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Class Notes: Schools recognized by U.S. News and World Report
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U.S. News and World Report recognized several local high schools in its most recent report.

The publication examines student-teacher ratio; college readiness, as judged on the number of students taking and passing Advanced Placement exams; and average proficiency in English and math, based on performance on state exit exams.

Chestatee High School ranked No. 21 in the state.

-East Hall High School: No. 30

-West Hall High School: No. 32

-Gainesville High School: No. 40

-Johnson High School: No. 44

You can view more detailed information about each school at

Students focus on reading

Georgia first lady Sandra Deal visited elementary students Tuesday at the Gardens on Green in Gainesville to celebrate reading.

Hall County Schools’ Summer Reading Initiative will feature “Free Little Libraries” throughout the county, including at the Gardens on Green. Deal came to tout that program, giving the students information about how they can use the libraries.

In other reading news, students at Mount Vernon Exploratory Academy are set to present donated books to the mayor of Clermont at 7:30 a.m. Thursday.

The student council there has been collecting books for the children’s section of the Clermont History Center and Library, which was created in the North Hall town by volunteers and stocked with donated books.

College graduations to be celebrated this weekend

The University of North Georgia will hold graduation ceremonies beginning this weekend.

-Gainesville campus ceremonies will be held in the gym of the Hugh Mills Physical Education Complex. The campus is at 3820 Mundy Mill Road, Oakwood.

-College of Education and the Mike Cottrell College of Business: 10 a.m. Saturday. Speaker is Bob Swoszowski, owner of Northeast Georgia Inc., which operates fast-food restaurants in Northeast Georgia.

-College of Arts and Letters and the College of Science and Mathematics: 2 p.m. Saturday. Speaker is Rich White, current chairman of the University of North Georgia — Gainesville Foundation Inc.

-Dahlonega campus ceremonies will be held in the Memorial Hall Gymnasium. The campus is at 82 College Circle, Dahlonega.

-College of Arts and Letters: 7 p.m. May 10. Speaker is Mary Helen Mashburn McGruder, vice chairwoman of the Board of Trustees of the University of North Georgia Foundation — Dahlonega Inc.

-College of Science and Mathematics: 11 a.m. May 11. Speaker is Martha Roberts, special assistant to the director of the Office of Governmental Affairs of the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences and formerly Florida’s deputy commissioner of agriculture.

-Mike Cottrell College of Business: 3 p.m. May 11. Speaker is Swoszowski.

-College of Health Professions: 2 p.m. May 12. Speaker is Ben C. Mathes, president of Rivers of the World, an international exploration and development agency that targets remote river basins.

Brenau University will hold its graduation ceremonies this weekend on its front campus, 500 Washington St. SE, Gainesville.

-Women’s College: 4:30 p.m., Friday. Speaker is Anne-Marie Slaughter, former U.S. State Department director of policy planning.

-University undergraduate and all graduate programs: 9:30 a.m. Saturday. Speaker is Eleanor Clift, internationally known political reporter, television pundit and author.

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