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Little River ES student wins county spelling bee

Little River ES student wins county spelling bee

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ga. -- A fifth grader at Little River Elementary School in Woodstock is this year's winner of the Cherokee Education Association's Annual Spelling Bee.

Sathvika Narasimhan correctly spelled "aria" and then "Sputnik" to beat 31 of her peers from across Cherokee County in the bee.

Ceci Webb, an eighth grader at Dean Rusk Middle School, placed second in the bee. Arnold Mill Elementary School fifth grader Callie Goins came in third, while Oak Grove Elementary School fourth grader Connor Fisher placed fourth.

Narasimhan, Webb and Goins will next compete at the regional district spelling bee in Cobb County in February.

Exceptional dual enrollment student honored by KSU

Exceptional dual enrollment student honored by KSU

CANTON, Ga. -- A young woman from Cherokee County is well on her way to earning a whopping 52 hours of college credit before she even graduates from high school.

Emily Solon is a senior at Creekview High School in Canton, but she also takes classes at Kennesaw State University. She began completing college-level courses in her junior year and has maintained a 3.9 GPA.

Solon has been named KSU's Outstanding Dual Enrollment Honors Student for the 2012-2013 school year. She will also be honored for her many accomplishments by the Cherokee County School Board and Superintendent at the board's next meeting on Jan. 17.

When she's not in the classroom, Solon works part-time at Walgreens. She is a martial arts enthusiast and holds a blue belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Solon is also an environmental science and pre-calculus supplemental instruction leader at KSU and works in the university's math lab.

31 Ga. schools eligible for AP funding

31 Ga. schools eligible for AP funding

ATLANTA -- More than 30 high schools in Georgia have been chosen to apply for funding for the new AP STEM Access program, the Georgia Department of Education announced Wednesday.

The program was created to increase the numbers of girls and minorities who take Advanced Placement STEM courses.

"I couldn't be more thrilled to see this many Georgia high schools selected to expand access to Advanced Placement courses," Superintendent Dr. John Barge said in a statement. "Having more access for our students to take courses in the STEM fields will help us meet students' needs and the expectations of colleges and employers. I encourage all of these schools to apply so more students have this access."

More than 800 U.S. high schools were selected to apply for the AP STEM Access program, which will begin in the fall of 2013 and offer STEM AP courses for at least three school years.

Georgia's eligible AP STEM Access schools include: