Cougar Call

Volume 3, Issue 7

State Wrestling

The State Wrestling Meet was held in Americus on Friday and Saturday the 10th and 11th. Logan Connor placed the highest out of the Piedmont Athletes with a 3rd place finish in the 195 pound weight class. Corbin Burrell was second for Piedmont with a 4th place finish in the 126 weight class, and Ben Smith placed 3rd for Piedmont with a 5th place finish in the 220 weight class. Tanner Coppock, Parker Clark, and Jay Sheets were the other ranked competitors for Piedmont placing 6th. Coppock was in the 170 class, Clark in the 182 class, and Sheets in the 285 weight class. Coach Alvin Hawkes said, “I am proud of the team members this year. There are several things to work on for next year with the wrestlers that are coming back. The team will miss its two seniors, Ben and Jay. I am looking forward to next year.”


By: Joseph Anderson

DPA

On February 11, 13 5th and 6th graders from Piedmont competed at the Cloverleaf DPA (District Project Achievement) which was held at Rock Eagle. There were 37 Jasper County 4-H’ers that competed all together, and 30 out of 37 of them placed. At this year’s Cloverleaf DPA, Jasper County won 3 county awards: Highest Percentage of First Place Winners, Outstanding Participation, and Highest Percentage of Winners. The Piedmont students that competed, their placement, and their project include:


5th Grade:

Callie Branan - 1st place - Beef

Ashley Porter - 1st place - Dairy and Milk Science

McKayla Arnold - Dog Care and Training

Bailey Mobley - 2nd place - Entomology

Olivia McAllister - 3rd place - General Recreation

Rep Morton - 1st place - History

Maggie Johnson - Human Development

Rhett Harris - 3rd place - Marine and Coastal Ecology

Ridge Stroud - 3rd place - Outdoor Recreation

Jake Vaughn - 2nd place - Paleontology

Anthony Brown - 1st place - Safety

Sean Davis - Sports


6th Grade:

Drew Maddox - 1st place - Outdoor Recreation


By: Mallory Boyd

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PTO

Piedmont Academy’s PTO (Parent Teacher Organization) plays a vital role at PAC. PTO has mothers of students for grades K3 through 12. The vice president is Tara Pope, who teaches at Piedmont Academy. Mandi Tanner is the secretary. Holly Frank, who also works at PAC, is the PTO treasurer. On Thursday, February 2nd, PTO sponsored a Valentine Paint Party. The party took place from 3pm to 5pm. The party was in the art room, and the cost was $20 to attend. Snacks were provided, too. The PTO Valentine Paint Party raised money for Piedmont and the PTO. Everyone had an enjoyable time!


By: Kelsey Leach

Devotional

Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as Christ Jesus forgave you.

Ephesians 4:31-32


One of my biggest flaws is allowing anger to fester inside of me or to harbor bitterness towards someone who has not treated me right. Although you may feel entitled to treat someone wrong and to be angry at them, it is not what Paul tells us God wants us to do in Ephesians chapter four. Ephesians chapter four is my favorite chapter of the entire Bible because of the important lesson it teaches. This time last year, I found myself being bitter and mad at certain people because of what they had done or said to me.


If you find yourself in this bad place, too, lay it down at God’s feet. Tell Him everything you feel; He cares about what you have to say! Holding on to these emotions will hurt you in the long run, not the person you are mad at. Instead, be kind, and be forgiving. God forgives our worst sins, and He loves us despite our flaws. If God can do this for every person in this world, you can also forgive people who hurt you.


By: Kelsey Leach

Elementary Reading Bowl

Elementary Reading Bowl has been a Piedmont extra-curricular activity for many years. Reading Bowl is when you read 18-19 books that have won multiple awards. After you read the books, you meet with your team. You and your team practice until the competition on February 3, 2017. The competition can get very argumentative.

The competition consists of five to six players on a team. The teams then compete by answering ten questions. If the players think something is wrong with the answer, they can turn to their coach. Their coach will then argue the question, and if the argument is right they will get the point. The competition is a double elimination.

If there is a tie they will then have a tie breaker round between the two teams. The two teams then battle it out until one has the most points. The teams do not need to worry though because the top two teams go to state. The team who wins state is the labeled as the Reading Bowl champions. Reading Bowl is obviously more than just reading books and competing; it usually means a lot more to the players.


