Best in Class for Feb. 1

Five Chamblee Charter High School orchestra students passed their final audition and are now members of the Georgia All State Orchestra. The students are: Aomemg Cui, Erin Pitts, Hannah Shute, Malhar Kute and Joseph Fan. They will perform in Savannah in March. Ben Campbell and Conner Hart were selected for the statewide Honor Orchestra.


Locust Grove High School has been recognized by Gov. Nathan Deal and the Governor’s Office of Workforce Development for being the goal setting high school in the Go Build Georgia High School Team project. The GOWD has the goal of getting 50 percent of the state’s high schools to commit to the project by the end of this school year. So far there are 168 schools in the program, which is comprised of education leaders and business leaders in the high-growth job sectors of manufacturing, industrial construction, energy, telecommunications and transportation. The goal is to promote career paths in the skilled trades.


Twelve Cobb County elementary school students have been selected as this year’s winners of the eighth Annual Allatoona Ally Artist Challenge, sponsored by the Cobb County-Marietta Water Authority and Cobb County Water System. More than 1,100 entries came from 26 schools. The fourth and fifth-graders were asked to draw Ally, Lake Allatoona’s mascot, conserving water in her home and community. The winners are: Evelyn Armstrong, Mountain View Elementary; Landon Brown, Hayes Elementary; Lanayah Davis, Still Elementary; Kristy Duncan, Bullard Elementary; Haven Freeman, Varner Elementary; Lana Huynh, Ford Elementary; Elise Johnson, Green Acres Elementary; Kaytlyn Jones, Birney Elementary; David Qu, Mt. Bethel Elementary; Cassandra Waldron, Mountain View Elementary; Hao Song Wang, Timber Ridge Elementary and Avery Watson, Kemp Elementary. Cassandra Waldron was the overall contest winner. Her drawing will be showcased on the cover of a coloring book that will showcase the winners’ work.

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