Optimist Club of Jasper

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Thursday, January 21, 2016

PHS STAR student and Finalists announced

Hannah Kilpatrick named PHS 2016 STAR Student

Hannah Kilpatrick has been named the 2016 STAR Student of Pickens High School.  The announcement is made by the Optimist Club of Jasper, local sponsor for the Pickens STAR Program.  Kilpatrick is the daughter Rex and Beverly Kilpatrick of Jasper.  She has selected Mrs. Christine Westbrook as her STAR Teacher.

The PAGE Student Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) program, now in its 58th year, is sponsored, administered and promoted by the Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE) Foundation.Since its inception, the STAR Program has honored more than 25,500 students and the teachers they have selected as having the most influence on their academic success.  To obtain the STAR nomination, high school seniors must have the highest score on a single test date on the three-part SAT and be in the top 10 percent or top 10 students of their class based on grade point average.

Ms. Kilpatrick plans to attend Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN after graduation.  She plans to major in Biomedical Engineering.  Hannah states that she selected Mrs. Westbrook as her STAR Teacher because “AP Biology has been my favorite class at PHS and this is largely thanks to Mrs. Westbrook.  She has challenged me and made me think and discover new things on my own.”  

She went on to say “The most important lesson I learned from Mrs. Westbrook had nothing to do with Biology.  I still remember her warning at open house that this class wasn’t necessarily difficult, but you had to develop good time management skills to do well.  Mrs. Westbrook went above and beyond what was required of her as our Biology teacher.  She not only managed to help us walk away with a thorough understanding of the subject, but also tried to teach us about life and gave us lessons we could carry with us long after the 10thgrade.”

Hannah is a member of the Pride of Pickens Marching Band.  This past season she served as the Secretary and Co-Pit Captain.  She is the President of the PHS Beta Club and is the Senior Class Treasurer.  She is a member of the Academic Team and was a participant in the Youth Leadership Program through the Pickens County Chamber of Commerce.  Hannah enjoys playing the piano and is currently a student under the supervision of Patti Adams.

Mrs. Westbrook teaches AP Biology at Pickens High School.  She has taught for 22 years.  When asked how she would describe Hannah, Mrs. Westbrook said The list of accolades I could use to describe Hannah is lengthy, and would include things like, brilliant, dedicated, responsible, hard-working, leader, etc… and every one of those terms is absolute truth. But more importantly I would have to include what a true pleasure it was having her in my class, not just because of all the things listed above, but because of her smile and attitude. She came to class every day with the biggest smile. It never mattered if she was having a bad day; if the work was really hard or if there were assignment deadlines looming, she was always there with that incredible smile. In that smile, she not only demonstrated confidence and a positive outlook on life, she also exhibited a joy in life itself. Those qualities are so rare among persons her age. Her smile was absolutely infectious and no matter what, it improved each and every day for me. Hannah, with her beautiful smile and positive attitude made me want to be a better person and teacher.

Mrs. Westbrook is married to Ricky Westbrook and they have 2 sons – ages 9 & 15.  Both sons are involved in sports and activities and she and her husband spend time enjoying and helping with their with theiractivities.  She served for several years as the Beta Club Sponsor.  She is a member of the Free Hope Church.

Each year the Optimist Club ask the STAR Students and Teachers to complete a questionnaire.  Responses from all STARS will be in a later edition of the Pickens County Progress.  

The Optimist Club of Jasper will host the annual STAR Banquet on Thursday eveningFebruary 25, 2016.  The banquet will be held at 7:00 p.m. at Chattahoochee Technical College, 100 Campus Drive, Jasper, Georgia.  Anyone interested in attending the banquet should email the Optimist Club at pickensstar@etcmail.com  Reservations are required and tickets are $24.00 per person.  The Woodbridge Inn, who has catered the Optimist STAR program since the first banquet, will again cater this years’ banquet.

Mr. Cory Watson, the PHS STAR Student in 2004, will be the guest speaker for this year’s banquet. 

For over 25 years the Optimists have recognized the PHS STAR Student and Teacher along with nine STAR Finalists with the largest and most unique local STAR Banquet in this statewide program.  In the local program, the Optimists not only recognize the STAR Student and Teacher, but an additional nine STAR Student and Teacher Finalists.  

The 2016 Star Finalists are:

Anne Brown-Goolsby​ Leah VanDoran Cohen
Sadie Cornett​      Ted Estes
Christopher Densmore​ Rhonda Lane
Chris DiPuma​     Pam Parker
Logan Fountain​    Gail Culbreth
Kayla Low                    Michael Oubre
Austin Massey​    Kelly McArthur
Ginny Morris                Christi Hobgood
Andres Torres.      Tonya Russo

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Hammontree the STAR student for MECHS 2016

 Shea Hammontree has been named the 2016 STAR Student of Mountain Education Charter High School. The announcement is made by the Optimist Club of Jasper, local sponsor for the STAR Program. Hammontree is the daughter Miles and Beth Hammontree of Jasper. She has selected Mrs. Susan Anderson, a teacher at Harmony Elementary School, as her STAR Teacher.

