Marietta City Schools would like to congratulate the staff of Marietta High School’s (MHS) the Pitchfork for receiving multiple awards at the Georgia Scholastic Press Association. The Pitchfork won the General Excellence award, which is the most prestigious state-level student newspaper honor. Two students won individual awards as well: junior Wes Harrison received All-State for Photo Illustration, and junior Zaria Byers received All-State for News Photo.
The Pitchfork is made up of more than 20 students and has been printing issues for the past 95 years. MHS junior Wes Harrison and senior Alyssia Hamilton serve as Editors-in-Chief, and Andrea Lyons is the staff advisor.
ESOL Expemplary Awards
Marietta City Schools would like to congratulate Park Street English to Other Speakers (ESOL) teacher Ann Rakestraw and Marietta High School senior Rafaela Aguilar Baten for receiving the Exemplary ESOL Teacher and Student Award. State Superintendent Richard Woods and the Georgia Department of Education recognize ESOL teachers and students who demonstrate outstanding dedication to teaching and learning English.
As an ESOL teacher at Park Street, Ann works as the lead ESOL teacher who works with and serves the other ESOL teachers. She also welcomes new students and helps them smoothly transition into the American school system, ensuring they have all the tools they need to succeed. Rafaela arrived as a freshman without transcripts. Since she joined the high school, she has excelled academically and worked to be a guide and mentor for new students. After graduation, Rafaela is excited to become a cosmetologist and explore her passion for art and painting.
Board Room Art students
Marietta City Schools would like to congratulate the five students whose art is displayed in the MCS Board Room: Melany Hernandez-Ponce, fourth-grade student at Lockheed Elementary; Emily Calderon Santos, fifth-grade student at Sawyer Road Elementary; Yaritzi Fajardo, sixth-grade student at Marietta Sixth Grade Academy; Remas Terfas, eighth-grade student at Marietta Middle School; and Sabrina Price, ninth-grade student at Marietta High School. The art teachers from the schools selected the pieces that were displayed. The display of artwork shows the dedication to visual arts from MCS students around the district. A different set of schools will be selected each quarter, highlighting our students' many visual art skills.