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7th Amendment essay competition to award 2 scholarships

7th Amendment essay competition to award 2 scholarships

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Trial Lawyers Association is holding a scholarship essay competition for high school seniors.

The contest focuses on the 7th Amendment, which is an American's right to a trial by jury.

To enter, a college-bound senior must write an essay in response to this question:

Since the ratification of the Bill of Rights in 1791, the 7th Amendment Right to Trial by Jury has been the cornerstone of the Civil Justice System. And yet, in the two-plus centuries since, the Right to Trial by Jury has been under near-constant assault. In your opinion, what role does the 7th Amendment play in the 21st Century, and why do you believe that it is important to safeguard this right?

All essays must be submitted to the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association no later than Monday, Apr. 7. One grand prize winner will receive a $1,000 college scholarship. The runner-up will get $500.

7 educators win Round 3 of Innovation in Teaching

7 educators win Round 3 of Innovation in Teaching

(WXIA) -- Seven Georgia teachers have won the third round of Gov. Nathan Deal's Innovation in Teaching competition.

The contest recognizes and rewards math and language arts educators who develop creative strategies to teach and reach their students.

Each winner receives a $2,000 stipend and a $5,000 grant for his or her school to implement the lesson plans. Their methods will also be featured in a Georgia Public Broadcasting program.

A fourth round of winners will be announced in the spring.

The Round 3 winners include:

Lindsay Bowley
Teaches 8th grade English Language Arts
Creekland MS, Cherokee County

Bynikini Frazier
Teaches 1st grade English Language Arts
Hodge ES, Chatham County

Jan Moore
Teaches 3rd grade
Holsenbeck ES, Barrow County

Amy Palermo
Teaches 6th grade English Language Arts
River Trail MS, Fulton County

56 Cherokee students earn National Signing Day scholarships

56 Cherokee students earn National Signing Day scholarships

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ga. -- Nearly 60 seniors at Cherokee County's six public high schools accepted sports scholarships on National Signing Day.

The scholar-athletes were recognized Wednesday during a special brunch at the Northside Hospital-Cherokee Conference Center in Canton.

Highlights from the event included twin brothers Austin and Avery Smith signing baseball scholarships for the same college, and the awarding of the county's very first bowling scholarship.

COMPLETE COVERAGE | National Signing Day

Cherokee County's 2014 signees include:

Cherokee HS
* Victoria Cassidy, soccer, Reinhardt University
* Savanna Dover, softball, Southern Illinois University

Doodle 4 Google contest accepting entries

Doodle 4 Google contest accepting entries

(WXIA) -- It's back! The wildly popular Doodle 4 Google contest, which gives children the opportunity to create a Google Doodle, is now accepting entries.

Students in grades K-12 can enter the competition by drawing the Google logo with the theme, "If I could invent one thing to make the world a better place ..."

"So many of the world's greatest inventions started out as simple doodles -- just think of Leonardo da Vinci's drawings of flying machines long before airplanes were made. We hope students will think big and surprise us with their creative ideas, just like they've done in years past!" Google said in a release.

Google will choose one finalist from each state. Last year's Georgia winner was Christine Jeong, a 5th grader at Wilson Creek Elementary School in Johns Creek. Meet Christine and see her winning doodle.

Scholarship available to Cherokee senior

Scholarship available to Cherokee senior

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ga. -- Every year, Oak Leaf Church in Canton gives a $1,000 college scholarship to one Cherokee County high school senior.

Graduating seniors at all of Cherokee County's public high schools are invited to apply.

Download an application here. In addition to the scholarship form, students must include two references.

More information about the Oak Leaf Church scholarship can be found at the Cherokee County School District Virtual Community Bulletin Board.

Ga. Connections Academy accepting applications until Feb. 27

Ga. Connections Academy accepting applications until Feb. 27

(WXIA) -- Sometimes a student is forced to change schools mid-year.

If a child is a promising athlete, a working performer or encounters some type of health issue, online school gives him the flexibility he needs to heal, practice and/or travel.

Georgia Connections Academy, a fully accredited K-12 online school, is now accepting applications for mid-year enrollees in grades K-11. The school allows students to learn at their own pace, be it faster or slower than traditional school.

Visit connectionsacademy.com for more information about the school and to sign up a child. Parents can also call the school at 678-825-3258.

Late enrollment ends Thursday, Feb. 27.

Friends Club leads to bond between classmates

Friends Club leads to bond between classmates

CANTON, Ga. -- The Friends Club at Freedom Middle School in Cherokee County encourages regular and special education students to spend time together.

Recently, the club allowed two wonderful students to form a bond.

Dylin Hardeman is a basketball player at Freedom Middle. Nicholas Wendel is a special education student who is confined to a wheelchair.

The two met through the Friends Club, and Dylin slowly began to gain Nicholas's trust by giving him high-fives in the hallway and complimenting him.

Now, Dylin spends time helping Nicholas achieve his goals, including grasping objects and building his social skills.

When Dylin heard Nicholas loves sports, he even had all his teammates sign a basketball and present it to his new friend.

Learn more about Freedom Middle School at cherokee.k12.ga.us.