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Dave Henritze Golf Classic Raises $150,000 for Reinhardt Students

More than 100 golfers enjoyed a beautiful day on the golf course at Capital City Club-Crabapple supporting Reinhardt University students.

The 31st Annual Dave Henritze Scholarship Golf Classic raised $150,000 for Reinhardt University student scholarships.

“We are so grateful for everyone who participated in this year’s Golf Classic,” said Dale Morrissey, senior director of constituent engagement. “I’d like to thank all of our sponsors and participants for their generous support and for making the tournament such a success.”

Two CCSD Graduates Win Prestigious National Merit Scholarship

Kieran Black of Etowah High School and Jordan Vaughn of Sequoyah High School are two of only 2,500 students in the nation, of the 1.6 million students who took the 2017 PSAT exam, to be awarded a $2,500 scholarship by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

“We’re so proud of Kieran and Jordan for this extraordinary accomplishment and all of the hard work that led them to earning this honor,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said. “Congratulations to them and their families and all of the teachers and school staff who have played a role in their education. Best wishes for even greater successes in the future!”

Black, who plans to study computer science at Georgia Tech, and Vaughn, who plans to study genetics at Northwestern University, and their fellow Merit Scholar designees were selected from more than 15,000 outstanding finalists who made it through the initial rigorous selection process for the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program.

Give a Kid a Chance Seeks Donations

Give a Kid a Chance is a nonprofit organization that provides filled backpacks for Cherokee County students in need. Below is everything you need to know to purchase, fill, and donate backpacks. Filled backpacks must be donated by Friday, June 28, 2019 to ensure registration numbers can be met.

In order to know which backpacks are packed for which students, place a white ribbon on the top handle of the elementary backpacks and a red ribbon on the handle of the middle school/high school backpacks.

Elementary School Supplies
1 Bottle Glue
2 Glue Sticks
10 #2 Pencils
1 Box Colored Pencils
1 Box 24-Count Crayons
1 Large Pink Eraser
1 Box Colored Markers
1 Ruler
1 Pair Blunt-End Scissors
1 Pack Wide-Ruled Notepaper
1 Wide-Ruled Spiral Notebook
1 Marble Composition Notebook
3 Basic Color Pocket Folders
1 1-inch or 1.5-inch 3-Ring Binder

Middle/High School Supplies
10 #2 Pencils
1 Box Colored Pencils
1 Package Cap Erasers
5 Black Pens
5 Blue Pens
2 Highlighters
2 Packs College-Ruled Notepaper
3 College-Ruled Spiral Notebooks
3 Pocket Folders
1 Package Tab Dividers
1 1-inch or 1.5-inch 3-Ring Binder

Other Major Needs
Underwear (new, all sizes)
Socks (new, all sizes)
Picture Books (used/new)
Black Trash Bags (39 gallon)

Farm Bureau Seeks Entries for Art Contest

Students in ninth through 12th grade are invited to enter the Georgia Farm Bureau Art Contest. Artwork should be drawn in black ink or dark soft lead pencil on an 8 1/2 x 11-inch piece of white paper. The artwork should be camera ready.

Drawings will be judged on how well the artwork represents modern agriculture found in Cherokee or Georgia’s agriculture industry as well as artistic merit.

To enter the contest, students should contact the Cherokee County Farm Bureau for an official entry form and contest rules. All entries must be received at the Cherokee County Farm Bureau office by February 15.

For more information, contact the Cherokee County Farm Bureau office at 770-479-1481, ext. 0.

Cherokee Chamber Selects Teen Leadership Class of 2019

The mission of Teen Leadership Cherokee is to develop the knowledge and leadership skills of young people in Cherokee County, so they may confidently become our leaders of tomorrow. For more information on the Chamber and its programs, visit

Reinhardt Student to Lead Pickens County Chamber of Commerce

Amberle Godfrey, a “non-traditional, traditional” student at Reinhardt University, has been named president/CEO of the Pickens County Chamber of Commerce.

“From a highly skilled and experienced pool of applicants, the committee realized that, without question, Amberle has the skills, the knowledge of our culture and recent progress, and the passion to take our Chamber to the next level,” said Chamber Chair Sonny Proctor, M.D.

Godfrey, a Pickens County native, raised three sons in the community she has always called “home,” and some 30 years after graduating from Pickens County High School, she returned to the classroom as a student at Reinhardt University.

In 2018, when Reinhardt decided to expand its highly successful scholarship program for Cherokee County students into Pickens County, the University turned to Godfrey to lead the charge.

Under the leadership of Godfrey, the Pickens Scholars program – a program focused on securing annual scholarship funds for Reinhardt students from Pickens County – raised $37,840, which was 89 percent more than the goal of $20,000.

CCSD School Named a Georgia Title I Distinguished School

R.M. Moore Elementary School STEM Academy earned an elite recognition given only to the top five percent of Georgia Title I schools. This competitive award is based on students’ academic success and progress during the prior school year. Title I schools serve higher populations of students who qualify for free or reduced-price lunch.

“We’re so proud of R.M. Moore’s students, teachers, and community for this honor that recognizes their hard work and dedication,” Cherokee County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said. “Our Title I schools serve students who come to school with the greatest needs, which makes this achievement even more commendable.”

Georgia’s Distinguished Schools, including R.M. Moore, are eligible to apply for the National Distinguished Schools Award. Each state may select two schools for the national recognition.

“These public schools are among the very best in the state and are doing extraordinary work on behalf of their students and communities,” State School Superintendent Richard Woods said. “I extend my thanks and congratulations to every teacher, administrator, staff member, student, parent, and community partner who contributed to their success.”

Georgia Farm Bureau Offers $58,000 in Scholarships

The Georgia Farm Bureau (GFB) Foundation for Agriculture is offering $58,000 in scholarships to Georgia students pursuing a degree in agriculture, veterinary medicine, family and consumer sciences, or a related field.

“I encourage any student who qualifies for one of the Georgia Farm Bureau scholarships to apply,” said Cherokee County Farm Bureau President William Grizzle. “Agriculture offers many exciting career opportunities. Both farmers and consumers depend on the many jobs agriculture creates such as welders, ag teachers, and weed scientists.”

The deadline to apply for all scholarships is March 1, 2019. Visit GFB.Ag/19Scholarships for a list of eligible majors/schools, application instructions, and to apply.

CCSD Leader Named Region 4-7A Athletic Director of the Year

Jeremy Adams, the athletic director and an assistant principal for Cherokee High School, is now in the running for the state title in recognition of his service to high school athletics and student athletes.

“We’re so proud of Jeremy and the leadership he brings not only to athletics, but also to academics, community service, and the overall positive culture at his school,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said.

As Cherokee High’s athletic director, Coach Adams has emphasized building and promoting the entire athletics program, including the recent creation of the Warrior Volleyball Center at the school’s newly established Cherokee North building and leading the efforts to launch a Cherokee High School Sports Hall of Fame.

“I have a passion for teaching, learning, and building lasting relationships with students,” Coach Adams said.

Reinhardt’s Bill Popp Named NAIA Athletic Director of the Year

After one of the finest years both in the classroom and on the playing field for Reinhardt University, the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) national office recently announced that Vice President for Athletics and Athletic Director Bill Popp was selected as the 2018 NAIA Athletics Director of the Year.
“The NAIA is thrilled to award Bill Popp this honor,” NAIA President and CEO Jim Carr said. “His dedication and integrity set an outstanding example for all NAIA athletics directors, and we’re extremely fortunate for his insight and contributions at the association level.”
Popp – a three-time recipient of the Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC) Athletic Director of the Year – now collects NAIA Athletics Director of the Year for the first time in his fourteen years at Reinhardt.

“This has been a tremendous year for Reinhardt Athletics,” said Popp. “Our programs have experienced the most successful year to date, culminating with receiving the AAC Duard Walker trophy. To then be individually recognized amongst such an amazing peer group is truly humbling.”
Through Popp’s leadership university-wide, Reinhardt has developed more athletic programs, including football, all with a foundation of high academic standards and community service.
“Reinhardt University is fortunate to have Coach Popp at the helm of our athletic department. He and his team of coaches and administrative staff have created an environment that encourages student athletes to flourish at Reinhardt University,” said President Kina S. Mallard.

Sequoyah HS Teacher Earns Top Honor From Yale

Sequoyah HS teacher Matt Bartula has earned a top educator honor presented by Yale University. Bartula won a 2018 Yale Educator Award – one of only 59 teachers worldwide to be honored. The Yale Educator Recognition Program recognizes outstanding educators from around the world who have supported and inspired their students to achieve at high levels. Matriculating students are invited to nominate high school educators, and a committee composed of Yale admissions officers reviews the nominations individually and designates recipients. Of this year’s 371 nominees, who represented 42 states and twelve countries, 59 teachers and 28 counselors were selected to receive the award.

Do Plastics in the Ocean Negatively Impact Marine Life?

A Creekview High School Class of 2018 graduate recently visited her senior project, which is on display at a national refuge in Florida. As part of her research project, “Do Plastics in the Ocean Negatively Impact Marine Life?” Isabelle Knott crafted a life-size model of a leatherback sea turtle. She filled it with plastics to communicate the importance of reducing plastic waste to help improve ocean ecology and protect marine life.

The sculpture is on display at the visitors center for the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge at Sanibel Island, not far from where Knott is now studying marine biology at Eckerd College.

Sheriff’s Office Recognizes 2018 Deputies of the Year for Field Operations and Corrections

The Cherokee Sheriff’s Office recently held its very first Deputy of the Year competition. A competition was open for a Field Operations Deputy of the Year and an Adult Detention Center/Court Staff Deputy of the Year, since daily tasks for the two sectors differ. Fourteen deputies from different areas within the agency were selected by their supervisors to compete in the competition.

The Deputy of the Year competition was based on who best performs his/her daily duty assignments. Nine officers from each division in Field Operations were tested on building clearing, vehicle searches, room searches, investigative interviews, use of force, physical agility, report writing, field sobriety, and pistol qualification, and each completed an interview board.

Five deputies from the Adult Detention/Court Staff were tested on book-in procedures, bonding procedures, the P.R.E.A. (Prison Rape Elimination Act), use of force, emergency procedures, report writing, physical agility, and inmate death procedures, and each completed a formal interview board.

Congratulations to Deputy John Bennett for winning the Field Operations division and Deputy Steven McClure for winning the Adult Detention Center/Court Staff division.

Reinhardt Jumps in Rankings Again in U.S. News & World Report and College Consensus

Reinhardt University’s continuing growth, strength, and commitment to its students caused it to jump to the 25th spot in the 2019 U.S. News & World Report’s Best Regional College South rankings. In the same poll, Reinhardt was ranked 29th in 2018 and 54th in 2017.

College Consensus, a ranking that combines data from the most respected college ranking publications and the most reliable student review sites online, ranked Reinhardt tenth in Georgia out of all colleges and universities in the state. In this poll, Reinhardt is in impressive company with the University of Georgia, Georgia Tech, and Emory University.

Also reported in U.S. News & World Report were rankings of the Best Colleges for Veterans, with Reinhardt coming in tenth, and Best Value Schools in Regional Colleges South in which Reinhardt ranked sixteenth. While U.S. News & World Report recommends taking scores into consideration when choosing a college, they also say to allow it to be one of the many factors used when making the decision on where to earn a degree.

Cherokee HS Speech and Debate Team Wins Awards

Congratulations to Mrs. Jamie Wills for being awarded GA District Coach of the Year by the National Speech and Debate Association. Mrs. Wills is the coach of the Speech and Debate Team at Cherokee High School (CHS) where she teaches language arts and speech and forensics. This was awarded at the District Tournament.

Additionally, CHS competed at the GA Varsity State Championship. Junior John Peterson is the team captain. He made it to the semifinals with eight wins and one loss in Lincoln-Douglas (LD) debate. He has qualified to represent the Speech and Debate Northern Georgia District in Congress in Ft. Lauderdale, FL at the 2018 National Speech and Debate Tournament.

Other award winners included Rylee Holland, a first-year debater who made it to the octagonal rounds, and she is the first person on the team to compete at the Varsity State Championship in her first year of debate. Hannah Galloway made it to the final round for informative speaking. Jessica Tabickman made it to the final round in dramatic interpretation, winning sixth place in the state. Anne Greer made it to octafinals and won sixth place LD speaker. Sean Howell won seventh place LD speaker.

CCSD Students Win Seats in All-State Band, Chorus, and Orchestra

Middle and high school students must audition for these selective performance opportunities. This year’s events were held at The Classic Center in Athens.

The Cherokee County School Board and Superintendent of Schools recently recognized these talented students:

All-State Band

Creekland MS
Becan Flynn
Director - Kevin Boyle

Creekview HS
Nate Seman
Director - Stephen McCarthy

Freedom MS
Robert Miceli
Gabriel Vaulk
Director - Jonathan Bishop

Sequoyah HS
Brittani Gerkin
David Haugen
Jace Rettig
Director - Casey Eubanks

All-State Chorus

Cherokee HS
Kaitlyn Smith
Director - Brad Ellis

Creekland MS
Mitchell Dees
Jessica Hickman
Joy McCarthy
Caitlien Nguyen
Reagan Pastor
Cameron Trujillo-Shumick
Jackson Westmoreland
Director - Ann Burgess

Creekview HS
Elizabeth Andrews
Wyatt Brooks
Tate Foster
Megan Halverson
Joey Homiller
Shelby McDonald
Emily McGhee
Danielle Olivares
Riley Ortega
Caroline Richardson
Nate Seman
Teagan Smith
Anna Grace Sutherland
Koryn Todd
Director - Scott Martin

Dean Rusk MS
Suzanne Cook
Kora Hansen
Caleb Nelson
Celeste Wallick
Director - Tim Christian

Freedom MS
Laila Edwards
Greer Unterreiner
Director - Michelle Johnson

Sequoyah HS
Maddie Bends
Malia Elzey
Patrick Fagan
Savannah Haas
Jordan Jackson
Halee Shapland
Daniel Tye
Kelci Verdon
Corinne Wallick
Amelia Westmoreland
Elaine Williams
Director - Josh Markham

Teasley MS
Sarah Liebert
Director - Fred Forsh

All-State Orchestra

Sequoyah HS
Elizabeth Williams
Director - Casey Eubanks

All-State Reading Chorus

Creekview HS
Wyatt Brooks
Director - Scott Martin

Sequoyah HS
Maddie Bends
Kelsey Bryant
Patrick Fagan
Corinne Wallick
Director - Josh Markham

Indian Knoll ES Media Specialist Wins Top Honor for 2018

Indian Knoll ES Media Specialist Jennifer Lewis sees her job as one of collaboration, exploration, and revelation. Ms. Lewis’ approach to managing the school media center as a hub of learning earned her the title of CCSD’s 2018 Media Specialist of the Year. She was recently surprised with the announcement by Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower, Deputy Superintendent Trey Olson, and Chief Academic Officer Dr. Nicole Holmes.

“We are so, so proud of Jennifer; she is such an impressive educator,” said Dr. Hightower. “People like Jennifer challenge me to the core. Kids deserve your A-game; they deserve the teacher’s A-game; and they deserve my A-game. It fills my heart to know that we’ve got people like Jennifer out there working hard for public education.”

Indian Knoll ES Principal Dr. Ann Gazell said, “When Jennifer came in to interview, she walked in with a plan and a purpose of what her vision was for our media center. It was a no-brainer to hire her. She has never, ever let me down.”

Ms. Lewis will represent CCSD in the State Media Specialist of the Year competition.

CCSD Recognizes Superintendent's Key Scholars

Students recently recognized as Key Scholars are juniors who rank in the top ten percent of students nationwide who took the PSAT exam last October. Each student received an embroidered “Key Scholar” letter-jacket patch and will be recognized again at their school’s year-end awards ceremony.

The final step in the program is National Merit Scholars. National Merit Scholars are selected during students’ senior year. These academically outstanding students lead their classes, as they march across the graduation stage wearing a National Merit Scholar gold medallion.

CCSD Launching New Online System for Kindergarten Registration Beginning March 12

Instead of handwriting information on a pile of paper forms in a school office, parents can log in from home to the Registration Gateway via CCSD’s web site at Through the user-friendly process that takes about 15 to 20 minutes, parents will enter their own identification information, such as emergency contact names and numbers, which will increase accuracy and eliminate redundancy. Required enrollment documents (birth certificate, proof of residency, etc.) also can be scanned and uploaded to the system from home.

After entering all their information online into the secure system, parents will be asked to schedule an appointment to bring the legally required documents for enrollment to the school. During this appointment, records will be verified by the front office (and scanned and uploaded if you were unable to do this from home), and your child will participate in a brief assessment with a teacher to gauge his or her kindergarten readiness.

The Registration Gateway will be open from March 12-31 for parents of children who will begin kindergarten in the 2018-19 school year (must be born on or before Sept. 1, 2013), and children who are starting school for the first time but are ready to enter the first grade (must be born on or before Sept. 1, 2012).

Sequoyah High School Speech and Debate Team Headed to Nationals

The team has qualified to represent the Speech and Debate Northern Georgia District in their event areas at the 2018 National Speech and Debate Tournament in Ft. Lauderdale, FL this summer.

Seniors Rebekah Carnes and Maddie Doerr won first place for Duo Interpretation in a qualifying event and will compete in this category at Nationals. Rebekah also won first place for Humorous Interpretation. Sophomore Noah Campbell won first place in Big Questions Debate and will compete in this category at Nationals.