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Riverwood hires new assistant principal

Riverwood hires new assistant principal

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- Riverwood International Charter School has hired Charles Amica Jr. as its newest assistant principal.

Amica comes to Riverwood from Hillgrove High School in Cobb County, where he was an assistant principal and athletic director. He has also worked for schools in Mableton, Chamblee and Stone Mountain.

"I've known (Amica) for a number of years and have directly worked with him for the last four. He brings a wealth of experiences and skill sets to Riverwood ... He is also known as a leader who works to get to know faculty, students and community members," Dr. Robert Shaw, Riverwood's new principal, said in a statement.

Author to hold book signing at Caribou Coffee

Author to hold book signing at Caribou Coffee

ATLANTA -- A Mableton author will hold a book signing at a local coffeeshop next weekend.

Wayne E. Beyea is the author of The Treasure of Valcour Island. He will sign copies of the book Saturday, Apr. 20 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Caribou Coffee on Northside Parkway in Buckhead.

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According to Beyea's publisher, Tate Publishing:

It was difficult to hide a body 30 feet long, 2 to 4 feet thick, and weighing nearly 6,000 pounds, but he knew every inch of the half-mile long, pitch-black cavern ... he stretched his massive, dark body against the cool stone wall and tried to blend into the dissipating darkness near the far end of the cavern.

Local athlete playing in Final Four for Wichita State

Local athlete playing in Final Four for Wichita State

MABLETON, Ga. -- Kevin Ware isn't the only local athlete to play for a Final Four team.

Wichita State standout Tekele Cotton will face Ware's team, the Louisville Cardinals, Saturday at the Georgia Dome.

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Cotton graduated from Whitefield Academy in Mableton. Whitefield's basketball coach, Tyrone Johnson, describes the Wichita State sophomore as "a man of honor, as well as integrity."

Although Whitefield is known as a basketball powerhouse, the team never won a state championship while Cotton played there.

"We won the year before he came and the year after he left -- not because of Tekele!" Johnson said.

Still, Johnson sees Cotton as a role model for younger players, because he manages to stay humble even while helping his team achieve a national ranking.

Six Flags Atlanta president to retire

Six Flags Atlanta president to retire

AUSTELL, Ga. -- Six Flags Atlanta President Melinda Ashcraft has announced her retirement.

The theme park said Monday that Ashcraft will be succeeded by Dale Kaetzel, who most recently served as president of Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo, Calif.

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Ashcraft has been with Six Flags for 45 years, beginning her career as a ride operator at Six Flags Over Georgia the year the park opened. She recently became the fifth recipient of the Six Flags Angus G. Wynne lifetime achievement award.

Cobb educators honored by math teachers council

Cobb educators honored by math teachers council

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Two Cobb County educators were honored during a recent awards ceremony for the Georgia Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

Deborah Poss and Michelle Mikes were recognized by the council on Oct. 18.

Poss teaches at Lassiter High School in Marietta. She won the council's highest honor, the Gladys M. Thompson Distinguished Service Award. This lifetime achievement award is given annually to someone who has spent an entire teaching career going above and beyond the call of duty every day.

Michelle Mikes won the John Neff Award for excellence as Cobb County's district supervisor for math in grades 6-12. Mikes was honored for inspiring and mentoring teachers and serving as an advocate for math education.

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50 Ga. teens named to Student Advisory Council

50 Ga. teens named to Student Advisory Council

ATLANTA -- Fifty high school students from across Georgia have been selected to serve on the 2012-13 Student Advisory Council.

State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge announced the members of his council Friday.

"The Student Advisory Council allows me to hear directly from students in our schools and discuss major initiatives with them," Barge said in a statement. "The council also gives students the opportunity to share with me their ideas and concerns, which we can use to shape future state policies."

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More than 750 students from 121 Georgia school districts applied to serve on this year's council.

Terri Lyne Carrington to host master class at Pebblebrook HS

Terri Lyne Carrington to host master class at Pebblebrook HS

MABLETON, Ga. -- Grammy-winning jazz performer Terri Lyne Carrington will host a music master class for students at Pebblebrook High School this week.

The jazz class will begin at 12 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 19. It is part of the Jazz in the Classroom program, which is sponsored by the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre's ArtsBridge program and Jazz 91.9 WCLK.

Jazz in the Classroom's goal is to provide young people with an opportunity to learn about music and the way it ties into their everyday lives and possible future careers. Earlier this year, the program sent Al Jarreau to Mays High School in southwest Atlanta.