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18 Wheeler HS students make 800 Club

18 Wheeler HS students make 800 Club

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Perfection is rare, but 18 magnet students at Marietta's Wheeler High School recently proved that it is still possible.

The students -- 15 seniors and three juniors -- were inducted into the school's 800 Club. The club is part of Wheeler's Center for Advanced Studies in Science, Math and Technology, and is made up of students who score a perfect 800 on one or more sections of the SAT.

Junior Anirudh Udutha received perfect scores on both the Critical Reading and Math sections of the college entrance exam. This achievement made him the 100th person to join the 800 Club since it was founded with the Class of 2004.

Center for Advanced Studies spokesperson Stacy Regitsky said roughly 10 percent of Wheeler's magnet students make it into the 800 Club.

Wheeler also had a Club 36 for students who earn perfect scores on the ACT. Club 36 currently has 34 members.

The new 800 Club members include:

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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Local Designer Selected for ADAC Exhibit

Local Designer Selected for ADAC Exhibit

Kennesaw resident Linda Castle, ASID, owner of Decorated Designs, has been selected for a new exhibit at the Atlanta Decorative Arts Center. "ADAC: Behind the Windows" is a six-month installation that pairs ADAC showrooms with local interior designers to create displays showcasing their talent.

The exhibit is one of many special events surrounding the opening of ADAC to the public on Oct. 1. The Atlanta Decorative Arts Center is located in Buckhead's Peachtree Hills neighborhood. It is open Monday through Friday.

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

2012 Suzi Award nominees announced

2012 Suzi Award nominees announced

ATLANTA -- The nominees for this year's Suzi Bass Awards were announced Monday.

The Suzi Awards are among the top honors for Atlanta theater productions. This year's Suzi Nomination Party was held at the Aurora Theatre in Lawrenceville, which scored 18 nominations.

Aurora's world premiere production of Clyde 'n Bonnie: A Folktale had 15 nominations -- the most of any play or musical. Second place went to Spring Awakening at Actor's Express with 10 nominations, while two shows tied for a third-place seven nominations -- Atlanta Lyric Theatre's Gypsy and Theatrical Outfit's Red.

Marietta Daily Journal publisher Otis Brumby dies

Marietta Daily Journal publisher Otis Brumby dies

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Otis A. Brumby Jr., who served for 45 years as publisher of the Marietta Daily Journal, has died at age 72.

The newspaper that Brumby led since 1967 reports the longtime publisher died Saturday at his Cobb County home after battling prostate cancer for nearly two years.

Over the decades Brumby became one of Cobb County's most prominent business leaders as he expanded his publishing operation to include 27 free weekly papers throughout the Atlanta suburbs. Though Marietta Daily Journal maintained a local focus, Brumby was known as a champion of government transparency in Georgia.

Former Georgia Gov. Roy Barnes, a longtime friend of Brumby, says "a giant oak has fallen that will be very difficult to replace."

Meet Georgia's Paralympians

Meet Georgia's Paralympians

ATLANTA -- The 2012 London Paralympics begin Wednesday, and several Georgians are hoping to bring home the gold at the Games.

Learn who to root for here:

Richard Browne, 21, Athletics
Browne is a native of Jackson, Miss., and now attends Morehouse College in Atlanta. He suffered a below-the-knee amputation after an accident in 2009, but quickly bounced back to become a Paralympian. Browne will compete in the 100m, 4x100m and high jump. He won silver in the high jump and bronze in the 100m at the 2012 Paralympic Trials.