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C.A. Gray Gazette Eighth Edition

Moultrie, Georgia 31768

Volume 5 Issue 1

May 2014

Mrs. Stacie Dunn, Gray’s T.O.T.Y. (From Colquitt Connections) STACIE DUNN is in her sixth year of teaching and currently teaches mathematics at C.A.G.J.H.S. Mrs. Dunn received her bachelor’s degree in early childhood education and master’s degree in education from Thomas University. In addition, she is currently pursuing her specialist degree in curriculum and instruction at Valdosta State University. She has also completed her gifted certification. Mrs. Dunn shared, “My greatest accomplishment is that students who once hated math now love it. They now help each other when they see a classmate struggling. My students now have the confidence to overcome any obstacle that is in their way.” Principal Dr. Thelma Jackson commented, “Mrs. Dunn was selected by her colleagues as the C.A. Gray Teacher of the Year because she is an effective classroom teacher, maintains collegiality, and possesses the ability to be an articulate spokesperson for Georgia public education.”

Sneakers that “stunt?”

C.A.G.J.H.S. 2013-2014 School Year “To Boldly Go...”

Mrs. Dunn (third from right) is part of the eighth grade math department at C.A.G.J.H.S.

S.T.E.M. at C.A. Gray

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By Scott Turner | C.A. Gray Gazette THIS YEAR, students, teachers, and administrators Over the years, each generation has developed and used its own unique words and phrases. Examples include groovy, radical, gnarly, the bee’s at Gray have been especially mindful of one particular knees, bodacious, Word!, and Wassup? Sometimes, people take their use of acronym: S.T.E.M. (Science; Technology; Engineering; and appreciation for their generation’s linguistic innovations to extremes Mathematics). All stakeholders in the C.A. Gray commuby doing totally out-of-the-box things with them. A new example of this nity have chosen “To Boldly Go...” into this mindset in an situation at C.A. Gray involves students’ footwear. Yes, shoes! The new trend endeavor to help students develop twenty-first century is to take a pair of shoes (usually inexpensive and plain to provide the blank skillsets as they ready themselves for colleges and careers. canvas needed) and customize them with modern words/phrases like the Studies show that the number of careers in S.T.E.M. fields following: “YOLO!” / “SWAG!” / “STUNTIN’!” There are many more expressions will continue to rapidly increase over the next 10 years. being used a lot from today’s “newer” vocabulary. (Current estimates predict a 17% increase.) In addition One of Gray’s commonly-known “funny guys,” Caleb Baker, has “stepped” to more Americans working, it is projected that workers into this new trend with both feet. When asked about his participation, in S.T.E.M. positions will earn up to 26% more than their Caleb stated, “I have a sense of humor and thought it would be funny to non-S.T.E.M. counterparts. To help students take hold of wear them to school with my friends.” One of those friends is Raines Plant. these opportunities and develop visions of success for Caleb said, “I make people laugh, and it helps me feel happy all day. I try to themselves in the future, initiatives were carried out in make their days so much brighter.” Caleb also explained that the primary each department at C.A. Gray to help students see the inspiration for decorating these shoes at this point in the school year came importance of S.T.E.M. In addition to individual prosperfrom his brother, Wes, a former student at Gray who is currently a Senior ity, the nation as a whole stands to enjoy much-needed at the high school. These siblings get along great and have lots of fun economic growth... as much as $1,000,000,000,000 per together, and a portion of that fun comes from the innovative words and year! More information about Gray’s S.T.E.M. efforts may phrases mentioned earlier. be found on the school’s website at the following URL: It seems obvious that words do have an effect on people. Words can travel miles and miles across the world and arrive at a little town like Moultrie, GA. Once here, “new” words can cause changes in the day-to-day outlook and routines. In Caleb’s case, his attitude and actions are basically saying “STUNTIN’S A HABIT!” His shoes are also speaking about his committment to comedy and positive vibes for himself and his classmates.

Student Spotlight: “Five Important Things About Me...” By Angel Ives, Nathan Hiers, & Weston Rogers | C.A. Gray Gazette ANGEL IVES: 1. I’m an Italian artist / singer. 2. I’m a huge procrastinator. I have a bad habit of putting things off. 3. I like blue, spaghetti, hearts, halos and angel wings, books, and pool. 4. I have a pet dog named Rosco P. Coltrane. 5. I rarely get sad and try my best to keep everyone happy and lighthearted. No one deserves to be sad. NATHAN HIERS: 1. I am very studious. I like to study so that I can become someone one day. 2. I love to write. I plan to become a novelist of horror and to surpass Stephen King. 3. I practice and study the diverse skill of arts known as Martial Arts. 4. I love my sister very much which is highly relevant to me. 5. I love to read fiction novels. WESTON ROGERS: 1. My career goal is Aerospace Engineering. 2. I read many webcomics. 3. I use computers any chance I get. 4. My favorite music genre is Progressive House. 5. I am for Transhumanism.

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Smart Snacks From Colquitt County Schools Website - 04.24.14

Caleb B. and his “stuntin’ sneaks” (Photos by Randi Tapscott)

USDA recently published practical, science-based nutrition standards for snack foods and beverages sold to children at school during the school day. The standards, required by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, will allow schools to offer healthier snack food to children, while limiting junk food. The health of today’s school environment continues to improve. Students across the country are now offered healthier school lunches with more fruits, vegetables and whole grains. The Smart Snacks in School standards will build on those healthy advancements and ensure that kids are only offered tasty and nutritious foods during the school day. (Continued on page 11)

From Left: Angel, Weston, & Nathan. Ninth grade students at Gray.

Important Dates to Remember at C.A.G.J.H.S. - May 2014

May 5th: 9th Grade Lit. and Composition / American Literature. May 6th: Coordinate Algebra / Analytical Geometry. May 7th: Biology / Physical Science. May 5th - 16th: Advanced Placement Tests. May 9th: Last Check-Out Day in Media Center. May 12th: All Student Books Due in Media Center the Week of May 12th. May 12th: School Nutrition Banquet at C.A. Gray. May 14th-15th: CRCT Retakes for Reading and Math.

May 16th: Last Day for Computer Use in ALL Labs. May 19th: C.A. Gray Honors Night. May 20th: Teacher Checked-Out Materials Due in Media Center by End of the Day. May 22nd: End-of-Quarter --- Last Day of School for Students! May 23rd: Student Holiday / Teacher Workday. May 24th: G R A D U A T I O N ! May 26th: Memorial Day Holiday. May 27th-28th: Teacher Contract Reduction Days.

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Pros & Cons of Black Friday... Make-Up Obamacare What fun! Management By Cassidy Weaver | C.A. Gray Gazette Health is one of the most important factors of life. In fact, without good health, there really isn’t a life to live. These days, health plans don’t come cheaply, either. This is where the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare, comes in. The original purpose for Obamacare was to make healthcare affordable for those who make little money. Along the way, there have been mishaps and struggles with the implementation of this new law. Still, there are good factors as well as bad ones. A good aspect of Obamacare is that young adults can now stay on their parents’ healthcare plans until they reach the age of 26, whereas the limit used to be the age of 18. Lifetime caps have also been eliminated. A lifetime cap is when an insurer reaches its limit on the amount of money they will pay out for an insured. People born with illnesses sometimes require extensive treatments / surgeries which could cause them to reach their lifetime cap limits. This usually results in one being dropped from his/her insurance plan. Another benefit under Obamacare is that pre-existing conditions will no longer be an issue. Before Obamacare, conditions such as asthma, cancer, and other issues were considered pre-existing. As a result, many insurance companies would deny coverage because of the cost risks associated with chronic need of care. Now, insurance companies are not supposed to continue this practice. Along with its beneficial components, Obamacare has several causes for concern. One negative is that having insurance is now a national requirement. If a person chooses not to have insurance, they will be fined / taxed. Some believe this is an err in judgement on the part of the government since they see insurance as more of an investment and not as a requirement. By making it a requirement, many feel the government is violating the rights of Americans. Those in favor of Obamacare talk about how it is helping low-income Americans afford insurance, but, in reality, the government is forcing its citizens to find a way to get insurance. Another problem with the Affordable Care Act is that it is causing Medicare to lose money. Medicare helps patients pay for medicines and various medical services, so when Obamacare took $716 billion dollars from Medicare and put those funds toward its own program initiatives, the cost of medicines rose. These higher costs make it extremely difficult for citizens to be able to afford their basic prescription or over-the-counter drugs. From the very beginning, there have been clear benefits and problems with Obamacare. Watching or listening to the ongoing debate over this topic on television and radio can prove to be exhausting. Currently, it seems that the best thing to do is to be informed by reading, watching, and listening. In the coming months, people across the nation will gain a much better understanding of what the Affordable Care Act really means in day-to-day life.

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By Randi Tapscott | C.A. Gray Gazette Imagine yourself on the infamous “Black Friday” in a sea of people. Suddenly, you find yourself essentially crowd surfing across Wal-Mart, Target, or maybe even Toys-R-Us. What fun! The truth is that violence is happening a dime a dozen these days, especially when it comes to the BIGGEST shopping event of the year, Black Friday. In order to stay energized, many shoppers end up running around like spider monkeys hyped up on Red Bull or Mountain Dew. Regionally speaking, it makes one wonder whatever happened to “southern hospitality.” It should come as no surprise that people outside of the U.S. look at Black Friday news coverage and ask themselves, “Is everyone over there like Honey Boo Boo Child?” Instances of shoppers being pepper sprayed, bitten, shot at, or even trampled to death have become commonplace on Black Friday. On a chaotic day-afterThanksgiving in 2005 in a small Florida town, a 73 year old lady lost her life in the senseless confusion after she was trampled. That innocent, wise soul did not deserve to lose her life in that manner. An occurrence in Palo Alto, California found four young women, ages 12-24, along with their parents being struck by a vehicle as they were attempting to leave a parking lot. Things like this happen amidst the chaos that always seems to arise during Black Friday. In this incident, the 24 year old died at the scene while the mother and one of her children had to be airlifted to Stanford Medical Center a few miles away. Though there are “deals” to be found at Black Friday events, shoppers and innocent pedestrians must remember the dangers that exist when tempers and adrenaline are in full swing. Each individual should do his or her part to make things better by being careful and considerate. The rise of Small Business Saturdays and Cyber Mondays have reduced the impact of Black Friday to some degree, but it still remains the biggest shopping day of the year in America.

By Ashlyn Thompson | C.A. Gray Gazette Make-Up is an amazing creation. It can make or break a person’s look by enhancing one’s natural beauty or making it look like a pack of crayons exploded on one’s face. The end result depends completely on how a person uses her (or his) make -up. Many avid wearers of make-up are of the opinion that those who don’t know how to properly apply make-up should simply not wear it. It would be better to go completely natural than to have obvious lipliner issues, drawn-on eyebrows, and an orange face. It’s actually quite surprising just how many girls do not understand the basics of wearing make-up. Before someone gets into wearing make-up, she needs to understand skincare. To do that, she must know her own skin type. For example, does she have oily skin? Dry skin? A combination or “normal” skin? Cleansers and moisturizers are available to help make-up users meet their individual needs. There are cleansers and moisturizers made for all skin types, including sensitive skin, so one shouldn’t just buy something off the shelf because it’s easier to grab. Girls with oily skin may need a primer, which is something designed specifically for oily skin. Primers act as a barrier between skin and make-up so that it doesn’t look like a girl has dipped her face in a pan of bacon grease. Primers will prevent oil from seeping through the make-up and onto the surface of the skin. Another major consideration is picking the correct foundation and concealer shades. It is also important for girls to blend their foundations down the neck area to prevent foundation lines. When people are choosing foundations and concealers, they need to not only pick the best overall shades (such as light, medium, or dark); they should also select the correct undertones (such as cool, warm, or neutral). Some brands make this process more complicated by giving their products names like “caramel-peach.”

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Puppy Bowl X By Kelsee Brady | C.A. Gray Gazette

On Feb. 2nd, 2014, the Puppy Bowl X took place on the Animal Planet channel. Over 60 dogs were cheered on by their very own penguin cheerleaders. The spectacular event also featured a kitty cat halftime show and many touchdowns by ridiculously adorable pups. The event stars puppies from homeless shelters in order to try and get some animals out of animal shelters. It mimics the regular Super Bowl and started in 2005 opposite the Super Bowl XXXIX. This event occurs yearly and showcases many adorable pups while giving viewers a unique alternative for Super Bowl Sunday.

Venturing into Veganism By Lucy Badillo | C.A. Gray Gazette In today’s world, almost everyone eats meat daily, whether it’s at their dinner tables or at restaurants. Since massive amounts of meat are eaten each day, it might seem to be a necessary ingredient of life, right? Wrong. The anatomy of the human body actually rejects many different meat and animal products which can lead to a range of health problems and diseases. So... If the natural design of humanity has proven that consuming animal meat and products is unhealthy, that humans can certainly live without it, and that it causes health problems, why does the majority of the population continue to consume it? (Continued on page 11)

Homework: Does it really work? By Isaiah Dean | C.A. Gray Gazette As surprising as it may be to some, research has not proven that there are direct and substantial benefits in assigning homework to school-going children. Why, then, is the practice of assigning homework still alive and well? If homework does not provide academic benefits for students, and it creates conflict between students and teachers in terms of grading concerns, then it seems that this practice should be stopped. Benefits of homework should outweigh the negatives such as the rushing and failing that seems to always come with the territory. Could it be that schools have a lack of respect for children or research? The majority of students at Gray are unhappy with the current practices concerning homework. Though many students feel a sense out outrage toward homework, they do most of their protesting silently. Another issue of concern on the topic of homework is the fact that a staggering percentage of parents have admitted to doing their children’s homework for them from time to time. Add this reality to the fact that so many students either don’t know how or flatly refuse to do their work independently at home, and it’s easy to see the reasoning behind doing away with homework once and for all.

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Malaysian Flight 370 still missing By Cassidy Weaver | C.A. Gray Gazette On Friday night, March 8th, the Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 went missing around 1:07 a.m. It carried 227 passengers and 12 crew members. At this time, the Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System quit working after their last verbal contact, which means it didn’t send any maintenance information or communication to the ground. Later on, the transponder, a device that identifies the plane to civilian radars, also stopped working at the time where they were suppose to check in with Air Traffic Control in Vietnam, but they never did. The last trace on Flight 370 was at 8:11 a.m. by a commercial satellite that was owned by a British company, Inmarsat, that would make an hourly, digital, “Handshake,” that showed where Flight 370 was, which was near one of two aircraft arches. Flight 370 remains missing as 26 nations help try to search the expanded searching grounds that include 11 countries. The mystery still remains as to where it went, how it happened, and who did it.

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GMOs: Friends Realities: or Foes? Common yet Complex By Master Yates | C.A. Gray Gazette

GMOs are genetically modified organisms (animals and plants). They have been scientifically created for a variety of reasons, including the production of fast(er) food (in the case of meat and edible vegetation) and for experimentation and play as is the case with GloFish. When it comes to the food that humans consume, however, the existence of GMOs is a serious matter which may very well be significantly impacting health. Many consumers view genetically modified foods as being dangerous to a person’s health. It seems that a select few, including scientists, only truly know what is injected into the American food supply. Because of this, allergic reactions have been on the rise throughout the population seemingly due to the genetic modifications taking place before harvesting crops and/or transporting animals to slaughterhouses. It has been reported that the goal of chemical injections in meat production has primarily been to increase the tenderness as well as the amount of meat produced from individual animals. Aside from the many causes for concern, there is evidence to suggest that genetically modified vegetation can actually be quite useful and helpful to food consumers. Modified crops can potentially be more diverse in terms of locations for growing; they also may produce more seeds for future growing. In some cases, the plants become stronger and healthier and are able to withstand harsher environments. In matters of lesser importance, perhaps, genetic modifying has been used to experiment with new flavors and fruits, such as an apple-orange (which is basically an apple on the outside and an orange inside). While not massively released to the public, other GM fruits such as loranges (lemons + oranges) and tangelopes (tangerines + canteloupes) have been created. Two starting points for those wishing to learn more about GMOs are listed below: “Coalition for Safe Affordable Food:” and “Investigation of Human Health Effects Associated with Potential Exposure to Genetically Modified Corn:”

Our entire lives as Americans, it seems, are planned out by society in every single aspect. We must go to school, achieve good grades, go to college, get a good stable job, and grow up and have a family. Any other way of life is unacceptable, and society won’t have it. The status quo is the only way that we will ever fit in ... unless you are one of those people who does not care what people think and you only do what you feel is right. Anybody else’s opinion could matter less. For those people, society’s view of life never bothered them, and perhaps it never will. From the time we are first born until the ages of 4 or 5, the main focus in our lives are the little things, such as taking first steps, walking, and talking. By the time we master these things, it is time for Pre-Kindergarten where kids learn the alphabet, spelling, and writing. Next comes Kindergarten and so on through the established grades of public and private schools. The ultimate goal, however, is to graduate high school with good grades so that one is “ready” for the next phase in life. Once the seniors graduate, many choose to pursue college because a mindset exists that anyone who does not go to college will essentially fail in life altogether and live the rest of their lives in eternal misery on the streets. This, of course, is not the reality. People who are innovative and motivated can find their own ways to make it in the world any way they see fit. According to a recently published blog on, “we live in a society dominated by appearances.” Unfortunately, there is little to be done about this truth; however, individuals may decide whether to follow their peers’ dictations or to go against the crowd. Making this decision is an inevitable situation that all must face, but standing strong and honestly contemplating how to make the best moves in life can help get us through the individual and common realities we all share.

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Devo guitarist passes

Heartbleed Security Flaw

By Weston Rogers | C.A. Gray Gazette Malware, spyware, and worms are all examples of computer viruses, but sometimes an issue that was not meant to be malicious turns out to be. These things can be caused by a bug in a coding error, and they are usually fixed soon after being suspected. In April of 2014, one of these bugs was detected. The bug was in the program called OpenSSL that is used by many websites and corporations as a means of security. OpenSSL is an encryption service on web servers. The Issue was in an area of the code called heartbeat and when the bug was found, has since been known as “Heartbleed.” Heartbleed is possibly one of the most severe things to happen security-wise to the Internet, and the worst part is that the bug was in place for almost two years ... meaning that it had ample time to make its presence known in various locations around the web. The bug acts somewhat like this: It asks the server using OpenSSL to give you the word “book” (which is 4 characters long). Then, it may ask the server to locate a word with many more characters than the term actually contains, thereby gathering an extensive amount of data from query to query. As a result, there have been instances in which usernames and passwords for personal web accounts have spilled out from the safety of their “secure servers.” This is a huge issue which compromises both individual and group accounts as well as entire servers. The reason the bug wasn’t fixed and the public not notified earlier was because of the difficulty in proving the bug even existed at all. “Heartbleed” was hidden between ten lines of code, so it was hard to prove it was there because of the obscurity of it all. Luckily, the bug has been discovered, and steps have been taken to correct the security threats on nearly all websites that use OpenSSL. This does not mean all information is safe, however. All computer users should change their passwords as a safety precaution against Heartbleed. By selecting random numbers, letters, and permittable characters, one can make it much harder for the relentless hackers of the world to crack the codes of their accounts.

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By Zykeria Stokes | C.A. Gray Gazette Devo guitarist, Bob Casale, died Monday, February 17, 2014. His brother and band mate, Gerald (“Jerry”) Casale, made the announcement on Tuesday the 18th. Casale was 61 and was known by fans as “Bob 2” since he played alongside guitarist Bob Mothersbaugh, the brother of Devo Mark Mothersbaugh. Devo broke up in 1991, but came back five years later and have been touring for the last 20 years. They released “Something for Everybody” in 2010, their first studio album in two decades. “We wanted to be Devo again,” Bob Casale said. “And so you can’t help but sound like Devo – we weren’t going to try and sound like anybody else, we were just going to do what we do and try and write good songs with the same kind of attention to lyrical content and song structure as we’ve always given all of our work.” Devo will likely always be known for their biggest hit, “Whip It.” Since 2003, the Swiffer Wet Jet commercial has used the song to help advertise this popular cleaning product. The cause of death for Bob Casale was identified as heart failure. He passed away in Los Angeles, California and (besides his brother, Gerald) is survived by his wife, Lisa, and two children, Alex and Samantha.

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Join the “Fandom” By Cassidy Weaver | C.A. Gray Gazette

This is the 21st century ... the century of the fandom. According to Urban, the definition of the word, Fandom, is a group of fans or the feeling or attitude of a fan. Fandom is not about sports. “It” is about bands, tv shows, movies, books, etc... things that please the nerds, geeks, or people that are not a part of the norm. The fandom is basically an urbanized fan culture ... a world where people can love the same things. There are several things that contribute to the fandom and can also change your perspective. The fandoms vary as much as the topics themselves. However, language is what everyone has in common, and it’s not a legitimate language that people do not understand. It’s more like a slang, known as Youth or Fandom Language. For example, “Omg, I can’t even,” means “Oh my gosh I can’t even form my feelings into words.” Another example, “The feels.” means “The feelings that I’m experiencing are too much to comprehend.” Fans normally use this language when communicating with each other in online forums such as Tumblr, YouTube, and other social websites. Tumblr, an online blogging website where people with similar interests can talk to each other, has definitely impacted fandoms. A “fangirl,” which according to, means an obsessive female (or even male) fan, and is esepcially active with fandom activity in the Tumblr world. This activity usually pertains to comics, TV shows, fictional characters, cult movies, and much more. It’s extremely popular these days for “fans” to edit gifs and create fan art to post on Tumblr. A GIF is “Graphics Interchange Format,” according to internet, and this just means moving picture or segment. Since this kind of art takes time, dedication, and attention to details, it is clear that many web-users have developed a deep love for their fandoms. Another interesting element in the world of fandoms is the annual Conventions that are held. These conventions vary according to interests. One example is the YouTube Conventions where people can go and meet their favorite YouTube stars. Many fans long for the chance to communicate in person with the ones they have spent so much time with on the web, and conventions make it possible for people to do just that. In our modern day of Internet/TV bingewatching and steady use of social networking apps like Instagram, Facebook, Vine, YouTube, etc. it is easier than ever for like-minded fans to connect concerning issues they love and care about. It will be interesting to see what becomes of this intriguing world of subcultures in the weeks and months to come.

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Guest Speakers for Georgia Studies classes By Mrs. Ashley Underwood | C.A.G.J.H.S. Teacher

On Thursday, December 12, students in 8th grade Georgia Studies classes were able to hear from speakers on the Evolution of Agriculture. Amanda Smith, an economist from the Univeristy of Georgia’s Tifton campus; Michael Chafin, farm manager at the Sunbelt EXPO; and Jason Pittman, district sales manager for Monsanto Corporation spoke to students to assist them in their S.T.E.M. Grand Challenge project on World Hunger.

The Greatness of F.F.A. at C.A. Gray By Sarah Benton | C.A. Gray Gazette

Left: Amanda Smith, an economist from the University of Georgia, speaking to Mr. Ted Wear and Mrs. Ashley Underwood’s Georgia Studies classes. Right: Michael Chafin, farm manager for Sunbelt EXPO, and Jason Pittman, district sales manager for Monsonato Corporation(not pictured) spoke to Mr. Shane Womack, Mr. Shane Cannon, Mrs. Lori Myers, and Mr. Nick Chastain’s Georgia Studies classes.

F.C.A. Today

By Marie Brown | C.A. Gray Gazette C.A. Gray is fortunate to have had Ms. Stacie Dunn (current Teacher of the Year!) serving as the club’s sponsor for the 201314 school year. On a national level, the F.C.A. seeks “to present to coaches and athletes, and all whom they influence, the challenge and adventure of receiving Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, serving Him in their relationships and in the fellowship of the church.” Locally, Gray’s chapter of the F.C.A. tries to help young adults experience personal growth by talking about the many ways in which they can make the world a better place. To accomplish this goal, the F.C.A. participates in community projects. For example, this year the club filled shoe boxes with gifts inside and wrapped them up as presents for underpriveleged kids. Decisions are made concerning which projects the club will undertake through voting by the membership. One lighthearted perk of F.C.A. membership is the Wednesday doughnuts enjoyed during the club meetings.

TEEN aMAZEing... By Genesis Nobles | C.A. Gray Gazette WHAT WAS something new that you learned from the experience? No matter one’s choices in life, there are consequences, whether positive or negative. WHAT WAS your favorite part of Teen Maze? Graduating... after going to jail, that is. The maze is set up so that participants really feel a sense of accomplishment. YOUR LEAST favorite part? Getting imaginary Herpes and paying fines for treatment was probably the worst part of my Teen Maze experience. DO YOU think this activity is meaningful for students in other schools to do? Why or why not? Yes. You hear about kids dying from drinking and driving... sometimes killing themselves as well as other innocent people. The motivational speakers at Teen Maze help students understand what it’s like to go through tragedies like this, and it really helps students stop and think about making the right decisions. ANY OTHER comments... For me, it was a good experience. We were able to learn from the mistakes of others and to see what our lives could be like if we make the wrong choices.

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“Going to jail” as a result of one’s poor choices is part of TEEN MAZE.

The National F.F.A. Organization envisions a future in which all agricultural education students will discover their passion(s) in life and build on those insights to chart the course for their educations, careers, and personal futures. C.A. Gray’s F.F.A. chapter plays many roles in the community of Colquitt County. The program strives to help and please others and instill in students strong work ethics and consideration for others. Gray’s Ag teachers, Mr. Eddie Murray and Mr. Matt Howell, work extremely hard to make Gray’s F.F.A. chapter the strongest it can be, both individually and collectively. It is hard to mistake the signature F.F.A. jacket when seen in the hallways on the C.A. Gray campus. The national colors for F.F.A. are navy blue and corn gold. Members are encouraged to be actively involved and take part in the monthly club meetings and extra-curricular activities. Dedicated students have stepped up this year to serve as officers, and these students have done a great job: President: Oversees all activities of the F.F.A. Delegates responsibility. Assists where needed. Executive Vice President: Assists the president in all activities. Submits all activity request forms before approval of activity and keeps them on file. Secretary: Keeps accurate records of all meetings and creates action items (assignments for follow-up at next meeting). Types up minutes from meetings to give to advisor. Treasurer: Maintains F.F.A. budget and keeps all expenditures within the parameters of the budget. Oversees finance for the program. Reporter: Oversees public relations for the chapter. Makes regular newsbriefs and/or other media to distribute to F.F.A. members, administrators, and the community. Sentinel: Prepares prizes and give-aways for meetings, including tickets at the door. Prepares meeting room stations, paraphernalia, seats, etc. Executive director of operations. Memorizes opening ceremonies parts for all officers. Fills in for all officers who are unable to attend activities or meetings. Photographer: Takes pictures and videos at all events and activities as directed by the advisor. Downloads, prints, and e-mails photos and videos as needed. Historian: Makes chapter scrapbook. Technology Specialist: Makes a video/slideshow for the end of the year banquet. Sets up and manages elcetronic equipment for activities as required.

Dept. of Juvenile Justice officers speak with eighth graders By Mrs. Ashley Underwood | C.A.G.J.H.S. Teacher Colquitt County officers of the Department of Juvenile Justice met with 8th graders at C.A. Gray Junior High School on Thursday April 24, 2014 to discuss the juvenile justice system with students. Eighth graders are required to learn about the juvenile justice process. Pictured are Terrance Calloway and Charles Snead. Not pictured are Clay Newton and Vanessa Dawson. Special thanks to Janet Pineiro and Deputy Tonero Bender for helping to set up the assembly.

D.J.J. officers speak with eighth grade students in the C.A. Gray cafeteria

Eighth grade students, Harrison Bell (President) and Madison Weeks (Executive Vice President) of Gray’s F.F.A. chapter.

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Technology Fair By Master Yates | C.A. Gray Gazette

The Technology Fair is an annual convention/competition held in Moultrie, Georgia for the past six years. The event is usually held at the Colquitt County High School each January. The Tech Fair is held so students through grades 3-12 can showcase their creations and compete against other students in their grade levels. Students who win first place at the Region Fair in Moultrie are then eligible to compete at the State Fair in Macon, Georgia. The contestants remain in the same categories as they did in Moultrie and compete against winners from around the state. The State Technology Fair is typically held the weekend before Spring Break, and most Gray students describe this fair as being considerably more difficult than the regional meet. Despite the challenges, it is a fun experience as well as a great chance to meet new people and learn from their creations, including robots such as robots, new exterior computer cases, and so much more. The Tech Fair offers many categories from which to choose, some of which are more complex than others. “Game Creation” was a newly added category this year, and those involved found it to be quite challenging in terms of digital work yet highly rewarding. Many students choose to enter the Case Modification category, and this can be quite costly since it involves everything from changing just the outside appearance of a store-bought computer, to making a CPU from scratch, to even creating an entire computer from spare parts. The Annual Technology Fair is truly a fun program and offers students a great chance to show off their technological knowledge. With the S.T.E.M. empahasis in place at C.A. Gray, activities like this are more important and relevant than ever before.

An adventurous year for E.N.V.O.Y.

First place winners pose after the 8th Annual Colquitt County Schools Regional Technology Fair Jan. 25. (Image & Caption Source: Moultrie Observer)

“Bo Time!” with SkillsUSA

By Mr. Brian Knighton | C.A.G.J.H.S. Teacher

By Cassidy Weaver | C.A. Gray Gazette

6th Annual CAAM Summit at Albany State University - January 24, 2014 On January, 24, 2014, Mr. Hill, Mr. Burke, Mr. Brown, and Mr. Knighton chaperoned a group of young men up to Albany State University for the 6th Annual CAAM Winter Youth Summit. CAAM is an acronym that stands for Center for the African-American Male. The centers for African-American Male’s (CAAM) overall objectives are to encourage every male student to stay in school, graduate from high school and eventually attend college. CAAM believes in the “leave no stone unturned” philosophy to assist middle school male students in the navigation of life trials and self-exploration. How were students identified? As we address specific areas within our School Improvement Plan, as well as focus on student performance data for the 2013-2014 school year, primarily the achievement gap, African American students have been identified with regards to the achievement gap widening. Data is as follows: * The achievement gap in Mathematics is closing between Hispanic (82%) and White (83%) students, but is increasing for Black students (70%) * The achievement gap in Science is closing between Hispanic (68%) and White (79%) students, but is increasing for Black students (48%) * The achievement gap in Social Studies is closing between Hispanic (71%) and White (86%) students, but is increasing for Black students (54%) The young men that attended this trip were selected based on a certain criteria, their CRCT scores. These young men scored in the highest percentile on every portion of the 7th grade CRCT. In an effort to encourage this sub-group as well as narrow the achievement gap between other sub-groups, these young men were chosen. Guest Speaker, Mr. Bruce Blease - April 23, 2014 On April 23, 2014, the ENVOY club had a guest speaker, Mr. Bruce Blease. Mr. Blease owns Blease exterminating company here in Moultrie, Georgia. The purpose of having Mr. Blease to come and speak was to inspire the young men that they can own their own business is they put in the hard work. Ms. Blease spoke about how he was inspired to want to own his own business at a very early age. He talked about what sacrifices he had to make in order to achieve his goal. E.N.V.O.Y. & Career Management Club Field Trip to Florida State University - April 25, 2014 On April, 25, 2014, the ENVOY Club (Expanding Needed Vision of Our Youth) and the Career Management Club went on a field trip to Florida State University. Ms. Grantham takes her Career Management Club on a regular basis to Florida State University to view the campus. This year, Mr. Knighton, Mr. Brown, and Mr. Burke were able to raise money for the ENVOY Club so that the young men in the club would be able to visit a prestigious college such as Florida State. One of the objectives of the ENVOY club is to promote, expose and expand the vision of the members, inspiring them and letting them know they can be successful and go off to do great things. The purpose of the trip is to show students that life does exist outside of Moultrie, Georgia. The students viewed and toured the campus.

E.N.V.O.Y. Club members at Albany State University for the 6th Annual Center for the African-American Male Winter Youth Summit.

On January 16th, SkillsUSA launched a unique fundraiser at Gray. On Friday mornings in the car-pick up area, club members started selling Bojangles’ food items. Many clubs and organizations sell food and other items such as meat sticks, chocolate, and doughnuts. In this case, the sought-after item was Bojangle’s Biscuits! Club sponsor, Mr. Kevin Gibbs, pointed out that the reason for the fundraising efforts include money for trips, t-shirts, and meetings. SkillsUSA offered a variety of choices at reasonable prices. For example, sausage biscuits cost $2.00; chicken biscuits cost $3.00, and bottled water was available for $1.00. Fridays found some students purchasing a sausage biscuit for breakfast, a chicken biscuit for lunch, and a bottle of water for each meal. It’s a win-win situation because hungry students received tasty food while an important club on campus bettered its finances.

The Elective Experience By Elizabeth Robinson & Angel Ives | C.A. Gray Gazette

Student journalists, Angel Ives and Elizabeth Robinson surveyed students around campus at C.A. Gray to see what thoughts they had concerning their elective courses. The primary questions asked were, a) “What do you think is significant or important about your electives?” and b) “What is your favorite thing about your current elective?” The students listed below gave the following answers to this question: 1. David O’Neal --- Band: a) “People can learn new things.” b) “Friends and fun.” 2. Matthew Patterson --- Drama: a) “They are educational.” b) “Well, I’m not really sure how to put my finger on it. It’s good, I guess.” 3. Brice Massey --- Agriculture: a) “It teaches us other things that might help us in life.” b) “I ain’t got to write with a pencil.” 4. Elizabeth Young --- Weightlifting: a) “It gives you time out of the day to take a break from school work.” b) “Um... probably it helps me with basketball and everything.” 5. Josh Duran --- Audio/Video Technology & Film: a) “Electives give kids the chance to take the classes they wanna take.” b) “That usually electives are what they say they are, and you can learn new stuff about it.”

