Student Make-Up Day - February 15, 2016

Just a friendly reminder:  Monday, February 15, 2016 will be a student make-up day, and students should report to school.  
      GHS STAR Student and STAR Teacher       
L to R: Pramoda Karnati with teacher Pam Michelsen
GHS Senior Pramoda Karnati was named the 2016 STAR Student for Gainesville High School. She is the daughter of Chandra and Vijayalaxmi Karnati. Her dad, Chandra, is an educator at Gainesville High School.  She selected Mrs. Pamela Michelsen as her STAR Teacher.   To obtain the STAR nomination, Pramoda had to have the highest SAT score among her peers and rank in the top 10 percent of her graduating class.  

"Honestly, it is truly an honor to be named the STAR Student for GHS, but I would not have gotten this far without the help of my amazing teachers and wonderful parents who supported and coached me throughout my life," stated Pramoda. "We have worked so hard, so this achievement is not only my own. This award is a sweet fruit of our labors, and I am more than happy and honored to represent the fantastic Gainesville High School."

Mrs. Michelsen shared, "Pramoda started one of her college essays with this sentence, "Writing binary code is like writing poetry." That pretty much sums Pramoda up. She is so talented, and her talents are so diverse. There is nothing that she cannot do and do well. From writing poetry to building robots, she is always at the top of her game."

When asked what impact her STAR teacher has had on her academic success, Pramoda stated, "Mrs. Michelsen has been such an integral part of my high school career. Not only has she been an amazing teacher, but, in addition to my parents, she has been one of my mentors and guides throughout these four years. I have had the honor of working with her through both Academic Bowl and Beta Club, and she has been such an positive influence in my life. She truly deserves the STAR teacher award."

After graduation, Pramoda plans to attend either Georgia Tech or MIT. She wants to major in Computer Science and minor in Business.  " My dream is to eventually work my way up to earning a leadership position at Google and inspire other females to do the same since there is such a gender disparity in the STEM field," stated Pramoda. 

Pramoda along with other STAR students within the city and county will be honored at a banquet sponsored by the Gainesville Kiwanis Club on February 23rd.  
Twins For A Day At GEA
Trever with his role model Mr. White

Have you "Herd" that Mr. White has a "mini me"?  Trever Beatty got a new white shirt and tie for Christmas.  On the first day back from the holiday break, he told his teacher, Mrs. Wilhoite, that he loved the outfit because "I look just like Mr. White!" Trever wanted to take a picture with Mr. White because he looks up to him so much.  Mr. White went out of his way to take a picture with Trever and even gave him a badge and blue pen to make his week.  Trever thought it was awesome.  Thanks, Mr. White, for going above and beyond to be the best role model.
Pro Wrestler AJ Styles Visits Fair Street
Pro Wrestler AJ Styles with Classroom Champions

On Friday, February 5th, Fair Street IB World School hosted guest speaker Alan Jones (aka AJ Styles), a professional wrestler in the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), in conjunction with the Classroom Champions program.  Mr. Jones spoke with second grade students in Ms. Hortman's class on the topic of perseverance. He encouraged students "to be the best at what they do" and to "work hard and keep going". He also emphasized the importance of "never saying the word can't". Students asked him questions about his career such as why did he choose to become a wrestler and what did he have to do to prepare for wrestling.   After the question and answer session, the class performed a song titled "Dream Big".  
Classroom Champions is a mentoring program that targets grades K- 8 and brings Olympians, Paralympians and Olympic/Paralympic games hopefuls into the classroom using videos and live chats.  Each athlete mentor adopts 3-10 classrooms per year. Focusing on their own personal journey, athletes teach students about the hard work of training, goal setting, competition and perseverance. Through video lessons and live video chats, students are engaged with their athlete mentor several times per month. Classroom Champions supports teachers by helping them incorporate activities into their curriculum, focusing on letter writing, reading, geography, math, technology, goal setting and leadership.  Fair Street has participated in this program since 2009.

Over the years, Fair Street's Classroom  Champions have been mentored by Olympic athletes such as  Steve Mesler, David Oliver,   Ashley Wagner,   and Heather Brown .  This year the athlete mentor is Adeline Gray, a three time world champion wrestler currently ranked number one in the world. She has also medaled at each of the past five world championships, winning gold medals in 2012, 2014 and 2015.

Please click here to view the "Dream Big" video.
  Centennial Claims Region Bowl Title
Centennial Reading Bowl Team

Congratulations to the Centennial Arts Academy Reading Bowl team for winning first place in the Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl Competition held on February 6th at Gainesville Middle School. Twenty eight teams from around the region competed in the event. Centennial's team consists of  Alyssa Woo,  Ella Grace Lawler,  Evan Graham,  Stuart Daniel,  Anna Cate Ramsey,  Joseph Alvarez,  Xochitl Corona,  Kerrigan Gruhn, and Catelynn Couch. The coach is  Kathy Anglin.

The team advanced to the next level of competition, the Divisional Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl, which will be held on  February 27th  at Pickens County Middle School in Jasper, Georgia.  There are two divisions in the state, with six teams remaining in each division. The first place team from each division will advance to the state competition scheduled on  March 19th  in Athens, Georgia.  

We wish the robotics team much success in the divisional competition, and we know that they will represent Centennial and our school district well!
 Students Organize Clothing Drive     
Generation Inspiration and AWARE students
During the month of January, Generation Inspiration and the AWARE Club sponsored a clothing drive for individuals and families in need. This project was a great opportunity for both clubs to collaborate with each other and participate in community service. Several teachers, staff,  and students donated bags of clothing, making the drive a  huge success.  The students are appreciative of the amount of donations received and are grateful for everyone's generosity. 
      Asian Culture Awareness at GHS         
Students and staff enjoy Asian cuisine
Gainesville High School held an "Asian Culture Awareness" event on Monday, February 8th, which was on Chinese New Year's Day. The event was held in the Media Center during the three lunches with approximately 450 students and faculty in attendance.

People wore red to honor the Chinese New Year color (for happiness and good luck). Our STAR student, Pramoda Karnati, even wore her Indian costume.  Students from the Chinese classes wore Chinese costumes or "the year of the monkey" shirts, and they helped serve food, fruits, fortune cookies, and other dishes.   The media center was decorated with lanterns and other Chinese New Year decorations, and forty red envelopes with dollar bills were given as prizes. For entertainment, students from the International Club danced to Chinese/Vietnamese music.

Food from China, India, the Philippines, and Vietnam was served to guests thanks to sponsorship by the Confucius Institute from Kennesaw State University, parents, teachers, a local restaurant, and the high school cafeteria. A special thanks to Yolanda Gomez and Susan Wooten who coordinated the event, and to those who provided food. Everyone had a great time and enjoyed the food, entertainment, and fellowship!

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