Aaron involved with Youth Apprenticeship Program
BY GRACIE AARON
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 my life, I have loved animals. Not just dogs and cats, but
every thing and any 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
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 can't
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
I hope to one day go to college to be a veterinarian or to get
a degree as a Veterinarian Technician. I believe that apprenticing
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. I am grateful to the Youth Apprecenticeship Program
for getting me this job.
Put on your dancin' shoes
BY CHRIS CLARK
It's that time of year again; girls are buying dresses and reservations
are being made for the annual junior-senior prom. All the extra
things are important, but when it comes down to it, the night
is full of dancing.
The style and type of dancing was viewed by some as inappropriate
last year. In an effort to improve the quality of dancing this
year, Mrs. Renee McCannon is sponsoring dance lessons with the
help of instructor Deborah Lassiter.
The dance lessons started Thursday, April 6, and will continue
once a week for six weeks until Thursday, May 11. The lessons
run from 7:30 to 9 p.m. and dances include shag, boogie, waltz,
fox trot and twist, to name a few. There are currently about
30 students and faculty participating in this fun-filled activity.
Students have fun for a good cause
BY LEANNAH HAMANN & TESSA HOLLIS
Helping people warms your heart and is easy to do, but isn't
it much better when you get to have fun also? Many classes throughout
school are having fun while raising money for Relay for Life
which benefits the American Cancer Society.
Get ready to shoot! Mrs. Renee McCannon's senior English class
is sponsoring a Three-on-Three Basketball tournament on April
29, at 5 p.m. Heading the committee are seniors Drew Sparks,
Jamaris Mattox and Adam Watson. When asked why the class decided
to do the tournament, Drew commented, "We all really wanted
to do something really different to raise money for Relay For
The cost is $40 to actually play in the tournament and $2 to
come support your favorite team. There will be concessions and
first- place winners will receive a prize. Applications to play
are due April 24.
In Mr. Jimmy Phillips' Writer's Workshop class, students enjoyed
a wonderful lunch provided by Subway of Danielsville. Sixteen
feet of Subway sandwiches were divided into four-inch sandwiches
and sold for a dollar each. Of course, no morsel of food was
left, only $48.
Candy is being sold by some classes and a few students are provided
with the luxury of eating or wearing their hats in class for
the price of 25 cents. All in all, everyone is doing their best
to raise money for a wonderful cause and they are doing a pretty
Dear Roger and Rory,
I am a junior with very important decisions to make about next
year. I have to decide whether I want to take AP classes or do
joint enrollment, or whether to take calculus or senior math,
or whether to do Youth Apprecenticeship or D.C.T. I know kind
of what I want to do, but when it comes to choosing my classes,
I am simply clueless. How can I choose the right classes and
have a great senior year?
Senseless about Schedules
I was in your shoes once upon a time. I know what you are going
through. For me, however, my final schedule was not decided until
well into the school year. I changed my mind. I had decided that
I was going to get both the college prep seal and the vocational
seal. As I was sitting in music appreciation one day I realized
that I did not want to be there and that getting my vocational
seal was not really all that important to me. So I got my schedule
changed. The moral of this story is to make your choices now
and do not change your mind. I now wish I had stuck it out in
music appreciation. There were not very many choices of classes
for me to be put in. I was stuck in a rut and in a class I thought
was thoroughly boring for sixteen and a half weeks. Think long
and hard about what classes you want to take and when you have
decided, don't doubt your decisions. If you discredit yourself,
you will regret it in the long run. Don't overload yourself.
Don't take too many hard classes. Your senior year will be tough
enough as it is. You have many more decisions to make and if
you are taking two AP classes and two or three ACP classes while
making tough decisions, you will go crazy, unless you enjoy stress.
Good luck and have a great senior year.
Roger and Rory Raider