ELLIJAY, Ga. – The Gilmer High School (GHS) Marching Band is looking to replace their uniforms after 13 years of use.
The legacy of the current uniforms stretches across over a decade of champion level performances, nation-spanning shows like Hollywood for the Christmas Parade, and growth into new avenues, such as this year’s inaugural Winter Guard Competitive Season.
After all the events these uniforms have been showcased at, the time has come to hang up the old and ring in the new. Director of Bands Joe Pflueger has worked since November on finding the new look and gauging interest of both band members and Band Boosters members. Originally engaging three companies for design bids and ideas, Pflueger has finally come to a definitive design.
Noting the resemblance of the front design to that of our iconic mountains, he said he has decided on the final design from Fruhauf Uniforms, Inc. The competition line uniform will bear the school’s emblematic G as seen in the photo.
Achieving this goal, however, is something the band team is still working towards. Pflueger took time to speak with FetchYourNews (FYN) saying he felt the new uniforms, along with the board’s August approval for replacing percussion instruments, bear a rewarding feeling for the students after the constant work and successes in recent years.
The uniforms are more than just a new design for some though. Band mom Bobbi Leigh Mullins said it represented the chance to have her son “sparkle and shine” as he marched for the band.
Consisting of 130 musicians, the GHS Band has always grown from support from its band boosters, support from the school and school board, and support from the community to further its efforts. Pflueger spoke with FYN confirming that the band has already raised half of the funds necessary to purchase the uniforms. However, if they are to meet their hopes of fielding these uniforms at the opening show next season, this fall, they need to garner another $30,000 to finish the project.
Attempting to raise the necessary funds, the band has turned to its community for help. An official release from the organization has offered game-time announcements and program recognition for sponsorship at different “star levels.” Each level represents a part of a uniform up to “5 Star” level at $395 for a full uniform.
Pflueger said the process has included over 20 designs and numerous minor changes to designs before ending on this arrangement. Though the current band stands at 130 students, Pflueger admitted the band could see growth toward 140 in the coming years, making it the largest band Gilmer has fielded to date. Pflueger told FYN, “With all the organizations, it’s just getting the kid involved. It makes for a better, well-rounded kid. And it provides those kids with memories they can keep the rest of their lives … That’s the satisfying part of it.”
The Gilmer Bobcats have officially competed in their first wrestling tournament of the season, and it was a successful performance overall. The Cats have enough wrestlers to make up two separate varsity teams, and that’s exactly what they did as they took a team to compete in the Spartan Slam Invitational at West Hall while a second team traveled to Woodstock to compete in the River Ridge Varsity Duals.
The Spartan Slam Invitational boasts some of the toughest wrestling competitors in the state, with a 16-team turnout and so many wrestlers that the event had to limit individuals to only 5 matches.
The Cats finished 3rd overall (out of 16) and scoring was led by first place finishers Caleb Waddell (152lb class), Ryan Crump (195lb class) and Anthony Zilke (285lb class). A complete list of individual results is listed below.
Gilmer coach Joshua Ghobadpoor was pleased with the effort of his wrestlers and excited about the future. “We wrestled hard and with a purpose, team atmosphere was great, and we had success,” Ghobadpoor told his team after the meet. “[We] still have a lot we can improve upon which is a great position to be in! Couldn’t be more proud of the effort that was displayed by all our wrestlers!”
– Varsity Team #1: Spartan Slam Invitational Results:
Team took 3rd overall.
113: Gabe Reimer: 5th Place
120: Logan Bentley: 2nd Place
126: Cameron Martin: 7th Place
132: Javier Jacinto: 2nd Place
132: Tristain Kendall: 3rd Place
138: Alex Repetin: 3rd Place
145: Hoyt Stover: 4th Place
152: Caleb Waddell: 1st Place
160: Chase Calvert: 8th Place
170: Grant Ledford: 3rd Place
182: Chad Weaver: 3rd Place
195: Ryan Crump: 1st Place
285: Anthony Zilke: 1st Place
285: Jhaydon Ragsdale: 5th Place
– Varsity Team #2: River Ridge Varsity Duals Results:
*individual stats for this event not yet reported, but there were several wrestlers that were undefeated on the day
Overall Record: 3-2
– Dunwoody (Forfeited to us)
– North Gwinnett
Gilmer will compete on Tuesday in a Quad Match against Dawson County, Murray County, and Riverside Military Academy at Gilmer County High School.
