Buzz: Success for Floyd College & Career Academy CNA students. Armuchee High wins Floyd County’s Academic Decathlon. Berry College presents “The Art of Spiritual Formation”.

Pictured left to right: front row: Jessica Queju, Marley White, Madison King, Lexi Davenport. Back row: Lauren Brown, Madi Hopper, Colby Brown, Debra Barker. Photos by Janda Canalis.
Pictured left to right: front row: Amber Carter, Kiara Ely, Mindy Schoell, Emily Phipps. Middle row: Kinsey Pyles, Hayley Ballard, Thomas Tarter, Maycy Owens, Ethan Temples. Back row: Harrison Roland, Becca Cowan, Bryce Beall,


One hundred percent of the Floyd County College and Career Academy Certified Nursing Assistant students successfully passed their state written and performance exam. This important first step in a healthcare career makes the students eligible for immediate employment in a variety of medical settings and fulfills the CNA certification admission requirement of nursing programs across the state.

The CNA course is offered each semester as part of the healthcare science pathway under the instruction of Janda Canalis, R.N. Students interested in becoming nurses, nurse practitioners, doctors, physician assistants, and therapists are encouraged to enroll in the CNA course.

Career Academy CEO Eric Waters attributes the tremendous success of the CNA program to Ms. Canalis for her leadership and passion for excellence in teaching and to the hard work on the part of her students.

“After becoming CNAs, our students are college and career ready,” said Canalis. “Many join the workforce as CNAs in local healthcare facilities while pursuing college degrees in nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, medical technology, and medicine. The valuable work experience and content knowledge gained through coursework propels our CNAs towards becoming successful in their college healthcare programs and inspires compassionate practitioners.”

The Berry College Chaplain’s Office welcomes Rebecca DeYoung, a philosophy professor at Calvin College, who will discuss vices and virtues in relation to spiritual formation at 7 p.m. Monday in the Krannert Spruill Ballroom.  

DeYoung is the author of “Vainglory: The Forgotten Vice” and “Glittering Vices: A New Look at the Seven Deadly Sins and Their Remedies.” Her focus of study is in ethics, ancient philosophy, medieval philosophy and she specializes in Thomas Aquinas work with ethics and the seven deadly sins.  DeYoung received her Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Notre Dame.  

The lecture is part of the Berry College Life & Calling Lecture Series and is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. For more 

Pictured right to left: Overall Top Honors Student – Alexander Hammond, 12, MHS; Overall Top Scholastic Student – Phoebe Harley, 11, CHS; Overall Top Varsity Student – Alex Lyle, AHS, 12

The Armuchee High Academic Decathlon team was crowned champions in the Floyd County Schools Academic Decathlon competition held at the Floyd County Board of Education central office on Friday. Alexander Hammond of Model High was the highest scoring individual participant this year with 3,754 total points. The theme for questions in this year’s competition was 1960s.

As the first place finisher, Armuchee High will now represent Floyd County Schools in the state competition in February. Second place finisher, Coosa High will now wait to see if their point total will qualify as a Wild Card entry. Wild Card entries are selected based on team point totals from local school system competitions across the state.

The Academic Decathlon features three divisions of competition: Honors, Scholastic, and Varsity. The academic contest features competitions in: literature, math, economics, social science, science, music, and art. Click here for photos.

First Place Team-Armuchee
Second Place Team-Coosa
Third Place Team -Model
Fourth Place Team- Pepperell

Overall Top Honors Student – Alexander Hammond, 12, MHS
Overall Top Scholastic Student – Phoebe Harley, 11, CHS
Overall Top Varsity Student – Alex Lyle, AHS, 12


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