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Cara Beale, a second-year graduate student at Western Carolina University, is receiving a $1,000 scholarship from Mission Health System for the 2012-13 academic year as she works toward a master of social work degree from WCU’s College of Health and Human Sciences.

Beale is the daughter of Ronnie and Cissy Beale of Franklin, and is a 2001 graduate of Franklin High School. She earned her bachelor’s degree in communication-journalism from Lee University in Tennessee in 2006. Beale is among 24 recipients of Mission Health scholarships this year.


Brevard College in Brevard, N.C., has named Kortney Conner of Franklin to the Dean's List for the fall semester of the 2012-2013 academic year.

To be eligible for the Dean's List, a student must be enrolled full-time and earn a 3.50 grade point average or higher for the semester.

The following students have been named to the Honor Roll for the fall semester of the 2012-2013 academic year at Brevard College: Elizabeth Birolin and Melanie Khioukhom, both of Franklin.


Rabun Gap sixth and seventh grade students participated in the Fourth Annual Middle School Science Fair and Watershed Festival yesterday. All participants set up displays and were interviewed by judges who evaluated the projects and student responses to questioning, choosing eight first place projects. All first place winners will travel to Athens in March to compete in the district level fair. David Rogers of Highlands, N.C., took home the Best in Show award.


Southwestern Community College has been awarded a $1,250,000 grant under the Upward Bound Program from the U.S. Department of Education.

Upward Bound is among seven Federal TRIO Programs that serve middle, high school, and college students with the goal of increasing postsecondary enrollment and completion. Upward Bound is a college preparatory program for high school students designed to encourage academic success in high school as well as college.

Research has shown that Upward Bound program graduates are seven times as likely to attend college and graduate from college as those who do not participate.



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