RAIDERS WEEKLY
A compilation of articles written by Madison County School students.


JANUARY 19, 2000


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Brad Kirk: An academic athlete
BY MEGAN MCCAY
A three-year varsity football player who can make all A's and have an active social life? Sounds impossible, but Brad Kirk proved it true. Brad is a 17-year-old junior at Madison County High School. He has a full schedule of activities and manages to make all A's.
Brad has played football for three years, basketball and track one year each and baseball for two years. He is also involved in Multi-Cultural Club, National Honor Society, FCA, and Pride. Brad is also very active in his church youth group. Outside of school events, Brad enjoys skiing, going to the lake and weightlifting.
Brad plans to attend college, and though he is unsure of where he will go, he likes the University of Georgia and Georgia Tech. He would like to be a computer engineer or do accounting work.
Because of his athletic ability and outstanding motivation to succeed, Brad has excelled in high school both in athletics and academically. When asked if he could give any inspiration to others, he said, "Enthusiasm is contagious - so is the lack of it."




Tractor-carving contest held
BY LEANNAH HAMANN
John Deere, move out of the way! Here comes the Madison County FFA!
A contest was held for students to create the best wooden tractor. They worked hard for the past month, perfecting their creations. The tractors were judged by Mr. David Clark and Coach David Smith.
The winner was freshman Josh Chandler. He commented, "The competition was pretty tough. I did not think I would win." He will receive a plaque at the FFA Banquet at the end of the year.
Runners-up included 2nd- sophomore Aaron Phillips, 3rd- Josh Waller, 4th- freshman Lance Benton and 5th- freshman Adam Wynn. Good work to all the participants!


GED to be given in Athens in February
The Tests of General Educational Development (GED) will be administered on Tuesday, Feb. 1, and Thursday, Feb. 3, at the Athens Campus of Athens Area Technical Institute.
The testing sessions, which will be given in Room 508 of the Paul C. Broun Building, will begin at 4:30 p.m. and continue until around 10 p.m. both evenings. People taking the tests must attend both sessions. A photo identification card is required for admission into the testing sessions.
Pre-registration is required and can be made by calling (706) 355-5027 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.
The Athens Campus of Athens Area Technical Institute is located at 800 U.S. Highway 29 N.
The GED examination consists of five tests in the areas of writing skills, social studies, science, literature and the arts, and mathematics. The cost for the full test battery is $45, and the charge for retests is $9 in each area.
Athens Area Technical Institute offers basic reading and math classes and GED preparation classes in Madison County through the institution's Adult Education Program. Classes are held at the Madison County Career Opportunity Center on Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon until 8 p.m. and on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 1:30 to 4 p.m. The Center is located at 282 Spring Circle, Comer.
GED prep classes are taught at the Madison County High School in Danielsville on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6 to 8 p.m. Daytime GED classes are held at the Madison County Library in Danielsville from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
For more information on the adult education classes, call the Madison County Career Opportunity Center at (706) 783-5308.


Four countians recognized
Four students from Madison County have been recognized at the Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, for academic excellence.
Corey B. Jones, Comer, was named to the dean's list in allied health sciences. Laura A. Benett, Comer, Kristina Turner, Colbert, and Amanda D. Perry, Danielsville, were all named to the dean's list for the school of nursing.
Students earning a 3.5 grade point average or higher on a scale of 4.0 are named to the dean's list.


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