Sequoyah HS JROTC Wins Silver Star Award!

Sequoyah HS JROTC Wins Silver Star Award!

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The Sequoyah High School Air Force JROTC Program has earned the Silver Star Award for Excellence in Community Service for the second year in a row and its 11th consecutive Distinguished Unit Award from the Department Of The Air Force!

The Sequoyah High School Air Force JROTC Program has earned the Silver Star Award for Excellence in Community Service for the second year in a row and its 11th consecutive Distinguished Unit Award from the Department Of The Air Force!

The Silver Star Award recognizes the top 5% of nearly 900 units nationwide based on community service in support of schools and local communities. The award is earned by units with the highest per cadet average of community service hours that are planned and conducted by cadets under the supervision of our instructors. This award also recognizes the personal growth and accomplishments of the cadets, contributions of the instructors as mentors, and the support of the school and local community.

Sequoyah High School is one of 276 units to receive the 2017-18 Air Force JROTC Distinguished Unit Award this year of the nearly 900 units that compete for this recognition. This award recognizes Air Force JROTC units that have performed well above and beyond normal expectations, and that have distinguished themselves through outstanding service to their school and community while meeting the Air Force JROTC citizen development mission for America.


Sequoyah HS Students Win at State Technology Skills Competition!

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Sequoyah High School Automotive Technology SkillsUSA Team members Jacob Allred, left, and Spencer Mann placed at State competition.

Two Sequoyah High School Automotive Technology SkillsUSA Team members placed at State competition, with one named State Champion!

Spencer Mann was named the State Champion for Automotive Service Technology at the Georgia SkillsUSA statewide competition and now is headed to the National competition in June in Louisville, Ky.  For the contest, students proceeded through 10 challenges that tested their knowledge of skill areas and proper procedures.  The scenarios presented as part of the challenge were a surprise to the students.  The students were judged by trainers from BMW, Subaru, Honda, and Mercedes Benz.

Jacob Allred finished third in the Power Service Technology contest, which tests students’ knowledge of small engine technology through 10 stations of challenges, with judging by Honda and Briggs & Stratton trainers.

Sequoyah HS automotive technology teacher Chuck Wilson is their coach.

They will be recognized by the Cherokee County School Board and Superintendent of Schools at the School Board’s April 19 meeting.


Sequoyah HS Wins State Literary Championship!

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Sequoyah High School’s State Champion Literary Team includes, from left to right, front row: Jace Nichols, Corinne Wallick, Kelsey Bryant; back row: Ashley Adams, Max Frye, Daniel Tye, Aaron Whittle, Patrick Fagan, Maddie Bends and coach teacher Josh Markham.


The Sequoyah High School Literary Team is the 2018 Georgia 6A Literary State Champion!

The team won out over the 31 6A high schools that participated in the 2018 high school Literary Team competition, which features events in Dramatic Interpretation,  Extemporaneous  Speaking, Boys Quartet, Solo, Girls Trio, and Dramatic Interpretation.

Members from the Sequoyah HS team, which is coached by teacher and choral director Josh Markham, placed in all categories in which they competed.

Jace Nichols, Patrick, Daniel Tye, and  Aaron Whittle won first place for Boys Quartet; and Max Frye won first place for International Extemporaneous Speaking.  Corinne  Wallick, Maddie Bends, and Kelsey Bryant  won second place for Girls Trio; and Corinne Wallick won second place for Girls Solo.  Patrick Fagan won third place for Boys Solo; Tori Turk won third place for Dramatic Interpretation; and Ashley Adams won fourth place for Argumentative Essay.

Sequoyah HS won first place for Boys Quartet featuring, from left to right: Jace Nichols, Patrick Fagan, Aaron Whittle and Daniel Tye.

Sequoyah HS won second place for Girls Trio featuring, from left to right: Kelsey Bryant, Maddie Bends and Corinne Wallick.

Etowah HS Drama Students Win Region, State Honors!

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Etowah High School drama students earned top honors at Region and State One Act Play competition!


Etowah High School drama students earned top honors at Region and State competition!

Seniors Jenna Klein and Adam Parbhoo were named Best Actress and Best Actor at the regional 7AAAAAAA One Act Play event, and went on to be named to the State’s All Star Cast.

Senior Brandon Huynh was named to the Region’s All Star Cast, and the school also won Best Tech and Best Ensemble honors at Regions for its performance of “Radium Girls.”  Their teacher is Charlotte Forrest.

Jenna Klein

Adam Parbhoo

Brandon Huynh


Sequoyah HS Class of 2017 Graduate Headed to West Point

Andy Whittles

A Sequoyah High School Class of 2017 graduate is headed to West Point!

Andy Whittle, who graduated with honors, has been appointed to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

An Eagle Scout, Andy participated in the school’s Air Force JROTC including serving as Group Commander and Drill Team Commander his senior year and as a member of its Kitty Hawk Air Society. Through the summer Cadet Leadership Course at The Citadel, Andy earned the Squadron Outstanding Cadet award, which is presented to the cadet ranked highest in a squadron of 150.

As a JROTC cadet, Andy logged more than 150 community service hours through activities including Veterans Day programs, MUST Ministries food drives, American Red Cross blood drives, campus beautification projects and school and feeder school events and projects.

Andy attended the American Legion’s Georgia Boys State summer program for four years, participating in various chorus groups during the event and winning Region Champion for Boys Quartet as a junior and State Champion for Boys Quartet as a senior. Elected to the position of Supreme Court Justice at Georgia Boys State, Andy also received the Scholastic Excellence Award from the Legion.

He ran cross-country for two years and participated in a previous high school’s crew team, with which he lettered. Andy also volunteers through his church as an audio and visual system volunteer.

Sequoyah HS Senior Named U.S. Presidential Scholar!

Isabelle Riddle

Isabelle Riddle

UPDATE 5/5/17: Isabelle has been named a U.S. Presidential Scholar!  Here’s a link to the news from the U.S. Department of Education.

A Cherokee County School District high school senior has been named a U.S. Presidential Scholars Program semi-finalist!

Isabelle Riddle of Sequoyah High School is one of only 700 students nationwide selected to advance to the final round of the national competition. They are considered among the most distinguished graduating high school seniors of the nearly 3.5 million students in the Class of 2017 nationwide.

Honorees are selected based on academic achievement including exceptional performance on the ACT or SAT, personal character, leadership and service activities; application is by invitation only. Only 161 students will be named finalists this spring and be invited to a White House ceremony.

“The achievements of these outstanding students deserve acknowledgement,” said Marina C. McCarthy, Chair of the Commission on Presidential Scholars. “The most precious resource of the United States is its talented young people.”

The U.S. President Scholars program was established in 1964, by executive order of the President, to recognize and honor top graduating seniors.

Last month, Isabelle was named a 2016-17 Coca-Cola Scholar… one of only 150 students nationwide selected for the $20,000 scholarship. She also was named the STAR Student for Cherokee County based on her exemplary academic performance, and is her school’s Student Delegate to the Cherokee County School Board.

An AP Scholar with Distinction, Isabelle has won the PSAT Academic Achievement Award and an Academic Letter. She has served as National Honor Society President and Student Government Treasurer and volunteers for HFDA Gives Back (a service club she founded) and MUST Ministries as a Summer Lunch Coordinator. Isabelle also has won awards for her dancing talent from the Georgia State PTA Reflections Contest and One National Dance Competition.