Sports talk Thursday with Lauren Hunter- Thank a coach!

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Over the last week and a half BKP and I have been going from school to school interviewing head football coaches for our North Georgia Coaching Series. Now if any of y’all know BKP, you’ll know what I mean when I say that he’s been doing most of the talking and I’ve been doing most of the observing. But this doesn’t bother me, it gives me a chance to learn more about the programs I’ll be spending a lot of time with this fall.

With that being said, there’s one thing in particular I’ve been noticing in our interviews, and that’s how much these coaches truly care about their players and their programs.

Now me saying that might make some of y’all think, “Well, duh. That’s what they’re supposed to do.” Well, maybe. But I like to think I’m pretty good at picking up when someone is just putting on an act for appearances. And I can say with all sincerity that none of these coaches are doing that.

Obviously when BKP and I go into these interviews, he asks questions about what the teams have been doing during the summer and how they’re planning to prepare for the regular season. But he also asks the coaches if they can highlight a few players that have really stood out. This point in the interview, I believe, is where a coach who didn’t care would possibly just say a couple names and move on.

But these coaches not only name the players, they tell us about why they stand out. And it’s a sign of the hard work of these athletes, but there’s also a sense of pride from these coaches as they name them. A couple of coaches have mentioned that it’s hard to name just a few, because all of their players have worked hard. And it’s not that the rest of the team doesn’t matter or that they don’t care about them, but the ones that they mention they do so without hesitation because they’ve been there with them through the summer truly coaching them. There’s no so-so about the commitment these coaches make- they’re all in.

Another thing that has amazed me about these coaches, not just in the interviews but learning about them off the field, is how much they care about their community as well. A couple of them, such as Chad Cheatham at Fannin County and Chad McClure at Hayesville, are natives to their communities. It’s home to them, and they’re not going to be just halfway in their commitments to their programs.

When Coach Caleb Sorrells of the Lumpkin County Indians was first named as head coach, the school hosted a meet and greet for him. It was one of the first stories I covered in this position.

In his address to the parents, Sorrells promised to not only invest in the team as players and athletes, but as men who would one day be employees and fathers. I remember being caught off guard at first because I was expecting him to talk about plans for the future of the program, the summer schedule and what not. He did talk about these things, but I believe by telling the parents that he was going to invest in the players as men showed that it was going to be a priority.

Although I know more about the commitment that Sorrells has made because I’m positioned in Lumpkin County, he’s not the only one in the area who gets involved in the community and works to build up the athletes’ character.

Tim Cokely with the White County Warriors has an entire wall of his office decorated with signs of good character qualities to instill in the team. Chad Cheatham, who I mentioned earlier, referees basketball in the football off-season just because, and the community loves him for it. I’m sure that many of the other coaches in the area do similar things and I just don’t know about it yet.

These are commitments that we see played out by coaches in movies and don’t always think to look for in real life. And because I grew up in Gwinnett County, population one million, if there was this sort of commitment by coaches I didn’t always see it because there were so many people. I love living up here in North Georgia in a smaller community where an act of kindness, especially where sports are concerned, rarely goes unnoticed.

We think about football as a sport that instills a since of discipline, but why is that? Because there’s a coach that sets that standard and inspires the team to do the same. As a community we love football and we love our team, and we can thank a coach for that.

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WFES Character Award May

West Fannin Elem

The Character Ed word for the month of May was Perseverance. The definition is “sticking with things until they are finished without giving up”

These students were chosen for consistently displaying this character trait throughout the month. Congratulations to all of you!

Pictured from left to right- Front row: Isaac White, Willow Stiles, Lennon Lee, Harrison McDonald, Addy Martin, Mia Housley, Justin Leal, and Jonah Johnson. Middle row: Lilli Potzauf, Sophia Carroll, Israel Wood, Kaylee Dyer, Konnor Housley, Marshall McDaniel, and Leksi Wollschlager. Back row: Ella Oliver, Matthew Payne, Owen Mann, Reese Lewis, Ava Acker, Nevaeh Morgan, Danica Padrutt. Not pictured: Cole Burk and Delilah Naylor

Character Ed April WFES

West Fannin Elem

The Character Ed word for the month of April was Loyalty. The definition is “faithful and devoted to a person, cause, or ideal”

These students were chosen for consistently displaying this character trait throughout the month. Congratulations to all of you!

