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Georgia Connections Academy names first principal

Georgia Connections Academy names first principal

ATLANTA -- Georgia Connections Academy (GACA) has announced that Heather Robinson has been appointed as principal for the new statewide virtual charter school.

GACA is the state's first full-time virtual character school and will serve students in grades K-12 from across Georgia.

The school was recently approved by the Georgia Charter School Commission. Enrollment began on Friday, Apr.

Track star completes record-breaking CTC career

Track star completes record-breaking CTC career

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Chattahoochee Tech track star Andrew Archer officially finished his eligibility as a Golden Eagle at the NJCAA National Indoor Meet at Texas Tech University in early March.

But this doesn't mean that the 22-year-old Bahamas native is done as a collegiate runner or contributor to the CTC program.

Archer posted a school record time of 50.21 in the 400 meter dash at the Texas meet, breaking the mark that he set earlier in the indoor season.

Though he cannot officially compete during the spring outdoor schedule, which began on Thursday, Mar. 24 at Emory University, Archer will travel with the team to several meets as an unattached runner in order to gain more exposure to four-year programs.

He will also maintain his leadership role.

"I'll still train with the team," Archer said.

Paulding County School District named to AP Achievement list

Paulding County School District named to AP Achievement list

PAULDING COUNTY, Ga. -- The Paulding County School District is among 388 public school districts in the nation being honored by the College Board with a place on its Advanced Placement (AP) Achievement List.

This distinction is given to school districts that open AP classroom doors to a significantly larger pool of students while maintaining or improving the percentage of students earning "passing" scores of 3 or higher on national AP exams.

"It is a tremendous honor for the Paulding County School District to be recognized by the College Board for our efforts to engage more students to the rigor of AP courses and exams," said Superintendent Cliff Cole.

Metro Atlanta students named officers of state Beta Club

Metro Atlanta students named officers of state Beta Club

DALLAS, Ga. -- Three students from Metro Atlanta high schools are the new officers of the Georgia Senior Beta Club.

The officers were elected during the Georgia chapter's annual conference at the beginning of March:

* President: Caleb Swiney (North Paulding High, Dallas)
* Vice President: Jared Moto (Chattahoochee High, Johns Creek)
* Secretary: Kristyn Stanback (Northview High, Johns Creek)

"I don't remember what I felt when they called my name," said Swiney, who is active in North Paulding High's Beta Club. "I just remember the club swarmed me.

CTC cheerleaders soar to second place in first-ever meet

CTC cheerleaders soar to second place in first-ever meet

MARIETTA, Ga. -- The Chattahoochee Tech Golden Eagles' club cheerleading squad has flown away with a second place finish in its first competition.

The cheerleaders competed in the Level 6 division at the Spirit Unlimited competition on Saturday, Mar. 12 at the Georgia State University Sports Arena.

Over 35 squads from around the state competed across all six levels.

The CTC cheerleaders put on a two-and-a-half minute routine in front of 1,500 spectators in one of the day's last performances.

"It was really high energy pretty much the whole time," said Audra Tillman, head coach of the Golden Eagles. "Of course, for us, it was our first competition, so we were just really, really excited. So when we went out on the court, I don't think I really remember anything.

Prom charity looking for dress donations

Prom charity looking for dress donations

KENNESAW, Ga. -- With prom season in full swing in Cobb and Paulding, Becca's Closet is in great need of donations.

Becca's Closet is a nationwide organization that provides dresses to disadvantaged young women who are preparing to attend formal events. It was started in memory of 16-year-old Rebecca Kirtman, who passed away in a car accident in 2003; during her sophomore year of high school, Becca collected 250 dresses for Florida girls so they would have something to wear to their proms.

Cobb County's chapter of Becca's Closet is located at 2986 Cherokee Street, Kennesaw, 30144 (off of the I-75 Wade Green Road exit). To make an appointment to look for a dress, email the chapter.

Kell High (Marietta) and Walton High (Marietta) held their proms on Saturday, Mar. 12.