A video of the ceremony may be viewed at the bottom of this page!
In October, Jeremy Westbrook competed in the Area Future Farmer’s of America (FFA) Quiz event. This event is a fifty question quiz covering all aspects of FFA. Jeremy was in the top 2 of 48, 6th through 9th graders. He then advanced to the state contest which was held at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (ABAC). While there, Jeremy competed against eleven more students who qualified out of 243 total students from across the state. Of those eleven, eight were 9th graders and three were 8th graders. At the end of the event, Jeremy was recognized as the state winner. It has also come to our attention that Jeremy, a 7th grader, is the youngest student on record to ever win the contest.
Congratulations to Mykenzie Weaver for recently passing 2,000 career points in Girls Basketball. Mykenzie is only the 3rd person in school history to achieve this feat. She currently sits 2nd in all-time leading scoring in Dragonettes Girls Basketball History!
She was also named the Region 6AAAA Player of the Year.
Our Dragons win the Fall GHSA Esports Rocket League state championship!We defeated Forsyth Central 4 games to 1 at Mt Vernon at the GHSA State Esports Championships!
Congratulations to Mason Watkins, Carter Logan, and Tristan Warren and Coach Wil Nix on this accomplishment!
The Dragons Esports Rocket League team also won the Spring GHSA Esports State Championship last May.
The PHS and PJHS band would like to recognize our students who were selected for the District 9 Honor Bands, the GMEA All-State Band, and who qualified for the final round audition at the State level.
Hill City Elementary School was named to the 2019-20 list of Distinguished Schools released by the Georgia Department of Education. Title I Distinguished Schools are among the highest-performing 5% of Title I schools in the state. Hill City Elementary was 1 of 87 schools named to this list.
In a press release, State School Superintendent Richard Woods shares, “While we are focused on continuous improvement for all schools, it’s also essential that we recognize when schools are doing well, These schools are overcoming barriers, meeting challenges, and producing great gains for their students. I commend the school leaders, teachers, parents and communities in our 2019-20 Distinguished [and Reward] Schools who are opening up opportunities for their students.”
Congratulations, Hill City Elementary!
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Two members of the Pickens Dragons basketball squad have been named to the Region 6-4A All-Region Team as voted on by the region coaches.
Juniors Tucker Lowe and Noah Sutton were named to the squad have stellar campaigns this season.
Lowe, a 5-foot-9 guard, averaged 15.6 points per game during the regular season to go along with 2.7 assists, 2.1 rebounds, and 1.3 steals. He also shot 39 percent from beyond the arc on the season.
Sutton, a 6-foot-3 post, averaged 14.3 points per game, 6.6 rebounds and had a field-goal percentage of 69 percent.
The Dragons (18-8) defeated Ridgeland 87-47 Tuesday, Feb. 4, to earn a spot in the Class 4A state playoffs just a year after winning only four games.
Two members of the Pickens Dragonettes basketball team have been named to the Region 6-4A All-Region Team as voted on by the region coaches.
Mykenzie Weaver was named the Region 6-4A Player of the Year after a spectacular senior campaign, while Sarah Morris, also a senior, was named as a guard to the All-Region Team after a great final year of high school.
Weaver averaged 25 points per game this season, while shooting 45.2 percent from the floor. She also shot 37.6 percent from beyond the arc and 66.3 percent from the free-throw line. Weaver netted 112 rebounds in 25 games, added 17 assists, 45 deflections, 70 steals, three blocks, and a charge for the Dragonettes this season.
Morris averaged 11.4 points per game in 25 games played, while shooting 47.1 percent from the floor. From beyond the arc, Morris shot 25 percent and from the free-throw line, she averaged 66.7 percent. Morris pulled down 123 rebounds, added 22 assists, had 38 deflections, 28 steals, four blocks, and drew three charges for Pickens.
The Dragonettes (18-8) defeated Southeast Whitfield (6-20) in the first round of the Region 6-4A tournament yesterday, Feb. 4, to qualify for the Class 4A state tournament. They will face Northwest Whitfield (19-7) at 4 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 6, at Southeast Whitfield Co. in the Region 6-4A semifinals.,
Owen Moss is the TeamFYNSports Player of the Week for the Pickens Dragons!
