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Commerce Middle School recently recognized its "Terrific Tigers" for the week of Nov. 16. These students were nominated by their teachers for showing their ROARS, "respectful, organized, accepting of self and others, responsible and safe behaviors." CMS principal Phillip Powell, assistant principal Kelly Shoemaker and all the CMS faculty and staff watch for students to "get caught" demonstrating positive character traits. Those students are given "Terrific Tiger" tickets that can earn them weekly recognition and rewards. A group of students will be chosen each week for ROARS and all students are eligible.

Jefferson Middle School students participated in the annual Rivers Alive shore sweep to help cleanup trash and debris from Curry Creek and the reservoir in Jefferson City.

Students and volunteers collected a total of 10 bags of trash from the shore line. Pictured from left: Seventh Grade Science Teacher Jennifer McAuley and JMS students.

JCCHS FFA participate in Feeding the Multitude

The Jackson County Comprehensive High School FFA chapter could not hold its annual Thanksgiving dinner and chapter meeting in November due to COVID-19 restrictions. However, FFA members decided to prepare the meal they usually share with each other and donate it to those affected by the pandemic.

“We have so much to be thankful for as FFA members and wanted to help relieve some of the burden people are facing in our community” said chapter president Hannah Robertson.

FFA members gathered together, prepared and delivered 100 meals to the Feeding the Multitude event held in Jefferson that provided food to those in need.

"Within Jackson County alone there are 8,900 people living under the food insecurity rate, and sadly, 4,400 of those are children," Robertson said "FFA members were able to live out the FFA motto of learning to do, doing to learn, earning to live and living to serve in their community."

Jefferson Academy students named winners of Stock Market Competition

Fifth graders at Jefferson Academy were named the 2020 winners of the Georgia Council on Economic Education Stock Market Game for Congressional District 9.

Rylee Brown, Zachary Smith, and Olivia Grimsley participated in the competition during Extended Learning Time with Instructional Lead Teacher Samantha Barrett.

"I am so proud of their hard work. They spent a considerable amount of time during class and at home researching the stocks they wanted to invest their money in, and it paid off," Ms. Barrett said.

Teams invested a virtual $100,000 in real stocks, bonds, and mutual funds for 10 weeks. The winning team was announced for earning the highest total equity in their school’s region, or congressional district. There were 48 teams in District 9.

Eighth grade students at Jefferson Middle School studied graphic design by creating custom shoes in Ms. Bowden’s art class. The project was named “Sharpie Your Shoes,” and allowed students to use white shoes as a blank canvas. Pictured are custom shoes design by eighth grade student, Chase Haynes.

Grennan makes honor roll list

Kathleen Marie Grennan, of Hoschton, was recently named to the University of Mississippi's fall 2020 honor roll lists.

Grennan was named to the chancellor's honor roll, which is reserved for students who earn a semester GPA of 3.75-4.00.

Local students receive CURCA mini-grants

More than a dozen students were awarded grants from the Center for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (CURCA) at UNG. The annual mini-grants will fund 10 different research projects in the areas of psychological science, chemistry, biology, anthropology, physics and English.

The 14 UNG students to receive a Center for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (CURCA) mini-grant included:

  • Briana Sargent of Braselton. Sargent, along with Jose Izaguirre Garcia and Lilia Saber with Dr. Ghulam Hasnain were awarded for the project: Side directed mutagenesis studies of PyrD and PyrR genes involved in riboflavin biosynthesis.
  • Neil Patel of Commerce. Patel, along with Melanie Majors with Dr. Linda Purvis were awarded for the project: Molecular characterization and bacterial strain differentiation of songbird Mycoplasma gallisepticum isolates.

The center's mission is to promote learning through students' active engagement in undergraduate research and creative activities during their collegiate careers.

Previously, CURCA awarded its annual mini-grants to faculty members. This year, mini-grants were revamped and awarded to student-led teams with faculty support.

"We realized UNG lacked a mechanism to support student research projects directly, so we decided to refocus the mini-grant awards on students," said Dr. Anastasia Lin, assistant vice president of Research & Engagement. "The grants will allow students to learn about professionalism and prepare for graduate school and the workforce. Though each student must apply with a mentor, the students get the experience of writing a grant and potentially adding it to their resume."

Students wrote research proposals, and UNG faculty and staff members awarded 10 projects.