Guest Speaker, Bruce Blease April 23, 2014

E.N.V.O.Y. and Career Management Club members at Florida State University in Tallahassee.

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Best Looking:

Evelyn Fagan, daughter of Tim and Loretta Fagan, has been involved in U.S.A. Gymnastics during her years at C.A. Gray Jr. High. At the high school, Evelyn plans to continue doing gymnastics, join F.C.C.L.A., and be a member of Jr. Key Club. Brett Allen, son of Alicia Capwell, has been involved in Spanish and Construction during his years at C.A. Gray Jr. High. At the high school, Brett plans to graduate and “get money!”

Most Talented:

Gracin Paul, daughter of Charles and Jill Paul, has been involved in Choir and F.F.A. during her years at C.A. Gray Jr. High. At the high school, Gracin plans to be in Choir and Journalism. Savonte Wilson, son of Shirley Hightower and Henry Wilson, has been involved in Spanish, Drama, Hispanic Heritage Month, Gray’s Got Talent, Student Summit, Academic Bowl, the Spelling Bee, Wrestling, Track, the National Jr. Honor Society, and Choir during his years at C.A. Gray Jr. High. At the high school, Savonte plans to be in Choir, Spanish, maybe the Academic Decathalon, and to try to become Valedictorian.

Best Eyes:

Lauren Yarbrough, daughter of Dale and Sally Yarbrough, has been involved in Cheerleading and F.C.C.L.A. during her years at C.A. Gray Jr. High. At the high school, Lauren plans to do J.V. Cheerleading and Food & Nutrition. Carlton Paulk, son of Lamar and Dedi Paulk, has been involved in Swimming, Cross Country, & Journalism during his years at C.A. Gray Jr. High. At the high school, Carlton plans to continue swimming and go into Healthcare.


Quandaria James, daughter of Alisha James and Raymond Hooks, has enjoyed going to school, playing basketball, and joking around during her years at C.A. Gray Jr. High. At the high school, Quandaria plans to graduate and become a nurse. Levi Kirbo, son of Tommy and Amanda Kirbo, has been involved in football during his years at C.A. Gray Jr. High. At the high school, Levi plans to do work, graduate, and turn up! After high school, Levi plans to become a lawyer.

Most Likely to Succeed:

Macy Ward, daughter of Lori and Lance Ward, has been involved in Tennis and Spanish Club during her years at C.A. Gray Jr. High. At the high school, Macy plans to continune with tennis and Spanish. Tory Ponder, son of Nicole Ponder, has been involved in basketball and football during his years at C.A. Gray Jr. High. At the high school, Tory plans to continue his legacy in the sports industry.

Most Involved: Teacher’s Pet:

Claudia Oro, daughter of Abel and Yolemy Oro, has been involved in Newspaper Club, Art, Journalism, and Healthcare during her years at C.A. Gray Jr. High. At the high school, Claudia plans to follow the Healthcare Pathway. Dykes Hurst, son of Martin and Shanda Hurst, has been involved in F.F.A., Art, and Ag during his years at C.A. Gray Jr. High. At the high school, Dykes plans to continue with all three of these activities.


Linh-Chi Ho, daughter of Lewis and Melissa Ho, has been involved in Band, HOSA, and Math Club during her years at C.A. Gray Jr. High. At the high school, Linh-Chi plans to become Valedictorian and pursue a career as a pharmacist. Kevin Ramirez, son of Jose and Victoria Ramirez, has been very involved in his education during his years at C.A. Gray Jr. High. He is dedicated to doing his best on his school work and tries to avoid distractions. At the high school, Kevin plans to continue working hard with his studies as he pursues a career as an engineer.

Karli Parker, daughter of Brandy Azar, has been involved in F.F.A., Student Council, and Yearbook Committee during her years at C.A. Gray Jr. High. At the high school, Karli plans to continue in F.F.A. and Student Government. She also plans to follow the Animal Science Pathway. Lane Goodroe, son of Craig and Melissa Goodroe, has been involved in F.F.A. during his years at C.A. Gray Jr. High. At the high school, Lane plans to continue in F.F.A. and follow the Animal Science Pathway.

Most Dependable: Best Dressed:

Abbie Galphin, daughter of Mark and Mandy Galphin, has been involved in Cheerleading and F.C.C.L.A. during her years at C.A. Gray Jr. High. At the high school, Abbie plans to do J.V. Cheerleading and follow the Early Childhood Education Pathway. Alex Allegood, son of Tony and Cindy Howard, has been involved in Football during his years at C.A. Gray Jr. High. At the high school, Alex plans to play Varsity Football, graduate, and make money!

Most Athletic:

Taylor Kight, daughter of Bert and Brandy Kight, has been involved in F.C.C.L.A., Softball, and Weightlifting during her years at C.A. Gray Jr. High. At the high school, Taylor plans to continue playing softball and follow the Home Economics Pathway. Adan Solano, son of Alcadio Solano and Esther Salinas, has been involved in R.O.T.C. and Art during his years at C.A. Gray Jr. High. At the high school, Adan plans to continue being a part of the R.O.T.C. program.

Most Popular:

Lexi Hinson, daughter of Larry and Jeneane Hinson, has been involved in Cheerleading during her years at C.A. Gray Jr. High. At the high school, Lexi plans to continue as a cheerleader and graduate. Joshua Young, son of Scott and Tonya Young, has been involved in Football, Wrestling, and F.F.A. during his years at C.A. Gray Jr. High. At the high school, Joshua plans to play football, wrestle, and graduate.

Best Hair:

Shelby Pinero, daughter of Karen Pinero, has been involved in Colquitt County Basketball and F.C.C.L.A. during her years at C.A. Gray Jr. High. At the high school, Shelby plans to continue playing basketball and keep her grades up. Cameron Vereen, son of Scott and Tiffany Vereen, has been involved in FCA, Wrestling, Weightlifting, and Shotgun Team during his years at C.A. Gray Jr. High. At the high school, Cameron plans to keep his grades up and graduate.

Best Smile:

Lucy Badillo, daughter of Justino and Lucia Badilla, has been involved in Journalism, Drama, and Newspaper Club during her years at C.A. Gray Jr. High. At the high school, Lucy plans to continue with Drama, follow the Healthcare Pathway, and pick back up on sports. Russ Bynum, son of Brandon and Miranda Bynum, has been involved in Soccer and Art during his years at C.A. Gray Jr. High. At the high school, Alex plans to continue playing soccer and follow the Art Pathway.

Jaycee Perry, daughter of Carlton and Angie Perry, has been involved in Cheerleading and Soccer during her years at C.A. Gray Jr. High. At the Ty Jones, son of Trabian Jones and Priscilla McKinnon, has been involved high school, Jaycee plans to play soccer and continue in Football, Track, and Weightlifting during his years at C.A. Gray Jr. High. At the high school, Ty plans to continue with each of these activities and cheerleading. graduate.!

Most Intelligent:

Audre Tyner, daughter of Kenneth and Angela Tyner, has been involved in National Junior Honor Society, Academic Bowl, Drama, and Jr. Key Club during her years at C.A. Gray Jr. High. At the high school, Audre plans to be involved in Choir, Jr. Key Club, Academic Decathalon, take all AP/Honors classes, and be a member of the Honor Society. Will Barber, son of Brad and Wendy Barber, has been involved in Soccer, FFA, and FCCLA during his years at C.A. Gray Jr. High. At the high school, Will plans to study Spanish.

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In the Spotlight: Highlights & Memories... Ms. Boozer By Kendra Mullins | C.A. Gray Gazette * What is your educational background? - Bachelors Science in Education - Certified K-12 for Health & Physical Education - Certified 9-12 for Biology * When did you decide to become a teacher, & why did you choose this field? After 8 years of being a paraprofessional, Ms. Boozer decided to pursue her degree in Education. She chose physical education & health because of her strong belief that a healthy body and mind are connected. After several years of Physical Education, she was asked to teach Biology. She earned her certification in this area and has loved her time teaching Biology!

“Nerd Day” - Spirit Week - September 2013

Ground-Breaking Ceremony for the new Colquitt County High School - November 19, 2013 Students, staff, city/county/state officials, and community members were on hand to celebrate the beginning of a new chapter in the history of Colquitt County Schools.

