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$8,000 scholarship targets Hall County students

$8,000 scholarship targets Hall County students

GAINESVILLE, Ga. -- High school seniors in the Gainesville area have an opportunity that other Metro Atlanta teens don't -- an $8,000 college scholarship from the beauty retailer ULTA.

The ULTA Enrich, Empower & Enlighten Scholarship is only open to senior girls in a select pool of schools:

Gainesville High School
North Hall High School
Johnson High School
Chestatee High School
East Hall High School
Lanier Career Academy
Riverside Military Academy
Lakeview Academy
North Georgia Christian School
Jubilee Christian School
Flowery Branch High School
West Hall High School

"ULTA is dedicated to giving back to the community and empowering young women everywhere to become strong leaders in their own right," spokeswoman Lyndsay Levingston said in a statement.

Flat Lottery, Too Many Students, Even Snow Mean HOPE Cuts

Flat Lottery, Too Many Students, Even Snow Mean HOPE Cuts

ATLANTA -- Most of them know the bad news is coming.

Most of Georgia's more than 300,000 state college students know they'll see even higher tuition next year and even fewer benefits from the HOPE Scholarship.

"I'm gonna have to find alternative ways to finance my coming here," Georgia State University freshman Kenja McNeil said, adding that those will probably include, "loans, scholarships, more scholarships and more scholarships."

Lottery proceeds have poured about $15 billion into the HOPE and pre-kindergarten programs since they began 17 years ago.

Right now, about 200,000 state college students receive HOPE benefits.

But lottery sales have flattened out, according to Margaret DeFrancisco, CEO of the Georgia Lottery Corporation.

Wednesday morning she told the University System's State Board of Regents that's thanks to the recession, growing competition from other states...and even January's winter storm.

Hall County School to Receive $1000 for making "Greatest Gains"

Hall County, GA--  State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge named the 2010 Georgia Schools of Excellence in Student Achievement today, honoring 22 schools that have shown the greatest improvement or highest achievement across the state. Each of these schools will receive a $1,000 check from Georgia Natural Gas to be used however they wish.  The big winner in Hall County was Lula Elementary, which was one of the Greatest Gainers.

 "These schools are showing that excellence can be achieved when they are focused on providing a world-class education for their students," Superintendent Barge said.

Hall County Schools Choose Longer Hours over Snow make-up Days

Hall County Schools Choose Longer Hours over Snow make-up Days

Hall County, GA--  On Monday of this week, Hall County Schools decided that they will extend the school day by 1 hour to make up for time lost during the big snow storm this January. 

This extended hour is to take place during a 12 day period (April 11-April 26). This is after spring break and before the start of the CRCT Testing that all students must take. 
Pre-school thru 12th grade will all be affected by this 1 hour extension.

Despite parents voting to add make-up days at the end of the year, the Board made this decision so to give the students more instruction time before the CRCT exam in hopes more students will do well on it.

 

The Great Atlanta Media Leap Forward

The Great Atlanta Media Leap Forward

We’ve got a lot of, er, *transitioning* ahead of us in Atlanta. We can read between the lines, here in this greatest of Southern cities, and understand what the underlying code is there. And yeah, if we weren’t so darn cowardly about those matters we could have an open conversation about the City of Atlanta *transitioning*, but I don’t think we’re quite ready for that yet.

Anyways… that’s off-topic, as what I’d like to point-out today is the great effort by 11AliveNews, or what we used to just call WXIA, to live-stream the critical Atlanta Public Schools (APS) board meeting for the community yesterday, January 24, 2011.

10 year old Author from North Georgia is now a Popular Speaker at Local Elementary Schools

10 year old Author from North Georgia is now a Popular Speaker at Local Elementary Schools

Gainesville, GA--  (submitted by Terri Leidich)

Ten-year-old published author, Sarah Voskamp, is becoming a much sought-after speaker for North Georgia elementary schools. Author of the newly published book Filly Girls, Sarah has already visited schools in Dawsonville, Cumming and Gainesville with appearances set up as far out as May for schools in Marietta and Duluth, with new requests coming in each week.

“Principals and teachers are recognizing that Sarah can help set a positive example of what even children can do when they have a passion and follow their dreams,” states Kim Voskamp, Sarah’s mother who is not only one of her daughter’s biggest fans, but also her driver, marketing manager and agent.

North Hall Senior Wins Nation's Best Award from ESPN and Gatorade

North Hall Senior Wins Nation's Best Award from ESPN and Gatorade

Atlanta, GA--  (submitted by North Hall High)

In its 26th year of honoring the nation’s best high school athletes, The Gatorade Company, in collaboration with ESPN RISE, today announced Cody Barger of North Hall High School as its 2010-11 Gatorade Georgia Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year.  Barger is the first Gatorade Georgia Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year to be chosen from North Hall High School.