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Debbie Kelley

Education Reporter

Debbie Kelley has written about nearly every topic at The Gazette, from religion and business to the energy industry, health care and home and garden. She currently specializes in education issues.

Juniors practice during an orchestra class taught by Michael Hanson, teacher at the Thomas MacLaren School and concertmaster of the Colorado Springs Philharmonic, at the school on Wednesday, January 18, 2017. This is only a section of the larger Orchestra VI/VII, comprising juniors and seniors, that perform together. Photo by Stacie Scott, The Gazette
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Manitou Springs High School Graduation
Graduation exercises for Manitou Springs High School were held Sunday May 22, 2016 at Richardson Football Field. Photo by Jeff Kearney.
Rebekah Miller, a junior at The Classical Academy, is one of 25 dancers in The Silhouettes who will perform at the Liberty Inaugural Ball Friday night. Courtesy photo.
Colorado Military Academy is working on renovating a building it's buying next to Peterson Air Force Base, as organizers prepare to open in the fall with 600 students in grades K-9. Provided rendering.
Students walk on the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs campus Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014 during their first week of the fall semester. Enrollment at the Colorado Springs university has increased 40 percent over the last decade to 11,199. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
FILE - Students walk on the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs campus Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014 during their first week of the fall semester. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
During a "All People's Breakfast" on Monday morning, Colorado College students participate in a performance in honor of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King. Afterwards, many attendees marched from Colorado College to downtown Colorado Springs for a rally in honor of Martin Luther King Day on Monday, January 16, 2017. JERILEE BENNETT, THE GAZETTE
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In this July 19, 2016, photo, Hillary Scott, of the band Lady Antebellum, poses in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)