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Four Powder Springs Schools Perform National Anthem

POWDER SPRINGS, GA - On Friday, December 17th, chorus students from four Powder Springs schools proudly performed the National Anthem for the Atlanta Hawks Basketball game. The students involved were from Austell Intermediate, Clarkdale Elementary, Powder Springs Elementary and Cooper Middle School. A total of 60 students stood at center court in Philips Arena while members of the Hawks basketball team and thousands of fans in the stands looked on. Prior to the singing of the National Anthem, selected students from Cooper Middle School entertained the audience with six minutes of lively Christmas carols.

The students did a wonderful job singing our National Anthem as it was performed in harmony and without musical accompaniment; a hard feat to pull off even for experienced singing groups. Chorus students from all four schools had practiced for a month under the direction of their respective music teacher; Emily Petway (Austell Int.), Mark Greene (Clarkdale Elem.), Selina Madison (Powder Springs Elem.), and Lars Grevstad (Cooper Middle). Mr. Grevstad is credited with planning and coordinating the event making it possible for the four schools to be extended the invitation and making the performance as a whole come together.

"As a music teacher, I can say for all of us involved that we are very proud of the way our students prepared and presented themselves. This has been a wonderful opportunity for partnership, collaboration and the sharing of music among our schools and for the positive promotion of the Powder Springs community," explained Emily Petway of Austell Intermediate school.

As the students exited the court, Hawks player, Etan Thomas , could be seen "high-fiving" each and every child; the delight evident on each face! Hawks cheerleaders also talked with and congratulated the students on their fine performance. Upon returning to the stands, the students enjoyed popcorn and soft drinks while watching the basketball game. Each student was also given a souvenir Hawks jersey to take home.

The students made their community very proud with their fine display of citizenship. All chorus members had an experience they will never forget!


    Pictured above: Ms. Teresa Smith, representing Powder Springs, GA Home Depot in Powder Springs, Mr. Richard D. Sailors, former Mayor of Powder Springs and owner of Mableton Marble and Granite Company, and Dr. Jerry Dority, Principal of Tapp Middle School.

Pictured below: Mrs. Raina Savary, Mr. Linley Savary, and Leah Savary admiring the Japanese Maple tree during the dedication.  SEE STORY BELOW.

Tree Dedication in Memory of Elliot Savary

Tapp Middle School hosted a Tree Dedication Ceremony in memory of a former Tapp student, Elliot Savary. Elliot was an 8th grader at Tapp in 2008 and was killed this past summer, when a drunk driver crashed into the family’s home in Powder Springs. The event was coordinated by Ms. Tammy Johnson, mother of a Tapp 6th grader, who worked with the Men of Tapp (a male mentoring program) to plan the ceremony. Home Depot in Powder Springs, where Crystal Guthrie is manager, donated the Japanese Maple Tree and Mableton Marble and Granite Company, headed by former Powder Springs Mayor, Richard D. Sailors, donated the marble marker. Elliot’s parents, Linley and Raina Savary, as well as his sister, Leah, and the Tapp Middle School family and friends were present for the dedication.

