Two Cherokee County School District students have placed in the statewide National Fire Prevention Week essay contest.

CCSD’s Office of Safety and Security, in collaboration with Cherokee County Office of Fire & Emergency Services and Woodstock Fire Department, sponsored the district level of the statewide poster and essay contests.

National Fire Prevention Week was Oct. 6-12, 2019, and the theme was: “Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape!”

CCSD students in kindergarten through fifth grade were invited to enter a poster contest with designs celebrating the theme, and students in sixth through 12th grade were invited to write essays.

The top three CCSD entries for each K-5 grade and for middle and high schools were entered into the State contest sponsored by Georgia’s Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner.

Two CCSD students won at the state competition: Sequoyah High School ninth-grader Heath Hembree placed first in the essay contest, and E.T. Booth Middle School eighth-grader Anvita Rautray placed third!

The CCSD district-level winners are:

First Grade: Hallie Berkland, Bascomb Elementary School; Bryce Hall, R.M. Moore Elementary School STEM Academy; Beau Houchens, Bascomb Elementary School

Second Grade: Dolly Gabriel, R.M. Moore Elementary School STEM Academy; Anthony Silva, R.M. Moore Elementary School STEM Academy

Third Grade: Lola Brown, Boston Elementary School; Katie Blanchard, Boston Elementary; Trysta Donehoo, Oak Grove Elementary School Fine Arts Academy

Fourth Grade: Sofia Daniel, R.M. Moore Elementary School STEM Academy; Maricarmen Gomez-Perez, Hasty Elementary School Fine Arts Academy; Erin Shearer, Hasty Elementary

Fifth Grade: Olivia Ni, Bascomb Elementary School; Alexis Barker, Hasty Elementary School Fine Arts Academy; Gustavo Strougo, Bascomb Elementary

Middle/High School: Anvita Rautray, E.T. Booth Middle School; Vanosha Moghaddasi, E.T. Booth Middle; Heath Hembree, Sequoyah High School

The students were recognized by the Cherokee County School Board and Superintendent of Schools at the School Board’s October meeting.

The state winners will be honored at luncheon this week in Forsyth.

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