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Ga. Cyber Academy graduates first class

Ga. Cyber Academy graduates first class

(WXIA) -- The Class of 2014 is the very first class to graduate from Georgia Cyber Academy, the state's free online public school.

The school will hold a graduation ceremony at noon on Saturday, May 31 at the Gwinnett Center. More than 300 graduating seniors are scheduled to walk across the stage.

"We're so proud of each of our graduates, all of whom have taken the individualized learning that comes with GCA's online curriculum and worked with GCA's world-class teachers to adapt it to best serve and support their own academic successes," GCA head of school Matt Arkin said in a release.

Members of GCA's Class of 2014 were accepted to some of the country's top colleges and universities, including Cornell University, Georgia Tech, the University of Alabama and the University of Georgia.

Students encouraged to read this summer

Students encouraged to read this summer

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Education has created a 2014 Summer Reading Challenge for students in all grades.

The program was announced Thursday at Timber Ridge Elementary School in Cobb County. Its goal is to close the achievement gap that widens during the summer months, when children often don't read.

"No student should have to start the school year having fallen behind," State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge said. "That's what we know, and that's what we're committed to preventing, because that loss is preventable."

The challenge encourages students to read for at least 15 to 30 minutes every day. The GDOE outlined suggested summer goals for children based on their school years:

* K-2: 10 books
* 3-5: 8 chapter books
* 6-12: 5 fiction books and 5 nonfiction books

Arnold Mill ES student wins statewide contest

Arnold Mill ES student wins statewide contest

WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- A kindergarten student at Woodstock's Arnold Mill Elementary School won first place for her grade in a statewide poster contest.

Meredith Schneider's drawing was chosen from nearly 2,500 entries in the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Give Wildlife a Chance competition. This year's theme was "Plug into Nature!"

Meredith's winning design will be printed on tote bags for her, her parents and her teacher.

See more statewide winners at the Georgia DNR's Flickr page.

Little River ES principal wins KSU award

Little River ES principal wins KSU award

WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- The principal of Woodstock's Little River Elementary School is this year's Distinguished Graduate for the Specialist in Educational Leadership at Kennesaw State University.

Christian Kirby was presented with the award during a ceremony last week.

Cherokee County Schools' deputy superintendent Dr. Brian Hightower said Kirby shows "tremendous potential as an educational leader."

"We are proud to have Mr. Kirby serve as a principal within our school district," Hightower said in a release.

Woodstock HS student earns National Merit Scholarship

Woodstock HS student earns National Merit Scholarship

WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- A Woodstock High School senior is one of only 2,500 students nationwide to win a highly competitive National Merit Scholarship.

Sam Mixon plans to use the $2,500 gift to study computer science in college. He earned the highest SAT score both at his school and among all the seniors in Cherokee County's public high schools.

National Merit Scholars are chosen from among 16,000 semi-finalists who earn very high scores on the PSAT. Those students are whittled down to 15,000 finalists. Eight thousand recipients of various National Merit-related scholarships are selected from the finalists.

To earn the scholarship, Sam had to submit his high school academic transcript, an essay, proof of community involvement and a letter of recommendation.

Kelly Marlow resigns from Cherokee County School Board

Kelly Marlow resigns from Cherokee County School Board

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ga. -- Kelly Marlow has resigned from the Cherokee County School Board.

Marlow, who was found guilty last week of making false statements to police, handed in her resignation Wednesday morning. She will be sentenced Thursday and faces up to 10 years in jail.

"With considerable appreciation to my many supporters and the voters of District 1, and the parents and school children for whom all of my efforts were focused, the recent judicial determinations make it unlikely that I can effectively serve at any time in the foreseeable future," Marlow wrote in her resignation letter to Georgia State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge.

Carmel Elementary Safety Patrol helps keep order

Carmel Elementary Safety Patrol helps keep order

WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- The Carmel Elementary School Safety Patrol students have done a fantastic job this year keeping the school safe and orderly. They are conscientious and responsible.