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November 15, 2000


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MCHS principal Bob Rhinehart speaks with FGE
BY ASHLEY MULLINS
Future Georgia Educators had a club meeting Wednesday, Nov. 8. At the beginning of the meeting the members discussed American Education Week and then Mr. Robert Rhinehart was welcomed.
Mr. Rhinehart spoke to the club for 20 minutes about everything from his childhood to how he became a principal. Mr. Rhinehart spoke of many memories from his childhood and how as a teenager he was always involved in athletics. Rhinehart even played on the Atlanta Braves farm team for two years.
He got his first teaching job as a history and social studies teacher. While he was teaching, he set a goal for himself that if in 15 years he was not satisfied with his job, he would find something else to do with his life. At the end of the 15 years, he was offered a job as an assistant principal. Two years after taking that position he was offered the position of principal at a smaller school. He took the job. That started the profession he would stay in. He is now the principal of our school.
After discussing his story, he encouraged the FGE members to continue on with their education and become an educator. He stated that a beginning teacher, with five years of college, will be making $31,000 their first year as a teacher.
FGE really appreciated Mr. Rhinehart for taking time out of his busy schedule to talk to them.


MCHS academic team begins new season
BY ELIZABETH BLEAKLEY
The JV and varsity academic teams kicked off the new season with two victories over Jefferson High School Oct. 30.
Tryouts were held at the beginning of the school year with a written test on math, English, science and social studies. The highest scorers on the tests were chosen for the teams. This year's varsity team consists of Mira May, Chad Cheely, Cynthia Jones, Thomas Caffrey, Adam Jordan, Frank May, Matthew Fortson, Kasey Hale and Elizabeth Bleakley. Several new freshman additions have proven to make a strong JV team without a single loss yet. The varsity team, on the other hand, will find it challenging to repeat the previous winning streak without last season's captain, Tim Costyn.
Academic team meets consist of math-English and science-social studies rounds where the fastest mind can buzz in and earn points for his or her team. Then, each team collaborates for a timed worksheet and finally answers four-part questions in the toss-up bonus round. The teams will play Commerce, Jackson and Jefferson twice under the new leadership fo Ms. Renee Simmons. The teams look forward to a season of difficult competition.


Travis Moak: Not 'Moaking' Around
By Randall Ballenger
Ask any senior what he or she is looking forward to and many will say their upcoming summer vacation and senior trip. Ask Travis Moak and he will say his immediate future.
Travis continues to work diligently his senior year as he tackles the responsibilities of college preparatory classes, including physics and advanced placement English. He is confident he will score high enough on the AP English exam to exempt at least one English class at the University of Georgia, the college he is planning to attend next fall. Travis plans to study physics or pursue a degree in education while attending UGA.
In addition to his demanding academic courses, Travis also participates in running cross country. He is considered one of the top three runners on the team with a personal best time of 18 minutes and 45 seconds on a three-mile run.
In his spare time, Travis enjoys reading, writing, watching sunsets, hanging out with friends at "Stonehenge" and occasionally driving fellow classmate Randall Ballenger's five-speed Suzuki Samurai when "The Marsh" (Randall's dad) lets him.
Also, like many seniors, Travis will reminisce on the four years he spent at MCHS when his tassel is turned and he receives his diploma.
"My most memorable high school experience would have to be playing in the state golf tournament my sophomore year - I placed seventh overall in a field of 16," stated Travis.
Travis has worked tirelessly in academics as well as in extracurricular activities, and many people who know him consider him to be a very special part of their lives.
"Travis and I have experienced some tumultuous times together, and even though he enjoys exacerbating numerous situations and tends to forget many of the polysaglopagous words I taught him, I still consider him a prudent individual," said MCHS alumnus Jason Ballenger.


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Y-Club holds induction ceremony
BY VANESSA KIRK
The Y-Club induction ceremony was held this week in the media center. The meeting allowed members to be recognized for the number of years that they have participated in Y-Club at MCHS.
Y-Club's purpose is to develop leadership in students through participation in club projects, meetings, trips and fun with emphasis on Christian character.
The meeting was oened by Chaplain Andrea Bond. She welcomed everyone, spoke about Y-Club and blessed the food.
The officers prepared refreshments for the members. While the members ate their refreshments, the presidents, Cynthia Jones and Tessa Hollis began to hand out certificates. There were 34 first-year members, 11 second-year members, four third-year members and one fourth-year member. This adds up to a total of 50 members. The advisors, Lynn Jones and Sonia Coile, are pleased with how much Y-Club has grown over the past few years and hope it continues to grow.


DCT helps MCHS junior balance time
BY TESSA HOLLIS
Many students who participate in extracurricular activities find it hard to hold a job because most of their afternoons are spent practicing for a sport or working on club projects. Junior Lindsey Langford has a solution. She is involved with the Diversified Cooperative Training program which allows students to attend school for a portion of the day and then leave early for work. By partaking in the DCT program, Lindsey is able to work and be involved in cheerleading at the same time.
Lindsey has been employed with Jackson EMC in Hull for the past three months as a customer service representative. She also volunteered to register customers at JEMC's annual meeting, which gave Lindsey experience in public relations.
Lindsey's supervisor Rueben Fitzpatrick notes, "Lindsey accepts job assignments willingly and is a team player. She has been well accepted by other employees and customers that she works with."


AP English helps students to give thought to their future
BY Stacie Smith
When underclassmen hear the words "AP Class," a look of fear spreads across their faces. They have heard the worst: "You'll fail if you do not do everything perfectly," "the summer work for English is an overload and that is how it works," and "they last all year long - why would you wnat to do that to yourself?"
It amazed me that although AP classes are challenging, they are just like any other academic class. It is all a state of mind. On a more serious tone, students need to crack down and give some thought to their future. The AP English teacher Ms. Stephanie Harrison said, "Students should start getting serious about their careers; taking these courses is a great place to start."
When my eleventh grade English teacher recommended me for AP, I told him there was no way I would make it through the required first semester. Despite my fight against it, I signed up for AP English. (I had already made up my mind to take AP calculus, but English has never been the area I'm strongest in.) Now I intend to stay in my classes, because they are not as difficult as some people claimed they would be. I know now that if you can get through the summer reading in English, you can easily do all the work in that class.
Many other AP English students feel the same way. Senior Brad Kirk commented, "At first I was not thrilled about taking AP English, but many of my teachers reassured me that I could handle it."
In accordance with that, Ms. Harrison also stated, "If teachers recommend you for an AP course, they obviously see something remarkable in you that is sufficient for that class."
So why exactly does MCHS offer AP classes? AP is not only given to gain credit for college classes, but this curriculum is especially designed to better prepare juniors and seniors for college. I do not expect to exempt my first college English class. And I am definitely not planning to pass the AP calculus test, but the main reason I took these classes was to have an edge that other freshmen in college may not have.
So if the idea of taking "college courses" in high school scares you, think it over. Take advantage of the opportunities right in front of you. Once you are accepted into college, you will not regret it. As in every aspect of life, you are most likely going to be afraid of something if you have not experienced it.


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