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Elzie Patton Principal's List, Honor Roll
Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Principal’s List

2nd Grade: Abby Buchanan, Matthew Girgis, Madelynn Hambelton, Lukas Hanna, Drew Farmer, Rachael Larkin, Collin McCurry, Mason Nguyen, Gabby Piazza, Josh Reese, Marisa Romero, Isaac Rose, Rylee Hill, Ariel Parks, Hannah Perry, Landen Smith, Cole Booker, Jamison Bush, Jared Dutch, Kidus Habtamu, Harley Jackson, Jace Judd, Travis Ziebarth, Lindsay Agee, Nathan Cochran, Kiresten Pigg, Hayden Terwilliger.

3rd Grade: Reaghan Ard, Heidi Beckman, Tyler Vestal, Mya Henry, Andrew Moore, Grant Sawyer, Carinne Burnette, Avary Summers, Cooper Leech, Jacob Cox.

4th Grade: Kyrillos Hanna, Gavin Lamkin, Anna Davidson, Charlie Ewing, Marina Gergies, John Reed Hill, Evan Wallace, Ethan Grossman, Brennan Jolley, Johan Ko, Tannor Meyer, Abby Taylor, Karma Wymer, Gracie Nichols, Adrian Wilkerson.

5th Grade: Matthew Delfendahl, Ellen Ewing, Olive Jolley, Daniel Tignor, Maddie Judd, Ella Mercer, Hannah Beckman-Marshalek,

Honor Roll

2nd Grade: Stephen Christoffersen, Mason Hodge, Daksh Patel, Gabe Reese, Virginia Rhodes, Luke Sherk, Kaitlynn Acosta, Ben Dineen, Hailey Crandall, Abigail Hall, Sophia Distefano, Shaylyn Haskin, Fernando Mitchell, Hayden Prophit, Remon Rezkalla, Selena Torres, Emily Bishop, Sera Chapman, Kendall Finley, Gavin Hendricks, Luke Kinzer, Carter Tignor, Tyson Wolcott, Dylan Work, Myelei Whitaker, Eyana Badio, Kenneth Hail, Clementine Manley, Bryleigh Randolph, Madelyn Steed, Alex Velazquez, Sophie Allen, Braylen Austin, Stephen Bakheet, Young Ko, Ashlee Nuckoles, Ella Schaeffer, Jacob Whitten.

3rd Grade: Abigail Brandrup, Noah Burgess, Ashley Demonbreun, Bishoy Ibrahim, Ethan Lowman, Marlie Saich, Lexie York, Emily Broekhuizen, Cali Hughes, Brynn Everett, Neve Glasser, Savanna Garcia, Macie Jordan, Trevor McGee, Landon Prophit, Emily Wells, Abby Wright, Romario Borno, Isabella Fleming, Mark Habashi, Sierra Wyks, Ethan Cox, Nik Ford, Abby Norman, Sophia Buchanon, McKenzie Fitzgerald, Nate Long, Ruby Luke, Mena Helmy, Callie Kinslow, Anna Claire Swindol, Ella Miller, Ryan Samulski, Mathew Jackson, Hallie Clark, Stephen Mason, Jacob Salvino, Elijah Taylor, Makayla Wiseman.

4th Grade: Damon Brown, Jacob Butler, Jevon Clemmons, Emma Conaster, Daniel Davidson, Rebecca Eiseman, Jordan Fox, Elle Jae Frazier, Presley Futch, Jaime Romero, Rylie Rorie, Ryan Williams, Zack Ziebarth, Anna Zweig, Madison Collier, Gabe Borruel, Corben Guillot, Joslyn Hatter, Carson Marks, Hailee Nichols, Haley Potier, Clara Samuel, Baylee Stansell, Aniston Sullivan, Reese Walker, Tres Synder, Lindsey Bjorklund,  Madi Garrett, Lindsey Lamey, Campbell Miller, Winson Nguyen, Evan Pigg, Sydney Seagraves, Isabel Silvia, Pishoy Zaki, Brian Andrews, Dylan Cantrell, Isabelle Cosby, Ethan Holmes, Ashlynn Lunnsbury, Makiyah Marshall, Brylee Sayer, Alec Jakalski, Ashley Wilson, Abby Zweig.

5th Grade: Isaiah Al-Amin, Allie Brady, Shantelle Chanda, Kermina Hanna, Laurel Ingalls, Riley Jackson, Grace Reece, Zach Smith, Zach Straubinger, Taylor Vestal, Parker Walden, Morgan Allen, Morgan Butler, Daniel Duggan, Jude Hassell, Hunter Lockert, Katie Shingler, Josiah Thomas, Chandler Chance, Jackson Clark, Dalton Parish, Ava Walker, Joel Wallace, Jordan Barga, Abigal Davidson, Sidney Larkin.

