Pre-season interview with Fannin Rebels Head Coach Chad Cheatham

FCHS Football, Sports, Team FYN Sports

After a two week break, the Fannin County Rebels are ready to get back to work.

“They came back in and seemed to be real fresh and excited, and we had a lot of good energy,” said Head Coach Chad Cheatham about their first practice back.

Although the Rebels graduated eleven seniors off the team from last year, the team is taking it in stride.

Cheatham mentioned the strengths of the freshmen and sophomores who played last year, and then went a little bit into recruiting for this year.

“We picked up several good kids, kids that left the program even in the spring when I first got here are starting to come back in,” said Cheatham.

Rebels fans know that Cheatham led the team to the playoffs last year for the first time in several years, so BKP asked Cheatham if the team had set a standard for this year.

“Absolutely,” replied Cheatham. “I think that not only just making the playoffs, but advancing now to the playoffs…I don’t think that these guys want to accept, or will accept, anything less than that.”

The full interview can be viewed below, only on FYN TV!

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FCCLA advances to Nationals

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Blue Ridge, Ga. – Fannin County High School’s Family Career and Community Leaders of America are headed to the Golden State this July for the FCCLA National Leadership Conference.

On March 15-17, 2019, twelve FCCLA Members attended the FCCLA State Leadership Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. Our students participated in a variety of competitive events with students from across the entire state. Our chapter was successful and brought home many awards.

This year, our chapter applied for several State Program Awards. Fannin County earned the Families First State Program Award for the Grandparent’s Night that FCCLA hosted back in January of this year. Chloe Clemmons (picture attached) accepted the award on behalf of our chapter.

Our chapter also earned recognition for being an FCCLA Honor Roll Chapter. Honor Roll is a points system based on events that your FCCLA Chapter either hosts or participates in. Fannin County was recognized as one of these chapters and Fannin County FCCLA Chapter President, Bobbi Pippin (picture attached), accepted the award on our behalf.

Another award that we received was the Georgia FCCLA LIVE for 25 Membership Award. This award was granted to all chapters who increased their student membership by 25% during the 2018-2019 school year.

In addition to these chapter awards, our students received many individual awards.

Catherine Finley was awarded the Statesman Award for passing the Georgia FCCLA Statesman Test. She is now eligible to compete in the Distinguished Statesman Test next school year.

All 12 students competed in STAR Events Competitions. STAR stands for Students Taking Action with Recognition. Each of the students have been working on these projects since October 2018. They competed at Region STAR Events in February 2019 and all advanced to the state level. Below is a list of the event categories that students competed and the medals earned at State Leadership Conference:
Hope Parris – Career Investigation – Gold Medal
Catherine Finley – Leadership – Silver Medal
Courtney Earls and Haley Parks – Chapter Service Project Display – Gold Medal
Sierra Reynolds – Early Childhood Education – Gold Medal
Chloe Clemmons – Focus on Children – Silver Medal
Lisa Thomas and Victoria Tanner – Chapter in Review Portfolio – Gold Medal
Bobbi Pippin – Promote and Publicize FCCLA – Gold Medal
Sydney Tarpley – Advocacy – Gold Medal
Alexis Hill and Larissa Hughes – Chapter Service Project Portfolio – Gold Medal
11 of these students placed in the top 2 of their categories in the state and will be advancing to National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, California this July where they will compete against students from across the entire nation!

“These students are truly amazing. It is an honor to be their advisor and work with them on a day to day basis. Participating in STAR Events requires commitment and endurance as you prepare for months to compete at varying levels of competitions. These students are deserving of their awards and I am looking forward to our time in California this summer. I am confident that these students will make Fannin County Proud!” –Lauren Owenby, FCCLA Adviser

“FCCLA has pushed me out of my comfort zone and allowed me to see that success is always achievable if you work hard for it.” –Alexis Hill, 10th grade

“Competing in STAR Events has definitely pushed me out of my comfort zone, and allowed me to accomplish things that I never thought I would. It has also provided the opportunity for me to meet new people and create amazing friendships!” – Courtney Earls, 11th grade

Bobbi Pippin – Promote and Publicize FCCLA – Gold Medal

Chloe Clemmons – Focus on Children – Silver Medal

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Youth Art Month being held at Art Center

Downtown Blue Ridge, Lifestyle

Many talented Fannin County and Copper Basin young artists had their pieces displayed recently at the Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Center to kick off Youth Art Month.

