ELLIJAY, Ga. – The Gilmer County Charter School System’s chapter of the National FFA Organization (formerly known as the Georgia Future Farmer’s Association) held their banquet honoring those award winners for the year’s work.
The banquet was also visited by Georgia Speaker of the House David Ralston who stopped by offering his congratulations to those being honored. Ralston commented on the banquet saying, “When I go to FFA groups, I know among some of the finest of our young people. Young people that are learning great work ethic, learning to prepare for leadership roles in the world, and will assume leadership roles in the world. I want to commend you for all your hard work and for the great job you do. Agriculture, not only here in Gilmer county but in the state, has a great future.”
Ralston went on to note the efforts the state has put into getting the second headquarters of Amazon. He told those present that even with Amazon, agriculture would maintain its position as the number one part of our economy in Georgia.
Continuing the banquet, attendees were treated to a dinner served by FFA members before the honorees were brought on stage. The winners noted in the banquet received their awards in the Career Development Events area and are listed below the slideshow.
Gilmer High FFA (Eighth in Area) Kaytlin Beavers, Abigail Blackwell, Hunter Bowyer, Sam Dillard.
Gilmer High FFA (First in Area; 10th in State) Thomas Chastain.
Thomas received a $500 scholarship from the Georgia EMC for placing first in the Area I competition.
Gilmer High FFA (First in Area; Eighth in State) Thomas Chastain, Eli Cochran, Bryson Mulkey (high individual), Dylan Parker.
Agricultural Technology and Equipment ID
Gilmer High FFA JR (Sixth in Area) Ari Price, Avery Marshall, William McVey, Dilian Ojala.
Clear Creek Middle FFA (Fifth in Area) Jacob Bertolini, Abby Bauer, Cole Parks, Sawyer Wishon.
Gilmer High FFA (First in Area) Mary Lee Callihan, Mallory Kiser, Carter Hice, Nathan Cain (high individual).
Conduct of Chapter Meeting
Gilmer High FFA JR (Third in Area) Alyssa Ashurst, Gavin Berger, Rose Chadwick, Ally Elrod, Sarah Ingle, Lauren Smith, Emma Thurman.
Clear Creek FFA (Second in Area) Octavia Bushey, Macie Wilkes, Tori Reed, Abby Baurer, Natalie Johnson, Morgan Griggs, Mallory Lane.
Gilmer High FFA (First in Sub-Area; Third in Area) Sara Ingle.
Gilmer High FFA JR: (First in Area; Second in State) Rose Chadwick, Coleman James, Arianna Price, Lauren Smith.
Clear Creek Middle FFA (Third in Area; 10th in State) Annalysa Brown, Morgan Griggs, Torri Reed, Octavia Bushey.
Gilmer High FFA SR: (First in Area; Sixth in State) Mary Keener, Joe Leonnig, Shelby Nealey, Elizabeth Stillwell.
Environmental Natural Resources
Gilmer High FFA JR (Second in Area, Eighth in State) Alyssa Ashurst, Issac Bradshaw, Ally Elrod, Heath Stover.
Gilmer High FFA SR (Fourth in Area) Hunter Bowyer, Mary Keener, Blake Ledford, Joseph Leonning.
Extemporaneous Public Speaking
Gilmer High FFA (Fourth in Sub-Area) Stephanie Bailey.
Farm Business Management
Gilmer High FFA (First in Area; Third in state) Bryce Bowen, Grace Henderson, Matt Long, Katie Marick.
Gilmer High FFA JR (Fifth in Area) Andrea Byers, Olivia Lykins, Griselda Perez, Emma Thurman.
Clear Creek Middle FFA (Third in Area) Abby Bauer, Andrew Mooney, Emma Reece, Joshua Taffin.
Gilmer High FFA SR (Fifth in Area) Jalynn Ledford, Abriana Mccollum, Allison Ross, Claire Stanley.
Gilmer High FFA JR (Third in Area) Colby Barnes, Rose Chadwick, Chandler Clayton, Ally Elrod, Isaiah Hopper, Sara Ingle, Clayton Ott, Heath Stover, Emma Thurman.
Clear Creek Middle FFA (Fifth in Area) Samuel Mclaughin, Logan Chadwick, Jacob Jenkins, Hanna Rutledge, Kingston Collier, Sawyer Wishon, Andrew Mooney, Trace Duncan.
Gilmer High FFA SR (Sixth in Area) Brentney Clemmons, Alex Edens, Blake Ledford, Grant Ledford, Joe Leonnig, Nate Mooney, Mason Penland, Elizabeth Stillwell, Caleb Waddell.
