The Fannin County Band has had an outstanding competitive season. Our 2019 marching show is
titled: “Tribute to the American Spirit” honors the determination and patriotism of our military, law
enforcement, firemen, and leadership that have made our country great.
On September 28th, The Fannin County High School Marching Band earned 1st place in Class 4A
at the Armuchee Invitational Band Contest. The Band earned a superior band rating, superior drumline
rating, superior drum major rating, and excellent rating in colorguard. Lora Gwatney earned 1st place
drum major in class 4A; the drumline earned second place in class 4A, and the colorguard earned third
place in class 4A. The band earned an overall 3rd place finish out of 14 bands for the day regardless of
On October 5th, The Fannin County High School Band earned Grand Champion at the Lake
Lanier Tournament of Bands at Chestatee High School. The band earned the highest score of the day out
of 14 bands regardless of class. The band also earned 1st place colorguard, 1st place percussion, Lora
Gwatney earned 1st place drum major, with an overall 1st place band in class 4-A competition. In
addition band, in addition, earned straight superior ratings in band, colorguard, percussion, and drum
On October 12th, The Fannin County High School Band hosted the Blue Ridge Mountain
Marching Festival hosted by the Fannin County High School Band Booster Club with 19 bands from
around North Georgia and East Tennessee attending. The Fannin County Band performed for a standing
room only crowd and earned a standing ovation from the many bands in attendance.
Fannin County has a proud and rich tradition of excellence in bands beginning with the West
Fannin High School Band, then in 1976 through the present with the Fannin County High School Band.
The band has consistently earned superior ratings in all areas of performance.
Directors Scott Barnstead, Mike Weaver, and Donna Weaver would like to thank our
hard-working Band Booster Club parents and their president Sherry Gibbs for all they have helped make
possible through fundraising, feeding, collect donations, and supporting our students in every way
possible, We would also like to thank Erik Cioffi, Principal, and Dr. Michael Gwatney, Superintendent, for
ensuring that band and the arts are valued in the education of the whole child. And finally we would like
to thank our communities in Fannin County that have always been enthusiastic supporters of the band.
We look forward to seeing you soon as we continue to support the Fannin County High School Rebel
Football Program, cheering them on to victory!
The Fannin County High School and Middle School students attended the Technology Student Association (TSA) Fall Leadership Conference in Jekyll Island, GA on November 8th through the 11th. Students competed in the cardboard boat races, First Lego League Robotics, VEX Robotics, and managed the Electrathon Go-Cart Race. Students also attended leadership development sessions and a college fair for engineering schools. The Fannin High School TSA Chapter was presented with a White Star Chapter award for increasing the membership by 10% from last year. This is the second year in a row that the chapter has been presented with a White Star award!
Students Pictured in Feature Image (L-R):
Cooper Brooks, Eli Young, John Moler, Henry Leben, Gene Carbonell, Christian Jensen, Ramtin Doroodchi, Max Mathis, Will Garland, Thomas Green, Steven Setser, Isaiah Cargle
Students from Fannin County High School HOSA attended the Georgia HOSA Fall Leadership Conference November 5-6 in Athens, Georgia. Through this conference, HOSA members had the opportunity to gain skills in leadership through several sessions and workshops. Before the conference students toured Augusta University’s College of Nursing, Athens Campus. They also toured the UGA Health Sciences campus where Augusta University and UGA have a medical partnership. The tour was given by second-year medical students attending at the AU/UGA Medical Partnership campus.
Pictured above from left to right: Joshua Taylor, Morgan Blaine, Abbey Arvidson, Emily Deal, Hannah Navarro, Izabel Oler, Trey Riccitiello, and Mary Maxwell
Fannin County High School students and staff will host their annual Veterans Recognition Program on Wednesday, November 14, at 9 am in the Performing Arts Center. All veterans are invited to attend and asked to arrive by 8:45. The program will last approximately one hour with veterans and their families being served brunch afterward. For more information please contact the school.
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.
Fannin County High School REACH Scholars participated in a field trip to Dalton State College on October 2nd. They had a tour of the college campus guided by a DSC student, spoke with science professor Dr. Hays about class sizes and activities, visited a typical dorm room, and had a picnic lunch at the tennis court facility. The Fannin County High School REACH scholars in the picture are:
People in the Image above –
Front Row: Emma Payne, Mikayla Kendall, Chloe Collis, Joey Long, and Harley Cox
Back Row: Aaliyah Green, Aubree Beavers, Ricardo Arellanes, Kaigan Mull, Hunter DeMar, DSC College Tour Guide, Hailey Tucker, Miriam Flores, Chastity Seabolt, and Tasia Galloway
The FCHS Acting Troupe 6952, “The Rebellion,” would like to announce their GHSA One Act Competition-Presentation of Macbeth Fallout, written by William Shakespeare and adapted for stage by Trey Clarkson, arranged by Eldridge Plays and Musicals.
This one-act version of William Shakespeare’s Macbeth maintains the Bard’s original dialogue but changes the setting to a post-apocalyptic world affected by nuclear fallout. The setting allows for many opportunities for creative staging, props, music, and lighting. Use of a shadow scrim and silhouettes intensifies the edgy nature of the play.
Directed by Todd Geren, Ed.S.
Rated PG13 for Frightening Images and Stage Violence.
Presented on Sunday, October 21, 2018 at 4 PM at the FCHS Performing Arts Center. $5 at the box office.
Presented for non-public viewing at the GHSA One Act Competition at Dawson County High School in Dawsonville, GA on October 25, 2018.
Please come support The Rebellion!
Fannin County High School Art Teacher, Holly Viccaro, has embraced the opportunity to incorporate technology into the classroom. With the 1:1 ChromeBook Initiative that was implemented this year at FCHS, every student has their own device to utilize throughout the day and to take home. Shown with Mrs. Viccaro is art student Thalia Saldana.