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2 East Cobb educators earn Master Teacher certification

2 East Cobb educators earn Master Teacher certification

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- Two East Cobb teachers are among only 24 educators statewide to earn Master Teacher certification in 2014.

A teacher earns the distinction if his or her students show growth in the classroom and perform well on the CRCT. Educators must also exhibit exemplary professional practices to become Master Teachers, according to Gov. Nathan Deal.

"Georgia's Master Teachers devote their careers to cultivating the minds of our future generations," Deal said in a releae. "I am proud of these individuals for the example they are setting and for their dedication to our students and our state as a whole."

Cobb County's two new Master Teachers are Melissa Danner, a 5th grade teacher at Mt. Bethel Elementary School, and Dr. Sunderland "Sunny" Williams, who teaches 6th and 7th grade language arts at Dickerson Middle School.

Ga. Connections Academy graduates Class of 2014

Ga. Connections Academy graduates Class of 2014

(WXIA) -- Georgia Connections Academy recently held a graduation ceremony for its Class of 2014.

Many classmates met for the very first time during the event at the Gwinnett Center.

"We are very proud of our graduates," GCA lead principal Heather Robinson said in a release. Altogether, the Class of 2014 secured $1.33 million in college scholarship offers.

Emily McClure of Columbus is GCA's valedictorian. She will attend Georgia College and State University on the Zell Miller Scholarship in the fall.

Learn more about Georgia Connections Academy, the state's free virtual charter school for students in grades K-12, at georgiaconnectionsacademy.com.

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30 Ga. students appointed to military academies

30 Ga. students appointed to military academies

(ATLANTA BUSINESS CHRONICLE) -- Thirty Georgia high school students nominated by Congress members representing Georgia have been appointed to U.S. military academies.

Each year, members of Congress nominate students to attend the nation's military academies. Nominees who are accepted into the academies are awarded full four-year scholarships that include tuition, books, board, medical and dental care.

The nominees are:

U.S. Air Force Academy
* Casey Blaney, Augusta
* Micah Hayden, Roswell
* Joseph Humphries, Peachtree City
* Zachary Jones, Richmond Hill
* Nathan Katich, Buford
* Harrison Summerour, Dawsonville
* Christana Wagner, Alpharetta

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.

SPSU ranked No. 3 in U.S. for 'Best Online Programs for Veterans'

SPSU ranked No. 3 in U.S. for 'Best Online Programs for Veterans'

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Southern Polytechnic State University's online master's in computer information degree program is ranked No. 3 on a new list released by U.S. News of best online degree programs for military veterans.

Syracuse University took the top spot in the category, followed by Sam Houston State University.

The magazine also ranks bachelor's programs as well as master's programs in business, engineering, nursing and education.

U.S. News says that as America's recent overseas military conflicts wind down, veterans are pursuing higher education in the highest numbers since World War II.

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