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Part of the BOE's normal business each month is a report from a local school. North LaFayette Elementary School special education teachers Brandy Beavers, left, and Rachel Fahrney inform Walker County Board of Education members about some of the school's initiatives.The school is rewarding positive behaviors and setting clear expectations, they said. Students practice being Rambler Ready by being respectful, responsible and safe. A golden plunger is awarded to the cleanest area of the school. Students receive reward baskets for good behavior. The students perform a cheer called "Rambler Roll."
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Walker County School Board members Charles Wilson, Karen Stoker, Phyllis Hunter, Dale Wilson and Mike Carruth, from left, are recognized by the state as part of School Board Appreciation Week at the board's last meeting.

In addition to the normal business at the recent Walker County Board of Education meeting, several special recognitions were made.

The top four district spelling bell winners and 4-H District Project Achievement winners were recognized.

The district event at Georgia Highlands College in Rome, Ga., drew 41 fifth- and sixth-graders from Walker County Cloverleaf 4-H — 78 percent of who placed first, second or third.

"4-Hers were selected from over 60 project areas for their demonstration," said UGA County Extension Agent Casey Hobbs. "Each student was required to present a five-minute speech as well as produce posters and other visual aids to help them better explain their demonstrations. Each demonstration was observed by a panel of judges who have had experience in the field, as well as other spectators. After completing their demonstrations, 4-Hers were scored based off of their presentation skills, visual aids, knowledge of the subject and several other factors."

Walker County 4-H had 10 first place wins, 11 second place wins, eight third place wins and five fourth place wins, Hobbs said.

Walker County 4-Hers in grades 7-12 attended a district competition at Rock Eagle 4-H Center in Eatonton, Ga., which drew 675 other 4-Hers from the 37 Northwest District counties.

In the Junior/Senior Northwest District 4-H Project Achievement, LaFayette Middle School seventh-grader Daisy Dockery won first place in Human Development. Walker County also had two second place, two third place, two fourth place and one fifth place winner.

Two LaFayette High School sophomores will move onto the Crowne Plaza Ravinia in Atlanta in July: Lauren Pike for the Public Speaking category and Tori Lowrance for the Safety category.

Additionally, Pike was elected to the 2016-2017 Northwest District 4-H Senior Board of Directors by her peers from 37 counties.

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