Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower congratulates the 2018-19 Student Advisor and Student Delegates; from left to right: Jessica Rios of ACE Academy; Angelica Millen of River Ridge HS; Natasha Ambriz-Villela of Sequoyah HS; Student Advisor Chase Thomas of Etowah HS; Blake Adkins of Woodstock HS; Morgan Feltham of Cherokee HS; Ann Blakey of Creekview HS.
The Cherokee County School District has named the 2018-19 Student Advisor and Student Delegates to the School Board.
The School Board has included a Student Advisor position on its board since 1999, and for the past eight years, a Student Delegate from each high school also has been selected. These students serve for one year to give input and feedback to the School Board; the advisor role is rotated among CCSD high schools.
This year’s Student Advisor is Chase Thomas of Etowah HS. The Student Delegates are: Jessica Rios of ACE Academy; Morgan Feltham of Cherokee HS; Ann Blakey of Creekview HS; Angelica Millen of River Ridge HS; Natasha Ambriz-Villela of Sequoyah HS; and Blake Adkins of Woodstock HS.
“These young leaders are outstanding representatives of the exceptional seniors in our high schools, and we appreciate their willingness to serve,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said. “They provide our School Board and me with valuable perspective that greatly assists us in our mission of ‘Educating the Emerging Generation.’”
The students began their service at the School Board meeting on August 16. Students selected to serve as Student Advisor or Student Delegates share common traits: they excel in the classroom, often ranking in the top 10 percent of their class; they are involved in their school, often participating in numerous clubs, sports and organizations; and they seek out opportunities to serve and lead in school and in their community.
STUDENT ADVISOR: Chase Thomas of Etowah HS
Chase is a third-degree, level four black belt in taekwondo who teaches children and adults self-defense. His numerous academic and service awards include the 2018 Spirit of the Eagle Award, which is Etowah’s highest student honor, and the Superintendent’s Key Scholar award. Chase volunteers weekly with Hidden Falls Reading Club as well as with school and other community organizations.
ACE Academy: Jessica Rios
Jessica plays soccer and is an Honor Roll student. She volunteers at St. Michael the Archangel Roman Catholic Church in Woodstock, as well as with the Under 7 Bridges program that distributes food to homeless people.
Cherokee HS: Morgan Feltham
Ranked No. 1 in her class, Morgan also is a three-time Georgia High School Rodeo State Champion and winner of the Georgia Positive Athlete Award and Georgia High School Rodeo Academic Award. Morgan serves as vice president of the school’s National Honors Society and volunteers with Habitat for Humanity and Feed My Starving Children.
Creekview HS: Ann Blakey
Ann serves as President of her school’s National Honor Society, class representative for its Student Government Association and as senior class editor for yearbook. A former company dancer for Hickory Flat Dance Academy, Ann is a recipient of numerous academic honors including the Superintendent’s Key Scholar award and volunteers with First Baptist Church of Woodstock’s Thrive special needs ministry and in its library.
River Ridge HS: Angelica Millen
Angelica is a nationally recognized student photographer and serves as President of the school’s National Art Honors Society and co-editor of the yearbook. She’s a member of the swim team and National Honors Society and earned the Girl Scout Bronze Award for her community service through the organization.
Sequoyah HS: Natasha Ambriz-Villela
Ranked first in her class, Natasha is a member of the school’s nationally competitive debate team and serves on the newspaper staff and in National Honors Society. Her numerous academic honors include the Superintendent’s Key Scholar award, and she volunteers weekly at the Cherokee Family Violence Center and with her church, St. Michael the Archangel Roman Catholic Church in Woodstock.
Woodstock HS: Blake Adkins
President of his school’s Student Government Association, Blake is active in numerous school organizations including Beta Club and National Honors Society. His many academic recognitions include the Superintendent’s Key Scholar award, and Blake volunteers weekly in the community with the CARES (Cedartown Animal Rescue, Education & Sterilization) program that hosts adoption events at PetSmart in Woodstock to help abandoned dogs find forever homes.
The Cherokee County School Board and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower congratulate the 2018-19 Student Advisor and Student Delegates; from left to right: Angelica Millen of River Ridge HS; Jessica Rios of ACE Academy; Natasha Ambriz-Villela of Sequoyah HS; Student Advisor Chase Thomas of Etowah HS; Blake Adkins of Woodstock HS; Morgan Feltham of Cherokee HS; Ann Blakey of Creekview HS.