Gilmer County 4-H traveled to Jackson Elementary School on Saturday, March 25, 2017, to compete in the District Project Achievement Competition.
Forty-two Gilmer County students, in grades 4th – 6th, competed with 327 students from ten counties. All nine of the 6thgraders in attendance won 1st Place, with an additional 10 1st Place wins in the 4th – 5th grade division. There were 7 students in the 4th– 5th grade division taking home 2nd place and 1 student taking home a 3rd place win. The remaining 15 received high marks and were awarded Honorable Mention Awards.
While competition was tough, the road to get to this competition was long as well. Each school held its own Project Fairs just to decide who would be invited to district competition. According to Darcie Pritchett of 4-H Americorps, these fairs were held over a span between February 28 and March 14 before the March 25 District Competition began.
However, District Honors are not the only awards Gilmer 4-H has been winning. Essie Martin, Moriah Martin, Jocelyn Birko, and Chelsie Reed also traveled to Rock Eagle recently to attend the Jr/Sr DPA (District Project Achievement) from March 2-4. Jocelyn Birko went on place first in her area and was also a Junior Board Member candidate.
March 3 also saw a Senior Banquet and presentation at Rock Eagle as Essie Martin received her senior 4-H cords and gift from Arch D. Smith II, State 4-H Leader and Director of 4-H.
Pritchett also wanted to extend a special thanks to the parents of these outstanding students, as well as the faculty and staff of Ellijay Elementary School, Gilmer Middle School, Mountain View Elementary School, and North Georgia Christian Academy for their participation and support as well as the adult volunteers and teen leaders that worked so hard to make the the district competition day such a success!
The Gilmer County Board of Education’s Monday, December 12, Meeting was majority overtaken with recognition for students in our Schools.
First, the Board recognized their High School Cheerleaders, two squads were represented at the meeting including the Sideline Squad, performing the cheers for Basketball and Football Games and encouraging School Spirit weekly in the halls of the High School.
The second squad recognized was the Competition Squad who practice daily to attend and compete against other squads around our region. They have achieved Region Runner Up this year as were able to move on to attend Stat Sectionals as well.
Many recognized our school systems Parliamentary Team at the meeting as well as they provided a presentation to the Board several months ago. That presentation was practice before the team moved on to compete against 43 other teams. Our Parliamentary Team not only achieved 1st in the State, but also moved on to compete in Nationals in Indiana recently, achieving 6th overall. However, the accolades do not stop as they also achieved the second highest test scores in Nationals and hosted the Outstanding Chairperson in the Nation, .
Still more achievements in our schools were presented as Gilmer’s Technology Student Association (TSA) appeared with four members who each gave speeches on the meaning of TSA in their High School careers as well as the influence of TSA’s teacher representative, Mr. Wyrick. With 130 chapters attending the Technology Day Competition that our students attended, each of the four students present brought home high honors as they received 2nd place in both competitions for a Mouse Trap powered Car and a CO2 Powered Car, 7th place for bridge construction, 3rd place for Graphic Design Competition in Pen Design, and 6th place for a TSA t-shirt design.
Their meeting wasn’t all awards and honors, however, as the Board also continued closing in on the end of their process to review ever Board Policy on its books. Though Superintendent Dr. Shanna Wilkes lauded this as an achievement for the Board, she also alluded to the possibility of cycling back around and going through the policies again, following the same two-year plan for review. Stating there is always something needing updating and attention, Dr. Wilkes alluded that this process could become a consistently repeated process to constantly make sure the Board’s policies are updated.
This months policies under review are First Readings for Policy BBFB Governance Teams, Policy BCBI-R(1) Public Participation in Board Meetings. Policy EE Food Services Management, Policy EEE Wellness Program, Policy GBC Professional Personnel Recruitment, Policy IBB Charter Schools, Policy JCDAE Weapons, and Policy JGFGB Concussion Management, as well as Second Readings for Policy BCBI Public Participation in Board Meetings, Policy GAL Salary Deductions (Rescind), Policy GANA Infectious Diseases, Policy GBKA Professional Personnel Lay-Off, and Policy JGCC Infectious Diseases (Rescind).-
Financially, Dr. Wilkes reported items to the Board including some ESPLOST purchase she stated were not required for the Purchasing Policy(therefore not needing a vote on Thursday). However, she wanted the Board aware of the purchases for the Agriculture Education center. The other purchase included a fiscal service purchase for Softdocs for $12,330.