FCMS 7th Grade Awards Program

Fannin Middle


FCMS 6th Grade Awards Program

Fannin Middle


FFA Awards

Fannin Middle

FFA Creed

In March, 8th grade FFA member Emilee Thomas represented Fannin Middle in the FFA Creed Speaking competition. For this competition, she has to recite the 5 paragraph standards for all FFA members, as well as answering questions about the history. She advanced to the preliminary round at Ashworth Middle School and she placed fourth in North Georgia.

Middle School Recordbook

Annelise Hughes, a 6th grade FFA member at Fannin Middle, competed in the Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) Record Book competition. She received a silver medal for her hard work. For the competition, she created a video about agriculture in Blue Ridge. She toured around local chicken farms and even local agribusinesses such as “A Taste of Amish.” The Record Book competition teaches students how to keep records of their activities towards a single goal.

Emilee Thomas

L-R Annelise Hughes, Layne Epperson, Carsyn Cornelius

STEM Night at FCMS

Fannin Middle

Last evening, April 2nd, the students of Fannin County Middle School participated in the Invent It Challenge. Winners were chosen for 1st and 2nd places, Most Original, and Best Seller. Below is a description of the Invent It Challenge for 2019.

The Invent It Challenge is an annual competition that inspires students around the world to unleash their inner inventor! The competition was created 8 years ago by Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center and Cricket Media, with the goal of educating, engaging and empowering kids across the globe to learn and use the invention process to make change in our world. Since then, thousands of kids around the globe have tried their hands at inventing through the Challenge, and many have gone on to patent their ideas!

Every year, students document their use of Smithsonian’s 7 step Spark! Lab Invention Process, to brainstorm new inventions to solve global problems. For the 2019 Dr. InBae Yoon Challenge, participants will focus their minds and talent on generating inventions that enhance and improve the daily lives and activities of older adults.

Often entire classroom of students enter either individually or as teams. Teachers and home school parents love it as their students get to apply their STEM skills in an engaging real-world challenge. The high-quality, free curriculum provided by the Smithsonian and Cricket Media make participating a smooth learning experience for students, educators, and parents alike.



FCMS – 8th Grade Awards Night

Fannin Middle

Please find below all the students that were honored on 8th Grade Awards Night.  The group photo includes everyone honored.

Students of the Year:  Sawyer Moreland and Sydney McGill. 


8A Jimmy Williams

8B Derrick Jones


Advanced Reading

8A Leah Pope

8B Rachel Bruce

Language Arts

8A Jimmy Williams

8B  Anthony Sabia

Advanced Language Arts

8A Reagan York    

8B Sydney McGill


8A Kalliee Stanley

8B Graycee Mintz

Advanced Math

8A Sawyer Moreland

8B Kiersten Holloway


8A  Dylan Collins

8B Lexy Long

Advanced Science

8A James Squires

8B Ashlyn Burger

Georgia Studies

8A Sawyer Moreland

8B A.J. Covey


Visual Arts:  

Sydney McGill

Introduction to Digital Technology:  

Will Watkins

Career Education:

A.J. Covey

Physical Education:

Boy: Levi Pierce

Girl:  Erin Gonzales


Sydney McGill


Rob Russell


Caitlin Raper


Spelling Bee

8A Reagan York

8B Chloe Carter

Perfect Attendance


Aubree Beavers
Ashlyn Burger
Xavier Crowley
Jackson Davis
Toby Davis
Cater Johnson
Juston ‘JT’ McDaniel
Emily Mealer
Garret Mervine
Jacob Queen
Christalee Rios-Espinoza
Max Roberson


Luke Baggett
Logan Carroll
Aaliyah Green
Kirsten Holloway
Annabel Lillard
Aerial McKinney
Hayden Rose
Kinsley Sullivan
Nathan Thomas

Daughters of the American Revolution Essay Winner:   

Each year Fannin County Middle School participates in the Old Unicoi Trail National Society  of the Daughters of the American Revolution Essay Contest. This year the topic was World War I and its effect on our nation. Over three hundred students competed in the essay competition and from those the overall winner of her age group is

Leah Pope

REACH Scholars:

REACH Georgia’s mission is to ensure that Georgia’s academically promising students have the academic, social, and financial support needed to graduate from high school, access college, and achieve postsecondary success.  REACH Scholars are selected in middle school and sign a contract along with their parents to maintain grades, remain crime, drug, and behavior issue free, and meet with a volunteer mentor and academic coach until they graduate from high school. To be awarded their $10,000 scholarship, each Scholar must continue to meet program requirements until high school graduation.

