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After showing promise, dedication, ambition and a strong academic interest, 15 students were selected by their teachers for the 2013 induction class of New Century Scholars in Macon County.

In a region of North Carolina with a high number of low-income and first-generation students, the New Century Scholars program was formed from an altruistic idea that promising last-dollar tuition-assistance to students in the seventh grade would remove the financial barrier of education and increase the number of high school students enrolling in college after high school. The New Century Scholars Program, which began in 1995, is a collaborative educational effort among the public schools in Jackson, Macon, and Swain counties and Southwestern Community College (SCC).

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This spring, 12 students started Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) classes through Southwestern Community College’s Public Safety Training Center.

Five months and 700 grueling hours of instruction later, only three were still around.

Franklin-resident Tim Broughton, Kyle Efird of Whittier, and Jon Garner of Cullowhee all credited tough training experiences in their respective backgrounds with helping them survive BLET. All three passed their BLET state examinations and graduated as the program’s 70th class in a ceremony at the Public Safety Training Center.

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Students in the 5th and 6th grade at MVI recently had the opportunity to watch, firsthand, the REMAX hot air balloon take flight. The demonstration was part of the students’ heat energy studies through their science classes. Sixth grade students extended their learning by attending a 30- minute program provided by Tom Lattin, the REMAX Program Coordinator / Pilot for the RE/MAX Carolinas Balloon Program.

The lesson covered the story of how the first manned flight took place on Nov. 21, 1783, in addition to the science, history and operation of a hot air balloon, including behavior of the molecules of air, density, and air pressure.

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MMS students take advantage of afterschool program.

The Bascom in Highlands has partnered with Macon County Schools to provide free art classes after school at Macon Middle School (MMS).

The program, which was made possible through an endowment fund set up by Franklin resident Barbara McRae in memory of her late husband Jim, is called Art Adventure, and is taught in sixweek sessions throughout the school year.

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published: 10/18/2013
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