By: Savannah Stanton

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Piedmont Electives

Currently, we have four electives here at Piedmont Academy. We have journalism, publications, art, and weight lifting. The journalism team writes articles and posts them in the online school newspaper. They interview teachers and students to get information and write articles about the topic they are given. The journalism elective is taught by Mrs. Molly Tyree. Publications is in charge of getting the yearbook together for the end of the year. The publication team writes articles, ask students questions, and take pictures around the school to make the yearbook colorful and professional-looking. The elective is taught by Mrs. Tracy Brady. Art is a fun elective for students who are interested in art. The class teaches them to paint and draw. The class also teaches the students to be creative. The students help make the school decorative by doing the elementary hall bulletin board and more. The class is taught by Mrs. Johnson. The last elective we have is weight lifting. The class helps get students in shape and helps the students who are playing sports keep in shape for the games. The class is taught by Coach Colt Spivey.


By: Savannah Mote

Creative Writing: Explain to the historians of the 2150 what it’s like to go to a shopping mall.

Shopping malls today are popular hangout spots; they are always crowded. Malls are multiple stores and restaurants in one. People shop for clothes, shoes, and other things and eat lunch while never even leaving the building. To pay for the things that are bought, one must use a credit card, debit card, cash, or even a check. There are usually many floors at a mall. Instead of stairs to get from floor to floor, there are usually escalators. Escalators are moving stairs. Some escalators go up and some go down. Malls are fun places to hang out, but if you don’t like crowds, it may not be the best for you.


By: Mallory Boyd

Shotgun Comes to an End

The 2016 Shotgun season officially ended on January 26th with the Team Banquet. The banquet celebrated the achievements of the Varsity and JV team members and thanked everyone who supported the team in any way this year. Achievements for Varsity this year included High Shooter in Skeet, Trap, Sporting Clays, and High Overall. Mitch Marsh placed first in Skeet, Zach Sanders in second, Anne Marie Hildebrant in third, Joseph Anderson in 4th, and Eli Waits in 5th. In Trap, Mitch Marsh placed first, Anne Marie Hildebrant placed second, Joseph Anderson placed third, Zach Sanders placed 4th, and Andrew Chapko placed 5th. In Sporting Clays, Mitch Marsh placed first, Zach Sanders placed second, Anne Marie Hildebrant placed third, Joseph Anderson placed 4th, and Eli Waits placed 5th. In the HOA category, Mitch Marsh placed first with 810/900, Zach Sanders placed second with 756/900, Anne Marie Hildebrant placed third with 747/900, Joseph Anderson placed 4th with 731/900, and Eli Waits placed 5th with 642/900. This year the Most Improved were Owen Brady and Andrew Chapko. The Dedication Award went to Eli Waits. Kevin Davis received the Scholar Athlete Award. The Teammate of the Year award went to Mitch Marsh. Congratulations to all Varsity shooters.


The JV Awards this year were for HOA shooters, and the HOA shooter in Skeet, Trap, and Sporting Clays. Brody Anderson shot HOA in Skeet, Drew Maddox shot HOA in Sporting Clays, and Drake Coody shot HOA in Trap. Drew Maddox shot HOA for the team, Brody Anderson placed second, Drake Coody placed third, Tanner Lochlear placed 4th, and Anna Grace Hinson placed 5th. Congratulations to all JV shooter.


By: Joseph Anderson

Explain to the historians of the 2150 what it’s like to go to a shopping mall.

Shopping malls today are popular hangout spots; they are always crowded. Malls are multiple stores and restaurants in one. People shop for clothes, shoes, and other things and eat lunch while never even leaving the building. To pay for the things that are bought, one must use a credit card, debit card, cash, or even a check. There are usually many floors at a mall. Instead of stairs to get from floor to floor, there are usually escalators. Escalators are moving stairs. Some escalators go up and some go down. Malls are fun places to hang out, but if you don’t like crowds, it may not be the best for you.

By: Mallory Boyd

Top 10 Movies for Valentines Day

Top Ten Movies for Valentine’s Day


10. Me Before You (2016) A caretaker falls in love with her paralyzed patient.


9. Sleepless in Seattle (1993) Man talks about his previous marriage on a nationwide radio station and begins a relationship with a listener.


8. Dirty Dancing (1987) A girl falls in love with her dance instructor.


7. The Fault in Our Stars (2014) Two teenage cancer patients make a journey to Amsterdam to visit their favorite author.


6. The Best of Me (2014) After years of being apart, high school sweethearts rekindle a romance.


5. The Last Song (2010) When a teen girl is sent to live with her father, she falls in love with a boy through a mutual love for music.


