Good For You: Dance team named Kennesaw champion

Good For You: Dance team named Kennesaw champion

January 21st, 2013 by Susan Pierce in Life Entertainment

Ocoee Middle School dance team co-captain Emily Derrick, left, won First Place in the Teen Solo division of the Kennesaw State Invitational Dance Team Competition. With her is OMS dance team coach Tria Montgomery.

Ocoee Middle School dance team co-captain Emily Derrick,...

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Dance team named Kennesaw champion

The dance team from Ocoee Middle School in Cleveland, Tenn., won Overall Middle-School Grand Champion at the seventh annual invitational dance competition held at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Ga.

The team won first place in Pom Division and second in Jazz. Emily Derrick, a co-captain of the team, won first in Teen Solo Division.

"This was our first competition of the season and the team looked amazing," said school coach Tria Montgomery.

Team members include co-captains Emma Beavers and Emily Derrick, Ashley Harper, Kameron Shultz, Mikaesha Montgomery, Karson Beverly, Ryan Johnson, Massey Burnes, Katelyn Martin, Whitley Harris, Madison Mabe, Celeste Powers, Logan Griffith, Hope Salmond, Christin Childree, Jenna Roberts, Morgan Nalefski and Haylee Gannaway.

Partnership's SARAH Project honors volunteers

Partnership for Children, Families and Adult's SARAH Project recently honored 18 of its partners in the judicial, law enforcement, social work and aging services communities.

The SARAH Project, which stands for Safety And Resources And Help, was developed by Partnership's Elder Services to provide resources for Hamilton County victims of abuse ages 50 and older.

Honored at the event were Hamilton County Chancellor Frank Brown, Chattanooga Police Chief Bobby Dodd, District Attorney General Bill Cox, Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Hammond, Assistant District Attorney Bill Hall, police Sgt. Jerome Halbert and Detective Mike Cox.

Also honored were Valerie Radu, assistant professor of social work at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga; Steve Witt, director of the Southeast Tennessee Area Agency on Aging and Disability; and Catherine Pippin, Area Agencies on Aging and Disability program development director.

Partnership employees who were recognized were Devin McGraw, Carmen Hutson, Christina St. Germaine, Elaine Bradway, Nancy Ridge, Todd Bragg and Ellie Johnson.

"The SARAH Project is a wonderful effort by many agencies and organizations to protect our senior citizens," Brown said. "Bill Tobin and other members of the Partnership have done an outstanding job in creating an awareness of the various ways by which older adults can be abused."

McCallie alum in new Architectural Digest magazine

John Abernathy, a graduate of McCallie School, and the remodeling project he did for the Nashville home of Billy and Jennifer Frist are featured in the cover story of the February issue of Architectural Digest.

Accompanied by a 13-page article and numerous photographs, the cover story details the transformation of the couple's house into a "17,000-square-foot modernist lantern" with a "breakaway sense of style," according to the article.

Billy Frist is the nephew and namesake of former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist and the son of Dr. Tommy Frist Jr., who co-founded HCA with his father, Dr. Tommy Frist Sr.

As part of the renovation, Abernathy brought in "Indiana-limestone framing walls of glass that take in both the property's 17 wooded acres and the glittering skyscrapers of downtown Nashville," the article says. He raised ceilings to maximize the visibility and light from those floor-to-ceiling windows, including raising the height of the home's central corridor from 10 to 24 feet.

He created a courtyard and terrace outside the master bedroom, a ground-floor porch that expands the living room and a pool area with an open-air lounge "as luxuriously outfitted as that of any resort," according to the article.

Abernathy founded Dryden Abernathy Architecture Design, better known as DA'AD, with business partner Nick Dryden in 2002. For more information about the firm, check its website at

Rawlston chosen to be on 'Jeopardy'

Sallie Rawlston, 10-year-old daughter of Mark and Gloria Rawlston, has been selected to compete on "Jeopardy's" annual Kids Week. She is a fifth-grader at Daisy Elementary School in Soddy-Daisy.

Sallie took "Jeopardy's" online test in October and was contacted to come to New Orleans for an audition in December, according to her father. She was notified in January that she had been selected, and will tape the show in February.