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2013 Shuler Hensley Awards nominees announced

2013 Shuler Hensley Awards nominees announced

ATLANTA -- Some of the most talented young performers in Georgia have been recognized with nominations for the 2013 Shuler Hensley Awards.

The awards program honors the best high school musical theater productions in the state.

It is named for Cobb County native Shuler Hensley, a seasoned Broadway performer who has won a number of prestigious awards, including a Tony.

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This year's Shuler Hensley Awards nominees were announced Tuesday. The awards ceremony will be held Apr. 18 at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.

The nominees include:

Best Overall Production

* Avenue Q
Atlanta International School, Buckhead

* Les Misérables
Buford High School

Korean Vice Minister for Education to visit local schools

Korean Vice Minister for Education to visit local schools

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Several Fulton County schools will host a visit from 12 Korean master teachers for a teaching exchange program. 

The program, according to a spokeswoman from FCS, is sponsored by the Georgia Department of Education and the Korean Ministry of Education Science and Technology. 

The program lasts for eight weeks, and helps Korean teachers to improve their English and class management skills. The Korean teachers will instruct along with Fulton County teachers, who will mentor and give feedback to the visitors. 

Ha Tae-Yun, Korean Vice Minister of Education will be in Atlanta on March 25 - 26 to meet with Georgia school teachers. 

Mont. educator admits to plagiarizing Fulton superintendent

Mont. educator admits to plagiarizing Fulton superintendent

FLORENCE, Mont. -- A western Montana school board is considering holding a special meeting to discuss the future of the superintendent following an act of plagiarism.

Florence-Carlton School District Board of Trustees chairwoman Pat Appleby says a decision will likely be made at their regular meeting Tuesday.

Superintendent John McGee apologized earlier this year for copying the work of Fulton County School System Superintendent Robert Avossa after an anonymous blogger posted a link to the Georgia official's writing. The column had to do with school safety following the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Connecticut.

The blogger has since posted four other examples the newspaper reports appear to show additional instances of plagiarism by McGee.

An online petition has been started calling for McGee to be fired.

Schools to spotlight nutrition during National School Breakfast Week

Schools to spotlight nutrition during National School Breakfast Week

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Fulton County Schools will recognize National Breakfast Week, which will be held Mar. 4-8 this year.

The school system has planned a Be a Star with School Breakfast-themed week of events, including contests and promotions designed to emphasize that eating a healthy breakfast can help children shine like their favorite actors and athletes.

Although National School Breakfast Week is only five days long, Fulton County Schools endorses eating a healthy breakfast year-round, according to Alyssia Wright, executive director of the district's school nutrition department.

"Students have the choice of a hot or cold nutritious breakfast entree paired with a choice of fresh fruit or 100% fruit juice and a choice of skim or low-fat milks," Wright said. "Every school breakfast served meets federal nutrition standards limiting fat and portion size."

9 Fulton schools among 2012 AP Merit Schools

9 Fulton schools among 2012 AP Merit Schools

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Nine Fulton County high schools are among the 2012 AP Merit Schools.

The honor is given annually to U.S. high schools where at least 20 percent of students take Advanced Placement exams. Of those tests, at least half must earn a passing score of 3 or higher.

Fulton's AP Merit Schools are Alpharetta, Centennial, Chattahoochee, Johns Creek, Milton, North Springs, Northview, Riverwood and Roswell.

The College Board, which gives AP exams every year, reported Wednesday that Georgia is the 12th state in the nation for the percentage of seniors earning passing scores on AP tests. More than 41 percent of Georgia's seniors took at least one AP exam in 2012, compared to the U.S. average of 32.4 percent.

Hopewell MS student wins Fulton spelling bee

Hopewell MS student wins Fulton spelling bee

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Alina Baiju, a student at Hopewell Middle School in Milton, is this year's winner of the Fulton County Schools spelling bee.

Baiju correctly spelled "belligerent" to win the crown, besting nearly 70 competitors from across the school district. She will now go on to compete in the regional bee on Feb. 23.

Sean O'Neal, who attends Findley Oaks Elementary School in Johns Creek, is the runner-up.

Other top finishers include:

3rd place: Yumin Shivdasani
Wilson Creek Elementary School, Johns Creek

4th place: Emmanuelle LaMarche
Hillside Elementary School, Roswell

5th place: Ananya Ghose
Taylor Road Middle School, Johns Creek

6th place: Marianne LaMarche
Holcomb Bridge Middle School, Alpharetta

7th place: Rylan Monahan
Elkins Pointe Middle School, Roswell

18 Ga. schools to compete in regional science bowl

18 Ga. schools to compete in regional science bowl

SAVANNAH, Ga. -- Twenty Southeast schools will compete later this month for a chance to attend the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science's National Science Bowl.

The regional bowl will be held Saturday, Feb. 23 at Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah.

Eighteen schools from Georgia and two from Florida will battle for a paid trip to Washington, D.C., for the national bowl in late April.

Teams from Maclay High School in Tallahassee, Fla., Eastside High School in Gainesville, Fla., and these Georgia schools, many of which are in metro Atlanta, will compete in the regional event: