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All 13 public schools in Macon County came together to present the second annual student art exhibit, “Keep Your Eye on the Arts,” May 29 at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts.

About 350 students, K-12 grades, participated in the exhibit and the simultaneous “Empty Bowls” project on the sidewalk of the Fun Factory. Each student who had their art displayed received a medal.

Naomi Albee, organizer of the art exhibit, said that the event “was all about the kids. Art is a form of visual communication where kids can express themselves visually, so it is a form of self-expression that does not usually get enough attention.”

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Elise Bacon has graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Music with concentration in Music Ministry/Church Music from Bryan College in Dayton, Tenn., on Saturday, May 7.

She was also named Chamber Singer of the Year during Honors Day chapel services on April 27.

Bacon is a 2007 graduate of Franklin High School, and is the daughter of Barry and Karen Bacon of Franklin.

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A new principal has been chosen to lead East Franklin Elementary School. On Tuesday, the board of education unanimously approved the appointment of Shirley Parks to the position.

Parks, who is currently the assistant principal at Cartoogechaye Elementary School, will take over at East Franklin effective July 1. Born and raised in Macon County, Parks is a graduate of Franklin High School. She attended St. Augustine College in Raleigh and then went on to Western Carolina University where she first earned her Masters and then an Education Specialist (Ed.S.) degree.

 

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Class of 2011 displays academic prowess

More than $1 million in academic merit scholarships were announced last Thursday night for graduating seniors in Franklin High School's Class of 2011. At the annual Scholarship Night on May 26, students and parents gathered to show their support for the collegebound seniors who received awards from civic organizations, businesses, schools and government-funded programs.

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