Peach State College Tour

Fannin County High, Rebel's Corner

Fannin County High School was honored to host the Peach State College Tour. Students and parents were able to hear from Georgia State University, Georgia Tech, and the University of Georgia. Pictured are ninth grader, McKenzie Chastain, and her mother Jenna Chastain as they speak to Ellery Kirkconnell from Georgia Tech.

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.”

Best of the Best: Shirah Commits to Georgia Tech

FCHS Baseball

The coaches at Fannin County High School have had the pleasure of coaching some talented individuals over the years.  Some athletes shine on the field, others in the weight room, and many are just great students.  That’s nothing new in a school that boasts some of the best teaching, coaching and administration the state has to offer.

What’s rare is finding an athlete that encompasses the “total package” – a great student, talented athlete, and a pristine example within the community.  A coach can go his entire career hoping to mold and mentor such an athlete.  Jon Ayers took over the baseball program at FCHS four years ago, and upon his arrival, he met Will Shirah; i.e. the total package.  The credit not only goes to Ayers and the FCHS coaching staff for polishing Shirah’s performance on the baseball field and in the classroom; but also to his parents, Cliff and Julie Shirah, who have raised more than a great baseball player.  They’ve raised a fine young man.

Will Shirah’s family and coaches surround him after signing his letter of intent to play baseball for Georgia Tech next year.

Academically speaking, Shirah’s awards nearly outweigh his baseball trophy case.  Ranked #1 out of 204 students, the Hugh O’Brien Leadership Award Winner has already earned 25 college semester hours as a Dual Enrollment student with a perfect (4.0) grade point average.  A member of the National Honor Society as a sophomore, a member of the FCHS Academic Team both his junior and senior years, and recognized with Student Athlete Community Service Network’s All Area Honors; it’s no surprise Shirah was Senior Superlative voted “Best All Around” student at Fannin County High School.

When Shirah isn’t throwing 90mph fastballs across the plate at the baseball diamond, he’s throwing mashed potatoes and dinner rolls on plates at the Feed Fannin Thanksgiving Dinner as a Charity Good Samaritan volunteer – much slower than the fastballs, thankfully.

Shirah also volunteers to help prepare bags of food, furniture and clothing for homeless and indigent families with his church group at the Copper Basin Crisis Center.  He’s a Fellowship of Christian Athletes event leader and actively works with multiple Christian outreach programs such as Fields of Faith.

He is a member of the United Community Bank Junior Board, along with 11 other seniors, which gives back the community by participating in monthly events such as Relay for Life and more.

Shirah’s work as a volunteer with the Fannin County High School Baseball Camp will be missed when he leaves for college, but he will undoubtedly also be missed at First Baptist Church where he regularly helps in the nursery.  His resume for community service serves as a role model and positive example for everyone around him, a trait his coaches and parents each shared with everyone in attendance at Shirah’s college commitment signing.

His grades are superior, his involvement in the community is respectable, and his attitude is humble; but his performance on the baseball field is phenomenal.

Shirah has lettered his freshman, sophomore and junior years at FCHS.  He was also named All Region First team (7-AAA) all three of those years.  He received the pitching award all three years, and he averaged 1.7 K’s per inning pitched with 190 K’s in 108 innings (Author’s note: In baseball scorekeeping, a swinging strikeout is recorded as a K).  He received the batting award as a freshman and a junior.

Shirah was recently named to the Preseason All State Region 7-AAA team and he was selected to be on the cover of the 2018 Georgia Dugout Club Preview Magazine.  He’s also been named to the Rawlings PG National Preseason Underclass All America Team for the third year in a row.  In 2016 and 2017, he made the All-Tournament team in the 17u and 18u World Championships.

Shirah was named to the Top Prospect Team at PG Jr Nationals and Nationals (an invitation only event held in Ft Myers, FL for the nation’s top rising high school junior and senior baseball players).

Truth be told, there are too many accomplishments in Shirah’s high school baseball career to list them all.  His ability to play the game has garnered national attention – including baseball recruitment (and/or offers) from Stanford, Notre Dame, Virginia, North Carolina, Duke, Louisville, Vanderbilt, Penn State, Harvard, Coastal Carolina, College of Charleston, and last but not least: Georgia Tech.

On Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at 3:45pm, Will Shirah thanked his coaches, parents, friends and teammates.  He gave credit to his faith and everyone who supports him as he put pen to paper and signed his commitment to play baseball for the Georgia Tech Yellowjackets.  We look forward to following his continued success in the future.


The Fannin County High School Engineering TEAM traveled to Georgia Tech

Rebel's Corner

The Fannin County High School Engineering TEAM traveled to Georgia Tech on February 23rd to compete in the National TEAMS competition.  TEAMS stands for Test of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics, and Science.  FCHS took one 9th and 10th grade TEAM and two 11th and 12th grade TEAMS.  The students took a multiple choice test, built a robotic arm, and submitted an essay on Alternative Energy.  The test is held nationally, and the top three teams in each grade level from each state qualify to compete in the National Competition that will be held in Orlando, FL in June.  More information on TEAMS can be found at:


The 9th and 10th grade team placed 3rd in the State in the multiple choice section, and the 11th and 12th grade teams both finished in the top 10.  The overall ranking will be determined after the robotic arm projects and the essays are scored.


The Engineering TEAM competition gives students a chance to visit The Georgia Institute of Technology and spend the day competing against the best engineering students in the state.  Students also get to spend time touring the Georgia Tech campus to help them determine if an engineering pathway is the right career choice for them.  Being able to compete on a national level gives students the opportunity to see how they compare with the best and brightest students in the United States.  I love being able to give students the opportunity to test their abilities in engineering, math, and science in an environment like Georgia Tech.  FCHS graduates and Georgia Tech students Mason Buchanan, Heather Johnston, Courtney Queen, Carly Hellerstedt, and Charitty Tuttle were able to take time from their busy schedules and visit with the students.  It gave the students the opportunity to hear directly from students just like them who are attending Georgia Tech and being successful!


