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Georgia Attorney General deplores 2010 domestic violence deaths

Georgia Attorney General deplores 2010 domestic violence deaths

ATLANTA -- Attorney General Sam Olens has joined the Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the Georgia Commission on Family Violence to issue the 7th annual Domestic Violence Fatality Review Report.

The Report analyzes homicides and near-deadly results, provides strategies for ending domestic violence and spotlights communities that have successfully implemented recommendations from previous reports.

"Domestic violence is unacceptable and will not be tolerated in Georgia," said Olens. "I appreciate the important role that the Georgia Commission on Family Violence and its partners play in raising awareness of domestic violence and offering concrete recommendations for reducing its occurrence in our communities.

Cherokee High senior explores world of politics

Cherokee High senior explores world of politics

CANTON, Ga. -- A senior at Cherokee High School in Canton recently got a true insider's look at Georgia politics.

On Monday, Mar. 14, Miranda Cherkas served as a page to Rep. Calvin Hill of District 21. Miranda, who hopes to pursue a career in politics, also got to spend time with Speaker of the House David Ralston and learn all about state-level legislature.

Visit the U.S. House of Representatives website to learn more about becoming a page for your Representative.

CCSD recognizes outstanding counselors

CCSD recognizes outstanding counselors

WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- For the first time ever, the Cherokee County School District has selected outstanding counselors for recognition.

Each high school innovation zone nominated a counselor from among its member schools to be considered for the district award.

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.

Two Cherokee County educators named to Governor's Education Advisory Board

Two Cherokee County educators named to Governor's Education Advisory Board

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ga. -- Governor Nathan Deal has named two Cherokee County School District representatives to his new Education Advisory Board.

Kurt Wheeler, a teacher at Dean Rusk Middle School in Canton, and Janet Reed, a member of the Cherokee County School Board, were named to the board, which will provide the Governor with input and feedback on important education issues in Georgia.

"With the members of my Education Advisory Board now in place, I look forward to meeting with them on a quarterly basis to discuss how we can continue to improve educational outcomes for Georgia students," said Governor Deal as he announced the board appointments on Friday, Feb. 25. "The Georgians on these panels are leaders in their fields, and they are giving of their time and talents to help our state strive for educational excellence."

Wheeler teaches Georgia history at Dean Rusk.

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.

WXIA-TV Names Joe Seidel Class Act Teacher

WXIA-TV Names Joe Seidel Class Act Teacher

Joe Seidel, First Montessori School of Atlanta's music teacher and director of parent relations, has been named a WXIA-TV Class Act Teacher. The station selects roughly 35 teachers each year from more than 300 nominations. Honorees are chosen based on various criteria, including love of teaching, knowledge of the subject, empathy, positive attitude and ability to meet the needs of individual students.

Seidel has more than 30 years of classroom experience. Prior to his current position, he served as head of school at First Montessori School of Atlanta. Located at 5750 Long Island Drive, FMSA is the Southeast's oldest Montessori School and serves the needs of students ages 18 months to 14 years.

Seidel earned a bachelor's degree in music performance from Illinois Wesleyan University and a master's degree in music performance from Yale University.

"My goal in teaching is to instill a lifelong love of music in children," Seidel said.