THE AHS SCIENCE/ADVENTURE CLUB took a weekend backpacking trip to the Cohutta Wilderness on October 30 and 31. The trip was lead by Stephen and Stephanie Stewart and included six students: Christen Clanton, Joseph Willingham, Daniel Crowe, Justin Johnson, Clint Tatum, and Jamie Cothran. The Cohutta Wilderness is one of Georgia's last great wild places and one of its most remote. Our hike included the notoriously difficult Tearbritches and Conasauga trails. The Tearbritches trail started at 4800 feet and reached the campground at 2200 feet, making it one of the most difficult descents in the wilderness. As we climbed back up the mountain on Sunday along the Conasauga Trail, we had to make more than 12 crossings of the river. The total hiking distance for the two-day trip was about 9 miles. After the ordeal Christen Clanton said, "it was the most exhausting thing I've ever done." Everyone was very tired, but we had a great weekend with wonderful fall weather.
DRAFTING IS ALIVE AND WELL
THE DRAFTING PROGRAM at AHS has placed several students at job sites through the Youth Apprenticeship Program (Y.A.P.). The program allows students to receive high school credit while establishing a work history in their chosen occupation. Mark Spain is employed with the Suhner Corporation, which is located on Highway 27 South in Rome. Spencer Campbell and Justin Johnson began work at Smith Iron Works in Lyerly, Georgia during the last week of October. Smith Iron Works also plans to employ two more students before the Christmas break and two more students after Christmas break.
TRIBAL CHOIR NEWS
THE CHORAL STUDENTS HAVE BEEN BUSY preparing for honor choruses, All-State Chorus auditions, and Christmas concerts. The following students were selected to participate in the District 7 Honor Chorus: Holly Payne, Leeah Blackwelder, Kristy Gutwein, Beth Swearingain, Ashley McMeans, Kelly Oravet, Julie Duke, Ashley Thornton, Julie Parker, Amy Pledger, B.J. Payne, Daniel Blankenship, Matt Williams, Danielle Swanson, Ashley Bowen, Crystal Reece, Abigail McGraw, Katie Black, Rachel McMorrow, Amber Sanchez, Megan VanMeter, Tiffany Nelson, Dalton Bohanan, Tristan Pierce, Dustin Noble, Brandi Bailey, Jessica Vick, Molly Todd, Jamie Hughes, Ashley Russell, Hannah Morris, Casey Harris, and Kandice Parker. Participating in the Northwest Georgia Honor Chorus at Shorter College were Chrystal Roberts, Jamie Barton, Julie Duke, Ashley Thornton, Matt Williams, Cole Burden, Jamey Potts, and Michael Smith.
We have four students who have been selected to participate in the Statewide 6th Grade Honor Chorus in March. These students are Ben Isabel, Sarah Conn, Brittney Gresham, and Britney Maner.
We are very proud of three of our chorus students who recently won individual vocal honors. Cole Burden won first place in the state Georgia Music Teachers Association high school vocal performance competition in Athens. He will compete in the region contest in Richmond, Virginia in January. Holly Payne and Jamey Potts were selected from this county to participate in the state Governors Honors Program competition. If selected, Holly and Jamey will participate in the state GHP program for six weeks this summer.
Thirty middle and high school choral students recently participated in the first round of All-State Chorus auditions. We hope to receive the results very soon and will report the outcome in the next newsletter.
The Choral Department will present the annual Christmas concert entitled One Magic Christmas on Monday, December 13 at 7:00 p.m. in the auditorium. Admission is $2.00 for adults and $1.00 for students. We hope that all of you will make plans to attend this night of Christmas spirit and fun!