The Fannin County High school FFA recently attended the FFA State Convention. The event was held at Macon, Georgia on April 26-28, 2018.
Here students joined in on the celebration of several events, participated in competitions, heard from amazing motivational speakers, listened to the retiring state officers address, and heard from our state governor. In the evening, they were entertained by singing sensation, Frankie Ballard.
The following FFA members attended the conference: Jacob Abercrombie, Andrew Born, Dakota Burke, Hannah Cain, Kayden Couch, Brooke Crowder, Cody Dills, Kayla Dills, Zach Franklin, Kiaya Jones, Taylor Long, Asher Patterson, Shelby Postell, Andrew Seites, Sydney Tarpley, Taylor Tarpley, Aaron Walden, Grace Walden, and Bretton Williams.
While at the state convention, Sydney Tarpley competed and placed 8th in the Agriscience Fair with her project, “Which has a higher hatch rate chicken or quail”. Andrew Seites competed in the Agricultural Proficiency category and placed 3rd in the state. Tayelor Long was a state officer candidate and part of the courtesy corps.
The FFA has several degrees that a FFA member can acquire while in middle and high school. They are the discovery, greenhand, chapter, and state degree. All of these degrees require an FFA member to have an SAE, Supervised Agricultural Experience. The difference is determined by their community service, hours of SAE, money made from the SAE, and participation in their local FFA chapter. The following Fannin County FFA members received their state degree, which is the highest degree in high school, at the state convention: Asher Patterson, Zachary Franklin, Aaron Walden, Tayelor Long, Hailee Mealer, and Kelly Locke. The American degree is the final degree which can only be earned after a student has graduated high school and presented at our National Convention in October. Last year, Tyler Messer received this honor. This coming year, Seth Davis will be receiving his American Degree a the 2018 National Convention.
While at this convention, our state Governor Sunny Perdue, signed the house bill SB 330 with the state FFA officers. This bill that has passed the House and Senate will allow a pilot program of agriculture to be taught at the elementary level.
FFA is a national organization of over 600,000 members preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture. FFA is an integral part of the agricultural education program in public schools. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.
Cherie White is the Fannin County High School FFA advisor. The State convention is sponsored by various corporations such as Kubota Manufacturing of America, Yancey Brothers Company, Golden Peanut & Tree Nuts, Walton EMC, and Georgia’s Ag Tag Sales.
BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – Several school system accomplishments were mentioned and this school year’s retirees were honored at the end-of-the-year meeting of Fannin County Schools at the Performing Arts Center Wednesday, May 30.
Superintendent Dr. Michael Gwatney kicked the meeting off by announcing 198 students recently graduated from Fannin County High School.
“That’s reflective of the wonderful work that is done by the faculty and staff and leadership at Fannin County High School,” Gwatney added, “but it also speaks volumes for what happens at elementary and middle schools to prepare the students to get them to these levels.”
Gwatney also thanked the Board of Education for a 1 percent across-the-board permanent pay increase for school system personnel.
“And as I stand here before you today, always remember that you are a member of the greatest and most honorable profession,” the superintendent told the countless number of educators and school employees in attendance. “Ladies and gentlemen, ours is the one profession in which all professions must pass.”
Later, Board of Education member Steve Stanley praised Gwatney’s own leadership asking everyone in attendance, “Don’t you guys think that Dr. Gwatney did a great job this year?”
To this, the audience responded with a resounding round of applause for the superintendent.
Lewis DeWeese, BOE chairman, also spoke of the change he saw this year under Dr. Gwatney. “I’ve been saying it for the last year or so, our system has a new spirit, a new friendly, open, honest willingness to share (and) work together,” DeWeese stated.
BOE member Bobby Bearden also took a moment to thank the employees of the school system saying, “It’s been a blessing and an honor to work with people like you.”
Several awards and achievements, received both for schools and individuals throughout the school year, were recognized at the meeting.
This school year’s Teachers of the Year were also mentioned again during the meeting. Those educators included Erin Colbert, from Blue Ridge Elementary, Kathy Culpepper, from East Fannin Elementary, Amber Mitchell, from West Fannin Elementary, Nathasha Anderson, from Fannin County Middle, and Shan Culpepper, from Fannin County High. Culpepper also held the distinction of being Teacher of the Year for the entire school system.
Sarah Welch and Jordan Newman were also recognized this past school year for being the Star Teacher and Star Student of the Year for 2017-18, respectively.
Regarding the high school, Fannin County High School (FCHS) was also ranked statewide and nationally in U.S. News’ annual Best High Schools rankings. According to those rankings, FCHS was ranked 63 in the state and 2,593 in the nation. This was the third time in the last four years FCHS has been ranked by U.S. News in this category with the previous years being 2015 and 2017. The high school also earned a Silver Award for falling in the top 12 percent nationally.
Fannin County Middle School (FCMS) was also praised for its accomplishments, most notably in that the school placed first in an online Reading Bowl and fourth in face-to-face competition. FCMS also earned an honorary degree in life science.