Our 2017 – 2018 FCMS REACH Scholars are

Ricardo Arellanes

Aubree Beavers

Hunter DeMar

Aaliyah Green

Kaigan Mull

Principal’s List: Students must have all grades above a 93 for a grading period to receive the Principal’s List Award.

Ricardo Arellanes Alvarado Ryanne Jay Newman
Aubree Jade Beavers Daisy Elizabeth Oliver
Jolie Danielle Breeden Leah McKenzie Pope
Rachel Reagan Bruce Raven Lynn Porter
Ashlyn Skye Burger Amber Elizabeth Quinton
Chloe Alayna-Erin Carter Jacob Avery Raines
Alyson Renea Chastain Samantha Morgan Sadler
Anthony James Covey Hallie Elizabeth Shuler
Hunter Scott DeMar James  Squires
Erin Julianna Gonzales Kinsley Ellington Sullivan
Kirsten Summer Holloway Emily Noel Turner
Cater Andrew Johnson Drake Benton Usry
Jacob Daniel Kuna Kaitlyn Dawn White
Annabel Lee Lillard Reagan McKenzie York
Sydney Grace McGill Jenna Rae Young
Sawyer Aaron Moreland Kathryn Grace Young

Presidential Awards

The following students have qualified for a Silver Presidential Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement Award for either making

  1. Straight A’s for 6th and 7th grades and through the fall semester of 8th grade OR
  2. For exceeding on state tests for either 6th or 7th grades.  The students who receive this award only have to meet one criterion.

The following students qualify for an Outstanding Academic Achievement Award:

Cater Andrew Johnson
Ethan Richard Jones
Ryanne Jay Newman
Samantha Morgan Sadler

Students receiving the Gold  Presidential Awards for Outstanding Academic Excellence are required to meet the following highly rigorous criteria:

  1. GPA in all subject areas must be 90-100 in 6th & 7th grade school years and fall semester of 8thgrade AND
  2. High Achievement in reading or math on state test for the 6th and 7th grade. The students who receive this award have to meet both of the rigorous criteria.

The following students qualify for the Presidential Award for Outstanding Academic Excellence:

Ricardo Arellanes Alvardo

Rachel Reagan  Bruce

Ashlyn Skye Burger

Kirsten Summer Holloway

Sydney Grace McGill

Ann Higdon Math Award – Is awarded annually to the student with the highest score on the Georgia Milestones exam. It is awarded annually in memory of FCMS math teacher Ann Higdon. This award will be presented when the Milestones results are returned from the state.

Citizenship Awards

8A     Adaelyn Ray & Jackson Davis

8B     Carly Cox & Kaleb Couch

Students of the Month 8A

August – Leah Pope & Seth Reece

September – Cassidy Culpepper & Sawyer Moreland

October – Ashlyn Burger & Ricardo Arellanes

November – Raven Porter & Cater Johnson

December – Adaelyn Ray & Jackson Davis

January – Aubree Beavers & Corbin Head

February – Emily Turner & Noah Hess

March – Reagan York & Toby Davis

April – Becca Ledford & Coy Mealer

May – Erin Gonzales & Hunter DeMar

Student of the Year for 8A

Sawyer Moreland

Students of the Month 8B

August – Annabel Lillard & A.J. Covey

September –Sydney McGill & Trey Riccitiello

October – Kirsten Holloway & Christopher Gaitanoglou

November – Rachel Bruce & James Squires

December – Kathryn Young & Hunter Ramey

January – Carly Cox & Giovanni Leal

February – Aaliyah Green & Scott Pulliam

March – Kaylie Kendall & Kaleb Couch

April – Aly Chastain & Tripp Hill

May – Lexi Long & Carter Mann

Student of the Year for 8B

Sydney McGill


Congratulations to the following FBLA members

Fannin County High

Congratulations to the following Fannin County High School Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) members:

Camden Neal placed second in Marketing

Jordan Ensley placed second place in Intro to Public Speaking

Miranda Fain placed first place in Impromptu Speaking

**Miranda Fain and Jordan Ensley will go on to compete at the FBLA State Conference.**


Community, Featured


March 17, 2017 

Contact: Jennifer King, (706) 529-5757 / Jennifer.King@dph.ga.gov




Ringgold (GA) – Several emergency responders were awarded for outstanding service to their communities at The Colonnade in Ringgold, Georgia on March 16th during the 2017 Northwest Georgia Region 1 Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Council Awards Banquet.