Mountain Education Center opened in 1993 and Pickens joined the system in 1994 and sent students to the Gilmer County campus. In 2007 Mountain Education Center High School became a Charter School and in 2012 the system was re-named Mountain Education Charter High School. The Pickens campus was opened in 2010. The mission of MECHS “is to provide students the opportunity to be successful learners and to earn a high school diploma”. MECHS has 12 campuses across North Georgia.

Hammontree attends the Pickens campus and was named the 2016 STAR Student across the entire 12 campus system.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

"Thursday's Meeting"


The Optimist Club of Jasper has a meeting this


Our Speakers are Jacqueline Elwarner and Donna Torres of Pickens County Family Connection

BUT...please keep an eye on the weather ... 



THEN OUR MEETING IS CANCELLED.  You may have to check this early on Thursday morning.

Otherwise, see you on Thursday.

Friday, January 15, 2016

2014-2015 Optimist International Honor Clubs Announced:

11050 Scenic Chattanooga Inc, TN 
21150 Hall County-Gainesville, GA 

21159 Jasper, GA!
21227 Tucker, GA

21229 Wrens-North Jefferson, GA 

21248 Peachtree City, GA
21249 Riverside Macon, GA
21275 Smyrna, GA

21298 Summerville-Trion-Noon, GA 

(Emphasis added by the webmaster, Jasper Optimist)

Monday, January 11, 2016

New Optimists Wanted!

By Sue Appleton/Club Secretary
Have you ever considered getting more involved with your community and working to "bring out the best in kids"?   If so, then consider learning more about the Optimist Club of Jasper!
The Optimist Club of Jasper is having a N. (New) O. (Optimists) W. (Wanted) luncheon on Thursday, February 4, 2016 at noon at the Woodbridge Inn.  Come be our guest at a great lunch as you meet the local Optimists members and learn more about theclub's involvement in our community.  The special guest speaker is Tony Bell, the Optimist International Governor for the GATEway District (Georgia and eastern Tennessee) who will talk about what it means to be an Optimist and how being an Optimist helps the youth in a community.
Upcoming activities for the club include the annual Essay Contest in January and Oratorical Contest being held March 5 as well as the annual STAR Student and Teacher banquet on February 25.  The club is also making plans for their annual Flapjack Run on April 23, Respect for the Law recognition in May, and Scholarship Golf Tournament on May 11th at Bent Tree.   The club also sponsors 3 Junior Optimist Clubs at Jasper Middle School, Pickens County Middle School and Wildwood Christian Academy.
To learn more about the local Optimist club, check out the club website at www.jasperoptimist.blogspot.com
So be our guest at the February 4th luncheon at noon at the Woodbridge Inn.   Let us know if you plan to attend by calling us at 706-692-9755 or email us at jsappleton@windstream.net.  Hope to see you there!

Caption:  Club president, Dave Slade, (on right) thanks Trip Edwards for speaking to the Optimist Club  on January 21st as one of our newer members.  

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

2015-16 Oratorical Contest Information

Once again, the Optimist Club of Jasper is pleased to announce the return of the Oratorical Contest! Considering the recent success of our clubs winner at the district and state level, we have to say, bring your 'A' game! 

The applications and rules are in the Oratorical Contest link to the right for printing along with this year's theme. Please bring the completed application with a copy of the participant's birth certificate and speech copy. 

The contest is Saturday, March 5 at 10:00 AM at the Pickens County Public Library. Each school is allowed to send two female and two male contestants. Home school students are allowed to enter on their own. Please contact Program Chair Susan White at susanbrd@etcmail.com or 706-692-6985 for more information. 

Sunday, January 3, 2016

January Focus, with a hint of February!

HAPPY 2016!!

Thursday,  January 7 -
 Club meeting at 7:00 AM at Woodbridge Inn
 Hear from two of our newer members.
 Discussion about our upcoming N.O.W. Luncheon

Thursday, January 14 -  
Board meeting at 5:00 PM/Library Board Room

Thursday, January 21 -   
Club meeting at 7:00 AM at Woodbridge Inn        
 Program:  Pickens County Family Connections
 Jacque Elwarner and Donna Torres

Mark your calendars:

Thursday,  February 4 -  N.O.W. Luncheon at Noon/ Woodbridge Inn
Have you not been attending because of dark mornings!? 
 Here is your opportunity to reconnect with the club at a LUNCHEON!!   
Tony Bell, OI GATEway  District Governor, will be our speaker on OPTIMISM!

Please provide Dave Slade with names of potential new members along with their address and phone number (if possible) so letters of invitation can be sent to them to attend this N. (New) O. (Optimists) W. (Wanted) Luncheon.    
Bring your list to the meeting this Thursday or email it to him at daveslade@tds.net

Thursday, February 18 - 
 Club meeting at 7:00 AM at Woodbridge

Thursday, February 25 - 
 STAR BANQUET at Chattahoochee Tech/
  Jasper Campus.  More information to follow!

Inclement Weather Policy:   Club meetings will not be held if the 
Pickens County School system is closed or has a delayed opening due to inclement weather.