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Language students excel at FLAG competition

Starr’s Mill High students show off their awards from the annual FLAG Spoken Language Contest. A total of 18 students competed earning 17 Superior ratings and one Excellent rating in their spoken languages. Photo/Special.

A total of 38 foreign language students from Fayette County High, Sandy Creek High, Starr’s Mill High and Whitewater High schools competed in the annual Foreign Language Association of Georgia (FLAG) Spoken Language Contest at Decatur High School.

Students competed in the areas of French, German and Spanish and brought home 22 Superior, nine Excellent and seven Notable awards based on their level of competency in conversing in their target language.

Judges rated students on language fluency as well as comprehension, pronunciation, vocabulary, and grammar/syntax.

Fayette school system receives large FACTOR grant

Tere Goodwin, a trained Stewards of Children facilitator and Alternative School counselor, attended the FACTOR/PCA benefit dinner to raise funds for the program. Fayette County Sheriff Barry Babb served dinner to attendees;he posed for a photo with Goodwin afterwards. Photo/Special.

A grant received by Fayette FACTOR (Fayette Alliance Coordinating Teamwork Outreach and Resources) will allow all school employees to be trained in Darkness to Light’s child sexual abuse prevention program, Stewards of Children.

The grant, from the Pittuloch Foundation in Atlanta, is funding the majority of the training initiative that will take place during post-planning, after the school year ends, and during pre-planning, before the next school year begins. Read More»

Mentors honored at annual breakfast

William Whitehead, Jr. addresses mentors at the annual Friends Mentoring appreciation breakfast. Photo/Special.

Just one person, listening, helping, encouraging, and believing in another, is all it takes to change someone’s life. That one person is a mentor.

The Friends Mentoring program honored its adult and HiTeen (high school) mentors with an annual appreciation breakfast on May 9 at the LaFayette Educational Center. Read More»

Twice is nice

Both teams shot a combined group photo following the 8-1 boys soccer win at Kennesaw State Friday night. The Lady Chiefs preceded the match with their own 4-1 win over crosstown rival Starr's Mill in the all-Fayette final. Photo/John Munford.

McIntosh girls, boys sweep state soccer finals

McIntosh's soccer teams made it a double-good night, winning both the AAAAA championship finals and ending the boys' second-straight undefeated season with their 44th win in a row Friday night at the Kennesaw State University football stadium.

The Lady Chiefs got the evening started with a tight tilt with Starr's Mill. Jackie Gray struck first for McIntosh more than halfway through the first half, but six minutes later a goal from Sara Yoss knotted the score at 1-1. Read More»

Records fall at state track meet

The Our Lady of Mercy Bobcats broke three records on their way to a second-place finish in the A-Private classification of the state boys track meet in Jefferson last weekend.

Christian Coleman won individual state titles in the 100-meter dash (10.38) and 200-meter dash (21.10), with both of those times setting new A state meet records.

Another meet record was broken by the Bobcats’ 4x100-meter relay team of Coleman, Lawrence Bryant-Tillman, Delfayeo Matthews and Jordan Thomas (41.88). Read More»

Lady Panthers win state tennis title

The Starr’s Mill Lady Panthers singles players (from left, Erin Egoroff, Rachael Williams and Caroline Kelly) kiss the trophy after the team won the AAAAA state tennis championship. Photo/Special.

After coming up one match short a year ago, the Starr’s Mill Lady Panthers took home the AAAAA state tennis championship Saturday by defeating Cambridge 3-1 in the finals at the Clayton County Tennis Center in Jonesboro.

The Lady Panthers defeated Cambridge in last year’s state semifinals before losing 3-2 to Lakeside-Evans in the championship. They avenged that loss by beating Lakeside-Evans in the quarterfinals a week ago. Read More»

Molly the milk cow visits PTC Elementary

Molly the milk cow visits PTC Elementary

Students at Peachtree City Elementary got an up-close look at where milk comes from recently, thanks to a mobile classroom operated by the Agricultural Commodity Commission for Milk. The students were shown the modern-day equivalent of how dairy cows are milked. Instructor Nicole Karstedt, joining Molly the cow and Principal Kristen Berryman, also demonstrated how cows used to be milked by hand. Photo/Special.

5th grade Fayette math champs

5th grade Fayette math champs

The 5th grade math team from Peachtree City Elementary School won the county championship recently. Pictured front row from left are Marley Burrows, Chandler Ernst and Leo Park. Back row from left are teacher April Mobley and school principal Kristin Berryman. Photo/Special.

Inman students get a first hand look at gardening from local experts close to home

Enrichment teacher Charlie Harper’s third grade students stand proudly in their raised garden bed. Pictured (L-R) Ella Byers, Sarah Daniel, Riley Coile, Ayden Berks, Ava Sivertsen, David Brown, Hannah Stai, Sarah Nell Harp, Cassidy Scoggins, Emily Wagner, Evan Bailey, Paul Wallace, and T.J. Hartley. Photo/Special.

Gardening is more than planting seeds in soil; knowledge of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) is needed to make a garden grow, as some students at Inman Elementary have learned. Read More»

Starr’s Mill economics team wins state again

Starr’s Mill economics team wins state again

The Economics Challenge team at Starr’s Mill High pulled out a close victory against Gwinnett County’s Parkview High School, defending their state championship title for the third consecutive year.

The team of Nicholas Britt, Austin O’Farrell, Logan Sidall and Lisa Tan clinched the championship with the correct answer on the last question at the state finals. Social studies teacher Mark DeCourcy is the team’s coach. Read More»