The Madison County Journal's Raiders Weely...

 March 22, 2000

A compilation of articles written by Madison County School students.

Ferrell is dedicated and determined to succeed
Strucure is good.
Daughter of a Marine veteran of the Vietnam War, senior Natalea Ferrell credits her many life accomplishments to her parents. Her father, Robert, and mother, Ellen, are proud of the young woman that Natalea has become. Growing up in a military-structured home allowed Ferrell to become a more self-disciplined individual. Being the youngest of three sisters has forced Ferrell to find what makes her a true individual.
Natalea is involved in many time-consuming extracurricular activities at MCHS. She is an active member in Y-Club, National Honor Society, Future Georgia Educators, and has important roles on both the Hilltopper (annual) staff, where she serves as business manager, and the Raider Weekly staff. Her involvement in Y-Club as Community Projects Chairperson is her way of giving back to her school and community. She organizes, coordinates, and participates in various community activities. Some of the more recent projects include Thanksgiving Food Drive, Christmas Comer Reindeer Run/Walk, and the Dr. Seuss Read Across America. Future plans will be volunteering with Y-Club as well as National Honor Society at the Habitat for Humanity House under construction in Madison County.
Her membership to H.O.P.E. Worship Center in Hull also requires a large amount of Ferrell's time. She is an active youth member of this non-denominational church. During the holidays her church helps out with those less fortunate by raising money and donating food. She is also involved with the year-round youth program at her church where teens help other children within the church find their way to their life with Christ.
Church and extracurricular activities are not all that Ferrell is concentrating on. Her academic achievement is the number one priority in her life. She is college-bound and always pushes herself to the limits. She takes Advanced Placement level courses to better prepare herself for the future. She has maintained an A-B average throughout high school and now looks toward her life after high school.
Even though her life is very busy, Ferrell still finds time to put into her job. She works 20 or more hours a week at Subway in the heart of Danielsville.
"I enjoy working because it gives me a social life outside of school," said Ferrell.
Her hard work and dedication will soon pay off when she becomes a freshman at Emmanuel College in Franklin Springs this fall. She plans to major in middle school education (grades 5-12). She hopes to become a math teacher who will bring her love of math to her students.
"To make a positive impact on the lives of children is self-satisfying," said Ferrell.

Juniors get support with high school graduation tests
As juniors trod to their designated graduation test sites on Tuesday, they all knew they had an advantage over previous test takers.
With the help of many teachers and businesses, juniors had high levels of motivation. From Mrs. Bullock's senior calculus class who gave the juniors examples of "what not to do" during the test, to the Huddle House staff cheering, "GO JUNIORS," we all felt confident knowing that so many people were backing them up. Other contributors included: Bank of Danielsville, Zeb's Barbecue, Madison County Hardware, Hair Masters, BOS Temporaries, Madison County Board of Education, Trus-Joist and the Pilot Club.
In addition to all the motivation, teachers also provided review sessions for students who needed help in certain areas. Thanks to Mrs. Renee Carey, Mrs. Sallie Bullock, Mrs. Leigh Ann Munro, Ms. Karol Scarborough, Mrs. Cindy Hayes and all other teachers who contributed to any review work. Additional thanks to Ms. Duncan for the power point presentation, and the guidance counselors for their encouragement.
To top it all off, food was provided for breakfast each morning. As junior Drew Brantley stated, "Ms. Scarborough's exquisite buffet of gourmet finger-food snack things was the highlight of all the motivational techniques used by the teachers." The juniors thank Mr. Allen McCannon for his generosity in providing breakfast and the lunchroom staff for the preparation.
So, was all the hard work that these dedicated individuals put into the graduation test preparation worth it? As junior Emily Yarbrough put it, "I was nervous about taking the graduation test because there was more emphasis put on them this year than last, but after I started, I was PUMPED!" Overall, most juniors are confident about the testing and think they passed successfully.
So on a final note, thanks to all, especially Karol Scarborough who did so much for the juniors on this year's tests. We all appreciate your hard work, dedication, and personal assistance so that students could do our very best.

