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This North Hall senior started online school amid recovering from car crash injuries
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North Hall High's Allie Blackburn - photo by Scott Rogers

Only a couple of months into her first semester of senior year, Allie Blackburn of North Hall High School woke up in an ambulance with a metal contraption around her head.

“My body was in so much shock,” Blackburn said. “I couldn’t feel anything, and I could move everything except for my hips.”

She doesn’t remember the October car accident, just what people have told her.

Blackburn was driving with a friend home from Howard E. Ivester Early College when a vehicle rear-ended them on Interstate 985.

“My friend and I went up in the air and hit an F-150 in front of us and rolled onto the driver’s side,” Blackburn said. “A bunch of bystanders got me out. I don’t remember anything from exit 17 to 20.”

Blackburn’s pelvis and two of her ribs broke, and she had concussion. She was sent home after spending a little more than 24 hours in the hospital. 

Class of 2020

The Times puts together this special senior recognition each year, highlighting a few standout stories from our local seniors, but this year we’ve added graduation lists from our local schools in an effort to honor as many graduates as we can. We hope you’re inspired by these stories and join us in celebrating the class of 2020. You can view these stories online as well as upcoming photo coverage of this year's graduation ceremonies.

At first, Blackburn said her doctor didn’t think surgery was necessary. That changed when her damaged pelvis continued to cause excruciating pain.

She went back to the hospital to have screws placed in her hips.

Throughout her senior year, Blackburn said her mother has been her biggest support. 

“She sat through everything in the hospital and drove me back and forth to every doctor’s appointment,” she said. 

While recovering, Blackburn took her classes online. She said she finished all of her school work the day before public schools officially closed because of the pandemic.

Before the crash, she worked two jobs, one at a Wendy’s in Cleveland and the other at Ingles on Thompson Bridge Road. She also took courses at Early College.

Blackburn said she held two jobs not because she needed the money, but for the stimulation. 

“I just like staying busy,” she said. “I like working, and I don’t like staying at home.”

When she recovered from her injuries, Blackburn said she tried to jump back into her two jobs. Standing for long periods of time at Wendy’s proved challenging, so she switched to only working at Ingles.

Now done with school, she has a nearly full-time job as an office worker with the grocery store.

In the fall, she plans to study business management at Lanier Technical College. She dreams of becoming a store manager and later starting her own business. 

“I like dealing with the chaos of different places,” Blackburn said. “I can see the stress, and it attracts me. I just like being in the rush.”

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North Hall's Allie Blackburn - photo by Scott Rogers