Gilmer High FFA JR(First in Area; Fifth in State) Rose Chadwick, Ally Elrod, Alyssa Ashurst, Sara Ingle.
Clear Creek Middle FFA (Fifth in Area) Abby Bauer, Jacob Bertolini, Sawyer Wishon, Imogen Reeves.
Gilmer High FFA SR (Fourth in Area ) Sadie Bryan, Carter Ott, Bryson Smith, Caleb Waddell.
Clear Creek Middle FFA (11th in Area) Jacob Bertolini.
Gilmer High FFA JR (11th in Area) Rose Chadwick, Clayton Chandler, Sean Lewis, Lauren Smith.
Clear Creek Middle FFA (Fourth in Area) Sarrah Mclemore, Jacob Jenkins, Jacob Bertolini, Dacey Motes.
Gilmer High FFA SR (Fifth in Area) Eli Cochran, Colin Reece, Taylor Sellers, Bryson Smith.
Gilmer High FFA (Second in Area; Fifth in State) Samantha Dillard, Mary Keener, Jaylynn Ledford.
Gilmer High FFA JR (Fifth in Area) Isaiah Hopper, Coleman James, Clay Ott.
Gilmer High FFA SR (Second in Area; Sixth in State) Madison Jenkins, Jacob Jones, Billie Marie Sullens.
Gilmer High FFA SR (First in Area; Fourth in State) Stephanie Bailey, Brentney Clemmons, Summer Davis, Stephen Madalo.
Clear Creek Middle FFA (Fourth in Area) Andrew Mooney, Daniela Montes, Jasmine Rafael, Hannah Rutledge.
Gilmer High FFA (First in Area and STATE WINNER) Bryce Bowen, Grace Henderson, Madison Jenkins, Matt Long, Katie Marick, Bryson Smith.
They will represent the state of Georgia at the National FFA Convention this October in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Gilmer High FFA JR (14th in Area) Colby Barnes, Clayton Chandler, Isiah Hopper, Jacob Nelson.
Clear Creek Middle FFA JR(Fifth in Area) Laney Hensley, Emma Reece, Cole Parks, Samuel Mclaughin.
Gilmer High FFA SR (Third in Area) Alex Edens, Jacob Jones, Samuel Parks, Billiemarie Sullens.
Prepared Public Speaking
Gilmer High FFA JR (Fourth in Sub-Area) Ari Price.
Gilmer High FFA SR (Third in Sub-Area) Elizabeth Chesser.
Gilmer High FFA JR (Second in Area; Eighth in State) Issac Bradshaw, Clay Ott, Heath Stover.
Clear Creek Middle FFA (Seventh in Area) Sawyer Wishon, Lilly Penland, Larz Fowler, Jacob Jenkins.
Gilmer High FFA SR(Third in Area) Grant Ledford, Nathan Mooney, Mason Penland.
Also honored at the banquet were this year’s senior class students who were invited to say a few words and what stood as their final meeting of the Gilmer FFA this year. Individually noted, each senior’s plans for post high school follows:
Tyler Cantrell will be attending Nashville Auto Diesel College after he graduates from Gilmer High School. He will be studying to become a diesel mechanic;
Shelby Nealey will be attending the University of North Georgia after she graduates from Gilmer High School. She will be studying to become a registered nurse;
Sara May will be attending the University of North Georgia after she graduates from Gilmer High School. She will be majoring in business administration.
Brentney Clemmons will be attending Young Harris College after she graduates from Gilmer High School. She will be majoring in environmental science.
Grant Ledford will be attending Truett McConnell University after he graduates from Gilmer High School. He is undecided at this time.
Stephanie Bailey will be attending Kennesaw State University after she graduates from Gilmer High School. She will be majoring in international business.
Samuel Parks will be attending the University of North Georgia after he graduates from Gilmer High School. He will be majoring in avian science.
Alex Edens will be attending the University of North Georgia after she graduates from Gilmer High School. She will be majoring in agribusiness.
Joe Leonning will be going to the Naval Academy after he graduates from Gilmer High School. He will be studying to become an aircraft mechanic.
Megan Bird will be attending Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College after she graduates from Gilmer High School. She will be majoring in agricultural education.
Elizabeth Stillwell will be attending Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College after she graduates from Gilmer High School. She will be majoring in agricultural education.
Rachel Waddell will be attending Young Harris College after she graduates from Gilmer High School. She will be majoring in early childhood education.
Bryce Bowen will be attending the University of Georgia after he graduates from Gilmer High School. He will be majoring in pre-med.
