Education: Honors for area students nominated to the U.S. military academies. Link to Darlington’s top students. Cass High senior earns statewide poetry honor.

Education: Honors for area students nominated to the U.S. military academies. Link to Darlington’s top students. Cass High senior earns statewide poetry honor.

Left to right: Ryan Craft, Andy Ledbetter II, Colton Woods, Rep. Tom Graves, Malachi Wright, Gavin Nix and Emma Kate Smith

 Rep. Tom Graves (R-Ga.-14) on Thursday held a send-off dinner in Calhoun to honor the students from the 14th Congressional District who were appointed to attend a U.S. military academy. Eight local students were appointed to the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, and the U.S. Military Academy. The students, their hometown and the academy they were appointed to are listed below:

  • Ryan Craft, Catoosa County – U.S. Naval Academy
  • Andy Ledbetter II, Paulding County – U.S. Air Force Academy
  • Emma Kate Smith, Gordon County – U.S. Air Force Academy
  • Colton Woods, Polk County – U.S. Air Force Academy
  • Malachi Wright, Paulding County – U.S. Military Academy
  • Gavin Nix, Bartow County – U.S. Merchant Marine Academy
  • Justin Waldman, Paulding County – U.S. Air Force Academy 
  • John Buckley, Henry County – U.S. Merchant Marine Academy

Darlington students in grades 6-12 are recognized based on their grade average for the semester, as follows: Headmaster’s List, 95 or higher average with no grade below 90; Director’s List, 90 or higher average with no grade below 85. Grades for Upper School students in Honors or Advanced Placement courses are weighted five points for Honor Roll computation purposes. See who made which list by clicking  Darlington.

Jessica Keeler is a senior at Cass High School who has participated in communicative and visual arts through the Georgia Honors Program, her school newspaper, and her school art club. Writing poetry is her favorite form of expression. She plans to major in game development and design at Georgia State University.

On Tuesday, June 4, Gov. Brian P. Kemp and Georgia’s Poet Laureate, Chelsea Rathburn, in collaboration with Georgia Council for the Arts, announced the winner and finalists of the sixth annual Poet Laureate’s PrizeAmong the 2019 finalists is Jenna Keeler, a senior at Cass High, who wrote “love letter to the girl I will be.”

:
cast over cast over cast over
bone. like math class: power is
just more of the same thing.
just more of yourself against
yourself. There was so much I
wanted to tell you in my graveyard
gymnasium – behind the ribcage
bleachers, and my stuttering hands,
and my school uniform with all its
torn-off buttons. words that leave
troughs in my throat like riverbed-
wounds.
 
sorry to be cliché, but here’s my
second clasp, a bone-white kind
of grip, like hands into bleach into
seashell-plastic. take me to the
ocean and teach me how to step
quietly enough not to wake the kraken;
the sand is unsteady and shifting
and I want it blown to glass, a
porthole reef, to look between my
toes and see molten core.
 
if you look at the horizon, you can
see the world’s teeth. I hold hands
with people who bear loose fingers:
like cast over bone, we are holding
just tight enough to heal ourselves.
 
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