Pictured from left to right- Front row: Ruby McDaniel, Addison O’Neal, Annaley Dockery, Bella Cooper, Heaven Hamrick, McKinley Sandefur, Jonah Strobel, and Nick Jezewski. Middle row: Ava Smith, Connor Daugherty, Bryson Mull, Lydia Kemp, Manning Sandefur, Landin Owens, Archer Twiggs, and Jordan Garland. Back row: Peyton Grindstaff, Katelyn Clark, Madison Osbourne, Ruby Rhodes, Michael Chastain, Reid Hilton, Erick Acevedo-Bustos, and Lexie Cook.

Fannin County High School Recognizes Newest National Honor Society Members

Fannin County High

Fannin County High School’s annual National Honor Society Installation, Induction and Honor Cord Ceremony was recently held in the school’s Performing Arts Center.

The officers for the 2019-20 School who were installed are: Hannah Cruse, President; Lora Gwatney, Vice-President; Lexi McGill, Secretary; and Zack Nelson, Treasurer.

Membership into the National Honor Society is based on four criteria: Scholarship, Character, Integrity and Service. This year four additional seniors, eight new juniors and fifty-four sophomores were inducted. According to FCHS Principal, Erik Cioffi: “Being inducted into the National Honor Society is a great achievement as the requirements are rigorous.”

There were seventy-four National Honor Society members who received senior honor cords and will wear them at graduation on May 24. “We are certainly proud of all of new members and seniors and congratulate them on their outstanding accomplishments,” stated Mr. Cioffi.

 

FCHS National Honor Society SENIORS RECEIVING HONOR CORDS

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Amelia Akins

Michell Arellanes

Waylon Arrowood

Morgan Blaine

Bailey Breeden

Gene Carbonell

Tanner Carrier

Jordan Chance

Chandler Clayton

Chloe Clemmons

Bailee Cobb

William Cobb

Sydney Collins

Matthew Cox

Shannon Culpepper

Jhenna Daugherty

Hannah Dickey

Montana Dilbeck

Ramtin Doroodchi

Evelyn Doss

Brianna Ellis

Miranda Fain

Ashley Fields

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David Garland

William Garland

Gavin Gibbs

Jamie Gibbs

David Gordon

Emily Gray

Macy Greene

Walker Gregory

Cole Harper

Grant Harris

Madeleine Harris

Reagan Henderson

Vy Hoang

Kenneth Kendall

Destiny King

Joel Kinser

Hannah Ladd

Gina Masseri

Briana Mathews

Mary Maxwell

Carleigh Mize

Dahla Myers

Carlos Roberto Neal

Hannah Nelson

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Hannah Payne

Sam Phillips

Taryn Plummer

Carley Queen

Haley Redfern

Morgan Rhodes

Sara Rhodes

Cole Roberson

Roxie Ross

Natalie Sanders

Devin Schnuphase

Kyla Seabolt

Kurstin Shuler

Amelia Sneed

Jonathan Squires

Cassandra Stepp

Maleah Stepp

Dawson Stewart

Evan Taylor

Joshua Taylor

Katelyn Weaver

Kyleigh Walker

Angelina Young

Elisha Young

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Installation of National Honor Society Officers

 

Current 2018-2019 Officers                  New 2019-2020 Officers

Walker Gregory, President                   Hannah Cruse, President

Hannah Dickey, Vice-Pres.                    Lora Gwatney, Vice-Pres.

Gene Carbonell, Secretary                    Lexi McGill, Secretary

Cole Roberson, Treasurer                     Zachary Nelson, Treasurer

 

    

 

NEW NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY MEMBERS

 

SENIORS

Chandler Clayton

Gavin Gibbs

Chasity Nicholson    Roxie Ross

JUNIORS

Dixie Alexander

Bradley Almas

Carson Beavers

Ashton Davis

Miriam Foster

Hannah Green

   Emily Queen

   Kaia Radabaugh

   

