Clarke Central High School

Gladiator Family Newsletter: September 2019

Gladiator Greatness!

24 CCHS JROTC cadets (pictured right) graduated from JROTC Summer Camp, "Camp Solid Rock", in June 2019. These cadets spent a week at Elbert County High School completing such challenging tasks as rappelling off a 50 foot wall, land navigation, canoeing, drownproofing, tubing (behind a ski boat), leadership reaction course, Army drill and ceremony and other team building exercises. Congrats Glad Cadets!!

CCHS welcomes Summer Smith as a new Assistant Principal for the 19-20 school year. Ms. Smith, a veteran Gladiator, has served previously in the school as a math teacher, instructional coach, and scheduler.

Students Jordan Butler, Amari Manago, Amanda Ochieng, Elise Ochieng, Raymond Pan, and Ja'Kolbie Jones are featured in the National FFA's Video Center presenting their Supervised Agricultural Experience projects. Check out these Glads in action on the FFA's site.

CCHS sophomore Isabel Heesacker-Romero won a gold (individual forms), silver (open forms) and bronze (team forms) in Taekwondo at the 2019 AAU Junior Olympics.

Clarke Central's main lobby and hallways are now colored red and gold and feature inspirational quotes, logos, crests, and pictures of students. This renovation, overseen by our LSGT and Dr. Holly Ward, promotes school spirit and creates a welcoming and caring environment for the entire CCHS community. Learn more about this project in this video from the Odyssey Media Group.

Junior Maya Cornish spent 6 weeks in Latvia this summer learning Russian through the National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) scholarship program ( NSLI-Y is a highly respected program of the US Government through the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Pictures from the softball team's win over Cedar Shoals were featured in Online Athens. Check them out here.

2019 graduate Harvey Sugiuchi became an Eagle Scout after completing his project to restore the entrance to the trails behind Oglethorpe Avenue Elementary. Read about his accomplishments and see pictures of his project in the Athens Banner-Herald.

Two Gladiator football games were named as Top Games to Watch in the 2019 season by the Athens Banner-Herald. Read the article in Online Athens.

CCHS agriculture teacher Jillian Gordon Bryant is featured on the national FFA website for the great work she does at Clarke Central. The article highlights her "empathy to all backgrounds and interests" as she builds the school's amazing FFA program. Read this article about an amazing Gladiator educator here.

The Gladiator football team won their home opener against Winder-Barrow on August 24th. Read about the game in the Athens Banner-Herald.

Congratulations to the JROTC cadets who have been accepted onto the school's Raiders Team: Aurora Agorni, Don Bannister, Leonardo Bustinza, Xzavier Byrd, Maria Cancino, Jack Cooney, Arion Harris, Jacob Hatcher, Zykeria Hill, Tay Hollman, Oscar Luna, Roxy Pena, Angel Rosa, James Simmons, Olivia Warren, and Ali Yarbrough.

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Two Great Academic Programs at UGA!!!

Spark: Weekend Academy offers students ages 12-16 two-day programs in animation, culinary arts, acting, creative writing, game design, medicine, and robotics. Registration is now open! Click here for more information or to register. Questions? Email or call 706-542-3537 or toll-free at 1-800-811-6640.

UGA’s Vet School for a Day 2019 is scheduled for Wednesday, September 25th. High school juniors and seniors will hear from UGA veterinarians and a guest speaker as well as go on a tour of the school. Applications are available at and due by September 2nd. Questions? Email

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September Events

September 2nd - Labor Day (NO SCHOOL)

September 3rd - PTSO Meeting at 6:30 PM in the Media Center (link)

September 4th & 5th - Auditions for Love/Sick at 3:45 PM in Drama Black Box

September 5th - Restorative Practice Community Meeting at 4:30 PM at Clarke Middle School (link)

September 5th - Athens Probe College Fair at 6:00 PM at the Classic Center (link)

September 9th - Parent University at 6:00 PM in the Media Center

September 11th - 9/11 Ceremony at 9:00 AM at the Main Flagpole

September 12th - CCHS College Night at 6:00 PM in the Media Center

September 12th - Paris-Barcelona Travel Abroad Trip Family Information Meeting at 6:15 PM in room 389

September 14th - Drive 4 UR School from 8:00 AM to noon at Cedar Shoals (link)

September 18th - Iliad Creative Writing Celebration

September 20th - Professional Learning Day (NO SCHOOL for students)

Schedules for athletic events can be found at

A complete list of clubs and their meeting times can be found at

The 2019-20 CCSD Academic Calendar can be found on the district website.

Check the weekly Glad News in your email or on the CCHS website for updated event announcements.