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High School Opera Institute to hold spring concert

High School Opera Institute to hold spring concert

ATLANTA -- Graduates of the Atlanta Opera's High School Opera Institute are getting ready to show off their amazing talent.

The students will perform arias and small ensemble pieces from some of opera's greatest works in a free spring concert at 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 5 at Morningside Presbyterian Church (1411 North Morningside Drive NE, Atlanta, 30306).

The High School Opera Institute (HSOI) is a training program for high school sophomores, juniors and seniors who are interested in pursuing careers in music.

Participants in the eight-month program attend monthly workshops and vocal coachings on topics that include preparing and auditioning for a role, selecting a music school, characterization, diction and vocal technique.

"Ghost Out" at Norcross High School shows devastating consequences of drinking and driving

"Ghost Out" at Norcross High School shows devastating consequences of drinking and driving

Norcross, Ga -  At this time of the year, students are excited about the prom, graduation parties and often don't realize the consequences of being reckless and driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.   On May 18th, 2011, Norcross High School presented "Ghost Out" to the entire student body.   Around 3000 students crowded into the stadium to see first-hand, a simulation of a serious accident involving two cars racing and heading to a graduation party.    Following the collision,  sirens from the police cars and firetrucks filled the area around the school as the police and firefighters rushed onto the field.  The  victims were extracted from the vehicle using the "Jaws of Life" provided by the Gwinnett Firefighters and one student was pronounced dead and one critically injured.   A Georgia Lifeflight helicopter landed on the field and removed the critically injured teen.    The driver that

Gwinnett students to compete in OM finals

Gwinnett students to compete in OM finals

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- Several students from Gwinnett County schools will use their creativity to present a solution to a timely problem.

They will join peers from around the world at the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals, an international educational event for students of all ages.

Team representing four Gwinnett schools will travel to the event at the University of Maryland on Friday, May 27:

* Central Gwinnett High School, Lawrenceville
* Parkview High School, Lilburn
* Peachtree Ridge High School, Suwanee
* Trickum Middle School, Lilburn

All four teams qualified for the World Finals at the state OM competition.

Each team selected a problem for which they developed a solution. The issues varied from technical to artistic.

The World Finals will run through Monday, May 30.

Charter school law declared unconstitutional

Charter school law declared unconstitutional

ATLANTA -- A Georgia law that cleared the way for a surge in new charter schools was struck down by the state's top court in a high-profile decision that will affect thousands of students and could reshape how the state's public school system is funded.

The Georgia Supreme Court's 4-3 decision on Monday overturned the 2008 Georgia Charter Schools Commission Act, which allowed the state to approve and fund charter schools over the objection of local school boards.

LOCAL PROFILE: Gwinnett County Summer Reading Program

LOCAL PROFILE: Gwinnett County Summer Reading Program

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. – Although, local schools are on the cusp of summer recess students in the area will, no longer, back able to use summer as an excuse to impede their enrichment. The Gwinnett County Library System is sponsoring their annual summer reading programming for this year on May 22. The county offers programs for teens and children.

Participants can register online stating May 9, for the summer reading program.

Chamblee High and Gwinnett School of Math Science named "Best in State"

Chamblee High and Gwinnett School of Math Science named "Best in State"

Gwinnett County, GA --  (submitted by Carway Communications) Students from Chamblee High School in DeKalb County and Gwinnett School of Math Science and Technology in Gwinnett County have been named “Best in State” winners in Georgia in the Junior Engineering Technical Society’s (JETS) 2011 TEAMS competition.  These award-winning ninth to 12th graders worked to solve the global energy “supply and demand” problem highlighted by the recent Gulf of Mexico oil spill and current events in the Middle East.   

The Chamblee students were named the top 9/10 grade level team, while Gwinnett students took the top 11/12 grade prize.  As “Best in State” winners, the two teams receive award banners, medals and certificates and will now vie for national awards to be announced in May.

With the 2011 theme, “Smarter Energy, Cleaner Planet,” the Gwinnett students tackled these issues at the University of Georgia on February 23 while the Chamblee students c

11Alive morning team gives teachers 'Our Favorite Things'

11Alive morning team gives teachers 'Our Favorite Things'

ATLANTA -- 11Alive's morning team rolled out the red carpet Monday morning to honor Metro Atlanta's "Class Act" teachers. The 31 men and women were nominated by their peers and students for special recognition for their committment to their classes and students.


On Monday, the 31 educators, their principals and some family and friends joined the 11Alive morning team as a live studio audience.


For a Random Act of Kindness, they all received some of our anchors' favorite things:


From Chesley and Men's Warehouse: a stylish matching tie and pocket square.


From Karyn and Spa Sydell: a gift certificate for much-deserved pampering.