Valentine's Day - a tradition with a strong
Valentine's Day may mean different things to different people.
To me it means that we can show love to those we care about.
Valentine's Day is represented by red, white, and pink hearts,
roses or other flowers, chocolates, and teddy bears. When I think
of Valentine's Day, I think about love and what it means to my
life. I decided to try and share my opinion of the Day of Love
and thought it might be better to include the opinions of my
fellow students as well
I polled 11 percent of my classmates and found their opinions
to vary as much as the students themselves. The majority of students
I polled, 30 percent, said they really didn't have an opinion
of Valentine's Day and it didn't matter to them.
Some students expressed, and I tend to agree, that the side you
are on depends on if you have someone to share this special day
with. Joys and sorrows of this day come together to make it a
holiday unlike any other. Some of us know the sorrow of watching
our fellow classmate receiving gifts and flowers and not getting
anything ourselves. For others, the joy of accepting gifts from
those we love means more than the gift itself. It all depends
on if we have a special someone to share the Day of Love with.
I encourage everyone to try and share this day with someone,
whether it is a friend, boyfriend, or girlfriend, or even parents
and family. Share your love with those who are closest to you.
Keep the spirit of Valentine's Day alive and make it mean, to
others, what it means to you.
Kiss a pig contest held
The "Kiss a Pig" contest held by the Future Georgia
Educators (FGE) came to a conclusion at the pep rally on Friday,
The contest was a fund-raiser for money to give scholarships
to students who have the desire to become teachers. The contest
was sponsored by Home Depot (a Partner-in-Education), Zeb's Barbecue,
and Coca-Cola. Twelve MCHS staff members and eight students participated
in the contest. People donated money to vote for the contestant
whom they wished to win the contest.
The results were revealed at the pep rally.
In the staff contest, Mrs. Cindy Hayes won first place, followed
by Coach Tom Hybl. In the student contest, Ben Baker was the
winner, followed by Chris Roach. First and second place winners
kissed a 50-pound pig while the student body watched.
First place winners received one of two smoker grills courtesy
of Home Depot. Zeb's offered four free dinners to the top contestants.
Coca-Cola gave a large cooler to the top staff member. Madison
County Hardware provided T-shirts to each of the first place
winners. All contestants received potted meat from the FGE.
The FGE is advised by Clara Crane and Stanton Robertson, with
Seth Brown as the chairperson. The pig was provided by Jerry
and Cindy Beck. Over $500 was raised from the contest.
Ayers finds job rewarding
Brittan Ayers is a counselor at MCHS. She enjoys being a counselor
because she feels like she gets to work with students one on
"I like to help students try to work through their problems,"
Ayers said. "It really makes my job feel rewarding."
Before she joined our faculty, Ayers was a math teacher for eight
years in Oglethorpe and Clarke County schools. She grew up in
Oglethorpe County and then attended UGA to earn her teaching
When asked about what problems face MCHS students, Ayers replied
that peer pressure, apathy and time management were some of them.
"Motivated students often get involved in so many activities
that they have a hard time balancing their schedules," she
Brittan believes that a career in counseling is quite fulfilling
and rewarding, especially when you really reach a student and
feel like you've made a difference in someone's life.
Ayers has been married for one and a half years to her husband,
Vince. She has two Jack Russell Terrier brothers (Milo and Filo),
a white tabby (Shaka), and a fish (Bronx). She enjoys reading
romance novels and nonfiction books. She also enjoys shopping.
Hunter chosen to be Miss Raider
Congratulations to Aiyana Hunter, the winner of the "Miss
Raider" pageant. To be nominated for "Miss Raider,"
you must be involved in a club, and be the hardest working for
that particular club.
This year, Valerie Norman was chosen for Anchor Club, Ellie McCoy
for FCCLA, Julie Atkinson for 4-H, Nicoe Wardlow for FBLA, Sarah
Mosseri for FGE, Stacie Smith for Hilltopper, Katie Garrett for
Multicultural, Megan McCay for NHS, Emily Yarbrough for Pride,
Jennifer Helms for VICA, Aiyana Hunter for Stand, Candace Morgan
for Student Council, and Dadrienne Dove for Y-Club.
Nicoe said, "It was exciting and an honor to represent my
Last Friday, during halftime of the varsity boys' game, Aiyana
Hunter won "Miss Raider" for her club, Stand. Aiyana
was "very surprised" and felt honored that her classmates
chose her. "Miss Raider" is a pageant that shows school
spirit and hard work within the clubs. It is an honor to be chosen
by your peers for this award, and Aiyana Hunter deserves it.
