Etowah HS Selected for Second New State Diploma Seal!

Etowah HS Selected for Second New State Diploma Seal!

Etowah High School drama students prepare for a performance; participation in extra-curricular arts activities is a requirement to earn the new Diploma Seal.

Etowah High School has been approved for a second State-approved diploma seal!

The school successfully applied to the Georgia Department of Education for authorization to issue the Fine Arts Seal to eligible graduating seniors beginning this school year.

This accomplishment is in addition to the International Skills Diploma Seal the school earned approval for last school year along with Cherokee HS and Woodstock HS.

Etowah High School art students participate in a related extra-curricular event, which is among the required activities to earn the new Diploma Seal.

Jessica Booth, Fine Arts Program Specialist with the Georgia DOE, said the committee tasked with reviewing seal requests “was very impressed with [Etowah’s] application.”

Students at approved high schools can earn the seal by completing: a Georgia Fine Arts Pathway (at least three fine arts courses), a creative industry focus course, at least two fine arts extra-curricular activities, and experiences that foster fine arts mastery including at least 20 hours of art-related community service and a senior capstone project on their experiences.

The Seal, according to the Georgia DOE, “is a signal to employers and higher education institutions that a student is prepared to participate in the creative economy.”

“We’re proud to have earned this additional seal of approval to further recognize some of our most creative students,” Cherokee County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said. “We’ve long been a leader in creating career learning and industry certification programs with of goal of offering our students every advantage possible, and this new honor builds upon that success.”

Etowah High School band students present a concert; art, band, chorus and drama are among the fine arts courses offered at the school that qualify students for the new Diploma Seal.

Etowah High School chorus students participate in a master workshop with a guest conductor.

Film classes at Etowah High School are one of the creative industry courses that count toward the Diploma Seal’s requirements.