This past Thursday afternoon, September 22nd, The Troup County School Board held a short yet very action packed regularly scheduled meeting. Before the meeting began, the board recognized students, staff, and community leaders that have excelled in various areas throughout the community. One of these groups included several local car dealership owners that have donated cars for students with great attendance, behavior, and grades. One student from each school will win a car at the end of the year. Cripper Silcox with the All Pro Auto Group, Todd Parrish with Kia of LaGrange, and. Michael Stogner with LaGrange Toyota were all invited to come and take the stage. As Troup County School System’s (TCSS) new attendance policy builds momentum, some schools and community partners have found a ‘vehicle’ to encourage students to be on time, in attendance, and have positive behavior. Callaway, LaGrange and Troup High Schools all announced a partnership with three Partners in Education; All Pro Auto Group (Callaway High), LaGrange Toyota (LaGrange High), and Kia of La-Grange (Troup High) will be giving away a new vehicle at the end of the school year.
The stakes are high for the winning student, for example, they can’t miss more than four days of school. According to Troup High Principal Chip Medders, student referrals cannot result in suspensions or they are disqualified from the drawing. He said, “Winning a car isn’t a small prize so there are big goals that students have to reach to win. We are going to have checkpoints throughout the school year and research our data to see who has positive behavior, good grades and a good attendance record. Up next were student recognitions. The AAU Volleyball National Executive Committee recently announced the selections for the 2017 AAU Volleyball Academic All American Award. Created in 2013, this award recognizes student- athletes for their excellence in academics as well as athletics. All recipients attended high school during the 2016-2017 school year and participated in the 44th AAU Girls’ Junior National Volleyball Championships. Madison Lewis, a senior at LaGrange High School, was selected as an AAU Volleyball Academic All-American.
The other honoree that night fell under staff recognitions. The Junior Service League of LaGrange recently named Trissa Nerowski, a veteran Troup County educator, the 2017 Mollie Lukken Scholarship recipient. Trissa is an exceptional education teacher at Whitesville Road Elementary School and was recognized at a meeting of the League’s sustaining members in the Ida Callaway Hudson Lab Sciences Building at LaGrange College. Both Ida Hudson and Mollie Lukken were founding members of Junior Service League who led pioneering volunteer programs to provide services for students with learning disabilities. The scholarship was established in 1984 and is presented annually to a local teacher pursuing graduate studies in the field of special education. Ms. Nerowski is currently enrolled in a doctoral program at North Central University and is currently writing her dissertation.