BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – After a lot of practice and many rounds, Fannin County School System (FCSS) named their champion speller. Eighth-grader Chloe Carter will advance for a third year to the Region 1 Competition held in Rome, Georgia, later this month.
FCSS held school-wide spelling bees in the month of January, and the winners from each school met on Jan. 31 at the Board of Education to determine a champion.
“Before I say anything else, I would like to say how proud I am of each of you for reaching the Fannin County School System spelling bee,” Superintendent Dr. Michael Gwatney said, welcoming the competitors.
With family and faculty present, each principal introduced their respective champion.
From Blue Ridge Elementary School, Principal April Hodges introduced school champion Jade Dlugokinski. Cole White, winner of East Fannin Elementary School, was presented by Principal Matt Price. Principal Keith Nuckolls announced the Fannin County Middle School Champion Chloe Carter, and West Fannin Elementary School Principal Lucas Roof introduced their champion Fox Sharp.
Curriculum Director Robert Ensley read the rules and formalities of the spelling bee. These rules must be strictly adhered to within each district for champions to move forward in hopes of reaching the national bee.
Fannin County High School Literacy Coach Sarah Welch was the official caller for the event, giving each student his or her word and further clarification if needed.
The second round saw two competitors eliminated, with a third contestant being eliminated in the following round.
Students Chloe Carter and Cole White battled it out for another round with Carter spelling the winning word for the round, “cruiser”.
As dictated by the rules Carter then had to spell an additional champion word. “Ninja” was spelled with ease by Carter and solidified her as Fannin County spelling champion.
“We are proud to have Ms. Chloe Carter as our eighth grade spelling champion,” Welch announced, officially bringing the bee to a close.
Carter is no stranger to this honor. It is Carter’s third year winning the Fannin County School System spelling bee. Last year, Carter also advanced from the Region 1 Competition to compete at the state level.
The Region 1 competition will take place on Feb. 24 in Rome, Georgia. Carter will face other district champs in hopes of progressing to the state finals.
“Your achievement sets a fine example for the students across our county,” Gwatney beamed to the contestants and congratulated all of the students on their achievements.
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Fannin County Middle School
2016-17 Principal’s List & Honor Roll
3rd Nine Weeks
Keith Nuckolls, principal at Fannin County Middle School, is proud to announce students that are on the Principal’s List and Honor Roll for the 3rd 9 weeks. STUDENTS ON THE PRINCIPAL’S LIST MUST HAVE ALL GRADES OF 93 OR ABOVE. Students on the Honor Roll must have an overall average of 90 or above.
6th Grade 3rd 9 Week Honor Roll
Dawson Michael Acuff, Gretchen Marie Alewel, Sara Jessica Allen, Angela Alvarez, Riley Douglas Angel, Joseph Dylan Annis, Abigail Nicole Baliles, Lucas Scott Barnstead, Trinity Nevaeh Bell, Aaron Walker Belyeu, Nickalus Glenn Boles, Bella Mea Fawlen Bondie, Konner Nathaniel Brown, Madison Grace Buchanan, Drake Kolton Cantrell, Isabella Grace Carr, Matthew Levi Cochran, Kaelin Jaime Cornelius, Monica Dianne Cosentino, Katelyn Leanne Cracknell, Wyatt Joshua Riley Crawford, Christian Grady Crews, Ryan Matthew Crowder, Kennedy Grace Davis, Elizabeth Jade DeAquinos, Halle Brooke Dilbeck, Sabrina Marie Dilbeck, Tyler Charles Ensley, Randell Slade Epperson, Dadrian Leeann Flowers, Alexandra Rose Frabotta, Chelsey Breanne Frye, Ashlyn Ingrid Galloway, Rainin Antoinette Gibbs, Harlee Cheyanne Gilliam, Lena Jillene Gilreath, Thomas Landais Golden, Gracey Angel Greene, Brendon Clay Griffin, Lucus Matthew Hanson, Robert Connor Harden, Brenna Jillian Harper, Jamie Lynne Henson, Alexander Benjamin Higgins, Adam Troy Hollis, Bryson Edward Holloway, Carly