Blue Ridge Elementary School, East Fannin Elementary School, West Fannin Elementary School, Fannin Middle School, Fannin County High School, and Copper Basin High School were well represented with various arts from rock painting to canvas.

The following Art teachers/mentors were on hand as well:

  • Nancy Watkins

    Nancy Watkins – Blue Ridge Elementary School.

  • Kimberly Huffman

  • Kimberly Huffman- East Fannin Elementary School.

  • Ben Sexton

    Ben Sexton- West Fannin Elementary School.

  • Dana Stone

    Dana Stone- Fannin Middle School.

  • Holly Viccaro

    Holly Vicarro- Fannin County High School.

  • Jennifer Danner

    Jennifer Danner- Copper Basin High School.

Bethany Musselman, Fannin County High School reads the Youth Art Month Proclamation

Bethany Musselman, a Fannin County High School Art student, helped dedicate the month of March as Youth Art Month by reading the 2019 Proclamation.

Each First Place winner from the various schools represented received a Gift Certificate to The Art Center’s store.

  • Hudson York- Blue Ridge Elementary School.

  • Presley Daves- East Fannin Elementary School.

  • Ava Acker- West Fannin Elementary School.

  • Vanessa Medrono- Fannin County Middle School.

  • Bethany Musselman- 2D- Fannin County High School.

  • Alyssa Anderson- 3D- Fannin County High School.

  • Aidan Garcia- Copper Basin High School.

Watkins, Huffman, Sexton, and Stone accepted the First Place prize awards for the students in their respective schools who were not able to attend.

Executive Director Nicole Potzauf commented the Youth Art Month event was one of her favorites at the Art Center which showcases and honors students to help develop creativity in the community.

One young artist, Ireland Wilson, a freshman at Copper Basin High School, sold her first acrylic painting.

Ireland Wilson

She said in a candid interview the inspiration behind her painting was, “I love space. I gave Ms. Danner the idea of a ‘night sky’. We just went with it.”

To view all the wonderful pieces of art from our local youth, please visit the Blue Ridge Mountains Art Center at 402 West Main Street in beautiful downtown Blue Ridge, GA. Call (706) 632- 2144 or email BlueRidgeArts@gmail.com for more information on March Youth Art Month.

Susie Delauriers, Carolyn Molder, and Brooke
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2019 Upcoming   Youth Art Events

 

 

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STAR student announced for state competition in March 2019

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Left to Right: Dr. & Mrs. Hamidreza Dodoordchi, Ramtin Dodoordchi, Dewayne Thomas

The PAGE Student Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) program has just celebrated its 61st year. Sponsored by the Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE) and Foundation, it “has honored nearly 27,000 students and teachers”. In Fannin County, two high school individuals were chosen at the start of the 2018-19 school year to participate.

Ramtin Doroodchi, Fannin County High School (FCHS), and Madeline Savage of Mountain Area Christian Academy (MECA), are high school seniors who have achieved the “highest score on a single test date of the SAT and be in the top 10% or top 10 students of their class based on Grade Point Average.”

The winner here in Fannin County Region would then go to the State level and compete vying for the title of State PAGE STAR student. Their mentors, or STAR teachers, would be with them throughout the process.

The 2019 STAR student to represent the region is Ramtin Doroodchi.

FCHS Counselor Tammy Roberts introduced Doroodchi at the beginning of the Kiwanis sponsored dinner held at Circle J Restaurant. She said of him, “He’s an excellent young man. I see the world opening up for him. He is a wonderful student.”

