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LHS' JROTC Team to Compete in National Academic Bowl Championship

posted Apr 17, 2018, 8:59 AM by LAVERNE ROME

LHS' JROTC Academic Bowl Team Members

After advancing through two phases of online competition, the Lowndes High School JROTC Academic Team composed of David Redish, Kiara Taylor, Cayla Rowland, and Tiffany Jones will compete at The 2018 U.S. Air Force JROTC Academic Bowl Championship to be held on the campus of The Catholic University of America, June 22-26, 2018 in Washington, DC..  This event is sponsored by the U.S. Air Force JROTC and is conducted by College Options Foundation.

Lowndes High School JROTC team earned top scores out of the 330 AF JROTC teams that competed from around the world. The team is one of only sixteen AF JROTC Academic Bowl teams in the nation to advance to the National Academic Bowl competition, which includes an all-expense paid trip to the Championship event in DC.  

During the two fast-paced preliminary rounds, students were tested on their knowledge of JROTC curriculum, English, Math, and Science. One of the main goals of the JROTC Academic Bowl is to prepare students for state exit/graduation exams as well as college entrance exams, such as the SAT and ACT.  

The winner of the U.S. Air Force JROTC Academic Championship will compete against the winners of the U.S. Army, Marine Corps, and Navy JROTC Academic Bowls in the JROTC Joint Service Academic Bowl Championship. 

The JROTC Leadership & Academic Bowl (JLAB) is a nationally recognized academic competition created exclusively for JROTC students. By participating, cadets learn the values of citizenship, academic competition, and college opportunity. The competition creates tremendous opportunities for JROTC cadets by allowing them to demonstrate leadership and academic abilities.

College Options Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to enriching the academic development of high school students and assisting them in their preparation for higher education. Using academic competitions, college exam study guides, college admissions tutorials and personalized counseling, College Options Foundation has assisted the nation’s JROTC cadets worldwide for over a decade.

April S.A.F.E. Award Winners

posted Apr 16, 2018, 10:43 AM by LAVERNE ROME   [ updated Apr 16, 2018, 10:51 AM ]

Wes Taylor and Mamie Gloster (MBE)

Congratulations to the April S.A.F.E. Award winners (Safety Awareness For Everyone).  This month’s winners are Mamie Gloster (Nutrition) and Debra Dixon (Custodial), with Moulton-Branch Elementary School.  

This award is sponsored by Valdosta Insurance Services.  The winners were recognized by Superintendent Wes Taylor and Board Members.  Each winner received a $50 gift card and will be eligible to enter a $100 drawing at the end of the school year.

Wes Taylor and Debra Dixon (MBE)
Mamie Gloster is a hard and dedicated worker. She always follows safe practices in all aspects of her duties. She communicates well with staff and students.  She is an asset to our staff! 

Debra Dixon is always pleasant and friendly to everyone she meets. She always stays busy and works hard to keep MBE clean. Debra is willing to go the extra mile to help out wherever she is needed. We are very thankful to have her on our staff at MBE!





LCS Names L. Al Swilley as Principal of PGE

posted Apr 16, 2018, 9:00 AM by LAVERNE ROME

Al Swilley and Wes Taylor
L. Al Swilley was recently named Principal of Pine Grove Elementary School, beginning in July. He is a life-long resident of Valdosta - Lowndes County.  Al is married to Lori (McCorkle) Swilley and they have beautiful and brilliant twin daughters, Serena and Kathryn.

Al currently serves as Assistant Principal at Sallas Mahone Elementary School, since 2014. He considers his time with Valdosta City Schools a true joy where he was able to work with great teachers and leaders and was able to teach and serve some of the best students in Georgia. 

Al Swilley is so very excited to become a part of the Lowndes County School System as the Principal of Pine Grove Elementary School!  He

Al Swilley and Family with Wes Taylor
extends a sincere thank you to Mr. Wes Taylor and the LCS board of education for their confidence in selecting him to be the principal of PGE.  In addition, Al would like the faculty, parents, and student of PGE to know that he will bring the same dedication and excitement towards education that he has shown the past 18 years.  Continuing the great tradition of excellence at LCS is a task Al takes very serious and Al fully believes the system motto of “Working together for Excellence Every Day.” 

PGM's Math Team Competes

posted Apr 11, 2018, 11:44 AM by LAVERNE ROME   [ updated Apr 11, 2018, 11:44 AM ]

Pine Grove Middle School's Math Team
Congratulations to PGM’s Math Team who competed amongst 16 teams with 48 students per grade level in the VSU Middle Grades Mathematics Competition.  Individual and team awards were presented:  the 6th grade team came in 2nd place with Ruben Compton and Jaydin Mota placing in the top 10; the 7th grade team came in 2nd place with Lola Le placing in the top 10 and Cooper Scruggs in 4th place; and the 8th grade team placed in the top 5 with Katie Langston placing in the top 10.

March S.A.F.E. Award Winners

posted Mar 29, 2018, 12:01 PM by LAVERNE ROME

Deborah Watford and Lakisha Wakefield
Congratulations to the March S.A.F.E. Award winners (Safety Awareness For Everyone).  This month’s winners are Lakisha Wakefield and Deborah Watford, from Lake Park Elementary School.  

This award is sponsored by Valdosta Insurance Services.  The winners were recognized by Superintendent Wes Taylor and Board Members.  Each winner received a $50 gift card and will be eligible to enter a $100 drawing at the end of the school year.

Lakisha works hard every day and is dedicated to keeping our facility clean and safe. She is always pleasant to work with and stays on top of our building needs. She is quick to email staff when an area is being cleaned or is out of service, but also takes the time to verbally caution students and staff as they pass by.  Lakisha has a quiet spirit but a big heart. Lake Park Elementary School is blessed to have Lakisha as head custodian.