Peer mediation has begun
In only its third week, peer mediation has had a large effect on students. Rather than going straight to in-school suspension or being suspended from school, trouble students are given a second chance. They are taken out of class and talked to by two mediators who try to help solve their problems. These mediators are fellow students who had to take surveys and were chosen by Mr. Stanton Robertson.
Madison is only the third county in Georgia to run this program. Other peer mediator counselors include Lari Scarborough, Brittan Ayers and Joy King.
If students have a problem and need to go to one of these sessions, they can ask a teacher for a referral sheet to fill out and turn in to Mrs. Lari Scarborough or Mrs. Sonia Coile. Teachers can also fill out referrals for students they believe to be having problems.
"Our goal is to prevent petty problems from turning into larger ones," said senior mediator Tiffany Skelton.
The peer mediation program is such a success that people are requesting additional rooms for use in the program.
"We (the counselors) believed that this would be a slow program, but to our surprise it has really taken off with a lot of requests for mediation," said Mr. Robertson. "Most of the problems that we see are the 'he said, she said' ones and after the mediators are through talking to them some leave the room friends and laughing."

FCCLA members advance to state
FCCLA Regional STAR events were held recently at MCHS.
Junior Candi Morris and sophomore Tabitha Bellamy competed in the chapter service showcase category, while sophomore Jessica Chambers competed in Illustrated Talk. Both teams received three gold stars and both are advancing to the state competition.
When asked how she felt when she learned she had won and will advance to state competition, Jessica Chambers said, "I felt proud and privileged because I have put many weeks and weekends of hard work into my project."
The state competition will be held at the FFA-FHA Center in Covington on April 13-16. Good luck girls! We are rooting for you!

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Mattox named Academic Scholar at LaGrange College
Nick Mattox, of Hull, a senior at Madison County High School, has been named an Academic Scholar at LaGrange College for the 2000-2001 academic year. He is the son of Durward and Susan Mattox.
Academic Scholars are awarded $4,500 each year in addition to the $4,000 in state funds, including the HOPE scholarship.
Academic Scholars are awarded to a select number of entering freshmen and are named on the basis of grade point average, SAT scores, class rank, an interview process and other factors.
Mattox is involved in the Salvation Army clothes closet and the cleanup of yards for the elderly and disabled. He is also a member of the baseball team, the National Honor Society and Student Council.
A four-year liberal arts college affiliated with The United Methodist Church, LaGrange College is the oldest private college in Georgia. The college offers 25 majors in the baccalaureate degree and graduate programs in education and business administration.

Community ed. classes offered at Gordon Street Center
The Gordon Street Center, Jefferson, is offering the following classes through its community education program.
·Intro MSWorks, M, T, W, April 10-12, 6:30-8:30 p.m., $35.
·Keyboarding, M, April 10 through June 5, 6-8 p.m., $55.
·Intro Microsoft Word/Excel, T, TH, April 11 through May 4, 6:30-8:30 p.m., $115 with manual included.
·Intro Microsoft Word/Excel, W, April 12 through May 31, 6:30-8:30 p.m., $115 with manual included.
·Intro to Accounting, T, April 11 through June 6, 6:30-8:30 p.m., $75 plus cost of supplies and materials.
·Mailbox Decorating, M, April 17, 6-8 p.m., $8 plus cost of supplies and materials.
·Karate, M,W, April 17 through May 24, 7:30-8:30 p.m., $35.
·Fresh Flower Arranging, T, April 18, 6-8 p.m., $10 plus cost of supplies and materials.
·Silk Table Arrangement, M, April 24, 6-8 p.m., $10 plus cost of supplies and materials.
·Front Door Decorating, T, May 2, 6-8 p.m., $10 plus cost of supplies and materials.
·Acrylic Painting, T, TH, May 9-25, 6-8 p.m., $25 plus cost of supplies and materials.
·Indoor Wreath, T, May 9, 6-8 p.m., $10 plus cost of supplies and materials.
·Cardio Kickboxing, M, W, May 15 through June 28, 6-8 p.m., $25.
·Intro to MSWorks, M,T,W, May 22-24, 6:30-8:30 p.m., $35.
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