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First days of school in metro Atlanta

First days of school in metro Atlanta

ROME, Ga. -- It's only mid-July, but many metro Atlanta students are preparing to head back to school.

Monday, July 15 is the first day of the 2013-14 school year for children at three Atlanta schools -- Boyd, Centennial Place and Hutchinson elementary schools -- and the Elite Scholars Academy in Clayton County.

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In Floyd County, the first day of school is Monday, Aug. 5.

Other school start dates throughout north Georgia include:

Thursday, Aug. 1
Decatur City
Paulding County

Friday, Aug. 2
Newton County

Monday, Aug. 5
Cherokee County
Henry County
Rockdale County

Tuesday, Aug. 6
Coweta County

Georgia shows improvement on 2013 CRCT

Georgia shows improvement on 2013 CRCT

ATLANTA -- Georgia's results for the 2013 CRCT reveal an improvement over the 2012 results.

The scores, which were released Tuesday morning, show 18 increases, five decreases and seven tests where the passing rates did not change.

"Our results this year on the CRCT show consistent progress and we continue to see many students scoring in the exceeds category," State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge said in a statement. "This is a testament to the great work our teachers are doing to take students to higher levels of learning."

In Floyd County, the percentages of students who met or exceeded standards on the 2013 CRCT include:

Reading: 93.89
Math: 84.14
Science: 83.84
Social Studies: 84.67

See the full results at 11Alive.com/CRCT.

50 Ga. students earn Horatio Alger Scholarship

50 Ga. students earn Horatio Alger Scholarship

ATLANTA -- Fifty recent high school graduates have received this year's Horatio Alger Georgia Scholarship.

The $5,000 award is given annually to students who overcome personal obstacles to demonstrate academic strength, dedication to community service and outstanding personal character.

"It is a privilege to play a part in these young people's college education," Horatio Alger Association president and CEO Tony Novelly said in a statement. "They have already shown perseverence and courage in the face of adversity, and with opportunities made available through higher education and our free-enterprise system, there is no limit to the things they may achieve."

The Horatio Alger Association have provided nearly $2 million in scholarships to Georgia high school seniors since 1987.

This year's scholarship recipients from Georgia include:

* Megan L. Bauer
Ridgeland HS, Rossville

* Keith A. Berry
Hebron Christian Academy, Dacula

Graduation rates in Floyd County

Graduation rates in Floyd County

ROME, Ga. -- Georgia's public high school graduation rate rose slightly to 69.7 percent in 2012, compared to 67.4 percent in 2011, according to data released Tuesday.

The rate of Georgia seniors receiving diplomas has risen by 11 percentage points since 2009, the first year the Georgia Department of Education began tracking graduation data with a new formula.

"I am very pleased that our graduation rate continues to increase, no matter how it is calculated," state superintendent Dr. John Barge said in a statement. "While our graduation rate is still far too low and we have much progress to be made, we are moving in the right direction."

In Floyd County, the graduation rate was 75.68 percent -- well above the state average.

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The rates for individual public high schools include:

Berry student places in ethics essay contest

Berry student places in ethics essay contest

ROME, Ga. -- A Berry College student placed third in this year's Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics Contest.

Senior Alyssa Hollingsworth received $1,500 for her essay, "Naan in the Afghan Village." She will also get an opportunity to meet the prize's namesake, Holocaust survivor and Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel.

Hollingsworth lives in Hampton, Va., and is majoring in English with a concentration in creative writing. Her winning story is about a trip she took to Afghanistan in 2011. She traveled to the Middle Eastern country to visit her sister, who works for an organization that specializes in health classes and community development for Afghan women.

"I was so honored to receive this award," Hollingsworth said in a statement, adding that Berry visiting assistant professor Abigail Greenbaum proved invaluable in helping her craft the story.

The Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics challenges college students to write stories and essays on timely ethical issues.

School is (almost!) out in Floyd County

School is (almost!) out in Floyd County

ROME, Ga. -- The last day of school is fast approaching in metro Atlanta, with some districts dismissing as early as this week.

For Floyd County Schools, the last day is Friday, May 24.

Other last days of school in the Atlanta area include:

Thursday, May 16
Barrow County

Friday, May 17
Clarke County

Wednesday, May 22
Atlanta Public Schools (traditional)
Cherokee County
Gwinnett County

Thursday, May 23
Clayton County
Cobb County
Decatur City
DeKalb County
Fulton County
Rockdale County

Friday, May 24
Bartow County
Buford City
Carroll County
Coweta County
Fayette County
Forsyth County
Griffin-Spalding County
Marietta City
Newton County
Paulding County

Berry professor receives Fulbright Research Award

Berry professor receives Fulbright Research Award

ROME, Ga. -- An associate professor of geology at Berry College has received the prestigious Fulbright Research Award to study in Africa.

Tamie Jovanelly will spend a year in Uganda, working on her research in field-based forest hydrology. She will use the Fulbright and a grant from the National Geographic Society Conservation Trust to collect and study baseline water in four forest reserves for Lake Victoria.

Jovanelly will work in Africa with Acworth resident and Berry senior Hanna Jackson, who won an International Programs Summer Research Grant from the college. Jackson will also use her time in Uganda to host water preservation workshops for locals.

Lake Victoria is the world's second-largest freshwater body of water and the chief reservoir of the Nile River.