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Green attends Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders

Thomas County Central High School student Baily Green recently attended the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders. The congress, held in Boston this June, brought some of the most prestigious current minds in science and technology together with some of their fields’ most promising students. “Going to the conference opened me up to new ideas and concepts,” Green said.

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Showcasing Jacket “Pride”

Thomas County Central High School wants to share positive education news with its community. Teacher Ryan Strickland is coordinating a new announcement system during home football games. These “Jacket Point of Pride” announcements will showcase the many accomplishments of TCCHS students, clubs, staff, and teams.

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TCCHS students take top honors at IEYS

Five Thomas County Central High School students recently attended the International Environmental Youth Symposium. They competed against high school and college students from four continents, and all five students brought home awards.

In the poster presentation category, junior C’lee Kornegay won first place in “Water Degradation” for her research on the effect of silver nanoparticles on algae growth. In the essay competition, senior Eli Kosciw placed first in the category of “Protecting the Atmosphere.”

Seniors Maggie Martin placed second with her essay in the “Preventing Air and Water Pollution” category, and Vince Wynn placed second in the category of “Promoting Safe Management of Solid and Toxic Wastes.” Junior Hailey Ferrel placed third in the poster presentation category for her research on soil erosion.

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TCCHS juniors receive class rings

It could be said that Thomas County Central High School put a ring on it Aug. 25. Juniors were given their class rings during a ceremony held in the school’s gymnasium.

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Thomas County’s Thornhill appointed to state post

State School Superintendent Richard Woods has appointed sixteen new parents to serve on his 2016-2017 Superintendent’s Parent Advisory Council (PAC). Allen Thornhill, a Hand-In-Hand Primary School representative on the Thomas County School District’s Parent Advisory Council, was chosen as one of the members. 

Thornhill, who is one of only 24 parents serving on the State PAC, was nominated by the Thomas County School District at the beginning of this school year. New members are selected each year by representatives of the Georgia Department of Education based on the applicants’ responses to questions on engaging parents to ensure their children’s success at school and the local school superintendent’s recommendation. Thornhill will serve a two-year term on the council.

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Athletic Highlight

Football and Swimming

"Only when you stop trying do you become a failure."

Best sports memory: Being Top Jacket on the swim team and winning my first race.

Favorite sport: Football; the coaches are more than football coaches, they are life coaches as well.

Favorite subject: Math; it's like life in a way, you have several problems that you have to find out the answer.

Plans after high school: Study Electrical Engineering at Auburn University

Other Activities: FFA, FCA

Other favorites:
Person I'd like to meet: Tim Tebow
Place I'd like to travel: Hawaii
Food: Chinese
Book: Bible
Movie: Blind Side

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The TCCHS baseball team recently volunteered to pack bags for Backpack Buddies to send home with students over the upcoming Fall break. Ms. Tracy Zolt, with Backpack Buddies, said of the team, "They were well mannered, good listeners, and helpful.  They packed 245 bags to be sent home over Fall break, and did it with a servants heart! "

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Here is Mr. Bob Parrish, retired Thomas County educator, who is the main speaker for the Exchange Club's Freedom Shrine rededication that occured on November 11, 2015.






<<October 2016>>


On Sept. 9, 1966, what was then known as Central High School won a game in Thomas County Stadium for the first time, defeating Pelham by a score of 35-7. The ball from that game was saved, but has been under the care of a third party.

That is, until now.

In a ceremony prior to Friday night’s game against the visiting Valdosta Wildcats, the game ball was returned home to commemorate the 50th anniversary of that date, with Thomas County superintendent Dusty Kornegay, Thomas County Central principal Trista Jones and members of the 1966 football team in attendance.

The ball will now be put on display in the school's trophy case.

Before the construction of Thomas County Stadium, the Yellow Jackets played in Thomasville’s stadium when the Bulldogs weren’t using it. When Central finally moved into its own facility and won a game there for the first time, the ball was understandably given to someone who helped make Central’s own home happen.

“The gentleman in charge of the planning committee for the stadium was a man named Skeet McCormick,” Thomas County Central football radio broadcaster Randy Young said. “As a result of his efforts to design the stadium and everything, the game ball was presented to him after the game was over.”

McCormick kept the ball for a number of years before handing it down to his son, Hank McCormick. After moving north to Cumming, Ga., Hank noticed the date that was imprinted on the ball and a light bulb went off in his head. From there, he did what was necessary to get the ball back to the school.

“He felt a little tugged to get it back to Thomasville,” Young said. “He boxed it up and sent it to athletic director Sam Holland with a letter that explained why he was returning it.”

In 50 years, Thomas County Central has had a lot to look back on. For them, though, the memory that the ball represents stands alone.

“Every stadium has hallmark moments,” Young said. “If you beat your rival or win a championship on your home field, those are things to remember. But there will only ever be one first victory, and that was it.” - Story courtesy David Almeda with The Times-Enterprise