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Henry County Schools to honor STAR Students

Henry County Schools to honor STAR Students

HENRY COUNTY, Ga. -- Henry County Schools has named its STAR Students and Teachers for the 2012-13 school year.

A school's STAR Student is a senior who earns an exceptionally high SAT score and ranks in the top 10 percent of his or her class. Each STAR Student selects an educator who inspires and mentors him or her to be a STAR Teacher.

Henry County's STAR Students and Teachers will be honored at a special breakfast at Eagle's Landing Country Club in Stockbridge on Feb. 28. The systemwide STAR Student will also be named at the event; that person and his or her STAR Teacher will go on to represent Henry County in a regional STAR competition.

This year's STAR Students and Teachers are:

Dutchtown HS
Student: Ammad Ashraf
Teacher: Danielle Boyum, social studies

Eagle's Landing HS
Student: Charles Campbell
Teacher: Julie Harrison, math

Union Grove HS among 2012 AP Merit Schools

Union Grove HS among 2012 AP Merit Schools

MCDONOUGH, Ga. -- Union Grove High School is among the 2012 AP Merit Schools.

The honor is given annually to U.S. high schools where at least 20 percent of students take Advanced Placement exams. Of those tests, at least half must earn a passing score of 3 or higher.

The College Board, which gives AP exams every year, reported Wednesday that Georgia is the 12th state in the nation for the percentage of seniors earning passing scores on AP tests. More than 41 percent of Georgia's seniors took at least one AP exam in 2012, compared to the U.S. average of 32.4 percent.

"Georgia's students continue to outperform most of their peers throughout the country on Advanced Placement exams," State Superintendent of Schools Dr. John Barge said in a statement. "These results show that Georgia's students can compete against any students in the nation."

Holocaust survivor to speak at Henry County MS

Holocaust survivor to speak at Henry County MS

MCDONOUGH, Ga. -- Eighth grade students at Henry County Middle School have been studying various aspects of World War II this year.

First, the children learned all about the Tuskegee Airmen, a group of African-American pilots who fought in the war.

Now, the curriculum has shifted to the Holocaust. To cap off the lesson in one of the most difficult periods in history, Henry County Middle administrators have invited an Auschwitz survivor to speak to students about her experience.

Helen Weingarten will address the school community at 5 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 25. The public is invited to attend; tickets are $10 each, but seating is limited to 250 people, so those who are interested are encouraged to sign up soon.

Attendees will also be treated to a dinner theater production of And Then They Came for Me: Remembering the World of Anne Frank, performed by Roswell's Georgia Ensemble Theatre.

Photography exhibition to highlight students' work

Photography exhibition to highlight students' work

MCDONOUGH, Ga. -- A Henry County art gallery will hold a very special photography exhibition this week.

Unchartered Creativity, LLC will sponsor a display of photographs taken by students in Henry County schools.

The art gallery was created and is owned by John and Melissa Wood, who teach art in the school system. Their goal in establishing their non-profit and gallery is to give students the opportunity to share their talents and get advice on how to succeed in the art world.

The exhibition will be held Tuesday, Feb. 12 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Unchartered Creativity, LLC is located at 1348 McDonough Place in McDonough. Learn more at uncharteredcreativity.com.

Shirley Franklin to speak at Clayton State

Shirley Franklin to speak at Clayton State

MORROW, Ga. -- Former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin will speak at Clayton State University later this month.

Franklin will give her presentation, "Lessons in Leadership: The Power of One," at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 14, and at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 15. Both talks will be held in the Harry S. Downs Center on campus.

Franklin's talks at Clayton State are free and open to the public. Visit claytonstate.com to learn more and reserve a seat.

A former Spelman College faculty member, Franklin served as Atlanta's mayor from 2002 to 2009. She recently accepted a visiting faculty position at the University of Texas.

Chick-fil-A employee honored by Work-Based Learning program

Chick-fil-A employee honored by Work-Based Learning program

MCDONOUGH, Ga. -- A teen cashier at the McDonough Chick-fil-A is January's recognized student in the Henry County Schools' Work-Based Learning initiative.

Kady Spivey is a senior at Union Grove High School. In addition to her work at Chick-fil-A, her many accomplishments include participation in the Future Business Leaders of America and National Tech Honor Society, and selection for Georgia's prestigious Governor's Honors Program.

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2 Flippen ES students honored for writing

2 Flippen ES students honored for writing

MCDONOUGH, Ga. -- Two students at Flippen Elementary School in McDonough were recently honored for their writing during the week-long Henry County Literacy Days celebration.

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Fourth-grader Alexandra Sapp placed second in the county-wide poetry recitation contest.

Heru Kamau, a second-grader, won first prize in the essay competition. He will represent his county and school at the Griffin RESA Literacy Days Celebration in February.