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Academy Street Theatre Group to hold auditions

Academy Street Theatre Group to hold auditions

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ga. -- Cherokee County's Academy Street Theatre Group will hold auditions next week for two upcoming productions.

Students in grade 2-12 are invited to try out for Not-So-Grimm Tales and Oklahoma!

Auditions will be held Monday, Mar. 9 and Tuesday, Mar. 10 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. both days. They will be at River Ridge High School.

Rehearsals for both shows begin Mar. 19; Not-So-Grimm Tales will run May 22 and 23, and Oklahoma! will run June 4-6.

Visit cherokee.k12.ga.us for more information.

River Ridge High School is located at 400 Arnold Mill Road in Woodstock.

Race this weekend: Run the River

Race this weekend: Run the River

WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- Little River Elementary School will hold a 5K fundraiser this weekend.

The first annual Run the River 5K and Fun Run will be Saturday, Mar. 7 at the school. Packet pickup for pre-registered runners will be Friday, Mar. 6 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Race day registration opens at 7 a.m., and the 5K will begin at 8:30 a.m.

Finishers will be treated to race T-shirts and refreshments, while awards will be given to the top three male and female runners in each age group.

Registration is $25 for the 5K and $18 for the fun run. Money raised by the event will support Little River's PTA.

Visit lrepta.org for more information and to sign up.

4 Cherokee seniors named National Merit finalists

4 Cherokee seniors named National Merit finalists

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ga. -- Four Cherokee County students are among this year's finalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program.

The high school seniors will now compete for $33 million of college scholarship money.

Cherokee County's National Merit finalists include Kathryn Huller (Cherokee High), Joseph Litrel (Etowah High), Chetan Velivela (River Ridge High) and Joshua Whitley (Creekview High).

Ga. Connections Academy enrollment opens Mar. 3

Ga. Connections Academy enrollment opens Mar. 3

(WXIA) -- Georgia Connections Academy, a free statewide virtual K-12 school, will begin accepting applications for the 2015-16 school year next month.

Enrollment opens Mar. 3. The school can support 4,000 students; spaces are limited and families are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

A free parent information session will be held Tuesday, Mar. 10 at 6 p.m. at the Hampton Inn Atlanta-Perimeter Center, which is located at 769 Hammond Drive in Sandy Springs. Teachers and currently enrolled families will answer questions and go over the school's curriculum at the session.

For more information about Georgia Connections Academy, visit connectionsacademy.com.

Woodstock HS sophomore wins statewide contest

Woodstock HS sophomore wins statewide contest

WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- A Woodstock High School student has won the 2015 Georgia Science and Engineering Fair pin design contest.

Tenth grader Jordie St. Pierre's design will be featured on the cover of the fair's program, as well as on the pin participants will wear.

Jordie is a second-year student in Isobel Mason's graphic design class.

The 2015 GSEF will be held Thursday, Mar. 26 at the Classic Center in Athens.

Ga. Department of Education names Student Advisory Council members

Ga. Department of Education names Student Advisory Council members

(WXIA) -- State School Superintendent Richard Woods has named the 64 young Georgians who make up his 2015 Student Advisory Council.

The council is composed of middle and high school students who meet periodically throughout the school year to discuss the impact of state politics in the classroom.

More than 1,000 students statewide applied to join the council. The members were chosen on a series of essays that focused on public education.

"It is essential, as we work to develop child-focused, classroom-centered policies, to hear directly from students," Woods said. "These students feel the impact of our decisions every day and, if we're going to improve their educational experience, we have to bring them to the table."

The Student Advisory Council will meet Feb. 27, Mar. 11 and Apr. 28 at the Georgia Department of Education office in Atlanta.

Several members are from metro Atlanta, including:

Super speller wins third Cherokee County bee

Super speller wins third Cherokee County bee

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ga. -- She's a C-H-A-M-P-I-O-N -- again.

Last week, Mill Creek Middle School seventh grader Sathvika Narasimhan won the Cherokee County Spelling Bee for the third consecutive year. She was also runner-up at last year's state spelling bee.

Julia Barfield, who's in fifth grade at Macedonia Elementary, placed second in the county-level bee. Freedom Middle School eighth grader Sam Rowe came in third. All three students will represent Cherokee County at the district spelling bee in Cobb County on Feb. 28.

PHOTOS | Cherokee County Spelling Bee participants

More than 30 Cherokee County students participated in last Thursday's bee, attempting to spell 80 tricky words such as "pusillanimous," "jocularity" and "berserk."