The Madison County Journal's Raiders Weely...

 April 5, 2000

A compilation of articles written by Madison County School students.

Carey named DCT student of the week
And the DCT Student of the Week is, drumroll please...
Lacy Carey.
Lacy Carey has many talents like managing school and a job. She is a cashier at the Wal-Mart in Athens. She has held this position for one year and nine months. In December, she was chosen as "Cashier of the Month."
When asked how DCT has been beneficial to her, Lacy said, "It has given me the opportunity to work more hours to see what it is like to be independent and responsible in the long run."
Lacy's supervisor, Jessica Smith, said, "Lacy is a very friendly, reliable, and helpful associate. She is always willing to go the extra mile for our store and our customers."

Aaron involved with Youth Apprenticeship Program
My name is Gracie Aaron. I am 17 and in the 12th grade. I am involved with the Youth Apprenticeship Program at Madison County High School. I am apprenticing at Companion Animal Hospital on Hwy. 29 in Athens. I am now a veterinarian technician and hope to one day become a veterinarian.
All of my life, I have loved animals. Not just dogs and cats, but everything and an thing that was alive and moving. I believe my dad encouraged me to love animals by getting me many different kinds of pets when I was younger. Because of my pets, I had experience with caring for animals before I started working at Companion Animal Hospital. I enjoy working there because each day I get to work with what I love. I feel that God has given me a gift with animals.
I have learned many helpful things for my future studying and schooling. I have learned what and how many vaccines cats and dogs need to be healthy; how to give sub-Q antibiotics; how to measure, take, and develop x-rays and how to pull blood for tests. Also, I have learned how to run CBS, Thyroid, Packed Cell Volume and Urine Analysis tests.
I am not sure exactly what I want to be when I am older. I cannot decide between working with small animals or working with large animals. Luckily for me, the owners of the veterinary clinic and Country Health Large Animal Veterinary Services in Commerce are experienced with both. Dr. Denise Weaver-Pickerel is a small animal vet and Dr. Troy Pickerel is a large animal vet. Denise, or Dr. Weaver, works at Companion, and Dr. Pickerel works in Commerce. I benefit from this because I get to work with small animals every day and sometimes I go out to work with large animals.
I hope to one day go to college to be a veterinarian or to get a degree as a Veteranarian Technician. I believe that apprecenticing at Companion Animal Hospital will help me achieve that goal. Working here has given me a real taste of what I want to do with my life.


Kindergarten registration set for April 10
A kindergarten registration make-up day will be held on Monday, April 10, at the following schools: Colbert Elementary, Comer Elementary, Danielsville Elementary, Hull-Sanford Elementary and Ila Elementary. Parents of children who will be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1, 2000, who did not already register their child, should plan to register their child on this day. All schools will be open for registration from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m.
Birth certificates are required on the day of registration and parents are requested to either provide a Social Security card or complete an exemption form. Immunization records will be required when the student enters school in the fall.
It is not necessary to bring the child to school on the day of registration.
Any parent who will not be able to attend this make-up day should contact their child's school immediately to make arrangements to register before this date.

GED to be offered at Athens Tech
The Tests of General Educational Development (GED) will be administered on Tuesday, April 11, and Thursday, April 13, at the Athens campus of Athens Area Technical Institute.
The testing sessions will be held in Room 508 of the Paul C. Broun Building from 4:30 p.m. until 10 p.m. both evenings.
Those 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.

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Dear Roger and Rory,
Why does the school put so much emphasis on tardiness? If you are tardy three times you get Saturday School. Even before the absentee rule was thrown out, being tardy held a harder punishment. Doesn't this, even now, encourage students to be absent?
Not Quite on Time

Dear Not Quite,
I absolutely agree with you. A student is more inclined to skip a class rather than to come in tardy and get Saturday School. There should be a punishment, but not one as harsh as the current one. I think lunch detention would be a sufficient sentence for a multiple offender. I understand that teachers and faculty want students to be on time and keep the halls clear, but I don't think this is the way to do it.
Roger and Rory

Relay for Life planned for May 5
The faculty and student body at MCHS are raising money for the annual Relay for Life. Relay for Life is a 24-hour walk where money is donated to contribute to the Madison County branch of the American Cancer Society. Proceeds aid those in our country who are or will be affected by cancer.
The walk will be held on Friday, May 5th, through Saturday, May 6th, on the track at the Madison County Recreation Department. The participants will be divided into teams and individuals will take turns walking around the clock. MCHS' Rowdy Raiders will have a team that consists of individual students, faculty, administration, and classes. "Our only goal is to raise more money to help this cause than we did last year," is what FCCLA sponsor Mrs. Sabrina Bennett said about this event. The entire school is working together to raise as much money as possible. Teachers are encouraging their classes to donate money.
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