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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:

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.

16 Gwinnett grads earn Foundation Fund scholarships

16 Gwinnett grads earn Foundation Fund scholarships

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- Every year, the Gwinnett County Public Schools Foundation Fund awards scholarships to exemplary high school seniors.

Sixteen members of Gwinnett's Class of 2014 took home nine scholarships, including:

Alton C. Crews Teaching Scholarship
* Corey Crain Gray Jr., Central Gwinnett HS
* Jonathan Peraza, Meadowcreek HS
* Peter Mark Schlueter, Mountain View HS
This $1,500 scholarship is awarded to students pursuing careers in education. It is funded in memory of former superintendent Dr. Alton Crews, who headed up GCPS from 1977 to1989.

GCPS Foundation STEM Scholarship
* Mark P. Lougee, Peachtree Ridge HS
* Lindsey Thrift, Brookwood HS
This $1,000 scholarship is given to students who plan to study STEM subjects in college. To earn it, a graduate must excel in the classroom and perform community service.

Raise Your Voice: Driving past stopped school buses

Raise Your Voice: Driving past stopped school buses

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- Day after day, the Reese family has no problem proving that drivers ignore the stop signs on school buses. They've watched teachers and even a bus driver blow right past a stopped bus.

Although their 7-year-old son Aaron doesn't have to cross into traffic to get from the bus to his home, his parents still believe he's in danger.

"When they see the bus, they speed up trying to go around it, and one of these days they're going to realize they're not going to be able to do it, and they're going to hit their brakes and go sliding right into him," Amy Reese said.

The Reeses are also worried a speeding driver could hit the bus and injure the children on board.

11Alive News took their concerns to Gwinnett County Police. Cpl. Jake Smith admits that what the drivers are doing is illegal.

Nearly 11,000 seniors to graduate in Gwinnett

Nearly 11,000 seniors to graduate in Gwinnett

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- After more than a decade of hard work, 10,854 high school seniors will receive diplomas from Gwinnett County Public Schools this week.

These exemplary students earned more than $148 million in college scholarship money; in fact, 84 percent of them plan to attend college or trade school. More than 2,500 graduated with overall GPAs of 90 or higher, and just over 5,000 took Advanced Placement courses during their four years in high school.

Gwinnett County can boast 15 Gates Millennium Scholars and 14 who received military appointments, including:

U.S. Air Force Academy
* Nestor Mauricio Reyes, Berkmar HS

U.S. Coast Guard Academy
* Taylor Anthony Aguirre, Collins Hill HS