4. Charlie St. Cloud (2010) When a competitive sailor loses his brother in a car accident, he falls in love with a fellow sailor who helps him cope with his loss.


3. Clueless (1995) A preppy high school girl battles through failing grades and mean teachers as she falls in love with her step brother.


2. 10 Things I Hate About You (1999) Two sisters with an over protective father are permitted to attend prom. One sister falls in love with the school’s “bad boy,” and she overcomes her feelings through poetry.


1. Stuck in Love (2012) An author, his ex-wife, and his teenage children struggle with their personal trials in romance whilst growing closer to each other through literature.


By: Ivy English

Author Visit

Piedmont Academy students in grades K3-5th grades had special “Sweet Treats” on Friday, February 10th. Local author Mallette Cook came to share her book Sweet Treats. Mallette Cook currently lives in Greensboro, GA but is originally from Woodbine, GA. Sweet Treats is a children's book written by Mallette Proctor Cook and illustrated by Jonathan C. Cook. It is based on events from the author's childhood. Newly published in January 2016, Mallette presented Piedmont librarian, Traci Brady, with her 500th copy sold. Mallette is available for book signings and presentations to schools. She can be contacted at sweettreatsbook@gmail.com for more info or to purchase a book. Books are $15 plus $3 shipping and handling. You can also purchase a copy of her book @ southernlionbooks.com. Pictured: Author Mallette Cook and Piedmont students in grades K3, K4, &K.


By: Tracy Brady

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Valentines Jokes

1. Why should you never breakup with a goalie?


He’s a keeper.


2. What do you say to your single friends on Valentine’s Day? Happy Independence Day!


3. Girl: "I can't be your valentine for medical reasons." Boy: "Really?" Girl: "Yeah, you make me sick!"


4. What is another way of saying Happy Valentine’s day! S.A.D, Singles Awareness Day!


5. What did the paper clip say to the magnet?

"I find you very attractive."


6. What did the elephant say to his girlfriend?

"I love you a ton!"


7. What did the boy octopus say to the girl octopus?

Can I hold your hand, hand, hand, hand, hand, hand, hand, hand, hand, hand?


8. What did one oar say to the other?

Can I interest you in a little row - mance?


9. What did one pickle say to the other?

You mean a great dill to me.


10. Boy: Do you have a date for Valentine’s Day?

Girl: Yes, February 14th.


By: Savannah Stanton

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Paws at a Glance

March 1: Spring Sports Pictures


March 2: V Baseball @ Bethlehem Temple

V Soccer vs YACS

PTO Pizza Bingo

Chapel


March 3: Middle School Spring Fling

V Soccer @ Trinity


March 4: V Soccer @ Trinity

V Baseball @ Flint River


March 5: Open House 2:00


March 6: V Baseball @ Gatewood 4:00

MS Baseball @ John Milledge

Tennis @ Briarwood

MS Soccer @ Cousins


March 7: V Baseball vs. Bethlehem Christian

MS Baseball @ Gatewood 4:00

V Soccer vs. Loganville


March 9: V Baseball vs. Windsor

MS Soccer @ Westminister

End of 3rd Quarter


March 10: MS and V Soccer vs GMC

Open House 9:00


March 13: MS Baseball @ Brentwood

Tennis @ Mon Don

Varsity Soccer @ YACS


March 14: Varsity Baseball @ Briarwood

Cap and Gown Pictures 10:00

Report Cards

V and MS Soccer @ JMA


March 15-17: College Road Trip


March 16: Tennis @ BHS


March 17: MS Baseball vs. JMA

MS Soccer @ Social Circle


March 20: V and MS Baseball @ JMA


March 21: V Baseball vs Tomas Jefferson

MS Baseball @ ACE

Tennis @ Thomas Jefferson

MS Soccer vs. Social Circle


March 22: Spring School Pictures


March 23: B Team Baseball vs Loganville

Tennis vs BA


March 24: V Baseball @ Mon Don

MS Baseball vs Gatewood


March 25: V Baseball vs Gatewood

V Baseball vs. Flint River


March 27: MS Baseball @ Briarwood


March 28: V Baseball vs. Brentwood

Tennis vs Thomas Jefferson at Home

V Soccer @ Westminister


March 29: Middle School Soccer vs. Cousins


March 30: B Team Baseball @ Bethlehem Christian

MS Baseball @ Loganville

V Soccer vs. Mon Don

V Baseball @ Thomas Jefferson


March 31: V Baseball vs. Briarwood

Half Day


By: Ivy English