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For the fall 2020 semester, the University of North Georgia awarded more than 1,000 degrees and certificates to graduates. Nearly 600 of those graduates walked across the stage of the Convocation Center Dec. 5-6 in 52 mini-ceremonies created to follow social distancing guidelines and prevent…

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Mrs. Whitfield's first grade class at Banks County Primary School celebrated Christmas with a Pajama Day on the last day of school.

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Students who achieved academic excellence in their course work during the fall semester were recently recognized at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.

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Banks County Elementary School third grade Students of the Month are: Gauge English, Ryleigh Batson, Cole Whitlock, Bailey Worley, Acacia Clements, Charley Standridge and James Cotton. Not Pictured: Owen Wilbanks, Grecia Pantoja and Bentley Fields.

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Linda Dutil, RN, ER Nurse, presents live from Maine to Maysville Elementary School students. She discussed with fifth graders the dangers of drugs, tobacco, vaping and alcohol and how they affect the body. She also shared many intervention skills with the students, including things to do and…

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Local students have been named to the dean’s list the University of North Georgia for fall semester for achieving at least a 3.5 grade point average, carrying 12 or more credit hours and having no grade than a B.

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Linda Dutil discusses the dangers of drugs, tobacco, vaping and alcohol at Maysville Elementary School and how they affect one’s body. She also shares many intervention skills with the students. (Such as things to do and how to react if they have a friend who has made poor choices and is in …

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Mrs. Hancock’s and Mrs. Hicks’ kindergarten students at Banks County Primary School students were ready for their Thanksgiving feast on Thursday, Nov 12.

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Banks County Elementary School third graders named Students of the Month are: (front row) Ethan Baker, Waylon Crawford and Aiden Loudermilk; and (back row) Luke Poole, Amber Gilreath, Annie Murray, Hunter Tory, Addy Kate Williams and Makayla Hunnicut.

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Banks County Elementary School fourth grade Students of the Month are: (front row) Kinsley Crunkleton, Addison Heaps, Edier Alejo-Maravilla and Trevan Gragg; and (back row) Damien McDonald, Nikoli Mansur, Demitris Dorsey, Luke Poole, Bryson Bennett and Jayden Lee.

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Maysville Elementary School students, Ashlyn Reeve, Addilyn Reeve and Wednesday Smith, "rock it out " during Red Ribbon Week to show they are committed to being "drug free."

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As seasonal illnesses begin to increase, Banks County Primary Schools students are posing with masks on to strongly encourage everyone to wear a mask to keep themselves and others safe.

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Banks County students and staff supported their Leopards by participating in Homecoming spirit week October 5-9. On Thursday, Parker Grogan and Braiden Dunn, two first grade friends, celebrated College Day by wearing their Georgia shirts.

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The Banks County High School 2020 homecoming court was crowned on a rainy Friday night at Leopard Stadium. Shown are: (L-R) Paycee Jackson, Miss Freshman; Nazli De La Garza, Miss Sophomore; Georgia Simmons, Miss Junior; Anslee Bramlett, Miss Senior; Payton Jackson, Homecoming Queen; and Aust…

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Third grade Students of the Month at Banks County Elementary School are: (front row) Angela Tran, Haley Baker, Annabelle Wilbanks, Ally Moore and Paisley Elrod; and (back row) Caleb King, Kendall Garrison, Peyton Gowder and Caleb Mayfield. Not pictured: Addalyn McClure.

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The Banks County 4-H Junior/Senior County Council met Wednesday, September 23, for the first meeting of the school year to elect new county officers and plan out 4-H events. Banks County 4-H members were elected to represent 4-H on the county level. Shown (L-R) are: Emily Mainor, Marisa Agui…

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Members of the Banks County High School sophomore court are: (L-R) Kinsey Brown, Jacy Ayers, Sydney Saxon, Nazli De La Garza and Madison Adams.

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Members of the Banks County High School king homecoming court are: (L-R) Jace Bennett, Corey Vickery, Ronnie Jones, Jonah Yang and Austin Ivey.

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Members of the Banks County High School junior court are: (L-R) Georgia Simmons, Carlie Cochran, Abby Fuller, Isabelle Sharpe and Caitlynn Emfinger.

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Members of the Banks County High School freshman homecoming court are: (L-R) Maribeth Roberts, Kinley Chapman, Camdyn Poole, Lillee Parson and Paycee Jackson.

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The Banks County High School senior homecoming court includes: (L-R) Payton Jackson, Lillie Venable, Anslee Bramlett, Madison Dacus and Betsy Chambers. The Homecoming Court, Class Winners and Queen are voted on by their peers. The King Court is determined by donations from the student body. …

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Christopher Shawn McCrackin of Homer, a member of the Class of 2020 at Washington and Lee University, has been named to the President's List for the recently ended academic year.

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Mia Simpson of Baldwin, is one of 16 students from the University of North Georgia (UNG) who recently earned the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, a grant program that enables students of limited financial means to study or intern abroad and gain skills critical to U.S. national …

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Maysville Elementary School counselor Linda Maddox (left) and bus driver Debra Hancox (right) encourage everyone to wear a masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19. They say, "Wearing is caring."

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Banks County 4-H members Georgia Simmons and Marisa Aguilar attended the Northeast District 4-H Officer training retreat at Rock Eagle 4-H Center, September 12. Both Simmons and Aguilar currently serve as Junior and Senior Board members for Northeast District 4-H. At the training retreat, Si…

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Ally Moore, third grade student at Banks County Elementary School, was presented with a gift basket and plaque from the American Heart Association. Students at Banks County Primary School raised $5,441 in Ally's honor during the Kids Heart Challenge last spring. Ally is the daughter of Nolan…

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Banks County High School cheerleaders tried their luck at teaching the football team how to cheer during their pep rally held at the historic Banks County courthouse.

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For the summer 2020 semester, the University of North Georgia awarded some 500 degrees and certificates. Ceremonies were canceled due to COVID-19, but UNG hosted a virtual celebration on the UNG commencement website.

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Saoirse (fifth grade) and Kylee Bergmann (eighth grade) are shown waiting on the bus on the first day of school for Banks County students.

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Banks County residents named to the Dean's List at the University of North Georgia for having at least a 3.5 grade point average, carrying 12 or more credit hours in one semester and having no grade lower than B are:

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Michelle Elizabeth Cerra of Homer has been named to the President's List at the University of North Georgia (UNG) for achieving a 4.0 grade point average during summer 2020.

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Zeek Brown, Cameron Scarlett Barnett and Vada Bowden are pictured with David Cassiano, their tacher from fourth grade, his last class to graduate the year he retired.

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Danielle Stephens gave the salutatorian address at the Banks County High School commencement ceremony on Saturday, July 18.

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Banks County School System assistant superintendent Hank Ramey is shown accepting a check from a representative of the Athens Area Community Foundation from the COVID-19 Community Response Fund. Fourteen public school systems in the region received funds to be used to "create healthy and saf…