The 9th and 10th grade team was:

Taylor Gibbs

Tim Garland

Ramtin Doroodchi

Eli Young

Matthew Shirah

Gene Carbonell

Chase Culpepper

Tanner Carrier


11th and 12th grade team A:

Hunter Alexander

Ella Senoff

Analea Cioffi

Will Shirah

Rowan Shewmake

Jordan Newman

Morgan Patton

Justin Wheat


11th and 12th grade team B:

Ethan Taylor

Sabrina Cole

Wesley Lim

Joshua Oliver

Ellie Ladd

Uriah Giet

Ben Collins

Damien Godfrey


IMG0404:  (L to R) Taylor Gibbs, Tim Garland, Gene Carbonelle, Eli Young, Matthew Shirah, and Ramtin Doroodchi work on their robotic arm for the 9th and 10th grade team.

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IMG0406: (L to R) Josh Oliver, Ellie Ladd, Sabrina Cole, and Damien Godfrey work on their robotic arm for 11th and 12th grade team B

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IMB 0413: (L to R) Ethan Taylor tests the robotic arm while Ben Collins, Ellie Ladd, Sabrina Cole, Wesley Lim, Uriah Giet, and Josh Oliver observe

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IMB 0415: (L to R) Courtney Queen (GT student,) Sabrina Cole, Uriah Giet, Joshua Oliver (behind), Mason Buchanan (GT student), Rowan Shewmake (behind), Analea Cioffi, Ellie Ladd (behind) Wesley Lim, Eli Young (behind glasses), Ella Senoff, Gene Carbonell, Will Shirah (behind), Tim Garland (behind) Ramtin Doroodchi (glasses), Damien Godfrey (Blue Sweater), Tanner Carrier (behind), Taylor Gibbs, Matthew Shirah (behind), Chase Culpepper, Jordan Newman (behind), Justin Wheat (red), Ethan Taylor (behind), Hunter Alexander (blue), Ben Collins (behind), Morgan Patton (white)

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The Fannin County School System does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, religion, creed, or disability in admission to its programs, services, and activities, in access to them, in treatment of individuals, or in any aspect of their operations. For additional information or referral to the appropriate system coordinator, contact the system superintendent’s office at 2290 East First Street, Blue Ridge, Georgia 30513 or 706-632-3771.   ­­


Burden Named to Rimington Trophy Fall Watch List


Georgia Tech redshirt junior center Freddie Burden is among 63 players named to the 2015 Rimington Trophy Fall Watch List, released Wednesday by the Rimington Trophy Committee. Burden, who was named to the spring watch list in May, is one of seven ACC centers on the list.

The Rimington Trophy is presented annually to the Most Outstanding Center in FBS. Since its inception, the Rimington Trophy has raised more than $2.6 million for the cystic fibrosis community. The 14-year-old award is overseen by the Boomer Esiason Foundation, which is committed to finding a cure for cystic fibrosis and has raised over $115 million for CF Research.

The Statesboro, Ga., native earned 2014 All-ACC honorable mention after starting all 14 games at center for the Yellow Jackets. He was part of Georgia Tech’s offensive line that allowed just 0.79 sacks per game (first in ACC, second nationally), while helping the Jackets lead the nation in rushing offense with a school-record 342.1 yards per game and 4,789 rushing yards.

Dave Rimington, the award’s namesake, was a consensus first-team All-America center at the University of Nebraska in 1981 and 1982, during which time he became the John Outland Trophy’s only double winner as the nation’s finest college interior lineman. For more on the Rimington Trophy and a list of past recipients, visit

While more than a dozen All-America teams are selected annually, the Rimington Trophy committee used these three prestigious teams to determine a winner:
Walter Camp Foundation (WCF)
Sporting News (SN)
Football Writers Association of America (FWAA)

Because the selectors of these three All-America teams can place centers in a “mix” of offensive linemen that includes guards and tackles, their 11- man first teams can often have two centers. The Rimington Trophy committee’s policy is to count all players that play primarily the center position for their respective teams as centers, even though they may be listed as guards or tackles on the four All- America teams.

The center with the most first team votes will be determined the winner. If there is a tie with first team votes, then the center with the most second team votes will win. If there is still a tie, the winner will be determined by a majority vote from the Rimington Trophy committee. The winner will be recognized at the Rimington Trophy Presentation at the Rococo Theatre in Lincoln, Neb., on Jan. 16, 2016.

Georgia Tech opens the 2015 season Sept. 3 against Alcorn State (7:30 p.m. ET, RSN). 2015 Georgia Tech season tickets are on sale now. Fans can purchase tickets in person at the Georgia Tech Ticket Office (M-F 9 a.m.-5 p.m.), by phone at 888-TECH-TIX, or online at Season tickets for Tech’s seven-game home schedule start at just $245 – a value of $35 per game. Great lower-level seats are available from $350. There is no per-game ticket or Tech Fund price increase in 2015. The only difference is the addition of a seventh home game (Georgia).

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Paul Hornung Award (Most Versatile)
Jamal Golden, DB/KR

Maxwell Award (College Player of the Year)
Justin Thomas, QB

Bednarik Award (Defensive Player of the Year)
Adam Gotsis, DT

Rimington Trophy (Top Center)
Freddie Burden, C


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GT Teams Honored for Academics


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NCAA national office Tuesday for producing Academic Progress Rates (APR) ranked in the top 10 percent nationally within their respective sport for the 2009-10 academic year. (more…)

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