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The Jackson Trail Christian School FFA chapter recently brought home awards from the 2021 Oconee County Forestry Invitational Career Development Event held in Watkinsville. Jackson Trail had two teams competing. In the Junior competition, Team 1 placed first and Team 2 placed third. Members …

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The Commerce High School FFA is sponsoring the “Pantyhose Project” through December 3. This is a collection for Peace Place, Inc. which serves women and families in need in Jackson, Banks and Barrow counties.

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Mrs. Jessica's Pilgrims and Mrs. Carissa's Indians classes put on a Thanksgiving 9rogram on Nov. 19 at Homer Baptist Preschool. They performed "Here's the Pumpkin," "5 Fat Turkeys Are We," "1 Little 2 Little 3 Little," "We Love Turkey," "5 Big Turley Sitting On a Gate," "This is The Way, Gob…

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More than 60 high school students with aspirations of becoming teachers descended upon the University of North Georgia (UNG) to learn more about the profession on Future Georgia Educators (FGE) Day. UNG's College of Education (COE) students were happy to assist.

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Lanier Technical College’s Adult Education Program held an in-person graduation to honor students who have achieved their GED or high school equivalency diploma on Monday, November 15. The 32nd graduation was held at the Ramsey Conference Center. It was the first in-person graduation ceremon…

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The University of North Georgia's (UNG) Golden Eagle Band co-headlined the 2021 Southeast North Carolina Veterans Day Parade on Nov. 6 in downtown Wilmington, North Carolina. The band shared the parade spotlight with the Citadel Regimental Band and Pipes.

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The Jackson-Empower FFA chapter attended the 94th National FFA convention held in Indianapolis, Ind., on October 26th-30th. The Jackson County Livestock Evaluation team represented Georgia in the National Competition and placed 4th in the nation.

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Athens Christian School recently celebrated its 2021 Homecoming ceremony during its home game against Providence Christian of Lilburn. Lydia Fortson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Shannon Fortson of Colbert, was named Homecoming Queen. She has participated in cheerleading (FCA All American Cheerl…

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On Oct. 8, nine Apalachee High School SkillsUSA officers and members attended the SkillsUSA Georgia Champions Rally at the Perry Fairgrounds. Students were excited to attend their first in-person event to get to know one another and plan for the upcoming school year. This year, Apalachee Ski…

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Jackson Trail Christian School Future Farmers of America member Clay Lawrence exhibited the Grand Champion Hereford Heifer at the Georgia National Fair in Perry. Clay is the son of Dr. Shannon Lawrence and Carol Lawrence of Hoschton.

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Jackson Trail Christian School had two forestry teams that placed first and third in tree identification at the Tree Identification and Nursery/Landscape Identification competition held at the Georgia Carolina State Fair in Augusta. The Nursery Landscape team also placed first in team compet…

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Maysville Elementary School is learning the mindset of "Live to Give" through a sock donation and Mrs. Drerup's class collected the most. Students in Mrs. Drerup's class are: (L-R) Andres Garcia, Emma Rholetter, Henry Hoffman, Kaylee Gibbs, Samantha Hugenschmidt, Roger Strickland, Cheyenne B…

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The Banks County High School ENR team placed second in the nation in the Environmental Natural Resources career development event. This event has schools from all over the nation compete, 38 states in total. Team members are Payton Jackson, Madison Dacus, Carlie Cochran, and Matt Sanders.

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Whitney Hardigree, a health instructor at the Empower College and Career Center, has been selected as the Jackson County School System Teacher of the Year. Hardigree was also the inaugural Teacher of the Year for Empower.

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Jackson Electric Membership Corporation (EMC) is accepting applications for the annual Washington Youth Tour, sponsored by the nation’s electric cooperatives. Jackson EMC will send student delegates on an all-expense paid leadership development experience in Washington, D.C., June 16-23.

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Meghan Harris (right) was named Jackson County High School’s November Rotary Club Student of the Month. She chose Michelle Golden (left) as her most influential teacher.

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Winder-Barrow Community Theatre brought “live” theatre back to the community during October with the world premiere of “The Miss Magnolia Senior Citizen Beauty Pageant,” the third play in a series by Statham resident Leslie Kimbell. The organization donated $500 of its show proceeds to the B…

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East Jackson Comprehensive High School Beta Club members attended the Regional Beta Leadership Summit in LaGrange. They competed in three events that gauge critical thinking, creativity, communication, problem solving and leadership skills. The events they participated in include: Lead Outsi…

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Banks County Elementary School third graders named Student of the Month are: (L-R) Charlie Williams, Baisley Dean, Mia Cronic, Jaxson Wagoner, Piper Mansur, Ambre Post, Paighton Maney, Fate Baxter and Micah Tate Milford.

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The Barrow County School System recently announced its six REACH Scholars for the 2021-22 school year. REACH (Realizing Educational Achievement Can Happen) Georgia is the State of Georgia’s mentorship and college scholarship program. Scholars are paired with a mentor and an academic coach st…

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The field of teachers vying to become the 2021-22 Gwinnett County Teacher of the Year just got smaller as Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) announced the names of the 25 semifinalists to be considered for the system’s top honor. The group of 11 elementary, eight middle, and six high scho…

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Local JROTC cadets will host a Veterans Day Show on Thursday, Nov. 11. Cadets from East Jackson Comprehensive High School and Jackson County High School will present the second annual event at the Empower College and Career Center on Nov. 11 beginning at 4:30 p.m.

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Jackson Trail Christian School FFA member Carson Ford competed in the agricultural mechanics projects at the Georgia National Fair in Perry, Georgia.  Carson placed first with his gun rack that he built for the medium woodworking project category.

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The Jackson Trail Christian School FFA attended the FFA Day at the Fair activities held at the Georgia National Fair in Perry.   Members competed in the Junior Tree Identification competition having to identify trees from across the state of Georgia.  Team 1 placed first and Team 2 placed fo…