Blue Ridge Elementary received recognition for earning a High Progress Award among Title 1 schools. High Progress Award schools are among the top 10 percent of Title 1 schools based on the three-year average of College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) progress scores.
East Fannin Elementary held the distinction this school year of being one of only five Family-Friendly Partnership Schools in the state of Georgia.
Also, West Fannin Elementary enjoyed the success of becoming the 36th Science Technology Engineering Mathematics (STEM) certified school in the state.
Twenty-five educators in the school system became certified as Level 1 Google Educators this school year. This status indicates that an educator is able to successfully implement Google Suite for Education into their teaching practice in order to enhance teaching and learning.
The school system’s nutrition program participated in the Shake It Up initiative, which is a state-wide initiative to change the culture school nutrition in three areas: tasty meals, friendly cafeterias and happy schools. The nutrition programs at all five county schools received the Gold Award in this initiative.
The school system also took time to honor this year’s retirees throughout Fannin County Schools. Those retirees included:
· From Blue Ridge Elementary, media specialist Robbie Callihan and nutritionist Mildred Johnson;
· From East Fannin Elementary, teachers Katie Holloway and Lynn Weeks, academic coach Crystal Cooke, and paraprofessional Sandra Ross;
· From West Fannin Elementary, nutritionist Wanda Stewart and teacher Betty Holsonback;
· From Fannin County Middle, teachers Cindy Wood and Linda Nave, and nutritionists Judy Glasgow, Sue Postell, and Gayle Queen;
· From Fannin County High, secretaries Robin Kirby and Gail Bennett, paraprofessional Phillip Nastyn, teachers Terry Callihan and Kim Kribbs, and nutritionists Amanda O’Neal and Leslie Perenich;
· System-wide deaf/hard of hearing teacher Marcie Harper and speech therapist Pam Lapham;
· School bus drivers Margie Kolesky and Sheryl Campbell;
· From the school system maintenance department, Archie Bice; and
· From the Central Office, accounts payable bookkeeper Connie Grindstaff and Associate Superintendent Betsy Hyde.
“What an honor this has been,” Gwatney told the retirees. “I wish you all the best.”
Following the ceremony, the rock band Apollo, which is comprised of three Fannin County students, played a spirited version of the Foo Fighters’ classic anthem “My Hero” as a tribute to the retirees as well as the existing educators and employees of the Fannin County School System.
Concluding the day’s event, Gwatney stated, “Ladies and gentlemen, we aspire to guide and lead the future, but most of all, you remember why we’re here. It’s for the kids. Everyone have a great summer.”
Fannin County High School Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) earned recognition from National FCCLA for the 2017-2018 Go for the Red Campaign. Go For the Red is an FCCLA membership campaign that provides incentives for members and chapters working to increase membership. Go For the Red empowers students to recruit, retain, and recognize members. FCHS FCCLA earned Gold status for recruiting over 20 new students into their Career and Technical Organization. Bobbi Pippin, sophomore at FCHS, earned the individual Go for the Red Award for recruiting 3 or more new students into the organization on her own. FCHS FCCLA Chapter and Bobbi Pippin will be recognized at the FCCLA National Leadership Conference this summer. Pictured here are FCCLA Adviser, Lauren Owenby and FCCLA Vice President, Bobbi Pippin.
First Grade students from East Fannin Elementary School visited Fannin County High School on Tuesday, May 1st. The students visited all of the Career Technical and Agricultural Education classes while on their field trip. Students spend majority of their afternoon with the FCHS students in the Foods and Nutrition and Early Childhood Education classes. Learning centers, designed by Early Childhood Education students, were set up for the 1st graders to enjoy. These centers included activities to teach the 1st grade students about healthy nutrition, exercise, and sensory learning. The students left with a variety of items that they created on their own including a homemade aquarium, play doh, and sensory sticks.
The Fannin County High School Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) Chapter hosted a diaper drive during the month of April. The diaper drive was designed to support the new First Call Pregnancy Center in Blue Ridge. In total, FCCLA collected 2,099 diapers. “Family is the central focus of FCCLA. What better way to foster the family unit than donating to an organization that helps welcome precious new lives into this world,” stated FCCLA Adviser Lauren Owenby. With their adviser, several members of the organization delivered the diapers to the center. Pictured above, from left to right, are First Call Pregnancy Center Director Margaret Keck, FCCLA members, Hailee Mealer, Sierra Reynolds, Chloe Clemmons, Hannah Fortenberry, Cora Clemmons, Cady Finley, and Hope Parris.
On Friday, March 23, we had our annual Miss FCHS Pageant. We are so proud of all the ladies who participated as contestants and the gentlemen who participated as escorts. Please congratulate the following outstanding individuals:
Miss FCHS – Cassidy Graham
1st Runner Up – Baylee Sue Williams
2nd Runner Up – Rachel Versyn
People’s choice – Baylee Sue Williams
Most Photogenic – Madeleine Harris
Best Walk – Abigail Criteser
Best Talent – Lora Gwatney
Miss Congeniality- Rachel Versyn
Mr. Congeniality – Grayson Carter
Best Escort – Micah Baugh