Several groups of students at Fannin County High School entered the annual World of 7 Billion Video Contest this year. To see complete contest information check out this site.
The competition is open to high school and middle school students worldwide, and the deadline for entry was February 23, 2017. The contest is divided into three categories: Climate Change, Ocean Health, and Rapid Urbanization. Each category awards one 1st place prize of $1000, one 2nd place prize of $500, and two honorable mention prizes of $250 each.
In April, FCHS Seniors Ethan Taylor, Jeffery Whitmire, and Gavin Meeker were notified that they were in the top 10 finalists in the Climate Change category! Out of 3,000 global submissions, they were in the top 30 videos! The seniors next did an interview with the World of 7 Billion Organization, and they were informed that they were selected as an Honorable Mention Prize winner for the 2017 contest!
Audio Video Teacher, Bubba Gibbs: “It is a huge honor to have students produce a prize winning video in a global competition. FCHS has been submitting videos for the World of 7 Billion Contest for three years, and I knew as soon as I saw their video that they had a chance at the prize money. The quality of the video, the editing, the message, and the voice over were the best I have seen produced in the classroom. These students did an excellent job, and I am really proud that they have been recognized for their work.”
Ethan Taylor, Senior FCHS: “This video was a very rewarding experience, allowing us to learn about protecting the environment and the audio video technology pathway. Being able to place in the top 4 out of 3,000 entries is such an honor, and the $250 prize will certainly come in handy as we head off to college!”
Summer Day Camp
Registration is now open at Recreation Department. We have three 2-week sessions.
Dates are: Session 1-June 5-16
Session 2-June 19-30
Session 3-July 10-21
*No camp the week of July 3-7
Cost: $35 per session
Live music every Thursday beginning in May and running through September at Horseshoe Bend Park. Music starts around 6:00 PM and continues until dusk. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy.
THURSDAY, MAY 4, 2017
FANNIN COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT CLOSED DUE TO OVERNIGHT STORMS
THE FANNIN COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT IN BLUE RIDGE, GA WILL CLOSE TODAY AT 11 AM DUE TO FALLEN TREES AND OTHER DEBRIS IN ROADWAYS RESULTING FROM OVERNIGHT STORMS. FURTHER UPDATES WILL BE POSTED TO THE WEBSITE AT NGHD.ORG.
The Fannin County School System does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, religion, creed, or disability in admission to its programs, services, and activities, in access to them, in treatment of individuals, or in any aspect of their operations. For additional information or referral to the appropriate system coordinator, contact the system superintendent’s office at 2290 East First Street, Blue Ridge, Georgia 30513 or 706-632-3771.
Our interview Friday with Speaker of The House David Ralston focused on rural Georgia. Ralston went into detail about the new Rural Georgia Economic Council. This council will be co-chaired by (R) Terry England from Auburn, (R) Jay Powell from Camilla and Vice Chair (R) Sam Watson from Moultry. The council will be holding meetings across Georgia to hear from elected officials, local businesses and citizens about how they feel rural Georgia economy can best be improved. Ralston said jokingly that he better not find out that one meeting took place in Atlanta.
Health care is a major concern in rural Georgia. Several hospitals have closed in rural Georgia areas including one in Ralston’s district in North Georgia. We spoke to Ralston abut one possible solution to meet rural Georgia health care needs. Ralston used the example of the first stand alone emergency room, opened by Piedmont Mountainside Hospital in Gilmer county. In this interview we asked Ralston if Gilmer county still had the possibility of having a full hospital.
Ralston told us that sometime within the next month Governor Nathan Deal would be visiting Gilmer county’s Fire Station 1 to sign the fire fighter’s workmen’s compensation bill. We asked Ralston the difference in this years campus carry bill opposed to last year’s bill which Governor Deal vetoed. Not being able to speak for the Governor, Ralston said he felt they made the changes necessary to get Deal to sign the bill. We also discussed the pay raises agreed upon in the 2017 legislative session for teachers, state law enforcement, and D.F.C.S workers.
Our final question in our interview friday: Speaker Ralston do you see the governor’s mansion in your future?
Mark Henson has been with Fannin County School system for 30 years. He has been the Superintendent of Fannin County Schools for the last 10 years. Henson is retiring in June of this year. During our interview today we asked him about his most memorable moments, some of his most difficult times, and we also discussed the projects that have been accomplished using ESPLOST. Watch the video to hear BKP when he figured out it was time for him to retire.
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The Fannin County Board of Education held a special called meeting on March 24th, 2017. During the meeting recommendations for candidates to serve as Principal in Blue Ridge & East Fannin Elementary schools were approved. April Hodges will serve as the new principal of Blue Ridge Elementary and Mathew Price will fill the position for East Fannin Elementary.
Ms. Sarah Finch, current Principal of East Fannin, was recently hired as the new Fannin County Director of Federal Programs, School Improvement, and Assessment starting July 1st. Ms. Shannon Miller, current Principal of Blue Ridge, was hired as the Fannin County Director of Student Services starting July 1st.
The Fannin County Superintendent of schools, Michael Gwatney, issued the following announcement & congratulations.
Dear FCSS Personnel:
Per our Charter and in response to upcoming principal vacancies, the School Governance Teams of Blue Ridge Elementary and East Fannin Elementary each held a called meeting yesterday. The teams met with prospective candidates, and both made a recommendation for the Board of Education. During a called meeting this afternoon, our Board approved the recommendations. For the 2017-2018 school year, April Hodges will serve as Principal of Blue Ridge Elementary School, and Mathew Price will serve as Principal of East Fannin Elementary School.
Mrs. Hodges comes to us from Effingham County; she currently serves as a principal. Mr. Price currently serves as the Assistant Principal of East Fannin Elementary. You may learn more about them at the following links.
Congratulations Mrs. Hodges and Mr. Price!
See full meeting video: Full Meeting Video