A group of fourteen representing the GCHS Teacher Academy travelled to Boston, Massachusetts the week of June 23-28th to compete in the Educators Rising National Competition at Boston University. The students competed in a total of five events. Competition results were three top ten winners on the national level for Teacher Academy, a Career and Technical program for future teachers at the high school level. Travelling in the group was Mrs. Patricia Demko, Teacher Academy Instructor, Mr. Sidney Taylor, Assistant CTE Director, Ms. Cindy Bond, chaperone, Mrs. Tammy Eubanks, chaperone, Christopher Beall, Kortney Jackson, Shelbi Waters, Josie Webster, Noah Lillis, Abby Eubanks, Jewel Havard, Anna Sullivan, Gwen Crenshaw and Hailey Blackwell.
The highest level winner was Christopher Beall, placing fifth in the nation in the Public Speaking category. He presented a prepared speech on the effects of poverty in education and suggested strategies for schools to implement in making school life easier for these students.
Seventh place was awarded to Kortney Jackson in Exploring Administration Careers. She job shadowed and interviewed Mr. Wade Whitney, George County High School Principal. With this information, she created a PowerPoint presentation and presented a ten minute explanation of her research about careers in educational administration.
Tenth place winners in the group category Inside our Schools were Abby Eubanks, Anna Sullivan, and Josie Webster. These students presented the collaborative Career and Technical Education project, The Pumpkin Patch, used by our high school to promote literacy in the elementary schools within George and Greene County. The students created a PowerPoint presentation and a three minute video of the literacy field trip held at the high school last fall.
While in Boston, students took part in sightseeing the city, visiting famous spots such as Fenway Park and Harvard University. The students also took a bus tour followed the Freedom Trail, which highlighted important historical sites and events. Students experienced many new learning opportunities from eating new foods, travelling on airplanes, riding in taxis and utilizing the city subway system. This was an educational experience for everyone involved.
This trip would not have been possible without the generous donations from area businesses. Teacher Academy would like to publically thank each one of the following businesses for their support: Lucedale Rotary Club, Alfa Insurance, State Farm Insurance, Farm Bureau Insurance, Century Bank, Community Bank, L. C. Hatcher, Rocky Creek Elementary, Central Elementary, Barnhills Nursery, Honey Bees’s Florists and Gifts, Jack’s Home Improvements, Rocky Creek Catfish, AJ’s Quick Stop, Mr. Ray Hunter, and Triple C Pawn Shop.
This national win was not just for Teacher Academy, but for the parents and all previous teachers of these young adults in the George County School District. This trip would not have been possible without the help of the fabulous faculty and staff at the best high school in the state of Mississippi! A special thanks to the entire George County School District for your continued support for this program and students.