Katie Marick will be attending Reinhardt University after she graduates from Gilmer High School. She will be majoring in math education.
Grace Henderson will be attending Oglethorpe University after she graduates from Gilmer High School. She will be majoring in biology/pre-med.
Held in May at the end of the school year, students were honored for their whole year of achievements with a night of lights, cameras, and awards.
Replicating the feel of a night in the big cities, students walked the red carpet, posed for pictures, and offered their acceptance speeches throughout the night as they attended the first ever GHS Film Awards Show.
Stars, Directors, Cinematographers, and Animators attended a reception before the show taking moments to stop for our cameras as they prepared. As the night proceeded inside the theater, laughs abounded as the group of students shared jokes, thanks, and personal stories of the own trials and tribulations throughout their creative processes.
A Little Late by Amber Gravely for Best Screenplay.
Sanctuary by Spencer Stanley for Best Story.
Emily Nicholson with Kismet for Best Cinematography.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 17, 2017
Contact: Jennifer King, (706) 529-5757 / Jennifer.King@dph.ga.gov
NORTHWEST GEORGIA EMERGENCY RESPONDERS AWARDED BY EMS COUNCIL
Ringgold (GA) – Several emergency responders were awarded for outstanding service to their communities at The Colonnade in Ringgold, Georgia on March 16th during the 2017 Northwest Georgia Region 1 Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Council Awards Banquet.
The banquet is held each year to honor Emergency Medical Services providers and stakeholders from Bartow, Catoosa, Chattooga, Cherokee, Dade, Fannin, Floyd, Gilmer, Gordon, Haralson, Murray, Paulding, Pickens, Polk, Walker and Whitfield Counties for excellence in pre-hospital care, education, pioneering and special achievements.
The 2017 Northwest Georgia Region 1 EMS Awards were presented as follows:
– SPECIAL RECOGNITION: Air Medical Personnel
– EMS REGION 1 PERSON OF THE YEAR – “THE ONE”: Lana Duff, Operations Manager at Angel EMS
– DAVID LOFTIN PEDIATRIC CALL OF THE YEAR: Aaron Gaddis and Eric Mantooth of Hamilton EMS, Whitfield County
– TOMMY GAYLER MEDICAL CALL OF THE YEAR: Josh Everett and James Morris of Metro Atlanta Ambulance Service, Paulding County
– DR. RICHARD A GRAY EXCELLENCE IN TRAUMA AWARD: Andrew Burnette, Cathy Green and Aaron Freeman of Gilmer County Fire and Rescue
– DR. JAMES H CREEL, JR. PIONEER OF THE YEAR: Tony Cooper of Floyd EMS, based in Rome, Georgia
– DR. VIRGINIA HAMILTON SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: Dr. Rashi Gupta of Kennestone Medical Center and Dennis Kelly of Puckett EMS, North Georgia Division
– MIKE MILLER EMS EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR: Claudio Leyssens of Georgia Northwestern Technical College
– STANLEY PAYNE EMS LEADERSHIP AWARD: Carlton Firestone of AMBUCARE EMS, Haralson County
– EMS REGION 1 EMT OF THE YEAR: Samantha Kimball of AMBUCARE EMS, Haralson County
– DANNY HALL MEMORIAL PARAMEDIC OF YEAR: Tracy Turner of Bartow County EMS
– REGION 1 EMS SERVICE OF THE YEAR: Floyd EMS, based in Rome, Georgia
– DR. PAUL NASSOUR LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: Don Taylor of Region 1 Honor Guard, Floyd EMS, based in Rome, Georgia
Many council members, loved ones, friends and associates were on hand to offer support to the award recipients for their achievements and well-deserved recognition.
Congratulations to all award recipients for their outstanding service to their communities.
DESCRIPTION AND CRITERIA FOR EACH AWARD:
- JAMES H CREEL, JR. PIONEER OF THE YEAR – Dr. James Creel was instrumental in creating the Georgia EMS System in Northwest Georgia and has served as a regional medical director for Region 1 and Hutcheson Medical Center during his distinguished career.
- VIRGINIA HAMILTON SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD – Dr. Hamilton was the health director for District 1-1of the Georgia Department of Public Health during the early years of EMS, and she helped shape the EMS role within public health and the community.
DAVID LOFTIN PEDIATRIC CALL OF THE YEAR – David Loftin served at the Region 1 Office of EMS for 30 years, starting as a grant writer, who wrote the federal grants to create the system. Loftin retired in 2010 as the regional director. He was instrumental in creating both Safe Kids and EMS for children’s groups around the region and was a pioneer in getting care seat programs established to serve families in securing babies properly for travel in vehicles.