Brooke Holloway, Cabella Marie Hughes, Brianna Kaylee Hulsey, Kylee Marie Hunnicutt, Denise Marie Hunter, Samuel Justice Hyatt, Corbin Reed Kendall, Tiona Breanna Kimbrough, Aaron Catherine Kimsey, James Dawson Kyle, Morgan Isabelle Lariscy, Ryan Mackenzie Larson, Amber Rose Locke, Ava Marie Locke, Felicia Marie Long, Logan Scott Long, Nathaniel Lee Maloof, Logan Alexander Martin, Owen William Mathis, Zoe Grace Mathis, Arwen Lynnae McFarland, Jackson Robert Mercer, Matthew Loaiza Mills, Roger Allen Moore, Cooper Chandler Moreland, Adam Grant Mull, Lydia Josilynn Sue Newton, Joseph Blake Nicholson, Peyton McKinnley O’Neal, Lily Anne Oliver, Kaeden Brock Parker, Dylan Wayne Parks, Dev J Patel, Clara Hope Payne, Luke Ryan Pelfrey, Hannah Elizabeth Perry, Ella Nicole Pittman, Bohn Eric Postell, Rachel Beth Prater, Ansley Faye Price, Zoe’ Jade Putnam, Autumn Cassidy Rae, Bearon Zander Ray, Riley Kaylin Reeves, Anna Grace Rhodes, Corey Nathaniel Riendeau, Emily Arellano Salas, Katelyn Elizabeth Sanders, Joseph Caden Sands, Tristan James Siler, Nathan Michael Smith, Kallie Brook Stacy, Clifton Bryan Douglas Stiles, Kadie Grace Thomason, Kristina Nicole Tilson, Anastasia Nicole Tipton, Michael Hayden Treon, Abigail Grace Vest, Andrew Parker Waldrep, Conner Bryce Ware, Lucas Gavin Whitaker, Matthew Kelly Wilbanks, Craig Austin Wilcher, Cadan Otis Williams, Hailey Elaina Williams, Hayleigh Dream Willingham, Courtney Jade Wyant.
6th Grade 3rd 9 Weeks Principal’s List
|McKenzie Kathryn Chastain, Hayden Lane Danner, Madison Emilie Denton, Ivy Marcina Hyde, Samuel Christopher Jabaley, Erin Elise Jones, Brock Connor Mitchell Martin, Kaitlyn Elisabeth Nelson, Joni Simone O’Neal, Reigan Marie O’Neal, Cutter Jude Oyster, Savannah Grace Patton, Aislinn Grace Peel, Cole Ryan Pittman, Madison Elizabeth Ponton, Ava Lynn Queen, Gracie Faith Slay, Caroline Grace Stewart, Emilee Dawn Thomas.|
|7th Grade 3rd 9 Weeks Honor Roll
Lizbeth Giselle Acevedo Montoya, Ricardo Arellanes Alvarado, Luke Alexander Baggett, April Renee Bearden, Payton Lane Bearden, Lonnie Alexander Beaver, Aubree Jade Beavers, Jordan Douglas Bennett, Jolie Danielle Breeden, Cooper Pharis Brooks, Toby Glen Brooks, Tiana Marie Campbell, Breanna Sue Carroll, Easton Alan Chancey, Alyson Renea Chastain, Carson Michael Collis, Taylor Alan Collis, Anthony James Covey, Carly Jane Cox, Hannah Delaney Cox, Breana Nicole Davis, Brooke Alexandria Davis, Jackson Windell Davis, Hunter Scott DeMar, Katilyn Winnieford DeYoung, Jack Christian Dlugokinski, Haley Michelle Ensley, Kenneth Logan Floyd, Christopher Ignatios Gaitanoglou, Austin Kyle Garland, Erin Julianna Gonzales, Aaliyah Mariam Green, Jaylen Alexis Green, David Tanner Hamby, Corbin Dallas Head, Austin Troy Hollis, Rachael Brice Jessen, Devon Marcus Jones, Ethan Richard Jones, Makayla Ralynn Jones, Kaylie Raye Kendall, Giovanni Leal Garcia, Blake Garrison Ledford, Rebecca Claire Ledford, Annabel Lee Lillard, Riley Cameron Lindstrom, Alexis Grace Long, Hayden Thomas Lynch, Carter Michael Mann, Hannah Grace Mashburn, Megan Elizabeth McDaniel, Cameron Thatcher McDaris, Aerial Cheyanne McKinney, Emily Savannah Mealer, Graycee Diane Mintz, Sawyer Aaron Moreland, Ty Andrew Nazerian, Ryanne Jay Newman, Jules Nadine Nicholson, Landon Gregory Norton, Daisy Elizabeth Oliver, Levi Dalton Pierce, Taylor Nicole Poland, Leah McKenzie Pope, Raven Lynn Porter, Katy Alison Prince, Scott Edward Pulliam, Kiersten Zoe Queen, Amber Elizabeth Quinton, Jacob Avery Raines, Caitlin Adaline Raper, Heidi Rose Ray, Hannah Victoria Redfern, Seth Thomas Reece, Mary Alexa Rice, Christalee Rios-Espinoza, Max Dylan Roberson, Robert Douglas Russell, Anthony Robert Sabia, Samantha Morgan Sadler, Hallie Elizabeth Shuler, Hannah Nicole Sisson, Austin Bryce Smith, Chance Malin Stacy, Kalliee Denise Stanley, Tadin Jane Strickland, Kinsley Ellington Sullivan, Justin Marquis Tanner, Jessie Lynn-Dean Teasley, Hailee Jo Turner, Drake Benton Usry, Jackson Rives Vaughn, Erin Kennedi Walker, Carson Riley Wehunt, Faith Ann White, Kaitlyn Dawn White, Jenna Rae Young, Kathryn Grace Young.
