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Cherokee County honored as 'Camera Ready Community'

Cherokee County honored as 'Camera Ready Community'

ATLANTA -- Cherokee is one of 73 Georgia counties to be named a "Camera Ready Community" by Governor Nathan Deal.

The counties will be honored in a ceremony at 10 a.m. on Monday, Mar. 21 at the Georgia State Capitol.

Sequoyah High senior wins national art award

Sequoyah High senior wins national art award

CANTON, Ga. -- Anna Ristuccia is well on her way to becoming an accomplished photographer.

The senior at Sequoyah High School in Canton won three top prizes for her digital photography at the state level of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards in January.

One of those winning photographs, Night, received a gold medal in the national competition earlier this month. It will be featured in an exhibit at the World Financial Center in New York City.

Anna has been invited to Carnegie Hall to receive her medal during an awards ceremony in May.

Arthur's 'Little Sister' Visits Clayton Elementary

Arthur's 'Little Sister' Visits Clayton Elementary

CANTON, GA -- Kim Brown, the younger sister of popular children's author Marc Brown, visited the second and third grade classes at Clayton Elementary School in Canton on Thursday, Feb. 17.

Marc Brown is best known for his Arthur books, a series about a loveable aardvark and all his animal friends.

At Clayton Elementary, Kim shared stories about her childhood and revealed that many of the characters in the Arthur books are based on real people from her family and neighborhood. Kim even admitted that Marc based Arthur's pesky little sister D.W. on her!

Needless to say, the students were thrilled to meet the "real" D.W. and hear about her adventures.

Georgia Senator Encourages Students to Enter Holocaust Contest

Georgia Senator Encourages Students to Enter Holocaust Contest

ROSWELL, GA -- Georgia Senator John Albers (R-Roswell) recently announced his desire for middle and high school students to enter the annual statewide Holocaust Art and Writing Contest.

Sponsored by the Georgia Commission on the Holocaust in cooperation with the Georgia Department of Education, the contest's theme is "What Are the Lessons of the Holocaust?" The program began in 1995; this is the first year that the contest will include a Music category.

"These contests are a great educational tool that inspires students to take the initiative to learn more about a critical time in our history," said Sen. Albers. "This program is a great example of the kind of creativity our schools need to truly engage students.

Sequoyah High Artists Compete for National Awards

Sequoyah High Artists Compete for National Awards

CANTON, GA -- Two Sequoyah High School students were recently honored for their digital photography artwork by the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, one of the most prestigious student competitions in the country.

Students who submit the best work at the state level of the contest are awarded one of three levels of recognition: Honorable Mention, Silver Key or Gold Key. Only a select few pieces of art and writing are honored.

Sequoyah High senior Anna Ristuccia earned three Gold Keys for her works Night, Submerge and Dogs on Couch. Emily Hershberger, a sophomore at Sequoyah, also received a Gold Key for her piece entitled Caterpillar.

Sequoyah High to Perform at State Thespian Conference

Sequoyah High to Perform at State Thespian Conference

CANTON, GA -- Students from Sequoyah High School will perform a one act play, Susan L. Szeder's "Do Not Go Gentle," at the 2011 Georgia Thespian Conference at Columbus State University.

Only 35 schools in the state were invited to perform at the conference. Sequoyah High is the only Cherokee County school that will be represented.

Sequoyah High's production of "Do Not Go Gentle" placed third in the 2010 Region 7AAAA One Act Play Competition. It also received the award for Best Set, a prize that Sequoyah High has taken home for five consecutive years.

The Georgia Thespian Conference will take place on Saturday, Feb. 12 at the Columbus State University Theater.

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'Fun in the Park' Photo Contest Winners Announced

'Fun in the Park' Photo Contest Winners Announced

COBB COUNTY, GA -- The "Fun in the Park" Photo Contest, hosted by the Cobb County Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department, is over for 2010.

This year marked the largest turn-out in the contest's history. Over 280 photos, all of which were taken in Cobb parks, were submitted in the three categories.

With so many great photos submitted, the panel of eight judges had a difficult time selecting the winners.