Expressing Yourself
January is our quiet month so that’s when the Magic Moment staff travel out of state to conferences.   This year’s back to back trips to Texas, Utah, and  Nevada  taught me that people were the same everywhere: the same in that they were all  laughing at our statewide week long shutdown over the 5 inch snow “blizzard”.. 
Often a newly formed high school takes a few years to develop school spirit.  Lanier High School appears to have an edge in its first year due to Seniors Walter Gropp and  Andrea Braemer, who  were voted Most Spirited.  When the title holders came in for their photo they were “propless.  Photographer Meredith Chastain challenged them to “own their title” and they came back with tons of props and a lot of spirit.  Walter plays on the Lanier Varsity Basketball Team.  Andrea assisted our staff at Cap and Gown and was so valuable we didn't want her to leave!
Shaquala Carpenter, Kilawna Hill, and Alexandria Baker also of Lanier High School only  met earlier this year in a 3rd period Political Science class but have been best friends ever since.  After high school all three plan to attend Georgia Gwinnett College and be roommates.  Their frequent fights are the time old issue: two of the girls hang out and forget to include the third.
When we do Club Day, usually we cannot tell the theme of the Club.  It’s almost always a sedate group of students sitting in rows.  Thank goodness one club at Mill Creek was able to express themselves.  Yes, the Mill Creek High School Break Dancing Club formed by President Sung Yu , who has long had a passion for break dancing, practices after school and competes against one another.  Their inspiration comes from Music Videos.
After an exhaustive search, Principal Donnie Nutt at Dacula High School named Jared Zito as the new football coach.  Coach Zito , shown at a reception being introduced by Mr. Nutt, comes to Gwinnett from North Forsyth High School.
Brookwood High School Varsity Girls Basketball has been having an outstanding season.  I have known Coach Scott Terry a long time but not nearly as long as one of the star players, Sophomore Rebecca Walker.  The fact that I remember her not only beautiful baby but an unusually active one seems pertinent now that the 6’ 2” athlete is an integral part of this winning team.
Grayson, Georgia is committed to its continued revitalization and redevelopment.  Shown here is the City of Grayson Downtown Development Authority: Seated are Allison Rooks and Michelle Couch, standing are Chip Mitchell, Laurie Anderson, Eddie Russell, Tommy Carraway and Jimmy Norton.  They use the Blues and Brews Beer Festival to raise funds for their future plans.
Ending with our best natual resource: cute siblings, we have Brody and Abigail Becker.   Parents ,Timothy and Carrice Becker, have lived in Snellville for 6 years and enjoy being a part of the Snellville Baptist Upward program.  Brody is 8 and also plays soccer and baseball.  Abigail is 6 and her mom coaches her cheerleading team. Both chilldren attend Pharr elementary.  Little brother Nickolas is 5 and the favorite family activity is camping.
And now given, we are snowed out for another few decades, its good to be back in Gwinnett.



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