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1031SCHOOLNEWSErrol Bisso

Riverside Military Academy congratulates Errol Bisso, class of 1961, on his selection as the RMA Distinguished Alumnus 2011. Bisso was honored with this award during Riverside’s Homecoming 2011 festivities on Oct. 1.

Including his cadet years, Bisso is now in his 50th year at Riverside and serves as the director of alumni relations, assistant athletic director and head wrestling coach. He is a member of the Riverside Sports Hall of Fame, the Northeast Georgia Sports Hall of Fame, the National Wrestling Coaches Hall of Fame, and the Delta State University Alumni Coaches Hall of Fame.

The Jefferson High School AFJROTC Dragon Group returned to the Dutchtown Invitational Drill Meet at Dutchtown High on Oct. 1 and defended its team championship for the second straight year.

The Dragon Group posted three first-place finishes, three seconds and two thirds, leading to the group finishing ahead of Jonesboro High for the championship.

The Color Guard Team of Andrew Smith, Drew Ivey, Brandon Davis, and Jonathan Mogan (team commander) took first in the First Year Cadet division. The Color Guard Team of Juliann Watson, Rachael Maxwell, Maribel Rodriguez, and Taylor Bailey (team commander) took second in both the Unarmed Color Guard Routine and Inspection divisions. Chris Matthews led the First Year Cadet Unarmed Drill Team to a second-place finish.

In the Inspection Division, the Unarmed Drill Team led by Juliann Watson took third. The Armed Drill Team, led by Jordan Bailey, took third in its division.

In the Individual Drill Regulation, Jordan Bailey edged out Dragon teammate William Baldwin for first place. The team of Carlos Marte and Shane Arbanas placed second in the Dual Exhibition Division, a first for JHS.

The Dragon Group will compete Nov. 5 at the Southern Invitational at East Paulding High School in preparation for the Southeast Regionals Nov. 19 in Tift County.

The National Council of Kappa Delta Sorority announces the selection of Pamela Nix Elms as the sorority’s new executive director. An initiate of Kappa Delta’s Sigma Phi chapter at the University of Georgia, Elms assumed her role Oct. 3.

As executive director, Elms will be responsible for the operations and business of the sorority and management of the national headquarters staff in Memphis, Tenn. She will work with the National Council to implement the strategic plan for the national organization of more than 230,000 members.

She is a graduate of Gainesville High School and daughter of Ms. Gaylan E. Nix and LTG and Mrs. Jack P. Nix Jr.

MaKenzie Bryant, a North Hall Middle eighth-grader, has been named the Hall County winner in the 2011 Clean Water Campaign’s "I’m In" writing contest. The contest was open to middle school students in the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District, which includes Bartow, Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Hall, Henry, Paulding and Rockdale counties.

"Water," the title of Bryant’s winning entry, is a poem on the importance of water conservation.