Optimist Club of Jasper

Optimist Club of Jasper

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Check your Calendars!

THERE WILL NOT BE A MORNING MEETING ON THURSDAY, MARCH 2ND!

THERE WILL BE A BOARD MEETING ON THURSDAY, MARCH 2ND AT 5:15 PM AT THE LIBRARY

NEXT REGULAR CLUB MEETING WILL BE THURSDAY, MARCH 16TH AT 7:00 AM ATTHE LUNCH BOX

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HAVE YOU MADE YOUR RESERVATION FOR THE STAR BANQUET BEING HELD ON
THURSDAY, MARCH 9TH AT CHATTAHOOCHEE TECH?

Saturday, February 18, 2017

What's been going on...Everything!


We have had wonderful presentations by Good Sam, Angels on Horseback, the Burnt Mountain Center, a NOW luncheon, and of course Jolly Optimist himself, Santa! 


STAR Speaker - Carrie McCurdy

2017 STAR Speaker Carrie McCurdy
PHS 2000 STAR Student Carrie McCurdy to be the Guest Speaker at the 2017 STAR Banquet

Carrie McCurdy, the 2000 Pickens High School STAR Student, will be the guest speaker for this year’s STAR Banquet.  McCurdy is the daughter of Carl and Melanie McCurdy of Jasper.  She is currently an Assistant District Attorney in the DeKalb County DA’s Office where she has worked since 2009.  Carrie is assigned as the Senior ADA where she prosecutes all homicides and serious felony cases in one of ten Superior Court Divisions in DeKalb County.
McCurdy was raised in Pickens County and was active in the Youth Group at the First Baptist Church of Jasper while growing up.  After graduation from PHS, she attended Agnes Scott College and  graduated Cum Laude with a degree in Mathematics and Economics. 
After graduation from Agnes Scott, McCurdy went to Law School at Emory University where she graduated in 2007.  She began her legal career in criminal prosecution in 2008 in the Cherokee County Solicitor’s Office.  In 2009 she began working in the DeKalb County Courthouse where she spent time in the DeKalb County Solicitor’s Office and the DeKalb County DA’s office. 
Throughout her career and beyond, Carrie’s passion has been seeking justice for those who have been victimized by domestic violence. She has worked in a specialized unit for the prosecution of all domestic violence homicide and sexual assault felonies in DeKalb County, and has supervised a specialized unit for the prosecution of high risk domestic violence misdemeanors in DeKalb County. For the last ten years, McCurdy has facilitated emergency support groups for victims of domestic violence through The Women's Resource Center to End Domestic Violence, a local nonprofit organization. McCurdy also trains local police departments in investigating elder abuse, and she also trains new prosecutors statewide in trial advocacy.  She is a dedicated reader, hiker, cross-fitter, Auntie to several beautiful nieces, and owner of two sweet dogs.
The Optimist Club of Jasper will host the annual STAR Banquet on Thursday evening, March 9, 2017.  The banquet will be held at 7:00 p.m. at ChattahoocheeTechnicalCollege, 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 will cater this years’ 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 2017 STAR Banquet will honor the 2017 STAR Student from PHS, Mr. Jonathan Friedman and his selected STAR Teacher, Mr. Wil Nix.

These 2017 STAR Finalists from PHS are:

Student Finalists            Teacher Finalists
Kyle Combs                                  Angela Quarles
Laura Henke                                Lisa Hardman
Michael Jorgensen                      Rodney Martin
Jackson Melton                           Valerie Boehm
Danielle O’Dell                             Lynn Cantrell
Sierra Stanfield                            Seana Thompson
Roman Tapia                               Robbie Cheatham
Kelsey Wise                                Gail Culbreth
Mary Zuidema                             Cheryl Carter


STAR Finalists - 2017

2017 STAR Teachers and Finalists

Optimist Club of Jasper Announces the 2017 PHS STAR Finalists

 
The Optimist Club of Jasper, local sponsor for the STAR Program (Student Teacher Achievement Recognition) is pleased to recognize the 2017 PHS STAR Finalists.

