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December 6, 2000

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Scholarships save students much money for college
Over 90 percent of UGA freshmen got the Georgia HOPE scholarship this year, but that only pays tuition and about $150 on books.
So how are they paying for their room and board and other amenities?
If they were smart, they applied for a local or organizational scholarship in their senior year of high school. Getting awarded these kinds of scholarships brings about competition among students, but just taking the time to fill out an application (and sometimes writing a brief essay) is worth it, because these scholarships will add up.
Current scholarships are offering a generous amount of money to eligible students; their standards and requirements are slightly different.
The Burger King scholarship requires students to have a GPA of 2.5 - 3.5, a work average of 15 hours per week, forty weeks per year, and to participate in community service and/or co-curriculum activities, and is due on Dec. 15, also.
The Georgia Farm Bureau scholarship requires that students plan to attend a university in the university system of Georgia or Berry College, major in agriculture or environmental science, family and consumer science, or forestry, and their parent must be a member of Georgia Farm Bureau as of April 1, 2000.
Community service, a 500-word essay, and three letters of recommendation are required for the scholarship offered by Alice Dodd Memorial, and the student must be planning to attend a college or technical school only. The Bobby Dodd Memorial Scholarship requires these also, but students must be physically challenged in order to apply. Both of these are due on Dec. 13.
These are only a few of the numerous scholarships available throughout the year.
Seniors should have an idea about where they want to go to school and how they are going to pay for it. The HOPE scholarship is one of the best things about going to school in Georgia, but it will only take you so far. Applying for as many other scholarships as possible will surely help seniors to finance a college career.

Teacher in Training
For the past ten weeks Miss Jill Roper has been the student teacher for the family and consumer sciences classes. Since she has been at the school she has not had a bad experience.
She enjoys teaching FACS because there is a wide variety of areas to teach, including child and family development, foods and nutrition, housing and consumer economics, and clothing and textiles. Roper decided to go into the education field because she loves children and wants to help and encourage them.
"Teaching is so natural to me," said Roper. "The hardest part of being a teacher is the lack of respect from students and society. We are professionals," stated Roper. For Roper, the most rewarding thing about being a teacher is that she gets to build new relationships and a sense of accomplishment at the end of the day.
When she is not busy at the school, she is planning her June wedding. She is also a dance instructor at the Athens Ballet Theater. She enjoys reading, crafts and decorating.
Roper was a great addition to MCHS with her positive attitude and wonderful personality. She will greatly be missed around the school.

Doing it all: Kurt Cooper
Being a senior is not as easy as everyone thinks it is. Yes, you do have more electives, but the academics are much harder and more involved. If involved in sports, you have after school practices with games all during the week and weekend. If involved in clubs, you have club meetings to attend and be active in. And you still have to find time to spend with family and friends. Not many can do all these things, but senior Kurt Cooper is an exception. He can do it all.
Struggling with senior-itis can be hard, particularly when you have English and Algebra III homework to do. Some days, it is a struggle to get it all done, especially with your afternoons already booked, as Kurt's are.
Right now, Kurt spends his afternoons on the court, practicing with the rest of the Red Raider basketball team. Already having one year of JV and one year of Varsity under his belt, this will be his third year playing for the Raiders. You can be sure you will find many of Kurt's fans in the stands during the games.
Kurt looks forward to playing baseball in the spring, as he has for the past four years. He graduated from the JV team to the Varsity team his sophomore year, and stars as third baseman.
Besides juggling the stress of homework and the exhaustion that practices and games bring on, Kurt still manages time to be involved with Student Council. Student Council is a club where students are nominated and voted to represent each homeroom. Not only was he voted to Student Council, Kurt was also selected as Mr. Senior Class by the senior student body.
In the spare time that is so scarce and valuable, Kurt likes to hang out with his friends, watch movies and golf. On Sundays, he and his family attend their home church, Carlton Baptist Church. During the summer, he spends two weeks at his favorite vacation spot, St. Simons.
Kurt said, "I enjoy crabbing from the pier with my good friend, Brandon Ownbey."
How does such a busy kid manage to juggle sports, academics, clubs and spare time and still manage a B average? Kurt will tell you, "I believe you can do anything you put your mind to, as long as you dedicate yourself and desire to be the best."
And that, ladies and gentlemen, is what Kurt Cooper is.

Casey Berryman, a busy student
Casey Berryman is a junior at MCHS. Like many other juniors, she participates in many activities.
Casey stays busy in and out of school. She is vice president of the Y-Club, on Student Council and participates in Youth Apprenticeship. Youth Apprenticeship allows her to job shadow at Ty Cobb Memorial Hospital. After Youth Apprenticeship she goes to work. Casey works at Zeb's and Ray's Grocery.
As busy as Casey stays with her own activities, she also gives her time to her little brother, Tyler. She is an avid supporter of his football team, and she is a band booster for his school, MCMS.
Casey wants to become a neonatal nurse. She said that she is undecided on what college she will attend.
Casey commented, "High school has been a big learning experience, not just with books, but with friends and finding out new things about myself."

