The Fannin County Technology Student Association

Rebel's Corner

The Fannin County Technology Student Association competed at the State level in several events during the month of March. 

On March 11th, 16 high school students on the Engineering TEAM traveled to Georgia Tech to participate in a test of Math, Science, and Engineering.  The students were divided into a 9th/10th grade team and an 11th/12th grade team.  The students had to submit an essay on the use of Artificial Intelligence, take a multiple choice test in Math and Science, and complete a design build engineering challenge.  The 11th and 12th grade team placed 2nd in the State in the Math and Science test.  If the students score in the top three in the State on all parts of the challenge, they will earn the right to compete at the National level in Washington D.C. in June.

(L to R) Eli Young, Anna Holloway, and Brook Patton work on their engineering challenge

Front (L to R) Tanner Hamby, James Squires, Cooper Boyle, John Moler, Ethan Jolly, Christian Jensen, Cooper Brooks, Samuel Dillard
Back (L to R) Lexi McGill, Anna Holloway, Brook Patton, Porter Squires, Zach Payne, Matthew Shirah, Eli Young, Ramtin Doroodchi

TSA State Conference:

The Fannin High School and Middle School students also traveled to Athens, GA for the TSA State Leadership Conference from March 13th through March 16th.  The students competed in events ranging from robotics design to extemporaneous speech to flight endurance.  Several students were semifinalists, finalists, and State Champions.

At the high school level:

Matthew Shirah placed 4th in the State in Photographic Technology

Christian Jensen, Porter Squires, and John Moler placed 7th in Computer Coding

Porter Squires and Steven Setser placed 7th in Forensic Science (photo Porter Steven L to R)

Steven Setser, Jonothon Payne, and Isaiah Cargle placed 12th in On Demand Video

Brayden Foster, Christian Jensen, Eli Young, Ramtin Doroodchi, Isaiah Cargle, Jonothon Payne, Rob Russell, Steven Setser, James Squires, Porter Squires, and John Moler (not pictured Matthew Shirah)

The middle school had an outstanding conference with several students in the semifinals and finals, and two teams winning State Championships!

Bryce Ware and James Kyle placed 1st in Technology Problem Solving

Bryce Ware, Lucas Barnstead, and Luke Pelfrey placed 1st in Technology Quiz Bowl

Wyatt Payne and Tristen Siler placed 2nd in Structural Design

The entire middle school group was 6th in First Lego League Robotics

James Kyle was 4th in Computer Aided Design Foundations

Mason McDaniel, Bryce Ware, James Kyle, Luke Pelfrey, Logan Martin, and Bryce Mitchell placed 8th in Chapter Team

The first place finishers have earned the right to travel to Washington D. C. this summer to compete in the Technology Student Association National Conference and represent the State of Georgia!!

Front (L to R) Bryce Mitchell, Wyatt Payne, Mason McDaniel
Middle (L to R) James Kyle, Bryce Ware, Luke Pelfrey
Back (L to R) Logan Martin, Lucas Barnstead, Tristen Siler, Sam Jabaley

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“I am really excited about the high level performance this month from the Engineering students from Fannin County.  The Middle School students had an exceptional conference, and they will represent the State of Georgia at the National Conference this summer in Washington, D.C.  I am excited to see what the future holds for these students as they pursue career opportunities in the world of technology.”  Bubba Gibbs Engineering Teacher and TSA Advisor, Fannin County High School.

Fannin County opens door for competition in waste removal pricing

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Blue Ridge, Ga. – The Fannin County Board of Commissioners (BOC) began the process of opening up the way for competition when it comes to waste removal in the county.

Recent commission meetings showed much discussion about the current contract with Advanced Disposal. The contract set to expire on Sept. 1 of this year, requires the BOC give at least 180 day notice if there is intent to amend or cease further business with the company.

Post 1 Commissioner Earl Johnson expressed his disappoint with the company’s automatic 3 percent increase in price annually and said, “We’re where we’re at because there’s one company. You can’t get a competing price when no one else will bid.”

Fannin County, Blue Ridge, Georgia, Board of Commissioners, Chairman, Post 1 Commissioner, Post 2 Commissioner, Stan Helton, Earl Johsnon, Glenn Patterson, Advanced Disposal, Tony Sidebotham, Operations Manager, Contract, Renewal, Glass Recycling, Competition, Attorney, Lynn Doss

Board of Commissioners speak with attorney Lynn Doss about opening the door to competition.

