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POSTED: March 24, 2014 11:30 p.m.
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Long County High School students Natalie Pattison and Hannah Williams gave a presentation March 10 on Deaf Awareness to the Long County Board of Education.

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Many Long County High School students recently were recognized for honors earned.
Six students earned medals in regional STAR events as members of the Family and Career and Community Leaders of America. Tamajna Anderson, Ni’ Dreema Edwards, Tianna Bell, Kailyn Taylor, Megan DeLoach and Ashley Burnside competed.  DeLoach took home a gold medal; Anderson, Edwards, Bell and Taylor all earned silver medals; and Burnside received a bronze medal. Students who earned silver and gold medals advance to the state competition.
“We are extremely proud of each of these students and wish them the best of luck as they compete on the state level,” FCCLA chapter advisor Bethany Gilliam said.
LCHS Principal Scotty Hattaway also praised the efforts of the students and Gilliam.
“Awesome job by our FCCLA chapter and hats off to Mrs. Gilliam for preparing these students for this success, we’re looking for some state winners who will represent us at the nationals,” Hattaway said.
Fellow FCCLA students Natalie Pattison and Hannah Williams presented a Deaf Awareness presentation to the Long County Board of Education on March 10. They told the panel that deafness is not uncommon and that most people don’t realize how common it is. They said that 13 percent of all people in America are deaf or have a hearing disability. The girls also said some of the ways to communicate with those who have  hearing disabilities are by sign language, making eye contact and by using good enunciation skills. They said that some of the ways to help prevent deafness are to avoid excessive loud noises, don’t smoke and to clean and protect one’s ears.
The high school’s literary team also participated in the Region 2-AA literary meet March 6 in Irwin County, bringing home three ribbons.  In dramatic interpretation, Skyla Moody placed fourth in the girls’ division and Christian Dasher placed second in the boys’ competition.  In extemporaneous speaking, Sarai Castillo earned second place.  The advisor for the club is Christina Jennings.
“Thanks to Ms. Jennings for an awesome job preparing our students for the different events,” Hattaway said.
Davis Teston recently was selected as the Region 5 Health Occupation Students of America representative, Hattaway said. He said that Teston said he plans to run for a state office with HOSA.
“Being selected to this position is a great leadership opportunity for Davis … I know he will do an awesome job representing Long County, his advisor, Mrs. Mosley, and his family,” Hattaway said.


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