Board Recognitions – March 15, 2018

Note: The following photos were taken at the Cobb County School Board Meeting on March 15, 2018. Chief of Staff Dr. Kevin Daniel presented these students and staff to the Board for special recognition. Excerpts from the recognition announcements are included with the photos below.


Class AAAAAA Girls Swimming State Champions Pope High School Swimming State Champions

Pope High School captured the title of Class AAAAAA Girls Swimming State Champions. In addition to Pope’s team state title, Pope swimmers also took home state titles for individual events.

Sarah Sorensen is the state champion in both the 100-yard Freestyle and the 100-yard Backstroke. She finished the freestyle in 50.85 and the backstroke in 56.05. Sarah’s teammate Mady Bragg is also a double state champion. Mady won first place in the 200-yard Freestyle with a time of 1:51.03 and the 100-yard Butterfly with a final time of 55.89.

Sarah and Maddy are also part of Pope’s state champion 400-yard Freestyle Relay Team. They beat the next team by more than four seconds. Sarah and Maddy’s relay teammates are Anna Prestel and Julia Keith.

The following Pope staff members joined the swimming champions for the recognitions with the Board: Principal Tom Flugum, Athletic Director Josh Mathews, and Head Coach Zach Schreer.

Class AAAAAAA Girls Swimming State Champions— Walton High School

The Board was excited for the opportunity to recognize the Class AAAAAAA Swimming State Champions from Walton High School.

The Walton 200-yard Freestyle Relay Team finished in first place with a final time of 1:35.49. The relay team members include Jasmin Hoffmann, Abby Belinski, Jami Williams, and Melissa Cox. Unfortunately, Abby was unable to join the Board for the recognition.

Walton also has two individual state champions. In addition to being on the state champion relay team, Jasmin Hoffman also swam to first place in the Girls 50-yard Freestyle with a final time of 23.61.

The Class AAAAAAA Girls Dive State Champion title goes to Walton’s Mackenna Buchanan, who won by six points. Unfortunately, Mackenna was unable to attend.

Principal Judy McNeill and Coach Ty Vernon joined the swimming champions for the Board recognitions.


Class AAAAAAA Girls Swimming 100-yard Butterfly State Champion— Addie Rose Bullock, Kennesaw Mountain High School

Next, the Board had the pleasure of recognizing Kennesaw Mountain High School’s Addie Rose Bullock for claiming the Class AAAAAAA State Championship title for the 100-yard Butterfly. Addie Rose won the same state title last year. This year, she won it in 54.50.

Head Coach David Reason accompanied Addie Rose for her recognition by the Board. 


Class AAAAAAA Boys Swimming 50-yard Freestyle State Champion— Brady Fields, Hillgrove High School

Hillgrove High School’s Brady Fields is the Class AAAAAAA Boys Swimming State Champion for the 50-yard Freestyle. His final time was 20.70.

The Board recognized Brady along with the following people: Principal Angela Stewart, Athletic Director Sherri Thoroughman, and Coach Mark Rogers. 

Class AAAAAA Boys Swimming 100-yard Freestyle State Champion— Ananda Lim, Sprayberry High School

Next, it was a thrill to honor returning swimming state champion Ananda Lim of Sprayberry High School. Ananda once again claimed the state title in the Class AAAAAA Boys 100-yard Freestyle. This year, he finished more than a full second ahead of the second place swimmer.

The Board and Superintendent recognized Ananda, Coach John White, and Principal Joseph Sharp

Class AAAAAA Boys 145 pounds Wrestling State Champion— Will Formato, Allatoona High School

In addition to our swimming state champions, we also had the pleasure of recognizing some of our wrestling state champions.

Allatoona High School’s Will Formato claimed the state title for Wrestling in the Class AAAAAA 145 pounds classification. He ended his season 40-0.

Principal John Kelly and Assistant Coach Brandon Westerman joined Will for his Board recognition. 

Class AAAAAAA Boys Wrestling State Champion – Hillgrove High School

The Board was excited to recognize two wrestling state champions from Hillgrove High School.

