Note: The following photos were taken at the August 24, 2017, Cobb County School Board Meeting. CCSD Director of Media Relations Donna Lowry presented these students and staff to the board for special recognition. A transcript of her comments are provided here to accompany the photos.
Donna Lowry: Thank you, Chairman Chairman, members of the Board, and Superintendent Ragsdale.
Read 180/System 44 — Layla Hummings, Dowell Elementary School
DL: We are thrilled to announce that global learning company Houghton Mifflin Harcourt named Dowell Elementary School third grader, Layla Hummings, as one of the 15 national recipients of the 2017 180 Student Awards, which honors students for their significant math and literacy gains using intensive intervention programs.
Layla is the only elementary student to win for System 44 this year.
At this time, we would like to invite Layla to join the board at the front of the room along with Dowell Principal Christine Dinizio; Read 180 teacher Tamela Isley; Personalized Learning Supervisor Diane Rice; Personalized Learning Consultant Kaci Berry; and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt representatives Brian Lighthiser and Pam Waller.
Class 6A Baseball State Championship – Pope High School
DL: We’re excited that the Pope High School baseball team captured the Class 6A Baseball State Championship! It is the Greyhound’s third state title in the past nine seasons.
At this time, we would like to invite the Pope High School baseball team Coach Jeff Rowland and Principal Tom Flugum to join the board at the front of the room.
Class 6A Overall GADA Director’s Cup– Pope High School
DL: Principal Flugum, please stick around. We have another recognition for Pope High School. In addition to the Baseball State Championship, Pope High School also won the Class 6A Directors Cup from the Georgia Athletic Director’s Association. The award is given annually to the most successful athletic departments in the state.
The Board would like to congratulate members of Pope’s Athletic Department. Would the Pope coaches please come forward to join your school principal.
Class 7A Boys Lacrosse State Champions – Lassiter High School
DL: We have a night filled with state champions! The Lassiter High School Boys Lacrosse team dominated the undefeated Lambert Longhorns in a 10-5 victory and Class 6A-7A State Championship title.
After the Trojan’s amazing Lacrosse season, the Board would like to congratulate them on bringing home another state championship. Principal Dr. Chris Richie and Coach Chuck Goddard, please come forward with your champion Lacrosse team.
Class 7A Track Individual Champions – Campbell High School
DL: Campbell High School doesn’t have just one state champion. They have three! Rachel Robertson soared her way to first place in the Class 7A High Jump.
Alexis Jones’s speed earned her Class 7A state champion titles in the 100-meter hurdles and 300-meter hurdles. Unfortunately, Alexis is unable to join us this evening. She has already left for college where she will continue her success on the track.
We would like to ask Rachel, Campbell Principal Dr. Jeanne Walker and track coach Terrance Wilson to come forward to be congratulated by the board.
Class 7A Track Individual Champions – McEachern High School
DL: We are not finished with our track state champions. McEachern High School’s track stars won first place in the Class 7A 400-meter relay. McEachern’s Victoria Agyin captured an individual state championship title in the Class 7A Triple Jump.
Please come forward for congratulations from the board: SeQouya Hunter, Nilaja Florence, Tamiya Roberts, Jayda Parsons, Victoria Agyin, Coach Philip Hoskins and Principal Regina Montgomery.
Class 6A Track Individual Champions – Pope High School
DL: We’re trilled to announce that Pope High School also has track state champions. The greyhounds showed off their speed in the Class 6A 400-meter relay, winning first place in the state. Hope Glenn earned state titles in the 100-meter and 200-meter.
Unfortunately, Hope was unable to join us tonight, but her 400-meter relay teammates are here. Meggie Hudson, Brooke Mizelle and Denise Issah, please join Pope track coach Jerad Johnson and Principal Tom Flugum at the front of the room to be recognized by the board.
Class 7A Girls Pole Vault State Champion – Rachel Gould, Kennesaw Mountain High School
DL: Our state track champions continue with Kennesaw Mountain High School’s Rachel Gould, who cleared 10 feet 6 inches to make her the Class 7A Pole Vault State Champion!
Rachel, please come forward with your principal Dr. Mark Trachtenbroit for congratulations by the board.
