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Fun Facts: 4th of July by the Numbers

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On this day in 1776, the Declaration of Independence was approved by the Continental Congress, setting the 13 colonies on the road to freedom as a sovereign nation. As always, this most American of holidays will be marked by parades, fireworks and backyard barbecues across the country.

2.5 million – In July 1776, the estimated number of people living in the newly independent nation.

Source: Historical Statistics of the United States: Colonial Times to 1970

311.7 million – The nation’s estimated population on this July Fourth.

Source: US Census Population

 

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Five Cobb High School Students selected for Regional Leadership Program

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Congratulations to Cobb County students selected to be part of the 2015-2016 Model Atlanta Regional Commission (MARC) program!

  1. Hyunjin Kim, George Walton Comprehensive High School
  2. Courtney Wadley, North Cobb High School
  3. Samuel Smith,  North Cobb High School
  4. Laura Zhang, Wheeler High School
  5. Carys Thompson, Wheeler Magnet School.

The Model Atlanta Regional Commission is a youth leadership program created for high school students interested in learning more about regional topics. More than 50 students from 10 different counties in the region come together for a 6 month period. During this time they learn about realistic challenges, and are then charged with articulating goals and developing resolutions. This is a great opportunity for teens to grow in leadership and civic engagement.

 

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Driver Education courses offered at Safe America throughout summer

Teens are encouraged to attend the Driver Education program at Safe America in East Cobb this summer. Licensed by the State of Georgia Department of Driver Services, the course includes 30 hours of classroom training, including the State required Alcohol and Drug Awareness (ADAP) training plus either 6 or 10 hours of private individual behind-the-wheel training with a licensed driver training instructor (individually scheduled in 2-hour increments within 6 months of classroom training completion).

Course runs for one week, 9am-3:30pm daily. Cost is $474/30 hours classroom + 6 hours behind wheel; $574/30 hours classroom + 10 hours behind wheel; $150/30 hours classroom only.
Offered by Safe America Foundation, 2000 First Drive, Suite 310, Marietta. More info/to register: 770-973-7233 or www.safeamericadrivers.org.

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Pope High School senior receives tribute award

On Saturday, June 12th, Megan Wahn, a rising senior at Pope High School (and EAST COBBER summer intern!), received the “Tribute Award” from the Grady Journalism Summer Academy. A student of the Academy’s editorial program, Wahn was nominated by her professor, Cecil Bentley, to be awarded due to her dedication in the classroom and her article, How Real is Reality Television?. “Ms. Wahn’s article was as close to perfection as it could get,” said Professor Bentley.
The Tribute award is awarded to students by their professors and functions as a recognition of the Academy’s most exemplary students. Historically, the award is given to students at the Academy that work hard throughout the week of classes and show true passion for journalism.

The Georgia Journalism Academy, also known as the Grady Games, is a week-long camp held at the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communications over the summer that offers in-depth classes in editorial journalism, sports writing, advertisement, features writing, broadcast journalism, and photojournalism. It is an excellent opportunity to explore the world of journalism and mass communications among fellow student journalists as well as a great way to experience college life in Athens. For more information, visit gspa.squarespace.com/georgia-journalism-academy.

Natural adventures available for youths through PARKS

Cobb PARKS’ Natural Resources staff is hosting Wild Wednesday Adventures for children this summer. Registration is required for all programs. The cost is $2 per person, per program and children must be 7 years old to participate in creek hikes.

This week’s adventure, “Fairy Houses,” happens at the Wright Center 9 a.m.-noon Wednesday, June 17. The Wright Center is located at 2661 Johnson Ferry Road in Marietta. Parking is on Post Oak Tritt Road next to Chestnut Ridge Christian Church.The next adventure will be “Hiking and Biking” July 1 on Corps property. For more information, call Kevin Hill at 770-528-8824.

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East Cobb Students win National Merit Scholarships

Walton High School’s Bailey Holbrook, Jeffrey Hsia, Clifton Price, and Yuke Yang, as well as Pope High School’s Isabel Ott are winners of the National Merit Scholarship, which awards exemplary students with funds from $500 to $2500 annually throughout 4 years of undergraduate study.

The scholars had to submit a detailed application, which included an essay and information about extracurricular activities and awards. Awardees must also have had exceptional SAT scores.

(See more at: http://cobbcast.cobbk12.org/?p=9813#sthash.WgqLLc1f.dpuf)

 

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East Cobb Lions present College Scholarships

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Last month, the East Cobb Lions Club presented six college scholarships to deserving East Cobb High School seniors. The winners pictured above (l-r) are: Christian Hastings, Lassiter High School; Courtney Blackwell, Kell High School; Dalton Muzyka, Lassiter High School; Hannah Nemeck, Kell High School; and Caroline Kinsler, Pope High School. Not pictured: Yasmin Rahimi, Walton High School. Pictured on the far right with the winners is Lion Scholarship Chairman Gene McDuffie.

 

These outstanding high school seniors have earned their scholarships through academic excellence,
leadership, and their on-going commitment to help others by performing outstanding community
service. Community service achievement is a major part of the evaluation criteria.

The East Cobb Lions Club is in its 56th year of service. They are an active group of serviceminded
men and women who are interested in improving the community. To become a Lion is to
become an active volunteer, a member of a respected international organization, a leader in your
community and a friend to people in need. The East Cobb Lions Club meets at 7pm on the second
and fourth Tuesdays of each month at Powers Ferry UMC, 245 Powers Ferry Road, in Marietta/East
Cobb.

If you’re interested in becoming a member of the East Cobb Lions Club, call Lion Ray Moore
at 770-425-7881 or email famousray@comcast.net.

 

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Teen Event – GAcollege411 and a Pizza!

 

Teens – Expand your opportunities with GAcollege411 at Gritters Library in East Cobb! Find out how GAcollege411 can help you plan for college and search for financial aid. Pizza will be served.

Thursday, June 11, 3:30-4:30pm. Gritters Library is located at 880 Shaw Park Road in East Cobb. 

 

The Hunger Games at East Cobb Library

 

On Tuesday, June 9, teens in grades 6-12 are invited to a FREE movie event for The Hunger Games.  Snacks will be provided.  No registration required.

Event held at East Cobb Library, 4880 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta, GA 30068.

 

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Lassiter Band Director Leaves Post

 

Excerpt from letter from Dr. Chris Richie, Principal, Lassiter High School.

The purpose of this correspondence is to inform you that Ms. Ginny Markham will no longer be the Lassiter High School Band Director. Moving forward, the foundation for great success has been established, and the focus will be on the opportunity to take the Lassiter Band to new heights. In hiring a new Band Director, my goal is to build on Lassiter’s tradition of excellence by capitalizing on the exceptional staff we have in place who are committed to moving the organization forward. At all times, everything we do will be about our students, new levels of success for the Lassiter Band, and the traditions and mission of Lassiter High School.

As I conduct the search for the new Lassiter Band Director, I will lead the process that includes Lassiter Band stakeholders, in addition to being assisted by professionals in the band arena. The job will be posted as soon as possible, with all interested applicants applying through the District’s online application portal (STAR). This process will ensure all interested candidate applications have been cleared by Human Resources and are eligible to be hired for the position. Thank you for your continued support of Lassiter High School.

Dr. Chris Richie
Principal
Lassiter High School

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