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Cherokee County teacher tabbed for NASA program

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A Cherokee County School District teacher has been selected for a professional development program at NASA.

Cherokee High School astronomy and physical science teacher Lana Glaus will participate this summer in the LiftOff Alumni Summer Institute at the Kennedy Space Center in Cocoa Beach, Fla, the district announced.

The institute offers workshops, hands-on activities, field investigations and presentations by NASA scientists and engineers working on various missions. The nationally competitive program is sponsored by NASA, its Texas Space Grant Consortium, University of Texas Center for Space Research and industries. This is the second consecutive year that Glaus has been chosen to participate. The costs associated with participating will be paid by NASA’s Georgia and Texas Space Consortiums. This year’s theme for the program is “Planetary Defenders,” and teachers will learn more about NASA’s study of asteroids and comets and how to protect Earth from their impact.

Justin Bolsen, a first-year student at Brown University student from Cherokee County, won the $100,000 prize on "Jeopardy!" Thursday evening.

By winning the Jeopardy! High School Reunion Tournament, Bolsen, 18, will be the youngest contestant in the Tournament of Champions competition this fall.

Bolsen, a Creekview High School graduate, said he studied hard to get this point and is "overjoyed" to be the winner of season 39.

Bolsen competed against fellow Georgian Maya Wright, a senior at Emory University from Peachtree City, and Jackson Jones, a junior at Vanderbilt University from Louisville, Ky. in a two-day final. Scores were combined from both nights. In the Tournament of Champions, Bolsen will be facing some of the best "Jeopardy!" contestants to compete on the show.

Sequoyah boys’ basketball coach Allen Carden announced he will be stepping down from his position with the Chiefs after a meeting with the school’s administration last Friday.

Carden led Sequoyah’s program for the last seven seasons, taking the Chiefs to the Final Four in 2022, and winning a Region 7AAAAAA title that same season. Sequoyah went 17-12 this season and made the state playoffs.

“In a meeting (with) admin, it was decided that I should step down as men’s basketball coach at Sequoyah HS,” Carden said in a tweet. “Decisions can be left to interpretation. A difference in philosophy of how a top notch program should be run and irreconcilable differences were the main issues.”

During his stint with the Chiefs, Carden coached to a 120-83 overall record with five state tournament appearances. He leaves with three 20-win seasons, three Elite 8 appearances and three Sweet 16 showings. In the playoffs last year, he coached Sequoyah to a 135-point outburst in a home playoff win over Paulding County. The Chiefs hit 16 3-pointers in a game three times with Carden at the helm.

Since he joined Sequoyah, 10 players have gone on to play college basketball, including Kyle Keener and Dylan Wolle from last season’s Final Four team. Carden had five 1,000-point scorers with the Chiefs. Sequoyah athletic director Peter Vajda declined to comment on the decision.

The Cherokee County Planning Commission has voted to recommend denial of a request to bring a special events facility to Highway 20 in east Cherokee. 

The planning commission voted 7-2 to recommend denial of a request from Countryside Ventures, LLC to rezone 16.76 acres from agriculture single family residential to general commercial at 14045 Cumming Highway, near Hopewell Road. The applicant is also requesting a special use permit to build a 6,400 square foot special event facility, which the commission voted 8-1 to recommend denial.

The Cherokee County Board of Commissioners is expected to vote on both applications April 4.

Two nearby residents spoke in opposition of this request, citing concerns with noise from the facility, sewage affecting the wildlife and environment in the area and impact to quality of life.

Some planning commissioners also voiced concerns with the impact that this facility would have on nearby residents, as well as traffic in the area.

If approved by the Cherokee County Board of Commissioners next month, the facility, which would hold up to 200 people, would be called Countryside Ventures.

Creekview High School student Kennedy Easterling will be inducted into the National Society of High School Scholars, the organization announced.

Young NSHSS scholars get a life-time membership to the organization after their induction. There are more than 1,700,000 members in over 170 countries, according to the society. For more information, visit www.nshss.org.

Woodstock Arts is performing beloved musical "Company" starting this weekend, inviting audiences to consider the relationships in their lives.

With music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, "Company" follows bachelor Robert and his married friends.

On the night of his 35th birthday, Robert contemplates his unmarried state. The story follows Robert through a series of dinners, drinks and even a wedding. Asked what she hopes audiences leave with, Director Lauren Morris said: "Ultimately, this is about the existential question of who and what matters in your life. Who are your people? Because I don’t think we can do this without them. We need each other."

"Company" is on stage at the Woodstock Arts Theatre, 8534 Main St. in downtown Woodstock March 10- 26. It is recommended for ages 13 and older for adult themes. Tickets are on sale for $18 - $20 online and $20 - $23 at the door.

To buy tickets or for more information, visit https://woodstockarts.org.

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