The banquet is held each year to honor Emergency Medical Services providers and stakeholders from Bartow, Catoosa, Chattooga, Cherokee, Dade, Fannin, Floyd, Gilmer, Gordon, Haralson, Murray, Paulding, Pickens, Polk, Walker and Whitfield Counties for excellence in pre-hospital care, education, pioneering and special achievements.


The 2017 Northwest Georgia Region 1 EMS Awards were presented as follows:


–        SPECIAL RECOGNITION: Air Medical Personnel


–        EMS REGION 1 PERSON OF THE YEAR – “THE ONE”: Lana Duff, Operations Manager at Angel EMS


–        DAVID LOFTIN PEDIATRIC CALL OF THE YEAR: Aaron Gaddis and Eric Mantooth of Hamilton EMS, Whitfield County


–        TOMMY GAYLER MEDICAL CALL OF THE YEAR: Josh Everett and James Morris of Metro Atlanta Ambulance Service, Paulding County


–        DR. RICHARD A GRAY EXCELLENCE IN TRAUMA AWARD: Andrew Burnette, Cathy Green and Aaron Freeman of Gilmer County Fire and Rescue


–        DR. JAMES H CREEL, JR. PIONEER OF THE YEAR: Tony Cooper of Floyd EMS, based in Rome, Georgia


–        DR. VIRGINIA HAMILTON SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: Dr. Rashi Gupta of Kennestone Medical Center and Dennis Kelly of Puckett EMS, North Georgia Division


–        MIKE MILLER EMS EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR: Claudio Leyssens of Georgia Northwestern Technical College


–        STANLEY PAYNE EMS LEADERSHIP AWARD: Carlton Firestone of AMBUCARE EMS, Haralson County


–        EMS REGION 1 EMT OF THE YEAR: Samantha Kimball of AMBUCARE EMS, Haralson County


–        DANNY HALL MEMORIAL PARAMEDIC OF YEAR: Tracy Turner of Bartow County EMS


–        REGION 1 EMS SERVICE OF THE YEAR: Floyd EMS, based in Rome, Georgia


–        DR. PAUL NASSOUR LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: Don Taylor of Region 1 Honor Guard, Floyd EMS, based in Rome, Georgia


Many council members, loved ones, friends and associates were on hand to offer support to the award recipients for their achievements and well-deserved recognition.


Congratulations to all award recipients for their outstanding service to their communities.




  1. JAMES H CREEL, JR. PIONEER OF THE YEAR – Dr. James Creel was instrumental in creating the Georgia EMS System in Northwest Georgia and has served as a regional medical director for Region 1 and Hutcheson Medical Center during his distinguished career.


  1. VIRGINIA HAMILTON SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD – Dr. Hamilton was the health director for District 1-1of the Georgia Department of Public Health during the early years of EMS, and she helped shape the EMS role within public health and the community.


DAVID LOFTIN PEDIATRIC CALL OF THE YEAR – David Loftin served at the Region 1 Office of EMS for 30 years, starting as a grant writer, who wrote the federal grants to create the system. Loftin retired in 2010 as the regional director. He was instrumental in creating both Safe Kids and EMS for children’s groups around the region and was a pioneer in getting care seat programs established to serve families in securing  babies properly for travel in vehicles.


  1. RICHARD A GRAY EXCELLENCE IN TRAUMA AWARD – Dr. Gray was the first trauma surgeon in the first trauma center designated in Georgia –Floyd Medical Center in Rome. He was hired by the Regional EMS Project to establish a region wide trauma system, and in doing so, he oversaw the development of a network of three trauma centers in the region and the establishment of rapid air ambulance services to transport the more complicated cases to trauma centers in Chattanooga and Atlanta. Taken from this life in 2010, Dr. Gray was a great surgeon and an even better human being.


