Cougar Call

Volume 3, Issue 11

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Catch A Cougar Auction

The Piedmont Academy “Catch A Cougar” Auction was held on April 29, 2017 at Macedonia Baptist Church, in Jackson. The event was an auction that raised money for Piedmont Academy. Friends and families of Piedmont were able to bid on anything from vacations to animals. The event was catered by Chick-N-Run. Students assisted in the serving and presentation of prizes. The auction raised a total of $45,000, and around 160 people attended the auction. Thank you to everyone who made this fantastic event possible!

By: Ivy English

The Middle School Trip to Washington D.C.

The middle school trip is an every year occurrence. This year the trip was to Washington D.C. The drive there and back was 28 hours in total; the drive was very scenic and fun. Along the way, they stopped in North Carolina and ate McDonald's. The next stop was in Virginia where they ate Golden Coral. Next, they arrived at their hotel at around 8:00 pm at night to settle in for the next couple of days.

The next day they woke up at 5:30 am to get ready to go to the Arlington Cemetery. The Arlington Cemetery is where all the soldiers that died in the war were buried. After the cemetery, they went and saw the Tomb of Unknown Soldier. After that, they went to John F. Kennedy’s memorial. Then, they saw the switching of the guards.

After the Arlington cemetery, they went to the Air and Space Museum. There they got to see great exhibits about our nation's air and space explorers. The National History Museum is where they learned about gems, crystals, and butterflies. Next, they had to choose who got to go to the Holocaust Museum. If you didn’t attend the Holocaust Museum, you went to the History Museum.

The Lincoln Memorial was next as well as Martin Luther King, Franklin Roosevelt, and Thomas Jefferson. This was part of the Illuminated tour. The Martin Luther King Statue was 18 feet tall. Next, was The Vietnam War Memorial. There they learned about the 21 reflections. After that they went back to the hotel to sleep.

The next day was the Capitol Building, the 9-11 Memorial, the Pentagon, and the Supreme Court. At the Capitol Building, they got to look at the architecture and art. At the Supreme Court, they got to take pictures of a guy busting his head open. Union Station was next on the list where they got to shop and eat dinner. After that, they visited the U.S. Postal Museum where they got to see how the mail system works and send a post card home to their family. At the Pentagon, they saw the memorial and learned about the benches and the deaths that occurred.

Next, they started their journey home, which took 14 hours. They arrived at the school at around 7:00 pm. On the way home, they went to the same places, except this time, they also stopped at Starbucks. When they arrived at the school, their parents were happy to see them. Finally, everyone went home to go to sleep!

By: Savannah Stanton


It is common place to argue for the continuously increasing amount of gender identifications. It has muddied the waters of political correctness with people who would take a side in an irrelevant argument. I will not go into the moral disambiguate of this discussion. Gender is scientifically irrelevant, and socially clouding. Only one factor matters, what are you physically, and by that, it is to say that no matter what you may “identity” as, you are what you are. It is to note; however, that one may change they’re sex, and that does change them. On top of that, one may be “both” as it were, through appropriate surgery. It is not to my liking but it does happen. So at the end of the day it all comes down to this, what you are is what you are, and it doesn’t matter what you “think” you are.

By: Nick Maynard

“God is greater than ‘it’, has purpose for ‘it’, control over ‘it’, has defeated ‘it’, and will use ‘it’. Whatever your ‘it’ might be, know that He’s got it.”

Instead of a Bible verse this month, a Tweet was much more fitting. Everyone has an ‘it’. People who are not Christians even have an ‘it’. Possible examples could be fear, anxiety, frustration, a toxic relationship, or a bad habit. The most important thing to realize in a situation like this is that God wants to carry the load for you. He does not expect us to handle ever battle thrown our way by ourselves.

This has been one of the most difficult things I have had to realize. It is also something we must all be aware of. God has every ‘it’ we could ever have completely under control. Also, this is not taking place for no reason. Every single thing God does He has purpose for doing it. Most of all, He has defeated your ‘it’. The fight Jesus went through did not end on the cross; everyday He is fighting the battles we can no longer handle. Whatever your ‘it’ might be, God’s got it.

By: Kelsey Leach

Middle School May Day

On May 8, middle school had May Day, a day full of games, competitions, and fun. They were divided up into four teams: the grey team, the teal team, the maroon team, and the sea foam green team. The captain of the grey team was Carina Valdivia, the captain of the teal team was Malynne Webb, the captain of the maroon team was Dakota Floyd, and the captain of the green team was Ava Anglin. They played games such as soccer, ultimate frisbee, volleyball, basketball, and tug-of-war. At the end of the day, the team with the most points was the grey team. Even though the grey team won, many of them had fun, and that’s what’s important.

By: Mallory Boyd

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School Calendar 2017-2018

Teacher Orientation and Pre-Planning August 7-9

New Student Orientation August 9

Open House August 9 (4:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m.)

First Day of School August 10

Labor Day Holiday September 4

End of First Quarter October 6

Fall Holidays October 9 & 10

Report Cards Issued October 12

Teacher In-Service (Student Holiday) October 27

GISA Annual Conference (Student Holiday) November 10

Thanksgiving Break (Dismiss 12:30 Nov. 17) November 20-24

Classes Resume November 27

First Semester Exams (Dismiss 12:30 each day) December 13-15

Christmas Holidays Begin (Dismiss 12:30) December 15

Classes Resume January 3

Report Cards Issued January 8

Parent Conferences (1/2 day) January 12

January Holiday January 15

President’s Day Holiday February 19

End of Third Quarter March 9

Report Cards Issued March 15

Parent Conferences (1/2 day) March 16

Good Friday Holiday March 30

Spring Break April 2-6

Classes Resume April 9

Senior Final Exams May 9-11

Kindergarten Graduation May 15

Senior Awards Night May 17

Class of 2018 Graduation 10:00 A.M. May 19

Final Exams (Dismiss 12:30 each day) May 21-23

Last Day of School May 23

Post-Planning May 24-25

Final Report Cards Issued May 29

• Spring Break holidays may be used for inclement weather make up days

By: Ivy English


What gets bigger the more you take away from it? : A hole

What goes down but never goes up? : Rain

How can pants pockets be empty but still have something in it? : When it has a hole in it

What occurs in a minute, twice in a moment, and never in a year? : The letter M

Take away my first letter and I still sound the same. Take away my last letter and I still sound the same. Take away the middle letter and i still sound the same. What am I? : EMPTY

If I have it, I don't share it. If I share it, I don't have it. What is it? : A secret

What is as light as a feather but even the world’s strongest man can't hold it for more than a minute? : His breath

What is so delicate that saying it's name can break it? : Silence

You draw a line. How do you make the line longer without touching it? : Draw a shorter line next to it and it becomes the longer line!

How many months have 28 days? : All of them!

We see it once in a year, twice in a week, and never in a day. What is it? : The letter E

What goes through towns and over hills but never moves? : Roads

What eight-letter word still remains a word after removing each letter from it? : Starting-Staring-String-Sting-Sing-Sin-In-I

The one who makes it has no use for it. The one who buys it doesn't want it. And the one who needs it never sees it. What is it? : A coffin

By: Mackensie Johnston

Rock Eagle Field Trip

The 5th grade class goes on a 4-H trip to Rock Eagle every year. The Rock Eagle trip is an overnight trip that includes canoeing, watching movies, and much more. Maggie, Brody, and Boone said canoeing and the maze were their favorite things to do. They all agreed that if they could do anything again, they would canoe. They all said the most fun thing was to jump off beds and run across the field screaming.

Maggie, Boone, and Brody agreed that the night hike was the most exciting thing they did. They also agreed that the best food at Rock Eagle was the chicken tenders. These 5th graders clearly enjoyed Rock Eagle. Rock Eagle is supposed to be fun, exciting, and safe place. I hope the tradition of going to Rock Eagle continues because when I was in 5th grade we had a fun time.

By: Savannah Stanton

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Soccer Senior Night

On April the 25th, the Cougars played their final game of the season here at home against Augusta Prep. This was also the night the seniors were recognized. The varsity girls had one senior being Maddie Mooneyham. She has played varsity soccer for 4 years and is attending the University of North Georgia. The seniors for the boys were Joseph Anderson, Brice Dodson, Chris McClain, and Danny Ramsdell. Joseph played varsity soccer for 3 years and is attending the University of North Georgia. Brice played varsity soccer for 4 years and is attending the West Georgia. Chris McClain has played Soccer for one year and is attending Georgia Southern. Danny Ramsdell has also played for one year and is attending Georgia State University. Coach Michael Wilson said, “This was a fun group of seniors. Even though the team didn’t do well this year I am proud of the effort that was produced. I wish them the best of luck as they begin their college experiences.”

By: Joseph Anderson

State Track Meet

The state track meet was held on April 27-29 in Albany. The track athletes who made it to state include: Mallory Boyd in the 3200m, Gracie Hunt in the 400m dash, Cassidy Cook in the 100m dash, JT Webb in shot put, Taylor Patterson in the 300m hurdles, Alexis Dodson in the high jump, Madison McCart in the high jump, Emily Mills in the 100m dash, Trent Coots in the 3200m, and Caitlyn Young. It’s a big accomplishment to make it to state, but not everyone placed. Madison McCart and JT Webb were the only ones who placed. Congratulations to all who went to state!

By: Mallory Boyd