Bring your blankee to help get yourself
through the day

Gwinnett County is known for its explosive recent growth. Underlying that truth is a lot of history. For example, Dacula High School is celebrating its 100th year (1910-2010) of educating Gwinnett students. While acknowledgements of this milestone will happen all year at DHS, the Centennial Year Softball Seniors shown are Alli Miles, Amy Russell, Alex Payne, and Charlotte Seiber.
At Grayson High School, a lesser yet important milestone—the 10 year one— was celebrated when the staff members who have been at GHS since its 2000 opening, gathered for an early morning picture. I try to be very selective about what gets me up
before 6 AM, but since the school ever opened to this day, my involvement with GHS is as community member, business owner, parent. Therefore, encouraged by Carole Byers (its always easier to do what Carole says), I did get up at Sunrise to make certain, I personally took this photograph.
Finally a school which is so new that there are milestones every day—first football game, first flood day, first first day of classes—is Mountain View High School. Young energetic coach Katy Hebert posed for me with her Competition Cheer Squad.
Calli McRae, a Brookwood Senior, took our broken 2010 prop and expressed “ time passing” using only her eyebrows. Calli can be seen later this fall starring in “Thoroughly Modern Millie” at Brookwood High School in the title role. Calli, daughter of Bruce and Katie McRae,sister to Colin and Bonnie, is the President of the BHS Drama Club and plans to study Applied Theatre and Drama Therapy once she does her college studies in a year.
Loganville Christian Academy Senior Haley Monda is the reason parents Doug and Christie were called on to begin their kindergarten through 12 grade Private school but time passes and now Haley is a high school Senior and one year away from college.. Choices are Auburn, Anderson University or University of Georgia and Haley intends to study Early Childhood Education. Her senior year at LCA will be well spent playing basketball, and involved with Beta and National Honor Society.
Neville and Joy Sterling met in West Palm Beach, Florida but they are raising their daughters Hannah, almost 9, and Madison, age 5 in Gwinnett County. Miss Joy is a teacher of 2 and 3 year olds at Snellville Baptist while husband Neville works for Motorola office in Lawrenceville. However their spare time is family sport time with Neville coaching young athletes and the girls playing sports.
A lot of us parents and children relate to Emily Cowan, who views soccer practice as well and fine as long as she can bring her “blankee”. Emily expressed grave doubts about posing for her sport picture until we all agreed that blankee is a fine accessory along with shin guards, cleats and a ball. Emily, is the daughter or Robert and Kathy Cowan and sister to Jackson. Her hobbies are her blankee and french fries. I think a lot of people would get through the day with more grace if they were allowed to bring their blankees or maybe just their favorite dog.

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