Education: Pepperell High receives $6,500 Students Against Destructive Decisions grant from state. Georgia Highland’s impact: $168 million. Cherokee Masonic Lodge No. 66 helps Cave Spring Elementary. Berry students honored.

Education: Pepperell High receives $6,500 Students Against Destructive Decisions grant from state. Georgia Highland’s impact: $168 million. Cherokee Masonic Lodge No. 66 helps Cave Spring Elementary. Berry students honored.

Marli Clouatre, Ruby Morgan, Eva Ellenburg and Kaitlyn Morgan attending dinner meeting at the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety Leadership Conference at Jekyll Island.


In an effort to involve Georgia students in reducing traffic crashes, injuries and deaths of teen drivers, Pepperell High School announces its receipt of a $6,500 Students Against Destructive Decisions grant from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety. The grant will enhance PHS’ existing SADD chapter with the idea that student input into the solution will help alleviate the problem of teen driver fatalities in Georgia.

The PHS SADD chapter was established in 2006 at the request of students that wanted to make an impact on their peers and educate them to make the right choices, specifically related to driving.  After 13 years, the PHS SADD Chapter is still strong and vibrant in educating their peers as well as continuing to educate those in their community, county, and even state. The PHS SADD Chapter plans to continue their efforts to educate everyone to make our roads safer.  

Said Alana Ellenburg, PHS SADD Advisor: “I am very proud of the work our SADD Executive Officers and members have put forth over the years.  I am confident this year’s chapter can continue to teach their peers about the inherent dangers that arise when teens get behind the wheel. The SADD chapter at PHS can not only help raise awareness about things like the consequences of distracted driving, speeding, and underage drinking, but they also bring a ‘peer-to-peer’ perspective to the very group we’re trying to save.”

The PHS SADD chapter plans to conduct seat belt checks, host school wide guest speakers, and work with local law enforcement, emergency management agencies, and other local and state agencies to increase vehicle safety awareness.  The PHS SADD Chapter will again host their Annual Rome/Floyd County “Just Drive” Safe Driving Expo in April.

In addition, the PHS SADD chapter will send its president and advisor to a statewide leadership-training program each fall along with representatives from other high schools that received similar grants.


Cherokee Masonic Lodge No. 66 presented Cave Spring Elementary School with a check for $1,200 for their innovation lab project. Back row left to right: Cherokee Masonic Lodge members Norman Barden, Tom Caldwell, Walter Tharp, Camden Eckels, Greg Dobbins, David Striblin and Tom Fox. Front row left to right: CSES students Alex Klaas, Ella Hicks, Cherokee Masonic Lodge Senior Warden Gary Broome, CSES Principal Shelly Bell, Alivia Copeland and Shealyn Jones.

White Elementary School has been named the only Highest-Performing Title I school in Cartersville-Bartow County by the Georgia Department of Education. With an 88.9 percent College and Career Ready Performance Index or CCRPI score, WES is in the top five percent of all Title I schools in Georgia. This is the first time WES has received the honor of being selected as one of the Highest-Performing schools in the state. For the last three years, WES was recognized as a High-Progress Reward School. “I attribute our school’s success to consistent data-driven instruction,” says WES Principal Amy Heater. “White Elementary’s Georgia Milestone data has been trending upward for the past four years in the following areas: content mastery, readiness, progress, and closing achievement gaps. This is our school’s fourth consecutive year of recognition. I would like to thank my staff, students, and parents for their hard work and dedication each day.”

Georgia Highland’s economic impact set at nearly $168 million. The University System of Georgia recently released the systems total economic impact on the state of Georgia. Of the more than $16.8 billion reported as a whole, Georgia Highlands College’s contribution was over $168 million. The USG report is for Fiscal Year 2017 and is conducted by the Selig Center for Economic Growth in the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business.  GHC’s economic impact was exactly: $168,656,120. This represents an increase of over $19 million from the Fiscal Year 2016 report. The full report, including impact by institution, is available here

A group of Berry College students were recently recognized for their outstanding work at the 2018 Southern Regional Model United Nations Conference in Atlanta. The conference is a simulation of the United Nations and its affiliated bodies for undergraduate students to learn more about international diplomacy and politics. This year Berry students represented Australia and Japan in seven different United Nations and related committees. Both groups were awarded position paper awards for their preconference. The Australia delegation won an honorable mention for their work and Jessie Moore and Jesse Locke won a best delegation award in the World Health Organization.

  • The Berry Japan representatives included Judson Baker (of Snellville, Ga.), Jeb Blount (of Thomson, Ga.), John Catton (of Powder Springs, Ga.), Melody Creamer (of Dallas, Ga.), Sara Jordan (of Chattanooga, Tenn.), Miroslava Lopez Luna (of Dalton, Ga.), Raquel Luna (of Calhoun, Ga.), Cydney Maddox (of Marietta, Ga.), Noah Miller (of Landis, N.C.), Ryan Moran (of Waxhaw, N.C.), Devon Powers (of Naples, Fla.) and Karla Manzanares (of Dalton, Ga.) and Adelia Weber (of Leander, Texas.)
  • The Berry Australia representatives included Locke, (of Dover, Fla.,) Moore, (of Bowdon, Ga.), Hunter Berry (of Harlem, Ga.), Annie Deitz (of Lexington, Ky.), Kelsey Doerr (of Marietta, Ga.), Samantha Krauskopf (of Blairsville, Ga.), Tashe Mwangi (of Woodstock, Ga.), Coleman Ott (of Murfreesboro, Tenn.) and Camryn Tidsworth (of Chapin, S.C.)

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