Education: Kiwanis Club of Rome awards $9,500 in scholarships. Floyd sets intra school district transfer dates.  North Heights Elementary plans special open house. Berry student earns Goldwater Scholarship.

Education: Kiwanis Club of Rome awards $9,500 in scholarships. Floyd sets intra school district transfer dates. North Heights Elementary plans special open house. Berry student earns Goldwater Scholarship.

From left to right: Key Club Scholarship Winners: Margaret Elizabeth Bagwell, Pepperell High School; Madison Julianne Floyd, Model High School; Anna Kathryn Fitzpatrick, Armuchee High School.
Back row, left to right: Harper Buffington, Armuchee High School; Alexis Peed, Model High School; Jaiden Mickley, Pepperell High School; and Kayla Hutcherson, Armuchee High School. Front row, left to right:  Darian Ball, Zach Payne, Blake Green, and Carter Nelson, Pepperell High School.


The Kiwanis Club of Rome awarded $9,300.00 in scholarship money this past Tuesday, May 7, during the club’s annual scholarship awards banquet. Kiwanis presented scholarships in the areas of Key Club, Art and Music.

Key Club winners were:Anna Kathryn Fitzpatrick$1,000, Armuchee High School; Hieu Ton Vu, $1,000, Rome High School; Margaret Elizabeth Bagwell, $1,000, Pepperell High School; and overall scholarship winner Madison Julianne Floyd, $3,000, Model High School.

Art winners were: third place Jaiden Mickley, $250, Pepperell High School; second place Alexis Peed, $500, Model High School; and first Harper Buffington, $1,000, Armuchee High School.

Music Winners were: third place Rosemari Hill, $250, Unity Christian; second place Kayla Hutcherson, $500, Armuchee High School; and 1first place,  the quartet of Darian Ball, Blake Green, Carter Nelson, and Zach Payne,  $1,000 Pepperell High School.

Kiwanis Club of Rome scholarship program is funded through the annual peach sale. This year makes the 12th year in a row for the Kiwanis Club of Rome Peach Sale. For more information on the Kiwanis Club of Rome (club meets for lunch first and third Tuesdays at noon at Schroeder’s in Armuchee) or to place an order for peaches, please visit us on the web at:, Facebook: @RomeKiwanis, or send an email to:

The Intra-District transfer window will open for students currently attending a Floyd County school to apply for a transfer to a different school within the school system on Friday, May 31 and close on Friday, June 14,  at 3 p.m for regular program students. The deadline for submitting an application for Intra-District transfer for special needs students is Tuesday, Sept. 3.

A parent or guardian may request to have a child transferred to another school within Floyd County Schools as long as the school system has determined that there is available classroom space at the school after all assigned students have been enrolled. Currently, projected enrollment figures indicate that all Floyd County Schools have limited space available for transfers. It should be noted that available classroom space does not exist at all grade levels at all schools and could change as enrollment for students within the district increases during the summer.

Please keep in mind, if a child is transferred to another school in the district, the parent or guardian assumes all costs and responsibilities related to the transportation of the child to and from school. Also, a student may not apply to attend a school that does not have courses necessary for that student’s graduation or a school that does not have a program with the services in the student’s existing individualized education plan.

Another important factor to consider before applying for transfer would be eligibility in sports or extracurricular activities. Students involved in extracurricular activities and sports should carefully consider their eligibility according to rules of the individual programs and the rules and regulations of the Georgia High School Association prior to applying for a transfer. Such transfers may negatively impact a student’s ability to participate in a sport or activity.

Information about transfer options for all students and transfer application forms are available on the Floyd County Schools Web site at or at the Central Office of Floyd County Schools on Riverside Parkway. Transfer applications for the 2019-2020 school year must be submitted to Floyd County Schools at the central office building on Riverside Parkway by 3 p.m. Friday, June 14,  for regular program students. Special needs students will have until Tuesday, September 3, 2019, to apply for a transfer. Special needs students also have out-of-district options. All details regarding options for students are available on the Floyd County Schools’ Website.

If there are more requests for transfer than space available at a school, a random selection of submitted applications will be used to fill the openings.


North Heights Elementary School at 26 Atteiram Drive in Rome is hosting a school and community celebration open-house event on Wednesday, May 22, from 5 until  7 p.m. Guests will be able to tour the school, view school memorabilia and enjoy refreshments. Several guest speakers are planned as well, beginning at 6 p.m. “Come out and visit North Heights Elementary School as we honor and prepare for the transition into Main Elementary School.” (North Heights will become the school system’s sixth grade academy).

Rising Berry senior Parker Roberts


A Berry College student who is working at NASA this summer, has earned the prestigious Goldwater Scholarship.

Rising senior Parker Roberts is one of 496 elite college students from across the United States to receive the 2019-20 Goldwater Scholarship. The Goldwater is one of the oldest and most prestigious scholarships in the natural sciences, engineering, and mathematics. Established by Congress in 1986 in honor of Senator Barry Goldwater’s service as a soldier and statesman, the foundation strives to help upperclassmen who desire to pursue research careers and intend to obtain a Ph.D. The goal of the program is to ensure the U.S. has highly qualified individuals in these fields.

Roberts is a physics major from Roswell, Ga., who has always been fascinated by the laws that govern the physical world. He has been conducting research alongside several mentors, and has presented his research at national conferences throughout his time at Berry. His mentors at Berry have included Associate Professor of Physics Charles Lane and former Berry professors Scott Carr and Shawn Hilbert. This year 5,000 students were nominated for the Goldwater.

“It is a high honor to be awarded the Goldwater Scholarship. The award includes a generous financial scholarship, as well as carrying with it a prestigious and selective name that will benefit my search for graduate programs in the coming year,” he said. “To receive the Goldwater Scholarship is to be inducted into a community of Americans who have done great things for the world by courageously pushing forward the bounds of what is known and possible. I find it simultaneously inspiring and humbling to be granted this opportunity. It is as much a celebration of my hard work so far as it is a call to greater service.”

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