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Graduation rates: Cherokee County

Graduation rates: Cherokee County

(WXIA) -- Georgia's 2014 high school graduation rates were released Thursday.

This year's statewide average is 72.5 percent, up slightly from last year's 71.5 percent. It's also the third consecutive increase in the percentage of seniors who graduate from the state's public high schools.

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Cherokee County's 2014 graduation rate is 82.1 percent. At 90.6 percent, River Ridge High School in Woodstock has the county's highest graduation rate.

Other graduation rates in Cherokee County include:

* Cherokee HS: 71.7 percent
* Creekview HS: 89.2 percent
* Etowah HS: 82.8 percent
* Sequoyah HS: 87.3 percent
* Woodstock HS: 81 percent

Roads to close for Cherokee HS homecoming parade

Roads to close for Cherokee HS homecoming parade

CANTON, Ga. -- Several Canton roads will close for about an hour Wednesday afternoon for Cherokee High School's homecoming parade.

Canton Police said the parade will begin at the school (930 Marietta Highway) and head north on Marietta Highway.

From there, it will turn right on Waleska Street, circle downtown Canton (East Main Street and North Street) and head back tot he school.

All the aforementioned roads will be closed Wednesday, Oct. 15 between 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Drivers who usually pass through the area are encouraged to find alernate routes.

AP exam participation: Cherokee County

AP exam participation: Cherokee County

(WXIA) -- More Georgia high school students are taking -- and passing -- Advanced Placement exams.

Last school year, 89,806 Georgia students took 154,176 AP exams. That's an 8 percent increase in the number of participants and almost a 9 percent increase in the number of tests.

AP exams are graded on a scale of 1 to 5. Passing scores of 3, 4 or 5 often allow the test-takers to earn college credit.

Georgia's seniors earned 86,075 passing scores on their AP exams in 2014, a 9.6 percent increase over 2013.

English Language and Composition was the state's most popular AP exam, followed by U.S. History and World History.

In Cherokee County, 1,901 students took 3,424 AP exams in 2014, and 2,630 of those exams earned passing scores.

Here are the AP exam breakdowns for each Cherokee County public high school:

Cherokee HS
287 students took 494 exams
362 passing scores

Chattahoochee Tech to hold career fair

Chattahoochee Tech to hold career fair

ACWORTH, Ga. -- Chattahoochee Technical College will hold its annual College and Career Expo on Wednesday, Oct. 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

More than 90 colleges, universities and companies are scheduled to attend this year's event.

Everyone is invited to stop by the fair, which will be held at the North Metro Campus in Acworth.

Thirteen schools will be represented, including Brenau University, DeVry University, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Georgia Southern University, Georgia State University, Kennesaw State University, Life University, Reinhardt University, Saint Leo University, Sherman College of Chiropractic, Southern Polytechnic State University, Strayer University and the University of Phoenix.

4 Cherokee students named National Achievement semifinalists

4 Cherokee students named National Achievement semifinalists

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ga. -- Four Cherokee County high school seniors have been named semifinalists for the prestigious National Achievement Scholarship.

The prize is given annually to some of the top black high school students in the country. Officials whittle down 1,600 semifinalists to 800 scholarship winners.

Cherokee County's semifinalists include Austin P. Floyd (Cherokee High), Langston H. Leake (Sequoyah High), Ebony N. Scott (Cherokee High) and Felicia N. Williams (River Ridge High).

To become a finalist, each student must fill out a detailed application, write an essay and receive an endorsement from his or her principal.

PROBE College Fair coming to Cherokee County

PROBE College Fair coming to Cherokee County

CANTON, Ga. -- The popular PROBE College Fair will stop in Cherokee County next week, giving high school students an opportunity to speak directly to representatives from their favorite colleges and universities.

The fair will be Wednesday, Sept. 24 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Cherokee High School in Canton.

A number of schools in several states, including Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Virginia and the Carolinas, will be represented. See a complete list of participating colleges.

Learn more and register to attend the fair at gaprobe.org.

Cherokee High School is located at 930 Marietta Highway.

Cherokee County teacher fights keep God in classroom

Cherokee County teacher fights keep God in classroom

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ga. -- A controversial story about school and religion centers around a metro Atlanta teacher who says God should be in the classroom. As is usually the case, there are two sides.

Sequoyah High School students are rallying around John Osborne, who is no longer at the school after talking about God in class. School officials say it was his call to leave, not theirs.

Osborne tells 11Alive he left because he wasn't supported by administrators.

Cherokee County Schools released a statement, making it clear that the teacher left on his own and is still employed. The statement read: