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September 27, 2000

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Insight on Mann
By Ashley Mullins
Michael Mann is not easily summed up in a few sentences. If you knew Michael you would know him as a funny and inspirational person. So here is a little insight to Michael Mann...
This summer was an exciting one for Michael because he wrote and recorded nine of his songs onto a CD. "This CD is nothing amazing," Michael said, "just stuff to get copyrighted, and to take me to new levels." Michael loves his guitar and writing new songs that praise and uplift the Lord.
Michael is an awesome man of God. "I want God to be everything, but He is not always that. I want to crave and taste Him in my mouth, but I fall short; that is why He is so great." He is very involved in his church and plays in the praise band in the student ministry at Colbert Baptist Church.
Laughter is very important to Michael, and with a laugh he said this about his goal for this year: "I want to make it through calculus without feeling like an idiot." But Michael's real goal is to make an impact and to be remembered for being a Christian and someone who is truly in love with God.
"He is one of the funniest and most transparent people I know," stated Mr. Patrick, his chorus teacher.
So many of the people around Michael have so many positive things to say about him. Christie Dalton, a senior classmate, said this about Michael: "He is a very inspirational person and very individual in his decisions."
"Michael is a very funny, understanding and energetic guy, and is living for the Lord" is how Tabitha Parker, a junior, summed up Michael.
In the future we may see Michael become a full-time musician and with a record deal. He wants to touch people's lives with his music about God. He already has made a difference in the lives of those at MCHS.

From the Desk of Rajah the Rambunctious Raider
University of Georgia, Georgia Southern, North Georgia College, Clemson, Emmanuel College, Athens Tech, Reinhardt College, Piedmont ... the list goes on. When will the letters stop? They all send me letters that say practically the same thing asking me to come to their school because it has some of the finest educational programs around. Blah, Blah .... I can't believe it's even time for me to be thinking about college.
It seems like just yesterday that I was just entering high school, scared to death, not knowing what to expect. I was afraid I would get lost in that new, big school. I was afraid of the upperclassmen, especially the seniors. I was scared that there would be no one in my lunch shift and that I would have to sit by myself like a big dork. I finally reached the top, and now I'm being reminded over and over that I'm about to be at the bottom again. How in the world am I going to decide what I want to do with the rest of my life, where I want to go, how I want to live?
You know, most of my high school days have been spent fighting for freedom­a later curfew, being able to do what I wanted, independence. Now, as I make the choice of what college I would like to attend, I'm a little scared of that freedom. Am I really ready for what's out there in the real world? Am I ready to have to pay my own bills, buy my own food, depend solely on my income, with no help from my parents? Am I ready to do my own laundry? That's a question I don't know if I can answer. It's scary thinking about it, though. I mean, you get all excited about college, about going away, getting out, starting over, and then reality hits you and you realize this is when you grow up. You can't just goof off and be crazy.
Things are going to be tough this year, deciding on what school, what major, that stuff. But I think I can deal with it. After all, all the seniors before me did; why can't I?

Y-Club plans for a great year
Y-Club recently held its first meeting of the year, welcoming new members as well as old. The group discussed upcoming and future events and introduced the officers.
Co-president Cynthia Jones led the club in an energizer to promote energy and enthusiasm among Y-Club members.
Vice president Casey Barryman explained the Y-Club Point System. Each club member earns points for being active in the club.
Treasurer Alice Stone talked about the club's donations to the World Service Program. Y-Club's pledge for this year was $200.
Secretary Tabitha Parker informed the club about Y-Club T-shirts.
School Projects Chairperson Heather Munro announced the school project for the month of October will be the Spirit Chain during the week of homecoming.
Community Projects Chairperson Melissa Austin promoted community involvement by asking each member to color Halloween posters to be distributed at a nursing home in Royston when the club visits there next month. Chaplain Andrea Bond led the club in a devotion. Each member had access to pizza, drinks and lots of fun.
Club advisors Mrs. Lynn Jones and Mrs. Sonya Coile are looking forward to another fun and productive year in Y-Club.

