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14 Fulton students among National Achievement semifinalists

14 Fulton students among National Achievement semifinalists

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Fourteen exceptional students from nine Fulton County high schools are among this year's semifinalists for the National Achievement Scholarship Program.

The program, which is part of the National Merit Corp., recognizes African-American high school students for their academic achievements. Eight hundred students nationwide receive a $2,500 National Achievement scholarship every year.

"These outstanding students have shown that they are academically competitive not just with their classmates, but also with their peers across Georgia and the United States," Superintendent Robert Avossa said in a statement. "We're proud of their accomplishments. They serve as a model for all of our students."

Local author to visit New Prospect ES

Local author to visit New Prospect ES

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. -- A local children's author plans to visit New Prospect Elementary School to sign copies of one of her books.

Leslie McKinney, who lives in Johns Creek, is the author of Too Much!

According to McKinney's publisher, Tate Publishing:

When Wild Will is woken up at two a.m. by his cat on the morning of his big homophone test, he knows his day won't be too good. Things just go from bad to worse as he ends up in the principal's office and only gets two words right on his test.

Is this day just Too Much! for Wild Will to handle? Find out, and discover the correct use of the words to, too and two as you learn from Will's mistakes.

McKinney's visit will take place at 8:50 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 19.

North Fulton students dominate 2012 SAT

North Fulton students dominate 2012 SAT

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- The Georgia Department of Education released the state's average SAT scores for the Class of 2012 on Monday.

Overall, Georgia's graduating seniors earned a score of 1452 out of 2400 on the college entrance exam.

Students at North Fulton's high schools completely crushed the test. With one exception -- Independence High, which offers an alternative education -- every single school scored higher than the state's 1452. Every school save Independence and one other also beat the national average of 1498.

Individual averages at North Fulton County's high schools include:

Alpharetta HS
484 students took the SAT in 2012
Overall: 1660
Critical Reading: 543
Math: 565
Writing: 552

Centennial HS
359 students took the SAT in 2012
Overall: 1582
Critical Reading: 527
Math: 536
Writing: 519

Path2College scholarship coloring contest ends Sept. 30

Path2College scholarship coloring contest ends Sept. 30

ATLANTA -- Georgia children in Pre-K through 5th grade can now color their way to a college scholarship from the Path2College 529 Plan.

In honor of College Savings Month, the statewide college savings program is hosting a coloring contest with a $1,529 scholarship at stake.

To win the money, children must color a picture of Hootie the Wise Old Owl and complete a sentence: When I graduate, I'm going to be a ________.

Download the picture of Hootie here.

Entries must be postmarked by Sept. 30 and must be received no later than Oct. 5. More information about the contest can be found at path2college529.com.

A winner will be randomly chosen in mid-October.

Prudential Spirit of Community Awards searching for top volunteers

Prudential Spirit of Community Awards searching for top volunteers

ATLANTA -- Georgia students in grades 5-12 are encouraged to apply for the 2013 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards.

The awards program began searching for its next batch of honorees this week. Recipients of the award are young people who have made meaningful contributions to their communities through volunteer service.

"We have been recognizing youth volunteers since 1995 and still, every year, we're amazed by the stories of exemplary community service," Prudential chairman and CEO John Strangfeld said in a statement. "We look forward to honoring the top youth volunteers of 2013 for their selflessness, their initiative and their dedication to changing communities for the better."

Ga. School Superintendent looking for student advisors

Ga. School Superintendent looking for student advisors

ATLANTA -- Georgia's Student Advisory Council is now accepting applications for the 2012-13 school year.

The Student Advisory Council reports to State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge to discuss how decisions made at the state level affect students throughout Georgia, according to Georgia Department of Education spokesman Matt Cardoza.

The council will meet twice during the school year -- Wednesday, Nov. 7 and Wednesday, Mar. 6. Applicants must be available to meet on both days.

All Georgia students in grades 9-12 are encouraged to apply.

"I am looking forward to getting to know a new group of student advisors and discuss how our policies affect them on a daily basis," Barge said in a statement. "We want to make education work for all Georgia's students and hearing directly from them is the best way to ensure that happens."

River Eves ES kindergartners come together for movie night

River Eves ES kindergartners come together for movie night

ROSWELL, Ga. -- More than 110 River Eves Elementary School kindergarten students and their parents attended the second annual River Eves Education Foundation (REEF) Kindergarten Morning at the Movies on Aug. 25.

The fun family event was held at Studio Movie Grill in Alpharetta.

"Our second annual Studio Movie Grill event was a tremendous success," REEF president Jennifer Walley said in a statement. "We are proud to host a fun event for our newet Eagles, as well as meet our new parents and gather their feedback on the areas they feel are important at the school."

During Morning at the Movies, parents got to hear all about the school and its many recent advancements in technology and science.