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Local teen wins $42,600 on Jeopardy!

Local teen wins $42,600 on Jeopardy!

ATLANTA -- She may not have won, but a Chamblee High School sophomore still took home $42,600 from the Jeopardy! Teen Tournament.

Kailyn LaPorte of Decatur came in second in the tournament finals, which wrapped up Wednesday night.

"Probably the majority of the winnings will go to my college fund, but I'm probably going to buy some concert tickets, buy a couple things for myself," she told 11Alive News.

The 15-year-old was one of two Metro Atlanta teens to earn a spot in the tournament and was the youngest competitor this year.

It hasn't been easy getting there. She says her involvement with her school's quiz bowl team helped her prepare. Her team just won the Georgia Academic Team Association AAAA State Championship on Saturday.

Dekalb Interim Superintendent Ramona Tyson Named to “100 Top Black Women of Influence" List

Dekalb Interim Superintendent Ramona Tyson Named to “100 Top Black Women of Influence" List

Dekalb County, GA--  (submitted by Dekalb County Schools) DeKalb County School System Interim Superintendent Ramona Tyson has been named to the Atlanta Business League’s “100 Top Black Women of Influence.” Mrs. Tyson and other honorees will be recognized on Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011 at the 16th Annual Women of Vision breakfast held at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta- 265 Peachtree St., Atlanta, GA 30303.

Interim Superintendant to hold DeKalb County's State of the System

Interim Superintendant to hold DeKalb County's State of the System

DECATUR – (DeKalb County School System) DeKalb County School System’s Interim Superintendent Ramona Tyson will present the annual DeKalb Schools’ State of the System Address on Thursday, Feb. 17, at the Holiday Inn – Atlanta Perimeter, 4386 Chamblee Dunwoody Road, Atlanta, GA 30341.

Mrs. Tyson will be discussing the state of DeKalb County School System as well as future plans for the School District.

Refreshments will be available at 7:30 a.m. The annual program and Mrs. Tyson’s address will begin at 8:00 a.m. The event is free but registration and an RSVP is mandatory. For more information and to register please visit: http://dekalbsos.eventbrite.com/.

For more information and updates about the DeKalb County School System, please visit www.dekalb.k12.ga.us

DeKalb County Youth Commission Application Deadline Has been Extended Due to the Winter Storms

DeKalb County Youth Commission Application Deadline Has been Extended Due to the Winter Storms

Dekalb County, GA--  (submitted by the Dekalb County Government)  Due to the January Winter Storm, DeKalb County Schools and Georgia highways were closed.  As a result, we are extending The Youth Commission application deadline. DeKalb County Youth Commission was approved in the March 2008 county budget. This program will cater to DeKalb County 10th and 11th graders. Students must be a resident of DeKalb County and currently enrolled in a DeKalb County High School.

Dekalb County District Attorney Announces 2 New Appointments

Dekalb County District Attorney Announces 2 New Appointments

Dekalb County, GA--  (submitted by Eric burrton of Dekalb County Gov)

DeKalb County District Attorney Robert James recently announced the appointment of Nicole D. Marchand as Chief Assistant District Attorney, Craig S. Scott as Chief Investigator, Erik Burton as Director of Communications and Kaleema Thomas as Director of Diversion Programs.

Marchand, an Emory Law School graduate, previously served as the Acting Solicitor-General and Chief Assistant Solicitor-General. Scott previously served under James as his Chief Investigator in the Solicitor-General’s office and has worked as an investigator in the District Attorney’s office under former District Attorneys J. Tom Morgan, Jeff Brickman and Gwen Keyes Fleming. Burton, a Florida A&M University graduate, was the former Communications Director for the Office of the Solicitor-General and Community Relations Director for DeKalb County Government.

Dekalb County DA Announces New Appointments

Dekalb County DA Announces New Appointments

DECATUR -- Recently, DeKalb County District Attorney Robert James recently announced the appointment of Nicole D. Marchand as Chief Assistant District Attorney, Craig S. Scott as Chief Investigator, Erik Burton as Director of Communications and Kaleema Thomas as Director of Diversion Programs.

Marchand, an Emory Law School graduate, previously served as the Acting Solicitor-General and Chief Assistant Solicitor-General. Scott previously served under James as his Chief Investigator in the Solicitor-General’s office and has worked as an investigator in the District Attorney’s office under former District Attorneys J. Tom Morgan, Jeff Brickman and Gwen Keyes Fleming. Burton, a Florida A&M University graduate, was the former Communications Director for the Office of the Solicitor-General and Community Relations Director for DeKalb County Government.

Parents Speak Up About Bullying in Dekalb's Schools

Parents Speak Up About Bullying in Dekalb's Schools

Dekalb County, GA--  (submitted by Latasha Walker)

Parents, Students and Community Activists will unite not only to commemorate  the death of Jaheem Herrera but to also come together on the last day of Bullying Awareness Month in DeKalb County Schools. The press conference will convene at the site where Jaheem Herrera was bullied within the DeKalb County School System at 1:00 PM, MONDAY, JANUARY 31st AT DUNAIRE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, 651 SOUTH  INDIAN CREEK DRIVE, STONE MOUNTAIN, GEORGIA.