Thomas County School System Names Erin Hall Teacher of the Year

Thomas County School System officials have named Erin Hall, second grade interventionist at Garrison-Pilcher Elementary, as the District Teacher of the Year.

“Words cannot express how incredibly honored and grateful I am to represent the Thomas County School System as Teacher of the Year,” Hall said. “My family, friends, coworkers, and administration support me in my passion for children and education. Without their support, I would not be able to make such an impact on the students I serve.” 

Hall has been a teacher for five years with Thomas County Schools. She taught PreK for two years at Hand-In-Hand and three years at Garrison-Pilcher, with one year in a second grade classroom and the past two years as the Second Grade Interventionist.

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Girls Golf team wins region

Thomas County Central High School Golf team hosted the region match at Country Oaks Golf Course Monday, April 18. The girls’ team won the region championship and remained undefeated in dual matches. The boys’ team placed fourth in the region match. “Winning region in golf was an amazing feeling and now we get to go on to the next level and compete for the state title,” golfer Maddie Carson said. Both teams had a good season and a few individual players are playing great right now, Coach Sam Holland said. Anyone who wanted to play golf could participate. There are eight boys and four girls on the team. They practice at Country Oaks after school each day. Holland said his favorite part of coaching is, “to work with the men and women to see them get better every day.” The girls will go on to compete for the state title in Waynesboro on May 16. The region match was the last match of the season for the boys’ team. “This season was full of fun, highs and lows, and a lot of golf,” senior golfer Ryan Walters said. “The past four years have given me memories I truly won’t ever forget. It’s been a fun experience.”

Kornegay wins overall award

Thomas County Central High School sophomore C’lee Kornegay with the Tifton Sigma XI Harry P. Gross Memorial Award plaque that now has her name inscribed on one of its plates. The award is presented yearly to the overall winner of the Senior Division of the Southwest District Science Fair.

Class of 2016 names Honor Graduates, Valedictorian, Salutatorian

The school recently announced honor graduates, salutatorian and valedictorian for the TCCHS Class of 2016. Valedictorian is Cole Donovan and salutatorian is Jane Guo.  Also, 39 students have been named honor graduates. “We are very proud of these young adults and everything they have accomplished,” TCCHS Assistant Principal James Rehberg said. “Four years ago we issued a challenge to the class of 2016, to be the best, and I think the number of honor grads shows you they were ready to meet the challenge. It's a good group, a diverse group, with tons of talent and varied interests. I wouldn't be surprised to hear about their continued achievements for years to come.”

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TCCHS students place second at RESA Media Festival

Two students from Thomas County Central High School placed in the Regional Educational Service Agency (RESA) Media Festival. Paul Edwards and Richard Lewis placed second in the high school division. “Our project was a short video game about a coming to age story of a young character named Hero,” Paul Edwards said. “Hero has…many struggles with childhood stories of ancient guardians and dragons that he must overcome to protect his homeland.”

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Students in Amy Smith’s Early Childhood Education 2 classes participated in a fire safety education workshop Tuesday at Thomas County Central High School. The ?training is a required part of the ECE curriculum. Members of Thomas County Fire/Rescue spoke with students about the types of fires and appropriate fire extinguishers, as well as fire safety procedures for themselves and their students. Then, students were taken outside and given the opportunity to demonstrate proper use of a fire extinguisher.


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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.



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Burton signs with Gulf Coast State College

Senior Payton Burton signed to play softball at Gulf Coast State College in Panama City, FL. In addition to her parents, Payton is joined by Athletic Director Sam Holland, Coach Mike Greek, Coach Layne McDermond, Head Coach Robyn Trammell, and Principal Trista Jones.

Three Baseball Players Sign

Stone Stephenson (Wallace Community College), Johnathan Robinson (Gordon State College), and Eli Taylor (Gulf Coast State College) signed letters of intent to play baseball at the college level next year. Pictured with the players are (standing l-r) Coach Ryan Strickland, Coach Doug Smith, Head Coach Chad Parkerson, Christi and Rick Stephenson, John and Melanie Robinson, Rhonda and Todd Taylor, Principal Trista Jones, and Athletic Director Sam Holland.

Lawing signs with Mercer University

Mason Lawing will be playing football at Mercer University. He is joined by his parents, Lorie and Bill Lawing (front) and (back l-r) Athletic Director Sam Holland, Offensive Linemen Coach Bill Wilhelm, Principal Trista Jones, retired TCMS Coach Job Coleman, and Head Coach Bill Shaver.



Wilhelm receives Wendy's High School Heisman recognition

Senior Conley Wilhelm was named as the Thomas County Central High School winner in the Wendy’s High School Heisman competition. Wilhelm, though not selected as a state finalist, is happy to have earned the recognition.

“I am happy to be named as our high school’s winner,” Wilhelm said. “It is something nice to put on a college application, and it was really nice to get recognition for being a student athlete.”

The Wendy’s High School Heisman, according to its official website, honors “the nation’s most esteemed high school seniors.” It is an award that honors excellence, dedication and achievement in learning and leadership in the classroom, on the field, and within the community.

“To apply, you had to have at least a 3.0 (GPA) and participate in a varsity sport,” Wilhelm explained. “I had to fill out an online application that involved questions about sports, education, and community service.”

Coach Bill Wilhelm, Conley’s father and a teacher/coach at TCCHS, is proud of his son’s accomplishments, both as a student and an athlete.

“Conley has been involved in five sports every year of his high school career,” Bill Wilhelm said. “To keep at least a 3.0 and to letter in five varsity sports is unbelievable.”

As a school winner, Conley will receive a certificate and a Wendy’s High School Heisman patch for his letterman jacket.

“We are always pleased when our students are successful both in and out of the classroom,” TCCHS Principal Trista Jones said. “Conley has certainly made the most of his years here at TCCHS, playing multiple sports and excelling academically. We are proud of his accomplishments.”