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November 2017 Volume 9 Issue 4 For the Parents, Students, and Community of Sequoyah High School

Sequoyah High School

4485 Hickory Road Canton, GA 30115 (770) 721-3200 Administration Mr. Elliott Berman Principal

Ms. Heather Phillips Assistant Principal Mrs. Laura Kudlak Assistant Principal Mr. Matthew May Assistant Principal

Dear Parents, We have received our 2017 SAT and ACT test scores. I am pleased to inform you that Sequoyah High School had higher test scores than any CCSD high school on the SAT and the ACT. In addition, Sequoyah High School had the highest percentage of students scoring 3, 4, and 5 on the 2017 Advanced Placement (AP) exams. The county average for AP exam scores of 3, 4, and 5 was 71%. 83% of Sequoyah High School students who took AP exams scored 3, 4, and 5. We are rapidly approaching the half-way point in the school year and will begin the scheduling process for the 2018-19 school year in January. • We are planning to hold an AP and Honors Informational Meeting on January 15th. • This meeting is designed to give students and parents information about available AP and Honors classes so that students can make informed decisions about choosing these courses.

• Also, one of the big events that we hold each year is the Sophomore Advisement Meetings on February 14th & 15th. We send letters out in January inviting all parents Mr. Craig McKinney of sophomore students to come in during an assigned appointment time to meet Assistant Principal with faculty representatives from each department to determine the best course of action for their student to accomplish their future goals, including which courses to Student Services take their junior and senior year. So, if you are the parent of a sophomore, mark your Mrs. Maria Baldwin calendar to be prepared to come in one of these days. Counselor A-E • We encourage sophomore and freshmen students to begin visiting the websites of Mrs. Wendy Fort any colleges or universities that they are considering attending to ensure that their Counselor F-L course selections include the academic requirements set by these secondary schools. Mrs. Monica Intravia First semester exams are the week of December 18-21. The only “excuse” for missing a Counselor M-R final exam is a medical excuse from a physician. Mrs. Carrilynn Corbin In closing, please continue to monitor your student’s progress in his or her classes through Counselor S-Z your Canvas account. If at any time you feel that you need to meet with your student’s teachers, please contact Student Services to facilitate this meeting. Sincerely, Elliott Berman

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from Student Services

AP Exam Fees • Be on the lookout for registration information in January. HOBY • Hugh O’BrienYouth State Leadership Program – for 10th graders. If you’re interested in this leadership program, see Mrs. Corbin in Student Services no later than November 10.

College Information for Juniors and Seniors

Juniors and Seniors: If you still need to take the SAT or ACT for college admissions, don’t forget the registration deadline falls about a month before the actual test date. Register on websites below. Don’t put this off! Seniors are running out of time! • • College Search websites • • – this one has mid-50% GPA and test score info so you can see if the various colleges are reach, target, or safety schools for you with your numbers. Also has scholarships listed for each school. • • • • • • - students have their own logins College Application Tips: • Many of the Georgia college applications are online through • Send your transcript free to Georgia colleges electronically through • For colleges not in Georgia, request your transcript through the SHS website on Parchment (click the Student Services button) Cost is $5 per transcript. • Don’t forget to tell SAT or ACT which colleges to send your test scores to. • If you need a counselor recommendation, fill out the Recommendation Request Form in Student Services and give it to your counselor. SCHOLARSHIPS • Check the Student Services page on Sequoyah’s website for scholarships. These are posted as they come in to our office. Scholarship Search Websites • Scholarship information should always be free • Watch out for any scams that charge for scholarship information • • • • • • • • • (guide to choosing student loans) • (great advice on student loans and savings plans for college from consumer advocate Clark Howard) ○○Click on Guides at the top, then click Education and Student Loans

3 SHS Governor’s Honors

The Georgia Governor’s Honors Program (GHP) is a four-week summer residential instructional program designed to provide intellectually gifted and artistically talented high school students challenging and enriching educational opportunities not usually available during the regular school year. Activities are designed to provide each participant with opportunities to acquire the skills, knowledge and attitudes to become independent, lifelong learners. The Georgia Governor’s Honors Program is fully-funded by the Georgia General Assembly, and operates at no cost to the participant.

