Jacob Wilmont Appreciation Day 
Friends and family attend special celebration

On May 4th, friends, family, community members, and district and school personnel gathered to celebrate "Jacob Wilmont Appreciation Day" to pay tribute to Mr. Wilmont for over 40 years of service as a school crossing guard with the school district.  A celebration was held at Enota's MI Academy at the school's crosswalk where Mr. Wilmont diligently holds his post most mornings and afternoons during regular school days.  

Superintendent Wanda Creel  welcomed everyone to the event, and Fair Street principal Will Campbell noted Mr. Wilmont's many roles and areas of service over the years. Board Chair Delores Diaz, Enota Principal Wesley Roach and Enota students gave commendations to the guest of honor followed by a special tribute from School Board member Sammy Smith.  Guests in attendance included Representative Carl Rogers, former City Council member Myrtle Figueras, and former County Commissioner Deborah Mack. The event concluded with the official unveiling of the sign designating Enota's crosswalk as "Jacob Wilmont Crosswalk".
9th Graders "STOMP" To Better Reading
Volunteers help students with reading
Five wonderful ladies began a journey with students in Basic Reading and Writing at the 9th Grade Center when they came to listen to the students read. The journey led to learning, laughter, and love. Amy Green, Lesley Gough, Diann Chapman, Ginger Workman and Phyllis Green came to the school every Wednesday morning starting in January until the end of April to tutor the students in reading. 

Ms. Green said, "These are now "my" kids. We came to give, and instead we have received so much from them! Getting to know the students as well as seeing their progress has been wonderful. I am so thankful to have been a part of this." One student said, "Miss Lesley is my reading partner, she so sweet! I am going to miss her and all of them." The group hopes to garner more volunteers, and they plan to return to read with students in the fall.

A big Red Elephant "Thank You" goes to these wonderful volunteers for their lasting impact on these students' education!

GHS Senior Receives ROTC Scholarship
L to R:  LTJG Nathan Bourdeau and Talisa Soto

GHS senior and JROTC cadet Talisa Soto has been awarded an Early  Commissioning  Scholarship  at Georgia Military College in the amount of $ 150,000.  Talisa will attend GMC for two years and will then be commissioned as Second Lieutenant in the Georgia National Guard. She will then complete her last two years of study at Mercer University in the school's nursing program.  This is a remarkable accomplishment for this young cadet, and we wish her much success when she attends GMC in the fall!
GCSS Students Participate in Special Olympics 
GCSS students at Special Olympics
The Gainesville City School System was once again well represented at the recent regional Special Olympics games held on April 29 at CW Davis Middle School.  Athletes from New Holland, Fair Street, Gainesville Middle School, and Gainesville High School competed and won medals in numerous events.  The student-athletes had outstanding performances in track & field and bocce.  One of the highlights of the event involved an exciting soccer match between Gainesville Middle School and East Hall Middle School.

Maritza Rivera, GCSS Special Education Parent Mentor, said, "These kids are so inspiring!  They enjoyed every minute and had great spirit!  Their faces were all smiles!"  The athletes were excited to win bronze, silver and gold medals, and they were extremely proud of their individual accomplishments.  "The students displayed strength, resiliency, determination, and enthusiasm," stated Mrs. Rivera.  "They believed in their pledge: Let me win, but if I can not win, let me be brave in the attempt."  

A special thanks to the exceptional teachers, paraprofessionals, parents, and staff who devoted their time and talents to make this a special day for our remarkable Special Olympians.  We are proud of our athletes for their amazing performances!
Three Pole Vaulters Advance To State Finals
L to R: Nick Anderson, Faith Moss & Hunter Mallard
Congratulations to GHS Track and Field athletes Faith Moss, Nick Anderson, and Hunter Mallard for advancing to the GHSA Track & Field State Finals.  Faith attended the Girls' State meet on May 5th in Albany, Georgia and finished 13th in the state.  Nick and Hunter will compete in the Boys' State meet on May 12th in Jefferson, Georgia.  

Head Coach Wayne Jones states, "The vaulters have worked very hard this season preparing to compete at state.  Faith Moss is the Hall County Champion, and she is excited to be one of the top vaulters to compete at State Finals this year."  

Coach Jones has great expectations of Nick and Hunter as they prepare to compete for the boys' state title.  "With the emergence of new Region Champion Nick Anderson and returning State Champion Hunter Mallard, I feel confident that both can possibly finish in the top three at state next week.  Not only am I proud of the accomplishments of these great athletes, but I am also very proud of our boys and girls' track teams.  I am excited for our track program as we continue to move forward!"  
Special Events Planned At New Holland  
Students participate in fun activities
The past weeks have been quite busy at New Holland Knowledge Academy.  The school ended the month of April with a Milestone After Party. Mrs. Beverly Hamin and several 5th grade students led the entire school in cheer on the last day of Milestone testing. 

On May 4th, Gail Hogan of the Hall County Public Library stopped by the Media Center to speak to students about the Hall County Public Library Summer Reading Program and the importance of reading over the summer. Then, on May 5th, students celebrated Field Day with games, an inflated obstacle course, and Kona Ice which was a student and staff favorite! 

Throughout the week, New Holland's PTA sponsored special treats for faculty and staff members for Teacher Appreciation Week. Other upcoming events will include Pre-K Career Week, New Holland's Got Talent, and the End of the Year Award ceremonies. New Holland's students and faculty will undoubtedly be very busy until the very last day of school!
GHS Grad Will Lead Georgia Tech Band  
GHS graduate Ariana Olalde 
Gainesville High School graduate (Class of 2014) and former Big Red Machine band member Ariana Olalde, who is the daughter of Maria Olalde of Enota MI Academy,  was recently chosen to help lead the Georgia Tech Marching Band onto the field at Bobby Dodd Stadium next fall.  

Ariana describes the opportunity as "amazing" stating, "   After a year of being band Vice President, marching tuba, and balancing that with school as well as being a Room Advisor, I knew that I wanted to move up to the position of Drum Major. (Even after housing had told me doing both was not possible).  I did some heavy schedule planning, and after a while I saw that it was very possible to do both."

The process in becoming drum major was not easy, and Ariana had to find time to prepare for her tryout. " T here was a large amount of preparation. I watched lots of old football games to learn the calls," says Ariana. "I paid pretty good attention to our games in high school, but I never had experience making my own calls. I prepped for about a month, and then the spring game happened. I made correct calls, and the band responded well."  

In fact, her preparation definitely paid off as Ariana's performance was the strongest compared to the other candidates.  She states, "A ll of the candidates  were required to get in front of the band, introduce ourselves, and play a piece of music that wasn't a football cheer. I took them by surprise with my three years of experience in high school!"  

Ariana is anxious to begin her new role as Georgia Tech's drum major in the fall. " After taking classes this summer and working as a room advisor and a waitress, I'm looking forward to coming back and being on the podium for the season as well as continuing with a new batch of residents for the year! "

What's Going On In The "Herd" Community?  
Mrs. Lessie Smithgall
Friends of Mrs. Lessie Smithgall donated children's books to the "Free Little Library" in Wilshire Park in honor of her 105th birthday.  Mrs. Smithgall received her honorary diploma from Gainesville High School in 2013.  The library was built by the GHS construction class and is maintained by the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA).

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