and attorney at Marian Dockery & Associates LLC, Marian Dockery believes it takes more than brains and hard work to succeed at a big law firm. That’s why, together with John Marshall Law School and the State Bar of Georgia Diversity Program, Dockery has been organizing the High School Pipeline Program each year since 2008. During this program, 18 to 24 “diverse” minority students, grades 9 through 12, are invited to attend speech and writing classes at John Marshall nine mornings in the summer. In the afternoon, they take field trips to law offices, corporations and the Georgia Supreme Court, where they learn interviewing tricks, dining room etiquette and how

to be savvy about what they post on social media. Attorneys like Dockery serve as speech instructors, helping students improve their articulation, enunciation and poise as they prepare for an oral and written competition at the end of the program. But it doesn’t end there. Participants are invited to attend for consecutive years, allowing them to further refine their skills, and some form mentee/mentor relationships with program volunteers. “We want to give them the critical skills they need to succeed,” Dockery says. l To apply for the High School Pipeline Program, visit

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One of the city’s first place Reflection winners, fifthgrader Austin Rubinger created a piece of art entitled “Nature’s Mother.”

Thinking Outside the Box Reflections Arts Program encourages creativity in Sarah Smith students The Reflections Arts Recognition and Achievement Program is a national program founded in 1969 to inspire students to develop their creativity and to raise awareness for the importance of arts education. Buckhead’s Sarah Smith Elementary was one of the biggest participants in the 2013-2014 event, with more than 200 students competing in the categories of Visual Arts, Literature, Photography, Dance and Film. As part of the program, students produce a piece of art, within one of the aforementioned categories, that falls under a given theme. Last year’s theme was “Believe, Dream, Inspire.” Participants provide a written explanation of their work, which is then judged by community members who are experts in the category. Winners go on to compete at the city and state level, and the work is posted on the Sarah Smith website for all to enjoy.

A parent of two, Elizabeth Gregson co-chairs the local event. She helped announce the project to students in the classroom and locate qualified judges. She was pleased to see that 37 Sarah Smith entries moved on to the state level. “Reflections is a blessing to the community because it shows children how to appreciate beauty in all forms,” she says. Fifth-grader Austin Rubinger placed first at the city level last year for a visual arts project called “Nature’s Mother.” His work was later judged at the state level during a March ceremony at the Woodruff Arts Center. “Art is one of my passions,” he says. “I liked how this program allowed me to be creative in a school setting.” l For more information, visit or

Spreading the Gospel of the Culinary South Dominique Love rallies the community through the AFWF A Sandy Springs resident, Dominique Love founded the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival (AFWF)—a four-day event that highlights the culinary scene from Texas to Washington, D.C.—with Elizabeth Feichter in 2010. The pair had attended the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen, Colo., for a project through their philanthropic consulting company, Corporate Community Outsourcing, and decided it was time for the South to share its culinary treasures with the world. Love, who now manages AFWF sales,

marketing and programming, organized a Founders’ Council, composed of 12 award-winning local chefs—including Linton Hopkins and Kevin Rathbun. The chefs donate their time to making the festival the massive collection of classes, dinners and tasting tents that it is today. The 2014 event features 250 awardwinning chefs, mixologists, sommeliers, distillers and brewers, and 108 classes! “Atlanta really shines with the festival,” Love says. “It positions us as a gateway to the culinary South.”

Last summer, Love and Feichter established a foundation for the AFWF, through which they make in-kind donations, such as providing festival tickets to Peachtree Road Farmers Market volunteers. “We want to invest in initiatives that increase and support the culinary history of the South,” she says. l The AFWF is May 29 through June 1 in Midtown Atlanta. For tickets, visit

“The easiest way to win hearts and minds is through food,” Dominique Love says. Photo: Courtesy of Atlanta Food & Wine Festival

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