School Board approves contract with Wright
Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

The Wilson County School Board approved the contract with new Director of Schools Dr. Donna Wright. 

Rape suspect apprehended in Mt. Juliet
Tuesday, June 3, 2014

A rape suspect out of Davidson County was apprehended in Mt. Juliet after a citizen spotted the man in a wooded area. 

According to the Metro-Nashville Police Department, German Ricardo Giron Gonzalez, 20 had fled his car when a Metro-Nashville spotted him near the Davidson-Wilson County line. Sunday night, a woman reported that she spent the night at a home where Gonzalez was staying as well. She woke up to Gonzalez sexually assaulting her, and he fled when she screamed. 

W.A. Wright gets much needed security upgrade
Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

W.A. Wright Elementary got a much needed security update recently, the quality of which is rare for elementary schools. 

The school had never updated their system, which was on analog with black and white monitors. This one, provided by Avigilon out of Lebanon, gives the capability to see more areas in the school with color pictures as well as being able to view the cameras from an iPad. This makes the job much easier for the school’s School Resource Officer, Deputy Jarrod Buhler. 

“It makes it so much easier to help protect the students and the staff,” said Buhler.  “I think it’s made a really big difference.”

Buhler said before he just had to walk the halls constantly to make sure everything was covered. This way, he can go to the places he needs to go, while also having the iPad handy in case something was to happen in another part of the school. 

Principal Jill Giles said it was like going from a black and white TV to a Bluray. 

“I’m thrilled with the new system,” said Giles. “It makes us more confident. We have better coverage outside and the whole school.”

The new system was become a reality because of the help of the PALS group at the school. Buhler told Mindy Oldham, one of the members of the PALS, and she took on the task. With an extra fundraiser or two, the group was able to purchase the security system for just under $18,000. 

Black seeking 17th District office
Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Announcing his candidacy this week for 17th District Democratic Executive Committeeman, Lebanon businessman and community leader Bob Black said he looks forward to putting his life experiences to work for the State Democratic Party.

The 17th District includes Cannon, Clay, DeKalb, Macon, Smith and Wilson counties. The election is set for Thursday, August 7.

“I see this as an opportunity to be closely involved with the state Democratic organization as it decides policy and makes decisions that will undoubtedly define the future of Tennessee and all Tennesseans in all walks of life regardless of their political affiliations, religious beliefs or economic standing.

“As someone who is proud of his state and is optimistic about the future, I want us to provide classrooms that will ensure our children will excel, an economy that is vibrant and encourages job growth, and I want us to always be mindful of government’s responsibility to certain social issues that embrace security and compassion,” Black said.

A graduate of Texas A&M University, Black began his professional career just out of college with the Sears company and developed new businesses until 1986.

For more than 25 years he has been involved in the banking and financial industry providing services related to credit card processing. Within the industry he is recognized as an innovator with a high degree of expertise and a “get it done mentality.” He has earned this reputation through his experience in sales and from the results he secured while holding key leadership and executive positions with major companies engaged in the credit card processing business.

In 2003 he launched his own company, Payment Express Systems, based in Lebanon. Under his management and in the span of less than nine years Payment Express Systems grew to more than $2 billion in annual processing volume and was awarded the Excellence in Business SEIBC award for ethics in the State of Tennessee. In June of 2012, Priority Payment Systems purchased the assets of Payment Express, utilizing Black and the 45-employee Payment Express team. Black now serves as senior vice president of Financial Services for the community bank division of Priority.

He and his wife Pam maintain a number of interests outside his principle business. The two of them together embarked on a personal historical preservation project some three years ago purchasing and renovating the old Capitol Theater just off Lebanon’s Public Square. Now completed following more than a $2 million investment, the Capitol is the host venue for live musical performances, classic movies, wedding receptions, fundraisers for local nonprofits, and a variety of other community uses.

The candidate is active in the Boy Scouts Walton Trail (past chair) City of Lebanon Board of Zoning Appeals (chair), Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville (board member, past chair), New Leash of Life Animal Welfare, Rotary, Historic Lebanon redevelopment, Community Foundation, Support of the 15th Judicial District Child Advocacy Center, Sherry’s Run, and Cumberland University Development Board. He is a graduate and former board member of Leadership Wilson County.   

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