All board members did recognize the asset Advanced Disposal has become to Fannin County through their community partnerships and participation.
“The intent is not to get rid of ADS. We still need them as an operator in our county,” Chairman Stan Helton spoke of the intentions behind the contract discussions.

Helton added that the BOC intentions were “to introduce competition, someone that can do the job, that would have a transfer station, and see if we (BOC) could open the door up for them to at least quote, bid, or prove to us that they would be a viable alternative, another resource for the county.”

An individual has come forward and spoken with commissioners about the possibility to offering their services to the county. Helton had a meeting with the individual that he referred to as being “positive”.

“This is a gentleman that has an interest in serving the community and he’s got equipment and a transfer station that would be available,” Helton said explaining the meeting and pointed out that the services the individual could provide would be on a much smaller scale than Advanced Disposal.

Post 2 Commissioner Glenn Patterson shared his thoughts that “competition’s always good”.

Previously Fannin County was under consent and by court order could only allow for one solid waste transfer station to operate. This order has since expired.

Fannin County Attorney Lynn Doss told the BOC that she would review the consent order and work towards allowing for the county to have more than one solid waste transfer station and recommended that the BOC develop a pricing template for waste removal before seeking bids.

Johnson added to this that the county needs a set of requirements, above the already mandated state requirements, to ensure that companies operating in the county are permitted by the state and capable of delivering the results that are agreed upon.

Helton reiterated that he is not in favor of eliminating Advanced Disposal’s services as the county’s primary supplier and added that he didn’t feel that anyone at this time is in a position to take the place of Advanced Disposal.

“We felt if there was some way to open up a little bit of competition, perhaps that would be the favorable result for the county,” Helton explained that perhaps in years to come that a door would open to receive numerous bids.

Johnson spoke of Advance Disposal, “Advanced, as far as I know, they handle all of the garbage the county has right now. They do a good job of it,” but added that his goal is to stabilize costs: “I think we should look at every route to try to reduce our prices.”

No official vote was needed in the matter and with all three commissioners in agreement about saving the residents of Fannin County money, they gave the go ahead to Doss to notify Advanced Disposal of their intent to negotiate the upcoming contract.



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West Fannin Elementary: Robotics Competition

Rebel's Corner

This year’s West Fannin robotics team, the Shooting Stars, competed in the First LEGO League Tennessee Chattanooga (North Georgia) Region Championship Tournament on Saturday, February 2nd at Chattanooga State Community College. Our team was very impressive. They obtained an exemplary rating in Mechanical Design, which is the highest rating that a team can receive. They also finished 7th out of 33 teams in the Robot Performance category. We are very proud of these Shooting Stars and their coaches!

Fannin County High School FCCLA Advances to State Competition

Rebel's Corner

Fannin County High School FCCLA participated in Region STAR Event Competitions on Saturday, February 9th at Archer High School in Lawrenceville, Georgia. Combined, the students participated in 9 competitive events. (Listed Below) All students scored in the top 2 in the region and will advance to State Competition on March 15-17, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Advocacy- Sydney Tarpley, 10th Grade

Career Investigation- Hope Parris, 12th Grade

Chapter Service Project Display, Courtney Earls and Haley Parks, 11th Grade

Chapter Service Project Portfolio- Alexis Hill and Larissa Hughes, 10th Grade

Chapter in Review Portfolio- Victoria Tanner and Lisa Thomas, 11th Grade

Early Childhood Education- Sierra Reynolds, 10th Grade

Focus on Children- Chloe Clemmons, 12th Grade

Leadership- Cady Finley, 10th Grade

Promote and Publicize FCCLA!- Bobbi Pippin, 11th Grade

Students have been working on these projects since late September and their hard work has paid off. They have so much to be proud of!

Pictured are, from back left, Cady Finley, Hope Parris, Larissa Hughes, Victoria Tanner, Sierra Reynolds, Sydney Tarpley, front left, Bobbi Pippin, Chloe Clemmons, Alexis Hill, Courtney Earls, and Lisa Thomas.

