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Madison County School students.

OCTOBER 6, 1999

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Ty Cobb Youth Apprenticeship Program a success
Through the Youth Apprenticeship Program, the Franklin County, Hart County and Madison County school systems and Ty Cobb Health Care Systems have teamed up this year to offer students a health occupations "job shadowing" program. The students from Madison County High School participating in this program are Amanda Strickland, Tiffany Skelton and Clarissa Tyner.
This program is designed to provide students with an opportunity to prepare themselves to enter competitive post-secondary programs and to explore occupations in health careers. The Ty Cobb youth apprenticeship also helps students acquire skills, knowledge and attitudes essential to gain employment in a health care career.
As part of the apprenticeship process, students are required to complete an application. Some requirements necessary to apprentice include that the student be classified as a junior or senior; be on track for graduation and have a 2.5 GPA; have completed health occupations I (with a grade of 85 or above); and be willing to take a demanding sequence of high school and post-secondary courses related to their future career choice.
After student acceptance into the program is approved and requirements have been met, students discuss with advisors a series of rotations within the Ty Cobb Health Care System. The first semester students will rotate through various areas of health care at related facilities. These students will be designated as "apprentices," although they are initially "job shadowing." Each area included on the rotation requires one appointed mentor who is willing to supervise and assist with the shadowing experience. Students will rotate through a clerical area, a support area and seven two-week rotations in a clinical area. During their second semester, students will identify three six-week "choice" rotations, returning to areas of great interest.
The MCHS students have applied during their senior year to be the "ground breakers" of the newly started program. Skelton and Tyner began their first rotation August 27 at Cobb Memorial Health Care Nursing Home located in Comer. Strickland started her first rotation in Laboratory at Ty Cobb Health Care System in Royston.
In collaboration with Ty Cobb Health Care System, this program was made possible with the help of Donna Lungsford, education training coordinator; Tom Brown, CEO of Ty Cobb Health Care; Pat Rape, health occupations instructor; and Dena Carter, Northeast Georgia Youth Apprenticeship program coordinator.

Catie Hawks
is a star on the sideline
If you go to a football game on Friday night, you're guaranteed to see Catie Hawks. She'll be on the sideline cheering the Raider football team on.
Catie Hawks has participated in cheerleading throughout high school and has won many awards, including "Captain's Award" and the "Coaches Award" for basketball cheering. Cheerleaders practice throughout the week and it takes up much time.
In addition to cheerleading, Catie also participates in many pageants. Some pageants she has competed in include "Miss Hartwell" and the Colbert Canna Pageant, in which she received second runner-up. Another pageant Catie competes in is the "Miss MCHS" pageant. She is currently the reigning "Miss Congeniality."
Catie has been on the homecoming court for three years and was recently voted "Miss Senior Class."
When asked about her busy schedule, Catie replied, "It's hard to participate in so many activities, but when I look back at my accomplishments, it's all been worth it."
After high school, Catie plans to attend Georgia Southern and major in either exercise science or physical education.
And as for school now, her performance in class is also top notch.
As Debbie McCants was quoted, "Catie was an enthusiastic member of my class. She was always cooperative and cheerful, no matter what task she was assigned."


Y-Club district rally held recently
The 1999-2000 Y-Club District Rally was held Saturday, September 18, at Morgan County High School in Madison. Y-clubs from all over the North Georgia District came to participate. The Y-Club members of MCMS and MCHS joined everyone at the District Rally for a fun day.
Once we arrived we had an assembly, then we jumped right into a scavenger hunt in which Madison County placed first. This was followed by games such as pyramid, the mummy wrap and the "great egg toss." This day would not be complete unless there was a pep rally to finish it off.
If you missed out on the district rally, you still have time to join Y-Club and participate in many other activities. Middle school students may get in touch with Mr. Jason Booth at MCMS for more inforamation.
The MCMS Y-Club members that attended the district rally were Brittany Bates, Jessica Bennett, Cati Brewer, Roberta Carey, Tivaro Cooper, Latasha Dalton, Brandon Gilmore, Lisa Gilmore, Mandy Phillips, Chris Merritt, Josh Nelms, David Rothieaux, Jill Thomas and Kim Watson.

MCMS teacher Jodi Cronic is 'an interesting person'
Mrs. Jodi Cronic, a teacher at Madison County Middle School, is a very interesting person. She has two children, Caleb, who is 10, and Joshua, who is 6. They both attend Colbert Elementary School. Her husband Mark teaches at Chase Street Elementary School in Athens. Mrs. Cronic has been teaching school for 17 years.
She has taught kindergarten through eighth grade. Her favorite grade to teach is eighth, which she is currently teaching. Her hobbies are gardening and computers. She also has a love for animals. She has three dogs, one pot-bellied pig, eight goats and six emus. Mrs. Cronic says she loves teaching Georgia history. She says she enjoys most helping her students learn and grow. Mrs. Cronic says that being a teacher is sometimes a rewarding job.

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