In a humble, but confident manner at the podium, young Doroodchi, son of Mr. and Mrs. Hamidreza Doroodchi, says hard work does pay off in the end. He plans to enroll in the Georgia Institute of Technology in the summer of 2019 which will help him get a “head start on classes”. He plans to get his bachelor’s in Biomedical Engineering (BME) with a dual degree from Georgia Tech and Emory University. He anticipates getting his Master’s Degree or going to Medical School in the future.

Dewayne Thomas, Mathematics Department Educator and STAR teacher of FCHS shared of Doroodchi, “Leads by example, has a quiet confidence about him, is approachable, friendly, has humility, and patience.” He further stated the naturally, gifted young man, “Makes everyone around want to be better, values education, and raises the bar.”

Madeliene Savage and Ramtin Dodoordchi, STAR students 2019

Madeline Savage is senior at Mountain Area Christian Academy (MECA). Counselor Nikki Shamblin introduced Savage and her STAR teacher Rachel Jones to the audience. The young student

said of her teacher, “She helped push me out of my comfort zone.” Jones said of Savage’s character, “She is a great role model, shows integrity, dignity, and sound speech. She is an example of good works and possesses a good attitude at all times.”

Savage plans to continue her higher education at Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, GA. Her study will be in Chemical Engineering (Pharmaceuticals).

The next competition will be held in Dahlonega, GA.

For more information on the PAGE Student Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) program , please visit https://www.pageinc.org/about-us/.

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Fannin County opts to remain a Charter School District

Community, News, Rebel's Corner

Blue Ridge, Ga. – The Fannin County Board of Education (BOE) voted unanimously for the Fannin County School System to remain a charter school district.

Fannin County schools officially became a charter school system July, 01, 2015. According to the Georgia Department of Education (GDOE), a charter district must renew their intent and contract with the state every five years.

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Deputy Superintendent Betsy Hyde spoke with the BOE on what it means to remain a charter district.

Deputy Superintendent Betsy Hyde spoke to the BOE, “They (GDOE) asked us if we would amend our charter and say that we would review in 4 years.”

Upon Fannin County looking to obtain AdvancedED accreditation, the Georgia Department of Education asked administration to review their charter application a year early.

AdvancED is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that conducts rigorous, on-site external reviews of schools and school systems. Every five years a school system must participate in a targeted self-reflection process.

The AdvancedED helps to evaluate purpose and direction, governance and leadership, teaching and assessing for learning, resources and support systems, as well as engagement with stakeholders.

The charter renewal as well as the AdvancedEd accreditation are expected to have coinciding site visits to Fannin County Schools.

Hyde explained that during 2015, when Fannin County officially entered into the charter system, the state of Georgia offered three flexibility options for districts to pick from.

The first of these options was Status Quo. Under this option the school system would not be allowed waivers and have limited flexibility on the local level to customize the school learning environment.

The second option presented was the IE2/Strategic Waiver. This gave districts the ability to ask for specific waivers, but did not allow for School Governance Teams (SGT) to be established.

Lastly school systems had the option of becoming a charter district. This option did not restrict waivers and required the formation of SGT. With this option Fannin County would be provided more flexibility in exchange for maintaining at or above state levels in reviews.

“One of the things that we do in our system is we had to have waivers for instance to do block scheduling, class size, different things like that,” Hyde said explaining the benefits of being a charter district.

The decision to initially become a charter school system was not one that was taken lightly, Hyde explained that countless hours of research went into the decision, including speaking with other charter systems and visiting different districts.

Some of the advantages to being a charter district include flexibility to innovate educational opportunities, financial savings from waivers, and possible additional funding in Quality Basic Education (QBE) if appropriated.

One of the outstanding characteristics is the creation of SGT within each of the Fannin County schools. The first SGT was established in June of 2015. These teams, comprised of 7 members, each meet on a regular basis and include school system faculty as well as parents.

