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IRISH THE MAGAZINE OF DUBLIN CITY SCHOOLS

IN A CLASS ALL THEIR OWN THE CLASS OF 2017 PROVE THEY ARE READY FOR WHAT LIES AHEAD

•COMMUNITY READERS•PRIORITY MOVE•PERFECT HEALTH SCORE•APPRENTICESHIP OPPORTUNITIES•AND MORE!


Table of Contents PRIORITY MOVE.......................................................5 PERFECT HEALTH SCORE.............................................6 BEATING THE ODDS..................................................8 MOORE STREET GRADUATION.................................10 Welcome to this edition of Irish Magazine. I am amazed every semester at the number and frequency of unique events taking place in our district that have a positive impact on our students. As you’ll see in this issue, Spring 2017 was no different. First and foremost, we celebrate Moore Street School achieving Exit Priority Status and our schools “Beating the Odds.” These are no small feats, and speak to the level of hard work and effort performed by our students and staff.

GSSA PRESIDENT’S AWARD.....................................12 APPRENTICESHIP OPPORTUNITIES..........................13 COMMUNITY READERS...........................................14 HEALTH HEAD START...............................................18 PASSING THE BATAAN.............................................20 ART AT THE HIGH..................................................22 SCIENCE SHOWCASE..............................................23 READY TO MOVE.....................................................24 RISE UP...................................................................26 HOPE IN HOOPS....................................................29

RELAY 5K...............................................................30 You’ll also find articles showcasing DHS GRADUATION.................................................31 the innovation taking place in our district through programs like our FLIPPING THE SCRIPT..............................................38 Machine Tool Apprenticeship, Community Readers and our summer PRIORITY MOVE.......................................................5 health credit initiative. SCIENCE SOIREE.....................................................41 Finally, our schools continued to “Rise Up” in support of the community, raising funds and awareness for storm victims and the American Cancer Society. We hope you’ll take time to read through this issue and consider becoming part of the change happening every day at Dublin City Schools. It will change your life just as it has mine. Dr. Frederick C. Williams Superintendent PAGE 2

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EDITOR Jason Halcombe Irish Magazine is a publication of Dublin City Schools. Copyright 2017. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission is prohibited.

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ON THE COVER: Dublin High School Valedictorian Kennedy Blackwell-Lewis delivers her address during 2017 commencement exercises held May 26 in the DHS gymnasium. (Photo by Jason Halcombe)

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HIGH ACHIEVEMENT AND SUCCESS FOR ALL STUDENTS At Dublin City Schools, it’s what we strive for: Every. Single. Day.

The Dublin City Schools Board of Education is comprised of a seven-member board including a Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Treasurer and four regular board members. Each is elected from either one of four districts (wards) or three at-large posts. Currently, John Bell serves as Chairman, James Lanier as Vice-Chairman and Laura Travick as Treasurer. Additional board members include: Bill Perry, Peggy Johnson, Rev. Richard Sheffield and Demetrice Hollis. We are proud to be a four-time award winner with the Georgia School Boards Association, earning Quality Board honors in 2013, Distinguished Board honors in 2014 and Exemplary Board honors in 2015 and 2016. Each of us works collaboratively with our Superintendent Dr. Fred Williams to stay current on the latest trends and focus areas of ed-

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ucation, all with High Achievement and Success for All Students in mind as detailed in our Strategic Plan. We hope you will take time to visit one of our five campuses, meet with faculty, staff and students to see all of the innovative education practices at work in (and out of) our classrooms. You can reach us by clicking on the Dublin City Schools Board Governance System link found under “Board of Education” in the Departments top link at www.dcs.irish, or by submitting your question/concern/compliment to our “Let’s Talk” form located on the main page of our District site. We value your input, and look forward to hearing from you. Go Irish!

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Moore Street principal Brian Howell shares some of the innovative approaches that helped the school raise the bar and earn the Exit Priority status.

PRIORITY MOVE

Moore Street receives ‘Exit Priority’ status

The Georgia Department of Education announced on April 11 that Moore Street School met the Priority and Focus exit criteria and has been given Exit Priority status.

Moore Street met the criteria provided, prompting their exit from the Priority School list. Schools that were identified as Priority Schools in spring 2012 may exit if they no longer meet the definition of a Priority School and have increased their Content Mastery Category Performance by 5

percentage points or have graduation rates (most recent year and prior year 4-year cohort rates) ≥ 60%. “We are so proud to share this with the community,” said principal Brian Howell. “From our collaborative efforts with the Dublin Police Department’s ‘Transformers Program,’ to the one-on-one interaction between students and staff, our ultimate goal is to show these students are just as capable, able and willing to work hard and reach high for their goals inside and out of

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the classroom. This announcement proves that, and hopefully will inspire everyone involved to continue the work necessary to keep raising the bar at Moore Street.” “This is a major accomplishment for Moore Street School and Dublin City Schools,” said Dr. Fred Williams, Superintendent. “Moore Street’s exit as a Priority School illustrates the diligent work done by our school and district officials and, most importantly, the effort and achievement of our students.”

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The eight students who passed their CNA exam included: Amaya Adams, Terrionna Rozier, Takorra Smith, Benjamin Sullivan, Lavonta Walden, Destiny Smith, Haley Johnson, Toni Williams

PERFECT HEALTH SCORE

All eight DHS CNA students pass national credentialing exam The atmosphere around the hospital beds in the Allied Health Services classroom was much more relaxed than the day before, after all eight of Dublin High School’s Certified Nursing Assistant students passed the national credentialing exam and were only weeks away from entering as professionals into the local healthcare field. Instead of having to pinpoint procedures in the lab, or working through the tedious paper exam, students were posing as patients waiting for peers to check them with stethoscopes or mark faux information on charts with no paper. The octet of DHS juniors and seniors, enrolled at Oconee Fall Line Technical College through the Heart of Georgia College and Career Academy, were noticeably relaxed

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“I want to join the Air Force, get into the medical field and be a doctor.” — Toni Williams

even though a few more weeks of course were still required for them to be fully licensed for the CNA field. “For me it’s special because we’ve only been

doing this since 2014,” said Anna Ryals, OFTC Allied Health Instructor. “I’ve been in nursing a long time and I think this is special because now they can get a job in a hospital or a nursing home.”

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The HGCCA students take a 1.5 hour, 90day course before taking the two-part written and skill national credentialing exam, including clinical extern work at nursing homes and hospitals.

