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Teachers Retire with 118 Years Combined Experience

Teachers Retire with 118 Years Combined Experience

Carmel Elementary School will say goodbye to several retiring staff members at the end of this month as these ladies start their next chapter in life.  The four retiring teachers have a combined 118 years of experience between them.  Last week, the retiring staff members celebrated this milestone with many current and former colleagues, family, and friends. Carmel student reporters interviewed the retiring teachers about their history, what they like best about teaching, what their retirement plans are, and more.


Ms. Suzanne Hay by Student Reporter Emily Kozlowski

41 Cherokee students sign athletic scholarships

41 Cherokee students sign athletic scholarships

CANTON, Ga. -- Forty-one more students from Cherokee County high schools committed to play college-level sports in the fall.

They join 46 other students who signed letters of intent on National Signing Day.

The future college athletes were recognized Apr. 11 in a ceremony at the Northside Hospital-Cherokee Conference Center in Canton.

Cherokee County's newest batch of scholarship winners includes:

Cherokee High

* Chris Boyd, basketball
Committed to Covenant College

* Casadie Bragg, competitive air rifle
Committed to North Georgia College & State University

* Jenna Burriss, soccer
Committed to Reinhardt University

* Trey Butler, football
Committed to Rhodes College

* Hunter Collett, football
Committed to Reinhardt University

Cherokee High hires new football coach

Cherokee High hires new football coach

CANTON, Ga. -- Josh Shaw has been hired as the new head football coach for the Cherokee High School Warriors, the school announced Wednesday.

Shaw, a former phyiscal education teacher at Etowah High School in Woodstock, began his coaching career at Minnesota's Moorhead State University in 1998. He competed with more than 80 other applicants for the Cherokee High job.

"I am extremely excited at the opportunity to be the head football coach at Cherokee High School," Shaw said. "It will be an honor and privilege to be part of the rich traditions of Cherokee High School."

A three-time recipient of the Assistant Coach of the Year Award from the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association, Shaw received a bachelor's degree in physical education and health from Moorhead State University and a master's degere from West Virginia University. He has also coached track and field and weightlifting at Etowah High.

Merry Christmas from Gov. Deal

Merry Christmas from Gov. Deal

ATLANTA -- Governor Nathan Deal issued a special holiday greeting for Georgia residents on Friday.

As Christmas nears, I wanted to wish every Georgian a merry Christmas and a happy holiday season.

Christmas has a special way of reminding us what is really important: our faith in God, family and the well-being of our fellow man.

But Christmas is not limited to a single season or date on a calendar. These feelings of peace and love are always with us throughout our lives. For many, Christmas serves as a rejuvenation of these values and ideals.

After the gifts are all unwrapped and the candles begin to dim, our spirits will once again be enriched and fully restored.

As we reflect on all we have been able to accomplish this past year, we will cary this rejuvenated spirit to achieve all the goals that we have set for the coming years.

ASO to honor Metro Atlanta music teachers

ASO to honor Metro Atlanta music teachers

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra will hold an appreciation ceremony for more than 180 Atlanta-area music teachers Friday evening.

The teachers will be recognized at 7 p.m. by ASO president Stanley Romanstein. Afterward, the instructors will attend the evening's concert featuring the music of Rimsky-Korsakov, Rachmaninov and Mussorgsky.

ASO cellist Joel Dallow will also receive a special award from Romanstein for his arts education advocacy work throughout Georgia.

Both the 8 p.m. concert and the preceding reception will take place at the Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree Street NE, Midtown.