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10 north Ga. students chosen for Disney Dreamers Academy

10 north Ga. students chosen for Disney Dreamers Academy

(WXIA) -- Ten high school students from the Atlanta area are among only 100 teens nationwide to be selected for the 2015 Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and ESSENCE Magazine.

The winners were selected from among nearly 10,000 applicants nationwide. They will travel to Walt Disney World Resort in March to participate in a prestigious educational and mentoring program.

Dreamers, as program participants are called, will learn life skills such as communication techniques and networking, and will explore possible career paths.

Visit disneydreamersacademy.com for more information.

Metro Atlanta's Dreamers include:

Holy Innocents' seniors named Posse Foundation Scholars

Holy Innocents' seniors named Posse Foundation Scholars

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School seniors Kenny Buckner and Khorkie Tyus have been named Posse Foundation Scholars. The leadership scholarships will pay full tuition for four years. Buckner will attend Syracuse University and Tyus heads to the College of Wooster.

Abstract artist stages exhibition at Holy Innocents' Ventulett Gallery

Abstract artist stages exhibition at Holy Innocents' Ventulett Gallery

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- When discussing her paintings, award-winning artist Melissa Payne Baker likes to quote another kind of artist, entertainer Danny Kaye. “Life is a great big canvas: Throw all the paint you can at it.”

An exhibition of Baker’s acrylic-on-canvas works—described by Huff Harrington Fine Arts as “energetic and full of movement”—will open this Thursday, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Ventulett Gallery on the Holy Innocents' Episcopal School campus. The public is invited to a wine-and-cheese opening reception for "Ethereal Abstraction: Inspired by an Angel."

The exhibition, which runs through Jan. 16,  includes delicately colored, works—in pale blues, soft grays, and splashes of turquoise and red—as well as abstracts in strong, saturated colors. Baker is also known for her use of unique textures and works that sometimes include free-form crosses, and ethereal angels, or butterflies.

Holy Innocents' Episcopal School Open House Dec. 6

Holy Innocents' Episcopal School Open House Dec. 6

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School will hold its annual All School Open House on Saturday, Dec. 6, at 11 a.m. in the Main Gym. The event concludes with a reception in Porter Dining Hall at 12:15 p.m.

All divisions—Primary, Lower, Middle and Upper Schools—will participate in the afternoon’s events. Administrators, faculty, coaches, fine arts teachers, grade-level deans, chaplains, admissions representatives, as well as officers of the Parents' Association, Athletic Association, and Fine Arts Alliance, will be on hand to discuss the many different programs and opportunities that Holy Innocents’ students enjoy.

 “This is the perfect opportunity for all interested families to meet HIES students faculty, staff, and parents, to tour the campus, and to learn firsthand how Holy Innocents' has gained its reputation as one of the finest independent schools in the Southeast,” said Head of School Paul Barton.

Ninja Turtles rule at Holy Innocents’ Halloween Parade

Ninja Turtles rule at Holy Innocents’ Halloween Parade

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- Halloween isn’t just for princesses and superheroes anymore, at least not at Holy Innocents' Episcopal School.

Captain America showed up for this year's Halloween Parade, and several Disney girls did process, such as Elsa from “Frozen" and Esmeralda from “The Hunchback of Notre Dame." But Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles ruled in the parade on Oct. 31, Halloween day.

Creative costumes this year also included: a giant, green Slimer from “Ghostbusters”; the world’s largest gingerbread man; Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm; a shark, a boat, and two tubers;  and in the popular food category—a slice of pizza and chocolate chip cookies.

Power players strolling in his year’s procession included: “Star Wars” Jedi Master Mace Windu, several Top Guns ready for action, and the Red Power Ranger Super Megaforce (thanks to pre-kindergartner Andrew Altman for decoding that).

Graduation rates: Fulton County

Graduation rates: Fulton County

(WXIA) -- Georgia's 2014 high school graduation rates were released Thursday.

This year's statewide average is 72.5 percent, up slightly from last year's 71.5 percent. It's also the third consecutive increase in the percentage of seniors who graduate from the state's public high schools.

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Fulton County's 2014 graduation rate is 78.7 percent. At 96.6 percent, Cambridge High School in Milton has the county's highest graduation rate.

Other graduation rates in Fulton County include:

Students invited to Pizza Farm 2014

Students invited to Pizza Farm 2014

FOREST PARK, Ga. -- How do you expose urban youth to Georgia’s agriculture? You open a Pizza Farm!

Fourth and fifth grade students from the Atlanta metropolitan area will learn about Georgia agriculture by making, and eating, pizza at the second annual Pizza Farm event.

County agents with the Cooperative Extension Metro Collaborative of Fulton, DeKalb, Gwinnett, Cobb and Clayton counties will lead the event set for Oct. 21-23 at the Georgia State Farmers Market in Forest Park, Ga. The students will learn how dairy, vegetables, grains and meats come together to make the pizza.