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Sequoyah HS cheerleaders win competition

Sequoyah HS cheerleaders win competition

CANTON, Ga. -- Sequoyah High School's varsity competition cheerleading squad placed first in this year's Tiger Cheer Classic at Dawson County High School.

The squad of nine freshmen, six sophomores and three juniors spent the summer training for the competition. Coach Jacob Lewis of Roswell's Georgia Allstars helped them prepare to win.

At school, the cheerleaders are coached by U.S. history and sociology teacher Veronica Blayton.

The cheerleaders pictured above include:

FRONT ROW: (l-r) Savannah Stewart and Savanna Dagel

MIDDLE ROW: (l-r) Brooke Seabolt, Ashley Johnson, Sydney Tully, Caitlin Mason, Kayla Wallace and Cassidy Downs

BACK ROW: (l-r) Jessica Hill, Aleah Johnson, Erin Wehunt, Rosemary Guilford, Emily Zimmerman, Alyssa Turner, Tiffany Podany, Kaitlyn Brandon and Lauren Turman

NOT PICTURED: Kara Nester

Clayton ES names Teacher of the Year

Clayton ES names Teacher of the Year

CANTON, Ga. -- Lisa Wright, a sixth grade teacher, has been named 2012-13 Teacher of the Year at Clayton Elementary School.

Wright was selected for the honor by her peers. She is now in the running for Cherokee County Teacher of the Year.

The proud honoree teaches reading and science at Clayton Elementary.

Gov. Deal swears in Ga. Supreme Court justice

Gov. Deal swears in Ga. Supreme Court justice

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal has sworn in the newest justice of the Supreme Court of Georgia.

Georgia Court of Appeals Judge Keith Blackwell was sworn in Thursday morning in the House Chamber of the State Capitol.

Deal last month appointed the 37-year-old Blackwell to fill a vacancy left by Chief Justice George Carley. Carley's resignation as chief justice was effective Tuesday.

Blackwell had served on the Court of Appeals since he was appointed in 2010 by former Gov. Sonny Perdue. He is the 92nd justice since the court's creation in 1845.

Blackwell previously practiced civil and criminal law. He will serve on the court until 2014, when voters will decide whether to keep him on the bench for a six-year term.

Meet new school board candidates at information session

Meet new school board candidates at information session

CANTON, Ga. -- Come meet the new Cherokee County School Board candidates for Post 2 during an information session at Macedonia Elementary School.

The session will begin at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 26.

The two Post 2 candidates, Kim Cochran and Patsy Jordan, will be in attendance, as will school board chairperson candidate Janet Read.

Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers (R-Woodstock) and local business leader Brandon Beach will also be available to answer questions and talk about the county budget.

RELATED | Rogers calls TSPLOST a tax increase

Macedonia Elementary is located at 10370 East Cherokee Drive in Canton.

Summer school, Polaris students graduate

Summer school, Polaris students graduate

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ga. -- The Cherokee County School District held its final graduation ceremony for the Class of 2012 on Friday, June 22.

Several students graduated from the summer school programs at the county's high schools. Six additional students graduated from the district's Polaris Evening Program.

The graduation ceremony was held at Woodstock High School. The proud graduates include:

Cherokee High School
Bryan Hamrick

Creekview High School
Jalen Camp
Aubreigh Fuller
Maxwell Lense
Doyle Mifflin Jr.
Hunter Prestridge

Etowah High School
Giovanni Aragon
Shelly Castenada
Scott Fabian
Danielle Fricks
Jumar Greer
Ryan Keene
Belinda Mills
Richard Moser
Jonathon Murray
Jeffery Osborne
Jessica Perez
Jafet Pinon-Zuniga
Ronald Reynolds
Devonte Wheaton