Wedding Announcement
Noelle Stewart and Chasen Barrett Foster were united in marriage on October 18th in a candlelight ceremony at John McEachern United Methodist Church.
Noelle is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Stewart of Powder Springs. Chasen is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Kilcrease of Dallas, Ga and Mr. and Mrs. Mark Foster of Powder Springs, Ga., and the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Morgan of Powder Springs, Ga.
The Bride’s twin sisters, Natalie and Naomi were her Maids of Honor. She was also attended by Angie Giordano-Adams of New York City, Jessica Temporino Huff of Acworth, and Kerry Munro Levine of Atlanta. Chasen’s brother, Joshua Foster was his best man with Brett Dunlap, Vikash Gaudam, Brandon Archer and Keith Bruton as the groomsmen.
The Bride’s formal cathedral length gown of candlelight satin was encrusted with pearls, her cathedral length veil was anchored by a tiara. The veil was raised simultaneously by her twin sisters during the ceremony. She carried a fresh bouquet of roses and calla lilies and wore a six pence in her shoe. The bride was born in London and the six pence had been in her baby book for the future.
A special bouquet on the altar honored the bride’s deceased grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. John Goff of St. Marys, Ga. and Mr. and Mrs. William Stewart of Bingley, Yorkshire, England and the grooms deceased great grandmother, Lillian Merritt
The ceremony was performed by Dr. James Higgins, senior pastor of McEachern Methodist Church. Mrs. Tanya Ghoreishi was the soloist performing, In This Very Room and the Ave Maria. She was accompanied by Mr. Brad Jent on the organ. The ceremony was directed by Mrs. Connie Parker.
Afterwards the guests enjoyed a lovely dinner reception at the Marietta Country Club with dancing music provided by First Flight.
The couple honeymooned for a week in Jamaica and a second week in New York City. They are now at home in Kennesaw.

  Powder Springs, GA Elementary School student with father & teacher.

Sergeant Timothy Hardaway Donates Flag to Powder Springs Elementary Flown Over Bagdad

Jasaes Hardaway was a student in Shannon Young and Carol Burrow’s kindergarten class at Powder Springs Elementary School during the school year. He was a quiet boy, but he became particularly withdrawn around the holidays. When asked what was wrong, he said that his father was in the Army and would be deployed to Iraq soon for a very long time. The students in Ms. Young and Mrs. Burrow’s class sent Jasaes’ father going away cards. Sergeant 1st Class Hardaway was very moved by the students’ well-wishes. On Friday, January 9, 2009, Sergeant 1st Class Timothy Hardaway of the 10th Mount Division presented Powder Springs Ele-mentary School with an American flag that was flown over the Headquarters of the Multi-National Corps in Baghdad, Iraq on October 20, 2008.What started as a small gesture to help one student has resulted in a huge honor for an entire school community.
Mrs. Darlene H. Mitchell, principal of Powder Springs Elementary school introduced Sergeant 1st Class Timothy Hardaway to the student body and staff of the school. She stated that Sergeant Hardaway would like to make a special presentation to our school. Al-though Sergeant Hardaway was being deployed to Baghdad on the same day, he still took time out of his schedule to present the flag to Powder Springs Elementary School.
Sergeant Hardaway told of how he put the cards on his wall in Iraq and would read them everyday. The cards helped him to make it through all the tough times in Iraq. He presented the flag and certificate to the school. He ended by expressing his appreciation of the small gesture and thanked all the students.
Jasaes took the stage and thanked his fellow classmates for thinking of his dad and making the cards for him last year. He told the crowd that his dad was leaving for Iraq today and presented his dad with cards from his current 1st grade class. Sergeant Hardaway will add these to his wall of cards.
Mrs. Darlene H. Mitchell ended the ceremony by thanking Sergeant Hardaway for his service and dedication to our country and reminded us all that the little things in life we do can make a huge impact on others.


   Powder springs Compton Elementary School Students

Remembering Our Soldiers During the Holidays
Compton’s Student Council sponsored a collection of items to be sent to soldiers. Students had fun collecting, packing and seeing the boxes mailed. They filled large stocking with items such as chips, puzzles, hand wipes, tooth paste, gum, phone calling cards, letters and stories written by the students.

Junior BETA Club at Cooper Middle School Sponsoring Angel Tree for Families in Need During Christmas                                              

(Pictured above) The Junior BETA Club at Cooper Middle School is sponsoring an Angel Tree for the Powder Springs and Austell neighborhoods. The purpose of an Angel Tree is to acquire donations of clothing and toys to distribute to families who "might not be having a Christmas". The tree is decorated with pink and blue paper angels numbered with ages from 6 months to 12 years. People are asked to take an angel and buy a present for a child of the age and sex indicated by the angel. The donations will be taken to the Sweetwater CAMP location on Friday, December 19th. Community residents, Cooper parents, students and faculty are encouraged to participate.

