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MARION COUNTY, Ga. - Marion County High School provides a "3 fold approach" to education. It allows their students to be well rounded in and outside the classroom. News 3's Naomi Keitt shows us inside this week's Cool School: Marion County High School.

At Marion County High School the "3 fold approach" starts with extra-curricular activities. The school is relatively small, only about 400 students in the entire high school, but that doesn't stop them from accomplishing big things. They have several championship titles under their belt like football, track, and tennis.

"We kind of had the feeling that we could pull it off when we got to state but knew that we had to get it done and make sure we didn't let anything go to our heads," said Daniel Peacock, a member of the championship tennis team.

"It felt great. Being with those group of girls everyday, going to practice even though we had to work hard it was fun," said Sarah Dixon, a member of the championship track team.

The second part of the approach is academics. AP students spend time studying in the red zone. Despite the small school, they offer 5 AP courses which allow students to fully prepare for college.

"I feel that my teachers and my coaches together have really prepared me well for college and my life after college and I'm ready for it," said Dustin Pickren, a senior at Marion County High School.

The third aspect is community service. Students who spend 50 hours serving during their senior year get a seal on their diploma and are recognized at an awards ceremony. Their premier event is the Prince and Princess Ball. It raises money for a local cancer foundation.

"It feels great to be able to help. Just even with the childhood cancer foundation it feels great to help out little kids with cancer," said Zoe Holland, a junior at Marion County High School.

While the three aspects help make well rounded students, all of the point to the supportive environment saying it makes Marion County a really special place.

"Our school pride is the #1 thing here. We all love our school and have a lot of fun and we love to talk about," said Nicole Williams, a senior at Marion County High School.

"Everybody's just so willing to help the students grow and mature and succeed in life," said Dustin Pickren.

"It's like a culture that encourages us students to do our best," said Daniel Peacock.

"We're a school but it's more like a family," said Sarah Dixon.

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