Fannin County HS Marching Band Bring Home Superior Ratings Again!!!

Fannin County High, Rebel's Corner

Congratulations to the Fannin County High School Marching Band for earning all Superior Ratings at the Northeast Georgia Band Championships. The competition help place at Cass High School last weekend, October 27th. Superior ratings were earned in Drum Major, Colorguard, Percussion, and Band. Fannin Marching Band held the highest overall band score out of 12 bands in Class 1A-4A. The percussion section help the second highest score out of 12 bands in Class 1A-4A. Fannin Marching Band also gained the Brass Section Grand Champion Award and Drum Major Lora Gwatney earning the Grand Champion Drum Major Award. Both the Brass Section and Drum Major Gwatney holding the highest score of the day out of all bands in attendance. Job well done Fannin County HS Marching Band!

Photo Credit: Mary Gordon

Livestock show in Perry Georgia

Fannin County High, Rebel's Corner

On October 4th-7th, the Fannin County High School Livestock Show Team competed in Perry,
Georgia at the Georgia National Fair. The show team participated in sheep, goat, and cattle
weight classes and showmanship. The team members were Jordan Long, Kayla Hipp, and
Bretton Williams. Jordan long placed 11th in the weight class and Kayla Hipp received 9th in
her Ewe weight class. Bretton Williams placed 1st in his weight class with his Dexter steer.
Besides competing with sheep, goats, and cattle, team members also enjoyed time at the fair,
viewed the new animal birthing barn, and viewed many educational exhibits.

FCHS Marching Band Ranks Superior in Super Bowl Competition

Community, Fannin County High, Rebel's Corner

The Fannin County School Marching Band traveled to Central-Carroll High School for the “Super Bowl of Sound Band Competition” this past Saturday, October 6th. The marching band earned straight superior ratings from all judges in Class 4A. Superior ratings were earned in band, drum line, color guard and drum major. Special recognition should be given for earning 3rd place in drum line and 2nd place in drum major, recognizing Drum Major Lora Gwatney. The FCHS Marching Band earned the second highest score of the day. They also brought home the Brass Champion Trophy in recognition of earning the highest scoring brass line out of 19 bands who competed. Congratulations to FCHS Marching Band for their superior performance!
Pictures By: Darrin Conner

Fannin Powerlifters Win National Titles


On June 23, 2017, a Fannin County weightlifting club traveled to Gainsville, Georgia for the 15th annual American Powerlifting Committee (APC) National Powerlifting Championships. The Banks Barbell powerlifting team, comprised of a few local student-athletes and adults, spent nearly four months preparing for the competition, with hopes of bringing trophies and national titles back to Blue Ridge. The team not only represented Fannin County with good sportsmanship and a competitive attitude; but they also succeeded in winning 1st-place in Full Powerlifting competition as well as Push-Pull competition.

Fannin County High School senior Bradley Flowers benches while coach Jason Banks looks on at the 2017 APC National Powerlifting Championships

The full powerlifting competition consists of three compound lifts: squat, bench and deadlift. Fannin County Rebel football players Bradley Flowers (Sr) and Keenan Putnam (Sr) chose to compete in the full meet and gave credit to their training in the recently updated FCHS weight room. “The school replaced all of the old gym equipment with some real nice Dynabody racks, bars and chains,” Flowers told TeamFYNSports. “It’s nice – like real nice – probably one of the nicest gyms I’ve ever seen.” On top of their training at the high school, Flowers and Putnam joined Banks Barbell Club in Blue Ridge to supplement their athletic training. “Basically we just wanted to get stronger,” Flowers said. “My older brothers started training there and both of them got a lot stronger real fast. They took me to a deadlift and squat workout and I was hooked.”  The athletes asked Fannin County head football coach Jim Pavao if he would allow them to put in some extra training outside of the regular football scheduled workouts, and he encouraged it.  “Coach [Pavao] said he’s all for it,” Flowers told FYN.  “He told us anything we can do to get better in our spare time is fine as long as it’s positive and it doesn’t affect our training at the high school.”

The hard work put in both at the fieldhouse and their new gym paid off.  Both Putnam and Flowers won their classes, earning national champion honors, and they managed to break some national and world records in the process.

