DIRECTOR CARLOS NELSON WARE COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS
President Carl James called on Program Chair Sondra Crews to introduce Carlos Nelson, Director of the Board of Elections for Ware County. Mr. Nelson had intended to present information on the local impact of the redistricting legislation underway in the state legislature. This will have an impact on your vote because of changes in where you vote and who you vote for but the legislation has not passed in both houses as of this date. Some examples of potential changes have occurred in the consolidation of polling places in certain city and county elections.
Certain voters have had to vote in city elections at one location and then go to another location for county elections.
When the redistricting is implemented each voter will get a new voter card indicating each level of election and the appropriate location of its polling place. Be on the lookout for these cards and know that changes may be on the way. You can go line to the state and locally to get more information on specific changes. The first responsibility is to register to vote and then come out to vote. The last election had a 9% turnout. That means one voter made the decision for ten potential voters on who would represent them! Be a good citizen and exercise your right to vote! A 100% voter turnout is the goal and seems like a dream sometimes but our community and country deserve our participation! MARISA KORI NINO
OCTOBER YOUTH OF THE MONTH
It is with much enthusiasm that I introduce you, Marisa Kori Nino. Marisa is the daughter of Santo and Judy Nino. Marisa is ranked 13th of 371 Ware County High School seniors.
When asked what she attributes to her academic success, Marisa stated: “Those who underestimated me, which have subsequently pushed me to prove to them that I can succeed. A lesson I learned from my parents. Marissa is a great asset to Ware County High School.
Marisa is a member of several organizations, holds various leadership roles, and has received many awards: (Just to name a few).
Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA), began her tenure as President in tenth grade. At the 2020 Fall Leadership Conference, she received the DECA Statesman award for her expert knowledge about the DECA program. At the regional competition, she placed 2nd in Entrepreneurship (2018) and Human Resources Management (2019).
Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), has been a member since 9th grade. She placed 3rd in Introduction to Business Presentation at the 2019 conference; 4th place in Intro to Public Speaking and 2nd in Entrepreneurship (2020); and 1st place in Electronic Career Portfolio (2021).
Model United Nations (UN), has been a member since 9th grade. She currently serves as team captain. At the 2020 Valdosta State University conference and representing the United Kingdom in the International Atomic Energy Agency, her team was recognized as Honorable Delegation.
BETA Club, she was inducted in 2019, served as chairman of the fundraising committee (2020-21), and is currently the Historian. She qualified for National in 2020 in the area of Rapid Response. At the 2021 Georgia Beta State Convention, she received 3rd place in Poetry in the Division II category and 3rd place in Group Talent.
National Honor Society, she was inducted in 2020 and remains an active member of Ware County High School Golden Gator Marching Band, she has been a member since 9th grade, serves as captain of the Danceline (2020-present), and has performed at the UGA half-time show with the Redcoat Marching Band in Sanford Stadium.
Ware County High School Chorus, Marisa has been in advanced chorus since 9th grade; selected for the Acapella group and has served as the Chorus Merit Keeper, secretary, Vice-President, and Soprano Section Leader. She was selected to the All-State Chorus (2019 & 2020); WCHS Chorus Outstanding Rookie of the year (2019); Chorus Director’s Award (2021); and at the 2021 GA High School Association Literary Competition Region 5-A, she received 1st place in the Girls Solo Category.
Drama Club, she participated in several Gator Productions Shows Shrek (2019); Little Shop of Horrors (2020); Asylum (2021), and Surprise Your Dead (2019) Marisa has found time to complete community service projects.
One of the community centers was vandalized in late May 2019, she and several students joined to help clean the inside and worked to beautify the landscape outside. Other volunteering assignments are helping with the food pantry, Magnolia House Shelter for the Abuse; WayGreen Market, DC Downtown Food Distribution, the Firefighters Banquet, donating blood to the American Red Cross, and assisting with Gator BINGO sale.
On a personal note, Marisa would like to thank a few teachers who have fostered her passion and positively impacted her time at Ware County High School. Christan Bush forgive her an understanding and respect for serving the community; Jeremiah Trull for giving her an outlet to grow her interpersonal skills through Model UN; Lee Hatfield for reintroducing her to science and a very special thank you to the fine arts teachers (Laura Setser, Greta Thomas, and Brook Richardson) who have continually provided opportunities and encouragement for all of their students.
After graduation from Ware County High School, Marisa plans to attend college and to pursue a degree in business with a pre-medical focus