Pied­mont Academy vis­its state capi­tol

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March 22, was a spe­cial day for Pied­mont Academy’s foot­ball pro­gram in­clud­ing the play­ers, coach­ing staff, man­agers, ball boys, and cheer­lead­ers and for the school’s One-act Play cast and crew. Both teams were in­vited to the Ge­or­gia’s state capi­tol by House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Su­san Holmes (125th Dis­trict) of Jasper County and Se­na­tor Johnny Grant (25th Dis­trict) of Bald­win County to be rec­og­nized for their ac­com­plish­ment of win­ning the GISA AA state ti­tle “back-to-back” in foot­ball and drama. The foot­ball team com­pleted an un­de­feated thir­teen-game 2011 sea­son with a streak of twenty-six games for 2010 and 2011. The drama team’s two cham­pi­onship plays per­formed were “Cards of Fate” in 2010 and “Thank You for Flush­ing My Head Down the Toi­let” in 2011.

When the stu­dents ar­rived at the capi­tol wear­ing their cham­pi­onship rings and pen­dants, they were greeted by Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Holmes and her hus­band Paul. Af­ter pho­tograph­ing the teams, they were es­corted to the house gallery on the third floor of the capi­tol. House Speaker David Ral­ston (7th Dis­trict) of Fan­nin County called the ses­sion to or­der. As part of the morn­ing or­der, sev­eral in­vite res­o­lu­tions for groups were rec­og­nized in­clud­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Africa and the coun­tries of Malawi, Kenya, Liberia, Nige­ria, and Swazi­land. A young child rep­re­sent­ing the Chil­dren’s Mir­a­cle Net­work was rec­og­nized.

At­lanta tele­vi­sion news an­chor, Mon­ica Kauff­manPear­son, was in­tro­duced to the cham­ber mem­bers in recog­ni­tion of her ser­vice upon her up­com­ing re­tire­ment af­ter 37 years in broad­cast­ing. Upon re­tire­ment, Mrs. Pear­son plans to at­tend the Univer­sity of Ge­or­gia Grad­u­ate School and earn her mas­ter’s de­gree in jour­nal­ism.

The group left the capi­tol and as ev­ery­one gath­ered just out­side the build­ing, Paul Holmes thanked them for their at­ten­dance and expressed how proud he and Rep. Holmes were of each in­di­vid­ual stu­dent and their many ac­com­plish­ments.

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The Pied­mont Academy foot­ball team and One-act Play cast and crew vis­ited the state capi­tol.

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