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Literary region champions place 4th at 7-A state competition
Julianne Foster

A complete literary team from Carrollton High School competed in the state competition held at Buford High School March 18. Back row, from left, are Mark Zimmer, Kieran Kelly, Andrew Johnson, Cody Reed, Skylar Hundley, Elisa Rubio, Madison Brown, Tai Jackson, and Zeke Ussery. Front row: Richard Bracknell, coach; Terri Fazio, accompanist; Lydia Baldizon, Madison Brown, Julianna Quattrocchi, Lia Sosa, Tyler Stone, Malik Raphael; and Julie Lowry and Tommy Cox, coaches.

First time the full team qualified for state competition

Literary and debate coach Richard Bracknell, left, poses with Kieran Kelly who earned a state champion medal in Extemporaneous Speaking-International. Kieran is also a member of the debate team that just captured its third state title in a row.

A new, smaller region only five schools deep created a historic mark in Carrollton High School’s GHSA literary competition history – a region championship by default as no other school in Region 2-AAAAAAA participated.

But this anomaly also provided the opportunity for all students who trained for the region contest to qualify for state and the team overall pulled off a fourth place finish out of 18 schools in the top Georgia High School Association classification competition, held March 18 at Buford High School.

In literary competition, points accumulate for place finishes in a variety of performing, writing, and speaking competitions. At state, CHS  junior Kieran Kelly accumulated the most points for the team by winning a state champion medal in Extemporaneous Speaking-International and a fourth place finish in Essay-Argumentative. Andrew Johnson, also a junior, captured a third place award in Essay-Literary Analysis. Seniors Mark Zimmer (Extemporaneous Speaking-Domestic) and Skylar Hundley (Girls Solo) and junior Cody Reed (Literary Interpretation-Solo Humorous) placed fourth to round out the points gained. 

Other competitors were seniors Tai Jackson in Boys Solo, Julianna Quattrocchi in Literary Interpretation-Solo Dramatic, and Madison Brown who, along with sophomores Elisa Rubio and Lia Sosa, competed in Trio. Tai and Zeke Ussery, another senior, competed in Quartet with junior Tyler Stone and sophomore Malik Raphael. Juniors Lydia Baldizon and Madison Akin competed in Literary Interpretation-Duo.

Julianna, who has competed at state before, said having the whole team participate this year was special. “Usually, only a few of us qualify for state each year,” she said after Saturday’s awards presentation. “It was so nice having everyone there.”

Carrollton also captured the region title the past two years as a 6-A school. The team has earned two state championships in 2011 and 1987. CHS debate coach Richard Bracknell coaches the literary team along with Tommy Cox, performing arts director; and Julie Lowry, CHS choral director and voice instructor. They all depend on Terri Fazio, performing arts assistant, for administrative tasks and music accompaniment. 

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CES teacher elected to GSTA Board of Directors
Cali Jones

A Carrollton Elementary School third grade teacher has been elected to serve on the Georgia Science Teachers Association (GSTA) Board of Directors.  

Ann Cox will be sworn in next month. 

GSTA is committed to supporting excellence in science teaching for the students of Georgia. GSTA works to connect, inform, support, and advocate for science teachers in Georgia. 

“After having presented at conferences over the past few years, I decided to run for district representative,” said Cox. “The science and STEM activities we provide our students here at Carrollton City Schools are unique and people want to hear about them.”

GSTA has 12 districts. Carrollton City Schools is in District 5, which also includes Butts, Coweta, Fayette, Harris, Heard, Henry, Lamar, Meriwether, Newton, Pike, Spalding, Thomaston-Upson, and Troup counties.

"Mrs. Cox goes above and beyond each day, in her endeavor to inspire our youngest learners with a passion for STEM," said CES Principal Kylie Carroll. "She is a lifelong learner who seeks to continuously gain knowledge and better her craft, and she conveys her love for learning to her students and colleagues. I think she will be a great addition to the GSTA board." 

Cox said she is excited for the opportunity to serve on the board.

“I enjoy collaborating with like-minded teachers and look forward to representing our district and being a proactive member of the board. I am also looking forward to meeting other STEM and science teachers in our district, supporting their growth as teachers, and building up our community.”


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CCS after-school programs visit Carver High Exhibit
Cali Jones

The Neva Lomason Library is displaying a traveling exhibit, The Carver High Experience, until mid-April and students involved in after-school programs at Carrollton City Schools have the opportunity to visit. 

Carrollton High School students visited The Carver High Experience traveling exhibit last week at the Neva Lomason Library. Pictured speaking to students is Carolyn Gray, founder of Carver High Museum and Archives of West Georgia, Inc. (CHMA).

The exhibit covers the 14-year history of the George Washington Carver High School, a school in Carrollton that opened in the early 1950s for all black students in Carroll County who previously attended community and church schools during the time of segregation.

Carroll County Training School was established in 1932, for black students in grades one through seven. In 1954, the Alabama Street Elementary School opened for grades one through seven and Carver High School opened for grades eight through twelve.

During the exhibit, students become familiar with the faces of Carver High’s first principal, Mr. L.S. Molette, last principal, Mr. Charles E. Wilson, and their staff and students displayed in younger years as prom queens, football players, members of marching bands and an assortment of student clubs and organizations. 

The Carver High Experience exhibit was established in 2011 by The Carver High Museum & Archives of West Georgia, Inc. (CHMA) by invitation of the University of West Georgia’s Center for Diversity and Inclusion. CHMA was formed in 2005 by Carver High alumni to preserve the history and legacy of the county’s historic black schools.

Carrollton High School students visited last week where CHMA’s founder, Carolyn Gray, walked them through the exhibit. 

“I wanted to preserve the local history and help educate people in the community about Carver High’s story,” she said while giving students an introduction to the exhibit. 

George Washington Carver High School served black high school students of Carroll County from the fall of 1954 through the spring of 1969 when segregation officially ended in Georgia. The last class graduated in May of 1968; however, the school continued through the tenth grade until the spring of 1969.

The school building remains at Alabama and Childs Streets in Carrollton. With desegregation, it became Alabama Street School, one of the city’s three elementary schools at the time, before all were consolidated into Carrollton Elementary School in the early 1990s. 

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