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Shelia Mader

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Abby Perkins moving up from Pirate to Governor

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Abby Perkins sat at a table in Sneads Auditorium last Friday afternoon with family, friends, coaches, teammates and classmates gathered around her to witness her signing her way to continue her softball playing days. Wallace Community College saw Perkins play and liked what they saw.

Other colleges of interest were Gulf Coast Community College, Andrews, Enterprise and Daytona State but Perkins said Wallace was where she was happiest, “The first time I went there to work out, I just felt at home when I got there.  I felt really good about it.” 

Perkins played middle school at Grand Ridge Middle School before moving to Sneads High School. She has played under coach Shawn Graham for the last three years and played under veteran and now retired from softball coach Kelvin Johnson her freshman year. 

Perkins home spot on the field is shortstop but has played a little second base also.  In 19 games this year, Perkins has a .795 fielding percentage. At the plate, she’s been nothing short of outstanding. She has a .407 batting average in 59 at bats.  She has a .514 on base percentage with a .677 slugging percentage. She has scored 27 runs, had 24 hits, including two doubles and 12 RBIs. She has been issued 13 free passes by way of walks and has taken one for the team five times. 

Coach Shawn Graham couldn’t be happier for his player, “Abby is a spectacular kid, I can’t think of a better person. She plays the game like you’re supposed to. She plays it with a lot of heart and she’s her own worst critic at times. She is a great athlete. We are blessed to have her and we are sure going to miss her but are definitely glad she’s getting to achieve her dream of playing college softball.” 

Perkins is undecided about what she will major in at college but as honor student at Sneads High, she’s certain to be a success. Perkins is an all-A student and member of the Beta Club.  

Abby is very grateful for where she is today and readily thanks those who have helped her get to where she is, “All my coaches, my mom, my dad, Aurlee (sister) and God.” 

Abby is the daughter of Jeremy and Brandi Perkins.  Besides Aurlee, she an older sister and a younger brother.

Anthony Terry breaks record in capturing STATE TITLE

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Sneads High School weightlifter Anthony Terry most likely hasn’t come down to earth yet. This past weekend, he not only captured the State Championship in his class, he broke the bench press state record for his weight class.  The record had stood strong for 16 years before this past weekend when the new kid in town set a new record. 

Sneads High School’s weightlifting team brought home third place as a team. Other notable finishers were Alonzo Hill, third place; Seth Scott, fourth place; and K. J. Pelt-Long, seventh place.

Congratulations to Anthony Terry, the Sneads Pirates and coach Bill Thomas on their accomplishments from the publisher and staff of the Jackson County Times. 

Anthony Terry breaks record in capturing STATE TITLE

  • Published in Sports

Sneads High School weightlifter Anthony Terry most likely hasn’t come down to earth yet. This past weekend, he not only captured the State Championship in his class, he broke the bench press state record for his weight class.  The record had stood strong for 16 years before this past weekend when the new kid in town set a new record. 

Sneads High School’s weightlifting team brought home third place as a team. Other notable finishers were Alonzo Hill, third place; Seth Scott, fourth place; and K. J. Pelt-Long, seventh place.

Congratulations to Anthony Terry, the Sneads Pirates and coach Bill Thomas on their accomplishments from the publisher and staff of the Jackson County Times. 

Chipola officials plant historical tree

Chipola College officials hosted a tree-planting ceremony April 16 to plant a white oak descended from a tree growing at the home of President James Monroe.

The tree was presented by Jeff Trammell, Rector Emeritus of the College of William and Mary, which owns Monroe’s Highland home in Virginia. Jeff’s brother, Robert Trammell, is an alumnus of Chipola College and one of its most ardent supporters.

In a letter to Chipola President Dr. Sarah Clemmons, Jeff Trammell said, “It is the honor of the College of William and Mary, the nation’s oldest public university, to present to Chipola College, an institution which shares the mission of public education, this tree which derives from the home of William and Mary alumnus, President James Monroe, the fifth president of the United States. This tree forges a link between Chipola and the nation’ s legacy of public education. Most importantly, it symbolizes the importance of education and the opportunity it provides all Americans. Monroe’ s home, Highland, from which this oak originated, is owned by the College of William and Mary and is located in Albermarle County, Virginia. This tree is from an acorn from the magnificent white oak at Highland, which was there when Monroe built his home in 1799 and remains healthy today.”

Chipola College was established in 1947. Hurricane Michael forever changed the landscape of the college. The 130-acre campus, once known for moss-draped oaks, towering pines and beautiful hickory trees, now has only a few small trees scattered across 

campus.

Chipola President Dr. Sarah Clemmons is committed to bringing trees back to the campus with a Memorial Tree Project. Friends and alumni are helping to re-forest the college through the project. More than 24 donors have purchased trees for the project, including an anonymous gift of $10,000.  The initial planting included 100 trees including: sweetgum, yellow poplar, overcup (white) oak, red maple, redbud, dogwood and dahoon holly.

Checks may be delivered in person, or mailed to: Chipola College Foundation, 3094 Indian Circle, Marianna, FL, 32446. For information, visit www.chipola.edu/foundation or phone 718-2478.

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