The Madison County Journal's Raiders Weely...

 May 17, 2000


A compilation of articles written by Madison County School students.



Johnson named new VICA state officer
BY LEANNAH HAMANN
Congratulations Jean! Recently elected as State Parliamentarian of VICA, sophomore Jean Johnson will be making sure that things run smoothly in future meetings.
Johnson was also awarded the American VICA Degree for an excellent portfolio and second place in Outstanding Students.
She will be traveling to Kansas City this summer for nationals. Jean stated, "I'm really excited. It's an all-expense paid trip and I'll meet many different people."
On top of being the president of VICA, which stands for Vocational Industrial Clubs of America, she is also actively involved in the Multi-Cultural Club, NHS, and Providence Baptist Church. She plans on going into the medical field once she graduates.
Johnson will also be having breakfast with the mayor of Monticello this summer. Good luck Jean!

Madison County Y-Club attends district CLC
BY NATALEA FERRELL
What do you get when you combine at least 200 middle and high school students, fun-loving teachers, crazy college students, a fire hose, swing dancing and a Christian atmostphere? Y-Club's East and Central District Christian Life Conference.
On May 5, members of the high school and middle school Y-Clubs embarked on an adventure to Fort Jackson, the FFA/FHA camp in Covington, to participate in the Christian Life Conference. Seventeen people, including Y-Clubbers and advisors attended from Madison County.
During the weekend, Y-Clubbers from across central and eastern Georgia met together to participate in this fun and memorable experience. CLC emphasizes the importance of a Christian relationship while serving the community and school in the form of projects. Some of the featured activities were Focus Groups led by advisors, directors and college staff. These groups were made up of students of each grade level. Some of the topics discussed in them ranged from doing more service for Christ to questions that teens have about issues in the world today.
District elections were also held over the weekend. Offices for president, vice-president and junior vice-president were filled. Madison County Co-ed Y-Club's Co-President Cynthia Jones was elected to the office of district president for the newly formed Northeast District.
Other activities on the agenda included a water fight on the field with the help of the Newton County Fire Department, a swing dance, a pingpong tournament, fun assemblies and moving worship services.
Club awards were also distributed to Honor Y-Clubs. The Madison County Y-Club won their third AAAA Award, which is the highest possible club award.

Drivers' ed to be offered
BY TABITHA BELLAMY
Attention all teenage drivers! Mr. Kesler will be teaching drivers' education this summer at MCHS. The classes will be held on June 9 and 12-16.
The cost is $230 and is available to the first 20 people who pay. The course includes a 30-hour class and 6 hours behind the wheel.
Not only will it improve your driving skills, but it will also decrease your insurance rate.
For more information contact the guidance office at (706) 795-2172.
We would like to thank Claude Ray Ford in Elberton for providing the car.

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This Love Bug isn't Herbie
BY J.J. BURTON AND BRYCE HIX
Last week, hundreds of people around the country received an anonymous E-mail. The message? "I love you." When opened, it unleashed a powerful virus that totally destroyed their computer systems.
Computer experts from around the world, working around the clock, traced the virus' source to a place in the Phillippines. Local and FBI agents stormed the house and found the phone wires cut, no computer and the primary suspect not present. They arrested the suspect's 24-year-old roommate, who was later released. The prime suspect has promised to turn herself in, but has not done so yet.
Moral of the story: If you receive an email address you don't recognize, don't - we repeat, DON'T open it!

Rebecca Strickland goes public at MCHS
BY PAM BECK & CHRIS CLARK
It's your first day in an unfamiliar school with a thousand unfamiliar faces, a typical scenario for freshmen entering high school. For Rebecca Strickland, this experience was doubly trying.
This is Rebecca's first year receiving public schooling. Since she was 5 years old she has been under home school instruction by her mother, Elain Strickland. When asked about her new experience, Rebecca replied, "I was nervous but excited about starting public school. My favorite part is socializing with everybody."
Many people may assume since Rebecca was not in a public school that she was not involved in extracurricular activities; that was not the case. She began to follow her equestrian interests at the age of 8. In the past few years, she has competed in the areas of dressage, cross country and show jumping. She spends five days a week working with her horse, Andy. This dedication, hard work and self-control led her to a fourth place showing at the Pre-Novice level at Big Bear Farms recognized Horst Trials.

Senior supper and talent night held
BY CHRISTINE SIMMONS
Madison County High School held it's annual Senior Supper and Talent Night May 9. The supper is exclusively for the year's graduating seniors, but the following talent show is open to the public. The purpose of Senior Supper is simply to allow the seniors to gather together for a meal and enjoy some fellowship with one another before graduation day.
This year's supper was held in the high school cafeteria, consisting of hamburger steaks, salad, baked potato, bread and a dessert of cheesecake. After the meal, the seniors participated in two games, which were similar to "The Newlywed Game" and "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" These games were enjoyed by all the students and set a casual tone for the evening.
The talent show was made up of many different abilities, including singing, poem reading and dance. Brandi Carey, Kim Johnson, Marshanna Hughes, Jessica Satterfield, and Lydia Smith, accompanied by Jennifer Eubanks with sign language, each sang a song. Several girls performed a step routine of modern dance, and a group of couples demonstrated the waltz, shag and boogie as they had learned them in Thursday night dance lessons at the high school.
The Senior Supper and Talent Night for 2000 was presented with grace and style and will be a memorable event in the minds of the gradating seniors who attended.


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