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School Board Honors Students, Staff, and Community at Board Meeting

Student recognitions were the first things that were handled at that night’s school board meeting on Thursday, May 18th.

The following students from THINC College & Career Academy SkillsUSA students came forward first: Jery Chadwick, Terence Ashton, Devin Joyce, Shay Griffin, Noah Saxon, Alex Holloway, Savanna Scott, GraceIngram,JeffreyStephens, Riley Morgan, Tyler Barth, Connor Ferrante and Advisor, Mr. Joe Sumner.

These students competed at the SkillsUSAState Championships, winning in their respective categories, bringing home 14 Gold Medals. They were also named State Champions for 2016-2017.

Jery Chadwick & Terence Ashton competed in Mobile Robotics Competition, Devin Joyce & Shay Griffin competed in Humanoid Robotics Competition, Noah Saxon & Alex Holloway competed in Robotics Urban Search and Rescue, and Savanna Scott & Grace Ingram competed in Mechatronics Competition Savanna & Grace were the first all-female team to win the State Championship in the category of Mechatronics and the first to advance and compete at the National Championship level this summer.

Jeffrey Stephens, Riley Morgan, Tyler Barth and Conner Ferrante were alternates and participated in leadership training as well as being available for each competition in the event that a competitor was unable to compete.

THINC Mechatronics and Manufacturing Instructor, Joe Sumner stated “Now, the real hard work begins for these students, as they spend up to four hours a day, five days a week, perfecting their abilities and developing new skills, preparing to represent not only THINC, but also the entire state of Georgia at SkillsUSA in Louisville, Kentucky in June to compete for National Championships.”

Troup High seniors Cameron Byers, Marshall Morris, Emilee Eickhoff and their advisor, Luann Jones then came forward: Cameron recently represented Troup High School’s FFAby completing the Proficiency Award Applications based on the Supervi sed Agriculture Experience Project of Tuft Management. He won first place in Central Region and will advance to the State level where he will interview at the Georgia FFA State Convention.

Marshall and Emilee are the recipients of the State FFADegree. This is the highest degree bestowed upon FFAmembers. In order to receive the degree, members must meet requirements of the National FFA Organization, be enrolled in an agricultural education classroom, be an active FFA member for at least two years and already hold their chapter FFA Degree.

Ms. Luann Jones, Troup High School’s Agriculture teacher has been selected to receive the Honorary State FFA Degree, the highest honor in the FFA organization that can be bestowed upon an individual at the state level. The degree will be conferred during the Georgia FFA Convention.

THINC DECA advisor, Jami Briggs and students; Jessica Emery, Maddie Patton, Slone Raper, Jacob Howard, Leah Jackson, Emily Young, Hannah Asbell, Kelviski Billingslea and Shelby Culver all came forward next. They represented all three different high schools.

THINC College & Career Academy DECA students, led by advisor Jami Briggs, recently participated at Regional and State Competitions. For the competition, students had to take a 100question test in a specific marketing area and complete a role play in front of judges.

Jessica Emery placed in Hotel & Lodging Management, Maddie Patton place in Sports & Entertainment Marketing, Slone Raper placed in Personal Financial Literacy, Jacob Howard placed in Restaurant and Food Service Management, Leah Jackson placed in Personal Financial Literacy, and Emily Young placed in the DECA State Competition in Job Interview Hannah Asbell, Kelviski Billingslea, Shelby Culver and Emily Young, are the recipients of the 2017 DECA Emerging Leader

Honor Award. The award recipient must be a DECA Member in his/her senior year of high school with a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or better for each of the high school semesters.

Also, the School-Based Enterprise at THINC College & Career Academy was among 360 school-based enterprises in the United States achieving Gold Level Re-Certification this year. They were recognized at DECA’s International Career Development Conference in Anaheim, California.

A team of students from THINC College & Career Academy, under the direction of advisor, Patrick Rathert won their spring regional section of the Georgia Stock Market Game (SMG), sponsored by the Georgia Council on Economic Education. The students were tasked to make the most profit from investing their initial $100,000. Nekayla Traylor, Tiffany Leak, and Ebonie Tucker all increased their original investments to $106,510.78.

LaGrange High School seniors, Will Blakely and Kennedy Burks then came forward.

Will competed at the Region SkillsUSA competition in the T-Shirt Design competition and won 2nd place advancing him to the State Leadership Conference. Will also won 2nd place in the State Conference.

Kennedy competed in Advertising Design and won 1st place which also advanced her to the State Leadership Conference.

Would Johnathon Strickland and Audri Crews of LaGrange High School please come forward: The Board of Trustees of the Georgia FFA Foundation awarded Johnathon the Secretary Leadership award at the Central Region Competition for maintaining accurate records for the program of activities through the year. Johnathon advanced and competed at the state competition and placed 3rd overall.

Audri completed the Proficiency Application for her supervised agriculture experience in the area of poultry production and won the central regional proficiency award advancing to state competition where she received 3rd place. In addition, Audri is also one of six members to receive a $5,000 Deep in the Heart scholarship.

Jessica Bowden is the FFA Advisor at LaGrange High School.

The following Callaway High students came forward next: Megan Scott, Dylan Almon, Brianne Vaught, Ian Bryan, Ashley Juarez and Keegan Woods.

These Callaway High School Future Business Leaders of America members participated in region competition and all were eligible to advance to state competition.