The eight students who passed their CNA exam included:

Amaya Adams Terrionna Rozier Takorra Smith Benjamin Sullivan Lavonta Walden Destiny Smith Haley Johnson Toni Williams

Junior Toni Williams said the hardest part of the entire process was getting beyond her nerves when it came to caring for patients. “It’s hard not to be nervous,” she said with a smile. Obviously nerves weren’t an issue for Williams who, like her other seven classmates, passed the exam with flying colors. The Air Force JROTC MSGT, currently in the reserves as she finishes her CNA course work, said her ultimate goal is to join the military and carry her medical career to even greater heights. “I want to join the Air Force, get into the medical field and be a doctor,” Williams said.

In Lavonta Walden’s case, his favorite part of the process was meeting new people and getting to learn more about the inner workings of the healthcare field. “I like taking blood pressure…the direct care of patients,” he said. “I’m hoping to be a physical therapist or finish out my nursing studies.”

In all, the DHS students were part of a class of 30 HGCCA students who passed with no failures: a mark that supplanted the college-level students participating in the program at the same time. That accomplishment was not lost on HGCCA principal Jaroy Stuckey, who beamed with pride over the thought of helping several dozen more students move closer toward high achievement and success in their careers and lives. “I am proud to be their Principal at the Career Academy,” Stuckey said. “They are a special group of kids. We informed them that the college classes would be harder than their regular high school classes and they have definitely lived up to the challenge of succeeding in this program. A big push in education today is for students to leave high school college and career ready. With the passing of the CNA licensing exam and their high achievement, these students have shown that they are truly college and career ready. I am very proud of each of them.”

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BEATING THE ODDS GaDOE report shows four DCS schools perform above statistical expectations

Four of Dublin City Schools’ campuses joined more than 1,000 other schools from around the state who beat the odds in 2016, performing better than statistically expected on the College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI). Hillcrest Elementary, Susie Dasher Elementary, Dublin Middle School and Dublin High School all “Beat the Odds” in 2016.

“This report is a true measure of our students’ achievement because it shows a level of progress that isn’t always captured by other methods used during the year,” said Superintendent Dr. Fred Williams. “We receive students who may enter the third grade with a kindergarten reading level. By the end of the year, we may have them reading at a second grade level. That’s tremendous progress, but according to certain criteria they are not reading at grade level and therefore don’t meet a standard. Beating the odds means our students are, in fact, achieving above their socioeconomic status. Our hope is to keep inspiring them to achieve above their potential as this data has shown.” The CCRPI is Georgia’s statewide accountability system. It measures schools and school districts on a 100-point scale based on multiple indicators of performance. The Beating the Odds analysis predicts a range within which a school’s CCRPI score is statistically expected to fall – given the school’s size, grade cluster, student mobility, and student demographics (including race/ethnicity, disability, English learners,

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and poverty). If an individual school’s actual CCRPI is above the predicted range, then that school beat the odds. Most (731) of the schools that beat the odds had poverty rates of 25 percent or more, and 437 had poverty rates of 40 percent or more. In the case of Dublin City Schools, more than 90 percent of its students live in either poverty or extreme poverty. And of the 1,037 schools that beat the odds last year, 271 beat the odds in each of the past five years. Eighty-one of these schools had a 2016 poverty rate of 40 percent or more, and more than half – 157 – had poverty rates of 25 percent or more. “We view these schools as major success stories,” State School Superintendent Richard Woods said. “In fact, it’s difficult to fully express the magnitude of what they’ve achieved. Statistically, a high rate of poverty presents multiple barriers to achievement, but these schools are beating the odds and doing excellent work on behalf of Georgia students.” Almost all (178) of Georgia’s 180 school districts have a performance contract (either Charter System or Strategic Waiver School System) that includes requirements related to both CCRPI and the Beating the Odds analysis. For the 136 Strategic Waiver School Systems, Beating the Odds is a “second look” for schools that don’t raise their CCRPI score sufficiently in a given year. For the 42 Charter Systems, the percentage of their schools that beat the odds must grow each year.

Of the 153 “chronically failing” schools in Georgia (those with a CCRPI score at 60 or below), 21 of them beat the odds in 2016

– outperforming statistical expectations for their school. —Information obtained from a GaDOE release.

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CONGRATULATIONS Moore Street School celebrated its Class of 2017 graduates during a special ceremony held May 24 in the Dublin High School auditorium. A total of 17 candidates received diplomas during the ceremony, concluding a year full of accomplishment and achievement inside and out of the classroom. Senior Brandon Isaac performed the invocation, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance by Kwontavious Hooks and singing of the National Anthem by Mrs. Dot Clark. Senior Sontavious Jackson gave the welcome, followed by senior Starr Smith introducing special guests including Superintendent Dr. Fred Williams, the Dublin City Schools Board of Education, Central Office staff and guest speaker. Seniors Corde’ Saxon and Jordan Brown recited a poem that challenged the Class of 2017 to continue their learning pursuits beyond graduation, followed by Kendreonna Ervin introducing guest speaker Pastor Dorothy L. Simmons. Simmons focused on language, and its role in shaping the future of the Class of 2017 in college and the working world. She related a story of a mother and daughter shopping, connecting it to the use of slang and how each language used in each situation can lead to success or failure if used in the wrong setting. Ms. Pat Edwards certified the Class of 2017, which were then presented diplomas by Dr. Fred Williams, DCS Board Chairman John Bell III and Principal Brian Howell. Mrs. Adrian Allen called for the ceremonial changing of tassels, followed by a musical selection by Mrs. Dot Clark. The graduates then participated in the Moore Street tradition by presenting parents with yellow roses, and the evening concluded with closing remarks from Dr. Williams and Howell.

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MOORE ST. SCHOOL

CLASS OF 2017 Ulysses Bartee IV Preston Tyrone Durham Jordan Lorenz Raashid Brown Kendreonna Alliecya Ervin Kwontavius Tre’von Hooks Brandon Javon Isaac Sontavious Quavon Jackson Jessica Lin Jeffery Herschel Jamar McMiller Isaiah Savon Mills Quinterius Deonte Mobley Jakira Ke’Shawna Nesbitt Corde’ Terrell Saxon Starr DaVontay Smith Takevian Octavious Walker Tanisha Kiana Wiggins JaNaya Nacole Woodbury

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CONGRATULATIONS DR. FRED WILLIAMS 2017 GSSA

PRESIDENT’S AWARD RECIPIENT

“One of the largest counties in square miles serving an independent school system in the Eastern section of our state is a system that is receiving high quality leadership from an individual who provides positive and visionary leadership. He is described as patient with his leadership style but has a great deal of grit and resolve. He has led his district through a financial struggle yet improving the learning environment for his disadvantaged population which is being led into the 21st century education preparation. He is an innovative leader and is embracing a move to effectively use social media to tell the district’s story. Turning his system in a positive direction by addressing the financial mountains has earned him great respect in his area. It is our pleasure to present a 2017 President’s Award . . . Dr. Fredrick Williams of Dublin City Schools.”

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APPRENTICESHIP OPPORTUNITIES

HGCCA, OFTC enter into Apprenticeship partnership with Erdrich, AWEBA Students were given a hands-on introduction to opportunities available to them through the new apprenticeship partnership in April.

High School students eying a career in Machine Tool could be put on a fast-track to real-world employment at one of two local industries thanks to a partnership with Oconee Fall Line Technical College and the Heart of Georgia College & Career Academy. The Apprenticeship Partnership will give students an opportunity to take coursework for a portion of the week, followed by job-based application at automotive machine tool producer Erdrich USA and tool and die manufacturer AWEBA. An informational meeting was held at the Dublin High School auditorium in late April to offer rising juniors insight into the program put together by OFTC, Erdrich and AWEBA. Sixteen-year-old 11th graders who meet the minimum standard for the degree level program will have the opportunity to study four days per week at OFTC followed by one day of paid internship at the facility. During their senior year, the study period shifts to three days with two days of paid internship, with the long-term goal of transitioning students into full-time employees at either facility.

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“This is a great initiative,” said Eric Cannada, HGCCA coCEO. “The entire model of our Career Academy is to prepare our students to be effective members of the workforce. This internship will immediately connect classroom course study to real-world application and, as we hope, gainful employment and career opportunities for our students.” According to HGCCA partner, Dublin City Schools, this apprenticeship connects students to the next chapter in their lives. “At Dublin City Schools, we are mandated by our Strategy Map to ensure all students are college and career ready and globally competitive,” said Superintendent Dr. Fred Williams. “This apprenticeship meets all that criteria and more, putting students in prime position to exit high school, complete their course study and begin their careers with one of our industrial neighbors. It’s a win-win for the students and for local industry.” For more information about the program, email eric@dublincityschools.us or rhobbs@oftc.edu.

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COMMUNITY READERS Susie Dasher program connects students with volunteers, all for literacy

Stewart and Coady work on “Kenny and the Little Kickers” during their weekly Community Readers’ visit.

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tire administrative staff. Members like Detective Brawner Ashley were excited at the opportunity to connect with kids through the program. As Ashley said, working with third grader Jalexi Williams is a welcome break from his regular 9-5 routine. “She’s very attentive, very smart and I’ve learned things from her that I see could help me,” Ashley said. “She’s very patient and energetic about stuff and eager to learn. Williams is a little more direct in her feelings toward Ashley and the program. “It’s fun,” she said.

Yolanda Rhyne reads to Susie Dasher first grader Zakhia Fagins. (Below) Students wrote letters of appreciation to their readers during an end-of-year program.

Tuesday mornings start off about the same as any other weekday for Josh Stewart and Rodney Coady.

“I do all the work for you,” Walker said. “All you have to do is come in, go to our desk and get your information. The child comes and you sit and everything you do is right there for you. It’s easy.”

Stewart heads to work as associate pastor at First Baptist Church, and Coady heads to Mrs. Mollie Beckworth’s second grade class.

Walker expects the program to continue to grow, and encourages anyone interested to simply email her at ronda.walker@ dublincityschools.us.

About an hour into the day, however, Josh and Rodney’s paths cross in front of a good book.

“I’m already seeing results and I think this could be a big benefit for everybody in our community,” Walker said. “The readers who are coming in are telling me, ‘Oh, he’s so nice. I enjoyed it so much.’ I feel like we’ll make a significant difference.”

This Tuesday it’s Kenny and the Little Kickers. The pair work on sounding out tough words, building up vocabulary and finishing another story in about a half hour. In this case, Stewart and Coady discover that Kenny the badger has stopped being shy and isn’t half bad at soccer, either. It’s all part of the new Community Readers Program at Susie Dasher Elementary School, designed to connect students with volunteers, leaders and residents from across Dublin and Laurens County all in the name of literacy. “I feel like God placed it on my heart,” said program originator Ronda Walker. “We have a significant amount of students who are below average or well below average in reading, and if you look at the statistics it’s scary. Sixty percent of kids who can’t read on grade level by third grade will end up in our prison system. And most of those kids will not graduate. In my opinion, it’s imperative that we intervene.” In Stewart’s case, the reading program has

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caused him to come full-circle following his own childhood struggles with dyslexia. “I think it’s incredible,” Stewart said. “I was always behind in elementary school. At fifth grade, I was at a second grade reading level. Even through college, getting my Master’s, reading has never come easy to me. So to be able to sit down with a student in elementary school and encourage them and help them; when I was in elementary school, this would have been awesome.” A month into the program, Walker has welcomed more than 40 volunteers like Stewart who give a half-hour once a week to work one-on-one with a student in grades K-4. People ranging from pastors like Stewart to retired educators, local residents and even a local Mary Kay salesperson, visit with their student Monday-Friday. When Dublin Police Chief Tim Chatman heard of the idea, he not only jumped on board but also recruited the aid of his en-

Editor’s note: Walker capped the program with a special celebration honoring the 45 readers who helped 47 students improve their lexile scores this semester. She is currently working on a community library project to connect neighborhoods with free books.

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Incoming ninth grader Willie Allen shows how his arms raise after pressing them against the inside of a doorway during health class at DHS. Allen is one of 15 students who will earn health credits prior to the start of their high school careers as part of an innovative approach by the school.

HEALTH HEAD START Innovative summer program allows incoming DHS ninth graders to earn health, P.E. credits prior to start of year

All was quiet on the 400 hall of Dublin High School one Tuesday afternoon in the middle of June, save for the occasional custodian shifting the floor stripping equipment from one post to another in the school rotunda.

out after you’ve kept them against the wall like that?” Cannada asked, which garnered several responses from his audience. “It’s because muscles only contract. They only pull back toward you. They don’t work any other way.”

Suddenly, the silence was broken by the chatter of a half-dozen voices whose owners turned out of Room 402 and headed toward the restrooms for a short break.

That rigidity goes counter to the entire reason all of these incoming ninth graders are at school instead of at home watching TV or playing with friends.

It wasn’t long before the students were back in their seats, and teacher Eric Cannada resumed his lesson about how muscles operate.

These students are in a different type of summer school that isn’t based on credit recovery or catching up but, instead, getting a head start on their high school careers and potentially opening up doors to greater opportunities during their time

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at DHS. Dublin City Schools began a pilot program this year to offer incoming ninth graders, like the half-dozen in Cannada’s health class, the ability to earn Health and Physical Fitness credits through an innovative summer program. Students who attend the week long, 30plus hour health course are able to claim the semester equivalent credit for that class prior to the start of school. “We cover the Alcohol and Drug Awareness Program (ADAP) they will need to obtain their driver’s license,” Cannada said, “and we also cover roughly six chap-

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ters, including vocabulary, chapter discussions and tests. It’s no different than the semester class, just pressed into a week’s worth of 8-3:30 days.” “We also looked for similar ways we could offer students the ability to earn credit toward their Physical Fitness classes,” said Dr. Fred Williams, Superintendent.

CTAE Director Eric Cannada shows the purpose and function of a knuckle to students in the summer health class at DHS. The class, offered to incoming ninth graders, allows those students more flexibility for course selection when they enter high school.

What evolved was a system where students who participate in sports or band 30-ormore hours during the summer can earn their Physical Fitness course credit as well and avoid having to take the course during the school year. Dublin City Schools can provide this flexibility due to its status as a Charter System. Unlike a Charter School, which operates independently of a local district, the GaDOE classifies a charter system as “a local school district that operates under the terms of a charter between the State Board of Education and the local school district. The system receives flexibility from certain state rules and regulations in exchange for greater accountability.” This flexibility can be applied to areas like the health and physical fitness program. Cannada, whose primary role is that of Career, Technical and Agricultural Education (CTAE) Director, said he jumped on board with the program because he sees the potential it holds to open a student’s schedule up for more meaningful course study. “I think it’s great because it gives students a chance to take other courses and experiment more,” Cannada said. “With those two periods now open to them, they have more freedom to try new things. From the CTAE side it’s wonderful, because we encourage students to investigate different areas of interest in hopes they’ll eventually find what fits their future plans outside of high school.” Eighth graders Kendell Wade and Brian Howell II said that’s exactly why they signed on for this new form of summer school so they’ll be ahead of the curve when the 400 hall returns to its normally noisy state in August. “Yeah, I hope I can learn more,” Wade said. “That’s me,” Howell said. “Go ahead and

“With those two periods now open to them, they have more freedom to try new things.” —Eric Cannada, CTAE Director get this out of the way so I can learn more.” “That’s exactly the point,” Williams said. “We realize in the competitive job markets of today we have to be continually evolving our practices so that we can always keep

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our students in position to reach High Achievement and Success. Our hope is to grow this program beyond simple health and P.E. classes so that our students can pursue whatever path helps them to that end.”

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PASSING THE BATAAN More than 60 people stepped out across the Carl Vinson VAMC campus for the second Bataan Memorial March hosted by the VA and Dublin High School Air Force JROTC April 22. The participants attempted to jog, walk or run some or all of the 14-mile march commemorating the Bataan Death March endured by members of the military during World War II. Special thanks to all of the volunteers and agencies that made this second march such a success!

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ART AT THE ‘HIGH’

International Baccalaureate students from Dublin High School traveled to Atlanta to visit the High Museum of Art on March 10. The trip is tied to IB’s focus on developing the entire student, and exposing students to a variety of cultural experiences during their education. (Special photos)

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SCIENCE SHOWCASE

DMS Duo sweeps HGRESA Science Fair

Congratulations Amaya Rozier and Quincy Howard for taking First Place at the HGRESA Science Fair! Rozier’s project was titled: Tienes Hambre (What Colors Make you Hungry) and Howard’s project was titled: Soda Geyser (Which Soda Launches the Highest). Both participated in at state. Along with participating in the science fair, the DMS contingent also enjoyed a tour of the Middle Georgia State University School of Aviation campus including aviation mechanics and a seat in a real aircraft. Those who participated included: Khaila Vickers, Mitchell McDaniel, De’Asia Baker, Brea Moody, Chas’Tyana Jones, Avery Mainor, Glenn Bolden Jr., Dakota Meeks, Jalana Smith, Alexandra Bostic, Olivia Brown, Titiana Carr, India Newton, Dhruvi Patel, Maridel Hidalgo, Camily Castro, Victoria Guyton. IRISH MAGAZINE/SUMMER EDITION

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READY TO MOVE Hines flourishes in MGSU MOWR program

By SHERON SMITH MGSU MEDIA RELATIONS

neering at UGA. “It saves my parents so much money because the classes and books are free. I know now that I’m prepared academically for UGA and I’m really looking forward to it.”

This fall, when she heads off to the University of Georgia, Bleckley County High School senior Jordan Barker is taking along something extra – nearly 40 hours of college credit. That’s roughly a year and a half of college she’s already completed at Middle Georgia State University (MGA) through Move on When Ready, the state’s dual-enrollment program for qualified high school

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students. “My brother was in Move on When Ready, so I knew it had a lot of benefits,” said Barker, 18, who plans to major in computer systems engi-

Barker is one of nearly 485 high school students currently enrolled at Middle Georgia State through Move on When Ready (MOWR). The dual-enrollment program allows students to earn college credit while simultaneously completing their high school diplomas.

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Through the Georgia Student Finance Commission, MOWR covers tuition, textbooks and nearly all fees, so students and their parents pay almost nothing. The program, which previously funded fall and spring semesters only, recently expanded to pay for eligible high school students to take college courses during summer terms. Middle Georgia State is an attractive option for the region’s high school students who want to take part in Move on When Ready. MGA’s dual enrollment ranks in the top three of the state’s comprehensive universities.

plans to continue at MGA this fall – he’ll enter as a junior - to complete a bachelor’s degree in Biology, followed by medical school. “What I’ve liked most is the flexibility,” Bloodworth said. “When I’m done with classes for the day, I don’t have to hang around school unless I just want to. And Middle Georgia State doesn’t have classes on Fridays. It’s not like high school where you have to be there for eight hours no matter what.” De’Yana Hines, 18, a Dublin High School senior, also enjoys the flexibility as she takes classes on MGA’s Dublin and Cochran campuses. This semester she is taking Physics and Algebra in Cochran, Psychology in Dublin and Intro to Information Technology online.

Campus. “I won’t be nervous about starting college because of my experience at Middle Georgia State,” said Kilgore, 18, who plans to attend UGA for an engineering degree, although she hasn’t decided on a specialty. “Move on When Ready gave me the ability to experience college with a support system behind me – and we didn’t have to pay out of pocket for it. I would definitely recommend it to any high school student who is willing to put in the effort and work hard.”

One of MGA’s youngest dual-enrollment “Move on When Ready is such an amazstudents, 15-year-old Laurel Sparks, is a ing deal, and Middle Georgia State is in an sophomore at Mary Persons High School especially advantageous position to give in Forsyth. She is taking all of her MOWR high school students convenient access to classes online this semester and plans to it,” said Maggie Schuyler, who works with take courses on the Macon Campus in the dual-enrolled students as the University’s coming months. assistant director of Admissions. “Not only “I love being able to make my own scheddo we offer a pretty wide variety of online “Despite your age, you are still treated like courses, but we have five campuses that a college student and you are expected are strategically positioned and to act like one,” said Sparks, who make it convenient for high hopes to attend UGA for a school students to comdouble major in Music “I’ve always been pretty independent, so taking college mute to traditional colTherapy and Art Theraclasses wasn’t that much of a change as far as scheduling, but lege classes.” py. “That is something I really appreciate. it’s different in some ways, too. In college, the professors have more Barker, the Bleckley MOWR classes have freedom than high school teachers, who have to follow a curriculum County High senior, allowed me to grow so very closely. The Middle Georgia State professors can make adjusthas taken most of her much as a student.” ments or introduce new topics, so that makes the classes a little MOWR classes on the Cochran Campus. This Dual-enrolled students more challenging.” semester, her last before can continue to take part in graduating high school, she activities at their high schools, is taking Biology, American Govand many who attend Middle ernment and American History to 1865. Georgia State do just that. Bloodworth said he still attends pep rallies at Warner “I love it here,” she said. “It’s beautiful and ule,” said Hines, who plans to attend Robins High, while Barker plays on Blecka good place to study. I know it’s small Mercer University in the fall to major in ley County High’s tennis team. compared to (the UGA campus in) Athens biomedical engineering. She’ll have 24 but it has given me a chance to learn how to hours of college credit going in, thanks to Hines remains active at Dublin High, get around a traditional college campus.” MOWR. where she is in the Beta Club and Future Business Leaders of America chapter. She’s Evan Bloodworth, 17, a senior at Warner “I’ve always been pretty independent, so also part of the Dublin City Youth CounRobins High School, also took classes on taking college classes wasn’t that much of cil. MGA’s Cochran Campus when he was part a change as far as scheduling, but it’s difof the Georgia Academy, Middle Georgia ferent in some ways, too. In college, the “I still see my friends,” she said. “I’m not State’s residential program for dual-en- professors have more freedom than high missing out on anything.” rollment students. A desire to live at home school teachers, who have to follow a curprompted his switch to becoming a com- riculum very closely. The Middle Georgia muter MOWR student, and he now takes State professors can make adjustments or Many high school students get their Move Middle Georgia State classes online after introduce new topics, so that makes the on When Ready start by taking a class or completing some courses at the Warner classes a little more challenging.” two during the summer semester. High Robins Campus. school students who want to explore taking A Hawkinsville High School senior, Ana a class at Middle Georgia State this sumWhen he graduates from Warner Robins Kilgore, will have 38 hours of college credit mer can call 478-471-2725 or email admisHigh this spring, he will have about two when she graduates this spring. She took sions@mga.edu. More info is at www.mga. years worth of college credit. Bloodworth her classes online and at the Cochran edu/admissions/MOWR.

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Hillcrest Elementary students celebrated the Atlanta Falcons Super Bowl LI berth by giving back to their community by allowing students and staff to wear their favorite team attire Feb. 3 for $1. All money raised was donated to Albany, Georgia Tornado Relief Efforts. Hillcrest raised $250 and community members contributed an additional $50, allowing the school to donate $300 to the American Red Cross for this local cause. Their efforts garnered regional attention on the 13WMAZ Mornin broadcast the same day. Hillcrest cheerleaders hosted a school-wide pep rally that same day. The cheerleaders did a great job, leading the audience in cheers, performing dances, and even acting out a skit involving several cheerleaders as Falcon fans and several as Patriot fans. This activity gave Hillcrest students the opportunity to learn about teamwork, school spirit, and giving back to our community!

Ivyana Kennedy, Phallen Fields, ShelbyAnn Thrasher, Paris Pickard and Peyton Culver

— Dr. Toni Smith, Hillcrest School Counselor and Caliyah Axson, fourth grade student

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RISE UP Hillcrest celebrates Falcons’ Super Bowl berth by raising money for storm victims

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HOPE IN HOOPS Tournament raises nearly $5K for former DMS teacher’s kidney transplant Ideas were swirling through Dublin mom Marquita Timmons’ mind as to how she could help her cousin Angela McCloud reach a fundraising goal for a kidney transplant that could cost upwards of $20,000 to complete. It ended up being Timmons’ sons who provided all the inspiration necessary, in the form of a basketball and a goal, to create the Hope in Hoops tournament hosted at Dublin Middle School in May. “My sons Donovan and Jaydon reminded me she loved basketball, and loved going to games,” Timmons said of McCloud, who was diagnosed with End Stage Renal Disease, “so that’s how the tournament came about.” The disease forced McCloud to resign her post at Dublin Middle School in 2016—one where she had earned Teacher of the Year honors only months prior to the progression of her illness. Over the past year and a half since leaving DMS, family, friends and coworkers from Dublin City Schools have held a variety of fundraising events in hopes of helping McCloud reach the $10,000 match required by the National Kidney Foundation in order to move forward with the transplant. Timmons said thus far that the community had risen to the occasion, with teams signing up to either play or simply contribute to the cause. “We’ve had a great response from the faith-based community, and the community at large,” Timmons said. “From buying the T-shirts to making donations and also being part of the

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RELAY 5K Dublin City Schools raises nearly $5,000 for Relay for Life

“She’s more than a former coworker, she’s a friend, a mom and someone in need.” — Daphne Howard tournament. A great part about it is that it crosses all age groups. Children are giving back as much as adults and the elderly.” Tournament organizers had hoped hoping to raise $2,500, and Timmons said they were able to raise more than $4,650 and were still receiving donations as of this issue’s publication. “She comes from such a great family,” said Timmons. “Her father (Winfred) is pastor at Springhill Missionary Baptist and New Shiloh Baptist churches. They have given so much to the community, and now we have an opportunity to give back to her and to them. The support we’ve seen is a testament to how the Dublin-Laurens community comes together to help each other out.” “She’s more than a former coworker, she’s a friend, a mom and someone in need,” added fellow coordinator Daphne Howard. “I’ve seen firsthand how people will come out to support worthwhile causes and this is certainly one of those.”

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Dublin City Schools banded together with 29 other teams from around Laurens County to raise funds and awareness for the American Cancer Society during the annual Relay for Life held May 12 at the Dublin High School track. Collectively, DCS raised $4,988. Individually, Hillcrest Elementary led the way, raising $1,700, followed by Dublin Middle School with $1,225, Dublin High School with $1,050 and Susie Dasher Elementary School with $1,013. Special thanks to all of our volunteers and team captains (Sherrell Edmond, Raymond Braziel, Tammy Howard and Kim Bowers). IRISH MAGAZINE/SUMMER EDITION


IRISH PRIDE

Dublin High School Valedictorian Kennedy Blackwell-Lewis soaks in a moment during her charge to her classmates at the graduation ceremony held May 26.

The Class of 2017 gets a sendoff worthy of their High Achievement

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CONGR ATUL ATIONS

CLASS OF Andria Jonique Allen Dakota Ray Allison Holden Omar Baisden David Joshua Bell Jr. Mishonda Lauree Berry Kennedy Annette Blackwell-Lewis •Valedictorian Zeandre’ VanNess Boyer Akia Brionna Brantley Makeda Angelique Brown Zapporah LaShay Charleston Dean Lamont Clark Jr. Hope Shiloh Clark Ny`Kyaja Bre`Kia Coney Javen Tyleec Culbreath Ty’Quez Derrell Darrisaw Jakaya Janae Davis Joseph Bernard Davis Keionta Jakelevious Davis Cordazha Kenshae Dawson Dalayshia Shyterria Dinkins Mark Walter Edward Donnell Devin Antoine Durham Tyra Michele Evans Tiffany Bianca Feliciano Chakerria Janiece Floyd DeAndre’ Jawaski Floyd Recarido Deshun Floyd Karl Amari Stefo’ne Goodwin Karlasha Amani Rose Goodwin

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TyQuail Malik Goodwin Hobson NKeia Lache’ Gordon Nyema Renee’ Graham Keyana Michelle Green Duncan Isaac Griffin Precious Ethellou Hall Ebony Denise Hardy Isaiah Keenan Harmon Jayda Floesha Michelle Harris Malik Jamaal Hazley De`Yana Nicole Hines Kameron Kross Hodge Jessica Aliyah Hollis Elijah Deonta Hubbard Jacques Tavares Hudson Mycca Aishea’ Ingram Imani Aleese Jackson Ceyauna Monae Johnson Shatavia Nicole Johnson Mylek RaShad Jones Roman Malcolm Walker King Ashley Renee Knowles Toan Manh Le TyQuarius DaQuan Lewis Ca’Darrius Markez Mack Cameron Paul Mack Rahni Eural Martin LaNia Tatyana Mason Lindsey Grace Mathis Devaughn Nathaniel McArthur

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DUBLIN HIGH SCHOOL Tyrese Lamar McGirt Emory Lee McMillan Jr. Briana Nicole McNear Lucious Douglass Merrion Tatiyana Champagne Mitchell Briana De’Asia Mobley Shammen DiCarlo Ventrae Montford Flossie Caroline Odum Kendric Fulton Dewayne Oliver Charles William O’Neal Tykeria Breshae O’Neal Whitney Renee O’Neal Kassy Ejovi Sherlie Ovueraye CuTazja Shanpree Parker Kajol Ghanshyam Patel Jamal Edward Ce Patterson Emory Maliq Phillips Israel Namir Phillips Issac Samir Phillips Ramon Marquis Pittman Zatoria Tanzania Plummer KiShaunna Destiny Pound Victoria Leshey Powell Keyona LaShun Reese DaSean Jamario Rice Donovan James Roberts Ki’Asia La’Zautika Robinson Tamiya Santia Salter TyDriequez Terrell Seals Moses Stanley Simmons

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2017 JaQuan TyRique Smith Shelby Lyn Snipes •Salutatorian Yutrevius Jywaun Spikes Ashley Morgan Spitzmiller Timothy Luke Spivey Nia Latasya Stanley Shantasia Sacillia Stanley Antwon Amelio Dundrikys Stephens Brandon Ho Wing Tang Zuri Nijai Taylor Jordan Alex Threat Broderick Calvin Travick Lavadrick Jamal Turner Megan Christina Vickers LaVonta Ron Walden Daveshia Jamidai Walker Aaron Brons Wallace Suzanna Maylee Warren Christopher Brice Watson Janiqua Tanaya White Joshua Maran Wicker Kesjiah KenShauna Wilcher Tyree Shikye Williams Timothy Bernard Willis Tekeria Keonia Wright Helen Katherine Zellner

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Congratulations to Dublin High School Senior Holden Baisden, who was selected as a Positive Athlete Georgia award recipient for the Middle Georgia region earlier this spring. Baisden, who was one of 22 Middle Georgia athletes selected for the honor, played multiple sports for the Irish including football, basketball and baseball. A member of the “A” Honor Roll, Baisden held a 3.8 GPA at Dublin including a strong SAT score. He was named Black Festival Youth of the Year, a Dublin Service League scholar, Rotary Club Student of the Quarter and Rotary Club Student of the Year nominee. According to its website, Positive Athlete Georgia is a movement by high-character professional athletes tied to Georgia professional and collegiate sports teams to promote the benefits of “positivity” to young athletes. These athletes believe it is crucial to begin shaping the futures of young athletes for life skills beyond athletic competition and to learn how to give back to their community. Current and former professional athletes are members of this organization, and high school athletes will be invited to join based on being nominated by a coach, school administrator, parent or fan for the annual Georgia Positive High School Athlete Awards. (Pictured at right with Coach Roger Holmes) PAGE 36

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POSITIVE INFLUENCE Baisden earns region ‘Positive Athlete’ award

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Saxon, Isaac and Jackson discuss their plans for college and beyond.

FLIPPING THE SCRIPT

MSS trio get accepted into OFTC programs A trio of Moore Street seniors already have plans following graduation. In fact, those plans will actually begin a few days prior to graduation, as all three take part in orientation for their college pursuits at Oconee Fall Line Technical College this summer. Brandon Isaac, Sontavious Jackson and Corde Saxon each received letters of acceptance from the Dublin-based technical college, reaching the goal set by Moore Street principal Brian Howell and his staff at the beginning of the school year. “Our goal was to have every one of our seniors who were going to graduate this year to have a plan of action,” Howell said. In the case of Isaac, Jackson and Saxon, their plan of action involved either working on big rigs or driving them. The three seniors were accepted into OFTC’s Commercial Truck Driving and Diesel Equipment programs, and each said they can’t wait to get started on the path to their fu-

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brought up (applying) to us and I already wanted to drive a truck because my father did it.” “We’re really in a college environment,” Jackson added. “The way we do our work (at Moore Street) is kinda like how we’re going to do it in college.”

ture careers and lives. When they complete their certifications in their respective fields, they will earn anywhere between $35,000-$60,000 annually. “At first I wanted to go into the military, then weld,” said Isaac, who added the environment at Moore Street made it easy for him to excel and get a clearer view of his real interests and goals. “The teachers, the principal here have been great for me,” Isaac said. “Mr. Howell

Howell said that Moore Street, which serves academic and behavioral at-risk students, is a microcosm of the community and the country. And he said the focus shouldn’t be on the labels applied to students but rather the opportunity for achievement every student possesses. “People always hear ‘at-risk’ students,” Howell said. “Every student in the country is at-risk. You may be at-risk academically, behaviorally or whatever…Sometimes people make mistakes. Regardless if you make a mistake, keep moving.” That was a mantra that senior Saxon took

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(above) Saxon, Jackson and Isaac participated in orientation at OFTC two days prior to receiving their diplomas at the Moore Street School graduation ceremony. Howell said the trio were shining examples of success he plans to tout to future classes.

to heart, leaning on Howell’s positive feedback to hopefully open some doors beyond the diesel mechanic’s shop where he could be hanging his hat shortly. “I had a big obstacle in my way, and couldn’t stay focused at the same time,” Saxon said. “I felt successful (when I got accepted) because I came a long way. I’ve been thinking about college my whole life…I told my dad and he was proud because he had been sitting me down and making sure I had a plan. I’ve got a passion for music, but I need to have a Plan A, Plan B and sometimes a Plan C.” Before any of the three can think too far ahead on Plan B or Plan C, Jackson and Isaac said they have to keep their heads down and focused these next couple of weeks to turn the opportunity behind their acceptance letters into life-changing reality. “I’ve got to start studying for the test I’m going to take and studying to get my truck driver’s learner’s permit,” Jackson said. “It’s going to be kinda busy because I have orientation on the 22nd and graduation two days later,” Isaac added. “I’m going to be very excited, because I know after that I’ll have my foot out the door.” “It’s like you say, it’s a new beginning,” Saxon said. “Why not start over?”

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SCIENCE SOIREE

Susie Dasher hosts ‘Science Night’ for afterschool program

Susie Dasher Elementary hosted a science night on April 11 with students from grades three and four participating. The room was full of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) and innovation as students learned about concepts of air resistance, air pressure, magnetism, force and motion, and gravity! The event was hosted through the 21st CCLC After-School Program. IRISH MAGAZINE/SUMMER EDITION

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ask present/ improve

“Teachers need flexibility to provide the education each child needs, rather than adhering to a standardized model. We need to make sure our kids are reading on grade level by third grade, engaged in meaningful STEAM instruction and equipped to begin a meaningful career after high school or college.�

experiment

-Richard Woods Ga. School Supt.

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create Susie Dasher Elementary Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math

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SEMPER FI-GHTING IRISH

Harden has used his DCS education to form a foundations for success in the Marines and in life

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h a n e Harden is a busy man.

That’s putting it lightly. In between helping raise his two children with wife Natalie, he’s moved into a new position with Bank of America and helped his family move into their newly-built home. It may be a hectic time of readjustment, but nothing Harden hasn’t been prepared for both through his time spent at Dublin High School and in service to our nation in the U.S. Marines. He can handle everything from major troop deployments to overloaded moving vans, and does so with a smile. Harden recently caught up with Dublin City Schools to share some of his experiences with friends and family, and to offer advice to students on how to maneuver through the battlefield and the business field successfully. DCS: Give folks a brief synopsis of your time since graduation (college/family/career)? SH: The past 15 years have been an extremely busy time for my family and me, and I would have never imagined the path I have taken during that time. Shortly after graduating high school, I enlisted in the US Marines. September 11th had just happened, and like most Americans, I was overcome with patriotism for my country and felt our freedoms were being threatened. I wanted to serve my country to protect those who couldn’t, so I left college my junior year to join the Marines. I served four years in Military Intelligence, including one combat deployment to Fallujah, Iraq and one deployment to South Korea. I completed my undergraduate degree during my enlistment and applied for a commission. After a long selection process, I was accepted into one of the Marine Corp’s commissioning programs and received the rank of Second Lieutenant. I also married my wife, Natalie Harden (Lysen) in that same year, and we

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moved to Hawaii for my first duty assignment as an officer. I would serve in the Marines for another eight years rotating in and out of staff and leadership roles. I left the Marines in 2014 as a Captain after my wife gave birth to our first child, Liv Harden. Leaving the Marines was a tough decision, but I wanted new experiences and something different. I wanted my experiences in the Marine Corps to be just a few chapters of my life story, not the title of my book. I wanted to pursue a career in business but needed to continue my professional development, so I decided to attend Business School, earning a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from Texas A&M University. While in business school, Natalie and I had our second child, Parker Harden. After grad-

still remember certain tackles, especially the missed ones, specific plays, and my fellow teammates. I’ll remember those moments forever. DCS: We have many alumni who are also veterans. Thank you so much for your service. Talk about the pride that comes with not only serving your country, but also in wartime? How did those moments in combat propel you to your current role as a corporate executive? I serviced a total of 12 years, and those were some of the best years of my life. My time as a Commissioned Officer laid the foundation for my professional growth. I learned how to lead small cross-functional staffs and large complex teams. I learned strategic planning and tactical employ-

“Attend school to learn and become a well-rounded person, not to clear a path to something else. If you work hard, the path becomes clearer. Be unique.” uation, I accepted an offer as an Assistant Vice President with Bank of America in its Commercial Banking division. My family and I now live in Charlotte, NC. DCS: What do you remember about your time at Dublin High School? Are there any seminal moments that defined you and prepared you for your current career path? SH: I have many fond memories of High School and of Dublin. I will never forget Mrs. Carol’s English class, and her insistence with structuring the perfect sentence. Mine were always far from perfect, and she definitely reminded me every day. I remember Mrs. Kennedy’s Chemistry class and how there was always more math involved than the class would have liked. I remember Ms. Denson’s (now Mrs. Newton’s) Geometry class, and how her humor made math much more enjoyable. But most importantly, I remember the Friday Night Lights. There’s just something about High School Football on Friday night. I

ment, and the importance of thorough communication to all those involved. Most importantly, I learned servant leadership; putting those you lead first and doing whatever you can to support their efforts. I would go on to lead some of the best Americans I have ever known, taking these men to combat three times. I had the pleasure of leading over 300 Marines in combat operations during three 9-month long deployments, fighting among some of the toughest men. I received three medals for Valor in combat operations, and I owe all my successes to the Marines I served. My last three years were spent teaching military doctrine to newly commissioned officers at Quantico, VA. I am very proud to have served my country and very grateful to those who have and continue to serve. Combat isn’t easy to talk about, but surprisingly, not because of bad moments and memories. Combat is just difficult to describe, and I’ve spent over three years of my life in combat and another eight preparing for it. And after all those experienc-

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Harden with wife Natalie and their two children, Liv and Parker, currently live in Charlotte, NC. (Photo courtesy Lauryl Harvey Photography)

es, it’s still difficult to describe. Ironically, combat can be boring at times. For every hour-long engagement with the enemy, there’s another day or two with nothing to do but wait. But it’s in those moments of boredom that are the most important. Those moments of boredom can shape the outcome of future battles. These moments taught me the importance of thorough preparation and planning. Those moments taught me how to lead; how to influence people around you. In fact, it’s not much different in corporate America (accept for the bullets). There’s always a problem to solve that requires strategy, decisive decision-making, and effective communication to get the job done. Those who do that

well are able to handle the pressure and make decisions with a steady hand. DCS: You have the unique perspective of marrying a former classmate, who was at one time one of the most successful girls soccer coaches in DHS history. Talk about coming home to Dublin, and being a coach’s husband for your alma mater? SH: You’re right, our story is unique. Natalie and I started dating about one month before I was leaving for my first deployment to Iraq (2003). While I was deployed, I was in a very austere environment and constantly moving around the battle space, so our only way to communicate was through

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letters, which usually had a two-month lag time. I think Natalie and I fell in love through those letters. Reading her letters were often my only relief from combat, and I still have all the letters she sent me. When I returned, she had just accepted a coaching position at Dublin. Soccer was a big part of her life, and I feel very fortunate to have experienced that with her. Natalie really enjoyed coaching and still talks about it today. I didn’t grow up playing soccer, but I learned to love watching the games. I was and still am very proud to be her husband. DCS: Part of your role is looking for MBA candidates in your company. I can

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imagine it’s similar to a coach scouting players. What is that like and, while we’re at it, how often do you use lessons learned from the Shamrock Bowl and practice field as teachable moments with staff and/or your children? SH: Great question. Being a student of leadership, I always look for leadership qualities in new candidates. When people hear leadership, they often think about managing large groups of people. However, you can insert leadership in every project, program, or problem. Leadership is about influencing those around you, being responsible for the project you’re assigned too, and having integrity in everything you do. I also look for people who are passionate about the job they’re applying for. It’s hard to be good at something, if you’re not passionate about it. Lastly, I look for evidence of a strong work ethic. You don’t have to be the smartest or most talented, but you do have to be willing to learn and work. We’ve hired plenty of graduates from top Ivy League schools who sometimes underperform because they’re not willing to learn. You have to be comfortable with failure and learn from it. Sounds simple, but many people struggle with accepting failure; often externalizing those mistakes and making excuses. And just like a doctor practices medicine or a lawyer practices law, a person of any profession has to master their craft and that takes work, hard work.

laid into me for probably five minutes. I was shocked. I thought I had made a great play. Then, I began to realize that it’s not just about making great plays, it’s about the team and it’s goal. You shouldn’t ever be satisfied with small gains at the sacrifice of the overall objective. “Don’t win the battle, but lose the war.” DCS: What are some new, wonderful things you have on tap for 2016 and beyond? SH: 2016 will prove to be an exciting time both personally and professionally. I’ve started a new role within our Bank’s com-

9) What advice would you give ascending juniors and seniors concerning their education/career paths? Does your career match your interests from high school, or did they evolve? SH: No, you don’t need to have everything figured out right now. I don’t. However, I think it’s important to establish goals for yourself and begin to develop a flexible plan. If you don’t know where you’re going, you won’t know how to get there. Humility is also an important factor. You’re not important and you’re not special. Aside from your parents, no one really cares about your success. That may sound crude, but I see lots of young professionals with a sense of entitlement, driven by college admissions and GPAs. No one in the real world cares if you earned an “A” in Geometry. The ability to reason through a problem, synthesize and communicate your ideas, and think beyond a textbook is much more important than As and Bs.

“It’s important to think about why you do what you do, invest in the moment (and yourself), trust that results (wins) will come to those who work hard, be interesting, and build relationships to accomplish your goals.”

DCS: You were part of one of the more successful periods in Dublin sports history. Talk about your days on the field. Any stories come to mind? SH: Again, sports were a big part of my life in High School. My best memories are the Friday Night Lights. I remember being in the huddle and being a part of a team. Playing sports is when I really started to learn that it’s NOT about you, it’s about the big picture, the team. For example, my sophomore year, I intercepted the ball (my first game, first interception). I was so excited that I caught the ball and ran out of bounds. After a very brief celebration, Sam Barrs, the head coach, came over and began to very forcefully tell me how selfish it was to run out of bounds. He must have

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mercial banking division. It’s a new role for me, so it’s important to learn the details behind my team’s goals, thoroughly understand what’s being asked of me (my goals), and grasp my client and customer’s expectations (their goals). The banking industry is heavily regulated sector, so being able to navigate through the governance is important to the overall success of the enterprise. Personally, my family and I recently built a new home, so I’m positive Natalie will keep me busy with projects around the house. DCS: Do you make it back home to Dublin very often? When you’re here, what are the three “musts” on your to-do list? SH: We try to make it back to Dublin a few times per year, and we definitely have a must-do list. Most involve food and family. In no particular order: The Minute Grill (or Jack’s), Downtown Concert (lots of good restaurants in recent years), a drive down Bellevue Ave, good southern fried chicken (too many places to reference), BoJos (who doesn’t like to jump in a ball pit or laser tag), and dirt road riding.

The most successful people I know have good critical thinking skills and get stuff done. But, don’t get me wrong; I think an education is very important. An education, either a traditional college experience or a vocational school, is an investment in you, and you are your most important asset. Attend school to learn and become a well-rounded person, not to clear a path to something else. If you work hard, the path becomes clearer. Be unique. Go travel the world, learn an interesting hobby, or join the military. Climbing a new mountain is not about taking the selfie, it’s about the view. Lastly, know that politics exist in just about everything you do in life. Just like making the little league all-star team depended on whether your dad was the coach; unfortunately, life can sometimes be about who you know and those relationships. Don’t fight it, just play the game and learn how to build relationships. In summary, it’s important to think about why you do what you do, invest in the moment (and yourself), trust that results (wins) will come to those who work hard, be interesting, and build relationships to accomplish your goals.

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JUDICIOUS JAUNT A select group of Dublin High School students received a special opportunity to watch the legal process in action during a recent trip to the State Bar of Georgia. A total of 32 Legal Environment of Business students took in a lesson, followed by participating in a mock trial, touring the State Bar museum, witnessing a virtual law case and watching a film entitled, “Reel Justice.” The students also visited the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, and were presented with “Attorney for a Day” certificates. DHS had been on the long waiting list for the trip for more than four years, before finally being selected for the April visit. The students were joined by chaperones teacher Pam Ingram and Dr. Angela Stanley. IRISH MAGAZINE/SUMMER EDITION

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HIGH ACHIEVEMENT AND SUCCESS FOR

ALL STUDENTS

AT DUBLIN CITY SCHOOLS WE DON’T TAKE THOSE WORDS FOR GRANTED, WE LIVE BY THEM

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