Next Step

Students will participate in a rigorous county level interview process on November, 7th at River Ridge High School. State level semi-finalists will interview at Berry College on February 24, 2018 and finalists will be announced March 30, 2018. SHS Nominees • Savannah Haas • Natasha Ambriz-Villela • Cailyn Hooper •

Valerie Ambriz-Villela

Ella Avery

Matthew Bagtas

Sophia Clark

Zoe Conoly

Brae Davies

Alan Davis

Andrew Doerr

Faith Dokken

Jack Forbes

Blake Galloway

Addison Garman,

Brittani Gerkin

Helen-Marie Goodwin

Olivia Goss

Jack McGarry

Brisa Mendez

Jace Nichols

Austin Perales

Marko Petrovic

Kaitlyn Pulse

Collins Rakowski

Kelly Rodriguezz

Jack Sanders

Erica Suarez

Calista Tyson

Alina Wargacki

Mackenzie Westin

Amelia Westmoreland

The Sequoyah HS Marching Band Wins Their Second Grand Championship

The Sequoyah High School Marching Band won the overall Grand Championship at the Blue Ridge Marching Band Contest this weekend. The band placed higher than the 18 marching band that that competed in the Blue Ridge competition. This is the second marching band competition that the Sequoyah’s marching band has entered and won this school year, beating a total of 33 high school marching bands. The Marching Band of Chiefs has had a very busy season this year. Their competitive marching show is entitled “Grimm.” This year, Sequoyah hosted the Cherokee County Marching Band Exhibition. The marching bands from all 6 schools in the county participated, as well as the Pickens County High School Marching Band, and the Reinhardt University Marching Band. Judges are brought in for this event, and each band receives constructive comments from six different judges, which helps them prepare for the competition season. The Band of Chiefs participated in three competitions this year. The first one was the Super Bowl of Sound at Central Carroll High School. The band took home first in class. The second competition was the Blue Ridge Mountain Marching Festival at Fannin County High School. The band took home first in class, first place Gold Level, and Grand Champion! The last competition was the Sound of the County at Harris County High School. The band took first in class in all categories and came in 2nd overall. The Band of Chiefs has outscored 44 different bands in 3 competitions this season. Students participating in Marching Band begin practicing in June, and the competitions culminate 5 months of preparation and practice.


Thespian Officers • Tori Turk, president • Madelynne Dunlop, vice president • Blake Galloway • Max Kountz

Tribal Chant: Sequoyah Drama REGION ONE ACT 2017 By: Tori Turk

Saturday, October 28, Sequoyah hosted the 6AAAAAA One Act Play competition. Seven schools participated: Dalton, Creekview, River Ridge, Sprayberry, Sequoyah, Harrison, and Allatoona. Allatoona won for the third straight year, but Sequoyah was named Region Runner Up for “Smoke on the mountain”!

By: Madelynne Dunlop This year’s turnout for the auditions of Smoke on the Mountain was great, with 33 talented Sequoyah Students. Auditions were slightly different than in past years, on the first day we watched the production on the big screen in the theatre while small groups were called back to sing and act. A select few were called back for a second day of auditions. Those few called back sang some more while the others remained in the theatre and participated in a few improv activities. Everyone’s great job in the auditions made it very difficult for the directors when it came time to choose the cast. If you weren’t cast, we encourage you to come see Smoke on the Mountain on October 19th, 20th, and 22nd. We also encourage you to come audition for our production in the spring, Noises Off! • Mervin Oglethorpe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Logan Struchtemeyer • June Sanders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Presley Coley • Burl Sanders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Blake Galloway • Vera Sanders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Brisa Mendez • Stanley Sanders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Noah Butler • Denise Sanders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Amelia Westmoreland • Miss Maude . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Caroline Etheridge • Miss Mytrle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Madelynne Dunlop • Deacon Padgett . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Randy Miller • Deacon Caylor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jacob Jenkins • Cousin Thurman Sanders (pianist . . . . Aaron Whittle • Cousin Mildred Sanders (assistant . . . Sophia Clark • Student Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tori Turk

In addition, four of our students were recognized for acting achievement: • Amelia Westmoreland and Blake Galloway were named to Region All Star Cast • Presley Coley and Jace Nichols were named Region Best Supporting Actress and Actor! In its 28 year existence, Sequoyah has been in the top three schools at region one act 25 times. They have won region eight times and placed twice at state.

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5 Tribal Chant: Sequoyah Drama


Sequoyah was the ONLY school to have four individual actors recognized! Our production was great because of musical direction from Josh Markham & SHS alum Luke Roberson, as well as former SHS drama teacher Janice Lewis and choreographer Cindi Bekas. Below are a few photos from Saturday, courtesy of parent Torri Westmoreland. THANK YOU for your support of our fine arts program at SHS!

GHP Nominees By: Tori Turk

Congratulations to our GHP Theatre nominees: •

Sophia Clark, Blake Galloway, Brisa Mendez, and Jace Nichols!

The Governor’s Honors Program is a 4-week intensive learning program held at Berry College over the summer that gives students the opportunity to learn more about their major and a minor of their choosing. County level auditions will be held on November 7th and state level auditions will be in January! Break a leg, everyone!

Best Christmas Pageant Ever! By Madelynne Dunlop

By: Sebastian Alfonso

Academy Street Theatre Group has just cast their annual production of Best Christmas Pageant Ever. Over 200 hundred kids auditioned to be a part of their production and over half were turned away to try again next year. The show is usually cast for the younger kids- middle and elementary schoolers, but it also provides some strong roles for high schoolers. This year’s production includes several Sequoyah students that are either in the cast or on crew: Grace Diamond Abby North Kristen Kimberly Jordan Lougheed Katie Wilbur Randy Chase Morris Josh Jenkins Madelynne Dunlop Sophia Muscato Jacob Jenkins Emma Cantrell

The Drama Club Officers have decided to open up a new Instagram account to keep everyone in the know about any upcoming events or reminders! The new Instagram account’s username is SequoyahThéâtre, so follow today!

Academy Street is a great way to get involved in the arts and gather thespian points! It’s too late to be a part of this production, but you can support the young ‘ins by coming to see Best Christmas Pageant Ever on November 15th, 16th, and 17th at River Ridge High School!


6 SHS AFJROTC Tribal Chant

The purpose of Air Force Junior ROTC is help young adults reach their highest potential by equipping them with the character and competencies to be successful in their chosen careers. The year is in full swing with the unit involved in lots of activities!! Fitness Festival and Yearly Picnic – Aug 26

Every year cadets of all flights compete against one another in many fitness-themed events. This year included a team-building competition, a waterslide, as well as a pie to the face for the seniors by the winning team. Cadets had a wonderful time. Sixty nine cadets participated in the event. It was a fun day for all. Parents and volunteers brought snacks, chips, drinks, and desserts to accompany the lunch provided by the unit. This was the unit’s major fundraiser for the year, which helps offset the cost of future events for the cadets. Thank you for all the support for the Fitness Festival.

American Red Cross Fall Blood Drive – A Huge Success Sequoyah High School held its annual fall American Red Cross Blood Drive on September 8th. The Air Force Junior ROTC cadets sent out the sign-up sheets, assigned donors times, assisted the Red Cross in checking in potential donors, kept the lines moving smoothly, worked the recovery area, and helped with clean up. The support from the students, staff, faculty, and community was amazing. The Sequoyah Zone donated 289 pints to this important program, which made this one of the Red Cross’s most Col Whittle donates. successful drives this year.

Mrs. Blalock gives again.

Cadet JordanThunderrock donates.

Indian Knoll Elementary School Movie Night – Sept 28 The cadets assisted Indian Knoll Elementary School in the running of their movie night, where they helped to provide concessions to the students and their parents. The movie night is a great opportunity for parents and their students to unwind.

7 Homecoming Parade – Sept 29 The cadets once again had the privilege to lead the homecoming parade. Fifty six cadets marched in the parade. For the freshmen cadets, this was an opportunity to demonstrate and put into practice the drill techniques that they have been learning in class. We are extremely proud of the cadets and their dedication to the AFJROTC Program.

guard events. Even though the cadets did not win a trophy, they performed admirably. For many of the cadets, this was their first competition and their nervousness was high. It ws truly a learning experience that will serve them well in the upcoming Ridgeland Drill Meet on October 28th.

Holly Springs Elementary School Bingo Night – Oct 6 Twenty seven cadets helped the Holly Springs Elementary School put on its first Bingo Night Fund Raiser. The cadets helped run both the adult and children bingo games, as well as work in the concession stands. Aftr the event the cadets helped clean up and return the cafeteria and halls to their original set-up, ready for school the next day. Both cadets and guests thoroughly enjoyed themselves, and we look forward to returning next time.

Dacula High School Drill Meet – Sept 30 The Sequoyah High School Competition Drill Teams and Color Guards attended their first of many drill competitions this year. It was a long day for the cadets that started at 5:00 AM and ended about 6:00 PM. The cadets competed in unarmed regulation, armed regulation, individual drill, inspection, and two color

8 Indian Knoll Elementary School Pumpkin Run - Oct 13

Zombie Fest 5K Run – Oct 14 One week before the Zombie Fest Carnival, hundreds of fans gathered at Etowah River Park in order to enjoy what would be a casual 5K. Little did they know that twenty five AFJROTC cadets dressed in zombie costume were hidden in the woods, waiting ever so patiently for them to pass by. As the sun set, the 5K started and from the shadows on the trail the zombies emerged. The cadets made great zombies. Runners even stopped running to get selfies with the cadets. The organizers were truly impressed with the cadets’ zombie role play. Fun event!!! On October 21st the cadets will be assisting with the second zombie event in downtown Woodstock, where fans of all things zombie get to hang out, listen to music, eat, and enjoy games and Zombie CarnEvil.

Twenty six cadets worked the Indian Knoll Elementary School Pumpkin Run. The pumpkin run is an event held in October in order to spread school and seasonal spirit, as well as to give their students a fun activity to enjoy with family and friends. Cadets were in charge of keeping the obstacle course running smoothly while ensuring that all the students were safe. Some of these activities included dodging balls, balancing on planks, climbing barrels and wooden pallets, low crawl, spider web navigation, sledding, sac racing, and a maze to navigate. It was a fun evening for all. Tiger Flight Operations – Oct 14 Ten cadets started their exciting day for Tiger Flight at 6:00 in the morning. At the Rome Airport the cadets assisted in marshalling the airplanes and delivering the mission briefing for the day’s operation. The freshmen got to experience their first flights with the group. For some it was their first opportunity to fly in a small plane with a clear vision of the ground and sky. Cadet Kim raised his arms in pure exhilaration as he soared into the air.

On Going Color Guards: The cadets continue to perform at the opening of home varsity football games with the presentation of the Colors. The opening ceremonies were made even more impressive by a Tiger Flight fly-over at a recent game. A tribute to the veterans, all military members, and our heritage.


The World Language Department is pleased to announce that we have established a National French Honor Society at SHS. Our first induction ceremony will be in January. See our sponsor Mrs. Burns in room 1209 for more information. National French Week is coming November 1-6! We will have a Trivia contest each day-listen for the details and the question of the day during announcements.

Air Force Association Luncheon with Congressman Loudermilk Four lucky cadets attended the Air Force Association Luncheon with Congressman Loudermilk on October 17 at the Dobbins Air Reserve Open Mess. The cadets presented the Colors to open the event. The Congressman gave an insightful presentation on what is happening in the world today. Cadets Rexford, Johnson, Skarbek, and Newell got the opportunity to talk personally with Representative Loudermilk. Upcoming Events / Announcements: ¾¾ Sequoyah Zone MUST Ministries Food Box Drive – Nov 13 • Cadets will help organize, collect and package donations for MUST Ministries before the Thanksgiving break to help needy families in Cherokee County. During Thanksgiving Break, cadets will work at the MUST Ministries donation center in Canton to help distribute the meals to families. If you want to help with food boxes, contact Lt Col (Ret) Ronald Whittle Ronald.whittle@ or CMSgt (Ret) John Futral john.futral@ for additional details. ¾¾ Military Ball – Dec 9 • UPDATE! Military Ball date has changed to Saturday, December 9th. This is the highlight of the fall semester. Cadets will socialize with other cadets , dance, and eat lots of food. There is no cost for the cadets who attend the Military Ball. The theme of this year’s military ball is Medieval Nights. ¾¾ Oct 21-22 – North GA Airshow ¾¾ Oct 21 – Zombie Fest ¾¾ Oct 28 – Ridgeland Drill Meet ¾¾ Nov 10 – Veterans Day Programs ¾¾ Nov 11 – Tiger Flight ¾¾ Nov 20-23 – Must Ministries Food Distribution ¾¾ Dec 2 – Marietta Drill Meet ¾¾ Dec 2 – Holly Springs Parade ¾¾ Dec 2 – Canton Parade ¾¾ Dec 9 – Military Ball

A few spots are left! We need you!

Sequoyah High School DECA Club

member earns slot to International Conference

On September 28, 2017, Sequoyah DECA Club members were part of the 960 GA DECA members who participated in the GA Only Online Testing Events. These students each took a 100 question comprehensive exam in various Marketing Education categories. Max Frye placed Top 10 in the state in the Selling category. The Top 10 students in each category will be recognized on stage at the State Career Development Conference in February, 2017 and earned an Academy Slot to 2017 International Career Development Conference in Atlanta, GA in April, 2017. The DECA Club is an Association of Marketing Students, which prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe. For more information on the Sequoyah DECA Club, contact

Advertise in the Tribal Chant! This is a wonderful way for your company to get community recognition and exposure, and at the same time help support your local schools!

Kasey Barth

Sequoyah High School

10 Drama Club Sequoyah’s first Drama Club / T h e s p i a n Tr o u p e # 4 7 3 9 president, Videssa Bass Orrmsby (class of 1990) is still being theatrical as the Camera Ready liaison and project manager with the Cherokee Office of Economic Development! Here she is with Jason Bateman & Laura Linney from Netflix’s Ozark, which is filmed in Cherokee County! For the full article from The Cherokee Tribune: •

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Taylor Dooley Rogowski (1998) appeared in Throw Me on the Burnpile and Light Me Up at The Aurora Theater in Lawrenceville, GA, September 8-17. See for more details! Siobhan Collins Brumbelow (2002) gave birth to her second child. Roland Dean Brumbelow was born at 2:51pm on September 16, 2017. He’s 9lbs 6oz and 21 1/2 inches. Congratulations! Patrick Schweigert (2010) was married to Rose Alexander Schweigert on September 3, 2017. Congratulations!

Matt Suwalski (2008) has been cast as Herr Schultz in the UGA Theatre’s production of Cabaret, guest directed by Freddie Ashley, Artistic Director of Actor’s Express. Thev show is in November. See http://www.drama.uga. edu/event/1829/cabaret for more details! Ashley Rutkowski & Hayley Harkins (2014) shown belkow, are Co-Wardrobe Chairs for the Berry College production of Crimes of the Heart, which opened September 29! Sequoyah Drama now has a Mighty Marvel Mutant! Blair Redford (2003) stars in Fox’s “The Gifted”, a Marvel Superhero show that premiered October 2! Blair plays the superhero known as Thunderbird. The series is set in the X-Men universe!

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