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50 Ga. schools 'Mix It Up' to promote tolerance

50 Ga. schools 'Mix It Up' to promote tolerance

ATLANTA -- Fifty schools in Georgia were represented at this year's Mix It Up at Lunch Day.

The event, which is part of the Southern Poverty Law Center's Teaching Tolerance project, encourages children to step outside their comfort zones and sit with someone new at lunch.

"When people step out of their cliques and get to know someone, they realize just how much they have in common," Teaching Tolerance director Maureen Costello said in a statement. "Mix It Up is a positive step that can help create schools where students see each other as individuals and not just as members of a separate group."

Nearly 3,000 schools across the country took part in Mix It Up at Lunch Day on Oct. 30.

Participating Georgia schools include:

Galloway School
North Atlanta HS
School of Health Sciences and Research at Carver

Bibb County
Stratford Academy

Cobb educators honored by math teachers council

Cobb educators honored by math teachers council

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Two Cobb County educators were honored during a recent awards ceremony for the Georgia Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

Deborah Poss and Michelle Mikes were recognized by the council on Oct. 18.

Poss teaches at Lassiter High School in Marietta. She won the council's highest honor, the Gladys M. Thompson Distinguished Service Award. This lifetime achievement award is given annually to someone who has spent an entire teaching career going above and beyond the call of duty every day.

Michelle Mikes won the John Neff Award for excellence as Cobb County's district supervisor for math in grades 6-12. Mikes was honored for inspiring and mentoring teachers and serving as an advocate for math education.

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NEA-funded art exhibit opens at KSU

NEA-funded art exhibit opens at KSU

KENNESAW, Ga. -- A new art exhibit is on display at Kennesaw State University's Visual Arts Building.

The exhibit, "Walking Through the Lonesome City," was installed by KSU assistant professor Matt Haffner and was funded by an NEA Art Works grant awarded to the university's Bernard A. Zuckerman Museum of Art.

"Walking Through the Lonesome City" features video portraits of urban environments and working-class people. Haffner describes it as a "timely, fictional, post-apocalyptic visual narrative" that blends graffiti, photography and film, and projects the images over vinyl and aluminum cutouts.

Cobb's 2012 SAT scores released

Cobb's 2012 SAT scores released

MARIETTA, Ga. -- The Georgia Department of Education released the average SAT scores for the Class of 2012 Monday.

Overall, the state's recent graduates earned a score of 1452 out of a possible 2400 on the college entrance exam.

Cobb County fared very well on the 2012 SAT. Of the county's 16 high schools, 11 scored above the state average, and eight topped the national average score of 1498.

Walton High in East Cobb was the big winner with an average score of 1743.

The breakdown of Cobb County's high schools includes:

Allatoona HS
336 students took the SAT in 2012
Overall: 1495
Critical Reading: 509
Math: 503
Writing: 483

Campbell HS
317 students took the SAT in 2012
Overall: 1458
Critical Reading: 487
Math: 489
Writing: 482

Harrison HS
497 students took the SAT in 2012
Overall: 1561
Critical Reading: 524
Math: 531
Writing: 506

55 Cobb students among National Merit semifinalists

55 Cobb students among National Merit semifinalists

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- About 16,000 American high school students have been named semifinalists for the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program, and 55 kids from Cobb County are among them.

These talented high school seniors will now compete for 8,300 National Merit Scholarships, which will be offered next spring.

To become a semifinalist, a student must earn good grades and a high score on the PSAT. Finalists are named by submitting detailed scholarship applications to the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

Cobb's semifinalists include:

Campbell HS
Sarah Grisham
Joshua Morton
Rachel Tamas

Harrison HS
Jordan Bell
Jackson Hopper
Cullen Mowery

Hillgrove HS
Luke Maurer

Kennesaw Mountain HS
Anna Hankal
Audrey Milam

Lassiter HS
Brian Cohn
Anna Gwaltney
Bailey Johnson
James Rowe
Ryan Smith

Path2College scholarship coloring contest ends Sept. 30

Path2College scholarship coloring contest ends Sept. 30

ATLANTA -- Georgia children in Pre-K through 5th grade can now color their way to a college scholarship from the Path2College 529 Plan.

In honor of College Savings Month, the statewide college savings program is hosting a coloring contest with a $1,529 scholarship at stake.

To win the money, children must color a picture of Hootie the Wise Old Owl and complete a sentence: When I graduate, I'm going to be a ________.

Download the picture of Hootie here.

Entries must be postmarked by Sept. 30 and must be received no later than Oct. 5. More information about the contest can be found at path2college529.com.

A winner will be randomly chosen in mid-October.

KSU freshman named GeorgiaBEST Student of the Year

KSU freshman named GeorgiaBEST Student of the Year

KENNESAW, Ga. -- A pre-pharmacy student at Kennesaw State University has been named the first-ever GeorgiaBEST Student of the Year.

Leslie Berry was introduced to GeorgiaBEST during her senior year of high school. The soft skills certification program is sponsored by the Georgia Department of Labor and was created to ensure that future members of Georgia's workforce are prepared to tackle real-world challenges.

Berry received a perfect 30 points in the GeorgiaBEST Soft Skills Assessment. She was one of only nine students at her alma mater, Rockdale Career Academy, to do so.

"Being a part of the GeorgiaBEST program ... (has) allowed me to learn first-hand the skills and characteristics of a hard worker," Berry, a KSU freshman, said in a statement. "This program has taught me how to be a desirable candidate for a job, and I am now prepared to enter the workforce with the confidence and skills necessary to succeed in a wide range of professional settings."