Class 6A Girls Pole Vault State Champion – Courtney Long, Allatoona High School
DL: Our next state champion tied a state record when she cleared more than 12 feet to win the Class 6A Pole Vault State Champion title. Allatoona High School’s Courtney Long was state-runner up the prior year but recently vaulted her way to first.
At this time, we would like to invite Courtney Long, Principal John Kelly, Coach Patrick Parsons and Athletic Director Amie Howard to come forward and meet the board.
Class 6A Boys Track State Champions Allatoona High School
DL: Allatoona’s state champion recognitions are not done. Allatoona High School won their first state champion for Class 6A Boys Track!
We ask that Principal John Kelly, Coach Patrick Parsons, Athletic Director Amie Howard return to the front of the room and join members of the Allatoona Track Team. The Board wants to recognize you at this time.
Class 6A Georgia Athletic Director’s Association Director’s Cup for Boys – Allatoona High School
DL: Hold on Allatoona. We have one more recognition for you. As a result of the success of Allatoona High School’s athletic teams, the Georgia Athletic Director’s Association awarded Allatoona the Class 6A Director’s Cup for Boys.
At this time, the Board is pleased to honor at the front of the room: Principal John Kelly, Coach Patrick Parsons, Athletic Director Amie Howard, Basketball Coach Markus Hood.
SkillsUSA State Champions— North Cobb High School
DL: We are thrilled that we have the opportunity to recognize 9 SkillsUSA State Champions from North Cobb High School.
As I call your name, please stand.
• Plumbing State Champion — Nolan Moore
• Career Pathway Showcase Industrial Engineering and Technology State Champions — Patrick Wright, Sam Wender, and Adam Lawley
• Career Pathway Showcase Arts, Audiovisual Technology and Communication State Champions— Emily LaPierre, Taylor Mason, and Daniel MacAnn
• Cabinetmaking State Champion — Patrick Duckett
• Audio Radio Production Station Champions — Connor Langston and Brandon Boggs
• Broadcast News Production Station Champion — Josh Arias, Turner Markwalter, Emmett Schindler, and Josh Dawson
• Georgia Commercial State Champions — Dhiraj Ambasana, Daniel Reyes, Mohammad Ysman
• Mechanical Drafting Display State Champion — Michael Dollar
• Sports Highlight Reel State Champions — Anthony Bolden and Travon Crawford
Now, we would now like to invite the SkillsUSA champions to join the board along with SkillsUSA advisor Michael Barcarse; CTAE Supervisor Jackie Brown; and former North Audio/Video teacher Josh Dempsey.
NJROTC Brain Brawl National Champions — North Cobb and Harrison High Schools
Some of the members of the National Championship team were unable to join us this evening, but we are thrilled to recognize the following members from North Cobb High School: students Dawson Bowman, Jackson Fowler and Paul King; Senior Naval Science Instructor Commander Joel Reaves and Naval Science Instructor 1st Sergeant Michael Dickerson. Please join CTAE Supervisor Jackie Brown with the Board at the front.
Best All Around NJROTC Program in Area 12 — North Cobb and Harrison High Schools
DL: We are pleased to recognize our next championship team, again. The North Cobb and Harrison High School Navy JROTC program also earned the Best All Around Navy JROTC Program for area 12, which includes 59 programs in Georgia and Florida.
We ask that Unit Commanding Officer Samantha Martinez, unit Executive Officer Malayna Rock, unit Operations Officer Mahmoud Abusaid, and CTAE Supervisor Jackie Brown join the board for the recognition.
Science Olympiad State Champions — Shallowford Falls Elementary
DL: We’re thrilled that we also have state champions on the elementary school level. Shallowford Falls Elementary School won the Science Olympiad state championship.
The Georgia ESO is the largest Science Olympiad in the United States. This year’s competition challenged students from 67 teams in events that cover earth, life and physical science topics.
The Board would like the Shallowford Falls Science Olympiad champions to come forward along with Principal Felicia Angelle, the team sponsors Kimeron Puckett and Patricia Taylor; Science Supervisor Christian Cali, and STEM and Innovation Supervisor Dr. Sally Creel.
AdvancEd STEM Certification — Shallowford Falls and Brumby Elementary Schools and Mabry Middle School
DL: We are delighted to recognize three schools for achieving AdvancED STEM Certification. As the internationally recognized mark of quality for STEM schools and programs, the AdvancED certification highlights a school’s commitment to STEM education and preparing students for future STEM careers.
