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50 Ga. students earn Horatio Alger Scholarship

50 Ga. students earn Horatio Alger Scholarship

ATLANTA -- Fifty recent high school graduates have received this year's Horatio Alger Georgia Scholarship.

The $5,000 award is given annually to students who overcome personal obstacles to demonstrate academic strength, dedication to community service and outstanding personal character.

"It is a privilege to play a part in these young people's college education," Horatio Alger Association president and CEO Tony Novelly said in a statement. "They have already shown perseverence and courage in the face of adversity, and with opportunities made available through higher education and our free-enterprise system, there is no limit to the things they may achieve."

The Horatio Alger Association have provided nearly $2 million in scholarships to Georgia high school seniors since 1987.

This year's scholarship recipients from Georgia include:

* Megan L. Bauer
Ridgeland HS, Rossville

* Keith A. Berry
Hebron Christian Academy, Dacula

Formula: Graduation rate soars among Georgia high school students

Formula: Graduation rate soars among Georgia high school students

(WXIA) -- The number of students receiving diplomas is on a steady rise, as it jumped for a second time using a new formula.

For 2013, Matt Cardoza of the Georgia Department of Education reported, the graduation rate marked 67.4 percent in 2011, followed by 69.7 percent in 2012.  The new way to figure the graduation rate is based on the adjusted cohort rate, which is required by the U.S. Department of Education. 

The four-year adjusted cohort graduation rate defines the cohort based on when a student becomes a freshman, Cardoza said. The calculation takes the number of students who graduate within four years and includes adjustments for student transfers. 

"I am very pleased that our graduation rate continues to increase, no matter how it is calculated," State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge said. "While our graduation rate is still far too low and we have much progress to be made, we are moving in the right direction."

5 Cobb students named Gates Millennium Scholars

5 Cobb students named Gates Millennium Scholars

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- Five high school seniors from Cobb County have received the 2013 Gates Millennium Scholarship.

The award, which covers four years' worth of tuition and fees for any college or university in the country, is awarded annually to some of the best and brightest minority students in the U.S. Money for the program comes from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Cobb County's Gates Millennium Scholars include:

Campbell HS
Queentela Benjamin

Kennesaw Mountain HS
Jayson Toweh

South Cobb HS
Brittany Davis
Halimo Hasaan
Nnennia Magazwu

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School is (almost!) out in Cobb County

School is (almost!) out in Cobb County

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

For Cobb County Schools, the last day is Thursday, May 23.

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)
Cherokee County
Gwinnett County

Thursday, May 23
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

Cobb school board approves tentative budget

Cobb school board approves tentative budget

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Efforting to cut more than $86 million dollars from next year's budget, Cobb County school board members wrestled for nearly two hours before adopting a tentative budget.

Stressing that changes can still be made before a final vote next month, members have agreed to eliminate 182 positions through attrition.

Teachers are looking at five furlough days which will be taken on instructional days meaning parents will have to find other arrangements for their children on those days.

While class sizes will not increase for elementary students, Cobb's middle schools and high schools will take on an extra student per class.

A bit of good news for teachers.  The proposed cuts first talked about numbered more than 300.  They'll also receive half a year worth of step increases, or raises.

School district announces graduation schedule

School district announces graduation schedule

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Graduation is right around the corner for high school seniors in Cobb County.

The school system has announced the graduation dates, times and venues for its high schools. Family members and friends who can't attend the actual ceremonies can purchase DVDs and, in most cases, watch live Web broadcasts of the events.

Visit cobbk12.org for information on how to watch the graduations or order DVDs.

Graduation ceremonies include:

Allatoona HS
Friday, May 24 at 9 a.m.
Allatoona Stadium

Campbell HS
Friday, May 24 at 7 p.m.
KSU Convocation Center

Harrison HS
Saturday, May 25 at 10 a.m.
KSU Convocation Center

Hillgrove HS
Thursday, May 23 at 8 p.m.
KSU Convocation Center

NASA employees to visit Harmony Leland ES

NASA employees to visit Harmony Leland ES

MABLETON, Ga. -- Students at Harmony Leland Elementary School will get a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity this week.

Two representatives from NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston will speak to 4th and 5th graders about STEM careers.

Dr. Regina Blue and Janet Stewart will be at the Mableton elementary school on Wednesday, Apr. 17. They will share their experiences in space with the students and encourage them to look into jobs in math, science and engineering.

The two NASA speakers will also provide appropriately-themed space goodies for the children.