Spelling Bee Winners - Jan. 2014 1st Place: Sydney Scheuring Runner-Up: Zachary Moncrief

* What is your philosophy of education? “Students have to be able to find meaning in what they are learning. Therefore, lessons must be associated with real life as much as possible.” * Describe your teaching style. Interactive. Ms. Boozer tries to balance teacher-centered with student-centered activities. * What is the greatest success you have had in teaching? “I feel successful when students from previous years come to me and thank me. Sometimes. they realize after the fact what you like for them to get now.” * What do you think is the greatest challenge facing students today? “Most students’ greatest challenge is actually realizing and believing that their education is critical to their success in life. So many of them don’t realize this early enough.”

8th grade ELA’s Grand Challenge this year emphasized an increased awareness concerning the individual and collective impact students and teachers can make in the world concerning diseases. Specifically, the department researched Cystic Fibrosis (and, under Mrs. Merritt’s leadership, organized a special run to help fund research) and Spina Bifida (when Mrs. Sparks’ cousin --- who lives with this disease --- came and spoke with the students about how he has overcome the challenges he has faced as a result).

* How would you deal with a student who regularly missed school or your class? “Speak to them privately to determine if the attendance issue needs to be addressed in a certain manner. I would stress to them the importance of attendance to their success in school. I would also offer before/after school help for getting caught up. I would let them know that I really care.” * What if most of the students in your class failed an assignment, test, or project... how would you respond? “I would go over the assignment item by item, so they can see what their mistakes were. Sometimes, they are allowed to attend a “re-learning tutoring & assessment” opportunity, depending on time and how that particular grade affects their average. I try to make them responsible for their success.”

In November 2013, a group of C.A. Gray men took part in a Male Involvement Program at Culbertson Head Start. This program brings in men from the community as volunteers to read to classrooms of three and four year old students. Pictured clockwise from left are Mike Hill Assistant Principal, Justin Harrison - 9th Grade Math Teacher, Will Southwell - 9th Grade ELA Teacher, and Gerald Burke - Intervention Specialist.

In October 2013, C.A. Gray’s Guidance Department sponsored a “High-5 to a Bully-Free School.” Students were allowed to trace their hand and sign the banner. Above, students pose with a banner made to commemorate the event, and 8th grade Georgia Studies teacher, Mr. Ted Wear, gets involved in the celebration by giving “high-fives.”

Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration 10.25.13 - 2:00 p.m. - C.A. Gray Gymnasium

Packer “Pink Out” Day - October 31, 2013 CTAE students and Ms. Daisy Simpson, Mr. Michael Rewis, Ms. Debbie Peters, Mr. Eddie Murray, and Ms. Kelli Whatley pose for this special day in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness.

* What could a visitor to your classroom expect to see? “A positive learning environment where the students (on most days) are on task and actually learning.”

“Unity in the Community” Academic Night - April 10, 2014 2nd Annual “Gray’s Got Talent!” Show Friday, May 16, 2014 (Special thanks to Ms. Carrie Parker, Coach Tiffanie Young, all the workers and performers for making this event successful and lots of fun.)

Gray’s theme for the 2013-14 school year

Ms. Jan Boozer - 9th Grade Biology ( Photo taken from CAGJHS 2011-12 Yearbook)

Fuel Up to Play 60 Program (sponsored by the National Footbal League) C.A. Gray students and faculty participated in this program this school year. FUTP60 is a program founded by the National Dairy Council and NFL, in collaboration with USDA, that empowers students to take charge in making small, everyday changes at school. Students can win cool prizes, like an NFL player visit or Super Bowl tickets, for choosing good-for-you foods and getting active for at least 60 minutes every day. We want kids to make a difference not only in their lives, but also their community. See more at

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Equality, a Possibility? By Angel Ives | C.A. Gray Gazette

Prejudice: a despicable thing that is not a necessity for one’s way of life. Nevertheless, humans have always been prone to judge one another with mere glances, and the judgements are often not good. At one look, a person could be considered fat or thin, ugly or beautiful, or bad or good. The reality, however, is that these shallow judgements will rarely be accurate or complete if the one making judgements doesn’t get to know another for his/her personality. People tend to place others in rankings and categories, also known as stereotypes, while so many others long for society to get past the issue of separating individuals in favor of unity instead. A few students at C.A. Gray were asked to share their views on the issue of equality by answering the questions below: Q1: What is your definition of equality? Savonte: “where everyone is treated the same no matter skin, gender, anything.” Jordan: “same sex marriage.” Dynasty: “whatever comes to my mind.” Brice: “I don’t know.” Elizabeth: “when everyone is treated equally and can obtain the same things as the person next to them.” Q2: Do you think equality can be achieved? Why or why not? Savonte: “Yes... because if people can just get past their differences, we can.” Jordan: “No... because people are mean.” Dynasty: “Yes... because you just have to think about it.” Brice: “No. I do not... because there will always be someone who thinks too highly of themselves.” Elizabeth: “Depends. I believe equality can only be reached when racism is demolished. That will only happen if the people raising the next generation haven’t ever been exposed to racism, so equality will be achieved when i get my time machine up and running to destroy racism at the start.” Q3: What do you think is the biggest obstacle on the path to equality? Savonte: “People still living in the past.” Jordan: “White men.” Dynasty: “People, but I have to prove those people wrong! God bless America!” Brice: “Racism.” Elizabeth: “Environment... the ways and places in which people are raised.” Q4: Do you have any ideas of how we can achieve better equality? Savonte: “We can show people that we can get past our differences.” Jordan: “No white men.” Dynasty: “Yes!” Brice: “No.” Elizabeth: “Call 901- TARDIS to get the doctor to help. It’s going to take A LOT of work.” Beyond the opinions of these C.A. Gray students, the blogspot entitled “Equality Can Be A Reality” speaks heavily of ways in which society basically places everyone in a rank. People are judged on practically everything from age to the way they walk, and sometimes these judgements affect one’s social status. Additionally, people frequently criticize and focus on faults and differences, and it ends causing increased separation. Once humanity learns to get past differences in skin color and begins to focus less on flaws, the discovery that all are much more alike than ever imagined. Females, males, even transgenders are much more as people than their appearance, gender, race or age might indicate. When passing each other in the hallways of school or in the aisles of a department store, it is important to keep in mind that all are connected via the same genetic code.

Peer Pressure still exists By Daijranae McCloud | C.A. Gray Gazette

Imagine yourself at the coolest party of the year. You are having the best time of your life when, all of a sudden, one of your friends asks you if you want a drink... or maybe drugs. What would you do? Would you take the substance or decline it? Many students at C.A. Gray have already found themselves in similar situations and have had to make their own choices about what to do. Peer pressure is alive and well in 2014, and it can be a hard thing to deal with, especially during the teenage years when so many complicating factors are at play. At one time or another, nearly everyone is pressured to do something by either friends, family, new acquiantances, or even complete strangers. Even though peer pressure is everywhere and cannot be avoided, some pressures can be positive. For example, feeling “pressured” by a good friend to join an athletic team, a club, or band/choir would likely be a good thing for most students as new skills are taught in these environments and new friendships are often made. Positive peer pressure leads us to do good things in life. Of course, negative peer pressure is out there, too. When questioned, most kids that smoke, drink, engage in sexual activities or commit crimes state that peer pressure definitely played a role in their choice behaviors. Statistics show that approximately 3,900 American teenagers each day smoke their first cigarette. Three quarters of teenagers across the nation have consumed alcohol by the eighth grade according to published studies. Why does the United States have the highest global rate of teenage pregnancies and STDs? It is interesting to think about the role peer pressure plays in these figures. Out of ten ninth grade students polled in C.A. Gray’s 5th period journalism class, three indicated they had been influenced in some way by peer pressure. With so many kids across the United States facing pressures from their peers each day, what can be done to help? The option always exists to simply walk away from people and situations that cause problems and bring negativity. It’s a beautiful thing that we the opportunities to find different groups of friends and involve ourselves in new activities that will keep us engaged and out of trouble... but “walking away” really the answer? How should teens realistically deal with their peers who are putting forth these pressures? Should teens just do their own thing, tell an adult, or stay positive and say no? Returning to the image of the party, the next time (or the first time) that friend offers you something that you know will lead down a bad road, what will you do? Will you have the strength and vision to apply positive pressure in a negative situation?

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Can Miley stop? Will she stop? By Brianne Allen | C.A. Gray Gazette August 2013: The “twerk” heard (and seen, of course) around the world. Has she gone off the deep end? Many would say she has, but what is Miley Cyrus really up to? Some say she is trying to find herself and should not be judged while others feel that she should be placed in a zoo for acting like an animal. Miley’s father, Billy Ray Cyrus, was asked recently on a talk show what he thought about his daughter’s behavior as of late, and he replied, “Miley knew that if she was gonna get out of the Hannah Montana phase, there would have to be a drastic change.” It makes one wonder, though, if Billy Ray supports Miley’s recent “changes” and decisions or condemns them. A few C.A. Gray students were asked to weigh-in on this issue, and here is what they had to say: Q1: How do you feel about Miley Cyrus’s recent controversial performance? Carson: ¨I think it was really bad.” Taylor: ¨I didn’t like it.” Maryann: ¨It was horrible.” Alkeese: ¨It was shocking.” Sunny: “She is my role model.” Q2: “Do you think the performance was appropriate?” Carson: “No, that was inappropriate.” Taylor: “No, not at all.” Maryann: “No, I do not.” Alkeese: “No, definitely not alright.” Sunny: “Yes.” Q3: “How do you feel about her choice in clothing?” Carson: “She has no class.” Taylor: “It was not a good choice at all.” Maryann: “She needs some pants!” Alkeese: “It was bad!” Sunny: “She looked like a teddy bear.” Regardless of how anyone “feels” concerning the phase that Miley Cyrus has been going through during this school year, she is human, too. Not only that; she is an artist, and artists are known to be quirky and temperamental. Routinely, they tend to redefine their image and sound in order to stay fresh and relevant. Personally, I feel that Miley should be able to do what she wants with her art and image. That is one of the greatest things about living in America ... that we have an amazing freedom to pursue life, liberty, and happiness (even if that means wearing next to no clothes and twerking on stage in front of millions). Sometimes, fans and viewers become overly judgemental and critical from the comfort of their couches, seats on the school bus, or lunchroom tables. Looking back at artists from the past who also went through rough patches and emerged victoriously on the other side gives hope that Miley will continue to develop and grow as a person and artist, as well. In the mean time, it definitely seems that she currently has the world’s attention as she “parties in the U.S.A.”

Land of the Free? By Ashlyn Thompson | C.A. Gray Gazette

By the time of the 2013-14 school year, thirty-eight states have taken measures to ban gay marriage through laws, constitutional amendments, or both. Does this contradict America’s nickname as “land of the free?” One may argue that banning gay marriage has caused many Americans who live in one of those 38 states to lose their voices and rights as human beings. Gay marriage is popular and long-lasting debate among Americans. For it, against it, indifferent- there are all ranges of differing opinions. However, we must think about the people these opinions and decisions affect. We must not look at this situation merely in black and white. In 1996, Bill Clinton signed the Defense Against Marriage Act, which (Continued on page 11)

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Amazon’s “100 Books to Read in The Loss of Paul Walker a Lifetime” By Lucy Badillo | C.A. Gray Gazette

By Eva Portillo | C.A. Gray Gazette On Tuesday, February 4, Amazon released its “100 Books to Read in a Lifetime” list on its website. This article is important to many people because it spans over 200 years of literature and helps steer avid readers toward books they will likely enjoy and grow to love. Amazon chose to alphabetize the list rather than didn’t list them numbered by the best, but by alphabetical order. It ranges through a lot of genres. I think it is something fascinating that is done. It includes various books that everyone can enjoy. On the article it even says, “ One of our tasks was to have books that don’t feel like homework: ‘eat your vegetables’ books,” Nelson said. “There was nothing in there except ‘I loved this book when I was 12 for this reason.”

Paul Walker was one of the main actors from the movie series, “Fast and Furious.” Walker was not only a car fanatic on camera; he also raced off-screen in his private life. Fans began mourning his death on the sad date of his passing, November 30, 2013. Tragically, Walker passed away when his red 2005 Porsche Carrera GT hit a tree. The very thing he lived for, unfortunately, cost him his life. Paul’s co-workers, fans, and his young daughter were all shocked and saddened by the news of his passing. Friend and fellow actor, Vin Diesel, lead the way to Paul’s funeral which was held the day after his death. All of his family and fellow actors attended. In an eerie reminder of what was always possible, so many of his fans have been reeling from Paul Walker’s words uttered well before the tragic accident, “If one day the speed kills me, do not cry because I was smiling.”

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LIFE Magazine By Kelsee Brady | C.A. Gray Gazette As American as apple pie, some might say... LIFE magazine has a long history as one of the nation’s most widely-known and best-loved publications. For most of its active years, LIFE existed as a humor and general interest magazine. The first ever issue of LIFE magazine, as we usually think of it, was published in 1936 and featured the building of the Fort Peck Dam. LIFE was originally founded by Harvard alumni in 1883 with the expressed intention of humoring readers. Later, when it was purchased by Time founder, Henry Luce, the format was converted to that which most people are familiar with to this day. The LIFE magazine of modern times was created to tell the recent stories and events of the month across the country. Subscribers received monthly issues by mail and found the articles and images to be all-at-once informative, descriptive, and entertaining. These days, “Original LIFE Magazines” are available for purchase on the web. Fans of the magazine, history buffs, and those with a flair for nostalgia have a veritable goldmine available to them in the form of all issues published from 1936 through 2000.

“X”cellent Ed

By Lucy Badillo | C.A. Gray Gazette Ed Sheeran is a British songwriter, performer, rapper, singer, and producer. This fiery-haired artist has become increasingly famous around the world over the past two years. Ed’s latest album is entitled “X,” and it contains 12 songs. His smash hit, “The A Team,” (was in constant radio and television last year). Sheeran has also written songs for other artists such as One Direction and has recorded music in the studio with artists like Taylor Swift. In August and September 2014, Ed’s North American Tour took him throughout the United States and into Canada where, in usual fashion, he left his fans swooning for more. It seems that we will be hearing much more from this young, talented artist in the weeks and months to come.

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A young fan signs a poster in remembrance of “Fast and Furious” actor Paul Walker on December 8, 2013 in Santa Clarita, California. A memorial rally and car cruise was organized by fans near the site of the fiery car crash in which Walker and friend Roger Rodas died on November 30. (Image & Caption Source: UPI/Jim Ruymen)

Movie Review: “Stick It” By Jamiah Bentley | C.A. Gray Gazette

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14 Movies to See in 2014 As Published on 1. Vampire Academy (PG-13) 2. Divergent (PG-13) 3. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (PG-13) 4. The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Calling all gymansts (and maybe non-gymnasts)! If you like gymnastics, Stick It just might be the movie for you. To those of you that identify with rivalry and rebellion, this film will be right up your alley, as well! Stick It, which was released in 2006, artfully blends together a bit of sassiness, comedy, and drama. The writer and director of this movie is Jessica Bendinger. Online reviews of this movie have given it an average rating of 3 out of 5 stars, though I would rate it 5 out of 5. Basically, Stick It is about a rebellious girl (and retired gymnast) named Haley Graham (Missy Peregrym). Ever since she left gymnastics, she consistently found herself in trouble with the law. Finally, Haley was placed in a position where a judge made her choose to return to the world of gymnastics or be sent to a Texas Military Academy. She actually chose the Academy, but the judge rejected her decision and forced her to go back to gymnastics. Enter Joanne (Vanessa Lengies); she and Haley go way back, though they do not like each other at all, initially. As the movie progresses, however, the twists and turns of the plot cause the two to become friends. With this movie, there really wasn’t a part I didn’t personally like. In fact, I would say that Stick It is a flawless film. The strongest actors in the movie would have to be Missy Peregrym and Tarah Paige (Tricia), whose “mean girl act” was fantastic! While there are many similarities between Stick It and Bring It On, if I had to choose my favorite between the two, I would choose Bring It On ... maybe because Missy Peregrym isn’t really a big name actress yet (aside from Canada). In her native country, she plays an officer in the television show, “Rookie Blue.” Kellen Lutz is most likely the most widely known actor in this movie; he played Emmett in the popular Twilight movie series. The costumes were perfect for this film, especially the leotards. The music fit perfectly, as well, particularly during Wei Wei’s beam routine. Teens involved in gymnastics (and even those who aren’t) will probably like this movie. I would most definitely pay to see this film and would encourage others to do the same. The athletics, sassiness, comedy, costumes and more lead me to rate this movie with 5 out of 5 stars.


5. X-Men: Days of Future Past (PG-13)

6. Maleficent (PG) 7. The Fault in Our Stars (PG-13) 8. 22 Jump Street (6.3.14) 9. Transformers: Age of Extinction (6.27.14) 10. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (8.8.14) 11. The Giver (8.15.14) 12. The Maze Runner (9.19.14) 13. Mockingjay: Part 1 (11.21.14) 14. Annie (12.19.14) Image Source:

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Cross Country Spotlight and Interview with Tiffany Carruthers

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By Cassidy Weaver | Journalism Advisor Cross Country running is a sport in which individuals run a race over open-air courses on natural grounds. Tiffany Carruthers, a ninth grader here at C.A. Gray, is a member of the CCHS Cross Country team. The 2013-14 school year was her second year of participating in Cross Country, and she stated that she absolutely loved it. Tiffany is a prime example of a shy girl that has slowly but surely come out of her shell, and it’s all because of athletics. She used to be very reserved and bashful; however, when she tried out for Cross Country with a friend, she transformed into a social butterfly. She claims that the coaches are nice; the sport is fun, and it has helped her make new friends. Not only is Tiffany an athlete, but she has also shown goats in the past as a member of FFA and 4-H. This year, she decided to put her entire attention on Track and Cross Country. For her future, Tiffany plans to continue running and to eventually participate in other sports She also wants to pursue a Cross Country college scholarship. However, as a career, Tiffany has made big plans to attend the University of Georgia in order to become a Pediatrician, but until then, she’ll keep running.

By Mr. Scott Turner | Journalism Advisor Colquitt County Baseball players competed in the Peach State Diamond Sports Tournament on Friday, May 16 and Saturday, May 17, 2014 at Freedom Park in Valdosta, Georgia. The team did very well and ended with a well-deserved win in the Championship game in overtime. Fans in attendance as well as supporters at home are extremely proud of the dedication and sportsmanship that is alive and well in the Packers baseball program.

Tiffany participating in the 1st Annual “Color Outside the Lines” Fun Run (sponsored by G.E.A.R. and held at Moultrie Technical College Saturday, April 26, 2014). Photo by Carrie Viohl

Football tops Three-Pete Middle list of Gray School Golf Champs students’ favorite sports By Sarah Benton & Brianna Spraggins C.A. Gray Gazette

By Lucy Badillo | C.A. Gray Gazette C.A. Gray students have always supported their athletes in every way. Students buy tickets to games/ events, wear Packer Spirit colors, go to games/matches, and cheer players on from the bleachers. Although most students love all sports, to a degree at least, everyone has his/her favorites. Gazette student reporter, Lucy Badillo, surveyed students earlier this year to see which sports they liked most. When the polling was all said and done, the top three sports chosen by C.A. Gray students were basketball in third place, tennis in second, and football in the top spot. --------------------------------------------Poll Results in order from greatest number of votes to least: 1. Football 2. Tennis 3. Basketball 4. Swimming / Wrestling 5. Baseball / Golf / Cross Country / Soccer / Cheerleading ---------------------------------------------

The boys and girls Middle School Golf Teams won the region tournaments this year. Elizabeth Funderburk was low medalist for the girls, and the boys teams have won the region tournaments for the last three years, stated Coach Hines. Pictured at left are C.A. Gray’s student golfers Tyler Scott, J.W. Griffin, Lance Blanchett, Tanner Brown, Peyton Clark, and Brian Meadows after winning their final tournament of the year (April 24, 2014).

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MLB Steroids epidemic By Isaiah Dean | C.A. Gray Gazette The steroids epidemic in Major League Baseball has spiraled into a major cause for concern. In the middle of the drama and controversy has been New York Yankee, Alex Rodriguez. To send a strong message concerning this issue, the MLB penalized many other players along with A-Rod (who appealed a 211game suspension he had been given by the commissioner). In an August 2013 game against the Red Sox, Rodriguez was hit with pitches twice. This, of course, resulted in a scuffle on the field, and the team manager ended up being thrown out of the game. Despite the dangers and unpleasant sentiments hurled at him from all directions, Rodriguez continued playing and stood by his statements concerning the use of steroids. Rodriguez, whose 2013 salary topped out at 28 million dollars, is still involved in a fight with Major League Baseball. Ironically, A-Rod was reportedly ready for retirement until the steroids scandal intensified. Rather than accept the MLB’s decision, he has chosen to continue his fight indefinitely.

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Cheerleading: Rewards and Challenges By Danielle Griffin | C.A. Gray Gazette Cheerleading is one of the most dangerous sports in which athletes can participate. Come again? Yes... “Sport!” Though lots of wrestlers, football and baseball players might have declared their sports to be the most demanding, statictically, cheerleading rises high in the ranks. So many people get hurt doing this sport. Earlier this school year (October 2013), two girls were injured at the Tift County Cheer Classic competition. One of the girls hurt her arm during a Back Full stunt while the other hurt her leg doing a Back Tuck when she accidentally landed on her knee. To be successful, cheerleaders must have a passion for this sport. Cheering is not something one just does; it takes skill, conditioning, and lots of hard work. Packer football players might make fun of cheerleading at times because they think their sport is harder and that it requires more skill and strength.Though cheerleaders rarely return the favor, the truth is written clearly in black and white. Football players sometimes don’t understand that they are throwing 1 pound footballs while we are throwing 100 pound girls in the air (and we actually catch ours). Cheerleaders in Colquitt County routinely practice 4 days a week. At each practice, the squads run, jump, condition, stretch ,stunt,dance, and, of course, CHEER. It is most assuredly a passion and requires a great deal of hard work! Through the blood, sweat, and tears, however, the rewards, for many, are worth the hard work and dedication that is required.

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Land of the Free (continued)


By Lucy Badillo | C.A. Gray Gazette More and more people have chosen in recent years to stop consuming animal products opting instead for a type of vegetarian diet known as Veganism. A vegan diet excludes meat, eggs, dairy products and all other animal-derived ingredients. Many vegans also do not eat foods that are processed using animal products. Critics of veganism often argue that avoiding meat products will result in protein deficiencies and muscle loss. Wrong again! Lizzie Armitstead, an olympic champion, was just 10 years old when she told her parents she wanted to become a vegetarian. She won a silver medal in the grueling 87-mile road cycling race. The legendary quarterback Joe Namath is probably the most famous vegetarian football player. Inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame in 1985, he was also one of the best in the sport. One of the greatest NBA basketball players in history, vegetarian Robert Parish played center for the Boston Celtics alongside Larry Bird. He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2003. If these athletes can live without meat products and still excel, others can, too. How does one “go” vegan? Some people easily go from eating meat to vegan right away while others struggle with their new commitment. Some choose to go vegetarian first and then slowly omit eggs and dairy. There’s no right or wrong way to do it, but those interested in making this lifechange may want to learn about what’s worked for other people. However one decides to do it, it is important to keep one’s personal goals in mind and remember why they have chosen to adopt a vegan diet.

Smart Snacks


From Colquitt County Schools Website Smart Snacks in School also support efforts by school nutrition staff, school administrators, teachers, parents and the school community, all working hard to instill healthy habits in students. Colquitt County School System is proud to announce our participation in these USDA sponsored standards. Snack options, vending machines, and other food related items, will consist of healthier choices starting in SY 14-15. It is important that we practice “Each Day--Excellence in Every Way”. This too is one way we can encourage our children to make excellent, healthy choices throughout life.

Seamless Summer Feeding Program 2014

By Ashlyn Thompson | C.A. Gray Gazette bans federal recognition of same sex marriage, stating that marriage is a “legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife.” This is a popular opinion among many people. However, an opinion is a personal view, and it shouldn’t be forced on anybody else. In 2004, Massachusetts became the first state to legalize same sex marriage. Soon, more states followed. It is now 2014, and we must realize that we can’t let people’s personal opinions affect the lives and rights of others. Increasingly, more and more people are beginning to stand up for same sex marriage. Ultimately, America is still a place where citizens can decide for themselves what they want to believe and how they want to live. Even on an issue as controversial as gay rights and same sex marriage, we are able to choose how we feel and act based upon those feelings. As the issue widens from state to state, American voters will continue to voice their beliefs and opinions inside the booths of their voting precincts.

From Colquitt County Schools Website - 03.03.14 The Colquitt County School Nutrition Department will offer the Seamless Summer Feeding Program to all children in Colquitt County 18 years of age and younger regardless of eligibility status during the regular school year. All free, reduced, and paying students can participate free of charge. Georgia has an average of 2,200 locations participating in the program. Seamless Summer Feeding is sponsored by the USDA in an effort to provide nutrition for all children regardless of financial eligibility during the summer months when school is not in session.

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Alcohol Poisoning By Danielle Griffin | C.A. Gray Gazette Alcohol poisoning is absolutely not a laughing matter. Many young people find it humorous when their friends pass out after having too much to drink. In reality, however, situations like this aren’t funny at all. When a human being passes out, his brain begins to shut down. This, of course, can eventually lead coma and could result in death. The onset of alcohol poisoning is marked by mental confusion, vomiting, slow breathing, and seizures.

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