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Creekview High students qualify for national rocketry competition

Creekview High students qualify for national rocketry competition

CANTON, Ga. -- The Aeronautics Team at Creekview High School in Canton has qualified for the national finals of the world's largest rocketry contest.

The team will travel to Washington, D.C. to compete in the final fly-off of the Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) on Saturday, May 14. The students qualified after placing in the top 100 teams in April, beating 607 other participants from across the country.

This is the second year in a row that Creekview has made it to the finals.

"Although we had trouble due to weather and technology, I am very happy we are going to nationals," said Megan Jarma, one of the team captains. "I am very proud of my team for their hard work and time."

TARC challenges middle and high school students to design and build a rocket that will climb to 750 feet and stay aloft for 40 to 45 seconds using a 15-inch diameter parachute for a recovery device.

Georgia Connections Academy names first principal

Georgia Connections Academy names first principal

ATLANTA -- Georgia Connections Academy (GACA) has announced that Heather Robinson has been appointed as principal for the new statewide virtual charter school.

GACA is the state's first full-time virtual character school and will serve students in grades K-12 from across Georgia.

The school was recently approved by the Georgia Charter School Commission. Enrollment began on Friday, Apr.

Track star completes record-breaking CTC career

Track star completes record-breaking CTC career

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Chattahoochee Tech track star Andrew Archer officially finished his eligibility as a Golden Eagle at the NJCAA National Indoor Meet at Texas Tech University in early March.

But this doesn't mean that the 22-year-old Bahamas native is done as a collegiate runner or contributor to the CTC program.

Archer posted a school record time of 50.21 in the 400 meter dash at the Texas meet, breaking the mark that he set earlier in the indoor season.

Though he cannot officially compete during the spring outdoor schedule, which began on Thursday, Mar. 24 at Emory University, Archer will travel with the team to several meets as an unattached runner in order to gain more exposure to four-year programs.

He will also maintain his leadership role.

"I'll still train with the team," Archer said.

Creekland Middle Academic Bowl team qualifies for nationals

Creekland Middle Academic Bowl team qualifies for nationals

CANTON, Ga. -- The Academic Bowl team from Creekland Middle School in Canton recently added another accolade to its already stellar season.

Two teams from the school competed in the 2011 Southeastern Academic Challenge at Central High School in Macon on Saturday, Mar. 19.

Creekland's A-team placed first, while the B-team took fifth place. These victories resulted in an invitation for both teams to compete in the National Academic Quiz Tournaments' Middle School National Championship Tournament in Chicago in May.

Other Creekland successes include an undefeated season at the county level and tying for second place at the regional championship.

Georgia farmers recognized for feeding local students

Georgia farmers recognized for feeding local students

ATLANTA -- According to some studies, one in three Georgia children are obese.

Now, local farmers have teamed up with a number of school districts to help fight this battle and encourage healthy eating among the next generation.

On Wednesday, Mar. 30, members of Georgia's Farm to School program will be recognized at the Capitol for this special partnership that benefits so many people.

The national Farm to School program connects schools with local farms in order to ensure that healthy meals are served in school cafeterias and farms receive the support they need and deserve.

Currently, there are 360 Georgia schools and six full systems integrating farm to school programs.

Students and farmers alike will be at the Capitol on Mar. 30 from 12 noon until 1 p.m.

Sequoyah High senior takes top prize in science competition

Sequoyah High senior takes top prize in science competition

CANTON, Ga. -- Can you visualize the Quaternion Mendelbrot set?

Rebecca Cottrill can, and she's sharing her vision with others.

Rebecca, a senior at Sequoyah High School in Canton, recently won first place in the Georgia Junior Science and Humanities Symposium, which was held at the University of Georgia in early March.

The winning project centered around Rebecca's research, Visualizing the Quaternion Mendelbrot Set. Prior to the symposium, she presented her findings to a panel of judges, who selected her to compete.

The contest required students to summarize their research and create a visual display.

Cherokee County students conquer Grade 8 Writing Assessment

Cherokee County students conquer Grade 8 Writing Assessment

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ga. -- Cherokee County middle school students scored better than Georgia's average by five percent on the 2011 Grade 8 Writing Assessment.

The test, which was administered in January, gives students a prompt that will allow them to measure the level at which they are currently writing. Responses are rated in the areas of ideas, organization, style and conventions.

In 2011, 86 percent of Georgia students met or exceeded standards on the assessment. Ninety-one percent of Cherokee County students met or exceeded standards.

The scores by school include:

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