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30 Ga. students appointed to military academies

30 Ga. students appointed to military academies

(ATLANTA BUSINESS CHRONICLE) -- Thirty Georgia high school students nominated by Congress members representing Georgia have been appointed to U.S. military academies.

Each year, members of Congress nominate students to attend the nation's military academies. Nominees who are accepted into the academies are awarded full four-year scholarships that include tuition, books, board, medical and dental care.

The nominees are:

U.S. Air Force Academy
* Casey Blaney, Augusta
* Micah Hayden, Roswell
* Joseph Humphries, Peachtree City
* Zachary Jones, Richmond Hill
* Nathan Katich, Buford
* Harrison Summerour, Dawsonville
* Christana Wagner, Alpharetta

Ga. Cyber Academy graduates first class

Ga. Cyber Academy graduates first class

(WXIA) -- The Class of 2014 is the very first class to graduate from Georgia Cyber Academy, the state's free online public school.

The school will hold a graduation ceremony at noon on Saturday, May 31 at the Gwinnett Center. More than 300 graduating seniors are scheduled to walk across the stage.

"We're so proud of each of our graduates, all of whom have taken the individualized learning that comes with GCA's online curriculum and worked with GCA's world-class teachers to adapt it to best serve and support their own academic successes," GCA head of school Matt Arkin said in a release.

Members of GCA's Class of 2014 were accepted to some of the country's top colleges and universities, including Cornell University, Georgia Tech, the University of Alabama and the University of Georgia.

Students encouraged to read this summer

Students encouraged to read this summer

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Education has created a 2014 Summer Reading Challenge for students in all grades.

The program was announced Thursday at Timber Ridge Elementary School in Cobb County. Its goal is to close the achievement gap that widens during the summer months, when children often don't read.

"No student should have to start the school year having fallen behind," State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge said. "That's what we know, and that's what we're committed to preventing, because that loss is preventable."

The challenge encourages students to read for at least 15 to 30 minutes every day. The GDOE outlined suggested summer goals for children based on their school years:

* K-2: 10 books
* 3-5: 8 chapter books
* 6-12: 5 fiction books and 5 nonfiction books

Fulton County high school graduations

Fulton County high school graduations

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Fulton County Schools has announced the graduation dates and locations of all the county's public high schools.

Alpharetta HS
Friday, May 23 at 7 p.m.
Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park

Banneker HS
Saturday, May 17 at 9 a.m.
Bannker HS Stadium

Cambridge HS
Friday, May 23 at 7:30 p.m.
Cambridge HS Stadium

Centennial HS
Friday, May 23 at 7:30 p.m.
Mount Pisgah United Methodist Church

Chattahoochee HS
Saturday, May 24 at 10 a.m.
Mount Pisgah United Methodist Church

Creekside HS
Saturday, May 24 at 1 p.m.
Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre

Independence HS
Thursday, May 22 at 1 p.m.
Milton Center Auditorium

Johns Creek HS
Friday, May 23 at 7 p.m.
North Point Community Church

Fulton County seeking Youth Commission applicants

Fulton County seeking Youth Commission applicants

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- The Fulton County Office of Children and Youth wants young people interested in serving as leaders in their community.

Recruitment for the Fulton County Youth Commission is underway. Applications will be accepted from youth between 9th and 11th grades in Fulton County schools. The deadline for submission is Friday, May 23.

The Fulton County Youth Commission is a leadership program designed to mentor future leaders. Youth Commissioners address the many issues presently facing youth through the influences of government mandates, policies and legislation. Students become familiar with how local government resolves youth issues, and make suggestions for the best solutions, but most importantly, help facilitate change.

For consideration, a student must meet the following requirements:

10 Fulton high schools among America's Most Challenging

10 Fulton high schools among America's Most Challenging

(WXIA) -- The Washington Post has unveiled its 2014 list of America's Most Challenging High Schools.

The newspaper determines the annual rankings through a ratio: the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Advanced International Certificate of Education tests a school gives each year, divided by the number of graduating seniors.

Ten Fulton County schools made the list, which features more than 2,000 high schools across the country. The listed numbers are each school's national ranking.

215. Alpharetta HS
232. Riverwood International Charter School
244. Northview HS
263. Milton HS
265. Chattahoochee HS
380. Roswell HS
474. Johns Creek HS
637. North Springs Charter HS
692. Centennial HS
1801. Tri-Cities HS

See the full list at washingtonpost.com.

Fights in high schools: Fulton County

Fights in high schools: Fulton County

(WXIA) -- Last week, 11Alive News received a shocking video clip from a viewer. The footage showed a teenage boy being repeatedly punched in the face in a locker room at Parkview High School in Gwinnett County.

WATCH | Teen beaten at school

The video prompted an investigation into reports of violence and fights in Georgia's public schools. The Georgia Department of Education provided 11Alive News with four years' worth of discipline incident reports for every school in the state.

WATCH | 11Alive's Doug Richards investigates violence at school