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Woodstock High School’s Navy Junior ROTC Cadet Commanding Officer and Cadet Executive Officer both have received full four-year scholarships. Cadet Lieutenant Commander Liam Welch recently received the Frederick C. Branch scholarship to Savannah State University worth $54,000. He plans to study engineering and will commission as a Marine 2nd Lieutenant upon graduation. Cadet Lieutenant Craig Yaeger has received a Navy ROTC scholarship to Auburn University worth $134,000. He plans to study industrial engineering and will commission as an Ensign in the United States Navy upon graduation. Craig also received an additional $60,000 per year from an academic scholarship from Auburn and plans to become a Naval Aviator.
Cherokee County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower is launching a new campaign to raise awareness of the successes achieved by CCSD students in the classroom, on the field, in service... in life! Here's a video that kicks off the campaign. ‪#‎CCSDMVPs‬
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The Canton and Woodstock Lions Clubs recently honored Cherokee County School District students and teachers at their annual STAR Student and STAR Teacher Recognition Ceremony.
The STAR Student honor is awarded to the student from each Cherokee County public and private high school with the highest SAT score, and the student in the county with the highest overall score is named the Cherokee County STAR (Student Teacher Achievement Recognition) Student. Each honored student is invited to select his or her favorite teacher to be named the school’s STAR Teacher. The Cherokee County STAR Student and Teacher then are eligible to compete at the Regional level in the statewide program coordinated by the Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE) Foundation.
The Cherokee County STAR Student and Teacher are Sam Mixon of Woodstock High School and teacher Rhonda Cowart.
The other CCSD school winners are:
Cherokee High School: STAR Student Tori Caudill and STAR Teacher Justin Jones;
Creekview High School: STAR Student Riley Jenkins and STAR Teacher Michael Sinco;
Etowah High School: STAR Student Emma Vivlamore and STAR Teacher Mary Shell;
River Ridge High School: STAR Student Christina Hollander and STAR Teacher Daniel Gray; and,
Sequoyah High School: STAR Student Eric Byrd and STAR Teacher Angela Chambers.
Congratulations! The Cherokee County School District has selected its 2013-14 Young Georgia Authors Fair winners in Grades 3-12. These winning writing entries will now be included in the State Young Georgia Authors Fair held in the spring and judged by the Georgia Council of Teachers of English. Announcement of winners in the State completion is expected in the early summer.
Grade 3, Arnold Mill Elementary School, Caleb Cort, "Jack McDonald: Minuteman and Patriot"
 Grade 4, Hasty Elementary School Fine Arts Academy, Kaylee I. Lankford, Toby: The Guide
 Grade 5, Hickory Flat Elementary School, Brisia Castro, "Mom"
 Grade 6, Indian Knoll Elementary School, Alex McCraney, "Ghost"
 Grade 7, E.T. Booth Middle School, Hayden Sagaas,
The Day After Forever"
 Grade 8, Dean Rusk Middle School, Brooke Fairchild, "Plugged In"
 Grade 9, ACE Academy, Cheyenne Knoll, "The Highlight of Your Life"
 Grade 10, Etowah High School, Rebecca Noel Scheving, "The Story of Your Life"
 Grade 11, Sequoyah High School, Taylor Beasley, "Worth"
 Grade 12, Creekview High School , Tyler Harris, "Inspiration"
Woodstock High School senior Madison Tank is the Georgia winner of the 2013-2014 Voice of Democracy speech and essay scholarship contest and placed fourth in the national contest. The annual competition is conducted by the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW). Madison represented VFW Post 5262 in Canton and won the $7,000 Leroy Moorehead Memorial Scholarship Award, a national prize provided by former Heavyweight Boxing Champion George Foreman in memory of his father. She received the award on March 3 in a ceremony in Washington, D.C.
Approximately 50,000 high school students from across the nation entered the contest. Each contestant was required to record a speech between three and five minutes about this year’s theme, “Why I’m Optimistic About Our Nation’s Future.” Madison also received over $1,500 in scholarships for her success at the VFW Post, District and State levels.
PHOTO: Madison Tank is the Georgia State winner and placed fourth at the National level of the 2013-2014 Voice of Democracy speech and essay scholarship contest conducted by the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW). VFW National Commander-in-Chief William Thien, left, and Ladies Auxiliary of the VFW National President Sissy Borel, right, present her with a $7,000 scholarship for placing at the National event.
Cherokee High School Principal Debra Murdock has been recognized by the State House of Representatives and State Senate in honor of her recent selection as Georgia High School Principal of the Year. A House Resolution and a Senate Resolution were issued in her honor: and
From left to right: State Reps. Scot Turner and Michael Caldwell; Mike McGowan and Dr. Brian Hightower representing the Cherokee County School District; Rep. Mandi Ballinger; Cherokee High School Principal Debra Murdock; and House Speaker David Ralston.
Cherokee County School District is a high performing public school system in Metropolitan Atlanta. CCSD has 42 schools, 4,450 employees and more than 39,000 students.
We, the School Board of Cherokee County, Georgia, commit ourselves to a philosophy of respect and high expectations for all students, parents, teachers and other staff. Our mission is to enable all students to become contributing citizens who can communicate effectively, gather and use information, make responsible decisions, utilize technology effectively and adapt to the challenges of the future. This mission will be accomplished
by providing a variety of learning opportunities and experiences for students, both in school and in the community.
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