WCHS, TMU students, first responders simulate car crash

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Student Tiffany Partain simulates a victim in a mock vehicle accident at White County High School Friday.

CLEVELAND, Ga. — It was just a mock vehicle accident, but hopefully the students at White County High School (WCHS) got the message, especially with prom night fast approaching.

The “accident” was staged by White County Emergency Services along with students from the high school and the nursing school at Truett McConnell University (TMU). The setting was the lower parking lot at WCHS and the entire student body was on hand to witness the event.

In introducing the accident, WCHS Principal John Osborne said, “One of the most liberating things you will ever do is to get your license. But don’t ever, ever not respect what a car can do. You are literally driving a missile and you’ve got to take that seriously.”

WCHS student Aden Stein played the role of a drunk driver in Friday’s mock vehicle accident.

Aden Stein, played the role of a drunk driver who faces 20 years in prison for causing the accident that “killed” 17-year-old Tiffany Partain. Those injured in the wreck included TMU students Hannah Bradley, Jendra Chaverria, Priscilla Badu, Rachel Brown, Emily Drane and Morgan Harris.

White County Emergency Services employees Ana Newberry and Josh Taylor narrated the events, explaining the actions that are taken at a fatal accident scene. Sadly, their narration struck very close to home. Newberry lost her son in a car wreck and Taylor lost his younger brother.

An AirLife helicopter arrives at WCHS Friday ready to transport victims to the hospital following the mock car crash.

Throughout the event, Partain’s “lifeless” body lay on the hood of the car she was driving. First responders worked to extricate the passengers in her vechicle, TMU students Hannah Bradley, Jendra Chaverria, Priscilla Badu, Morgan Harris, Rachel Brown, Emily Drane.

Meanwhile, a state patrol officer administered field sobriety tests to Stein before placing him in handcuffs and transporting him to jail.

Moments later, an AirLife helicopter landed to transport the injured to the hospital.

Taylor told the students looking on, “We put a lot of hard work into this. The school put a lot of hard work into this. We want everyone to learn something from this about how serious distracted driving can be.”

He talked about being on duty at the fire station the night he heard a 9-1-1 call come in about a traffic fatality. “I thought ‘man I hate that for somebody. They just lost a loved one,'” Taylor said. Thirty minutes later, he learned the deceased was his younger brother.

White County Emergency Services employees Ana Newberry (left) and Josh Taylor narrated Friday’s mock vehicle accident, hoping to impress on students the dangers of drunk or distracted driving.

Newberry recounted to the students the day her son was killed in a motor vehicle accident. “He over corrected while he was reaching for the phone that I was calling him on,” she said. “I had to go to the hospital because the GSP would not let me go to the vehicle. There is my son coming out of the ambulance with a sheet over him,” she said as she fought back tears. If you don’t think that affects you as a mother. I’ll never have grandchildren. He will always be 24 to me. So that phone you’ve got in your hand, put it down!”

Hopefully the hard work by the school, first responders and students will save someone’s life.

 

 

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White County High School, Ninth Grade Academy named to list of Georgia’s Highest Performing Schools

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CLEVELAND, Ga. — White County schools continue to receive recognition for academic excellence.

Last month, Tesnatee Gap Elementary School and Mount Yonah Elementary School were named to the list of Title 1 Highest Performing Schools in Georgia.

When state School Superintendent Richard Woods named the Advanced Placement (AP) Honor Schools for 2018 this month, White County High School (WCHS) and the Ninth Grade Academy (NGA) were recognized in three categories: AP Challenge Schools, AP STEM (science technology engineering mathematics) Schools and AP STEM Achievement Schools.

AP Challenge Schools are schools with enrollments of 900 or fewer students and students testing in four of the core areas (English, math, science, and social studies).

AP STEM Schools are schools with students testing in at least two AP math courses and two AP science courses (AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Statistics, AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Environmental Science, AP Physics 1, AP Physics 2, AP Physics C, AP Computer Science A).

AP STEM Achievement Schools are schools with students testing in at least two AP math courses and two AP science courses and at least 40 percent of exam scores on AP math and science exams earning scores of 3 or higher.

White County School Superintendent Dr. Jeff Wilson said, “I am so proud of the work that Mr. (John) Osborne, Mrs. (Mary Ann) Collier and staff at NGA/WCHS are doing to help our students achieve at the highest level. This is a testament of the increased rigor we have seen at every level of our school system.”

AP exams are administered by the College Board, which also administers the SAT. AP courses are one of several ways Georgia students can access college-level learning at the high-school level. Students who receive a 3, 4, or 5 on an AP exam may receive college credit.

 

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White County Football Coach Resigns

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CLEVELAND, Ga. — White County High School football coach Bill Ballard has resigned effective immediately.

Ballard will remain as a history teacher and coach of the track team. He was in his sixth year as head football coach.

Ballard said in a press release that his desire to serve as head football coach is “just no longer there.”

Principal John Osborne said, “Bill is a very unselfish man and cares about the student athletes at White County. He has had tremendous success at other schools and gave up a lot to move his family to the mountains. He is an exceptional track coach and has assisted in making that program very successful.”

School Superintendent Dr. Jeff Wilson said, “Coach Ballard has always been about building character in young men while trying to put the best product he could on the football field. He has had a very positive impact on the lives of many young men in White County and we are grateful for the time he has been here as our head football coach. I am excited Coach Ballard is planning on staying with us to coach track and teach history. Coach Ballard is a phenomenal track coach and has really helped to grow our track program during his tenure here.”

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