North Hall High School graduating seniors

A tentative list provided by Hall County Schools

Holly Sierra Acrey

Joshua Nathaniel Adams

Kenya Meraris Aguilar

Daisy Cheyenne McCall Alford

Carson Garrett Alverson

Elmer Jovanni Andrades

Mckenzie Ellisa Andrews

Charles Greyson Baker

Caden David Bales

Eric Ryan Yeong Kee Ballard

Joseph Owen Barbour-Hoffman

Gianna Marie Baugh

Carsen Emily Baumgardner

Noah William Beaty

Damien Alexander Bell

Alexandria Beth Blackburn

William Hunter Blalock

Daniela Blancarte

Paulette Mary Brady

Kealey Marie Bridges

Jenna Naomi Brock

Madison Bailey Brock

Tyler Andrew Brooks

Darin Michael Brown

Ansley Rose Brownell

Rachel Carolean Browning

Alexandria Wirth Bryant

Tanner Macray Buffington

Carson Matthew Canada

Seth Cooper Carlton

Coby Zane Carpenter

Debbie Carranza

Raul Castaneda Guardado

Emily Ann Ceculski

Faith Taralyn Chandler

Ethan Mathiah Chapman

Dustin Neal Clark

Hunter Charles Clark

Robert Sawyer Cleveland

David Reece Coker

Michael Fischer Collins

Ellie Margaret Congdon

Neal Patrick Conner

Brock Samuel Cooper

Cailin Jordan Cooper

Caleb Michael Copper

Jesus Coronado

Savannah Dawn Crafton

Carmichael Joe Crawford

Mackenzie Lauren Crisp

William McDuffie Crumpton

Yexon Osmary Cruz-Bonilla

Robert Ian Damon-Pundt

Carlos Eli De La Cruz

Anne Lindsey Deming

Darren James DeVane

Zachary Bryan DeVincentis

Julian Diaz

Jacob Alvin Dickey

Rebecca Grace Dillard

Kody Dwayne Dills

Christian Michael Duetemeyer

Rachel Olivia Duff

Kara Haley Dukes

Maisy Durkin

Jackson David Dyer

Katelyn Leigh Eades

Spencer Wilson Earnest

Ethan Charles Eberenz

Bowie Ward Eisenberg

Jonathan Franklin Elder

Charles Christopher Ellis

Christopher Thomas England

Natalie Antoinette Enzmann

Wilson Pinkney Enzor

Esmeralda Espinoza

Ruby Espinoza

Carly Malise Evans

Joseph Tucker Fair

Madison Elizabeth Farmer

Kenneth Lee Faulkner

Shannon Rebekah Fick

Jacob Taylor Ford

Joshua Brian Fraser

Anna Lucille Frazier

Claire Noelle Frederick

Riley Madison Freeman

Esmeralda Julissa Galvan

Roberth Karim Gaspar

Autumn Louise Gibson

Steven Walker Gilbert

Maci Lauren Gillespie

Isaac Thomas Godfrey

Austin Nicholas Godoy

Logan Greenly Graham

Emilie Emmons Green

Shania McKenna Green

Brennan William Greene

Erica Guadarrama

Luke Wesley Gunter

Matthew Grant Gunter

Ian Edward Haack

Zoey Lee Hall

Brey Alan Harkins

Hannah Leigh Harrison

Madeline Ann Harrison

Grace Renee Hartfield

Bryce Dylan Hartis

Matthew William Hawn

Logan Michael Hawthorne

Makayla Brooke Hayes

Jesse Leno Helton

Alexandria Jordan Henderson

Josey Kayla Hess

Ethan Stephen Hewell

Virginia Willow Hill

Madison Raine Hirt

Mary Alexis Hogsed

Lauren Alexandra Holland

Grace Gailey Hollifield

Micah Jon Holman

Austin Jeffrey Hood

Alora Faith Horne

James Leon Hudson

Samir Estiwar Huete

Barry Kent Hulsey

Kylee Grace Hulsey

Emmaline Grace Ingle

Peyton Physher Wiley James

William Micah Jameson

Samuel Dean Jaume

Chloe Elisabeth Jeffery

Madison Elain Jett

Brianna Nicole Jones

Raquel Maria Kallab

Julia Lyn Kelly

MaKayla Esperanza Kent

Jackson Tanner Kilgore

Hannah Danielle Killingsworth

Jackson David Landis

Olivia Clare Lattanzi

Jackson Samuel Roy Lazenby

Emma Kate Ledford

Ashley Morgan Lee

Ella Randall Lee

Elijah Perry Ligon

Alexander Presley Little

Keylha  Lomas

Duncan James Long

Dalia Lopez

Landon Kenneth Lynn

George William MacDonell

Molly Elizabeth Maney

Dylan Gaines Mann

Saul Marin

Madison Kate Marshall

Jaci Hannah Martin

Milton Ray Martin

Molly Kathryn Martin

Aldo Martinez

Hailey Brooke Martinez

Shirley Martinez

Anna Elizabeth Mattel

Margaret Claire Mayfield

Jolie Ann McCauley

David Christopher McConnell

Derick Foster McConnell

Kathleen Helen McCormick

Samuel Chase Metcalf

Allyssa Candace Miles

Cade Aaron Miller

Caitlyn Taylor Miller

Hope Leann Miller

Anna Ruth Montgomery

Jessica Lynn Moose

Jayla Beth Morris

Dillan Asher Morrison

John Douglas Mundy

Sarah Ashleigh Murphy

Madelyn Catron Nash

Trevor Thomas Navarro

Connor Carleton Nichols

Courtney Cheyenne Nicholson

Michael Thomas Nierodzik

Nathaniel Keith Nixon

John Thomas Orr

Mary Fabiola Orta Enriquez

Vanessa Judith Osegueda

Ella Marie Oxley

Brisa Skye Page

Tennessee William Pass

Caleb Lanier Payne

Hannah Nicole Payne

Judson Walter Payton

Christopher Walker Peck

Catherine Dale Peets

Jose Ruben Perez

Elizabeth Georgia Perguson

Dalton Wayne Pethel

Madison Rose Phillips

Karla Mitchell Piedra

Galilea Thamara Pineda

Jacob Earnhardt Puett

Yaire Nayeli Quintanilla

Isaac Isaias Ramirez

Madison Louann Richards

Jennet Kay Roberts

Zenobia Elizabeth Robertson

Catherine Jane Robinson

Lance Marshall Robinson

Ruby Lee Robinson

Maggie Mahala Rogers

Daniela Roman-Cabral

Jackson Kent Roush

Clara Roydes

Octavia Bree’ Rucker

Jose Guadalupe Sanchez

Thomas Dewey Sanders

Junior Armando Santana

Eli Tate Saxton

Grayson Michael Scroggs

Gary Joe Sewell

Noah Cade Shelton

Austin Connor Simonton

Isabella Catherine Sherretts Skinner

Ansley Brooke Smallwood

Bentley Brooke Smallwood

Cody Wesley Smith

Samantha Taylor Smith

Ty Harrington Smith

Connor Liam Sosebee

Tyler Jackson Souder

Mason Kamden South

Elysa Regan Spinks

Kyler James Springer

Kamen Nolan Michael Stephens

Eden Angelika Stinson- Cumby

Thelmon Austin Lee Sullens

Andrew Aswell Surles

Edward Anthony Surles

Ethan Francis Surles

Madison Grace Swan

Lauren Bethany Swanson

Wesley James Michael Tadman

Lauren Madison Tanksley

Joshua Steven Taylor

John Forrester Terry

Gracie Mae Tipton

Kenyon David Tomlin

Anthony Blake Tortorici

Reagan Elizabeth Townley

Jennifer Kristen Truelove

Gabrielle Grace Tuggle

Baylee Ann Turner

Joseph Clay Turner

Joshua Melvin Turner

Heartley Dora Ann Twiggs

Levi Carter Tyner

Kayla Faith Unnold

Jahayra Valdovinos

Oscar Ezequiel Vazquez

Luke Freeman Volle

Tyler Washington Wages

Noah Mitchell Wagner

Caitlen Gail Waldrop-Yetter

Faith Evelyn Walker

Benjamin Landon Wallis

Julianna Leigh Ware

Zachary Glenn Warwick

Taylor Louise Wells

Logan Curtis West

Conley Jarred Whisnant

Adelynn Jane White

Dylan Levi White

Lauren Elizabeth White

Nena Marie White

Jackson Hudgins Wiley

Dovie Eden Williams

Parker Vaughn Williams

Alecxander Carter Wilson

Destiny Hope Wingo

Hannah Paige Wright

Noah James Young

Evan Pierce Zimmerman

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