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SEPTEMBER 15, 1999

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Articles written by Madison County Middle School Students


'Raiders Weekly' staff ready to cover the new school year
Extra! Extra! Read all about 'em''
Wanna learn all about the 1,200-plus students at Madison County High? Well, that is where the 19 members of the "Raiders Weekly" staff can help.
For the third year in a row, the Hilltopper (yearbook) staff is taking on the task of writing feature articles about Raider students, faculty and events to appear weekly in The Madison County Journal.
"Raiders Weekly" articles are assigned at the beginning of each week. Students and faculty are interviewed during spare time, whether that means staying after school, catching a student at lunch or tracking a teacher down during their planning period. The staff consists of seniors and juniors that were selected by yearbook advisor Jimmy Phillips toward the end of the 1998-1999 school year. Members are chosen based on teacher recommendations and written essays.
The 1999-2000 "Raiders Weekly" editor is senior Miranda Richards.

Dedicated teacher and drama advisor
Lights, camera, action... Tammy Westmoreland has certainly earned her place in the spotlight.
Westmoreland is a 1983 graduate of Madison County High School. After graduation, she went to UGA and received her teaching degree in 1988.
After turning down several job offers in South Georgia due to location, she started graduate school at night and substitute teaching during the day. When a teaching position opened mid-year, Westmoreland stepped in wholeheartedly.
She took over the drama club during her second year of teaching. She started with only 15 members and that number has now grown to around 55 members. Due to her hard work in making the drama club a success and the convenience of block scheduling, a drama class is now available as an elective. When asked why she loves drama so much, she replies, "I love encouraging students to use their imaginations, and most of all, it is FUN!"
Her drama students are always learning new and interesting ways to expand their imaginations. She is always coming up with unique games for them to play, like Hula-hooping with imaginary Hula-hoops. She spends many strenuous hours working on plays at nights and on the weekends. After all the hard work she puts in at school, she goes home to her husband Jeff and her two dogs, Lily and Barney, and Barney's cat, Tickle.

Roger and Rory Raider
Hi, Roger and Rory here. We are replacing Ronnie and Rochelle this year, but we still offer the same reliable advice as always. If you need advice, have a problem with school, at home or with your love life, drop us a line and let us know how we can help. Do not tell us your name. Your questions are completely confidential. Leave your letters in the box on Mr. Phillips' door (Room 108) and we will do our best to help you in any way possible. Thank you so much for your support and we are looking forward to hearing from you!
Roger and Rory Raider!

Surveillance cameras installed
A bomb explodes in a locker and when the smoke and debris are cleared, five high school students are dead. A boy, angry at his ex-girlfriend, hides a gun under his shirt and walks into her classroom and shoots her.
Events like these are happening more and more frequently in schools. To prevent catastrophes such as these from occurring in our school, 16 active surveillance cameras have been installed in and around the school building. In the future, more cameras will be added.
Principal Allen McCannon said, "Many students see this security step as a way to make the school a prison, but it really protects them and their belongings."
The example McCannon illustrated was, "If a car went into the parking lot and was acting suspicious, we would see them and block off the parking lot until it was investigated."
This keeps the students' and faculty's cars safe.
The surveillance cameras were installed for safety, so that students will feel safe in keeping their personal possessions in their lockers, leaving their cars in the parking lot, and to see that the incidents of school bombings and shootings are prevented.

A whole new world
The freshmen have arrived. For upperclassmen, this meant more crowded halls and longer lunch lines. For the freshmen themselves, it meant a whole new world.
Some were scared of the upperclassmen, others afraid of the extra work.
Jimmy Payne said, "High school is harder that I thought it would be."
Jonathan Fulghum, on the other hand, stated, "High school is not at all as hard as I imagined it to be."
Sara Seagraves was one of the students afraid of losing their way in the new environment.
"I was definitely afraid of getting lost, but the teachers are nice (and helped me out)," she said.
Most freshmen tend to like block scheduling better.
Marchus Lang said, "Block scheduling is definitely better than seven classes a day."
Matt Hall added, "It makes the day go by faster, although the classes are longer."
Other freshmen are adjusting to the new lunchroom taste.
Josh Deal said, "If it weren't for the Fruitopia (drinks), I wouldn't have much of a lunch."
With all the changes from middle to high school, the freshmen will eventually adjust. Sooner or later, this new world will not be so unusual.

