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Jackson Electric Membership Corp. recently held its first Junior Solar Sprint competition at East Jackson Comprehensive High School, challenging students to build solar-powered model cars.      
There were to categories, design and speed/performance. In the Design category, North Hall Middle School took second place, while West Hall Middle School took second place in the speed/performance category.
West Hall Middle School’s team, “Raptor,” included Anthony Arbise and Skylor Grindle and was coached by Windy Edwards. North Hall Middle School’s team, “Trojan Sol,” included Stephanie Armour, Matt Bain, Kevin Major and Josh Presley and was coached by Kathy Mellette.
Other North Hall student participants included Hyder Hasnain, Alden Powell, Kevin Rabb, Bailey Shook, Dylan Taylor and Nolan Tucker.
The schools selected to participate in the Junior Solar Sprint program included East Jackson Middle School, Kings Bridge Middle School, North Hall Middle School, West Hall Middle School, Madison County Middle School, Banks County Middle School, Sweetwater Middle School and Richard Hull Middle School.
Each Junior Solar Sprint team was required to build and design a model car no larger than 30 cm by 60 cm by 30 cm (the size similar to a model car kit). The cars had to be powered by sunlight using a solar photovoltaic cell that converts the sun’s energy into electricity.
Area schools will begin competing annually in the Jackson EMC Junior Solar Sprint competition in the spring.

Thirty students from North Hall High School spent a recent morning with officials from AT&T, learning about the company and how it works. The event, a Junior Achievement Job Shadow, also taught the students about business opportunities available with AT&T.
If you know of a business that would like to host students as part of the Junior Achievement Job Shadow program, call 770-297-1222.

Oakwood Elementary School recently hosted veterans for the school’s annual Veterans’ Breakfast.
Special guests included Capt. Chris Turner and Lt. Col. Stan Brown, who is also Oakwood’s city manager.
Turner served for nearly eight years in the U.S. Army as a chemical corps officer serving with the 1st and 9th Field Artillery Battalion and with the 56th Field Artillery Brigade. He served in Panama and in Saudi Arabia during the first Gulf War.
Brown served in the 628th Civil Engineer Squadron in the Air Force Reserves, and has been deployed to Kuwait and Kyrgyzstan. Most recently, he served in Iraq, where he commanded 1,500 troops as the senior U.S. official in Basra from December 2008 until June 2009.
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