Valentine's dance ahead
Valentine's Day will be here before we know it. And this year
there will be a special dance held. The dance is sponsored by
Multi-Cultural Club. It will be on Saturday, Feb. 10, from 8
Students need to make sure that they have rides to the high school
at 11 p.m. The cost will be $3 per person or $5 per couple. There
will be "live" music and a band to help celebrate Valentine's
Please make plans to attend this exciting event!
George W. Bush takes over
The wait is finally over!
In Washington, D.C., on Jan. 20, George W. Bush was inaugurated
into office after a long battle with Al Gore.
The two battled back and forth as to whether or not the ballots
were right, because of the "chads."
As president, Bush plans to change many things.
Bush's first plans for president are for public education reformation.
He thinks students should be tested every year in grades third
through eighth. He also plans to keep track of schools; if they
do not meet standards for three years, then he will take money
from the schools' funding. Bush will then use the money to offer
students vouchers, papers serving as evidence of money for $1,500
to attend a private school.
Some Democrats think this will ruin public education, but Bush
hopes the schools will strive higher to keep the funding.
Freestyle portraits taken
Tired of picking up your pictures only to find that your best
friend's head has been cut off due to bad photography?
Or maybe you had too many people try to squeeze into one photo
and those two on the ends are missing?
Well, we hope that you did not miss your chance to have a picture
with all your friends, without the worry of missing body parts,
red eyes, or not enough space. Students had the opportunity to
get a photograph taken with their group of friends, called a
On Thursday, Jan. 25, a professional photographer from Life Touch
Prestige Portraits visited the school. Students got together
with their boyfriend, girlfriend, best friend, or their whole
group of friends, and made a memory that will last a lifetime!
Photographs were taken of groups of two to ten, costing only
$8 per person in the group. Each individual that had their picture
made will be receiving one 5" by 7" and four wallet-size
Students will also have the chance to get individual shots taken
sometime next month for spring pictures.
Students dance the night away to benefit former
A school dance was hosted Friday, Jan. 19, to honor Lacey Wilkes,
a former student who was seriously injured in an automobile accident.
The dance followed Miss Raider and ended at midnight.
The dance was sponsored by Skills USA-VICA and planned by Jennifer
Helms, a member of VICA, and a friend of Lacey's.
Students Kim Barrett, Candace Ellard, and Jennifer Helms, along
with the construction class were responsible for undertaking
The profits, as well as donations, which totaled about $2,000,
will go to Lacey and her family.
About 50 people attended the dance.
"In my opinion, the dance was definitely a success, but
I think anything done to benefit another person is always a success,"
said school dance chaperone and drafting teacher Jim Ring.
Student teacher creates jazz band
One of the more elaborate student teacher projects in recent
memory is the creation of a jazz band. The band will consist
of alto saxophone, trumpet, trombone, rhythm (electric bass,
electric guitar, and drum set), auxiliary percussion and keyboard.
Mr. Ed Ledford, the band's student teacher, didn't want to be
like other student teachers.
"Every student teacher has to do a semester project,"
Ledford said. "Most of them organize things. I figured that
I would do something more interesting."
Students interested in learning more about jazz band can just
show up at one of the rehearsals, which are every Monday afternoon
from 4:30 to 6 p.m.
Kay Farmer makes a difference
Making a difference! That's what the teacher I am featuring is
doing at MCHS.
Ms. Kay Farmer is an agriculture, basic ag, livestock production,
horticulture and leadership teacher in her first year of teaching
at our high school.
The thing that Ms. Farmer enjoys most about teaching is interacting
with students and helping them to learn about agriculture and
to become involved in the FFA (Future Farmers of America). She
expresses that what she likes best about this school is the students.
Ms. Farmer feels that a lot of the students have great attitudes
and are always smiling.
"I became a teacher to make a difference in someone's life,"
Ms. Farmer said.
Farmer is not married. Some of her hobbies and favorite activities
outside the school are reading, working with her cows, cooking
and baking things.
When asked what she considers to be the biggest problem facing
educators today, Farmer had no comment.
"Making a difference to my students and teaching them things
that they can use outside of my classroom" is what she finds
to be most rewarding.
We hope that she has a good experience in her first year here
and we hope she will come back next year.