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50 Ga. students earn Horatio Alger Scholarship

50 Ga. students earn Horatio Alger Scholarship

ATLANTA -- Fifty recent high school graduates have received this year's Horatio Alger Georgia Scholarship.

The $5,000 award is given annually to students who overcome personal obstacles to demonstrate academic strength, dedication to community service and outstanding personal character.

"It is a privilege to play a part in these young people's college education," Horatio Alger Association president and CEO Tony Novelly said in a statement. "They have already shown perseverence and courage in the face of adversity, and with opportunities made available through higher education and our free-enterprise system, there is no limit to the things they may achieve."

The Horatio Alger Association have provided nearly $2 million in scholarships to Georgia high school seniors since 1987.

This year's scholarship recipients from Georgia include:

* Megan L. Bauer
Ridgeland HS, Rossville

* Keith A. Berry
Hebron Christian Academy, Dacula

Formula: Graduation rate soars among Georgia high school students

Formula: Graduation rate soars among Georgia high school students

(WXIA) -- The number of students receiving diplomas is on a steady rise, as it jumped for a second time using a new formula.

For 2013, Matt Cardoza of the Georgia Department of Education reported, the graduation rate marked 67.4 percent in 2011, followed by 69.7 percent in 2012.  The new way to figure the graduation rate is based on the adjusted cohort rate, which is required by the U.S. Department of Education. 

The four-year adjusted cohort graduation rate defines the cohort based on when a student becomes a freshman, Cardoza said. The calculation takes the number of students who graduate within four years and includes adjustments for student transfers. 

"I am very pleased that our graduation rate continues to increase, no matter how it is calculated," State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge said. "While our graduation rate is still far too low and we have much progress to be made, we are moving in the right direction."

School is (almost!) out in Douglas County

School is (almost!) out in Douglas County

DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. -- The last day of school is fast approaching in metro Atlanta, with some districts dismissing as early as this week.

For Douglas County Schools, the last day is Friday, May 31.

Other last days of school in the Atlanta area include:

Thursday, May 16
Barrow County

Friday, May 17
Clarke County

Wednesday, May 22
Atlanta Public Schools (traditional)
Cherokee County
Gwinnett County

Thursday, May 23
Clayton County
Cobb County
Decatur City
DeKalb County
Fulton County
Rockdale County

Friday, May 24
Bartow County
Buford City
Carroll County
Coweta County
Fayette County
Floyd County
Forsyth County
Griffin-Spalding County
Marietta City
Newton County
Paulding County

Special Olympics to be held Friday

Special Olympics to be held Friday

DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. -- The Douglas County Special Olympics will be held later this week.

The event will take place Friday, Apr. 5 from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at New Manchester High School.

All special needs youth in Douglas County are invited to participate in the track and field events. Call Jackie Chapman at 770-265-2312 for more information.

New Manchester High is located at 4925 Highway 92/166 in Douglasville.

12 Douglas students chosen for Governor's Honors

12 Douglas students chosen for Governor's Honors

DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. -- Students from all five of Douglas County's public high schools were selected to participate in this year's Governor's Honors Program.

GHP is a four-week summer residential program where some of Georgia's most talented teens pursue in-depth educational opportunities in areas where they excel.

To earn a spot in the program, a student must undergo a series of applications and interviews.

Douglas County's GHP students include:

Alexander HS
* Savannah Banks, visual arts
* Sung Soo, mathematics

Chapel Hill HS
* Daryl Mitchell, communicative arts
* Anthony Picas, architectural design

Douglas County HS
* Korey Brown, theatre performance
* Dana Francisco, communicative arts
* Katherine Haire, communicative arts
* Sada Harris, music (French horn)
* Nia Kapitanova, Spanish
* Ugochi Ndolo, French

Educators gain access to new Teacher Resource Link

Educators gain access to new Teacher Resource Link

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Education launched the Teachers Resource Link (TRL) on Tuesday, giving educators access to digital resources that go along with Georgia's K-12 curriculum.

Mat Cardoza of GaDOE Communications reported that the TRL was developed to help facilitate teachers when they look for digital materials for students to use, based on their academic performance. By using the TRL, the state can quickly find those resources the students need to excel in the classroom.

There are 18,000 digital resources currently that make up the TRL, based on Georgia standards for K-12 teachers, Cardoza said. Every teacher has the same information coming from the same knowledge base. 

State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge said, "These kinds of tools are invaluable because they save our teachers a tremendous amount of time and will ultimately help our students be college and career ready because they are getting the best instruction possible."

UWG names new president

UWG names new president

CARROLLTON, Ga. -- Dr. Kyle Marrero has been named the seventh president of the University of West Georgia.

Marrero is currently vice president for university advancement at the University of West Florida, Pensacola. He will replace Dr. Beheruz Sethna, who announced his retirement in August.

"I am delighted that Dr. Kyle Marrero will be taking over leadership at the University of West Georgia," Georgia Board of Regents chair William "Dink" NeSmith said in a statement. "Dr. Marrero brings a set of unique talents, skills and experience that should build upon the foundation constructed by Dr. Sethna. We look forward to his leadership as he works with the university, the community and the Board of Regents to move West Georgia to a new level of academic excellence."