DCT student of the week
Ronna Bellew, a senior, is "DCT Student of the Week." DCT (Diversified Cooperative Training) is a work-study program where sudents get school credit while working part-time jobs.
Bellew has been a cashier at Bi-Lo for 14 months. She hopes to someday become a registered nurse. She says that DCT has helped her to become more responsible with her actions as well as with money.
Cliff Bray, Ronna's supervisor (at Bi-Lo), says that along with being pleasant to work with, she has also "made a big improvement in her job responsibilities."

Picture day
Approximately 1,300 students, faculty and staff lined up in the gym for mug shots recently. No, they were not under arrest, but they were being photographed for the 2000 Hilltopper. These pictures will also be used for student identification cards. For seniors, however, the traditional tux and drape photographs that were taken during the summer will replace the more casual pictures in the yearbook.
School pictures were taken by Lifetouch.

A new year brings changes to student parking
"Vroom, Vroom, Honk, Honk!" Are these sounds familiar? They are not strange to the student parking lot. Most seniors, juniors and sophomores provide their own transportation to school. Even though public transportation, buses, is available to all students, about 320 students have chosen to drive themselves to school this year.
There are, however, two changes in the student parking lot. The first is 24-hour surveillance, and the second is stricter enforcement of parking regulations. Students were required to purchase parking permits in order to drive to school. The deadline to purchase permits was Friday, August 27. If permits were not visible, students were threatened with the possibility of their cars being towed.
Also new to the students is the pro-rated plan. This plan is designed for students who may acquire their license during the school year or for students who will not drive every quarter. Students can pay $5 for each quarter they drive or the full $20 for the entire school year.
Principal Allen McCannon thinks these changes will make the parking lot safer and will decrease vehicle vandalism. In the future he hopes to have a security guard in the parking lot during school hours.

Volley Raiders begin a new season
Bump, set, spike... WIN! The 1999 Madison County Volley Raider season is now in full swing. The team consists of four seniors, five juniors, two sophomores and two freshmen. With nine returning players from last year, as well as two new recruits, senior captains Heather Hanley and Angelia Clark work strenuously to have a successful year. The Volley Raiders have competed in 10 matches versus various teams in their regions including some top-ranked teams. And now with a record of 3 and 9, the Volley Raiders are learning what it takes to win a best of three match as they pull off a 15-10, 15-3 match against Monroe Thursday night.
The Volley Raiders, though currently with few wins, still have a chance to come back with a decent record.

Play auditions begin
Most people hate being crammed into an elevator with 10 other people, but last week about 50 students showed that they actually wanted this privilege when auditions started for the fall one-act play, The Lost Elevator. Audition days were overflowing with potential cast members demonstrating their improvisional skills, followed by reading from the actual play. Students showed their talents in groups of four or five at a time on the stage while the drama directors, Tammy Westmoreland and Deron Cash, and the other auditioners watched in amusement. Out of the many that tried out, only 11 were chosen to be in the very limited cast.
Set in the 1930s, The Lost Elevator is a play about an elevator full of people with contrasting personalities that gets stuck between floors. Cast members will go to One-Act Play Competition in Newton County on November 6 to perform their play and compete against area schools.

Madison County Y-club steps into the new year
The coed Y-Club is ready to step into the 1999-2000 school year. After attending the Youth Training Conference (YTC) in Rock Eagle on July 23-25, the officers of Y-Club are armed with skits, project ideas, and inspiration to make this year one of the best.
The Y-Club has received honor club ratings for the past three years. These ratings are achieved through service toward the school and community. The Y-Club helps with certain community events such as the Madison County Recreation Department Easter Egg Hunt and Reindeer Run.
Last year's club had approximately 45 members, a number which the officers and advisors hope to increase this year due to the first annual club fair. The club fair, held in the high school gymnasium, helps clubs encourage the student body to become more involved with extracurricular activities.
With Y-Club's clearly set goals, determined officers, dedicated members, and caring advisors, it is sure to be a fun, rewarding year.



