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Early Bird Specials Available for SoCon11

Early Bird Specials Available for SoCon11

KENNESAW, GA -- SoCon, the South's premiere social media networking event, sold out weeks in advance last year and had a waiting list with more than 100 names.

This year, register while it's still early (and cheap).

Celebrating five years in 2011, the two-day SoCon11 event will be on Feb.

Kennesaw State Opens Veterans Resource Center

KENNESAW, GA -- Kennesaw State University announced the opening of a Veterans Resource Center just in time for Veterans Day on Thursday, Nov. 11.

KSU's Veterans Resource Center is a one-stop shop for veterans who wish to start or continue their college education. Part of Student Success Services, the center counsels veterans with processing applications for Veterans Affairs educational benefits and assists them with enrollment.

"It gives me great pleasure and fills me with a deep sense of pride to dedicate the Veterans Resource Center to the women and men of the United States military who have served our country in times of war and peace," said Jerome Ratchford, KSU's vice president for student success. "Without their sacrifice, this great nation would not long have survived.

North Cobb High Community Pledges to X the TXT

KENNESAW, GA -- Texting is one of the most dangerous distractions facing drivers today, particularly among teenagers -- and car crashes are the number one killer of teens.

On Monday, Nov. 8, students, faculty and staff at North Cobb High School in Kennesaw joined more than 80,000 Americans who have pledged not to text and drive through Allstate's X the TXT campaign.

International Soccer Match to be Played at Kennesaw State

KENNESAW, GA -- On Thursday, Oct. 21, the Atlanta Beat of Women's Professional Soccer joined the Guatemalan General Consul and vice-president of the Guyana Association of Georgia at a press conference, which announced that the opening match of the El Patron International Soccer Series will take place at the Kennesaw State University Soccer Stadium.

The match marks the first men's international friendly held at the brand new, 8,300-seat soccer-specific stadium, which functions primarily as home to the Atlanta Beat and the KSU Owls NCAA-Division I women's soccer program.

"As we announce the first high-level men's soccer game at KSU Soccer Stadium featuring senior national teams from Guatemala and Guyana, we welcome the first of many exciting match-ups in the El Patron International Soccer Series," said Scott Spencer, director of special events for the Atlanta Beat.

Harrison High School Band Makes History

KENNESAW, GA -- The Harrison High School Marching Band made history on Saturday, Oct. 16 by winning back-to-back Grand Championships and Class AAA Championships at the Western Carolina University Tournament of Champions.

In the 10-year history of the Cullowhee, North Carolina tournament, no other organization has ever won both the class division and the Grand Championship two years in a row -- until now.

With music from Leoncavallo, Hindemith, Shostacovich and Sousa, Harrison's "Vesti La Giubba" band program continues to prove its excellence and dedication.

Harrison will now travel to Indianapolis in early November to compete in the Bands of America Regional Championship, where they hope to continue their winning streak.

Kennesaw State Student Wins Top Chick-fil-A Scholarship

KENNESAW, GA -- Kennesaw resident and Kennesaw State University student Holly Thomas has been selected from more than 1,400 candidates nationwide to receive one of only 25 S. Truett Cathy Scholar Awards, a scholarship named for Chick-fil-A's founder.

Andy Duncan, franchised operator of the stand-alone Chick-fil-A restaurant in Acworth (3295 Cobb Parkway NW), presented Thomas with her award on Wednesday, Oct. 13.

"Holly is an important asset to our restaurant and our community," said Duncan. "Her leadership skills and exemplary customer service create a positive experience for our customers and an inspiring example for our team members. We're thrilled her excellence has been recognized with this scholarship."

First awarded in 1997, the S. Truett Cathy Scholar Award singles out 25 recipients from among Chick-fil-A restaurant team members awarded the Chick-fil-A Leadership Scholarship the previous year.

Kennesaw Teen Named Semifinalist for SportsKid of The Year

KENNESAW, GA -- She's a stellar athlete, a good student and a volunteer for several local organizations. Now, Kendell Williams also has the chance to be a cover girl.

Williams, 15, of Kennesaw is one of 10 semifinalists to become the 2010 Sports Illustrated Kids' SportsKid of The Year. She now competes to become one of three finalists for the title.

The SportsKid of The Year will be featured on the December cover of SI Kids, honored at SI's annual Sportsman of the Year award celebration in New York City and appear on Cartoon Network's first-ever Hall of Game awards show in early 2011.

According to her biography on the SI Kids website, Williams is a record-setting track & field star at Kell High School in Marietta.