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 2017 Star Finalists are:

Student                      Teacher

Kyle Combs                     Angela Quarles
Laura Henke                   Lisa Hardman
Michael Jorgensen          Rodney Martin
Jackson Melton               Valerie Boehm
Danielle O’Dell                Lynn Cantrell
Sierra Stanfield               Seana Thompson
Roman Tapia                   Robbie Cheatham
Kelsey Wise                    Gail Culbreth
Mary Zuidema                 Cheryl Carter

The PAGE (STAR) program, is administered and promoted by the Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE).  Since its inception in 1958 the STAR program has honored nearly 26,000 students and the teachers selected as the most influential to their academic achievement. 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 ten percent or top ten students of their class based on grade point average.

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 recognize the 2017 STAR Finalists and their selected teachers along with the 2017 STAR Student, Jonathan Friedman and his teacher -  Mr. Wil Nix, at the annual STAR Banquet on Thursday evening, March 9, 2017.  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 year’s banquet.

Ms. Carrie McCurdy, the PHS STAR Student in 2000, will be the guest speaker for this year’s banquet. 

STAR Student - 2017

STAR Teacher Will Nix with STAR Student Johnny Friedman
Jonathan Friedman named PHS 2017 STAR Student


Jonathan Friedman has been named the 2017 STAR Student of Pickens High School.  The announcement is made by the Optimist Club of Jasper, local sponsor for the Pickens STAR Program.  Friedman is the son of Aury and Patti Friedman of Talking Rock.  He has selected
Mr. Wil Nix as his STAR Teacher.

The PAGE Student Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) program, is administered and promoted by the Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE).  Since its inception in 1958 the STAR program has honored nearly 26,000 students and the teachers selected as the most influential to their academic achievement. 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 ten percent or top ten students of their class based on grade point average.

Mr. Friedman plans to attend Northwestern University in Chicago after graduation from PHS in May.  He plans to study Engineering. Jonathan states that he selected Mr. Nix as his STAR Teacher “Because he has been the teacher who helped me the most, both through my time at PHS and once I moved to the Advanced Academy.  He has been there for me through that whole time and I feel that I owe much of my position to him.” 

Jonathan is currently dual enrolled and is attending The Advanced Academy of Georgia in Carrollton.  He has been a member of the Boy Scouts of America since 2004 and obtained Eagle Scout in 2015.  He has participated in several academic competitions including serving as the Math Team Leader at the Berry College Competition from 2010 -2012.  He was a member of the Academic Team from 2013 – 2015. 

Mr. Friedman has a First-Degree Black Belt in Martial Arts.  He was a Governor’s Honor Program Nominee in 2015 and a National Merit Commended Scholar.  At PHS he is a member of the PHS Beta Club and was a member of the Travel Club from 2013 to 2015.  He is currently on the Advanced Academy Senior Committee and the Advanced Academy Yearbook Committee.
  

Mr. Nix has taught for 11 years and is currently the Chair of the English Department at PHS.  He also serves as the Travel Club Sponsor, Academic Club Sponsor, Governor’s Honors Coordinator, and the SAT Teaching Coordinator for PHS.  Mr. Nix is married to
Laura Nix. 

When asked to describe his STAR Student, Mr. Nix said, “Jonathan is a unique blend of talent, competitiveness, and compassion.  He strives for excellence, but not at the cost of others.  I witnessed this when I met him working in the school store.  He came in every day and put on his apron and got to work.  He had no reward to strive for at the time, but was committed to serving others and assisting Ms. Jessica Adams.  He worked hard every day and always with a smile.”

Mr. Nix went on to say about Jonathan, “He is not afraid to sacrifice to achieve.  He challenged himself and moved to West Georgia.  He avoided the easy path.  I admire that in him.”

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 evening, March 9, 2017.  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 year’s banquet.

Ms. Carrie McCurdy, the PHS STAR Student in 2000, 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 2017 Star Finalists are:

Student                      Teacher

Kyle Combs                     Angela Quarles
Laura Henke                   Lisa Hardman
Michael Jorgensen          Rodney Martin
Jackson Melton               Valerie Boehm
Danielle O’Dell                Lynn Cantrell
Sierra Stanfield               Seana Thompson
Roman Tapia                   Robbie Cheatham
Kelsey Wise                    Gail Culbreth
Mary Zuidema                 Cheryl Carter