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Etowah HS principal wins international scholarship

Etowah HS principal wins international scholarship

WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- A metro Atlanta principal is one of only 40 educators nationwide to win the EF Educational Tours' Professional Development Scholarship.

Keith Ball is principal at Etowah High School in Cherokee County.

He will use the scholarship to take a 10-day summer trip to Peru, where he will perform community service with other education leaders from across the United States. The recipients will also visit Machu Picchu and other Peruvian cultural and historic sites.

Ball is the only educator from Georgia to receive the scholarship.

RELATED | River Ridge HS senior receives full scholarship to Texas A&M

Carmel Elementary School counselor recognized for service

Carmel Elementary School counselor recognized for service

WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- Carmel Elementary School's Liz Ray has been chosen as the Woodstock Innovation Zone’s Counselor of the Year nominee.

Liz will represent the Woodstock Innovation Zone (WIZ) in the Cherokee County School District Counselor of the Year process.

Dr. Keith Bryant, principal at Carmel, said, "Liz does a superior job and is well-deserving of this honor!"

Ga. Lottery posts educational transfers totaling $15B

Ga. Lottery posts educational transfers totaling $15B

ATLANTA – As the Georgia Lottery Corp. celebrates its 20th anniversary, lottery officials today announced record proceeds to education for the first half of fiscal year 2014. The Georgia Lottery’s first-half transfers to the Lottery for Education Account will bring the total raised for educational programs in the state to $15 billion since the lottery’s inception in 1993.

Georgia Lottery returns to education for the first half of fiscal year 2014 totaled $462.1 million, more than $11.6 million ahead of the same period last year.

“More dollars will go to fund educational programs in Georgia than ever before as a result of our strong start to the fiscal year,” said Georgia Lottery President and CEO Debbie D. Alford. “We are proud of our accomplishments and remain committed to maximizing revenues to benefit Georgia’s students.”

The first half of the fiscal year spanned from July 1, 2013, to December 31, 2013.

Path2College launches savings sweepstakes

Path2College launches savings sweepstakes

(WXIA) -- Path2College, Georgia's 529 savings plan, has kicked off this year's $25,000 Reasons to Save Sweepstakes.

The promotion is designed to get parents thinking about saving for college while their children are still young.

Through the sweepstakes, one lucky child will be awarded $15,000 for his or her college education. The winner's school will receive $10,000.

"All you have to do is go online and enter for a chance to win," Path2College exeuctive director Mitch Seabaugh said. "There's nothing to lose by entering, and both a child and his or her school have a lot to gain."

To enter, visit path2college529.com. The sweepstakes is open to current Path2College 529 Plan account owners or non-account owners who live in Georgia and are at least 21 years old.

The contest closes on Sunday, Aug. 10.

Scholarships available to high school and college students

Scholarships available to high school and college students

(WXIA) -- The Constitutional Officers Association of Georgia is offering three scholarships to Georgia's college students and high school seniors.

To qualify for the COAG Scholarship, a student must be a high school senior or GED candidate and a Georgia citizen, and should be scheduled to graduate in the spring of 2014.

Current students at accredited Georgia colleges and universities are also welcome to apply. The scholarship is available to students majoring in government or law enforcement; political science; accounting or finance; business; or pre-law.

COAG is offering scholarships in three amounts -- $500, $1,000 and $1,500. Applicants must write a 1,000-word essay that answers the question "Who are the locally elected constitutional officers and what differentiates them from other county offices?"

River Ridge HS student wins full scholarship to Texas A&M

River Ridge HS student wins full scholarship to Texas A&M

WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- A senior at River Ridge High School in Woodstock is one of only 11 Georgia students to receive a full four-year scholarship to Texas A&M University through the Posse Foundation.

The Posse Foundation is an organization that rewards young leaders by providing them with money for college. A student must show dedication in the classroom and passion for the community in order to qualify for a scholarship.

Olivia Escondo chose to use her Posse Foundation scholarship to attend Texas A&M. The foundation has a specific list of schools that its recipients can attend, including Boston University, Vanderbilt University and the University of Pennsylvania.

A total of 61 students in Georgia earned Posse Foundation scholarships this year. Of those students, 11 decided to attend Texas A&M.

Olivia had to go through three personal interviews and a rigorous application process to earn the scholarship.

Etowah HS teacher, student honored by Hispanic Heritage Foundation

Etowah HS teacher, student honored by Hispanic Heritage Foundation

WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- An Etowah High School teacher has won the Hispanic Heritage Foundation's Innovative Educator Award.

Claudia Larrotta received the honor Dec. 9 at Georgia Tech.

The Innovative Educator Award recognizes a teacher of Hispanic heritage who has made a difference in his or her community.

"More than a personal achievement, this award is certainly a recognition to Etowah High School staff for all the hard work and dedication to the education of the young leaders of today," Larrotta said.

Larrotta, a world languages teacher, was nominated for the award by one of her students, David Morrison.

Morrison also received an honor; he won gold in the Engineering & Mathematics division of the Atlanta Regional Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards. Only 15 high school seniors from metro Atlanta earned the award.

Larrotta and Morrison will be recognized at the Cherokee County School Board's Jan. 16 meeting.