Senior superlatives announced
Each year the senior class votes on one boy and one girl that represent their class in certain areas the best.
The Class of 2001 results are:
Mr. and Miss Senior Class: Kurt Cooper, Maria Adams;
Best Looking: BJ Stone, Sheena Mason, Laketa Leverett;
Most Popular: Chad Youngblood, Aiyana Hunter;
Most Outstanding: Jason Chappell, Heather Jones;
Most Likely to Succeed: Brad Kirk, Shelley Bates;
Best Personality: Jonathan Cole, Valerie Norman;
Most Polite: Nathan Myers, Alice Stone, Rebecca Booker;
Most Dependable: Randall Ballenger, Laura Adams;
Best Dressed: Corey Berryman, Amanda Sapp;
Best School Spirit: Drew Brantley, Stacie Smith;
Most Athletic: Donny Stamper, Brittney Escoe;
Wittiest: Michael Mann, Ashley Poole;
Friendliest: Andy Coile, Lauren Stopczynski.
Congratulations to all of our 2000-2001 Senior Superlatives!

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MCHS gains new soccer coach
Students returning to class this fall will likely notice a new faculty member. This member is Andrew Eager, a geography teacher and the school's new soccer coach.
Eager attended Lumpkin County High in Dahlonega, and after graduating he attended Erskine College in South Carolina on a soccer and academic scholarship. He is currently attending the University of Georgia, where he is pursuing his master's degree in education.
Eager enjoys teaching and will be instrumental to the soccer team because soccer has been a major part of his life.
"I've played soccer all my life, and I want to help younger people develop their skills and personal outlook by playing soccer," said Eager.
Junior soccer player Daniel Sartain said, "I can tell that coach Eager is very eager to coach our soccer team because we are already having practices after school."
Before accepting the teaching and coaching positions at Madison County, Eager applied to schools in North Carolina, South Carolina and various schools in north Georgia. His decision to work here was based upon the school's need for a geography teacher and soccer coach.
In his leisure time, Eager enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, camping and fishing.

Exam exemptions given to improve school attendance
Administration took action because student attendance has fallen drastically. They agreed on a policy to help boost attendance. Teachers and staff were forced to come up with a way to improve student attendance. They formulated the new exemption policy to help students with good grades and low absences. Students with an average of 90 or higher may have may have up to three absences and they will be able to exempt the chosen test, project or exam. Having an 80 average in a class will limit the student's number of absences to two. Any student that has one absence can have a 70 average in that class and still be eligible to exempt. Given the opportunity, students can choose if they want to exempt or not.
Teachers can choose the particular focus for the exemptions. They were given this ability because not all teachers give midterm and nine-weeks exams; some assign projects or give tests instead.
Mathematics teacher and head of the math department, Mrs. Sally Bullock, commented, "I think that if the new policy will help improve student attendance then it will have been successful."

FCA kicked off 2000-2001 year
On Monday, Sept. 11, Fellowship of Christian Athletes had its kickoff meeting. It was held in the gym at the high school. There were about 40 students present at the meeting.
FCA started off with announcements and an opening prayer. Then there was an icebreaker game and a skit. Praise music was provided by Michael Mann and coach Mike Osborne shared for about 15 minutes. There were refreshments at the end of the meeting. Everyone seemed to have a really good time.
FCA meets every Monday night in the high school gym from 7:30 to 9 p.m.

DCT student of the week announced
Some students not only have to concern themselves with homework and studies, but they also have a job. MCHS has made it easier by allowing juniors and seniors to join DCT. This allows them to leave school early and begin their work day.
One student among the many is Shannon Seawright. She is a senior and this is her first year in the program. She has been employed at the Ingles in Elberton for five months. Her position is a cashier/video clerk.
"Having a job has taught me a lot of responsibility. I enjoy being able to leave school earlier than everyone else," said Shannon.
Outside of school and work Shannon still makes time to hang out with her friends. She is able to maintain her schoolwork. Her remarks about the DCT program were stated with much enthusiasm. This seems to be a good choice for upcoming juniors and seniors.

Probe Fair held last week
Decisions, decisions and more decisions are what seniors are being faced with this year. One of the biggest decisions they will make is which college to attend. To help them narrow down the choices to colleges that really interest them, a probe fair was held Wednesday at the Athens Classic Center. Choosing a college to attend is a strenuous task because it is something that will concern the rest of your life.
Many colleges sent representatives to the Classic Center to talk to the students about programs they offer and other very useful information. The representatives were very helpful in helping us to figure out what we really wanted out of a college.
The students left with a little more assurance of where they wanted to go as well as with handfuls of materials to make the process easier. This was truly a worthwhile experience and very helpful.
Senior Jessica Hardigree said "The representatives were very nice and extremely helpful in helping me to narrow my choices down."
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