Scholarships save students much money
BY STACIE SMITH
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
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
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
BY ASHLEY MULLINS
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
Doing it all: Kurt Cooper
BY LORI MOON
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
BY VENESSA KIRK
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,
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
Of all the dangers...
BY STEPHEN TIPPINS
For the last few weeks, the entire country has been holding its
breath in respect to the on-going historically significant Presidential
Of course, many people are growing rather tired of the whole
process, asking for a quick and official conclusion to the great
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
BY LORI MOON
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
BY ASHLEY WALLER
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.