The Sawnee Foundation is currently offering scholarships to eligible seniors graduating in 2013. Scholarships will be awarded to students selected from the Sawnee EMC territory, consisting of parts of Cherokee, Dawson, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Hall and Lumpkin counties.
Age most definitely had its benefits Thursday night as the oldest contestant in Reading Education Association of Dawson County's annual "Are You Smarter than a 10 Year-Old" competition showed his younger counterparts some geography skills. Representing the Dawsonville Lions Club, octogenarian Joe Hirsch edged Jill McKee of the Dawson County government team to name all of the U.S. states that border the Pacific Ocean.
The Dawson County High School Tiger Pride Marching Band will ring in 2013 with style after making its national debut on New Year's weekend. In mid-September, the band was officially invited to perform at the nationally-televised Chick-fil-A Bowl in Atlanta.
Bradley Weaver was sinking his hands into dirt and learning how to farm long before he started kindergarten. Now 21, Weaver is one of four finalists in a national contest for farmers who have mastered skills in production, finance, management and research.
Melanie Spooner, teacher at Kilough Elementary School, remembers the first time she wanted to be a teacher. "My first grade teacher was very young, pretty and sweet. I think it was her third year teaching and I just thought she was perfect in every way. That was the first year I remember thinking, 'I am going to be a teacher.' And I never thought of doing something else," she recalled.
Born and raised in Dawson County, Felicia Stephens is a graduate of the local school system to which she is now a part. Stephens, who is entering her 15th year as a teacher, was announced in May as Black's Mill Elementary School's 2012-13 Teacher of the Year.
More than 50 students descended upon a grassy lawn in blue and gray vests last Friday holding fake muskets stuffed with marshmallow bullets. Fifth graders at Kilough Elementary School heartily reenacted the battle of Gettysburg as part of the school's second annual Civil War Day.
Community leaders will gather Thursday morning to celebrate the new Lanier Technical College facility in downtown Dawsonville. After 10 months of construction, the college completed the $5 million expansion project in August and will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony for it at 10 a.m.
Black's Mill Elementary was recently awarded a gold medal through the Governor's SHAPE Honor Roll program for the school's commitment to the health and well-being of its students. As one of only 39 schools in Georgia to receive the distinction, Principal Cindy Kinney said she is proud of the school and honored to be a part of the program.
Third grade teacher Beth Murray has been serving Dawson County Schools for 14 years; long enough to watch three of her classes graduate high school. "I started teaching in 1999 for Dawson County after I was a student teacher. I really love it here," she said last week.
Younger and older generations came together last Friday at the First Grade Grandparents' Luncheon at Black's Mill Elementary School. The event invited students' grandparents, or "Memes," "Papas," "Nanas," "Poppies" and "Grannies," as student's called them, to join their grandchild for story time, a craft activity and lunch.
Local teens and adults will have the opportunity to see out of the eyes of a drunk driver Friday at the Dawson County Tigers' home football game. Community Action and Prevention Alliance, or CAPA, formally known as Dawson Against Substance Abuse, and Forsyth County Schools will be sponsoring a drunk driving and distracted driving education program.
In just three years the Dawson County High School JROTC Department has seen more than a 30 percent increase in student enrollment. According to Lt. Col. Johnnie Sweatte, who has overseen the program since its launch, JROTC currently has 134 students, up from the 87 in its first year.
Cassie Tallant recalls loving her middle school experience, even amidst her awkward teenage years. Now as a sixth grade language arts and reading teacher at Riverview Middle School, she aims to give her students the same satisfaction.
In the center of Riverview Elementary School stands an intersection where the entrance meets the media center and splits into two wings for classrooms.
Sarah Tinsley was announced as the 2014 Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership award winner during the Dawson County Board of Education meeting Nov. 11.
Last week, Dawson County High School officials encouraged seniors to take the next step to higher education.
Students at Kilough Elementary got a chance last week to spend time with their mothers at school.
In its ongoing commitment to prepare students for careers, Lanier Technical College has opened a spa in Dawsonville.
Maker Day is coming back to the Dawson County Library.
One of three state-sponsored clubhouses in Georgia has officially opened its doors to Dawson County students.
Third grade students at every elementary school in Dawson County received a visit Oct. 24 from a local educational advocacy group.
Rotary Club of Dawson County's October Student of the Month is Brock Bearden, a fifth-grader at Black's Mill Elementary School.
One Dawson County teacher is flipping math class on top of itself.
Dawson County's 1-cent sales tax for education is running $1 million over projections and about 18 months ahead of schedule, officials report.
More than 1,500 schools across Georgia are setting aside time this week to celebrate drug-free students.
Dawson County resident Karen Armstrong has announced her candidacy for the 2014 Board of Education.
Parents, educators and school administrators from across northern Georgia voiced concerns ranging from the balance of funding to the controversial common core curriculum during an educational summit in Dahlonega last week.
The Dawson County Board of Education recognized the teachers of the year at the district's seven schools, as well as the system's top teacher, during a ceremony Monday night.