  • Caleb Powell is the Class AAAAAAA Boys Wrestling State Champion for the 138-pound weight class.
  • Ricardo Atkinson is the Class AAAAAAA Boys Wrestling State Champion for the 220-pound weight class.

The Board and Superintendent congratulated Caleb and Ricardo for an outstanding wrestling season along with the following people: Principal Angela Stewart, Athletic Director Sherri Thoroughman, Coach Shawn Slenczka, and Coach Blake Keith.

Youth Art Month, Music in Our Schools Month and Theatre in our Schools Month

March recognizes the importance of the arts through Youth Art Month, and Music and Theatre in our Schools Month.

The celebration emphasizes the value of arts education for all children, encourages support for quality school fine arts programs and recognizes skills developed through arts experiences including creativity, collaboration, communication, and critical thinking. Through musical and theater performances, art shows and exhibitions, students not only build an appreciation of the arts, but also understand the important role of the arts in our ever-evolving world. Our District continues to live up to its reputation for its superior achievement in the fine arts and its commitment to arts education.

In honor of Youth Art Month and Music and Theatre in our Schools month, the Board and Superintendent recognized Laura LaQuaglia, supervisor of learning design & visual arts, and Dr. Joseph Woodruff, supervisor of choral music, theater and dance. Unfortunately, the supervisor of instrumental music, Chris Ferrell, was unable to attend. 

National School Social Work Week March 4-10

The week of March 4-10 marked the celebration of School Social Work Week. Cobb County School District social workers serve a critically important role in helping students to overcome the academic, social, and emotional challenges they face every day along the road to becoming successful and productive young adults.

District social workers assist students and parents with obtaining the help and resources to achieve their goals. To thank them for their dedication to Cobb students, the Board invited all the social workers in attendance to come forward, including the following: Supervisor of the School Social Work Department, Ana Murphy; social workers Pam Kretmer, Julie Lance, Lara Fain, Raquel Rodriguez, Jean Pierre, Patrick Ball, Paul Pursell, Jacqueline Fross, and Brenda Milsap; and School Social Work Intern Elizabeth Altamura. 

Social Worker of the Year — Jacqueline Fross

In addition to celebrating School Social Work Week, the Board also wanted to take the opportunity to recognize Jacqueline Fross as the Social Worker of the Year.

Jacqueline has served as a school social worker for more than 20 years. She is a member of the CCSD Crisis Response Team, and serves as a field supervisor for social work interns. Jacqueline is also a member of the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress and is certified in crisis response and critical incident debriefing.

The Cobb Social Worker of the Year currently supports students at Lassiter High SchoolMabry Middle SchoolDavis Elementary, Garrison Mill Elementary, and Rocky Mount Elementary.

The Supervisor of School Social Work, Ana Murphy, joined Jacqueline for her recognition.

AdvancED STEM Certification — Mableton Elementary and Sope Creek Elementary

The Board was delighted to recognize two schools for achieving AdvancED STEM Certification: Mableton Elementary School and Sope Creek Elementary School. As the internationally-recognized mark of quality for STEM schools and programs, the AdvancED certification highlights these school’s commitment to STEM education and preparing students for future STEM careers.

The Board congratulated the following representatives from Mableton Elementary School for their latest STEM accomplishment: the Mableton Student STEAM ambassadors; Principal Pamela Cain; Alana Davis, Innovation Specialist; Sean Splawski, STEAM Lab Teacher; Kristen Alvarez, Art Teacher; teachers Alicia Pagan, Mu Cabbell, Kristen Kennedy, Christina Li, Jennifer Tully, and Victoria Broughton; Dr. Sally Creel, Cobb County School District STEM and Innovation supervisor; and Christian Cali, CCSD Science Department Supervisor.

To celebrate their school’s AdvancED STEM certification, Sope Creek Elementary School Principal Doug Daugherty brought the following staff members for the Board recognition: Assistant Principal Cheri Vaniman; Assistant Principal Darkendra Brooks; Judy Moschetta, Special Student Services Administrator; Dr. Sally Creel, Cobb County School District STEM and Innovation supervisor; and Christian Cali, CCSD Science Department Supervisor.