Welcome to the Mustangs Weekly. The Madison County Middle School journalism class is working on articles and interesting information about our school to submit to the paper each week. We hope that you enjoy the articles and information that we write. Our class includes the following people: Brooke Adams, Mandy Perry, Kristen Lunsford, Ashley Drake, Tressie Phillips, Amanda Nortan and Brittany Drake. Our teacher is Mrs. Donna Smith.

The Madison County Journal is proud to present these students' work in our printed product as well as online.

MCMS girls' softball begins
The new 1999 softball team for Madison County Middle School has already had three victories over Hart and Oglethorpe counties. The next game for the Madison County team will be held at home against Stephens County. The game will be played Friday, Sept. 17, at 4:30 p.m. at the Madison County Recreation Department, field 5, located on Hwy. 98. The coach for this year's MCMS girls' softball team is Ms. Kristi Logan and team members are as follows: Casey Allen, Laura Baird, Sarah Tippins, Taylor Sapp, Courtney Arrowood, Jennifer Stone, Ryan Guthrie, Kelli Grimes, Brandi Robertson, Sarah Gaskin, Candace Shubert, Melissa Elrod, Ashley Dinsmore and Brianna James-Manager.
We at MCMS offer our support and best wishes to Coach Logan and her team of dedicated athletes. Please come out and show your support for our team. The following is the remaining schedule for the 1999 season: vs. Franklin County, 4:15 p.m., Sept. 21; at Stephens County, 4:30 p.m., Sept. 24; vs. Elbert County, 11 a.m., Sept. 25; at Hart County, 4:30 p.m., Sept. 28; and a tournament with teams and times to be announced on Sept. 30, Oct. 1 and 2.

Y-Club holds first meeting
The Y-club had their first meeting of the year Thursday, Sept. 3, at 7:30 a.m. The Y-club is a Christian service club associated with the YMCA of Georgia. Students interested in joining the Y-club should see Mr. Booth during homeroom. Dues are $15 but it does not have to be paid until the middle of October. You will also receive a Y-club T-shirt after joining. If you choose to participate in Y-club, you will get a chance to go to the district rally, which will be held on Saturday, Sept. 18, at Morgan County High School.

Mustang yearbook staff named
Every year a select group of students at the middle school work together to make a yearbook for that school year. This year we have two groups of students working on the yearbook. A group of seventh grade students works in an exploratory class. After school there is a group of eighth graders who meet once a week. The seventh grade group consists of Ashley Drake, Mandy Perry, Kristin Lunsford, Amanda Norton, Brittany Bates, Brooke Adams and Tressie Phillips. The eighth grade group consists of Erin Moon, Amy Fowler, Megan McNeil, Hannah Jones, Mallori Berry, Bonnie Marcotte, Jessica Norred, Megan Livengood and Lindsay Godfrey. Thanks to Mrs. Donna Smith for being our sponsor.

Upcoming events at MCMS
·PTO/Open House - Monday, Sept. 20
·Ingles Receipts Collection begins Monday, Sept. 13

MCMS cheerleaders named
Madison County Middle School recently had tryouts for basketball and football cheerleaders. Congratulations to the following students who were chosen for the squads:
Abbi Osley, Whitney Daniel, Nicole Temple, Brittany Dalton, Jamie Fitzpatrick, Erica Smith, Jennifer Chandler, Sarah Minish, Lisa Roach, Courtney Drake, Melissa Hall, Maggie Yarborough, Genny McDonald, Brandy Scogin, Morgan Porterfield and Kerri Lynn Stith.
Lauren Sapp, Mallori Berry, Lissa Hollis, Cierra Lukers, Diana Duncan, Kristen Johnson, Shea Meadow, Emily Lord, Nicole McCannon, Celidh Sanders, Jennifer Stone, Samantha Strickland, Erica Conwell, Kelly Cummings, Whitney McGuyer, Nikki Hathcock and Ashley Fitzpatrick (alternate).
The football cheerleaders have already started practice. Our first game will be at Franklin County Sept. 11, at 7 p.m. Please come and help this squad of girls cheer on our team of hard-working football players.

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