Moss, a 6-foot-1 junior guard, had a standout performance last week for Pickens (17-8, 7-5 Region 6-4A) to help lock down the No. 3 seed for the region tournament.
On Tuesday, Jan. 28, Moss scored a team-high 19 points, including five made 3-pointers, as the Dragons defeated Southeast Whitfield Co. (0-25, 0-12) by a score of 86-51 in Dalton.
Pickens will face sixth-seeded Ridgeland (7-18, 2-10) on Tuesday, Feb. 4, at 6 p.m. in the first round of the region tournament.
For his efforts, Moss is the TeamFYNSports Player of the Week for the Dragons!
Sarah Morris is the TeamFYNSports Player of the Week for the Pickens Dragonettes!
Morris, a senior guard, played a really strong game last week as Pickens (17-8, 9-3 Region 6-4A) won the final game of the regular season and locked up the third seed in the region tournament.
Morris scored 11 points, including hitting two shots from beyond the arc, as the Dragonettes defeated Southeast Whitfield Co. (6-19, 2-10) on Tuesday, Jan. 28, in Dalton.
For her efforts, Morris is the TeamFYNSports Player of the Week for the Dragonettes!
Noah Sutton is the TeamFYNSports Player of the Week for the Pickens Dragons!
Sutton, a 6-foot-3 junior center, had a pair of standout performances in Region 6-4A games during the week for Pickens (16-8, 6-5).
On Tuesday, Jan. 21, Sutton scored 13 points as the Dragons fell 68-47 to region foe and area-rival Gilmer (9-9, 5-6).
Sutton scored a team-high 15 points Friday, Jan. 24, as Pickens lost 75-53 to Northwest Whitfield (14-10, 9-2) in Tunnel Hill.
For his efforts, Sutton is the TeamFYNSports Player of the Week for the Dragons!
Mykenzie Weaver is the TeamFYNSports Player of the Week for the Pickens Dragonettes!
Weaver, a 5-foot-9 senior guard, had strong performances in three games last week for Pickens (16-8, 8-3 Region 6-4A).
On Tuesday, Jan. 21, Weaver scored a game-high 38 points in a 70-66, overtime win against region foe and area-rival Gilmer (15-6, 10-1) in Jasper.
Weaver then scored a team-high 14 points in a tough, 40-28 loss to region opponent Northwest Whitfield on Friday, Jan. 24, in Tunnel Hill.
On Saturday, Jan. 25, Weaver was instrumental in getting the Dragonettes back on track in an 8-1, 63 win at Adairsville (5-18, 2-12 Region 6-AAA).
For her efforts, Weaver is the TeamFYNSports Player of the Week for the Dragonettes!
Aidan Sanchez is the TeamFYNSports Player of the Week for the Pickens Dragons!
Sanchez, a 6-foot-4 senior center, has been a big part of a great season so far for Pickens (16-5, 6-3 Region 6-4A), which went 2-1 during the past week.
On Monday, Jan. 13, Sanchez scored seven points as the Dragons defeated Morris Innovative 85-16 on the road.
At home against Lafayette on Friday, Jan. 17, Sanchez chipped in four points as the Dragons fell 61-33.
To finish out the week, Sanchez scored two points as Pickens defeated Pepperell 70-60 in Jasper.
For his efforts, Sanchez is the TeamFYNSports Player of the Week for the Dragons!
Allie Presley is the TeamFYNSports Player of the Week for the Pickens Dragonettes!
Presley, a senior guard, is an important piece of the puzzle for Pickens (14-7, 7-2 Region 6-4A), which currently sits in third place in the region and is poised to make a run into the state playoffs.
Presley is an strong senior leader on the team, though her contributions don’t always show up on the scoreboard. She plays gritty, determined defense and is known for always being there for her teammates.
For her efforts, Presley is the TeamFYNSports Player of the Week for the Dragonettes!
