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Fulton County music programs among nation's best

Fulton County music programs among nation's best

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- For the 14th year in a row, the Fulton County School System has been named a Best Community for Music Education by the NAMM Foundation.

Fulton County is one of only two districts in the country to make the list for each of its 14 years.

"We are proud to have music programs that showcase the immense talent of our students and staff and that are heavily supported by the community," superintendent Dr. Robert Avossa said in a statement.

This school year, three Fulton schools -- Alpharetta High, Chattahoochee High and Johns Creek High -- participated in the prestigious Midwest Clinic in Chicago.

85 Fulton students chosen for Governor's Honors

85 Fulton students chosen for Governor's Honors

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Dozens of Fulton County high school students were selected to participate in the prestigious Governor's Honors Program.

The honor, which is given annually to some of the state's best and brightest, involves a summer program where high school juniors and seniors spend four weeks studying in areas where they excel.

Nearly 3,000 students were nominated for GHP. That number was whittled down to 690 finalists, 85 of whom are from Fulton County.

They include:

Alpharetta HS
* Trisha Ahmed, biology
* Bryson Culver, biology
* Grant Farsi, communicative arts
* Esther Hwang, music (flute)
* Soundarya Kanthimathinathan, communicative arts
* Lillian Ko, music (cello)
* Jongrak Koh, German
* Anastasia Mulia, chemistry
* Ranjani Sundaresan, chemistry
* Kenneth Yang, mathematics
* Diana Ye, social studies
* Mingcheng Yu, music (piano)

2013 Shuler Hensley Awards nominees announced

2013 Shuler Hensley Awards nominees announced

ATLANTA -- Some of the most talented young performers in Georgia have been recognized with nominations for the 2013 Shuler Hensley Awards.

The awards program honors the best high school musical theater productions in the state.

It is named for Cobb County native Shuler Hensley, a seasoned Broadway performer who has won a number of prestigious awards, including a Tony.

RELATED | Shuler Hensley named artist-in-residence at Kennesaw State

This year's Shuler Hensley Awards nominees were announced Tuesday. The awards ceremony will be held Apr. 18 at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.

The nominees include:

Best Overall Production

* Avenue Q
Atlanta International School, Buckhead

* Les Misérables
Buford High School

Korean Vice Minister for Education to visit local schools

Korean Vice Minister for Education to visit local schools

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Several Fulton County schools will host a visit from 12 Korean master teachers for a teaching exchange program. 

The program, according to a spokeswoman from FCS, is sponsored by the Georgia Department of Education and the Korean Ministry of Education Science and Technology. 

The program lasts for eight weeks, and helps Korean teachers to improve their English and class management skills. The Korean teachers will instruct along with Fulton County teachers, who will mentor and give feedback to the visitors. 

Ha Tae-Yun, Korean Vice Minister of Education will be in Atlanta on March 25 - 26 to meet with Georgia school teachers. 

Sen. Brandon Beach visits Bascomb ES

Sen. Brandon Beach visits Bascomb ES

WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- Georgia Sen. Brandon Beach (R-Alpharetta) recently visited Woodstock's Bascomb Elementary School to read to students.

Beach entertained second graders and special needs students, and answered all their questions about life under the Gold Dome. He also learned about the students' preparations for an upcoming school play about Georgia.

In addition to being a senator, Beach is president and CEO of the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce, which will hold its annual gala in Buckhead this weekend.

Mont. educator admits to plagiarizing Fulton superintendent

Mont. educator admits to plagiarizing Fulton superintendent

FLORENCE, Mont. -- A western Montana school board is considering holding a special meeting to discuss the future of the superintendent following an act of plagiarism.

Florence-Carlton School District Board of Trustees chairwoman Pat Appleby says a decision will likely be made at their regular meeting Tuesday.

Superintendent John McGee apologized earlier this year for copying the work of Fulton County School System Superintendent Robert Avossa after an anonymous blogger posted a link to the Georgia official's writing. The column had to do with school safety following the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Connecticut.

The blogger has since posted four other examples the newspaper reports appear to show additional instances of plagiarism by McGee.

An online petition has been started calling for McGee to be fired.

Memories: Students open a time capsule from 1992

Memories: Students open a time capsule from 1992

ALPHARETTA, GA -- If you could put items in a time capsule to open in the future, what would you put in it?

In 1992, eighth grade students in Marjory Segal's English classes at Holcomb Bridge Middle School had to answer that question.

Last fall, they held a reunion to open the locked safe that had stayed on the school property for 20 years.

Inside they found items such as an old Georgia flag. The student included it in the capsule because of the debate, at that time, over whether the state should change the flag.

Many of the items they put in the safe dealt with news events at the time, such as a magazine featuring Magic Johnson's announcement he had the AIDS virus and a Los Angeles Times issue with the headline "L.A. Burns", about the riots following the Rodney King beating incident.

The time capsule also included VHS tapes of various events and audio cassettes that included songs by M.C. Hammer.