“Cheers!” is an Atlanta Voice feature highlighting the everyday accomplishments of everyday people—things like special honors, awards, job announcements, graduations, promotions and other achievements

Compiled by Kalin Thomas Staff Writer | 6/14/2013, 9:56 a.m.
Chief Joel Baker


Angela Harrington Rice

Atlanta Fire Rescue Deputy Chief Joel Baker is one of four fire officials selected to attend Harvard University’s Senior Executives in State & Local Government Program this summer.

The 19-day program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government focuses on exploring the interrelationships between citizens and government, analyzing policy options and examining the ethical and professional responsibilities inherent in the exercise of leadership.

Chief Baker is head of Fire Operations at Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

Angela Harrington Rice, Senior Executive Producer at Atlanta Interfaith Broadcasters, Inc. (AIB) will be inducted into the “Silver Circle” by the Southeast Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS).

She received the honor during the NATAS Emmy Awards Gala for her 25 years of professional excellence in media and significant contributions to the southern regional market.

Rice is the host of AIB’s award-winning show, “A Woman’s Place.”


Miriam Ghebremedhin

Miriam Ghebremedhin, of Chamblee-Dunwoody, was crowned “America’s Perfect Georgia.”

The contest looks for women ages 20 - 29 who represent fashion and style, while promoting a positive platform.

Ghebremedhin, whose platforms are positive body image and environmental awareness, will move on to the “America’s Perfect Miss” pageant in Orlando, Florida.

She will vie for a chance to win $2,000 and a modeling contract.