Model Middle School eighth grader Sara Grace Abernathy recently won the Optimist International GATEway District Oratorical Contest. While representing the Rome Noon Optimist Club, Sara Grace placed first place in the District finals held in Tucker after hundreds of students throughout Georgia and Eastern Tennessee over the last couple of months have competed in local club contests and district level regional contests.
This year the first and second place winners in the local Rome club contest — Sara Grace Abernathy and Natalie Long (both Model Middle eighth graders) advanced to one of 4 district regional contests and placed first and second place in that contest which advanced them to the district finals made up of 8 contestants. The was the first time that the Rome Noon Optimist Club had both of its club contest winners make it to the District finals.
Sara Grace Abernathy now advances to one of 8 Regional Contests where the winner of each will win a $5,000 scholarship and will advance to the World Championship. The Regional Contests and the World Championship will be held virtually and live streamed on July 22 and 23, 2021. The top three winners of the World Championship will win scholarships — $5,000 (3rd place), $10,000 (2nd place) and $15,000 (1st place).
Fittingly, the theme for this year’s Oratorical Contest is “Healing the World with Optimism.”
Floyd Against Drugs announces the city of Rome and Floyd County have proclaimed May 9-15 Prevention Week. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Prevetion Week is May 9 through 15. Each year around this observance, communities and organizations across the country come together to raise awareness about the importance of substance use prevention and positive mental health.
Two called Floyd County Board of Education meetings on Wednesday: The first is a called meeting/work session this Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. in the superintendent’s office. Then at 12:30 p.m., the board will have a joint called board meeting with the Floyd County Commissioners at the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office (jail) training center, 2526 New Calhoun Hwy, NE. For the joint meeting, the boards will hold a closed meeting to discuss real estate. Georgia’s open meetings law allows closed meetings for real estate, personnel and legal issues.
Cave Spring’s Downtown Development Authority is sponsoring Baconfest and a car show this Saturday at Rolater Park. Planned are all types of homemade bacon
dishes to “taste” (including bacon fudge), pony rides, face painting, food concessions, arts and crafts. Hours: 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Baconfest/car show