LHS News 2017-2018

Special Olympics State Fall Game


Special Olympics Participants

Reported by Ms. McCauley:
Special Olympics were a success this year! The teams traveled to Gainesville Ga for the Fall games. We celebrated with Opening Ceremonies where Mary Catherine Stamey, Jose Nava, and Molek Moore carried the Lowndes High School banner in the parade of athletes. The students had a great time at the dance and Olympic town. 

 Unified softball
The unified softball team won 3rd place with a bronze medal. The team players were: Sarah Brooks, Emma Gregory, Aarin Wright, Mary Catherine Stamey, Georgia Wynn, Joshua Webb, Jaylon Sipp, Tommy Rowell, Emily Gary, Molek Moore, and James Craven.
Traditional bocce
The traditional bocce team won 3rd place with a bronze medal. The team players were: Bryan Brown, Jose Nava, James Hatfield, and Jack Shimizu.
Unified bocce
The unified bocce team won 3rd place with a bronze medal. The team players were: Payton Elkins, Megan Justice, Joshua Rowell, and Marcel Schlecht Voorhies.
Thanks for supporting Special Olympics! 

Parade of Athletes
Traditional Bocce Team
Unified Bocce Team
Unified Softball Team

LHS Student Cole Tucker Rising Star as Ventriliquist

posted by LAVERNE HILL   [ updated ]

Cole Tucker, a local student at Lowndes County High School, will be making his professional debut on November 14, 2017 at the Mathis Auditorium in Valdosta, Georgia. Cole began his journey to become a ventriloquist at the age of 9 and is opening a new chapter in his career with a family friendly show next month. The show starts at 7 pm and will feature many of his amazing puppet friends in an uplifting show of comedy and music.

In an effort to always give back to his community, Cole is teaming up with the Alzheimer's Caregiver Time Out (ACTO) organization in Valdosta for this event. A portion of the ticket proceeds will be donated to ACTO in recognition of the Alzheimer's Disease Awareness month.

Thank you for your support of this organization and encouragement of this young leader as he pursues his dream of becoming a professional entertainer.

Tickets are available in Valdosta at ACTO and Southeastern Credit Union...in Hahira at Citizens Community Bank, Its all about you Salon and Day Spa, and Monkey Britches Boutique. Online tickets are available at www.coletuckerventriloquist.com

Cole Tucker with Grandpa Puppet   
Cole Tucker Ventriliquist Flyer
Press Release for Cole Tucker Ventriliquist

TSA Places at Georgia National Fair

posted Oct 12, 2017, 10:25 AM by LAVERNE HILL

Reported by Cammie Lund, TSA Sponsor:
Congratulations to the following TSA members for earning a top ten placement during Tech Day at the Georgia National Fair:

3rd Place Structural Engineering - Luke Watson
3rd Place Transportation Modeling - Wesley Smith, Chris Bellflowers and Liam Wetherington
5th Place Membership Recruitment - Tate Green
6th Place Robotics Tractor Pull - Mason Sterling and Gavin McGuire

Vikette Softball Wins Region

posted Oct 11, 2017, 10:49 AM by LAVERNE HILL

Reported by Coach Thomas:
We had a hectic 2 days in Camden and I believe a fall break could not come at a better time for all parties involved. But it was successful none the less. The girls went 3-0 and were able to bring back home a region title (2 in a row and 3 total for our Seniors).

Westlake out of Atlanta will come down starting tomorrow for the 1st round of the playoffs. We will start the DH at 3:30. 

The girls are 25-4 on the year and finished the region schedule at 9-0.

Here are the lines from the Region Tournament

Camden 1R     4H      4E
LHS 13R     9H        2E

Colquitt 2R       3H      2E
LHS 7R       8H       0E

Camden 0 1 2 Region Championship
LHS 8  10  2

Totals for Individuals
GAME 1 LHS vs Camden

Jacie Johns 2-3 2B 3RBI
Kayden Dickey 1-3
Rylin Hedgecock 1-3 1RBI
Madison May 1-3 1RBI
Elie Merritt 2-2 3RBI
Sophie Sumner 1-3 2B
Tori Hedgecock 1-3 2B

Rachel Wolverton
4IP 4H 1R 0ER 3K 0BB

GAME 2 LHS vs Colquitt
Jacie Johns 2-4 1RBI
Tori Hedgecock 1-4 1RBI
Haley Griffin 1-3 1RBI
Elie Merritt 1-3 1RBI
Rachel Wolverton 1-2 1RBI

Rylin Hedgecock
7IP 3H 2ER 12K 2BB

GAME 3 vs Camden Region Championship
Sophie Sumner 2-4
Rachel Wolverton 2-3 2RBI HR
Tori Hedgecock 2-3
Madison May 2-3 2RBI

Rylin Hedgecock
6IP 1H 0R 13K 3BB

Shayla Jackson Crowned Miss Georgia High School America

posted Oct 11, 2017, 6:03 AM by LAVERNE HILL


On Sunday, September 17th, 2017, Shayla Jackson of Valdosta was crowned Miss Georgia High School America at the Henry County Performing Arts Center in McDonough, GA.  Shayla will represent the Peach State at the National Miss High School America Pageant to be held June 2018 in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Shayla is currently a sophomore at Lowndes High School. She is an Honor roll student, member of the Class Cabinet, Interact Club, HOSA Club, Sign Language Club, National Beta Club and co caption of the Junior Varsity Volleyball team.

Shayla is very active within the community.  She holds a Christmas toy drive for the Children’s Advocacy Center along with donating stuffed animals throughout the year, donates school supplies and backpacks to children in the community, volunteers at Hahira Community Day, James Eunice Day, B.A.R.C. animal rescue and talks to elementary students about being B.R.A.V.E  Building Respect And Values for Everyone.  The national pageant platform B.R.A.V.E.  raises awareness to school aged children about anti-bullying through classroom, library and community presentation to promote a bully-free environment and to be a ‘standbyer’ not a ‘bystander’ when bullying is happening.

In her spare time, Shayla models for Michelle’s Formal Wear in Adel, GA and 109 Central Boutique in Downtown Valdosta, GA.  She has walked in New York Teen Fashion week, modeled for dress designer Rachel Allan and is signed by Ursula Wiedmann Models.

Shayla was diagnosed with severe hearing loss before her third birthday and wears hearing aids.  She has been subject to bullying as a child and as a teen. She wants kids to remember that everyone is different.  Not better or worse. Just different.  Shayla wants kids and teens to know that regardless of any obstacle they have, they can be and do anything they set their minds to.

The Miss Georgia Junior High, High School and Collegiate America pageant is an official preliminary to the Miss Junior High, High School and Collegiate America Pageant and is under the direction of Julie and Anna Barnes.  For additional information regarding the pageant or to request participation information visit www.americashighschoolpageant.com or contact the director at missgeorgiahigh@comcast.net  The Miss High School America Pageant competition exists for the purpose of providing personal and professional opportunities for high school girls.  It is the goal to provide outstanding young ladies the opportunity to compete in a pageant system that has the highest moral values.

Two LHS Teachers Awarded Colquitt EMC Grant

posted Sep 25, 2017, 6:37 AM by LAVERNE HILL

Congratulations to math teachers Nora Eakin and Carole Rozier for being the recipients of a Colquitt EMC grant. Each grant totaled $1000. One grant was titled "My Students Are Moving to the Nth Degree". The award money will go toward the purchase of alternate seating such as yoga balls, swivel chairs, stools, bouncy bands and wobble cushions. The other grant was titled "You Can't Escape Math". Award money for this grant will go toward the purchase of BreakoutEDU boxes where students must solve mathematical problems in order to successfully open the puzzle box. The puzzle boxes require critical thinking, collaboration, creativity, and communication among the students in the group to successfully achieve the task of opening the box.

Lowndes High School AFJROTC Cadets Make Donation to the Miracle League of Valdosta

posted Sep 25, 2017, 6:17 AM by KRISTAL DAWSON

Cadets presenting Miracle League with donation

Left to right: Mr. Andy Gibbs from the Miracle League of Valdosta, Cadet Gabriel Ellwood and Cadet Gavin Marston.

On 19th September, 2017, Cadets Gabriel Ellwood and Gavin Marston from the Lowndes High School AFJROTC, Georgia 81st, presented the Miracle League of Valdosta with a $1,000 donation to assist them in their mission to remove the barriers that keep children with mental and physical disabilities off the baseball field and lets them experience the joy of America’s favorite pastime.  The Miracle League of Valdosta is a non-profit organization that provides everyone with mental or physical disabilities an opportunity to play baseball as a team member in an organized league. 
     The cadets of the Lowndes High School AFJROTC unit conducted two fund raising campaigns during the 2016-2017 school year to provide the $1,000 donation to the Miracle League.  Cadets Ellwood, Deputy Commander, and Cadet Marston, Operations Squadron Commander, represented the entire corps of cadets at the Miracle League’s season opener and presented the check to representatives of the Miracle League. 

XC Updates

posted Sep 25, 2017, 6:14 AM by KRISTAL DAWSON   [ updated Oct 2, 2017, 5:34 AM ]

Coach Mazurkiewicz shares the results from the last 4 meets:

The runners are improving day by day! Thank you for supporting them and acknowledging their efforts!

1-Winnersville August 19th
Girls top 5                                       Boys top 5
Kaylee Valenzia                               Brishen House-Overall Winner 17:05
Allie Sayre                                        David Shrier
Madison Wagenaar                          Alec Munger
Kali Carter                                        Sam Trimble
Ellie Daniels                                     Andrew Caruana

Placed  7 out of  12 teams               Placed 3rd out of 11 teams

2- Cougar Invite-Tallahassee August 26th- Very Best of Florida Schools-Highly Competitive
Girls top 5                                        Boys top 5
Kaylee Valenzia                                 Brishen House- 5th Overall 
Allie Sayre                                          Alec Munger
Madison Wagenaar                            David Shrier
Ellie Daniels                                       Decker House
Hannah Sherbert                               Cayden Reynolds

Placed 16th out of 20 teams             Placed 6th out of 20 teams

3- Leesburg-September 9th
Girls top 5                                         Boys top 5
Kaylee Valenzia-6th Overall-21:29   Alec Munger -10th Overall    
Allie Sayre                                          David Shrier
Madison Wagenaar                            Decker House
Kali Carter                                          Cayden Reynolds
Randall Farnham                               Gerardo Olivera

Placed 7 out of 13 teams                    Placed 3rd out of 16 teams

4- Bainbridge-September 16
Girls top 5                                         Boys top 5
Kaylee Valenzia-13th Overall            Brishen House- 4th Overall
Allie Sayre                                          Alec Munger
Madison Wagenaar                            David Shrier
Kali Carter                                          Andrew Caruana
Ellie Daniels                                       Sam Trimble

Placed 8th out of 15 teams                 Placed 3rd out of 15 teams

Next up 9/30 Lake City Florida to see how we fare at another round with the fast Florida schools.

Air Vikings Performed Superbly at First Drill Competition

posted Sep 25, 2017, 5:53 AM by KRISTAL DAWSON

Air Vikings team display their awards

Reported by Lt. Col. Dominicis:
The Air Vikings of Lowndes High School AFJROTC just returned from their first drill competition of the year and they performed superbly, placing in all events:

1st Place Inspection
1st Place Regulation Drill Commander (Cadet Gavin Marston)
2nd Place Unarmed Drill Team
2nd Place Armed Drill Team
2nd Place Individual Drill (Cadet Gabriel Ellwood)
3rd Place Color Guard Team
3rd Place Individual Drill (Cadet Jeremy Troiano)

We are extremely proud of their hard work and look forward to a great rest of the competition year.  

LHS Students Visit a Replica of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

posted Sep 22, 2017, 5:56 AM by KRISTAL DAWSON

An AFJROTC student guards the replica of The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

On Thursday, September 21st, LHS hosted an exhibit of The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.  The exhibit was presented by the Exchange Club of Rome, Georgia in conjunction with the local Exchanged Club.  The exhibit is a half scale exact replica of the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery.  Throughout the day, the Government, U.S. History, and AFJROTC classes viewed the exhibit and listened to a presentation about the history of the tomb and “The Old Guard.”  Some AFJROTC students stood guard at the tomb throughout the day.

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