7th Grade Principal’s List
Rachel Reagan Bruce, Ashlyn Skye Burger, Chlow Alayna-Erin Carter, Cassidy Faith Culpepper, Haylee Jade Dye, Kirsten Summer Holloway, Cater Andrew Johnson, Sydeny Grace McGill, Emily Noel Turner, Reagan McKenzie York
8th Grade Honor Roll
Alyssa Kay Anderson, Ana Beth Arvidson, Catherine Aleah Rose Ballew, Hannah Mae Barton, Prisila Aida Bautista, Shelby Marie Belt, Austin Thomas Belyeu, Andre Levier Bivens, Alejandro Blanco, Marli Elyse Bond, Evan Scott Bradburn, Elijah James Brisbay-Cochran, Jackie Elizabeth Brown, Daniel Mason Bundy, Christopher Lee Burk, Micheal William Carter, Coy Jay Chambers, Teagan Saige Cioffi, Cora Abigail Clemmons, Taylor Grace Cobb, Brooklyn Shae Cole, Taylor Brooke Coleman, Chloe Kierston Collis, Patrick Daniel Conner, Kylee Jaden Cornelius, Dakota Allen Crawford, Brittany Noel Damiano, Anthony Logan Dewitt, Isobella Soleil Dilbeck, Michael John Dillard, Kayla Renae Dills, Jordan Max Ensley, Matthew Joseph Ferrado, Catherine Dianne Finley, Jaylynn Michell Flowers, Paige Channing Foresman, Brayden Wesley Foster, Tyler Newton Fox, Ashley Claire Frye, Mariana Cheyanne Garcia, Audrey Nicole Gillis, Tucker Stanley Hanson, Kennedy Leigh Harper, Andrew Ryan Harris, Luke Patrick Holloway, Clayton James Huff, Larissa Tray-Ann Hughes, Cohutta Hendrix Hyde, Mackenzie Faith Johnson, Mathew Scott Johnson, Jacob Clayton Jones, Mikayla Nicole Kendall, Kennedy Cinclare Lawrence, Henry Alexander Leben, Abigail Elizabeth Ledford, Tommy Keith Ledford, Kyla Nicole Locklear, Hernan Emmanuel Mares, Logan Brady Mitchell Martin, Rachel Selene Mashburn, Emily Gracie Neal McClure, Ashley Victoria McGill, James Wesley Mercer, Thomas Edward Mercer, Hailey Sky Millsaps, Emmalyn Daisy Mitchell, John Warner Moler, Tiffany Renee Mull, Lauren Taylor Murphy, Gavin Micah Myers, Allison Elizabeth Nuckolls, Lainey Amelia Panter, Brianna Marie Parker, Carly Madison Payne, Emma Marie Payne, Parker Asel Peugh, Caleb McKinley Postell, Jacob Michael Preising, Sierra Grace Reynolds, Gracie Brooks Rice, Summer Brooklynn Rogers, Wyatt Zeke Rogers, Lesley Arellano Salas, William Jacob Sands, Kaylee Marie Scarbary, Erin Elisabeth Scully, Olivia Nicole Sisson, Wyatt Jackson Standridge, Courtney Lanor Tamberino, Sydney Alexandra Tarpley, Evan Roger Thomas, Natalie Kaye Thomas, Isabella Naomi Tocci, Karder Amburn Towe, Hailey Kathaleen Tucker, Lyndsay Grace Turner, McCay Walker Turner, Liam Alexsey Walker, Victoria Catherine Walker, Karly Brianne Waters, Chanley Jill Watson, Evie Leann Webb, Aidan Carl Williams, Makenzie Belle Miracle Wilson, Mason David Workman, Kimberly Sarah Wyant.
8th Grade Principal’s List
Cooper Jeffrey Boyle, John Samuel Dillard
This year, 6th grade students won’t be the only people new to the school. Fannin County Middle School Principal, Keith Nuckolls will be new, too. Granted, his eyes won’t be wide-eyed with first day jitters. But, he will be just as excited as the new students about what is possible in this new chapter in life.