TOMMY GAYLER MEDICAL CALL OF THE YEAR – Tommy Gayler was a paramedic, firefighter, flight nurse, educator and emergency department nurse. He was as an educator, training EMS services on 12-lead EKGs and tPAs (tissue plasminogen activators), enabling them to save heart muscle in patients with heart attacks.  This concept eventually

evolved into the race to cardiac catheterization labs called the STEMI program. He was involved in this transition, which has led to many lives being saved and to a better quality of life for heart attack patients. Gayler passed away in 2014, but he is remembered for his many contributions to EMS.


DANNY HALL MEMORIAL PARAMEDIC OF YEAR – Danny Hall excelled as a firefighter and a paramedic, having served in both Murray and Floyd Counties. He endlessly taught cardiac, trauma and pediatric courses throughout the entire region in order to pass his knowledge to others. He was recognized and admired by the people he supervised everywhere he worked. He always set the bar high and everyone was eager to follow his example. Hall was devoted to rendering the highest level of care to all of his patients and had a will of iron but a heart of gold. He served on the EMS council for years and was unfortunately taken early in death.


MIKE MILLER EMS EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR – Mike Miller was a paramedic for Floyd Medical Center EMS and Polk County EMS, but he is best known as the first paramedic instructor at Coosa Valley Technical School, now Georgia Northwestern Technical College. He trained most of the paramedics who were the first paramedics for their services in the southern part of Region 1. He served in the Region 1 Office of EMS & Trauma as a regional training coordinator and addressed the problem of low pass rates for Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) courses in the region. His students said that he was the single best instructor they had ever experienced. Miller passed away in 1993 but will always be remembered.


STANLEY PAYNE EMS LEADERSHIP AWARD – Stanley Payne was one of the first three employees of Floyd Hospital Ambulance Service in 1966 after having worked for years at a local funeral home answering ambulance calls. He rose to become the director of the service and under his leadership advanced life support was established; Payne had a talent at improving the design of ambulances and some of his improvements were adopted by ambulance manufacturers which continued to use to this day. His leadership talents were recognized state-wide and he served multiple terms as the Chairman of the Region 1 EMS Council and Georgia’s EMS advisory council. He was known for his benevolence to his employees and the poor of Floyd County – especially children. Payne passed away in 2004.


  1. PAUL NASSOUR LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD – Dr. Paul “Nasty” Nassour was one of the founding fathers of EMS in Region 1. He was the medical director for many EMS, Fire and Police agencies, including Bartow County EMS and Hutcheson Medical Center EMS. He also served several years as the Region 1 Office of EMS & Trauma Medical Director. He put himself through medical school by working the oil rigs in Louisiana during the summers. He received help from no one. He worked long hours at many of the emergency departments around the region during his career, where his compassionate care and skilled hands cared for the people of those communities. He did all these things out of his lifelong desire to help people. Not only was he a physician, but he was also a mentor and educator to many EMS personnel, region wide. However, he is best remembered as the guardian angel of health for public safety personnel, as he always took care of them and their families when they were sick. Dr. Nassour passed away in March of 2015 and the Region 1 Lifetime Achievement Award was renamed in his honor.




EMT OF THE YEAR – This award is presented to an Emergency Medical Technician who displays above average skills, attitude, servitude and leadership, as well as other criteria.


EMS SERVICE OF THE YEAR – This is presented to the EMS Agency whose nomination scores highest on 11 criteria that includes standards, protocols, violations, innovation and community service, to name a few.


SPECIAL RECOGNITION – Each year a special group of providers are collectively recognized for their service. Past recipients have been the Dinosaurs of EMS (30+ yrs of service), Pioneering Women of EMS (20+ yrs of service) and the Region 1 EMS Honor Guard.


EMS PERSON OF THE YEAR – “THE ONE” – Selected by the Region 1 Office of EMS & Trauma Regional Director, the recipient of this award is the person who has been the most instrumental in assisting with regional projects during the past year.



To have direct access to this press release online, please log onto the North Georgia Health District website at http://nghd.org/pr/34-/847-nw-ga-emergency-responders-awarded-at-annual-ems-banquet.html


Thank you,


Jennifer King
Public Information Officer and
Risk Communicator
North Georgia Health District 1-2 of the

Georgia Department of Public Health
1710 Whitehouse Court
Dalton, GA 30720
(706) 529-5757, x3191 (Office)
(706) 280-9115 (Cell)
(706) 529-5740 (Fax)

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