SOPHOMORES

Alyssa Anderson

Catherine Ballew

Shelby Belt

Marli Bond

Cooper Boyle

Teagan Cioffi

Cora Clemmons

Taylor Cobb

Brooklyn Cole

Taylor Coleman

Chloe Collis

Patrick Conner

Kylee Cornelius

Brittany Damiano

Isobella Dilbeck

John Dillard

Michael Dillard

Catherine Finley

Liberty Giet

Tucker Hanson

Kennedy Harper

Andrew Harris

Luke Holloway

Christian Jensen

Mathew Johnson

Henry Leben

Abigail Ledford

Martin Logan Brady

Thomas Mercer

Emmalyn Mitchell

John Moler

Lauren Murphy

Gavin Myers

Allison Nuckolls

Micah O’Neal

Lainey Panter

Emma Payne

Parker Peugh

Gracie Rice

Summer Rogers

Samantha Rosas

Kayleigh Ross

Kaylee Scarbary

Olivia Sisson

Abigail Smith

Courtney Tamberino

Isabella Tocci

Hailey Tucker

Lyndsay Turner

McCay Turner

Karly Waters

Chanley Watson

Emma White

Kimberly Wyant

 

FCHS sophomore Christian Jensen proudly displays his NHS membership certificate and pin.

Sophomores Teagan Cioffi and Isabella proudly display their new NHS membership certificates and pins.

Principal Erik Cioffi awards FCHS junior Dixie Alexander her NHS certificate and pin.

Principal Erik Cioffi awards senior Shea Nicholson her new NHS membership certificate.

Principal Erik Cioffi presents new NHS member Shelby Belt with her membership certificate (Assisting in Background is NHS officer Hannah Dickey)

Hannah Dickey and Walker Gregory drape senior David Gordon with his NHS honor cord.

2018-19 New FCHS National Honor Society members

FCHS Seniors who received Honor cords.

WFES Character Ed for March

West Fannin Elem

The Character Ed word for the month of March was Honesty. The definition is “a person who tells the truth and does not lie, cheat, or steal”

These students were chosen for consistently displaying this character trait throughout the month. Congratulations to all of you!

Pictured from left to right- Front row: Zane Huffman, Bristol Hawkins, Raven Westphal, Sophia Garcia, Ryann King, and Aiden Eshleman. Middle row: Bee Dunkum, Makayla Siler, Hervin Sutton, Trenton Davis, Addison Graham, Sadie Patton, Skylar Gazaway, and Haley Lucas. Back row: Isaac Watkins, Cayden Cantrell, Reid Patterson, Gavin Payne, Josue Flores, and Sadi Salat. Not Pictured: Adisyn Gilmore, Jacob Curtis, Brady Payne, and Lucas Jarrett.

West Fannin Elementary Character Ed winner for January

Rebel's Corner

The West Fannin Elementary School Character Ed word for the month of January was Cooperation.  The definition is “working together to accomplish a goal.”

These students were chosen for consistently displaying this character trait throughout the month.  Congratulations to all of you!

Pictured from left to right are, front: Alexander Vasquez-Rosales, Roger Runions, Noah White, Owen Thomas, Brittany Sanders, and Ava Curtis;  middle:  Colton Patterson, Caroline Cole, Raygan Corn, Madison Earley, Lesly Alvarado, Ashley Kinard, and Mattie Mathis;  back: Kinzlee Elrod, Halle Walton, Jacob Green, Alex Foster, Tabitha Phillips, Avery Henson, and Wyatt Payne.   Not pictured:  Cooper Mathis, Rylan Gilmore, Reed Chancey, and William Valla.

WFES Character Education

West Fannin Elem

The Character Ed word for the month of October was Self-Control.  The definition is “Controlling one’s actions and feelings;  Making good choices; Being patient and controlling your temper”

These students were chosen for consistently displaying this character trait throughout the month.  Congratulations to all of you!

Pictured from left to right- Front row: Haygen Mathis, Daniel Carder, Dereck Dixon, Savannah Herndon, Addie Dean, Bentlee Elmore, and Carson Callihan.  Middle row:  Skyler Gazaway, Cooper Huffman, Colton Bradburn, Alex Stover, Makayla Ellis, Ava Twiggs, Will Jones, and Matthew Payne.   Back row: Devin Meissner, Casi Mealer, Vince Foster, Caden Strickland, Jaclyn Cracknell, Emily Dickey, Mason McDaniel, and Jaden Kendall.   Not Pictured:  Mckinley Sandefur

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