RAIDERS WEEKLY
A compilation of articles written by Madison County School students.


DECEMBER 1, 1999

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Study skills class raises money for goats
BY KIM JOHNSON
Have you ever wanted to make a difference in people's lives?
Well, a first period study skills class decided to do just that.
Recently there was a Channel One News segment that described the terrible conditions for children in Rwanda. Their only source of income comes from goats which provide milk and cheese. Channel One opened up the opportunity for students to raise money to purchase goats to send to the children in Rwanda. Each goat cost $25.
When the study skills class saw this segment, they immediately asked their teacher Mrs. Sallie Bullock if they could involve the school in the "goat fund-raiser."
She agreed and they set a goal to purchase five goats. The entire school got involved as teachers, staff and students gave money toward purchasing goats for the children.
However, when totals came in, the class had gone above and beyond their goal. They raised $306, enough to purchase 12 goats.
They would like to thank all those who helped raise money for the goats.

Sears is talented singer and guitarist
BY ASHLEY BURFORD
Sophomore Brandon Sears is known around school for his amazing ability to sing and play the guitar. Even though he has only been going to school here for a short time, he has impressed both teachers and students with his natural talent.
This Madison County native has been doing what he likes to call "country rock" for the past five years. With the loving support of his parents, Wesley and Rita, brother Chad and sister Lauren, Sears has followed his dream of becoming well known for his musical abilities. He not only sings, he also writes the songs that he sings. He says that he does not actually write the lyrics down on paper.
"If it is good, then I will remember it and there will not be any need to write it down," said Sears.
Sears' father introduced his son to this love of music. Sears and his father worked together to learn the correct fingerings and strokes to improve Sears' already natural talent on the guitar. Finally, Sears was able to take what his father had taught him and venture off and find his own unique way of playing what he says is "my own kind of music." Sears was not only influenced to play the guitar by his father, but he was also swayed by one of his idols, Don Henley, lead vocalist for the Eagles. Sears' wide variety of musical interests allows him to be more "creative and risky" in his original style of music.
Sears' creativity and astounding abilities have not gone unnoticed. He has competed in the East Jackson Middle School talent show as well as being named the winner of the Maysville Autumn Leaf Festival talent show. He also enjoys just playing for family, friends and classmates. "He is truly amazing," said Mrs. Leigh Moon, one of Sears' teachers. His classmates and teachers agree that Sears is quite talented. He was able to showcase this talent for his English class when his teacher, Moon, asked him to share his talent with the class one day. Sears had this to say when asked what he likes most about what he does best: "I just enjoy playing. I don't care where it is. As long as I can play and sing I will be all right."
With the undivided support from family and friends, Sears will one day be able to make all of his dreams happen.

Colbert Elementary School names 'Cool Cougars' for October
Colbert Elementary School teachers recently selected students from their classes as the "Cool Colbert Cougars" for October. Students were selected based on "outstanding academic effort" and "superior behavior."
October's CCC students enjoyed chocolate chip cookies and milk compliments of the school's partner in education Charlie Williams Pinecrest Lodge.
The "Cool Colbert Cougars" program attempts to "help all students achieve their personal goals," which is the main objective of being a Foundation of Excellent Schools member.
The October CCC students were: Tyler Hamby, Titus Poss, Mitchell Cocker, Areil Sorrells and Katie Wages, kindergarten; Terri Carrouth, Cameron Brunson, Kaila Brooks, Samantha Wyatt, Quinton Thomas, Austen Carey and Cody Phillips, first grade.
Victoria Lane, Melissa Gowan, Cody Justice, Ashley Fields, Chance Bugg and Zachary Elrod, second grade; Claude Johnson, Deanglo Patman, Michael Smith, Adilene Chapa and Amanda Gerrett, third grade.
Kayla Arrowood, Dustin Edwards, Morgan Williams and Malcom McCarty, fourth grade; and April Lang, Brandon Autry, Alex Monterrosa and Sena Loudermilk, fifth grade.


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