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All Cherokee high schools offering more AP classes

All Cherokee high schools offering more AP classes

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ga. -- All six of Cherokee County's public high schools will offer new Advanced Placement courses in the STEM subjects during the upcoming school year.

The new courses will be added through a nationwide grant program called the AP STEM Access Program.

To qualify for the program, a school must show the potential for increased STEM course participation by women and minorities, and the likelihood that most students will earn passing scores of 3 or higher on the national end-of-course exams.

"Because of this grant, thousands of students will have new opportunities for advanced learning that will better prepare them for college and their future careers," Charles Best, founder and CEO of DonorsChoose.org, said in a statement. DonorsChoose.org distributed the AP STEM Access Program funding with a $5 million grant from Google's Global Impact Awards.

Valedictorians, salutatorians honored

Valedictorians, salutatorians honored

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ga. -- The Cherokee County School District has announced its valedictorians and salutatorians for the Class of 2013.

The top students were recognized during a banquet last week.

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This year's valedictorians and salutatorians are:

Cherokee HS
Valedictorian: Jebb Ricketts
Salutatorian: Taylor Wilson

Creekview HS
Valedictorian: Victoria Cochran
Salutatorian: Kasey Perrin

Etowah HS
Valedictorian: Madison Miracle
Salutatorian: Ahila Manivannan

River Ridge HS
Valedictorian: Raj Patel
Salutatorian: Ian Donn

Sequoyah HS
Valedictorian: Margaret Hartman
Salutatorian: Anna King

Cherokee Schools police chief honored

Cherokee Schools police chief honored

CANTON, Ga. -- Mark Kissel, police chief for the Cherokee County School District, received the 2013 Judge Andrew A. Mickle Outstanding Instructor Award.

The honor, which is given annually by Georgia State University, recognizes part-time instructors in the school's Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology.

"I congratulate Chief Kissel for being selected to receive this award and for his accomplishments," department chair Brian K. Payne said in a statement. "This award serves to recognize the important contributions of a dedicated instructor like Chief Kissel to the teaching mission of the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology."

10 Cherokee students named Ga. Scholars

10 Cherokee students named Ga. Scholars

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ga. -- Ten exceptional students from five Cherokee County high schools have been named 2013 Georgia Scholars.

Only 115 high school seniors statewide received the honor. To qualify, a student must exhibit excellence in all areas of his or her life, including academics, community activities and home.

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All Georgia Scholars receive special seals on their diplomas.

Cherokee County's Georgia Scholars include:

Cherokee HS
Jessica Simmons
Taylor Wilson

Creekview HS
Victoria Cochran
Madeline Ryan
Abigail Sherrod

Etowah HS
Allison Guebert
Hannah Keith
Madison Miracle

Sequoyah HS
Victoria Gordon

School is (almost!) out in Cherokee County

School is (almost!) out in Cherokee County

CANTON, Ga. -- The last day of school is fast approaching in metro Atlanta, with some districts dismissing as early as this week.

For Cherokee County Schools, the last day is Wednesday, May 22.

Other last days of school in the Atlanta area include:

Thursday, May 16
Barrow County

Friday, May 17
Clarke County

Wednesday, May 22
Atlanta Public Schools (traditional)
Gwinnett County

Thursday, May 23
Cobb County
Clayton County
Decatur City
DeKalb County
Fulton County
Rockdale County

Friday, May 24
Bartow County
Buford City
Carroll County
Coweta County
Fayette County
Floyd County
Forsyth County
Griffin-Spalding County
Marietta City
Newton County
Paulding County