Buzz: Armuchee High, Rome Middle students win student art contest. Rotary honors Rome High students. SPLOST update meeting Thursday. Blood donors needed. State sets 2019-20 tuition.

Buzz: Armuchee High, Rome Middle students win student art contest. Rotary honors Rome High students. SPLOST update meeting Thursday. Blood donors needed. State sets 2019-20 tuition.

Emma Harrell, freshman, Armuchee High
Winners picked in Firefly Fling Student Art Competition: The Rome Area Council for the Arts hosts the Firefly Fling Student Art Competition. A panel of independent judges selected an overall winner for Middle School and overall winner for High School as well as several honorable mentions. The student artists receive a cash prize that is split between the student and his or her school’s art department. Additionally, the pieces are featured on the Firefly Fling invitation and promotional materials.  The winners of RACA’s Firefly Fling Student Art Competition are as follows:
High School Winner: Emma Harrell, freshman, Armuchee High.
  • Honorable mentions: Mandy McGinnis, Hannah Taylor Nelson, Rebecca Parson, all Model High; Morgan Davis and Marli Clouatre, Pepperell High; and Tessa Bagwell and Makenna Raiford, Amurchee High.
Paloma Cruz-Herrera, Rome Middle.
Middle school winner: Teresa Nguyen, seventh grade, Rome Middle.
  • Honorable mentions: Paloma Cruz-Herrera, Rome Middle.
Every year, RACA’s Firefly Fling is an evening of food, energetic music and art. This year, the event will be held on Friday, April 26, at Rotary Plaza.

Pictured are Sarah Blalock, Ahmaria Sheffield, Amanda Hannah, Lilly Hubbard, Hannah Bernstein, Kailah Keith, Laura McCurry, Amanda Howell, Louis Byars and Dr. Eric Holland

Four Rome High School students were selected as winners of the annual Laws of Life Essay Contest and were honored during the Seven Hills Rotary Club’s Laws of Life Luncheon on Tuesday, April 16 at Coosa Country Club.  A Law of Life is a short, concise saying or quote that points to a core personal value or ideal.

“The Georgia Laws of Life Essay Contest asks students to select their own Law of Life, and to write about how it applies to their lives,” said Seven Hills Rotary President Jimmy Gentry. “In doing so, students reflect deeply and write from the heart about what they think matters most. The contest celebrates the students’ stories and their profound reflections.”

The four RHS students who were selected as winners of the essay contest were:

  • Ahmaria Sheffield (9th grade)
  • Kailah Keith (10th grade)
  • Lilly Hubbard (11th grade)
  • Laura McCurry (12th grade)

Laura McCurry was chosen as the Rome High’s school-wide winner and was also one of the 15 essays selected as a state finalist. This year, there were over 44,000 essays written by Georgia students, which is an amazing feat for McCurry.

After the four students were recognized. They were then awarded a certificate of achievement, as well as a $50 gift card.

The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia approved tuition rates for the 2019-2020 academic year. Systemwide, depending on the type of institution, the increase translates to $35 to $125 per semester for a full-time, in-state undergraduate student, or 2.5 percent.  “Limiting tuition increases to 2.5 percent will help enable institutions to balance the critical needs of affordability and quality for students and families,” said Chancellor Steve Wrigley. “At the same time, USG will continue building upon systemwide initiatives to ensure on-time college completion, increase student access to free textbooks and reduce student borrowing. USG institutions are advancing our priorities of affordability, efficiency and degree attainment while continuing to provide students with a high-quality education.”

The 2013 and 2017 SPLOST Committees will meet on Thursday, April 18, at the Rome-Floyd Recycling Center at 412 Lavender Drive, Rome.  The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. The meeting is open to the public. Collections on the 2013 SPLOST ended March 31; the new penny tax began April 1 and will last for five years. Background

Blood Assurance is in critical need of blood donations after a system outage prevented them from processing blood or contacting donors. Blood Assurance is asking all eligible community members to please donate blood as soon as possible. Appointments are not required, but can be scheduled for a donor center or blood drive by visiting, calling 800-962-0628 or texting ‘BAGIVE’ to 444999.


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