Megan Scott competed in Business Communications, Ian Bryan, Ashley Juarez and Keegan Woods were on the Marketing Team Event, and Brianne Vaught and Dylan Almon for Personal Finance.

Under the direction of Felecia Moore, chapter advisor, twelve FBLA members from Callaway Middle competed in various events at the 2017 FBLA Region Leadership Conference. The following members placed in their respective competitive events and advanced to the State Leadership Conference.

Josie Mulliniks took 1st Place in Introduction to Business Communications, Sidrick Cameron took 1st Place in Public Speaking (Sidrick also took 10th place in public speaking for the entire State of Georgia, and Jihun Kang took 3rd Place in Microsoft Concepts.

Mrs.Brandi Turner’s Gardner Newman Middle School Georgia Studies classes competed at the regional History Day competitions at LaGrange College. The theme this year was “Taking a Stand in History.” The following students are advancing to the State competition.

1st Place Group Documentary Category: Annie Pauley, Baker Skinner and Davis Hunnicutt, 1st Place Individual Website Category: Nathan Fritchley, 1st Place Individual Exhibit Category: Amy West, 3rd Place Individual Documentary Category: Tyler Murray, and 3rd Place Group Documentary Category: Ankit Kumar and Jesse Nix Staff recognitions were up next, with Norma Fannin being the first to come forward Congratulations to Ms. Fannin! She was recently named the 2017 Troup County School Nurse of the Year. She will now compete at the state level for the Georgia School Nurse of the Year title. She has been employed with the district since 2012 and she serves Callaway High and The HOPE Academy.

Coach Eric Woods and Coach Bob Schweizer then came forward. Coach Woods, the Co-Athletic Director for Callaway High School, was named Region 5AA Athletic Director of the Year by the Georgia Athletic Director’s Association. Coach Woods has been at Callaway High since it opened in 1996 and has served as Co-Athletic Director since 2006.

Coach Schweizer, the Athletic Director for Troup High School, was named State AAAA Athletic Director of the Year by the Georgia Athletic Director’s Association. Coach Schweizer started at Troup High in 2001 as an English language arts teacher, football and basketball coach. He has been the Athletic Director for the past six years.

Mrs. Lynn Thrailkill from Rosemont Elementary School then came forward.

Last week, Mrs. Lynn Thrailkill was named a recipient of the 180 Educator Award by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Read 180. The award recognizes five teachers who help struggling students build their literacy, vocabulary, and word recognition through the Read 180 reading intervention program. TCSS implemented the program back in August. Within only nine months, Mrs. Thrailkill’s Read 180 average classroom growth is 78%, with a Lexile growth of 97 points!

The following teachers then came forward: Michelle Ashmore, Sara Proctor, Andre Carter, Randy Hardigree, Shea Spencer and Kayla Yeargin.

These Troup County Teachers have been selected to attend a week in the Project Zero Classroom on the historic campus of Harvard this summer. The Troup Community Foundation partnered with the Chattahoochee Valley Community Foundation to offer this opportunity for them to attend. Other Partners in Education also donated to the effort. During their tenure at Harvard, they will examine the shifting terrain of education. Community recognitions were also held on this night to hand out various scholarships and things of that nature.

Sewon America, one of our Business Partners in Education, provides three $1,000 scholarships each year to an outstanding senior from each high school in honor of Sewon America Chairman, Moon Ki Kim.

Karan Lakhwani, La-Grange High School, Keegan Woods, Callaway High School and Michael Love, Troup High School are the recipients of this year’s Sewon Scholarships. They will be majoring in Engineering in college. The scholarship award is based on the student’s field of study, extracurricular activities, community service, honors, awards, work experience and academic GPA. The student applicant must also submit a 200 word essay sharing their hopes and plans for the next five years and explain why they would like to be considered for the Sewon Scholarship.

Audri Crews, LaGrange High senior and Bailey Lawson, Troup High senior received the Doug Hardin Memorial Scholarship that night. Each student is receiving $1000 towards their continuing education. The purpose of this scholarship is to encourage and assist students interested in the field of agriculture. The Doug Hardin Memorial Scholarship is sponsored through donations from Mr. Rick Torrance.

Elizabeth Ann Duram received the Doris Jefferson Memorial Scholarship that night, presented by Keep Troup Beautiful. This scholarship is to encourage and assist worthy senior students who have demonstrated good stewardship of the environment, and who wish to continue their studies at a two-year college, a trade/technical school or a four-year college/ university. A scholarship award of $500 is given annually to a successful applicant. Doris Jefferson served as Executive Director for Keep Troup Beautiful from 2001 until her death in 2014. She was a passionate champion of litter prevention and recycling.

The Dernell Renauld Stenson Foundation was formed to promote and support academic and athletic growth for students and sponsor athletic and fitness-oriented activities as well as provide annual scholarships for educational pursuits.

This year’s winners were William Rainey (LHS) for academic excellence ($1,500) Keegan Woods (CHS) for best athlete ($1,500) Amber Whitfield (LHS) for best all around ($1,500), Michael Freeman (CHS) for the honorable mention ($1,000), and DominiqueA’gurs (CES) for stem achievement award $100 gift card.

The Dernell Renauld Stenson Foundation extends a wholehearted thank you to the Troup County Board of Education for promoting The Foundation by honoring our award recipients and inviting us to participate in this event. We hope to continue to partner with you in the future. To-date we have 20 scholarship recipients who have received a total amount of $35,100. Also14 STEM awards have been granted to elementary and middle school students totaling $750.