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Sandy Creek High Athlete Wins $5,000 for School

A Sandy Creek High football player has just netted his school $5,000 by being selected as the Sports Zone/Montlick & Associates Athlete of the Year.

Alex Chisum, a senior, was selected for the honor after being one of three finalists who received the most votes from an online survey. Chisum was selected as the Sports Zone Athlete of the Week earlier in the season, making him a candidate for the grand prize. He joined 10 other Athlete’s of the Week vying for the coveted award.

From November 6-14, the public was asked to vote on their favorite Athlete of the Week. The three with the highest number of votes were named finalists. A panel of judges with experience in television production and sports broadcasting selected the winner based on the athlete’s on field contributions (75%) and the athlete’s off field contributions (25%).

Chisum excels both on field and off.

Spring Hill Elementary Students Celebrate Veterans Day

Students dressed in red and white and holding American flags lined the hallway of Spring Hill Elementary to welcome over 60 veterans who were honored at the school on Veterans Day.

Both retired and active service military personnel from the U.S. Army, Air Force, Marines, Navy, and Coast Guard were recognized and thanked for their service and sacrifices. The students recited “Heroes Die for Me” and sang “Song for the Unsung Hero,” among a number of other patriotic songs, as their honorees watched and listened from the stage of the school’s cafeteria.

Among the honored guests was Lt. Col. (Ret.) Sharon Collins, former assistant principal of Spring Hill Elementary and mother of Army 1st Lt. Robert Collins who was killed in Iraq earlier this year. All staff members wore a star with Robert Collins’ picture in his honor. Also among the veterans honored was the school’s principal, Lt. Col. (Ret.) Randy Hudson.

Under Armour Athlete of the Week: Week 12 Winner

HOSCHTON, GA -- All votes are in for 11Alive and Atlanta.HighSchoolSports.net's Under Armour Athlete of the Week and the winner is Mill Creek quarterback John Russ.

Russ was nominated for his three-touchdown performance against Duluth in the final week of the regular season. In that game, the Mill Creek signal caller was 17-for-22 with over 200 yards passing. Russ and the Hawks clinched a playoff spot with their 34-23 win over Duluth. They have since advanced to the second round.

Tune into MyATL-TV at 10:30 pm this Friday to see Russ featured on 11Alive's HighSchoolSports.net.

Starr's Mill running back Zach Laskey was also nominated for the Under Armour Athlete of the Week award. The senior back rushed for 132 yards on 13 carries in his team's 24-7 win over Griffin for the Region 3-4A championship.

Your Student Could be Fayette’s Most Outstanding Student

Think your student is Fayette’s Most Outstanding student? We’ll here’s your opportunity to tell them. The Fayette County Education Foundation is encouraging everyone to make a donation in honor of their child or grandchild.

For a minimum contribution of $5, a certificate suitable for framing with your special message will be given to your child at school during the last week of the semester; the deadline for this semester is November 29.

Most Outstanding Student forms, along with specific instructions on how to complete your submission, can be downloaded from the Fayette County Board of Education website, www.fcboe.org.

Under Armour Athlete of the Week: Week 11 Winner

ALPHARETTA, GA -- This week's winner of 11Alive and Atlanta.HighSchoolSports.net's Under Armour Athlete of the Week is only a sophomore, but his performance in Week 10 was good enough to beat out two seniors in the online vote.

Alpharetta wide receiver Carlos Burse caught three touchdown passes en route to his team's 48-28 road win over Centennial. Burse, who is also a talented basketball player, will try to help the Raiders win their first playoff game in school history this Friday.

To get that playoff win, Burse and company will have to face off against another Athlete of the Week nominee: Brookwood linebacker Cameron Lynch.

“What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You” at Sandy Creek High School, November 11th

Fayette County parents and students are encouraged to come out and participate in the first of two Juvenile Justice/Community Awareness Forums scheduled for this school year. The first forum themed, “What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You” will discuss issues like include school expulsion, bullying and cyber bullying, and texting while driving.

Parents of students ranging from eighth grade to high school are encouraged to attend to receive important information on many hot-button legal issues facing teens. This event is free and open to the public. “What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You” will be held on November 11 at Sandy Creek High from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

A panel of juvenile judges and attorneys heads of law enforcement, and school officials will lead the discussion.

Fayette County Boasts the Most High School Graduates, in Metro

If you want to ensure your child graduates from high school, you may want to think about moving to Fayette County. According to figures from the Georgia Department of Education, Fayette County has the highest graduation rate in the metro Atlanta area.

The county has increased its graduation rate by six points over the last seven years. Fayette’s graduation rate for 2009-2010 is 94 percent, holding steady from the previous year. At 94 percent, the school system is soaring above other metro Atlanta systems by a point range of 4.3 to 27.7 percent.      

The other school systems include Atlanta, Cherokee County, Clayton County, Cobb County, DeKalb County, Forsyth County, Fulton County, and Gwinnett County.