Tuesday, January 27, 2015

East Paulding HIgh Retires Zack Wheeler's High School Jersey

Not every high school can say that they have a professional sports player among their graduates. But that is one thing East Paulding High School can boast about!

Zack Wheeler, starting pitcher for the New York Mets and East Paulding High School graduate
Zack Wheeler graduated from East Paulding High School in 2009. He was drafted by the San Francisco Giants with the 6th overall pick in the 2009 Major League Baseball draft. Wheeler was traded in 2011 to the New York Mets, where he is currently a starting pitcher. He made his major league debut in a doubleheader against the Atlanta Braves on June 18, 2013 in Atlanta.

As a way of recognizing Wheeler’s tremendous success in the major leagues, East Paulding High School retired his Raiders baseball jersey at a ceremony on Saturday, January 17th. No one at East Paulding High School will ever wear #45 again.

While at East Paulding High School, Wheeler played both baseball and basketball. In four varsity seasons, Wheeler compiled a 95-36 record. In 2008, his junior year, he went 8-3 with a 1.31 ERA and 127 strikeouts over 64 1/3 innings and was named AAAA Region Pitcher of the Year. In 2009, his senior year, Wheeler pitched in 13 games and finished 9-0 with a 0.54 ERA and 151 strikeouts in 77 2/3 innings. That year he was named the 2009 Gatorade High School Player of the Year for Georgia.

Congratulations, Zack!

Hiram Elementary Remembers Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Hiram Elementary School celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day with an assembly to honor him.  The students and staff all gathered together in remembrance of Dr. King.  Mr. Wilder, principal, began the assembly with examples of the teachings of Dr. King and how we all can use these in our lives.  Miss Grubbe, Hiram's music teacher, led the school's Honors Chorus as they sang “Sing to Martin Luther King”. 

The school also held an MLK essay contest. Miss Ford, one of the school's counselors, chose the winners.

Each grade had a different essay prompt:
K-1st: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. wanted everyone to be treated fairly. Draw a picture of yourself and Dr. King, and write a paragraph stating what you would say to him about why it is important to treat others fairly.
2nd-3rd: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr was a person who inspired others to be better people and to help make the world a better place. Give examples of two great things that Dr. King accomplished and explain why those examples were great. 
4th-5th: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was someone whose words inspired others and made a lasting impact on our country.  Choose one quote from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  and explain why that quote is important to you and how it could make a positive difference in your life today. 

The winning students (pictured below) read their essays at the assembly.

Miss Tanga Ford, school counselor, with Jahnelle Bryant, Elizabeth Garcia, Akiley Love, and Kristen Robinson

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Scoggins Middle Recognizes Outstanding Students

Scoggins Middle School wants to recognize some outstanding students from the 2014-2015 school year.

Ms. Higgins' recognizes the following from her 6th grade class:

1st Semester Honor Roll:

Front row: Logan Leopard and Zach Matthews
Back row:  Mikal Martin, Taylor Mayfield, Kaylee King, Maggie King

Front row: Zach Matthews, Christian Kelly, Logan Leopard
Back row: Taylor Mayfield, Mikal Martin, Kaylee King, Maggie King, Grace Latham

Front row:  Ella Kutsar, Lynessa Lynch, Carter Loudermilk, Hannah Lackey
Back row: Tori Leonard, Christian McCollum, Kaylee King, Riley Mayes
Congratulations on all your hard work!