Winners of the state-wide Governor’s Honors Program were announced this week. Two Rome High School students were named finalists in the competition and one student was named as an alternate. Finalists will attend a conference on the Berry College campus that runs from mid-June to mid-July.
“Just being nominated was a huge honor for me and actually making it into the program was humbling,” said Ryan Ward, a finalist in the competition (vocal). “Only 30 students for Vocal got in from our entire state. I hope to get a lot better by participating in the program this summer, and I plan to bring some of the things I learn back and help my classmates.”
Aaron Bartleson, also a finalist, expressed some of the same feelings about being nominated and chosen as a winner. “I was chosen for mathematics and I have always really enjoyed the subject. Having the chance to connect with people who are professional mathematicians and other students who enjoy the subject as much as I do will really help to expand my academic boundaries,” Bartleson said.
Alternates will attend GHP this summer if the finalist in their area of study has a conflict and is unable to attend this June. However, Morgan Thoem (French) is still excited that she was recognized for completing the process in one of the top positions. “I was really surprised that I was even nominated, because I was not aware of what the Governor’s Honors Program was before this year. To make it this far feels amazing. I have been taking French for seven years, and to see all of my hard work pay off is great. Mr. Lizin is my teacher and he would help me before school started with the interview and the essay portion of the competition. French is his native language, so having his direction has been really helpful.”
Darlington’s freshman class will partner with Rome-Floyd Parks & Recreation to host the Floyd County Special Olympics on the school’s campus on Thursday, April 12. Young athletes numbering 600 and representing Rome City Schools, Floyd County Schools, and Georgia School for the Deaf will participate in the annual event. “It is always a great honor for Darlington to serve as host of the Floyd County Special Olympics,” said Tommy Atha, assistant athletic director. “This is a great experience for our student body and a wonderful event for the Floyd community.” This is the fifth year that the ninth-grade class has hosted the event. “We are so thankful to have Darlington as a partner for our spring games once again,” said Tammy Bryant, Special Olympics coordinator. “The school offers so much to our Special Olympics programs through the tremendous student and staff support that helps us to conduct these events.” The parade lineup will begin at 9:30 a.m. at Darlington’s Chris Hunter (’82) Memorial Stadium, and ceremonies will start at 10 a.m. Participants will compete in running events; softball throw; standing long jump; soccer kick; and wheelchair and assisted walk races. The public is invited to attend and support our local Special Olympics athletes. Click here to see a gallery from last year’s event.
The DarFarm, a student-run greenhouse at Darlington School, is having a plant sale Wednesday through Friday from 3:30-6 p.m. Plants available for purchase include Better Boy tomatoes, jalapeño and bell peppers, basil, sage, dill, cantaloupe, yellow squash and more. Prices will vary based on variety and size. The sale will take place in the greenhouse on the Darlington School campus, which is beside the Kawamura Science Center.
Floyd County Schools will hold its annual Federal Programs Stakeholder meeting this spring. At this meeting, we plan to present the results of our needs assessment and improvement planning efforts. We will gather feedback from those in attendance and utilize the feedback to develop a plan to provide the best possible education for the children of Floyd County. We hope you or your representative will be able to attend one of the meetings. The meeting will be held on two occasions in the Board Room of the Floyd County Board of Education on 600 Riverside Parkway. The meeting dates and times are below. Your attendance is requested at only one of the meetings.
- Tuesday, April 10 at 8:30 a.m.
- Thursday, April 12 at 3:00 p.m.
- Signed: Dr. Trina Wood, Director of Special Education, and Dr. Laura Timberlake, Director of Federal Programs
The Model yearbook, From Every Angle, has been recognized for excellence and featured in the 2018 Jostens Look Book, celebrating the best-of-the-best in yearbook design and coverage. The Jostens Look Book is a collection of spreads and photos from outstanding yearbooks and their creative themes, cool covers, dazzling designs, relevant coverage, storytelling copy and action-packed photography. The 2017 The Model was created by Madelyn Wilkes and Melanie Morrison, Editors, Chander Adams, Rachel Van Der Horn, Emily Pell, Kiersten Loggins, Clara Lyn Kerce, McKenzie Hardy, Macy Early, Mauri McIntosh, Laura McFry, and Taylor Nelson under the direction of Beth Penny, Model High School yearbook adviser. Beth Penny and her yearbook staff received a copy of the 2018 Jostens Look Book and plaque from Jostens to recognize their outstanding achievement.