Putnam finished the day with a 192.5kg (423.5-lbs) squat, 115kg (253-lb) bench and a 170kg (374-lb) deadlift for a 445kg (979-lb) total (his squat was a 4th attempt for record-breaking purposes only) and four Global Powerlifting Alliance (GPA) World Records. The performance also set the APC national records for the 110kg (220-lb) teen (16-17) class.

Fannin County sophomore Kayleigh Russell sets up for a sumo deadlift attempt at the 2017 APC National Powerlifting Championships.

Flowers finished the day with a 205kg (451-lb) squat, 147.5kg (324.5) bench and a 235kg (517-lb) deadlift for a 587.5kg (1,292.5-lb) total. He also now holds the GPA World Powerlifting records for squat, bench, deadlift and total in the teen (16-17) class, but in the 125kg (275-lb) weight division. In a nutshell, these kids are strong.

Fannin sophomore Kayleigh Russell, one of two females on the team, also had a huge day at the competition. Russell won the 75kg (165-lb) weight class in the open (all age groups) AND teen (15-16) division. She set new GPA world records with her 65kg (143-lb) squat, 35kg (77-lb) bench and 82.5kg (181.5-lb) deadlift for a 182.5kg (401.5-lb) total. She also competed on the Push-Pull team and her bench and squat were good enough to set new GPA world records in Push-Pull teen competition for bench, deadlift and total. Basically, Russell came home with top honors in four different classes and seven world records.

“I started powerlifting because I wanted to get stronger for softball,” Russell told FYN. Russell plays softball year-round, whether it be travel ball or with the Rebels varsity team at FCHS.  She and her father, Justin Russell of Epworth, joined the club and began training together early in the year.  Like Putnam and Flowers, Russell scheduled her supplemental training around the existing workouts she received on the softball field and in the high school weight-training class.  “She wants to play college ball,” her father explained.  “She’s willing to do what it takes to do that and we support her one hundred percent.”

Fannin senior Keenan Putnam pulls a successful deadlift at the 2017 APC National Powerlifting Championships.

Other lifters for the Banks Barbell team include Paige Collins-Rideout of Epworth, who won the women’s 45-49 age group in the 67.5kg (148.5-lb) weight class with an 80kg (176-lb) squat, 50kg (110-lb) bench and 100kg (220-lb) deadlift for a 230kg (506-lb) total. Rideout also won “Best Female Lifter” in the push-pull competition.

Matthew Rideout of Epworth won the men’s open 90kg (198-lb) weight class with a 152.5kg (335.5-lb) squat, 102.5kg (226-lb) bench and 192.5kg (423-lb) deadlift for a 447.5kg (984.5-lb) total.

Terry Brandon Flowers of Morganton narrowly took second place in his class (110kg/242-lb open) with a 212.5kg (467.5-lb) squat, 145kg (319-lb) bench and 227.5kg (500.5-lb) deadlift for a 585kg (1,287.5-lb) total. Flowers’ wife was 9-months pregnant at the time of the meet and he was uncertain if was going to compete. “Holli was about to have our baby at any day so I really didn’t plan to go,” Flowers told FYN. “I even lifted heavy all week before the meet. But the day of weigh-ins she told me we should go, so I went out and gave the best I could. I really just wanted to compete for my team.”

Jeremy Flowers of Morganton finished with a strong 2nd-place showing in the 110kg (242-lb) open class for push-pull. Flowers benched 160kg (352-lbs) and then barely failed on a third attempt of 180kg (396-lbs). All push-pull lifters later learned that the bar had been mis-loaded for their flight and they were actually lifting (or attempting) 5kg/11-lbs MORE than for what they received credit. Of those lifters was Jason Banks of Morganton.

Banks won “Best Overall Male” in push-pull competition and won the 125kg (275-lb) sub-master (35-39) class with a 215kg (474-lb) bench and a 290kg (640-lb) deadlift for a 505kg (1,114-lb) push-pull total. He broke the APC national records for bench, deadlift and total and he missed the GPA world record for raw bench press by 5kg (11lbs).

The team plans to compete later this year at the APC Salute the Troops meet November 4 in Commerce, Georgia; and several of the lifters will compete at the Body By George Monster Mania Push-Pull on December 2 in Loganville, Georgia.

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