Deborah is a hard-working lady. She loves her job and works diligently to make each day successful in the lunchroom. Deborah is kind to every staff member, parent, substitute, and student. She is committed to making her kitchen a safe place to work.  When needed, she will work alongside a staff member to be sure they understand how to do their job safely. Deborah is such an asset to Lake Park Elementary School.

Spring Break April 2-6

posted Mar 28, 2018, 12:54 PM by LAVERNE ROME

Spring Break Clip Art

All Lowndes County Schools and system offices will be closed April 2-6 for Spring Break. Classes will resume on the normal schedule April 9. Have a safe and enjoyable break!

Lowndes High School TSA Competes

posted Mar 28, 2018, 12:24 PM by LAVERNE ROME

LHS - TSA Officers
This year the student leadership in Lowndes TSA continued!  Not only did Lowndes High TSA take six top ten placements; three Lowndes High students, Courtney Raymond, Christopher Bellflowers, and Tate Green ran successful state officer campaigns and were elected as 2018-2019 TSA state officers.  During the 2018-2019 school year, Courtney Raymond will serve as the TSA State Sergeant at Arms, Christopher Bellflowers will serve as TSA State Treasurer, Tate Green will continue his leadership as TSA State Secretary and Preston Crawford represents Lowndes TSA at the National level as the National Sergeant at Arms.  

LHS - TSA Students
In competitive events Aeryn Cronin and Gavin McGuire took home a second place trophy in Animatronics and our Chapter Team, a parliamentary procedure event, consisting of Christopher Bellflowers, Liam Wetherington, Preston Crawford, Courtney Raymond, Kathryn Crawford and Tate Green took fifth place.  Two sixth place finishes went to Tee Mitchell in Computer Aided Design (CAD) Architecture and Ebony Williams for Transportation Modeling.  Sarah Cole and Preston Crawford placed eighth in Children’s Stories. Rounding out the top ten was Tee Mitchell, Jake DeMersseman and Wesley Smith in System Control Technology.  Lowndes student leadership continues and we are proud to be home to three state officers, a national officer, and many dedicated hard-working students. Lowndes TSA will attend the TSA National Conference this Summer in Atlanta where Preston Crawford will proudly represent Lowndes and Georgia and we will compete for trophies in our top ten events.         

LHS' AFJROTC to Attend Academic Bowl National Championship

posted Mar 27, 2018, 1:20 PM by LAVERNE ROME

Clip Art - Air Force JROTC
Congratulations to Lowndes High School’s AFJROTC team for being selected to compete at the Academic Bowl National Championship.  It takes countless hours of preparation and discipline from the team, as well as, guidance provided by the instructors and mentors to compete at the level required.  There were 327 AFJROTC teams registered for this year’s Academic Bowl.  LHS’ team is one of 16 teams selected to attend this event in Washington, D.C. from June 22-26, 2018.  This is a significant accomplishment for our cadets, our school, and our community.  We are very proud of our AFJROTC team!!

PGM's Math Team Competes

posted Mar 23, 2018, 1:06 PM by LAVERNE ROME

PGM's Math Team
Congratulations to Pine Grove Middle School's Math Team who competed amongst 16 teams with 48 students per grade level in the VSU Middle Grades Mathematics Competition on Friday, March 23.  Individual and team awards were presented:
  • The 6th-grade team came in 2nd place with Ruben Compton and Jaydin Mota placing in the top 10
  • The 7th-grade team came in 2nd place with Lola Le placing in the top 10 and Cooper Scruggs placing 4th 
  • The 8th-grade team placed in the top 5 with Katie Langston placing in the top 10 
These students’ hard work has really been paying off!  

OWEN CLEMONS NAMED LHS' 2018 DISTINGUISHED ALUMNUS

posted Mar 22, 2018, 11:50 AM by LAVERNE ROME

Owen Clemons - 2018 Distinguished Alumnus
The Lowndes Education Improvement Foundation (LEIF) will host its Annual Distinguished Alumnus and Awards Banquet April 19, 2018, at 6:00 pm, at Lowndes High School, in the Cafetorium.   The presenting sponsor is O’Steen Volkswagen of Valdosta.  Catering will be provided by Gourmet Guys and Chick-Fil-A, Saint Augustine Road and Lake Park. 

 Owen Clemons will be honored as Lowndes High School’s 2018 Distinguished Alumnus.  Owen is a 1975 graduate of LHS.  While attending Lowndes, he played on the basketball team, was a member of Student Council, Junior and Senior Class Cabinet, 4-H, FHA, PEP Club, and the Drama Club. After high school, Owen attended Albany State College where he received a Bachelors of Education degree in Middle Grades Education; he was a Magna Cum Laude graduate.  He continued his education earning a Masters Degree and Education Specialist Degree from Valdosta State College.

Owen, a Lowndes County resident, has been involved in education for almost 40 years.  Owen retired as Superintendent of Brooks County Schools in 2015.  He is currently employed by Valdosta City Schools as the Director of Human Resources (part-time).  Owen is extremely proud of the instruction, high quality of education, and encouragement he received while attending Lowndes High School. 

LEIF will also honor students from each school for their academic achievements, as well as outstanding parents and teachers.  The foundation’s main goal is to support Lowndes County Schools by utilizing tax-deductible donations to provide improved educational opportunities for students within the school systems.  Tickets for the banquet may be purchased for $10 at the Board of Education office located at 1592 Norman Drive.  All proceeds from the event will benefit LEIF.  For further information, please contact LaVerne Rome at 229-245-2250.      

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