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More often than not, Carson Whitton spends his free time on the golf course. And from his results over the past year, they’ve been quite worthwhile. Now if on ly t h is w i nter would hurry up and get to next spring already. “I hate that it gets dark so early, because I can’t get out there as much now,” said Whitton, who can be found regularly on the course at Canongate-on-White Oak during the year. “I’d rather be playing golf than anything else.” That fervor has produced quite a year in competition for U.S. Kids Golf beginning with his first hole-in-one on a 169-yard par-3 during its Desert Shootout tournament in Arizona. Most recent ly, T he L ee Middle School eighth grader clinched a championship in the 13 year-old boys division of the organization’s Atlanta Fall Series, winning four of its nine events including a season-low round of 74 at Orchard Hills Golf Course. Along with the series title, Whitton now has earned an exemption for a return trip to the U.S. Kids European Championship next summer, having played in his first event in Scotland this past May as one of just four Americans out of 50 players in his division. “My goal was to get back to Scotland this year,” he said. “I didn’t start the season well, and had a couple of bad scores. But that’s OK. I played consistent.” For Whitton, taking good days with the bad has been both a balancing act and a learning experience, one that hopes to make him a better player while on the cusp of reaching both the varsity level in high school and taking the next step to a highly competi- tive 14-17 age group. Along with his 74 at Orchard Hills this fall, which included a 34 on the back nine in a strong finish, Whitton won fall series events during back-to-back weeks at Newnan Country Club and at Mystery Valley in Lithonia with rounds of 78 and 77 respectively. The tournament at NCC, wh ich was a ma keup of a rained out event, trumped the Georgia-LSU football game for Whitton, a diehard Bulldogs fan, who hated to miss out on seeing a victory in Athens. “I’m glad I stayed,” he said. “I wouldn’t have won the season.” His only finish outside the top-two came with an 87 in the series opener only to bounce back immediately for the win at NCC while averaging a score of 78.7 over his f inal eight tournaments. “I’ll ta ke it,” sa id W hitton, who is next headed to a WHITTON, Page 5 i n s i de Make-Yo ur- O Ham and wn Sides ➤ PAGE 5 Environmental Club on an annual Rivers Alive trip, a favorite activity for many. From left, Bennett Souter, Elizabeth Abercrombie, Lindsey Kee, Chase Copeland, and Annie Hass. Newnan High teacher sets a ‘green’ example in the classroom By Celia Shortt email@example.com Newnan High School teacher Lindsey Kee is making a difference at Newnan High School and in the lives of her students. Kee is teaching sustainable environmental principles and how to leave as small a footprint on Earth as possible. "I consider myself lucky to be able to come here each day and teach a curriculum that I truly believe in, while also supporting an amazing group of students," said Kee. "I was actually an Earth Science major in college and have tried my best to leave the smallest footprint I can on this Earth. I truly do have my dream job, and it's wonderful to be able to practice what I preach." Kee supports her students and others at Newnan High School through her Earth Science, Environmental Science, and AP Environmental Science classes and the Environmental Club, which she founded. "I started our Environmental Club in 2007 to promote recycling within our school," she said. "We are a school with over 2,000 students and over 200 faculty members who produce a lot of waste! I wanted to educate our students and staff on how easy recycling is and give them the opportu- nity to participate in the act of recycling." Since then, students, teachers, school employees, large companies, and small businesses have joined in to help the club in its quest to recycle and reduce waste. Elizabeth Abercrombie is a senior at Newnan High School, an active member of the Environmental Club, and a student in Kee's classes. She is involved with the club because she wants to help make the world a better place. "In the Environmental Science class, Mrs. Kee made me realize how much damage people do to the Earth, but you can do so much to make it better," said Abercrombie. Malcolm Rhodes is another s t udent who h a s le a r n e d about the damage people can do to the Earth and ways to change, and even reverse, the deterioration. "I knew the Earth was bad environmentally," he said. "In the [environmental science] class, Mrs. Kee shows us how to narrow down the air quality and how recycling helps the environment." R hodes said Mrs. Kee showed the class different areas of the world, pinpointing green, Page 4 Holiday ham and savory sides Family Features Holidays are a time filled with family, friends and — perhaps most importantly — feasts. Traditional holiday menu items have the power to evoke warm memories of holidays past while continuing to bring people together year after year. For many, the center of that coveted holiday table would not be complete without a sweet and savory spiralsliced ham. What holiday spread would be w it hout a plet hora of del ic io u s side d i s h e s to a c c omp a ny a nd c omple ment t he mea l? W het her you prefer ham with notes of honey, nuts or fruit, make su re you r di n ner table boasts a variety of options that enhance its delectable flavor. L ook for recipes t h at incorporate both traditional and unexpected ingredients for a holiday menu makeover. Doing so will keep guests pleased with familiar favor- ites, yet pleasa ntly surprised with the new variations. Savory side selections I f you’re look i ng for a savory side that spotlights the distinct flavors of the season, butternut squash is an excellent choice. W h ite Bea ns with Bacon and Butternut Squash is a perfect blend of savory, sweet and salty. Serve it with your favorite ham in a variety of glazes such as Honey, Ca ra mel Apple or Pecan Praline for a taste of tradition. For more great recipes, visit www.smithfield. com. A potato dish is also a must for many holiday spreads. Break away from mundane mashed potatoes and gravy with this recipe for Smashed Bacon Ranch Potatoes. Family and friends will line up for seconds when they get a taste of the ranch dressing and smoky bacon combination. Or, try this recipe for Green Bean Corn Casserole for another new twist on a classic holiday favorite. Three ways to make ham leftovers delectable For many, the best part of the holiday meal awaits them in the fridge the next day. If you find yourself with a kitchen still stocked for a holiday feast, here are some easy ways to turn delicious ham into a flavorful meal with just a few extra ingredients: Pizza: It seems that nothing pleases a child — or a parent, for that matter — more than pizza. Simply place mari- nara sauce, cheese and cubed ham atop broiled French bread or English muf fins for a crunchy post-holiday lunch. Pasta salad: Whip up a cool classic you can nibble on all week long. Prepare your favorite whole-wheat noodles, then mix in cubed ham, your favorite cheeses, diced tomatoes, spinach and a generous pour of creamy Italian dressing. It’s an easy meal in just minutes. Sandwiches: Try taking the standard ham and cheese sandwich to a new level with uneaten goodies from your cheese platter. Fill leftover artisan rolls from your holiday fare with sliced ham. Experiment with your favorite cheeses and place on the grill for a gooey, crunchy bite.