Robertson is a man of many talents
BY TIM COSTYN
"Buenos dias, Senoritas and Seniors."
Stanton Robertson teaches Spanish I and Peer Mediation at our
high school. He has been teaching here since 1994, when he came
after substituting in Oconee and Elbert Counties.
Mr. Robertson graduated from Clarke Central High School in 1981,
and then attended the University of Georgia, where he majored
in psychology with a minor in Spanish. He earned his undergraduate
degree in 1985, then started on his master's. However, he did
not like the focus of his master's program, so he quit school
and became a manager at the Georgia Square Mall Cinemas.
While working at the theaters, he met his wife, Tammy. He was
filling in for a friend one day and hired her as a secretary.
They began dating and were married in December 1990. They have
two children, Tyler, 7, and Morgan, 2.
In 1991, Mr. Robertson decided he wanted to teach. He was at
a Van Halen concert that had many teenagers in attendance. Looking
around, he realized that this was the age group he wanted to
work with. He went back to Georgia to get certified to teach
high school Spanish, and after certification, took up several
long-term substitute teacher positions in nearby counties. He
came to MCHS after one of our Spanish teachers switched jobs.
Spanish and psychology are not the only things that interest
Mr. Robertson. He also enjoys technologically oriented activities,
listening to classic rock, attending concerts and watching satellite
The part of his job that Mr. Robertson finds most satisfying
is when his students understand what he is trying to teach them.
He enjoys working at the high school because of our administration
and their flexibility.
Tolbert in the spotlight once again
BY ASHLEY BURFORD AND CHRIS CLARK
Picture this: you are 18 years old, about to graduate from high
school, and have already decided on a college. That is every
senior's dream. Despite this, Scott Tolbert still has many tough
life-changing decisions to make in the near future.
Scouts from countless colleges and professional baseball teams
have made efforts to recruit Tolbert for their teams. Over the
past year Tolbert has been put on display for over 400 scouts.
They have made him offers and promises that could entitle him
to a solid future.
"I am weighing all of my options and am not ruling out any
of them," said Tolbert. "It is sometimes overwhelming
when scouts and representatives from Major League baseball teams
call the house at night and ask how I would feel about playing
ball for them. All I know to say is, 'How do you think an 18-year-old
boy would feel about playing baseball professionally?'"
The experience of playing professional baseball is every Little
Leaguer's dream. Scott was no exception. "Ever since I was
8, I have always hoped of having the option to play for a big
name team," said Tolbert.
Why we need an animal shelter
BY MEGAN MCCAY
One little, two little, three little... kittens? Four little,
five little, six little... puppies? Wait! This song is not about
animals, but it does illustrate that the uncontrolled animal
population is puzzling pet owners and county residents. In Madison
County, the animal population has exploded and it has many residents
worried about the safety and happiness of their pets.
Every year there are hundreds of stray animals dropped around
the county. Owners or caretakers of these animals feel they cannot
be responsible for them any longer or do not have the means to
feed and care for them properly. They consider killing the animals
to be inhumane and a distasteful act. However, they do not see
dropping animals out of a house or in the middle of nowhere or
along a back road to be an inhumane act.
Madison County is in need of an animal shelter. This shelter
would help monitor and restrict the out-of-control stray animal
rate. Stray animals have nowhere to go and can rarely help themselves.
The shelter would house strays that were brought in or picked
up. In addition to shelter and food, the strays would receive
medical care and vaccinations. After a period of time, if no
one comes to claim the animals, or no one wants them, then they
will be humanely put to sleep. Also, pet owners could bring their
domesticated pets to be vaccinated and receive medical attention.
While the exact cost of the shelter is not known, the benefits
of a shelter would outweigh the costs as well as enable taxpayers
to better enjoy their pets. An animal shelter would be a great
addition to Madison County.
Richards awarded Presidential scholarship at
Miranda Richards, Danielsville, has been selected as a Presidential
Scholarship recipient from Young Harris College in recognition
of her academic achievements throughout high school.
The Presidential Scholarship is Young Harris' second highest
academic award given to an incoming freshman. Presidential scholars
receive tuition and room expenses, an award of over $11,000.
Richards, a student at Madison County High School, will graduate
On Feb. 19, Richards participated in Young Harris College's Recognition
Day-A Day of Celebration, a ceremony to recognize scholarship
recipients for the 2000-2001 academic year. Former Governor Zell
Miller, '51, delivered the keynote speaker's address to the scholars
and their families.
Young Harris College, founded in 1886, is a private liberal arts
institution with a primary focus on the first two years of a
It is located in a resort area in the northeast Georgia mountains
and is affiliated with the United Methodist Church.