This week Thursday, January 25, at 12:30 p.m., our January Programs Chairman Jim Blackburn will bring Sheldon Hill, RDCS Executive Director of Safe Best program dealing with Sudden Death Cardiac issues. Next week, February 1, our luncheon speaker will be a representative from the GBI in Douglas, Georgia.
EXCHANGE CLUB NEWS
President Roger Collins reminded members to pay dues owed to the club if in arrears. Certain services of Club are not eligible to be received by members still owing dues. Please give your e-mail address to Secretary Summer Stipe or Treasurer Bill Deason.
Also, members have an automatic payment of dues system available if members decided to use it.
Jim LeBrun has been appointed by President Roger Collins to chair the A.C.E. (Accepting the Challenge of Excellence) Committee. Ten applicants have applied in the competition.
Recognition of A.C.E. Awards recognizes high school students who have made a dramatic change in their attitude and performance during their high school years. They have overcome adverse conditions and prepared for graduation. Winner goes to District Exchange Convention in June to compete for District Exchange Award.
STEM HIGH SCHOOL IN WARE COUNTY
Jim Blackburn, January Programs Chairman, introduced Millie Price, STEM instruction coach in Ware County High School. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics curriculum recently introduced in the school and nationwide. The idea is to educate students in the four specific disciplines in the STEM program. It is an interdisciplinary and applied approach, which is new to the school. Tech school, colleges and high schools are changing their goals to graduate students who have learned and have the opportunity to improve all parts of our lives. Students are exposed to opportunities to explore STEM – related concepts. Hopefully, they will develop a passion for and will pursue a job in a STEM field. The skills learned should help students use procedures and knowledge in all types of businesses.
Females and minorities can see visions of future jobs using diverse skills, leadership and collaboration with others in their jobs. Five 3D printers are to be used to teach in a more technical way. The benefits impact everyone.
Students ask questions which drives teaching. GPS issues is now on tractors and a holistic approach is taught to give students more relevance to life. Students are more interested and engaged as they learn critical thinking. This is a very important and profitable course in our schools. Thank You!
JORDAN ISAIAH TURNER JANUARY YOUTH OF THE MONTH
Robbie Winn, Chairman of Youth of the Month/Year committee introduced Jordan Isaiah Turner as January 2018 Exchange Club of Waycross, Youth of the Month. Jordan is the son of Swails and Jackie Turner. He is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Turner and Mrs. Alice J. Williams of Blackshear. Jordan is ranked 46th of 362 Ware County High School seniors. When asked to what he attributes his academic success, Jordan stated: “I attribute my success to my parents and the expectations that they have set for me. I also live in the shadows of my brothers and want to be as successful as they have become.” Jordan’s Honors and Activities at Ware County High School include:
- All “A” Honor Roll (K-12)
- First Southern Junior Board of Directors
- Beta (2015 to present)
- National Honor Society (2016 to present)
- Varsity Football (2014 to present)
- JV and Varsity Baseball (2014 – present)
- Football player with the highest GPA for (9th – 11th)
- Member of the PBIS Initiative
Jordan is very passionate about being a leader not a follower.
It is important to him to make wise decisions that others will respect said his teachers.
After graduating from Ware County High School, Jordan plans to attend college and major in Engineering.
GATOR ATHLETIC DIRECTOR DAVID SHIELDS AND BASEBALL COACH JAMIE AMMONS
Jim Blackburn, January programs chairman, introduced David Shields, Gator Athletic Director and new Gator Baseball Coach, Jamie Ammons to the club’s luncheon members last week. Coach Shields began by stating that 31 players signed up to play football and 26 showed up recently for training.
The focus this year will be to produce “diamond” athletes, the “best” players.
Jamie Ammons’ goal also is to have players reach “diamond” status during and by end of year. This means they will be the best athletically and educationally. All students in baseball program have no failing grades. Students are held to high integrity in the baseball program, including on the field and in school activities. February 6th is the first baseball game with Atkinson County. Then, February 13 with Coffee County, February 20th with Appling County (the Region opener) followed by Appling County, Pierce County, Glynn academy, Brantley County, Tift County and others.
Pitcher count will be kept carefully prepared to the body which will help develop more pitchers. The ball park field will be lined with corporate sponsor signs. Information is available on www.warecountybaseball.
Coach Maurice England continues his unbeaten record with the rifle team which has 73 consecutive defending state championships. Congratulations to all defending teams!