Last year’s winner was the Academic Bowl program at Gordon Central High School. Previous winners have included the debate program at Calhoun High, a science student’s accomplishment at Ashworth Middle and several individual awards that resulted in college scholarship awards.
This year’s nominees for achievements accomplished during the 2009-2010 school year:
Community Based Instruction (Calhoun High School)
Technology Fair (Calhoun Middle School)
National Beta Club (Calhoun High School)
Academic Team (Calhoun High School)
Academic Team (Ashworth Middle School)
Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl (Sonoraville Elementary School)
Beta Club (Sonoraville High School)
Reading Bowl Team (Sonoraville High School)
A special panel of judges will meet prior to Oct. 14 to choose the winning entry. The official presenter will be picked from contributors to the literacy council’s ABCs of Scholarship program.
ABCs of Scholarship is a fund-raising event in which companies sponsor a letter of the alphabet. Donors thus far include A, Alpha Delta Kappa; C, Gordon County Commissioners; D, The Dobbs Company; F, Fox Systems; G, Georgia Bank & Trust; I, Hall Realty; K, Dr. Shireen Ku; O, OMNOVA Solutions; R, Regions Bank; T, The Calhoun Times; U, Hall Realty; V, Walmart; W, Hall Realty; X, X- Factor (individuals)
Letter sponsorship is $250. Interested people, or companies, wanting to participate should call 678-848-6410 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
ABCs of Scholarship piggy-backs Lyrics for Literacy, an event growing in popularity at which sponsored singers perform. The event is scheduled for Oct. 14 at 7 p.m. at the King Auditorium on the campus of Georgia Northwestern Technical College.
Sponsors and announced singers so far include St. Timothy’s (Lisa Dunbar); OWASA Family
Medicine (to be announced); Calhoun Rotary Club (to be announced); Calhoun Kiwanis Club (Wesley Roach); Mannington (Cassandra Parker) OMNOVA Solutions (Claire Norman); Georgia Northwestern College (Jessica Long/Wesley Cook). This year’s theme is Broadway Tunes.
Last year’s winner was Amy Stewart, who performed “Chapel of Love” while dressed in a wedding gown and “pregnant and barefoot.” Theme of the show was Songs of the Fifties.
Performers are judged on audience reaction, costume, and originality. Members of the audience will vote by ballot, and the winning sponsor will receive The Legend of the Lost Trumpet Trophy.
Also, the Calhoun High School Quarter is expected to perform as an added attraction, and the
Academic Achievement Award will be presented along with other highlights.
Sherry Childs is master of ceremonies.
The Calhoun-Gordon Council for a Literate Community operates under a broad mission statement: “to make everybody in Gordon County literate.”
The Council majors in public awareness events such at the GED Wall of Honor; Library Month; Dictionary and Stay-in-School T-shirt distribution to city and county students; GED scholarships and recognition events; The Inside Story at which noted authors appear; Book Swaps; publication of Hispanic Guide and other events. It is a certified member of the state-wide Certified Literate Community Program and one of 19 United Way of Gordon County agencies.
Also, it is a member of a collaborative stay-in-school committee made up of representatives from Family Connection, United Way and the two public school systems.