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Cherokee County Advances in Advanced Placement

CHEROKEE COUNTY, GA -- The College Board has released national, district and state Advanced Placement (AP) scores for 2010.

Highlights of this report include AP course offerings at Cherokee County high schools. The AP Program has grown significantly in the past 10 years in the Cherokee County School District (CCSD), from 400 exams given in 1999 to nearly 2,325 exams in 2010. This provides further evidence of the increasingly rigorous academic curriculum offered by Cherokee County high schools.

The University System of Georgia reports that 95% of students admitted to research universities (Georgia State University, Georgia Tech and the University of Georgia) have successfully completed at least one AP course.

The report indicates that 72% of CCSD students earned college credit with "passing" scores of 3, 4 or 5 on a scale of 1 to 5, compared to 53% in the state of Georgia and 58% nationally.

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Cherokee County Educator Receives Award of Excellence

CANTON, GA -- Secretary of State Brian P. Kemp and Georgia Historical Records Advisory Board (GHRAB) Chair Ross King presented Robert E. Daniel with the GHRAB Award for Excellence in the Educational Use of Historical Records during the 8th annual GHRAB Archives Awards ceremony at the Georgia Archives on Wednesday, Oct. 6.

The GHRAB Awards recognize outstanding efforts in archives and records work in Georgia.

Mr. Daniel makes extensive use of primary resources to teach historical concepts. His most recent project is a podcast called, "And This Just In . . .," a Colonial news broadcast based on the Georgia Gazette from 1763 to 1770.

Fourth Friday Stroll in Historic Downtown Canton

CANTON, GA -- It's time to take one last stroll through Canton before the weather cools down.

On Friday, Oct. 22, the East Marietta block of Canton's Historic Downtown Loop will be holding a Fourth Friday Stroll from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. There will be chefs, artists and live music to keep the crowd entertained until dusk, when the fun moves to Brown Park (251 East Marietta Street, Canton, 30114) for a showing of the movie Avatar.

It is recommended that moviegoers bring blankets and chairs. Refreshments will be available for purchase during Avatar.

Canton Educator Receives National Recognition

CANTON, GA -- Buffy Hamilton, a teacher and media specialist at Creekview High School in Canton, has been named one of "20 to Watch" for 2010 by the National School Boards Association's (NSBA) Technology Leadership Network.

This annual honor recognizes educators who promote the incorporation of innovative technology into high-quality classroom learning and district operations.

"These individuals do not just believe in technology for technology's sake. They are finding different effective and exciting ways to engage students through the use of technology," said Ann Flynn, director of education technology for NSBA.

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Lambert Coach Helps Build His Second Program

SUWANEE, GA -- Sid Maxwell has helped to start a football program before. The 17-year head coaching veteran was an assistant with Sequoyah High back in 1990 when the Chiefs' football program was just starting. Now the head coach at Lambert High, Maxwell is six games into the school's first full varsity football season. Not surprisingly, things are a little different than they were 20 years ago.

"I can remember handing equipment out while in the back of a pickup truck when we started," Maxwell said. "The field wasn't quite ready back in 1990, and we played a JV game on what wasn't even a regulation field."

"Now, it's nice to have some great facilities," he added. 

Eat Like a Pig at the Cherokee Pignic

CANTON, GA -- The Cherokee Pignic, Cherokee County's most anticipated fall festival, is about to cook up some good food and good fun at Heritage Park (250 Riverstone Parkway, Canton, 30114).

The celebration begins on Friday, Oct. 15 with a stage full of exciting performances, a Halloween costume contest for kids and, of course, plenty of food. Children ages 10 and under will be admitted free on Friday if they come in costume.

The highlight of the event will take place on Saturday, Oct. 16: the Kansas City Barbeque Society-sanctioned BBQ Cook-off. Professional teams and amateur "backyard" burners are invited to compete for prestige, prize money and bragging rights at winning the hearts of a whole park full of barbeque lovers. KCBS professionals will be on hand to give demonstrations and judge the cook-off.

Sequoyah vs. Creekview Blood Donor Challenge

CANTON, GA -- On Friday, Oct. 15, LifeSouth will be at Sequoyah High School in Canton for the first leg of this year's High School Blood Donor Challenge.

Last spring, Sequoyah became LifeSouth's most productive donor drive when many of the students and faculty came out to donate the gift of life. More than 300 units of blood were collected in six hours -- an average of more than 50 donations per hour.

There is a major rivalry between Sequoyah and Creekview High School, also in Canton. From academics to football to just about every function in which both schools participate, the students and teachers are constantly competing. It became apparent that a blood donation drive would really put these schools to the test.

Creekview's leg of the Blood Donor Challenge will be on Wednesday, Nov.