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2015 Shuler Hensley Awards nominees announced

2015 Shuler Hensley Awards nominees announced

ATLANTA -- Twenty-four productions have been nominated for the 2015 Georgia High School Musical Theater Awards, otherwise known as the Shuler Hensley Awards.

The program is named for Tony Award-winning actor Shuler Hensley, a Cobb County native. This year's winners will be announced Thursday, Apr. 23 during an awards ceremony at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.

Winning a Shuler Hensley Award can reap major benefits for a budding performer. Just ask Jai'Len Josey, who won Best Actress in 2014 for her portrayal of Effie White in Tri-Cities High School's production of Dreamgirls.

Ga. Connections Academy enrollment opens Mar. 3

Ga. Connections Academy enrollment opens Mar. 3

(WXIA) -- Georgia Connections Academy, a free statewide virtual K-12 school, will begin accepting applications for the 2015-16 school year next month.

Enrollment opens Mar. 3. The school can support 4,000 students; spaces are limited and families are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

A free parent information session will be held Tuesday, Mar. 10 at 6 p.m. at the Hampton Inn Atlanta-Perimeter Center, which is located at 769 Hammond Drive in Sandy Springs. Teachers and currently enrolled families will answer questions and go over the school's curriculum at the session.

For more information about Georgia Connections Academy, visit connectionsacademy.com.

Ga. Department of Education names Student Advisory Council members

Ga. Department of Education names Student Advisory Council members

(WXIA) -- State School Superintendent Richard Woods has named the 64 young Georgians who make up his 2015 Student Advisory Council.

The council is composed of middle and high school students who meet periodically throughout the school year to discuss the impact of state politics in the classroom.

More than 1,000 students statewide applied to join the council. The members were chosen on a series of essays that focused on public education.

"It is essential, as we work to develop child-focused, classroom-centered policies, to hear directly from students," Woods said. "These students feel the impact of our decisions every day and, if we're going to improve their educational experience, we have to bring them to the table."

The Student Advisory Council will meet Feb. 27, Mar. 11 and Apr. 28 at the Georgia Department of Education office in Atlanta.

Several members are from metro Atlanta, including:

AP exam participation: Rockdale County

AP exam participation: Rockdale County

(WXIA) -- More Georgia high school students are taking -- and passing -- Advanced Placement exams.

Last school year, 89,806 Georgia students took 154,176 AP exams. That's an 8 percent increase in the number of participants and almost a 9 percent increase in the number of tests.

AP exams are graded on a scale of 1 to 5. Passing scores of 3, 4 or 5 often allow the test-takers to earn college credit.

Georgia's seniors earned 86,075 passing scores on their AP exams in 2014, a 9.6 percent increase over 2013.

English Language and Composition was the state's most popular AP exam, followed by U.S. History and World History.

In Rockdale County, 717 students took 1,181 AP exams in 2014, and 520 of those exams earned passing scores.

Here are the AP exam breakdowns for each Rockdale County public high school:

Heritage HS
160 students took 264 exams
105 passing scores

2014 SAT scores: Rockdale County

2014 SAT scores: Rockdale County

(WXIA) -- Georgia's 2014 SAT scores were released Tuesday morning.

About 77 percent of the state's high school seniors took the test in 2014. Mean scores include:

State of Georgia
Critical Reading: 488
Math: 485
Writing: 472

In Rockdale County, 721 students took the SAT in 2014. Mean scores include:

Rockdale County
Critical Reading: 455
Math: 444
Writing: 432

Here are the SAT breakdowns for each Rockdale County public high school:

Heritage HS
211 test-takers
Critical Reading: 451
Math: 444
Writing: 435

Rockdale County HS
302 test-takers
Critical Reading: 462
Math: 457
Writing: 439

Salem HS
204 test-takers
Critical Reading: 449
Math: 426
Writing: 418

Rockdale County seeks applicants for Ga. Civic Awareness Program for Students

Rockdale County seeks applicants for Ga. Civic Awareness Program for Students

CONYERS, Ga. – For the third consecutive year, Rockdale County will provide civic education to youth going to school in the County through the Georgia Civic Awareness Program for Students (GCAPS).

Developed by the Association County Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG), the program spotlights the ongoing need for increased civic awareness and engagement among Georgia’s youth. The program gives high school students direct access by educating them about the responsibilities of local government and the essential services it provides citizens. The County funds the program through an ACCG grant.

“We are excited to bring County government closer to another group of Rockdale youth,” Rockdale County GCAPS Program Manager Brittany Johnson said. “This course offers our high school students a vital opportunity to experience government beyond the classroom and showcases the importance of local officials and citizens working together.”

PROBE College Fair coming to DeKalb

PROBE College Fair coming to DeKalb

LITHONIA, Ga. -- The popular PROBE College Fair will stop in Lithonia next week, giving high school students an opportunity to speak directly to representatives from their favorite colleges and universities.

The fair will be Monday, Sept. 22 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Mall at Stonecrest. Students from Rockdale and south DeKalb counties are invited to attend.

A number of schools in several states, including Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Ohio, Tennessee and the Carolinas, will be represented. See a complete list of participating colleges.

Learn more and register to attend the fair at gaprobe.org.