- RICHARD A GRAY EXCELLENCE IN TRAUMA AWARD – Dr. Gray was the first trauma surgeon in the first trauma center designated in Georgia –Floyd Medical Center in Rome. He was hired by the Regional EMS Project to establish a region wide trauma system, and in doing so, he oversaw the development of a network of three trauma centers in the region and the establishment of rapid air ambulance services to transport the more complicated cases to trauma centers in Chattanooga and Atlanta. Taken from this life in 2010, Dr. Gray was a great surgeon and an even better human being.
TOMMY GAYLER MEDICAL CALL OF THE YEAR – Tommy Gayler was a paramedic, firefighter, flight nurse, educator and emergency department nurse. He was as an educator, training EMS services on 12-lead EKGs and tPAs (tissue plasminogen activators), enabling them to save heart muscle in patients with heart attacks. This concept eventually
evolved into the race to cardiac catheterization labs called the STEMI program. He was involved in this transition, which has led to many lives being saved and to a better quality of life for heart attack patients. Gayler passed away in 2014, but he is remembered for his many contributions to EMS.
DANNY HALL MEMORIAL PARAMEDIC OF YEAR – Danny Hall excelled as a firefighter and a paramedic, having served in both Murray and Floyd Counties. He endlessly taught cardiac, trauma and pediatric courses throughout the entire region in order to pass his knowledge to others. He was recognized and admired by the people he supervised everywhere he worked. He always set the bar high and everyone was eager to follow his example. Hall was devoted to rendering the highest level of care to all of his patients and had a will of iron but a heart of gold. He served on the EMS council for years and was unfortunately taken early in death.
MIKE MILLER EMS EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR – Mike Miller was a paramedic for Floyd Medical Center EMS and Polk County EMS, but he is best known as the first paramedic instructor at Coosa Valley Technical School, now Georgia Northwestern Technical College. He trained most of the paramedics who were the first paramedics for their services in the southern part of Region 1. He served in the Region 1 Office of EMS & Trauma as a regional training coordinator and addressed the problem of low pass rates for Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) courses in the region. His students said that he was the single best instructor they had ever experienced. Miller passed away in 1993 but will always be remembered.
STANLEY PAYNE EMS LEADERSHIP AWARD – Stanley Payne was one of the first three employees of Floyd Hospital Ambulance Service in 1966 after having worked for years at a local funeral home answering ambulance calls. He rose to become the director of the service and under his leadership advanced life support was established; Payne had a talent at improving the design of ambulances and some of his improvements were adopted by ambulance manufacturers which continued to use to this day. His leadership talents were recognized state-wide and he served multiple terms as the Chairman of the Region 1 EMS Council and Georgia’s EMS advisory council. He was known for his benevolence to his employees and the poor of Floyd County – especially children. Payne passed away in 2004.
- PAUL NASSOUR LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD – Dr. Paul “Nasty” Nassour was one of the founding fathers of EMS in Region 1. He was the medical director for many EMS, Fire and Police agencies, including Bartow County EMS and Hutcheson Medical Center EMS. He also served several years as the Region 1 Office of EMS & Trauma Medical Director. He put himself through medical school by working the oil rigs in Louisiana during the summers. He received help from no one. He worked long hours at many of the emergency departments around the region during his career, where his compassionate care and skilled hands cared for the people of those communities. He did all these things out of his lifelong desire to help people. Not only was he a physician, but he was also a mentor and educator to many EMS personnel, region wide. However, he is best remembered as the guardian angel of health for public safety personnel, as he always took care of them and their families when they were sick. Dr. Nassour passed away in March of 2015 and the Region 1 Lifetime Achievement Award was renamed in his honor.
OTHER AWARDS PRESENTED:
EMT OF THE YEAR – This award is presented to an Emergency Medical Technician who displays above average skills, attitude, servitude and leadership, as well as other criteria.
EMS SERVICE OF THE YEAR – This is presented to the EMS Agency whose nomination scores highest on 11 criteria that includes standards, protocols, violations, innovation and community service, to name a few.
SPECIAL RECOGNITION – Each year a special group of providers are collectively recognized for their service. Past recipients have been the Dinosaurs of EMS (30+ yrs of service), Pioneering Women of EMS (20+ yrs of service) and the Region 1 EMS Honor Guard.
EMS PERSON OF THE YEAR – “THE ONE” – Selected by the Region 1 Office of EMS & Trauma Regional Director, the recipient of this award is the person who has been the most instrumental in assisting with regional projects during the past year.
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