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Georgia Cyber Academy graduates first class

Georgia Cyber Academy graduates first class

(WXIA) -- The Class of 2014 is the very first class to graduate from Georgia Cyber Academy, the state's free online public school.

The school will hold a graduation ceremony at noon on Saturday, May 31 at the Gwinnett Center. More than 300 graduating seniors are scheduled to walk across the stage.

"We're so proud of each of our graduates, all of whom have taken the individualized learning that comes with GCA's online curriculum and worked with GCA's world-class teachers to adapt it to best serve and support their own academic successes," GCA head of school Matt Arkin said in a release.

Washington County health inspection ratings

Washington County health inspection ratings

See how Washington County restaurants rated with the Georgia Department of Health from April 23-May 23.

  • 100-Fox's Pizza Den of Sandersville
  • 96-McDonald's 
  • 93-Coleman's Corner
  • 90-The Dairy Lane

WCHS Senior George Johnson Receives Music Scholarship

WCHS Senior George Johnson Receives Music Scholarship

Washington County High School senior George Johnson received a music scholarship to attend Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. Johnson, who has played the drums in church since the age of 4, auditioned in November of 2013 to attend the private, Christian university, and recently received his letter of acceptance and monetary scholarship award. Johnson said, “I want to go and experience something new. My family has friends in Virginia and it was a great fit for me.”

Johnson credits WCHS Director of Bands, Marcus Rayner, with his success. “He made me realize I could succeed in college.” Rayner challenged Johnson to continue to put God first in his life and maintain the excellence in all he does. George credits his brother Arrison Walden, and friends Zack Hawkins and Clifford Duckworth for their encouragement and support.

OFTC welcomes Gore as New VP of Economic Development

OFTC welcomes Gore as New VP of Economic Development

Oconee Fall Line Technical College (OFTC) recently welcomed Joe Gore as its new Vice President of Economic Development. In the position, Gore will be responsible for the development of innovative, entrepreneurial and strategic initiatives designed to respond to economic development and training needs for the eleven counties of Georgia serviced by OFTC.

"As our state looks more to our community and technical colleges to provide the workforce solutions necessary to help move our communities forward, it is critical that we have someone in place to lead this effort who has an understanding of how to grow and enhance our existing programs as well as build capacity for the future," said OFTC President Dr. Lloyd Horadan.

Sport Fencing growing at high school and middle school levels

Sport Fencing growing at high school and middle school levels

Many parents and educators across the U.S. are coming to realize the benefits to students of Olympic Sport Fencing.  Sport fencing has been a small but ever present sport in America since the 19th century.  Usually, and erroneously, associated with the privileged class, it has found little place at large in the ball dominate sports arena in America.  However, that view has been changing rapidly over the 25 years.  The U.S. has grown steadily in world prominence including generation of World Champions and Olympic Gold and Silver medalist.  This growth is attributed with broader media coverage but also with a concerted effort by coaches and fencing enthusiast to promote this exciting sport at the middle school and high school levels around the country.  This moves fencing out from the traditional private salles (clubs) and college environments so as to make it accessible to everyone who is interested. 

OFTC Spring 2014 Scholar Lists Announced

OFTC Spring 2014 Scholar Lists Announced

Dr. Lloyd Horadan, President of Oconee Fall Line Technical College, is pleased to announce the 198 students on the President’s List and 370 students on the Dean’s List for the 2014 spring term.

To be eligible for the President's List, the student must maintain a GPA of 3.5 or higher with a course load of at least 12 credit hours during the semester. To be eligible for the Dean's List, the student must maintain a GPA of 3.0 with a course load of at least 7 credit hours during the semester. 

Layton and Severance Top the WCHS Class of 2014

Layton and Severance Top the WCHS Class of 2014

Principal Dr. Allen Gray is pleased to announce that Elizabeth Grace Layton is the Valedictorian of the Washington County High School Class of 2014. She is the daughter of Alan and Patricia Layton.  Grace is an honor student and  received several highest average departmental awards. She is a certified Microsoft Office Specialist for Word 2007.  In her senior year Grace took advantage of the dual enrollment program.  Grace excelled in science fairs; she was invited to participate in the Genius Olympiad International Environmental Science Fair where she placed 3rd her freshman year and 2nd her sophomore year.  She has been a part of the technical theater crew and a teen leader at her church’s youth camps. Grace plans to attend the University of Georgia and major in Microbiology.  Long term goals are to complete graduate school and research medications and cures for rare conditions such as mitochondrial disease.