Hyde explained the role of SGT more in depth,”Student Government Teams kind of help us distribute our leadership instead of you all being the only board in the whole system. You all are still over the whole system, but this gives some government back to the schools.”

BOE Chair Lewis Deweese admitted to being skeptical of the formation of SGT in the beginning but said of his feelings now, “I think what we’ve really created are some advocates for public education.”

Before taking vote, board member Terry Bramlett questioned, “Whenever we chose to become a charter system it seemed to be the fairer choice of offering the most flexible options and the greatest opportunity for our students. Would you agree that that’s still the case?”

Hyde replied that she still felt very strongly that being a charter system is the best option for Fannin County and added that it also allows the school system a wider range of options as future needs within the district arise.

The BOE took the first step in renewing its contract to stay a charter district by passing a resolution updating their procedures. While there are still many steps to take before this renewal is official, administration is confident in their choice and ability to continue with charter district status.

 

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BRES sends a “Big Bear Hug” to FCHS Construction Class

Blue Ridge Elem, Fannin County High, Rebel's Corner

Blue Ridge Elementary wants to give a “Big Bear Hug” to FCHS Construction Class and their teacher Daniel Stewart, for making our idea come to life! Blue Ridge Elementary requested that a structure be built for our growing population of students with sensory needs.

We needed a structure that could withhold special swings designed for sensory purposes and FCHS students delivered! The structure not only serves a functional purpose within the room but reflects great craftsmanship. Our sensory room is a vital part of our students’ schedules. This room offers students with specific processing disorders and needs a place to take a break or calm down throughout their day.

Congratulations to Ramtin Doroodchi from FCHS for completing the Engineering Pathway

Fannin County High, Rebel's Corner
Ramtin Doroodchi holding his NOCTI Engineering Certificate and the TSA White Star Chapter Award

Congratulations to Ramtin Doroodchi from Fannin County High School (FCHS.)  Ramtin has completed the Engineering Pathway at FCHS and passed the NOCTI certification test in Pre-Engineering/Engineering Technology.  Ramtin scored 16 points higher than the national average on the exam!  Ramtin is currently serving as the President of the FCHS  Technology Student Association (TSA.)  At the Fall Leadership Conference in Jekyll Island, Ramtin accepted the White Star Chapter Certificate for increasing the TSA membership at FCHS by 17% over last year.

Ramtin has applied to Johns Hopkins University and Georgia Tech, and he plans to pursue a degree in Biomedical Engineering.

Bubba Gibbs, Engineering Teacher and TSA Advisor: “It has been a pleasure working with Ramtin in and out of the classroom over the past four years.  Ramtin has been an exemplary student in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM), demonstrating an ability to learn and create in the technical world.  Ramtin has prepared himself well to pursue a career in the field of technology.”

Fannin FCCLA Sends School Supplies to Bay County, Florida

Rebel's Corner

Cady Finley pictured at the back of the packed U-haul trailer of school supplies.

Fannin County High School Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) collected school supplies during the month of October to send to those who were affected by Hurricane Michael. Many members of the community, along with students at FCHS, collected over 5,000 items to send to Bay County, Florida. Some of the items collected include over 200 backpacks, more than 800 pencils,  167 notebooks, and almost 200 packs of lined paper. We also sent crayons, glue, calculators, markers, index cards, disinfectant wipes, dry erase markers, and more!

 

 

Cady Finley pictured with a representative of Bay County School System as she dropped off the school supplies.

Cady Finley, 10th-grade FCCLA Officer and leader of this initiative, stated that, “It’s amazing to see how our students and community are willing to come together and collect items to make a big difference in the lives of those who have lost everything.” Cady and her mother drove a U-haul trailer to Bay County, Florida the first week of November to deliver the school supplies. The FCHS FCCLA chapter would like to thank all of the community members who purchased items for donation.

 

 

 

 

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