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Fulton County high school graduations

Fulton County high school graduations

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Fulton County Schools has announced the graduation dates and locations of all the county's public high schools.

Alpharetta HS
Friday, May 23 at 7 p.m.
Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park

Banneker HS
Saturday, May 17 at 9 a.m.
Bannker HS Stadium

Cambridge HS
Friday, May 23 at 7:30 p.m.
Cambridge HS Stadium

Centennial HS
Friday, May 23 at 7:30 p.m.
Mount Pisgah United Methodist Church

Chattahoochee HS
Saturday, May 24 at 10 a.m.
Mount Pisgah United Methodist Church

Creekside HS
Saturday, May 24 at 1 p.m.
Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre

Independence HS
Thursday, May 22 at 1 p.m.
Milton Center Auditorium

Johns Creek HS
Friday, May 23 at 7 p.m.
North Point Community Church

Former Harlem Globetrotter speaks out against bullying

Former Harlem Globetrotter speaks out against bullying

(WXIA) -- A former Harlem Globetrotter will visit two Atlanta-area schools this week to teach children how to work together to prevent and stop bullying.

TyRone "Hollywood" Brown will stop by Norton Park Elementary School in Smyrna and Heritage Academy in southeast Atlanta on Tuesday, May 6. Both visits are sponsored by Gas South.

Brown is an ambassador for P.R.O. Kids Group, a non-profit organization that helps young people combat peer pressure. The group was founded by Harlem Globetrotters alumni.

Students at both schools will also receive copies of A Piece of Paper, a children's book written by Brown.

"This is such a unique opportunity for our students, and they could not be more excited to meet a Harlem Globetrotters alumnus in person," Doug Daughterty, principal of Norton Park Elementary, said in a statement.

Learn more about P.R.O. Kids Group at pkidsg.com.

Race this weekend: TriCities Run

Race this weekend: TriCities Run

COLLEGE PARK, Ga. -- This year's TriCities Run benefiting The Main Street Academy will be held Saturday, May 3.

Packet pickup and race day registration ($30) will begin at 6 a.m. near College Park City Hall.

The race has 5K and 10K options. Both runs will start at 8 a.m. and wind through three south Fulton County cities -- College Park, East Point and Hapeville.

All runners will receive T-shirts. Prizes will be given to the first male and female finishers and the top three male and female finishers in each age group.

Learn more and sign up for the race at rungeorgia.com.

Runners are asked to either take MARTA to the event or park at the College Park Public Safety Complex, which is located at 3717 College Street.

Fulton County seeking Youth Commission applicants

Fulton County seeking Youth Commission applicants

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- The Fulton County Office of Children and Youth wants young people interested in serving as leaders in their community.

Recruitment for the Fulton County Youth Commission is underway. Applications will be accepted from youth between 9th and 11th grades in Fulton County schools. The deadline for submission is Friday, May 23.

The Fulton County Youth Commission is a leadership program designed to mentor future leaders. Youth Commissioners address the many issues presently facing youth through the influences of government mandates, policies and legislation. Students become familiar with how local government resolves youth issues, and make suggestions for the best solutions, but most importantly, help facilitate change.

For consideration, a student must meet the following requirements:

10 Fulton high schools among America's Most Challenging

10 Fulton high schools among America's Most Challenging

(WXIA) -- The Washington Post has unveiled its 2014 list of America's Most Challenging High Schools.

The newspaper determines the annual rankings through a ratio: the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Advanced International Certificate of Education tests a school gives each year, divided by the number of graduating seniors.

Ten Fulton County schools made the list, which features more than 2,000 high schools across the country. The listed numbers are each school's national ranking.

215. Alpharetta HS
232. Riverwood International Charter School
244. Northview HS
263. Milton HS
265. Chattahoochee HS
380. Roswell HS
474. Johns Creek HS
637. North Springs Charter HS
692. Centennial HS
1801. Tri-Cities HS

See the full list at washingtonpost.com.

Fights in high schools: Fulton County

Fights in high schools: Fulton County

(WXIA) -- Last week, 11Alive News received a shocking video clip from a viewer. The footage showed a teenage boy being repeatedly punched in the face in a locker room at Parkview High School in Gwinnett County.

WATCH | Teen beaten at school

The video prompted an investigation into reports of violence and fights in Georgia's public schools. The Georgia Department of Education provided 11Alive News with four years' worth of discipline incident reports for every school in the state.

WATCH | 11Alive's Doug Richards investigates violence at school

Teens of Excellence Prom Closet Program needs formalwear donations for Male and Female Teens

Teens of Excellence Prom Closet Program needs formalwear donations for Male and Female Teens

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- The Housing Authority of Fulton County (HAFC) and the Resident Advisory Board (RAB) want donations of formal wear and accessories for the fifth annual “Teens of Excellence” Prom Closet Program.

HAFC is seeking donations of gently used and clean prom/formal dresses and tuxedoes of all sizes for high school seniors graduating in May 2014. Donations of larger size formal wear are especially needed.

The program seeks to help single parents, grandparents and/or guardians on fixed incomes to provide prom wear without the disappointing choice of saying no to a teen about purchasing formalwear because of limited income.

The formal wear is provided to high school seniors, with priority given to Housing Authority of Fulton County residents. In 2013, more than 250 high school seniors in Fulton County received donated formal clothing to wear to their proms.

As in previous years, items needed for the 2014 Prom Closet include: