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Northside High Wins First Place at Academic Bowl

Northside High Wins First Place at Academic Bowl


Northside High School won first place in the annual Academic Bowl held at the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site in Plains, Ga. in March.  The winning team consists of (pictured, from left): (first row) Ethan Green, Alex Oakley, April Wooten, William Crouch, (second row) sponsor Gloria Combs, Cara Thomas, Shelly Vyas, (third row) Laura Dominey, Victoria Jernigan, Allison Broeils (fourth row) Arianna Snowden, Captain Sean Perryman, Virginia Buzzell, Tim Peterson and Adam Hall.

Combs commented, “Most of the seniors have competed since their freshman year, placing second place several times, but eventually won first place during their senior year of competition. I am so proud of these young men and women and congratulate them on this award!”

All-State Band Honorees Selected

All-State Band Honorees Selected


Thirteen students from Houston County schools were selected for the Georgia Music Educators Association (GMEA) All-State Band.  They performed during the GMEA event held Feb. 28-Mar. 2, 2013, in Savannah. Selection for All-State is the highest honor a band member may achieve.  Thousands of band students from across the state audition for All-State, and only approximately five percent are chosen.

Students are selected based on auditions held in December and January.  Three All-State bands are formed: one for middle school and two for high school (grades 9 and 10, and 11 and 12). 

Feagin Mill Middle School had three eighth graders selected.  Pictured (from left) with their band director, Lloyd McDonald, they are:  Justin Hall, alto saxophone; Mary Goodwin, clarinet; and Gregory Childers, tuba. 

Veterans High School Farm Ribbon Cutting

Veterans High School Farm Ribbon Cutting


Veterans High School is pleased to announce the addition of a school farm to its Agriculture Program. A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held April 30, 2013, at 1:00 p.m. 

The school farm allows students to experience working with livestock while supervised.  Mike Parker and Clay Walker serve as agriculture education teachers.  Currently the farm houses several cows and a pig.

“Having these animals on campus has multiplied opportunities for hands-on instruction and content area fieldtrips for students and teachers,” said Parker.  “In addition to all of our agriculture students, teachers and students in our science, English, math and special education departments have made instructional use of the facility.”

2013 Houston County Valedictorians, Salutatorians Named

2013 Houston County Valedictorians, Salutatorians Named

The Houston County School System’s Classes of 2013 have announced the valedictorian and salutatorian of each high school’s graduating class.  The top graduates are:

--Houston County High - Valedictorian Will Freeman, Salutatorian Abigail Olsen;

--Northside High – Valedictorian Sarah Currier, Salutatorian Hunter Smith;

--Perry High - Valedictorian Tyler Claxton, Salutatorian Elizabeth Lewis;

--Veterans High -  Valedictorian Brandon Cauley, Salutatorian Brian Decker; and

--Warner Robins High - Valedictorian Ashleigh Austel, Salutatorian Kathryn Martin.

STEM Family Night

STEM Family Night


The Houston County Association for Gifted Children is hosting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Family Night April 26, 2013, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. The event is held in partnership with the Museum of Aviation and is funded by a National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) grant.  STEM Family Night will be held at Houston County High School in the cafeteria.  This event is open to the public.

The Museum of Aviation will have 30 stations for students and their families to participate in hands-on activities to better understand space aviation and aerospace technology.  Calla Busby, Museum Family STEM Adventure Lead Instructor, will be present to answer questions. 

Help Houston County Special Olympics Win Money

People in the Houston County Special Olympics program have their sights set on gold, and you can help them win it.

They are in a nationwide competition for a $25,000 grant.

Right now, they're lagging behind, but with a minute of your time, you can send them into first place.

The sprint for the money began April 1st.

Special Olympics Coaches Brenda Arnett and Christy Jones started recruiting. They needed folks to cast votes for their team in the State Farm Neighborhood Assist contest.

They're competing against 199 other programs and rank in 61st place. The top 40 vote-getters win the money.

Jones said, "Weve moved up a little, but we have a long way to go to the top 40. We only have until Sunday at midnight to get them."

That's where you come in, helping to support the kids.

Armadillo on Ice Sets Off Scare at Bonaire School

The Bonaire Middle School went on a code yellow Wednesday due to a dead body in a cooler -- an armadillo's body.

School spokeswoman Beth McLaughlin says it happened after a parent arriving at school Wednesday morning noticed a cooler next to a car in the parking lot, then saw the same cooler several hours later.

The school's resource officer reported it to the Houston County Sheriff's Office.

Several officers responded to the school, and one of them eventually opened the cooler.

According to McLaughlin, it contained a dead armadillo on ice.

She said a teacher at the middle school left it there.

He said that the armadillo bit his dog, and he intended to bring it to a vet to have it checked for rabies. He left the cooler outside his car due to the smell.

In a code yellow, the school is locked and students remain in class, but classwork continues. The school went back to normal within an hour.