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Re] orter Monroe County Middle School 8th graders recognized at the 2018 Rising Star Program were Haley Baswell, Ballin Bell, Johona Braswell, Moriah Germany, Caroline Hampton, Jacob Hanson, Matthew Henderson, Logan Hickman, Maradeth Leverett, Ansley Maddox, Kayla Matthews, Basia McBride, Jacob McGourik, Gillean Michael, Matthew Morris, Divya Patel, Ronald Shipman, Eric Snow, Austin Starr, Madison Whitehead. Monroe County Middle School 7th graders recognized at the 2018 Rising Star Program were Zachary Acosta, Ellen Adams, Madelyn Emami, Abigail Etheridge, Samantha Fussell, Jesse Garza, Elizabeth Gavin, Mary Katherine Geer, Drew Grant, Jayden Gray, Piper Haworth, Faith Jones, Donivan McBride, Lily McBride, Jordan McCord, Gabriella Miller, Michaela Mullis, Chloe Myers, Jeremiah Ochieng, Lola Reyes, Sydney Stapleton, Mary Take, Lauren Thomas, Mary Waldrep. =i Monroe County Middle School 6th graders recognized at the 2018 Rising Star Program were Madeline Anthony, Chipman, Mackenzie Cruz, Karlie Dell, Jessica Goodwin, Emily Grant, lan Lewis, William Little, Javier Locus, Ella Isabel Sneddon, Vangel Take, Donovan Williams, Alanna Wood. Evan Barnett, McKenzie Bass-Gainey, Cole Battles, Ella Brit, Jesse Magda, Mary Marks, Hunt McAteer, Zoe Oglesby, Michaela Perry, By Diane Glidewell The Forsyth-Monroe County Chamber of Commerce presented the Annual Rising Star Program on Friday, May 11 to recog- nize students at Monroe County Middle School who have maintained all A'S on their report cards throughout the school year. The Chamber began the program to recognize academic excellence in students early in their academic careers and encour- age them to do their best. The recognition includes a luncheon, certificate, recogni- tion ceremony to which family members are invited and gift bags. The program continues through the sup- port of corporate, business and individual sponsors. The major sponsors for the event are Oglethorpe Power, Central Georgia EMC and Southern Rivers Energy. Stu- dents were asked to write thank you notes to the sponsor listed by their name in the Rising Star event program. Diane McLearen, director of Commu- nity & External Relations for Oglethorpe Power, said that behind every good student are partners like parents, grandparents and teachers. She told the students that they have worked really hard and to keep up the good habits, work ethic and planning through their academic careers and into the work world. The keynote speaker, Madeline Cope- land, 2018 Mary Persons STAR student, had stood in the position of the middle school Rising Stars just a few years ago. In introducing her, Chamber of Commerce President Cheri Sparks emphasized that Copeland has not only excelled in academ- ics but has also taken advantage of many other opportunities at Monroe County Schools and in the community. While taking AP, Honors, Accelerated and dual enrollment classes and maintaining a 4.652 GPA Copeland has served on Student Council, been a member of Academic Team/Quiz Bowl and Interact/Rotary Club, worked with and completed service hours for BETA Club, FBLA, Best Buddies, volunteered with Anchor of Hope's Parents Night Out, played on Mary Persons tennis team and worked at Dickey Farms. "Be determined and confident;' Cope- land told the Rising Stars. "High school isn't all about grades. I learned about balance. There's something for everyone Continue what you're doing, but have fun doing it:' Copeland talked about her experience playing tennis at Mary Persons, starting as manager her freshman year and being "ter- rible" so that she did not get to play in any matches. With a lot of practice, lessons and time in the Georgia heat, she made it to playing first doubles and helping her team finish 2rid in region and go to the "Sweet 16" this year. Sparks thanked Georgia Department of Corrections for the use of Roberts Chapel at its Tift Headquarters campus for the Rising Stars award ceremony. Plaques were I presented to 8th grade students who had : i maintained all A'S all three years of middle school: Haley Baswell, Ballin Bell, Mofiah ', Germany, Caroline Hampton, Matthew Henderson, Logan Hickman, Maradeth Leverett, Basia McBride, Jacob McGourik, Ronald Shipman, Eric Snow, Austin Starr. ,i