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EAGLE winner Desmond Vaird earns GED, overcomes addiction to continue education and ‘give back’ as tribute to late grandmother

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Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal and Technical College System of Georgia Commissioner Gretchen Corbin presented the statewide EAGLE Award to Desmond Vaird, who earned his GED while enrolled at The Potter’s House, a long-term, residential discipleship program for chemically addicted men located in Jefferson.

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal and Technical College System of Georgia Commissioner Gretchen Corbin presented the statewide EAGLE Award to Desmond Vaird, who earned his GED while enrolled at The Potter’s House, a long-term, residential discipleship program for chemically addicted men located in Jefferson.

Desmond Vaird says he is on cloud nine after being selected as the Technical College System of Georgia’s 2016 Adult Education Student of the Year.

Exceptional Adult Georgian in Literacy Education (EAGLE) honors were presented March 16 by Gov. Nathan Deal, TCSG Commissioner Gretchen Corbin and Beverly Smith, TCSG assistant commissioner for adult education, during an event at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Atlanta.

Vaird, who was selected by a panel of judges from business and education, will receive a full scholarship to the technical college of his choice. In addition, his fees and books will be paid for through a stipend from the Brenda Wise Scholarship Fund, established in 2014 in memory of Brenda Wise, a lifelong supporter of adult education.

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Jefferson High Class of 2016 graduates in The Arena

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During the May 20 graduation ceremony, the Jefferson High School Band paid tribute to the Trimble brothers, William and Alex, who died in a tragic auto accident, and the audience was asked to think of 2016 graduate Jordyn Ellen Engleberg who is hospitalized after a serious accident near the scene of the Trimble's fatal wreck. There was applause when Jordyn was announced among the graduates.

During the May 20 graduation ceremony, the Jefferson High School Band paid tribute to the Trimble brothers, William and Alex, who died in a tragic auto accident, and the audience was asked to think of 2016 graduate Jordyn Ellen Engleberg who is hospitalized after a serious accident near the scene of the Trimble’s fatal wreck. There was applause when Jordyn was announced among the graduates.

The 71st commencement exercises for Jefferson High School were held May 20 in The Arena as the threat of continued rainy weather conditions prompted the move to an indoor venue rather than graduation being held in Memorial Stadium.

Jefferson City Schools Board of Education chairman Ronnie Hopkins said while the basketball team and wrestlers, for example, think The Arena was constructed to provide them with a new and spacious venue – and that is true – the true purpose was revealed when this year’s graduation was pushed inside.

Hopkins also noted that the school system’s history links to a commencements dating back 198 years so it was truly a historic occasion.

While a time of celebration, it was also somewhat somber as a graduating senior, Jordyn Ellen Engelberg, is fighting for her life after an afternoon automobile accident which left her critically injured. She required surgery due to the extent of her injuries and fellow students and faculty asked that she and her family be in everyone’s thoughts as she recovers. Her name was announced among the graduates and the crowd applauded.

Also remembered were William Trimble and Alex Trimble, two Jefferson High School brothers who lost their life in a tragic auto accident not far from the location of Engelberg’s wreck on Old Pendergrass Road near the Damon Gause Bypass. The Jefferson High School Band performed “Different Drummer” as a tribute to the brothers.

The band also performed the national anthem after bagpiper Henry Frantz, playing the traditional Scottish march, “Pomp and Circumstance,” led the processional of board of education members, faculty and graduates around the interior catwalk of The Arena, down the steps and onto the court.

Jared Michael Brown presented the salutatorian address and said the class of graduates reminded him of the school’s columns which he proudly walked through – each individual pillar held up their involvement in a variety of academic and extracurricular pursuits and each are destined to venture out in different directions, but all linked together under the roof at Jefferson High School.

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Field day fun at West Jackson Elementary

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DSC_0537Friday was another field day for West Jackson Elementary School with third, four and fifth graders having their fun during activities which included relays in the gym, tug of war, football throws and soccer moves on the field and water activities after a sack lunch. Even the teachers got into the action.

WJES field day 2016

WJMS band students participate in first-year honor band

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WJMS-sixth-grade-honor-bandThirteen sixth-grade band students from West Jackson Middle School were chosen to participate in the Georgia Music Educators Association (GMAE) first-year honor band.

The students were placed into two bands directed by guest conductors Dr. Jacelyn Hartenberger, University of Georgia Director of Bands, and Matt Koperniak of Riverwatch Middle School.

After rehearsing on the morning of May 7, the bands performed concerts in the Jefferson High School Performing Arts Center.

“What a privilege it is to have 13 of our young musicians to perform with some of the best musicians in this part of Georgia,” said William Kilgore, WJMS band director. “What a fantastic learning experience – fun music, super direction, great kids. There is no better way to spend the day. We enjoy having our beginning students participating annually in this tremendous event.”

WMJS band participants included Jamie Flores, Trombone; Natalie Garmon, Euphonium; Anna Gebo, French Horn; Meghan Harris, Trumpet; Michael Howard, Clarinet; Grace Tate, Percussion; Sasha Suarez, Clarinet; Katelynn Steinbauer, Flute; Jake McGee, Trombone; Macy Keisler, Trombone; Katelynn Howard, Trumpet; and Lily Johnson, Tuba.

Lanier Tech offering Commerce campus driver’s ed training class May 31-June 3

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Are you a teen looking forward to getting your driver’s license? Are you a parent of a teen who is nearing that teens consider an important rite of passage? Did you know there is a driving course requirement that can help the young driver be prepared as they start down that road?

Lanier Technical College is offering driver’s education training classes from May 31 through June on the Jackson County campus in Commerce. A learner’s permit is required for participation and, with space limitations, the class will fill on a first-come, first-served basis.

The training is being made available through scholarship from grant dollars from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety to satisfy Joshua’s Law mandates.

The Joshua Brown Foundation was formed by his parents, Alan and LuGina Brown of Cartersville, after their only son died of injuries sustained when his truck hydroplaned on a two-lane road and struck a tree. The Browns lobbied for “Joshua’s Law” to ensure all teens drivers had training to equip them to better handle behind-the-wheel situations.

Senate Bill 226, passed during the 2005 session of the Georgia General Assembly, requires that all 16-year-olds applying for a Class D driver’s license complete an approved driver’s education course and document 40 hours of supervised driving including six at night.

The Lanier Tech course will meet in-class from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 31, through Friday, June 3, with two breaks and a 30-minute lunch break. Students must attend four in-classes sessions for the 30 hours and complete two three-hour training session for the six hours of in-car training. Driving sessions will be assigned on May 31.

To register, visit www.laniertech.edu/ce/DriversEd/driversedclass-main.asp