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Super speller wins third Cherokee County bee

Super speller wins third Cherokee County bee

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ga. -- She's a C-H-A-M-P-I-O-N -- again.

Last week, Mill Creek Middle School seventh grader Sathvika Narasimhan won the Cherokee County Spelling Bee for the third consecutive year. She was also runner-up at last year's state spelling bee.

Julia Barfield, who's in fifth grade at Macedonia Elementary, placed second in the county-level bee. Freedom Middle School eighth grader Sam Rowe came in third. All three students will represent Cherokee County at the district spelling bee in Cobb County on Feb. 28.

PHOTOS | Cherokee County Spelling Bee participants

More than 30 Cherokee County students participated in last Thursday's bee, attempting to spell 80 tricky words such as "pusillanimous," "jocularity" and "berserk."

Cherokee County to hold teacher recruitment event

Cherokee County to hold teacher recruitment event

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ga. -- Increased enrollment, teacher retirements and shrinking class sizes all mean one thing -- the Cherokee County School District needs more teachers.

The district will hold a teacher recruitment fair on Saturday, Mar. 7, in advance of the 2015-16 school year.

Candidates who are preparing to complete their educator preparation programs are invited to attend, as are veteran teachers already certified in Georgia and other states.

Anyone who's interested in attending the fair is asked to apply online.

The fair will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Woodstock High School, which is located at 2010 Towne Lake Hills South Drive.

NASA engineer helps Creekland MS robotics team

NASA engineer helps Creekland MS robotics team

CANTON, Ga. -- A former NASA engineer helped the Creekland Middle School robotics team prepare for the upcoming FIRST Lego League Super Regional Competition.

Karen Albrecht worked with the budding engineers, helping them perfect their skills.

Qualifying rounds for the competition will be held later this month in Columbus.

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