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Canton teen wins 2014 Oak Leaf Church Scholarship

Canton teen wins 2014 Oak Leaf Church Scholarship

CANTON, Ga. -- Claire Jordan is the recipient of this year's Oak Leaf Church Scholarship.

The $1,000 scholarship is given annually to a Cherokee High School senior who is plugged in to his or her community. It is co-presented by Oak Leaf Church and the Cherokee County School Board.

Claire has been a member of the Alphas, a service club, for all four years of her high school career; she is also a member of Leadership 56 and the National Honor Society. She has taken a mission trip to El Salvador, volunteered at Goshen Valley Boys Ranch and lead a girls' Bible study. Claire will begin her freshman year at the University of Georgia in the fall.

She received her scholarship May 1 during a Cherokee County School Board meeting.

Kelly Marlow resigns from Cherokee County School Board

Kelly Marlow resigns from Cherokee County School Board

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ga. -- Kelly Marlow has resigned from the Cherokee County School Board.

Marlow, who was found guilty last week of making false statements to police, handed in her resignation Wednesday morning. She will be sentenced Thursday and faces up to 10 years in jail.

"With considerable appreciation to my many supporters and the voters of District 1, and the parents and school children for whom all of my efforts were focused, the recent judicial determinations make it unlikely that I can effectively serve at any time in the foreseeable future," Marlow wrote in her resignation letter to Georgia State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge.

3 Cherokee high schools among America's Most Challenging

3 Cherokee high schools among America's Most Challenging

(WXIA) -- The Washington Post has unveiled its 2014 list of America's Most Challenging High Schools.

The newspaper determines the annual rankings through a ratio: the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Advanced International Certificate of Education tests a school gives each year, divided by the number of graduating seniors.

Three Cherokee County schools made the list, which features more than 2,000 high schools across the country. The listed numbers are each school's national ranking.

1411. Creekview HS
1834. Etowah HS
1853. Sequoyah HS

See the full list at washingtonpost.com.

Fights in schools: Cherokee County

Fights in schools: Cherokee County

(WXIA) -- This week, 11Alive News received a shocking video clip from a viewer. The footage showed a teenage boy being repeatedly punched in the face in a locker room at Parkview High School in Gwinnett County.

WATCH | Teen beaten at school

The video prompted an investigation into reports of violence and fights in Georgia's public schools. The Georgia Department of Education provided 11Alive News with four years' worth of discipline incident reports for every school in the state.

WATCH | 11Alive's Doug Richards investigates violence at school

Ga. Race to the Top 'Year Three' Report

Ga. Race to the Top 'Year Three' Report

(WXIA) -- The U.S. Department of Education recently released its "Year Three" Report for the 12 states participating in the Race to the Top grant initiative.

Educational practices and successes in Georgia were highlighted throughout the report.

"We have taken on some major initiatives and our success is a direct reflection of the collaborative efforts between our department, other education agencies and the hundreds of participating teachers, principals and district leaders around our state," Dr. Susan Andrews, Deputy Superintendent of Race to the Top Implementation in Georgia, said in a release.

"While educational reform work is never easy, we are pleased with the significant progress that our state has made as reflected in this report," Andrews added.

Some highlights from the report include:

* Nearly 300 Georgia teachers were placed in state public schools from alternative certification programs.

Cherokee HS students place in Booth Museum contest

Cherokee HS students place in Booth Museum contest

CANTON, Ga. -- Eight Cherokee High School students placed in Booth Western Art Museum's recent Writing through Art literary competition.

The winners include:

Essay
2nd place: Ashley Holton
3rd place: Jose Hernandez
Honorable mention: Alyssa Deaton
Honorable mention: Barbara Valeria Ortega
Honorable mention: MacKenzie Rogers

Short Story
1st place: Savanna Morrison
2nd place: Ansley Key
Honorable mention: Rachel Wilson

Cherokee High teachers Susan Buice and Justin Jones encouraged their students to enter the contest.

Booth Western Art Museum is located at 501 North Museum Drive in Cartersville.

Ga. Connections Academy accepting students for 2014-15 school year

Ga. Connections Academy accepting students for 2014-15 school year

(WXIA) -- A few seats are still available at Georgia Connections Academy for the 2014-15 school year.

Georgia Connections Academy is a virtual K-12 public school that allows students to learn at their own pace. It is fully accredited and open to all school-age Georgia children.

"We are enrolling 1,000 additional students across all grade levels for the coming academic year," lead principal Heather Robinson said in a release. "We have a waiting list as we open enrollment, so we encourage parents to get their applications in now."

Georgia Connections Academy will hold a number of information sessions across the state for parents who want to know more. Additional enrollment information is available at connectionsacademy.com/georgia-virtual-school.

Upcoming information sessions in the Atlanta area include: