CCSD Graduating Senior Wins Prestigious National Merit Scholarship!

CCSD Graduating Senior Wins Prestigious National Merit Scholarship!

Joseph Young

A Cherokee County School District graduating senior has earned the prestigious National Merit Scholarship!

Etowah High School senior Joseph Young is one of only 2,500 students in the nation — of the 1.6 Million students who took the 2016 PSAT exam — to be awarded the $2,500 scholarship by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

“Congratulations to Joseph, his family and his teachers!” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said. “This is an impressive achievement, and we’re so proud of your success and all that we know you will accomplish in the future.”

Joseph, who plans to study chemical engineering at Georgia Tech, and his fellow Merit Scholar designees were selected from more than 15,000 outstanding Finalists who made it through the initial rigorous selection process for the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program.

Merit Scholars are selected based on their accomplishments, skills, and potential for success in rigorous college studies. The selection committee is made up of college admissions officers and high school counselors, who reviewed records submitted by Finalists and their high schools including difficulty of courses and grades earned, college-entrance exam scores, contributions and leadership in school and community activities, an essay written by the Finalist and a recommendation written by a high school official.

CCSD’s four other Finalists remain in the running for college-sponsored National Merit scholarships, which will be announced next month.


Etowah HS Welcomes New Girls Basketball Head Coach!

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Etowah High School is welcoming a new girls basketball head coach for next season, and he’s a familiar face on Eagle Mountain!

Rob Graner

Longtime Etowah HS teacher and Coach Rob Graner was approved by the Cherokee County School Board on Thursday night to jump into the head coach role.

Coach Graner teaches PE and has coached several sports at Etowah HS, including the boys basketball team from 1991-1998 as the varsity assistant head coach and then serving as head coach through 2003.  Under his leadership, the Eagles achieved their first playoff appearances in school history in the 2000 and 2001 seasons, including their first playoff victory.  These accomplishments earned Coach Graner the distinguished Cherokee County Coach of the Year award for 2000 and 2001.

From 2003-2015, Coach Graner served as varsity assistant head coach for the Lady Eagles basketball team… helping lead the team to its AAAA State Championship in 2005.  Along with the honor of winning the State title, Coach Graner was named the AAAA State and Region Assistant Coach of the Year 2005 as well as the Region Assistant Coach of the Year in 2011.

“Coach Graner knows our school, our basketball program and our community, and he cares about them all deeply,” Principal Robert Horn said.  “He’s an outstanding teacher, coach and leader, and we’re excited about how he will build upon the program’s strong foundation to reach higher successes in the future.”


CCSD Class of 2017 Graduate Named Gatorade Georgia Baseball Player of the Year!

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A Cherokee County School District Class of 2017 graduate has been named the Gatorade Georgia Baseball Player of the Year!

Drew Waters

The Gatorade Company today announced Drew Waters of the Class AAAAAAA State Champion Etowah High School Eagles is its 2016-17 Gatorade Georgia Baseball Player of the Year! Drew, the first Gatorade Georgia Baseball Player of the Year to be chosen from Etowah HS in the award’s 32 years, now is a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Baseball Player of the Year!

The award, which in the past has been won at the State level by players including Derek Jeter, Jon Lester, David Price and Clayton Kershaw, recognizes outstanding athletic excellence, high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character on and off the field. As Georgia’s Gatorade Player of the Year, Drew will be able to select a national or local youth sports organization to receive a $1,000 grant as part of the Gatorade Play It Forward program.

An outfielder, Drew led the Eagles to a 26-16 record and State Championship, batting .494 with 13 home runs, 35 RBI and 43 runs scored through 42 games, with a 1.126 slugging percentage. Drew, who earned a 92.1 grade point average in the classroom, volunteered for Goshen Valley Boys Ranch and Never Alone Food & Clothing Outreach Center and helped raise more than $12,000 for the family whose son was diagnosed with a brain tumor.

Drew has signed a National Letter of Intent to play baseball on scholarship at the University of Georgia this fall, but is projected as an early round selection in June’s Major League Baseball draft. He is ranked as the nation’s No. 11 recruit in the Class if 2017 by Perfect Game and No. 33 by Baseball America.

Drew Waters is up at bat for Etowah High School during the 2017 State Championships.

Etowah HS Announces Top Candidate for Boys’ Basketball Head Coach

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Jason Dasigner

As part of the June 15 School Board Meeting, Etowah High School will request approval of Jason Dasigner to lead its Boys’ Basketball Program as Head Coach.

Coach Dasinger, the 2017 Class 6A Region 7 Coach of the Year, has spent the last decade as a basketball coach and AP Government teacher. This past year, his first as head coach for Alpharetta High School’s boys’ team, he led them to tie the school record for wins (25-4) and win the prestigious Deep South Classic and Region Championships … a turnaround from the previous season’s 10-18 record.

During his previous tenure coaching at Pope High School, the boys’ team made the State Playoffs for five consecutive years. In addition to coaching basketball at Pope HS, Coach Dasinger also served as head softball coach and head golf coach.

“We’re looking forward to welcoming Coach Dasinger to Eagle Mountain,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said, noting that Coach Dasinger plans to lead basketball camps this summer to get to know the team and future players. “He brings with him experience on the court and in the classroom and a passion for coaching students to succeed in both arenas.”

A graduate of Lassiter High School and the University of Georgia, Coach Dasinger and his wife, Chelsea, live in Woodstock and have two daughters, Emma, 4, and Piper, 1.

Etowah HS Senior Earns Perfect ACT Score

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Etowah High School senior Nathan Baker has achieved a perfect score on the ACT!

Nathan Baker

Nathan earned the top composite score of 36 on a recent administration of the college entrance and placement test.

Nationally, while the actual number of students earning a composite score of 36 varies from year to year, on average, less than one-tenth of 1 percent of students who take the ACT earns the top score.  Only 2,235 out of the nearly 2.1 million students who took the exam in 2016 earned a score of 36, according to ACT.

“[This] achievement on the ACT is significant and rare,” ACT Chief Executive Officer Marten Roorda said.

The ACT includes English, mathematics, reading and science sections; each section is scored on a scale of 1-36, and a student’s composite score is the average of the four.  Some students also take ACT’s optional Writing Test, but that score is reported separately and is not included within the composite.

ACT test scores are accepted by all major U.S. colleges.  Exceptional scores of 36 provide colleges with evidence of student readiness for the academic rigors that lie ahead, according to ACT.

Nathan will be recognized by the Cherokee County School Board and Superintendent of Schools at the School Board Meeting on Feb. 2, 2017.