If you thought that she was too busy with her project, Blessing Backs with Packs, think again. Cassie Stepp recently put together her second annual Kids Day at Kiwanis FairGround.
Stepp is a recent graduate of Fannin County High School who plans on attending Kennesaw State University in the Fall to major in Entrepreneurship. About a year ago, the team here at Fetch Your News (FYN) had the opportunity to report on Stepp’s local project to help the homeless, which she called “Blessing Backs with Packs.” Throughout the year, Stepp has continued to work on her project and caused it to grow immensely. She was able to get the name of her project out there and grab the attention of the community. Cassie did this by creating accounts on social media and is currently making a website for the organization. She managed to grab the attention of the Georgia Association of Colleges and Employers (GACE) and was the recipient of their annual conference meeting donations. Every year, GACE holds a drive for one organization and they saw it fit that Blessing Back with Packs receive the items. Stepp is even on the homestretch of meeting her goal of Blessing Backs with Packs becoming a nonprofit organization! The process has taken a lot of hard work and planning. Cassie scheduled several meetings and raised money for her license by going to local stores and asking for donations to give away in a raffle. She expects to have the official title in just a few months. If this doesn’t seem like enough for a college student to handle, she was planning for another event the whole time!
The Kids Day consisted of free activities for families who may not be able to afford to do fun things with their children like go on vacations. People of all ages were welcome to the event. There were so many things for families to enjoy all day long. For example, there was face painting, princesses and superheroes, bounce houses, a raffle to win a bike, carnival games, delicious food, and so much more!
When asking Stepp about her inspiration to create the day, she responded, “This has always been something that I have wanted to do. I feel like every kid should have something they can talk about with their friends when they go back to school.”
Over 200 people attended the event, not even including the 60 volunteers! You could feel the joy at Kiwanis FairGround that day as families could let go of their worries and enjoy a free day of fun.
“Thank you to everyone who came out and volunteered or donated in some way. Without you all, this day couldn’t have been successful,” Stepp shared with the FYN team.
Congratulations to Cassie for all of her well deserved success. If you would like to support Cassie and her organization, you can follow her page on FaceBook by searching “Blessing Backs with Packs,” to stay updated on what’s to come next.
Fannin County Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) has earned another National Award. National FCCLA offers an award called “Go for the Red” each year for chapters who increase their local membership. For the second year in a row, Fannin FCCLA has earned the “Go for the Red” award at Gold status meaning that membership was increased by at least 20 members. In total, our membership increased by 22 members leaving us with a total of 89 members for the 2018-2019 school year. Our chapter was awarded a “Go for the Red” banner to be displayed in our school.
Several of our chapter officers were also awarded individual “Go for the Red” awards. The individual award is for students who recruit at least 3 new members into our local FCCLA chapter. The following students received this recognition from National FCCLA: (from left) Sierra Reynolds, Sydney Tarpley, Chloe Clemmons, Bobbi Pippin, Hope Parris, and Cady Finley. Each of these students received a certificate and Go for the Red t shirt from National FCCLA.
Our chapter and these individual members will be recognized at the FCCLA National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, California this July.
This past Tuesday, Briana Mathews signed a letter of intent to competitively cheer at Young Harris in the fall. Briana is a senior who will be graduating from Fannin County High School in two weeks.
The senior has been cheering since she was four years old and has been at the sport ever since. Although Mathews does not cheer for the high school, she competes on level five at World of Cheer. Their fifth and highest level is currently ranked top ten in the nation and have won countless competitions. The team is even traveling to Disney World over the weekend to compete in one of their biggest competitions yet!
Cheer has always taken up a large portion of Briana’s time. When she was just in the seventh grade, she was invited to the very first Champions League and ended up winning. Before attending Fannin, the cheerleader was enrolled at Copper Basin High School before becoming a Rebel her junior year. During her time at Basin, Mathews was a member of numerous clubs including drama, Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), and Future Health Professionals (HOSA). On top of all of her clubs, she also played varsity volleyball and cheered for the varsity squad.
