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CHS expands sports medicine program as an intern training program
Julianne Foster

The Dr. E.C. Bass Training Room has tripled in size as part of renovations made over the last several months in the Whitley Morris Field House. Head Athletic Trainer Patrick Rothschadl, right, talks to aides and athletes before football practice starts.

Expansion includes increasing size and use of training room

Senior Avery Hunt, a third-level Healthcare Science student, also serves as a trainer aide for the Carrollton High School Sports Medicine program. Here she collects ice to take to the field for football practice.

Renovations to Carrollton High School’s Whitley Morris Field House over the last several months have revamped the facility to better serve Trojan students, athletes and athletic staff, and includes an expanded sports medicine room that not only provides early treatment for injuries, but also serves as a training ground for student interns interested in that field as a career. 

Head Athletic Trainer Patrick Rothschadl teams up with Healthcare Science teacher Shannon Bright, also a certified trainer, to create a pipeline of student talent prepped to be on the field and in the training room to serve their athletic peers.

The original training room is named in honor of Dr. E.C. Bass, who treated Trojans athletes for four decades before retiring. Now tripled in size to accommodate several athletes at once and a host of student trainers to serve them, today the space boasts top equipment and resources to keep athletes in the game. 

Rothschadl says the assistance from students is invaluable to him, but more important is the exposure the experience offers the students.

"Through the Healthcare Science curriculum the CHS Sports Medicine program provides an opportunity for students to gain education and hands-on experience as student athletic training aides," he said.

Rothschadl notes students are carefully selected through an application process that requires applicants to be enrolled or previously enrolled in Healthcare Science classes in order to be considered for service as trainer aides.

Athletic trainer aides have been used for years primarily for the football program, but this year Rothschadl says the program has been expanded to include all sports. "These students will work daily in the training room, even during the spring," he said.

Rothschadl says a typical day during football season for a trainer aide includes pre-taping, treatment, and setting up the field for practice. The students prepare a cooler for treatment ice, get water cows filled, and make readily available medical kits and an AED, or automated external defibrillator. During practice if needed they provide basic first aid, taping and prepare ice bags for athletes.

"If there are more than two practices going on at the same time, the students are split up and if an injury occurs they contact the head trainer if he is not at that field," said Rothschadl.

The aides are integral in pre- and post-game treatment, too, says Rothschadl, which includes administering routine therapies such as heat pack, compression, and electrical stimulation, and ultrasound evaluations when needed.

Paul Fitz-Simons, CHS athletic director, says the expansion of the sports medicine program is a welcomed addition to athletic program services. 

"Technological advances have allowed sports medicine practices to become a routine benefit for our student athletes," he said. "The efforts of Mr. Rothschadl and Ms. Bright to professionally train our students exponentially widens the scope of this work, making individualized care a Trojan gold standard." 


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CHS senior College Board National Recognition awardee
  • Academics
Cali Jones


Carrollton High School senior Emily Conn was awarded recognition from the College Board National Recognition Programs. 

A senior at Carrollton High School received an academic award as part of the College Board National Recognition Programs.

Emily Conn was chosen based on her academic performance and because she attends school in a small town — one of the criteria chosen by the College Board for the award.

The College Board National Recognition Programs allocates students academic honors which can be included on college and scholarship applications. 

Colleges use these honors to identify students from underrepresented groups who have excelled in the classroom and on college entry exams.

Emily said she was excited to receive the award.

“Receiving this award was particularly satisfying,” she said. “Generally, the awards that I’ve received and that I have seen others receive focus primarily on grades and the numbers. This award obviously took those into consideration, but it also acknowledged the position I was in when I got those numbers.”

She said it can be stressful being compared to other top students.

“As a student it can be scary to feel like you’ll always be compared to the best of the best even if they have different situations and sometimes different privileges,” she said. “However, through this recognition I feel like there is some acknowledgment of the fact that some students do attend smaller schools, yet through focus and utilization of the resources you do have you can not only compare, but shine. The award is an exciting reminder of not only where I currently am, but also where I will be able to go.” 

Emily’s future looks bright.

“I have applied to NYU, Georgia Tech, Emory, and the University of Washington. I’ve already been accepted to Georgia Tech and am waiting to hear back from the rest,” she said. “I’m planning on majoring in biology with the hope to eventually go to medical school to study to become a surgeon. No matter which college I go to, I hope to be able to study abroad and to also participate in student-led research.”

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Computer Science Program thrives at CHS
  • Computer Science
Cali Jones

Carrollton High School students Zeke Ussery, Brantley Colquitt and Will Nixon created the Trojan Map app for iOS which provides a map to faculty and students to help find their way around the Carrollton City Schools campus. The project had 16 student contributors with roughly 40,000 lines of code.

Students involved in the Computer Science Pathway at Carrollton High School have had a productive school year thus far. 

More than half of the students in the program have published new works into the Global Marketplace and that number is continuing to grow.

Collectively, the program has published five iOS apps, three Android apps, 14 SnapChat filters and more than 20 Roblox games.

Robby Blakemore, CHS computer science instructor, said the year has been full of amazing projects for the program. One of his favorites to date was an app students made to help individuals find their way around the Carrollton City Schools campus.

“I loved the Trojan Map app for iOS,” said Blakemore. “This app is a favorite of mine because it took a large team of students to develop it. The idea was pretty straightforward. A student thought it would be cool to have an app that helps people learn their way around our large campus. To implement it, we needed teams of students to collect GPS coordinates around the campus as well as a group of students that charted and diagrammed points of interest. Once we had the data, the students programmed each point into geometric shapes representing the classroom and various amenities. This task resulted in 40,000 lines of code, which easily exceeds any previous project.”

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs for computer and information technology occupations will grow significantly — a 13 percent increase — from 2020-2030. 

Blakemore said he would encourage students interested in a career in computer science to continue refining their ability to learn.

“Technology will continue to change and chances are that what you learn today won't be relevant tomorrow,” he said. “However, understanding how to be a good learner is a skill that will never go away.”

Additionally, he noted that students who are not interested in computer science as a career should also learn what they can on the subject.

“Soon every industry will require some kind of computational thinking. Having a framework for how to think like a computer will be essential for every career in the future.” 

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