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Fulton County seeking Youth Commission applicants

Fulton County seeking Youth Commission applicants

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- The Fulton County Office of Children and Youth wants young people interested in serving as leaders in their community.

Recruitment for the Fulton County Youth Commission is underway. Applications will be accepted from youth between 9th and 11th grades in Fulton County schools. The deadline for submission is Friday, May 23.

The Fulton County Youth Commission is a leadership program designed to mentor future leaders. Youth Commissioners address the many issues presently facing youth through the influences of government mandates, policies and legislation. Students become familiar with how local government resolves youth issues, and make suggestions for the best solutions, but most importantly, help facilitate change.

For consideration, a student must meet the following requirements:

New York Times bestselling author gives public talk at Holy Innocents'

New York Times bestselling author gives public talk at Holy Innocents'

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- Conor Grennan, author of the New York Times bestseller Little Princes: One Man’s Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal, will present the Program for Global Citizenship lecture on Tuesday, April 22, at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School (HIES). The public is invited to a reception at 6:30 p.m. and the lecture at 7 p.m. in the school’s Fine Arts Building.

Sounds of music take Holy Innocents' to Carnegie Hall

Sounds of music take Holy Innocents' to Carnegie Hall
Holy Innocents' Episcopal School (HIES) Upper- and Middle-School performers returned from an April 4–5 competition in Florida not only with awards but also an invitation to Carnegie Hall.

Capturing the invitation to the National Youth Choir Festival at Carnegie Hall next year was Holy Innocents’ choir ensemble, under the direction of Tom FitzStephens. The singers also received a Gold Superior rating at the April competition, the WorldStrides Heritage Music Festival in Kissimmee, Fla.

Not to be outdone, the HIES orchestra ensemble under the direction of Elizabeth Lamback received a Gold Superior rating, was named the Outstanding Orchestra at the event, and received the Adjudicator's Award for its high score average. 

Orchestra members Clarisa Colton and Sophie Smith also took home two of the three Maestro Awards presented at the festival for ensemble leadership.

10 Fulton high schools among America's Most Challenging

10 Fulton high schools among America's Most Challenging

(WXIA) -- The Washington Post has unveiled its 2014 list of America's Most Challenging High Schools.

The newspaper determines the annual rankings through a ratio: the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Advanced International Certificate of Education tests a school gives each year, divided by the number of graduating seniors.

Ten Fulton County schools made the list, which features more than 2,000 high schools across the country. The listed numbers are each school's national ranking.

215. Alpharetta HS
232. Riverwood International Charter School
244. Northview HS
263. Milton HS
265. Chattahoochee HS
380. Roswell HS
474. Johns Creek HS
637. North Springs Charter HS
692. Centennial HS
1801. Tri-Cities HS

See the full list at washingtonpost.com.

Holy Innocents' sophomore to take stage at Governor's Honors

Holy Innocents' sophomore to take stage at Governor's Honors
SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- Emma Yaniger, a sophomore at Holy Innocents' Episcopal School (HIES) and a natural onstage, has been accepted into this summer's Georgia's Governor's Honors Program, a four-week instructional program tailored to the state’s most intellectually gifted and artistically talented high school students. She will study theater performance. “Emma is such a joy to work with,” said HIES Upper School drama teacher Maria Karres-Williams. "I’m thrilled that she’s going to have this incredible opportunity.

2014 Shuler Hensley Awards nominees announced

2014 Shuler Hensley Awards nominees announced

(WXIA) -- The nominees for this year's Georgia High School Musical Theatre Awards, known casually as the Shuler Hensley Awards, were revealed Wednesday.

The awards program celebrates some of the best high school musical theater productions in the state. The award is named for metro Atlanta native Shuler Hensley, a seasoned Broadway performer who originated the role of the Monster in Young Frankenstein and won a Tony Award for playing Jud Fry in the revival of Oklahoma!

Sixty-one public and private high schools from 24 counties are vying for this year's awards. The winners will be announced on Thursday, Apr. 17 during an awards ceremony at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. Tickets are $23 for the general public and can be purchased at shulerawards.org.

Some of this year's notable nominees include:

Fights in high schools: Fulton County

Fights in high schools: Fulton County

(WXIA) -- Last week, 11Alive News received a shocking video clip from a viewer. The footage showed a teenage boy being repeatedly punched in the face in a locker room at Parkview High School in Gwinnett County.

WATCH | Teen beaten at school

The video prompted an investigation into reports of violence and fights in Georgia's public schools. The Georgia Department of Education provided 11Alive News with four years' worth of discipline incident reports for every school in the state.

WATCH | 11Alive's Doug Richards investigates violence at school