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Franklin High School wrapped up the 2014-15 school year on Tuesday with the annual graduation celebration at Western Carolina University.

FHS’ 204 graduating seniors spent their last hours as Panthers listening to remarks from FHS Salutatorian Kaci England, FHS Valedictorian Lexi Kloeppel, and District Attorney Ashley Welch, who delivered the commencement address.

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The Cowee School’s summer concert series has become known as a regional destination for traditional mountain music. In its second year, the Heritage Center at Historic Cowee School has been attracting some of the best bluegrass, country, and southern folk performances around.

With the help of the North Carolina Rural Economic Development Division, the Cowee Music venue will soon be undergoing some much needed improvements, ensuring the facility will continue offering top notch entertainment for years to come.

Macon County Commissioners formally voted to work with Cowee School to utilize a $24,120 “Underserved and Limited Resource Communities” grant. The county agrees to aid Cowee School by providing initial funds for the grant, which will be reimbursed by the N.C. Department of Commerce.

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Franklin High School held its Annual Scholarship Night on May 28. Kathy Breedlove was the guest speaker.

“This class is truly among the strongest ever academically and I have been privileged to have worked with them this year,” said Breedlove. “ I have been privileged to see some of the most astounding grade point averages and SAT scores than I have rarely seen before. In addition, this group has shown leadership and strength of character in a variety of endeavors and I expect remarkable contributions to our society through their amazing gifts.

Breedlove said that in addition to local scholarships there were some particularly competitive regional and one national scholarship as well. Also awarded were 16 New Century Scholar Awards which are full tuition scholarships for two years to SCC and two years to Western Carolina University.

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Allison Bolt is the 2015 winner of the Arts Council of Macon County’s $1,000 Arts Scholarship.

A senior at Highlands School, she is a member of the Art Club, Interact Club, Quill and Scroll, and Young Authors Writing Project. She has won numerous academic awards, and has studied dance for 15 years. The daughter of Clyde A. and Renee Bolt, Allison will pursue a degree in writing at the Savannah College of Art and Design.

Arts Council members Betsey Gooder and George Andrews presented the award at Highlands School during its Scholarship Awards Day. The Arts Council’s Arts Scholarship is awarded annually to a resident of Macon County seeking a degree in an arts field. Award criteria include talent, commitment, educational goals, and career aspirations.

For further information, contact any Macon County high school guidance office or the Arts Council, (828)524-ARTS or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Photo by Betsey Gooder

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