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Only 2 schools here beat state average on annual assessment

First year Georgia Milestones scores used in CCRPI


                 Pickens’ CCRPI scores. See explanation of categories at the end of the article.

      Earlier this month the Georgia Department of Education released annual assessment numbers for all schools in the state, and while all but two Pickens schools scored below the state average the director of teaching and learning said the assessment is new and scores should improve as the system adjusts.
    See full story including comments from school officials in this week's print or online editions.

PHS senior awarded scholarship trips to China


By Suzy Price
Intern reporter

    Haley Gayden, PHS Senior and dual enrollment student at the University of North Georgia, has recently been awarded the National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) Scholarship to study in Deyang, China.
    The scholarship is federally funded and highly competitive; Gayden is one of only 25 students in the country to be selected for the China trip. She has been studying Chinese at UNG for a year now, and plans to attend the University of Mississippi as a double major in Chinese and International Business.