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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»

5 local teams in soccer state semis

Soccer fans at three Fayette schools have gotten chance this year to cheer their squads in the GHSA state semifinals in two classifications, and one bracket still has a chance to see an all-Fayette final.

The top three girls teams from Region 4-AAAAA (Starr’s Mill, Northgate and McIntosh) have earned semifinal spots, and they take the field this week to see who will play this weekend for the state championship. Read More»

Patel named Coweta teacher of the year

Ruth Hill Elementary School 5th grade teacher Ami Patel on May 1 was named the 2014 Coweta County Teacher of the Year by Coweta school board member Harry Mullins, at left. Patel was chosen from among three finalists and 31 fellow school Teachers of the Year for the honor. The 31 TOTYs were honored by school board members and the Newnan Pilot Club at the May 1 program. Photo/Special.

Ruth Hill Elementary School 5th grade teacher Ami Patel was chosen from among Coweta County’s 31 Teacher of the Year winners and three finalists as the 2014 Coweta County Teacher of the Year. The award ceremony was held May 1 at the school system’s Centre for Performing and Visual Arts.

Patel was introduced by Ruth Hill Principal Aaron Corley, who described Patel as an extraordinary teacher for her “ability to see students not just for who they are, but for who they can become.” He said that he would be “proud to have (Patel) as my own child’s teacher.” Read More»

Univ. of West Georgia breaks fundraising mark with $6.7M

In 2013, the University of West Georgia raised a record $6.7 million through the generous support of alumni, faculty, staff, private foundations, the business community and friends of the university. UWG receives this record-breaking amount as it looks toward a comprehensive campaign, the first in its history. Read More»

Old Fayette rivals to meet on football field again in August

The county’s two oldest high schools will square off on the gridiron the first weekend of the 2014 season, and seven other games during the fall will feature two local teams facing each other. Read More»

All-Region soccer teams are announced

Eight of the 16 players on the Region 4-AAAAA girls soccer All-Region team for this season are from two Fayette schools.

Five players from Starr’s Mill made the team: Paige Betsill, Molly Moroney, Dylan Patterson, Carly Pressgrove and Lauren Yoss.

They were joined by three members of the McIntosh squad: Amy Brewer, Taylor Dowse and Cecily Hartman.

Northgate also had three players: Lily Barron, Ashley Keller and Hayli Verbanic. Two each from Ola and Union Grove, along with one player from Forest Park, rounded out the list. Read More»

Second round of state playoffs underway

The Starr’s Mill Lady Panthers lacrosse team took the field Tuesday in the first round of the state tournament. Pictured are seniors Gracie Beardsley, Christine Landgren, Katie Buck, Katie Wilson, Meghan Mills and Bre Ragsdale. Photo/Special.

BASEBALL: Whitewater and Starr’s Mill will be back in action on the diamond this afternoon in separate brackets of the AAAAA state baseball tournament after taking care of business over the weekend.

The Wildcats, the top seed out of Region 4-AAAAA, hosted Lakeside-Evans Friday and swept a doubleheader, winning 8-3 and 6-0. They will be back at home for the second round with a best-of-three series against Hardaway-Effingham County, starting today with a doubleheader and a third game tomorrow if necessary.
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Three Fayette girls track athletes win state titles

Chinyere Njoku of Fayette County races to victory in one of her two hurdles events at Saturday’s girls state track championship in Albany. Njoku took first place in the 100 and 300 hurdles. Photo courtesy of Bruce Taylor, ga.milesplit.com.

Three local athletes won state championships over the weekend in the Georgia High School Association girls track and field meet in Albany.

Chinyere Njoku took first place in the 100-meter hurdles and 300-meter hurdles to lead the Fayette County Lady Tigers to a fourth-place team finish in AAAA.

Leah Banks of Our Lady of Mercy won the long jump as the Lady Bobcats came in fifth in A, while Noelle Parker won the AAAAA state title in the shot put for the Whitewater Lady Wildcats. Read More»