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4 Cherokee seniors named National Merit finalists

4 Cherokee seniors named National Merit finalists

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ga. -- Four Cherokee County students are among this year's finalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program.

The high school seniors will now compete for $33 million of college scholarship money.

Cherokee County's National Merit finalists include Kathryn Huller (Cherokee High), Joseph Litrel (Etowah High), Chetan Velivela (River Ridge High) and Joshua Whitley (Creekview High).

Ga. Connections Academy enrollment opens Mar. 3

Ga. Connections Academy enrollment opens Mar. 3

(WXIA) -- Georgia Connections Academy, a free statewide virtual K-12 school, will begin accepting applications for the 2015-16 school year next month.

Enrollment opens Mar. 3. The school can support 4,000 students; spaces are limited and families are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

A free parent information session will be held Tuesday, Mar. 10 at 6 p.m. at the Hampton Inn Atlanta-Perimeter Center, which is located at 769 Hammond Drive in Sandy Springs. Teachers and currently enrolled families will answer questions and go over the school's curriculum at the session.

For more information about Georgia Connections Academy, visit connectionsacademy.com.

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.

MORE | Ga. graduation rates up this year

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