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Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl takes Cobb County schools

Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl takes Cobb County schools

POWDER SPRINGS, Ga. -- The sixth annual Cobb County School District Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl is set to take place for students on Saturday, January 19 at McEachern High School.

According to Barbara Powell-Schager, Library Media Specialist at Big Shanty Intermediate School, the reading challenge is an academic competition where students use a buzzer like that in a game show to answer questions about books. Teams from 40 elementary, middle and high school in Cobb County will compete.

Following the contest, a parade of schools will march, including the two winning teams from each entry level. Those top two will also advance to the next level of competition, on their way to the March state final.

High schools participating are Hillgrove, Kennesaw, McEachern, North Cobb, Osborne, Sprayberry and Walton.

In the middle school level are Campbell, Cooper, Dodgen, East Cobb, Hightower, Lost Mountain, Lovinggood, Mabry, McCleskey, McClure, Smitha and Tapp.

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.

KSU football decision deferred by regents

KSU football decision deferred by regents

KENNESAW, Ga. -- The Georgia Board of Regents has deferred any action on a proposal from Kennesaw State University to begin a football program and add a Title IX women's sport to its athletic program.

Al Barba, director of athletic communications at the school northwest of Atlanta, said Tuesday the regents indicated that the proposal will be studied further.

School officials were scheduled to meet with the regents at their meeting Tuesday. Kennesaw State officials have said the board's decision would culminate a six-year process involving studies, student voting and fundraising focused on launching a NCAA Division I football program.

The university competes in seven men's sports and nine women's sports in the 10-member Atlantic Sun Conference. With more than 24,600 students enrolled, Kennesaw State is Georgia's third-largest university.

School system earns high marks for transparency

School system earns high marks for transparency

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- The Sunshine Review, a non-profit that tracks government oversight, has given the Cobb County School District an A+ for public transparency.

Cobb County was one of only two systems in the state to earn the top score for meeting all the criteria on Sunshine Review's 10-point checklist.

"The strong support for public education in Cobb County is a reflection of our commitment to accountability and open governance," Cobb County Board of Education chairman Scott Sweeney said in a statement. "Our public schools belong to the community, and we are thrilled to receive a high rating for our efforts to make access to public information as simple and straightforward as possible."

Sunshine Review graded the school districts' websites on transparency with issues like overall academic performance, tax information and performance audits.

KSU athletic director joins Golden Soldiers

KSU athletic director joins Golden Soldiers

KENNESAW, Ga. -- The Golden Soldiers recently named Kennesaw State University athletic director Vaughn Williams to its board of directors.

The Golden Soldiers is a faith-based non-profit that hosts events, activities and service opportunities for families and individuals living with developmental disabilities, all while promoting the Golden Rule.

Cobb students dominate Iowa Tests

Cobb students dominate Iowa Tests

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- Third, fifth and seventh grade students in Cobb County scored much higher than the national averages on this year's Iowa Tests of Basic Skills.

The Cobb County School District announced Thursday that its composite scores ranked in the 68th percentile for third graders, the 65th percentile for fifth graders and the 62nd percent for seventh graders.

"We did experience a dip in composite scores, but the more significant news from these 2012 ITBS results is that our students continue to perform very well in a national comparison," superintendent Dr. Michael Hinojosa said in a statement.

The ITBS is issued in several key academic areas, including reading, language arts, math, science and social studies. It allows students to compare their performances with those of their peers across the country.

Students wish 'happy holidays' to U.S. troops

Students wish 'happy holidays' to U.S. troops

ACWORTH, Ga. -- The children at Clark Creek Elementary School STEM Academy in Acworth are showing their love and appreciation for troops fighting overseas during the holidays.

The students recently made and signed a banner for local soldiers. They presented it to Christine Schwartz, a specialist with the Kennesaw National Guard Armory's Family Assistance Center, on the school's Career Day.

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The grateful soldiers wrote letters of thanks back to the children.