Scott Thompson, director of athletic performance at Dalton High School, knows all about the behind-the-scenes work that goes into making an athlete great. Thompson was recently honored as the 2021 Georgia State High School Strength Coach of the Year by the National High School Strength Coach Association (NHSSCA).
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Whitfield County, which includes Dalton Public Schools and Whitfield County Schools, were one of 19 communities across the country to be awarded a Pacesetter in Grade-Level- Proficiency and a Bright Spot in Parent Success for the Get Georgia Reading Campaign community work in 2019.
Cole Bennett, a teacher at Dalton High School, recently launched a brand-new swimming class for students.
Dalton High School saw an increase in the four-year graduation rate for the second year and far exceeding the state average of 83.8 percent. Dalton High School's Class of 2020 graduation rate is 95.01 percent for 2020, up from 94.03 percent in 2019.
Sylvia Smith was announced as the district's Classified Staff of the Year award winner.
Hensley was named Dalton Public Schools' Teacher of the Year at halftime of the Dalton High School football game on October 16 at Harmon Field. Jamison Thomason, teacher at City Park, was announced as the runner-up.
"He consistently demonstrates a commitment to learning about national and global issues."
There is nothing a teacher loves more than to see a student's eyes widen in fascination as they are captivated by the learning of a new subject or field of discipline. This defining moment in a student's academic career happens everyday across the district as students are exploring and learning new and exciting scholastic material. Dalton Public Schools continuously strives to help student's identify and discover passions for future success.
One distinguished Dalton High School senior is continuing to pursue his passion at an impressive level of excellence. Kobe Stokes, an International Baccalaureate (IB) program student and four-year member of Dalton High's Mock Trial team, has been accepted into the 2020 Georgia High School Mock Trial Law Academy.
Being selected to participate in this program is quite the honor as Stokes was competing against many other applicants throughout the state for a limited number of spots.
"I am grateful that I was accepted into the Law Academy program and have the chance to participate in it," Stokes said. "Additionally, I am really excited to get the chance to interact and learn from experts."
Sponsored by the Georgia Bar Association, the Law Academy is an intense weekend training experience full of both fun and informative activities and sessions. Stokes will be actively involved and engaging in things such as a pre-mock trial season training session, he will receive extensive instruction on trial procedure and he will be acquainted with Georgia's legal system in a way that encourages respect and understanding of the legal profession.
In its twenty-third year of existence, according to the Georgia Bar, "participation in the Law Academy develops leadership skills, encourages responsibility, builds citizenship, and forms new friendships among high school students across the state of Georgia."
A nomination to the Law Academy must be submitted from a high school student's Mock Trial Coach to be considered for acceptance into the program.
Marybeth Meadows, Dalton High School teacher and IB Diploma coordinator, is in her third year serving as Mock Trial Coach. She has been delighted to see Stokes' progress in his time on the team.
"I nominated him for the Georgia Law Academy based on his dedication and leadership to the Mock Trial team," said Stokes. "He consistently demonstrates a commitment to learning about national and global issues."
As a member of the mock trial team throughout his high-school career, Stokes has gained a better understanding of Georgia's legal system while having opportunities to work on multiple mock trial cases. By the time Stokes graduates next spring, he will have experienced two civil cases and two criminal cases. Along with his active participation with the club, Stokes continues serving in a leadership role as he is in his second year as team captain of the Mock Trial team at Dalton High.
The future for Stokes is very bright as he plans to sign up for the military once he graduates. Following his service to the country, Stokes can see himself either becoming a lawyer or entering into the world of politics.
"While there is a possibility I won't enter into law, Mock Trial and the Law Academy has or will play a large part in developing skills I need to succeed in any career," Stokes said.