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Ga. Cyber Academy graduates first class

Ga. Cyber Academy graduates first class

(WXIA) -- The Class of 2014 is the very first class to graduate from Georgia Cyber Academy, the state's free online public school.

The school will hold a graduation ceremony at noon on Saturday, May 31 at the Gwinnett Center. More than 300 graduating seniors are scheduled to walk across the stage.

"We're so proud of each of our graduates, all of whom have taken the individualized learning that comes with GCA's online curriculum and worked with GCA's world-class teachers to adapt it to best serve and support their own academic successes," GCA head of school Matt Arkin said in a release.

Members of GCA's Class of 2014 were accepted to some of the country's top colleges and universities, including Cornell University, Georgia Tech, the University of Alabama and the University of Georgia.

Students encouraged to read this summer

Students encouraged to read this summer

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Education has created a 2014 Summer Reading Challenge for students in all grades.

The program was announced Thursday at Timber Ridge Elementary School in Cobb County. Its goal is to close the achievement gap that widens during the summer months, when children often don't read.

"No student should have to start the school year having fallen behind," State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge said. "That's what we know, and that's what we're committed to preventing, because that loss is preventable."

The challenge encourages students to read for at least 15 to 30 minutes every day. The GDOE outlined suggested summer goals for children based on their school years:

* K-2: 10 books
* 3-5: 8 chapter books
* 6-12: 5 fiction books and 5 nonfiction books

Ga. Teacher of the Year to be announced Friday

Ga. Teacher of the Year to be announced Friday

(WXIA) -- The 2015 Georgia Teacher of the Year will be announced Friday during a special luncheon.

Georgia State Superintendent Dr. John Barge will reveal the winner at around 2:45 p.m. at the Georgia International Convention Center in College Park.

The 10 finalists include:

Nick C. Crowder
Forsyth County Schools
Teaches engineering education at South Forsyth HS

Rhonda Lokey
Cobb County School District
Teaches 6th grade social studies at Campbell MS

Amanda Miliner
Houston County Schools
Teaches 4th grade at Miller ES

Paul D. Mixon
Heard County School District
Teaches journalism and economics at Heard County HS

Michelle Peace
Early County School District
Teaches Spanish at Early County HS

Fulton County high school graduations

Fulton County high school graduations

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Fulton County Schools has announced the graduation dates and locations of all the county's public high schools.

Alpharetta HS
Friday, May 23 at 7 p.m.
Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park

Banneker HS
Saturday, May 17 at 9 a.m.
Bannker HS Stadium

Cambridge HS
Friday, May 23 at 7:30 p.m.
Cambridge HS Stadium

Centennial HS
Friday, May 23 at 7:30 p.m.
Mount Pisgah United Methodist Church

Chattahoochee HS
Saturday, May 24 at 10 a.m.
Mount Pisgah United Methodist Church

Creekside HS
Saturday, May 24 at 1 p.m.
Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre

Independence HS
Thursday, May 22 at 1 p.m.
Milton Center Auditorium

Johns Creek HS
Friday, May 23 at 7 p.m.
North Point Community Church

Race this weekend: TriCities Run

Race this weekend: TriCities Run

COLLEGE PARK, Ga. -- This year's TriCities Run benefiting The Main Street Academy will be held Saturday, May 3.

Packet pickup and race day registration ($30) will begin at 6 a.m. near College Park City Hall.

The race has 5K and 10K options. Both runs will start at 8 a.m. and wind through three south Fulton County cities -- College Park, East Point and Hapeville.

All runners will receive T-shirts. Prizes will be given to the first male and female finishers and the top three male and female finishers in each age group.

Learn more and sign up for the race at rungeorgia.com.

Runners are asked to either take MARTA to the event or park at the College Park Public Safety Complex, which is located at 3717 College Street.

Fulton County seeking Youth Commission applicants

Fulton County seeking Youth Commission applicants

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- The Fulton County Office of Children and Youth wants young people interested in serving as leaders in their community.

Recruitment for the Fulton County Youth Commission is underway. Applications will be accepted from youth between 9th and 11th grades in Fulton County schools. The deadline for submission is Friday, May 23.

The Fulton County Youth Commission is a leadership program designed to mentor future leaders. Youth Commissioners address the many issues presently facing youth through the influences of government mandates, policies and legislation. Students become familiar with how local government resolves youth issues, and make suggestions for the best solutions, but most importantly, help facilitate change.

For consideration, a student must meet the following requirements:

10 Fulton high schools among America's Most Challenging

10 Fulton high schools among America's Most Challenging

(WXIA) -- The Washington Post has unveiled its 2014 list of America's Most Challenging High Schools.

The newspaper determines the annual rankings through a ratio: the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Advanced International Certificate of Education tests a school gives each year, divided by the number of graduating seniors.

Ten Fulton County schools made the list, which features more than 2,000 high schools across the country. The listed numbers are each school's national ranking.

215. Alpharetta HS
232. Riverwood International Charter School
244. Northview HS
263. Milton HS
265. Chattahoochee HS
380. Roswell HS
474. Johns Creek HS
637. North Springs Charter HS
692. Centennial HS
1801. Tri-Cities HS

See the full list at washingtonpost.com.