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With more than 1,000 students from Macon County registering for classes at Southwestern Community College during the 2012-13 school year, President Don Tomas recently spoke to commissioners about the importance of expanding the Macon Campus.

With 488 students from Macon County enrolled for the fall semester, enrollment at the Macon Campus was at an all time high.

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Last summer the Highlands Biological Station (HBS) welcomed to its campus 12 students – 11 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH) and one student from North Carolina State University – for a semester-in-residence program where students live and learn on the HBS campus.

Now approaching its 13th year, the Highlands Field Site is a program offered by the UNC-CH Institute for the Environment. The coursework includes mountain biodiversity, landscape analysis (GIS), conservation biology, southern Appalachian culture, and research. At the end of the semester, students present the results of their research at a public closing ceremony.

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Lauren Stenger of Franklin, recently graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design. Stenger earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Illustration with a minor in Printmaking.

The Savannah College of Art and Design is a private, nonprofit, accredited institution conferring bachelor's and master's degrees at distinctive locations and online to prepare talented students for professional careers. SCAD offers degrees in more than 40 majors. Visit scad.edu.

Emily Nicholson of Sylva, completed courses with exemplary marks and made the Honors List for the Fall 2013 semester at Louisburg College. To be named to the Honors List, a student must have completed at least 12 or more hours of college credit in a given semester and have a semester grade point average of at least 3.0 to 3.49.

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Melissa Faetz, a first grade teacher at South Macon Elementary School was recently named the Region 8 Teacher of the Year. She will now move on for consideration of North Carolina Teacher of the Year, a title most recently held by Karyn Collie Dickerson of Grimsley High School in Guilford County. Dickerson was on location at South Macon to present Faetz with the award on Dec. 19 before the school took its Christmas break.

"Every year the state of North Carolina looks for teachers that define the very best teaching in our state. That teacher is already a leader in their school and in their community. Out of 95,000 teachers in the whole state of North Carolina, one out of the nine finalists is right here in your school," said Dickerson.

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