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Cobb EMC Community Foundation announces new scholarship winners

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Back row, left to right: Hannah Nemeck, Sarah Buben, Alicia Chan, Hayden Johnson, Maddie Quirk, Chika Okonkwo. Front row, left to right: Cobb EMC education and community relations director Mark Justice, Courtney Walters, Robert Gnann, Jack Dobkin, Cassie Franklin, Cobb EMC Community Foundation Chairman Chuck Bressoud.

 

The Cobb EMC Community Foundation recently announced this year’s winners for the newly established Cobb EMC Community Foundation Scholarship.  The fourteen scholarships in the amount of $5,000 each were awarded to eligible high school seniors with a primary residence served by Cobb EMC.  The award can be applied to any accredited two or four-year university, college or vocational-technical school.

“My dream is to end up doing makeup for TV and film sets, the movie production is booming in Georgia,” said Sarah Grace Buben, technical college recipient.  “I want to use my gift to help someone feel beautiful and what’s on the inside will end up shining through.”

The candidates had to be accepted in an undergraduate degree program at any accredited two or four-year university or any accredited vocational or technical institute.  In addition, applicants were required to complete a two-page application and write a two-page autobiographical sketch, and essay with reference to future plans and goals.

“The Technical and Vocational Scholarships provided by the Cobb EMC Community Foundation will help prepare students for careers in Georgia’s rapidly expanding skilled trade industries,” said Ben Hames, Deputy Commissioner for Workforce, Georgia Department of Economic Development. “With the efforts of our Go Build Georgia skilled trades initiative and this type of meaningful investment, we are ensuring that Georgia businesses have access to a skilled workforce.”

A total of 215 applications were reviewed and fourteen were selected for a sum of $70,000 in scholarships.

“It’s a privilege to help these deserving students succeed in life,” said Chuck Bressoud, Chairman of the Cobb EMC Community Foundation. “There’s no better way to ensure success than to earn a solid education.”

The annual scholarship was created in late 2014 and is funded and administered by the Cobb EMC Community Foundation.

 

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Wheeler PTSA offering AAA Driving Course

 

Wheeler High School PTSA is offering a AAA Advanced Driving Course to help young drivers learn to drive in emergency conditions. This is open to students and drivers of all ages in East Cobb. The training dates are May 26-31st.

Click HERE for information and to register.

 

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Wheeler athlete signs with Oregon

 

Congratulations to Wheeler High School’s Hunter Smith for signing with the Oregon State Beavers for Rowing.

 

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Teen girls invited to explore fun careers in math and science

 

Young women ages 13-18 are invited to register for the summertime workshop series Cobb GEMS: Girls in Engineering, Math and Science. In its second year, the popular program is expanding to four library locations: Kemp, Mountain View, Switzer and Vinings. The workshops will be held in June but space is limited, so register today.

During the GEMS series, participants meet influential women in tech fields, learn about free educational resources, create 3D bracelets and more. Sponsorship for the program is provided by the Cobb Library Foundation. For more information, visit cobbcat.org/gems.

 

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Wheeler Magnet team wins Power Pitch Challenge

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Wheeler High School students Nathaniel Tappin, Ari Satinoff, and Mihir Bellamkonda.

 

Wheeler High School students Mihir Bellamkonda, Nathaniel Tappin and Ari Satinoff, won first place for their six-minute power pitch at the Conrad Spirit of Innovation Challenge Summit (www.conradchallenge.org) held at the Kennedy Space Center April 9-11 in the category of ‘Giant Leap to Mars’.

The pitch needed to include the need, the science, the feasibility as well as the business case for the idea. The Wheeler team competed against nine other teams from all over the world in the final pitch
including a team from India. Wheeler’s team successfully navigated multiple elimination rounds starting in October 2014 and culminating at the Conrad Innovation Summit held at The Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Mihir Bellamkonda represented the Wheeler Magnet team at the summit, as Ari Satinoff and Nathaniel Tappin were unable to attend due to prior commitments.

Wheeler’s team ‘Effervesce’ focused on the design of a bioreactor to produce methane gas efficiently using Mars’s own carbon dioxide and bacteria specializing in converting hydrogen and carbon dioxide to methane.Methane is then used as fuel to power a turbine to produce energy, and the team successfully argued about their design being superior to solar energy as well as thorium based nuclear reactors for fueling a Mars journey.

The Giant Leap to Mars category was introduced as a special category in the Conrad Challenge to recognize and celebrate NASA’s Journey to Mars program intended to allow human exploration of the red planet (www.nasa.gov/content/nasas-human-path-to-mars).

 

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“Life-Savers, Heroes, Miracle Workers…”

Lucas O’Reilly and Jesse Adams, “Pope Positive Athletes” honored for heroism and bravery

 

“Life-savers, heroes, miracle workers…” that’s how two Pope High School students are being described after pulling two people from dangerous water on a recent vacation to Rosemary Beach, Florida.

Lucas O’Reilly and Jesse Adams and their Pope High School friends happened to be on the beach at the same time as the Russell family last month. That timing was critical as two members of the Russell family were fighting strong currents and needed rescuing. Upon hearing the Russell family mom (Tammy) frantically calling for help on a near empty beach, Lucas and Jesse immediately took the water to bring the Russell dad (Carl) and daughter (Caroline) to safety.

With the dramatic rescue underway, others called 911 and the Sheriff’s deputies and EMT personnel were soon on hand. Not before Lucas and Jesse had swam out to get Carl and Caroline, and pull them back to safety on shore. “A miracle,” Carl calls it. “Somehow their strength, athletic ability, and courage allowed them to come through the strong currents that were churning up the sandy bottom. It was amazing and it was an unbelievable relief from the terror we faced few moments before.” The family wrote Pope to share with the school how much they appreciated the boys’ lifesaving efforts.