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Of all the dangers...
For the last few weeks, the entire country has been holding its breath in respect to the on-going historically significant Presidential election.
Of course, many people are growing rather tired of the whole process, asking for a quick and official conclusion to the great fiasco.
The politicians, though, don't seem to be listening to public sentiment very well, as they, specifically the Gore/Lieber-man outfit, hard-headedly barrel on with lawsuits and legal attacks, hoping for a turn around in the voting tallies in Florida.
However, in the midst of all the drama, all the suspense, and all the political intrigue, we the American public are operating in a kind of "tunnel vision." The only information we seem to take in deals with our political gridlock. But despite our presidential crisis, the rest of the world is still conducting everyday business, and we really should devote a little more news time to the actions taking place on the international scene, instead of filling our televisions, newspapers, and radios with nothing but images and reports of Gore, Bush and Cheney. The world, after all, can be a very fragile place and it can fall apart no matter who is at the helm of our great republic. And there are things happening internationally that could very well shatter the supposedly peace-filled world at hand.
The Middle East, for example, is seemingly once again falling apart at the seams. Following a visit to a contested shrine in Jerusalem by Ariel Sharon, a contender for the office of Prime Minister in Israel, fighting broke out on Sept. 28 between Palestinians and Israelis. The fighting has yet to cease, and more than 280 people have been killed because of the conflict. The Israeli government, specifically Prime Minister Ehud Barak, has been under extreme pressure to settle the violent crisis. In fact, government there has voted to hold new elections soon. A date for the elections hasn't been set yet, but public sentiment in Israel says that Barak will lose his position as Prime Minister unless he can reach an agreement with the Palestinians by election day. Until then, fighting continues.
Trouble is also brewing still in South America, where in Colombia, a civil war continues to be fought with no end in sight. The north is currently controlled by an odd marriage of paramilitary groups and drug cartels, while the south is overrun with Marxist radicals. On Nov. 27, Great Britain issued a public statement asking for international assistance in Colombia, specifically in dealing with the drug problem. Sadly, the drug income in Colombia is estimated at over three billion dollars.
Of course, there's always concerns with Russia, where poverty engulfs the nation, and the conflict that had aroused in Chechnya not too many months ago is becoming all the more alarming. Furthermore, not too far to the west of the new republic, the Yugoslavian government is having more armed conflicts with Kosovo. NATO has been asked to intervene.
And all this is happening under the watchful eye of a Russian president that used to be in the employ of the KGB.
Most troublesome, though, is the situation involving the great enemy of east, China. The communist nation is continuing its complaints about Taiwan, whose government will not accept the PRC's "one China Policy." It doesn't need to be pointed out that China has been overly aggressive with Taiwan, militarily speaking, when it comes to unification controversy. More-over, China's President Jiang met with the Deputy Prime Minister of Iraq in late November.
Together, the two made the diplomatic agreement that the sanctions imposed on Iraq by the United States ten years ago should be lifted, as they have, according to the Chinese and Iraqis, done nothing but hurt the Iraqi people, and were never intended to do anything more than to give the West the strategic upper hand in exporting oil from the Middle East. Isn't it alarming to see that the two most dangerous enemies of the United States in the ten-odd years since the end of the Cold War are so close diplomatically?
Although the current election in the United States is at the top of everybody's agenda, as well it should be, let us not completely overlook the other problems facing the world, problems that could very well worsen in the near future.

Partners In Education
Madison County High School has made many new friends this year. Partners in Education, a program through the Chamber of Commerce, promotes communication between the community and schools.
What does Partners In Education do for the school? During spirit week, representatives come to judge the hall decorations that students work so hard on. This year's judges were Barbarianne Gaulding-Russell (Madison County Chamber of Commerce), Gerry Burdette (Stonegate Martgage), Steve Williamson (Clark Glass and Mirror), and Tom Dile (Bank of Danielsville). Some representatives come to classrooms to speak about their job field in order to give students an idea of what's out there. The Coca-Cola company provided Cokes for the Y-club to sell at Miss MCHS. Many businesses involved with Partners In Education provided door prizes for banquets and programs at school.
Superintendent Lee Moon of Watson Mill Bridge State Park stated, "Not only do we take care of the natural resources at the park, but we also believe in the resources of our students and educators of Madison County, and support the Partners In Education program." Watson Mill Bridge State Park recently hosted the Madison County Appreciation Cookout.
Partners In Education with MCHS include: Felix P. Graham, Graham & Associates; Al Stone, Attorney-at-law; Nathan Carmack, Bos Temporary Employment Agency; Jackie Duncan, Pilot Club of Madison County; Woody English, Home Depot; Gerry Burdette, Stoanegate Mortgage; Steve Bates, Smith-Boley-Brown Insurance Co.; Terri Watkins, Trus Joist MacMillian; Jimmie F. Duncan, MC Retired Teachers Assoc.; David Sparks, Classic Wood Works; Barbarianne Gaulding-Russell, Madison County Chamber of Commerce; Kay Norris and Johanna Hayes, Lowe's of Athens; Steve Williamson, Clark Glass & Mirror; Curtis Clark, Select Marble; Marilyn Bridges and Timothy Kurth, 10th Row Studios; Patty Irvin, Patty's Place; J.D. McIntosh, J.D.'s Print Shop; Mike Youngblood, Frito-Lay, Deborah Lassiter, Perfectly Polished; and Robin McElroy, Coca-Cola.

DCT feature: Christy Clark
Christy Clark, a senior at MCHS, is one of the many students involved in DCT. DCT, which stands for diversified cooperative training, is an excellent program at school that allows students to leave school early in order to be able to work more. This program teaches students responsibility and great work habits. She stated that DCT "has given me the opportunity to be a part of the working world and still be able to go to school. It has also taught me responsibility and what it takes to be a good employee."
Christy is employed at Clark Glass and Mirror in Hull. She works as a secretarial assistant and she strives to do her best in all she does. Her supervisor, Laura Bray, stated, "Christy is a hard worker. She is dedicated and dependable. She works well with customers and enjoys her job." This is an extraordinary compliment and well deserved.
After high school Christy wants to own her own business. The skills and responsibility she has learned in DCT and also on her job will make her a terrific business owner.
Congratulations for all of your hard work and dedication.
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