Last week, Mr. Nuckolls sat down with Fannin County newspapers to introduce himself to students, parents, teachers and the community. Mr. Nuckolls has a clear sense of the character and academic ability he wants Fannin children to leave middle school with. He knows that the success of his vision depends on collaboration among teachers, students and parents and support from the community. Mr. Nuckolls said that all great schools have community buy-in. Talking to people around Fannin County, he realized that people here believe we (the Fannin community) are doing something great for kids.
Mr. Nuckolls’ belief is that each child is an individual. It is a teacher’s responsibility to guide a child’s learning so that the child has pride in that “A-ha” moment, when the connections between different information click and the child has learned something that positively affects the rest of life, not just the scores on state-mandated tests. He wants children to be who they are and, at the same time, be able to fit into mainstream society. He thinks that great learning comes from students asking the question why and teachers giving student the freedom and framework for finding out the answers together.
Mr. Nuckolls thinks that parents, children and teachers are all on the same page. “In children’s heart of hearts and in mine, they want to be the best. Parents want them to be the best. We are all on the same team. When you are on the same team, great things happen,” says Mr. Nuckolls. On those unfortunate occasions when parents must visit the school due to an incident with their child, Mr. Nuckolls want them to leave with a better understanding of the situation and all different parts that play into it, not just their child’s part.
In terms of the teachers at the school, Mr. Nuckolls sees himself as the driver of a great machine that already exists. As such, he wants to grow the school with the direction of the teachers instead of impose it from the top. One style of teaching he particularly encourages is collaboration between teachers, a style that Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) teaching uses. STEM teaching techniques use less traditional teaching methods and more individualized teaching methods. Also, STEM teaching familiarizes students with the scientific method: observe, make a question, look for the answer and start again, ever growing the knowledge. Mr. Nuckolls sees STEM teaching is a great answer to “the bundles of energy waiting to explode” that middle school kids are. STEM teaching is hands-on, active learning, which is a good release for the bundle of energy and grows confident children who are secure in what they know.
He realizes that teaching is only 2/3 of what a teacher does in the classroom. The other 1/3 is a teacher emotionally connecting with a student so that the student is receptive to learning the information. He calls this “invisible nurturing”. Also, the connection gives the teachers a gateway into learning who the student is as an individual and how the individual learns the best. Mr. Nuckolls also likes his faculty to use education data about learning styles and effective methods. In fact, as a school administrator in Clay County, North Carolina, he implemented the data analysis system for the school.
By now, Mr. Nuckolls has met most of the faculty and he is “exceptionally impressed” by them. He also thanks former Principal Lori Chastain for the tremendous time she spent teaching him the ropes, not just the rules, of the school.
Mr. Nuckolls has short-, mid- and long-term goals he wants for Fannin County Middle School. First is changing the school’s mission from “getting children ready for high school” to one that incorporates abilities for all of life, not only high school. He sees a middle school’s mission as building minds, reasoning, logic and enhancing traditional values.
His mid-term goals, which he believes he can start at the beginning of his second year, is building up the STEM program at the middle school. He wants students to be able to choose mini-STEM classes in their electives. He hopes to start a Robotics team at the middle school and enter into state competitions. This area is not new to Mr. Nuckolls. In North Carolina, he started the STEM program at his school.
For long-term goals, he wants to see more high school credit classes offered at the middle school. He gives an example of math. Right now, the middle school does not offer Algebra I or II. Only the high school does. If some middle school students can complete Algebra I and II in middle school, it means that they can study more advanced math in high school, like Calculus I and II. Fannin County High School Principal Erik Cioffi agrees with the goal.
Then there is that passion that has been with him throughout his life, baseball. Mr. Nuckolls played college baseball for Piedmont College in Demorest. When he was in North Carolina he helped coach his high school’s team to the state play offs. FetchYourNews asked if he had any goal of taking the baseball team to the Little League World Series. No, he said, but he will make sure that the Fannin baseball players know that they can play anyone anywhere and be confident about competing.
Mr. Nuckolls comes to Fannin County from Clay County, North Carolina where he has over 20 years of teaching and administrative experience. He has been a teacher, Assistant Principal at middle school and high school and a high school Principal. His wife of 33 years is also a teacher. They have three children in their 20s. Mr. Nuckolls and his wife live outside of Young Harris, just over the state line in Weaver, North Carolina.
Mr. Nuckolls sought out a way to work in Fannin County, not the other way around. During trips passing through Blue Ridge onto another place, Mr. Nuckolls kept saying to his wife, “Blue Ridge is a nice place to live.” Around 2014, he started looking for a way to become part of the Fannin Community. He applied for the Middle School Principal position this year and was hired on the recommendation of the Fannin County Middle School’s School Governance Team.