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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:

Atlanta Schools discuss safety

Atlanta Schools discuss safety

ATLANTA -- The issue of school safety has been in the news a lot lately since the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut.

Tuesday and Wednesday Atlanta parents can get information about what's being done to keep their kids safe.

The Atlanta school system is holding forums to talk about safety and security.  Parents are encouraged to attend and give feedback.

Schools routinely update their security procedures.  Just last week Marietta High School in Cobb County held a safety drill to practice what they would do in an emergency.

It was not a reaction to the Connecticut shooting, but it's a good reminder of why these procedures are so important.

Here's information about the first two forums in Atlanta:
- Tuesday at Therrell High School at 6p.m.
- Wednesday at Grady High School at 6p.m.

Emory professor, former research chemist to speak at Brenau

Emory professor, former research chemist to speak at Brenau

GAINESVILLE, Ga. -- A professor of Environmental Health at Emory University will give a talk on epidemics on January 9 at Brenau's Thurmond McRae Auditorium.

Dana Boyd Barr, was previously a research chemist at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Her talk, "Epidemics - Spread the Word, not the Disease," is January's Sense and Sustainability lecture. Barr is also a Brenau alum, according to David Morrison of Brenau.

"Dr. Barr is an excellent addition to the program," Brenau Professor Rudi Kiefer said. "She brings a wealth of international experience and anecdotes from a splendid career in public health. She can operate a laboratory full of high-tech mass spectrometers to check for signs of prenatal substance abuse in newborns, or give a lecture on preventative health care to an audience from several continents."

Fulton County schools set hardship transfer application deadline

Fulton County schools set hardship transfer application deadline

FULTON COUNTY -- For parents planning to apply for a 2013-14 hardship transfer, or to renew current hardship to another elementary, middle or high school in Fulton County, applications will be available January 4, with the deadline for submitting them on February 15, by 4:30 p.m. 

Forms are available online, on the Fulton County School's "Parents" page. Here, parents can print off the form and sign it, then deliver it to the Fulton County Schools' Student Assignment Office, c/o Meadows Operations Center at 5270 Northfield Blvd. College Park, GA 30349. The form can be faxed to the same address at (404) 763-5547.

Atlanta school board extends superintendent's contract

Atlanta school board extends superintendent's contract

ATLANTA -- Atlanta Public Schools Interim Superintendent Erroll Davis has an extension on his contract, but it's far from iron-clad.

The APS Board agreed Monday night to keep Davis on for up to 18 months, possibly through December 2014, while the board searches for a permanent superintendent.

"We're really just making sure that as we go out and search for a new superintendent, we have to do that over the next year or two years no matter what and we want to make sure that if we find that candidate, we're really prepared to move that candidate in," said Reuben Daniels, APS Board Chairman.

Davis' current contract expires on June 30, 2013.

Social critic to host book signing at SCAD

Social critic to host book signing at SCAD

ATLANTA -- A bestselling author will give a talk and sign copies of her latest book at SCAD Atlanta this week.

Camille Paglia, a professor of humanities and media studies at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, is the author of Glittering Images: A Journey Through Art from Egypt to Star Wars. In the book, she examines more than two dozen pieces of art that have influenced the world.

Paglia's talk begins at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 29 at SCAD Atlanta's Events Space. Admission is free with the purchase of Glittering Images ($32) or $10 without a copy of the book. SCAD students and employees will be admitted free with proper ID.

Buy advance tickets at A Cappella Books in Inman Park or online at acappellabooks.com.