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LIST | Georgia's 20 best high schools

LIST | Georgia's 20 best high schools

(WXIA) -- U.S. News and World Report has unveiled its list of the 20 best high schools in Georgia, and almost all of them are in metro Atlanta.

Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology leads the pack. The Lawrenceville charter school is the No. 1 high school is Georgia and No. 3 in the country, with 100 percent of its students passing their Advanced Placement exams, and all students proficient in math and English.

The school has a 17:1 student-teacher ratio, which is average for Georgia. About 75 percent of its 696 students are minorities.

These schools round out Georgia's Top 20:

2. Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School (Augusta)
Ranked No. 73 nationally

* 100% of students take AP exams; 76% earn passing scores
* 100% of students proficient in math
* 100% of students proficient in English
* 17:1 student-teacher ratio
* 55% minority enrollment

Gwinnett names 3 new principals

Gwinnett names 3 new principals

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- The Gwinnett County Board of Education has appointed new principals at three schools.

Ivy Creek Elementary School
Laura Callahan

Callahan comes to Ivy Creek from Freeman's Mill Elementary, where she was an assistant principal. She holds a bachelor's degree in early childhood education from Brenau University, and a master's degree in administration and policy from the University of Georgia.

She began her teaching career in 1991 as a paraprofessional at Shiloh Elementary. She has also served as a 4th grade teacher and assistant principal at Dacula Elementary.

Callahan replaces Ivy Creek principal Yvonne Frey, who retired.

Lanier Middle School
Todd Hamilton

Hamilton will replace Jaime Espinosa, who got a job in the Office of Student Discipline and Behavioral Interventions. He last served as assistant principal at Meadowcreek High.

Ga. libraries launch college savings sweepstakes

Ga. libraries launch college savings sweepstakes

(WXIA) -- Public libraries across Georgia will participate in this year's Summer Reading Program and college savings sweepstakes.

The initiative, which is hosted by Georgia's Path2College 529 Plan, will award one grand prize and four regional scholarships to five lucky participants. The winners will be chosen at random from five groups.

The grand prize is a college scholarship worth $5,529 and a $1,529 grant for the winner's library. The runners-up will each get $1,529 to put toward a Path2College 529 Plan and $529 for their libraries.

Georgia parents, grandparents and legal guardians can sign up their children at path2college529.com. Entry closes on Aug. 10.

The program provides students with activities throughout the summer and encourages them to read by giving them prizes for finishing books, ebooks, audiobooks and magazines.

Participating library groups include:

Teens represent Ga. in national auto skills competition

Teens represent Ga. in national auto skills competition

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- A pair of recent high school graduates may get parents re-thinking their children's future plans.

Jorge Gonzalez and David Chavez have each won $34,000 scholarships because they know how to repair cars. They're also learning skills for jobs currently in demand.

The pair are representing Georgia in the Ford/AAA Auto Skills Competition taking place in Detroit, Michigan this week.

They took automotive classes at Maxwell High School in Gwinnett County and beat nine other Georgia teams to win the state title and scholarships, plus coveted tools for working on vehicles.

The pair are coached by teacher Max Chavez (not related to David), who says the Detroit competition involves each team trying to diagnose and repair vehicle pre-set with problems.

"They'll (contest organizers) set faults on the car so it would be simulating the customer showing up at a repair shop," said Max Chavez.

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.