Briana did not let her transition of schools slow her down. With her short time at Fannin, Mathews has completed the Teaching as a Profession program (TAP) and also signed to Young Harris to be a Future Georgia Educator (FGE). Not only did she finish the teaching pathway, she has also completed some of Fannin’s healthcare pathways which include Sports Medicine and Certified Nursing Assistant. The senior has been awarded for her academic successes by receiving an honor cord for her membership in the National Honors Society and National Technical Honors Society.
Through all of her involvement and accomplishments, there is no doubt that Briana will do great in this next step of life. Congratulations to Briana for committing and to Young Harris for gaining such a hard working athlete and student!
FetchYourNews.com, FYNTV.com, and Team FYN Sports would like to congratulate the FCHS 2019 Senior class!
Fannin County High School senior, Chandler Kendall, made a decision to further his baseball career yesterday as he signed a letter of intent to play for Tennessee Wesleyan University who is currently second in the nation in NAIA. It was an eventful day as Kendall not only signed a letter of intent, but he also earned a spot in the Fannin County Hall of Fame as its members awarded him with a plaque. The honor is given to an athlete whose performance and productivity is above the norm. Instead of the Hall of Fame giving this honor every year, they wait for an athlete who is very deserving of the award. His classmates had to have thought the same as they voted him “most athletic” in the senior class.
Kendall is a triathlete at the school who excels at anything he attempts. This being the first year Chandler ever played high school football, he earned the position at starting wide receiver, was picked as player of the week twice, and was picked for offensive player of the week twice as well. Basketball and baseball on the other hand are sports that Kendall has competed and succeeded in for years now. Chandler was a three year varsity player for the Rebels basketball team where he was picked for numerous awards. Kendall’s sophomore year, he was awarded with Defensive Player of the Year and Best 3 Point Percentage. The trend continued his junior year as he received an All Region Honorable Mention, GA Tip Off Club’s Player of the month for January, led his team in charges, assists, and steals, and once again earned Defensive Player of the year and Best 3 Point Percentage. To wrap up his basketball career, his senior year he was awarded with Team FYN’s Player of the Week, 7AAA All Region Team, Player of the Year for Northwest Georgia Tip Off Club, Defensive Player of the Year, and the Most Valuable Player for the Rebel’s basketball team.
While Chandler competed hard and had many successes in his other sports, baseball is where his true passion lies. Kendall has been a varsity starter for Fannin County baseball for four years now. His sophomore year he was picked as offensive player of the year, was chosen by Georgia Dugout Club as one of the top fifty players in the state, earned a spot as first team all region infielder, and Perfect Game All American. Kendall continued to receive awards his junior year with the Offensive Player of the Year Award, first team all region infielder, all state honorable mention, Perfect Game All American, and led the Rebels in home runs with nine overall. Now as his senior year comes to an end, Chandler’s team is advancing to the Sweet Sixteen and he has now committed to playing college baseball.
Goodluck to Chandler in all of his future endeavors as he continues his baseball career and to the Fannin County Rebels baseball team as they advance into the Sweet Sixteen!
Fannin County High School health occupations students sponsored a blood drive on campus on February 26. At the end of the day, students and staff donated 82 units to Blood Assurance. “It is important to teach and provide community involvement opportunities along with academics,” according to FCHS Principal Erik Cioffi. Typically one blood drive is held during each semester at FCHS.
Shown left to right as they prepare to enter the blood mobile are seniors Morgan Rhodes and Kellie Annis
Fannin County High School (FCHS) will host 8th Grade Student/Parent Information Night, Thursday, February 28. The program will start at 6 p.m. in the FCHS Performing Arts Center. However, parents and students are encouraged to arrive at 5:30 p.m. in order to visit with teachers of pathway courses and view displays and exhibits.
Starting promptly at 6 p.m. Fannin High administrators and counselors will present information for all 8th grade parents and students in order to prepare for the transition to high school. Attention will be devoted to the registration process, the courses of study and extra-curricular activities available to all incoming 9th graders.
According to FCHS Assistant Principal, Theresa Dillard, “this informational session is an excellent opportunity for future 9th graders to start becoming familiar with the high school expectations and lay a strong foundation for their future.” For additional information, please contact the counselors at FCHS or Fannin County Middle School.