We ask that Mathematics Supervisor Michelle Mikes, Science Supervisor Christian Cali, and STEM and Innovation Supervisor Dr. Sally Creel come to the front of the room to join in these recognitions.
First we recognize Shallowford Falls Elementary School. Please come forward Principal Felicia Angelle, Assistant Principal Jill Spiva, and STEM teacher Catherine Mills.
Now, we recognize our next AdvancED STEM certified school, Brumby Elementary. As I call your name, please come forward to be recognized by the Board: Principal Dr. Amanda Richie, Assistant Principal Lindsey McGovern, Technology Coach Sandra Lake, teachers Megan McNaughton, Mary Beischer, Krista Smith, Kristin Colasurdo, Cathleen Clark, Yvonne Borchardt, Kara DePriest, and Elizabeth Treadwell; in addition to Counselor Loretta Davis, and Academic Coach Kevin Johnson.
At the middle school level, we have the pleasure of recognizing Mabry Middle School for earning AdvancED STEM certification. Principal Merrilee Heflin and assistant principals Dr. Wendy Pettett and Anthony Cobb and CTAE Supervisor Jackie Brown, please join the Board so they can commend your team on their achievement.
GADOE STEAM Certification — Mableton Elementary School
DL: Georgia’s Department Education recently awarded STEAM certification to Mableton Elementary School, making it the third school in Georgia to achieve the designation. STEAM is the arts infused into STEM.
The Board would like to congratulate the following people at the front of the room for Mableton’s STEAM success: Dr. Sally Creel, STEM and Innovation Supervisor; Michelle Mikes, mathematics supervisor; Principal Pamela Cain; Assistant Principal Lori Arends; SLI Charlie Eaddy; STEAM specialist Sean Splawski; Innovation Specialist Alana Davis; Academic Coach Dana Jones; teachers Mustapha Cabbell, Kristen Bosley, Jill Gatlin, Christina Li, Sabrina Priestly, math and technology specialist Amber Phillips, Visual Arts and Learning Design Supervisor Laura LaQuaglia.
GADOE STEAM Certification — Wheeler High School
DL: We’re excited to announce another STEAM certification. Wheeler High School is the first high school program in Cobb County to achieve STEAM certification from the Georgia Department of Education. Program certification requires a designated group of students, who are representative of the overall demographics of the school, to complete a STEAM program.
We now invite the following people to join the Board: Dr. Sally Creel, STEM and Innovation Supervisor; Michelle Mikes, mathematics supervisor; Principal Dr. Peter Giles; teachers Dr. Ginny Berkemeier, Kelly Karr, Dr. Dwayne Wasson and Stacy Regitsky, Magnet Program Advisor; Dr. Cheryl Crooks, assistant principal and magnet coordinator; Visual Arts and Learning Design Supervisor Laura LaQuaglia, and CTAE Supervisor Jackie Brown.
40 Years of Service
DL: Today, we have the honor of recognizing three employees for their 40 years of service.
As I call your names, please come forward with your principal to receive your 40 years of service pins from the Board.
• Joan Jackson, Dodgen Middle School
Elementary Level Teacher of the Year — Stacy Pitts, Vaughan Elementary
Stacy, please come forward so the Board can thank you for your dedication to your students. Dr. Shannon McGill, Vaughan Principal; Dr. Kevin Carpenter, Vaughan Assistant Principal; and Meghan Smith, School Leadership Intern are invited to join Stacy.
High School Level Teacher of the Year— Holly Hoover, Kennesaw Mountain High School
The Board would like Holly and Kennesaw Mountain Principal Dr. Mark Trachtenbroit to come forward to be congratulated.
Middle School Level and District Teacher of the Year – Nicole Kempson
DL: For the finale of the evening, we are delighted to honor our Middle School Level Teacher of the Year, Nicole Kempson, who is also our District Level Teacher of the Year! The earth science teacher from Lindley Sixth Grade Academy now has the goal of becoming State Teacher of the Year.
To encourage her on her Teacher of the Year journey, the Board would like Nicole and her principal Dr. Denise Magee to come forward so they can congratulate her on her teaching success.
DL: Congratulations again to all on their achievements. This concludes our recognitions for this evening. Thank you.