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Pearl Stephens Elementary Pre-K Opening

Pearl Stephens Elementary School has one opening for its Pre-K program.  The slot is open to any Pre-K child in Houston County not already enrolled in a Bright from the Start Pre-K program.  The opening will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Those wanting to enroll their child in the school must have the following:

Career Fair for High School Students

Area high school sophomores will participate in a career fair Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011, at the Agricenter in Perry. 

The 15th annual Dr. Maxx Career Fair Scavenger Hunt will take place in the McGill Marketplace building from 8 a.m. until 12 p.m, a Houston County Board of Education news release says.

Approximately 1,000 students from Houston, Dooly, Peach and Pulaski counties will attend. 

The purpose of the event is to help students plan for their future. 

The career fair will inform them about job opportunities and the requirements for different occupations, providing insight into a variety of careers.

Local Schools to Perform at Ga. Thespian Conference

Houston County High, Northside High and Warner Robins High Schools have been invited to perform during the Georgia Thespian Conference held Feb. 10-12 in Columbus, Ga. 

All three schools will perform its one-act play on Friday, Feb. 11. 

This is the first time all three schools have attended as performers, a Houston County Board of Education news release says.   

 Warner Robins High Drama Teacher Tamara Fisher said “Many schools in the state were screened for this prestigious opportunity, but three of our schools were chosen to fill the coveted 20 slots at Thespian Conference.” 

Close to 4,000 people attend the conference annually, to include students and teachers from across the state, college representatives wanting to give scholarships and agents looking for young people to represent.

Houston County High Student Named Mr. HOCO

Rashun Watkins, a senior at Houston County High School, won the 2011 Mr. HOCO title at a school event held Jan. 27, 2011. Eighteen contestants vied for the title. 

 First runner-up was Tyler Hall and the second runner-up was Josh Stricklen, a Houston County Board of Education news release says. 

The People’s Choice Award went to Zachary Coatney.  The pageant was sponsored by Coach Angela Crawford and the Lady Bears Softball Team. 

Rashun has participated in Special Olympics, TOPSoccer, and the Warner Robins American Little League Challenger League.  He enjoys singing, dancing and texting his many friends.  He also enjoys attending the Partners’ Club Prom each year. Rashun is the son of Aaron and Denise Watkins. 

Allison Averett, Rashun’s teacher, commented, “The Houston County High auditorium was packed with enthusiastic supporters.  We are so proud of Rashun!” 

Celebrating School Counselors

National School Counseling Week will be celebrated Feb. 7 – 11, 2011. 

Sponsored by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), the nationwide celebration highlights the tremendous impact and contributions of school counselors as they work to help students achieve success at school and plan for a career, a Houston County Board of Education news release says. 

About 70 certified, experienced educators serve as counselors in the Houston County School System.  Counselors have a master’s degree or higher in guidance and counseling. 

These professionals deliver a comprehensive school counseling program.  They help students examine their abilities, strengths, interests and talents, focusing on positive ways to enhance students’ personal, educational and career development. 

NHS Football Players to Read QRES Children

Quail Run Elementary School students are looking forward to some special guest readers next week. 

Northside High School football players will read to the children on Friday, Feb. 4, at 9 a.m. 

This is the fifth year in a row the players have read to Quail Run students, a Houston County Board of Education news release says.  

First grade teacher Jan Moore arranges the annual activity. 

Her son, Tommy, played for the Northside Eagles. 

“The players represent excellent role models for our children.  The players not only read to the kids, but they talk to them about the importance of working hard and trying your best in school.”

Northside High players and Quail Run Elementary children from last year’s reading session are pictured. 

Quail Run Elementary is located at 250 Smithville Church Road in Warner Robins. 

Warner Robins High School Marching Band Performs at the Sugar Bowl

The Warner Robins High School Demon Marching Band performed at the Sugar Bowl Superdome in New Orleans, La. this month.  The students joined more than 2,000 high school band students to perform during half-time.

Warner Robins High Director of Bands Todd Howell said, “We had a great trip to New Orleans!  The students had a fantastic time and enjoyed performing with students from across the country.  It was quite a sight." 

"In addition to enjoying the fantastic experience, it should be noted that the Warner Robins High School Demon Band students represented their families, school and community with nothing less than the highest levels of pride, dignity and class,” Howell said.