Kemp Elementary PTA Reflection Contest Winners
Congratulations To Following Powder Springs, GA Kemp Students That Won at the District PTA Reflections Contest. Their entries will move to state competition. Winners from Kemp Elementary - (Those who placed 1st or 2nd go on to State judging) Visual Arts: K Trent Arnold - 2nd Place, 2nd - Melody Cantrell -2nd Place, 4th - Amber Hearn - 3rd Place, 5th - Janna Jernigan - 2nd Place Photography: K Darren Lang - 2nd Place, 3rd - Amanda Reif - 1st Place, 4th - Austin Briggs, 2nd Place, 4th - Meghana Sridhar - 3rd Place Dance Choreography: 5th - Erica Wright - 1st Place Music Composition: 5th - Jacqueline Faciane - 1st Place Literature: 3rd - Paris Berrian - 2nd










Seven Springs Art Festival Winners

The Seven Springs Art Festival winners were: Ann, Bill, and Emily Cockerill each won First Place in painting, 3-dimensional, and photography divisions respectively with the cash award of $150.00 each in the Seven Springs Arts Festival of Powder Springs Oct. 18. Ann Cockerill won 1st Place in the Oil Painting division her piece was called: "Tuscan Summer" and was painted from her trip to Italy. Emily Cockerill won 1st Place in the Photography division her photograph was called: "Green Door" and was a digital manipulation photograph.. Bill Cockerill won 1st Place in the 3-dimensional division and his award was for his entire body of work including the porcelain vase which was hand turned, altered and inlayed. The judges were: Robert Meredith, Ernest Varner, and Elizabeth Weaver. Robert and Ernest are both nationally known artists and Elizabeth is head of the Cobb Cultural Arts Department.

Incredible Edible Pumpkin Recipe Contest Winners were: Presentation:  Emily Myers, Atlanta Pumpkin Dip; Taste: Dawn Anderson, Powder Springs Pumpkin Butter; Best Overall: Emily Myers, Atlanta Pumpkin Dip. Recipes will be available to pick up at the Country Store of Seven Springs.

Pumpkin Carving/Decorated Contest Winners: Ages 4 and under - 1st Place: Casey Corbin, Douglasville, Screw Teeth Pumpkin; 2nd Place: Christopher Neal, Douglasville, Antler Pumpkin; 3rd Place: Aiden Fowler, Powder Springs, Martian Pumpkin. Ages 5 - 8 years: 1st Place: Acacio Levitt, Acworth, Dracula Pumpkin; 2nd Place: Caelan Newton, Powder Springs, Caelan De Ninja Pumpkin; 3rd place: Mary Edwards, Kennesaw, Warrior Pumpkin. Ages 9 - 11  years: 1st Place: Janna McCombs, Powder Springs, Cat Pumpkin; 2nd Place: Dylan Mossor, Powder Springs, Jack Skellington Pumpkin; 3rd Place John Tracy, Powder Springs, Jack o lantern. Ages 12 - 15 years: 1st Place: James Tracy, Powder Springs, Jack o' lantern; Ages 16 up: 1st Place: Jeanniee McGuire, Powder Springs, Jack o' lantern.

Costume Contest Winners: Ages 4 and under: 1st Place: Casey Corbin & Christopher Neal, Douuglasville, Cowboys; 2nd Place: Isabel Evans, Powder Springs, Amish Girl; 3rd Place: Isabella Edrish, Powder Springs, Pirate Girl; Ages 5 - 10 years: 1st Place: Ellie Burgy, Powder Springs, Leopard; 2nd Place: Janna McCombs, Powder Springs, Diva Girl; 3rd Place: Aelan Newton, Powder Springs Ninja.

Seven Springs Art Festival Photos