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


FEBRUARY 9, 2000


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Miss Raider winner named at MCHS
BY MIRANDA RICHARDS
Miss Raider contestants and their escorts gathered at the gym floor just a few minutes before halftime of the final Varsity Boys' home game on Tuesday, Feb. 1. The program, sponsored by the Student Council, had been postponed due to the cancellation of the previous Friday's game because of weather conditions.
Ten girls were chosen in the weeks priod to the event by their respective clubs to be representatives during the basketball game.
Each representative was given a red carnation to wear along with a banner bearing their club's name. The winner, junior Laketa Leverett, who represented STAND, was chosen by receiving the most votes from the student body. Congratulations to Laketa!


Megan McCay is a
busy junior at MCHS
BY ARRIE BROWN
Is there a doctor in the house? If all goes well for junior Megan McCay, the answer to this question will be yes. The 17-year-old has aspired to be a pediatrician since the young age of 2, when she "doctored" on whoever would let her. To achieve her goal, Megan plans to go to the University of Georgia for four years, then transfer to the Medical College of Georgia for another seven years.
For now, though, Megan's schedule is too crowded to even think about college life. She is both a football and basketball varsity cheerleader, and she is active in her church. She is president of the school's 4-H chapter and involved in National Honor Society and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. On top of all this, she is a member of the Hilltopper staff.
"I hardly ever have any spare time," Megan said. "Yearbook takes up most of it."
In the free time she does find, Megan enjoys swimming, riding 4-wheelers, reading, shopping and skiiing. She also likes participating in beauty pageants. At home, Megan says she is regularly annoyed by her two younger brothers, Trey, who is a freshman, and J.J., a sixth grader. Her mother, Debbie, is a photographer, and her father, Ralph, is a farmer.
All aspects of Megan's life support the feeling that there are great things in her future. Keep your eyes open; this girl is going places.


SCHOOL NEWS

Comer Elementary after school program receives grant
The Comer Elementary After School Program has received a grant from the India Benton Lesser Foundation, Inc. India Benton Lesser is the daughter of the late Joe and Ouida Benton, Colbert.
This grant will be used to purchase educational games, arts and crafts supplies, new software for computers, additional staff to help with homework and scholarships for students.
A goal of the After School Program is to allow students access to the computer lab to use the Reading Academy Program. Teachers say this helps students improve up to two grade levels in skills related to reading. Many students are not exposed to games that develop their critical thinking skills at home and this is a time to introduce these games to students.


Telephone book recycling contest held
The students of Comer Elementary School are participating in a telephone book recycling contest. The year Alltel and BellSouth are joining with the Madison County Clean & Beautiful Commission to sponsor the recycling contest between all schools in Madison County. Those wishing to recycle old telephone books may send them with a student or drop them off at Comer Elementary School before Feb. 15, between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.



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