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2 statewide sweepstakes help parents pay for kids' college

2 statewide sweepstakes help parents pay for kids' college

DUNWOODY, Ga. -- Georgia parents have two new opportunities to begin saving for their kids' college educations.

The Path2College 529 Plan is giving significant college contributions to two lucky Georgia children through its Newborn Sweepstakes and Destination College Savings Sweepstakes.

Georgia First Lady Sandra Deal is an advocate of the latter program, which she helped launch during her Read Across Georgia tour last month.

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Through the Newborn Sweepstakes, one Georgia baby born between Jan. 1, 2011 and Dec. 31, 2011 will be awarded $5,529 toward a Path2College 529 Plan.

Fulton school board approves budget for 2011-12

Fulton school board approves budget for 2011-12

FULTON CO., Ga. -- The Fulton County Board of Education voted unanimously to approve an $819.5 million general fund budget for the 2011-12 school year.

The budget provides funding for an anticipated 1,600 additional students, as well as teachers and support staff needed to accommodate the growth.

It does not include any furlough days for employees, and if the proposed millage rate is approved, there will be no property tax increase for most homeowners.

"This budget is an indication that the state and local financial landscape is improving," said Robert Avossa, superintendent of the Fulton County School System. "I give credit to [former superintendent] Dr.

Top junior golfers to compete in Rome Classic

Top junior golfers to compete in Rome Classic

ROME, Ga. -- Coosa County Club in Rome will welcome the nation's top junior golfers for the 12th consecutive year to the Burgett H. Mooney, Jr. Rome Classic in June.

Staged by the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA), the 96-player tournament field includes juniors from 10 states and the District of Columbia, as well as players from Canada, Mexico and Venezuela.

The field boasts 45 golfers from Georgia.

The Classic will be held Monday, June 13 through Thursday, June 16. Coosa Country Club is located at 110 Branham Avenue in Rome.

Highlighting the Boys Division this year is Patrick Grahek. The high school senior from Alpharetta, who has signed a National Letter of Intent with the University of Notre Dame, took second place at the 2010 W. Duncan MacMillan Classic at Rush Creek in Maple Grove, Minn.

56 Fulton seniors win National Merit scholarships

56 Fulton seniors win National Merit scholarships

FULTON CO., Ga. -- More than 50 Fulton County graduating seniors received National Merit scholarships this year.

This prestigious honor comes with a college fund ranging from $500 to $10,000.

National Merit Scholars are identified through exceptionally high scores on the PSAT, which students take as high school juniors.

In addition to having record high academic performances, Fulton's 56 scholars were endorsed by leaders in their schools and earned high SAT scores that confirmed their earlier qualifying performances.

The 2011 National Merit Scholars from Fulton County are:

Alpharetta High
* Ad A. Aton
* Lauren A. Jarrett Aton
* Nissa W. Mai Aton
* Sanchit Malhotra Aton
* Vishwajeeth R. Pasham Aton
* William D. Horton
* Nicole M. Jin
* Gautam R. Narula
* Margaret E. Nickens
* Anjaly S. Poruthoor
* Nandhini L.

The premier fundraiser for SCAD Atlanta, SEEN, featured a number of local students

The premier fundraiser for SCAD Atlanta, SEEN, featured a number of local students

MIDTOWN --  As the premier fundraiser for SCAD Atlanta, the evening featured a silent auction of original artwork and an exclusive fashion showcase. Students presented their designs in an atelier setting, allowing guests an unparalleled opportunity to engage with the designers and their collections.

The gala is the highlight of Roy's partnership with SCAD as she currently serves as a Style Lab Mentor to the Atlanta fashion students. The event took place May 24th at SCAD's Atlanta Midtown location.

New leaders named to four North Fulton schools

New leaders named to four North Fulton schools

FULTON CO., Ga. -- New principals for four North Fulton schools were recently approved by the Fulton County school board.

"It's my privilege to announce this group of new leaders," said Superintendent Cindy Loe. "Their leadership has made their current schools stand out academically and I know they will do the same in their new posts."

Amy Gamble
Woodland Charter Elementary School, Sandy Springs

Gamble may be new to the Fulton County School System, but she is no stranger to Sandy Springs -- as an assistant principal at Vanderlyn Elementary School in Dunwoody, she was only three miles away from Woodland.

Before coming to DeKalb County, Gamble began her teaching career in Florida, where she taught at a number of elementary schools.

Lawmakers to look for charter school solutions

Lawmakers to look for charter school solutions

ATLANTA -- State lawmakers are planning to meet next week to hammer out solutions for more than a dozen charter schools that face closing after a Georgia Supreme Court ruled the state commission that created them is unconstitutional.

Senate Education Committee Chairman Fran Millar said the meeting is set for June 3 at 10 a.m. at the Capitol. The Atlanta Republican says the goal is to make sure the 16,000 students enrolled in the schools have an "education setting that meets their needs" when school starts this fall.

Millar has invited several state officials, including state schools Superintendent John Barge and Mark Peevy, executive director of the Georgia Charter Schools Commission.