At Pope, the boys were given special recognition at the Positive Athletes Awards ceremony for their acts of bravery. Carl Russell wrote of the terrifying ordeal, “Certainly we could not have lasted much longer without the help of Lucas and Jesse. They are life-savers, heroes, miracle workers, and angels from heaven. Their selfless and courageous acts on the beach at Rosemary will live in our hearts forever. We are grateful beyond words.”

(Reprinted from Cobb County Schools website. Written by Dr. Bob Downs, Pope HS principal.)

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Registration open for Pope football camp

 

 

Pope High School is hosting the 2015 Youth Football Camp June 1-4th from 10:00-12:00 pm at Pope High School in East Cobb.

Calling all Cobb County 7-14 year olds to join in the best summer football camp in Cobb County! This non-contact camp provides skilled instruction by Pope High School Varsity Staff and is appropriate for all levels of players both offensive and defensive positions. Skills and techniques will include football fundamentals, leadership, team building, self improvement, passing, blocking, receiving and coverage. Activities will include team drills and a 7 on 7 competition.

Registration is $75.00 and each camper will receive the 2015 Pope Youth Football Camp t-shirt.

Fore more information, to register online or download registration form to mail or bring to camp please visit popefootball.com or click on the links below. Pre-registration is encouraged as this camp fills very quickly, however walk ups on first day are accepted.

Click here to register your football camper online

Click here to download your football camp registration

Click here to visit the Pope Greyhound Football Website

 

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CCSD offers High School Summer School 2015

The Cobb County School District will offer High School summer school courses at Wheeler High School, June 22, 2015 – July 7, 2015. For further information and to register, students should see their high school counselor.

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Walton Volleyball informational meeting is next week

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The Walton Volleyball spring informational meeting is on Monday, April 27th, from 7-8:30pm at Walton High School, in the Theater.  Attend to learn about the program as well as get all of the important information regarding camps, tryouts, important program dates, etc.  You will not want to miss out! Interested/potential players are highly encouraged to attend as well.

The summer camp dates and times are now up on the Walton Volleyball Website. To register visit www.waltonvolleyball.org. Some camps have limited space so please register early!

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Over 250 High School Students Come Together to Build Habitat Home

Students from Wheeler, Walton, Pope, Kennesaw Mountain and Campbell High Schools Fundraise and Build Home for a Deserving Family in Austell

Two young girls and their mother will move into a new, affordable home in Austell all thanks to more than 350 selfless teenagers who are members of Habitat Clubs at each school that form the Cobb High School Coalition for Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Metro Atlanta.

“We have met the students and they are so respectful, and really care about the work they are doing,” the mother of two said. “Although my daughters cannot participate due to their age, I am seeing a spark of philanthropy light up in them because they keep telling me that they can’t wait to give back to Habitat!”

The inspiration for Natasha’s daughters comes from all the students from Wheeler, Walton, Pope, Kennesaw Mountain and Campbell High Schools who make up the coalition.

Since 1997, the high school coalition has helped build over 30 homes for Habitat families.  As students, they believe in the need for affordable housing and they encourage family and friends to get involved. At Walton, Habitat has become the “coolest club” in school.

And, this year was no different.

On Saturday, April 11, a group of students from Walton and Campbell High Schools took part in cleaning and painting the home that will be dedicated to the deserving family on May 9, 2015.

The students have been a part of the home since the beginning from fundraising to finishing the home for its dedication. The schools took different approaches to raise the $65,000 to pay for the building materials needed for the Habitat build.

Campbell High sophomores Mariah Christian and Parker Penick recalled fundraising as not only an integral part of the mission, but also one of the most fun activities.

“We hosted a yard sale, movie nights and sold tickets to the basketball games and dances,” said Christian, whose parents were involved in Habitat.

Walton High School students held their own fundraiser such as raising money through family and friends and hosting a horse plop raffle.

Penick added, “It is really great to see our efforts go towards something that will help someone else. It’s such an awesome house!”

Thirty students volunteer per Saturday, and then over 50 work on landscaping day. Over the course of the eight weekends, over 250 students will have participated in different aspects of the build in time for the dedication.

David Dewar, faculty sponsor at Walton High School, knows that from the beginning, the kids’ hard work has paid off for the greater good of the community.

“This is a great experience of showing these kids how to work together for a common cause,” said Dewar. “From fundraising to completing the volunteer portion of the home, the kids are a part of this every step of the way. All of this energy pays off to give back to their community.”

Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Atlanta kicked off its 2015 build on Valentine’s Day and the Cobb High School Coalition build is the second home of the build season.

The nonprofit kicked off an ambitious building campaign in Cobb, Douglas and Paulding counties for 2015. This year the affiliate hopes to build and renovate a total of 14 affordable Habitat homes in its tri-county service area.  It is an aggressive plan, and for good reason. Habitat has an overflowing waiting list of over 400 families.

Sponsors such as, Assurant, Citibank, Heidelberg USA, KeyBank, Lockheed, Munich Reassurance, Novelis, Pinkerton & Laws and Wells Fargo and a host of faith-based organizations and the high schools are helping to make this goal possible – but more sponsors are needed.

“When local schools from across Cobb County join together to fund a Habitat house, everyone wins in a number of different ways,” said NW Metro Atlanta Habitat CEO David McGinnis. “Everyone from the homeowner to the neighborhood as well as the high school students win by helping to support the community, helping a deserving family and learning how to work together towards a common goal. It truly is a win-win situation.”