On Saturday, Jan.18, the Pickens Dragons (16-5, 6-3 Region 6-4A) welcomed the Pepperell Dragons (7-11, 4-6 Region 7-AA) to the Dragons’ Den in a non-region contest. After an up-and-down battle throughout, the Dragons of Pickens came away with the 70-60 win.
In the first quarter, it was the away team that got off to the quick start. Pepperell started the game on a 6-0 run. The run was stalled by a Noah Sutton free throw. Pepperell then went on a 5-0 run before a Luke Rogers free throw made it 11-2. Sutton would finally give the Dragons their first field goal of the game to make it 12-4. Later on in the quarter, Pickens got going and cut the Pepperell lead down to 17-15. Pepperell made a pair of free throws to close the first with a 19-15 lead.
In the second quarter, Pickens used a 6-0 run, with help from free throws from Aidan Sanchez and Hays Pickett, and a layup from Tucker Lowe, to take their first lead of the game, 21-19. That lead was short lived as Pepperell came down and hit a 3-pointer to reclaim the lead at 22-21. The two teams traded the lead back-and-forth for a bit until Pickens took over with an 11-0 run, getting buckets from Zac Tetterton, Owen Moss, and Sutton, to take 37-26 lead. After Pepperell cut it to seven, Lowe nailed a 3-pointer to give the Dragons a 44-34 lead going into halftime.
The second half as a whole was very closely played by both teams. In the third quarter Pickens held an 18-point lead at one time. Pepperell was able to cut that lead down to 58-48 going to the fourth.
In the fourth quarter, Pepperell cut the Pickens lead down to 60-54. After that, Pickens went on a big 9-0 run featuring back-to-back 3-pointers by Moss and Lowe, and a layup with a free throw by Sutton to make it 69-54. The Dragons of Pickens grabbed some much-needed momentum heading into next week with a 70-60 win.
Leading the way for the Dragons were:
Noah Sutton: 20 points
Tucker Lowe: 17 points
Owen Moss: 17 points
Luke Rogers: five points
Will Roland: three points
Zac Tetterton: three points
Hays Pickett: two points
Aidan Sanchez: two points
The next 10 days are important for the Dragons as they take on three-straight region opponents to end the regular season. Pickens starts things off against Gilmer on Tuesday, Jan. 21, at 7:30 p.m. in Jasper to close out their home regular-season schedule. The Dragons end the regular season by visiting Northwest Whitfield at 8:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 24, and then traveling to Dalton to take on Southeast Whitfield Co. at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 28.
Amanda Nelson is the TeamFYNSports Player of the Week for the Dragonettes!
Nelson, a sophomore who plays inside and on the perimeter, performed well across three games for Pickens (6-3, 3-0 Region 6-AAAA) last week.
On Tuesday, Dec. 10, Nelson scored six points in a 79-54 win against Gordon Lee in Jasper.
She followed that with a strong defensive performance as the ‘Nettes won at Lafayette on Friday, Dec. 13, 72-63.
In a 55-52 loss to Gordon Central on Saturday, Dec. 14, in Jasper, she put up 10 points.
For her efforts, Nelson is the TeamFYNSports Player of the Week for the Dragonettes!
Noah Sutton is the TeamFYNSports Player of the Week for the Dragons!
Sutton, a junior post player, had strong performances in all four Pickens (9-1, 2-1 Region 6-AAAA) games last week.
Early in the week, Sutton scored eight points in an 84-32 victory against Morris Innovative on Monday, Dec. 9, in Jasper.
He scored another eight points the next day in a 66-51 victory against Gordon Lee, also in Jasper.
Sutton turned up the offensive output in the team’s final two games of the week.
At Lafayette on Friday, Dec. 13, Sutton scored 15 points as the Dragons suffered their first loss of the season, 68-46.
On Saturday, Dec. 14, Sutton had a team-high 19 points as Pickens got back on the winning track by taking down Gordon Central 81-64.
For his efforts, Sutton is the TeamFYNSports Player of the Week for the Dragons!
Last night, Friday, Dec. 13, after seeing both the Pickens junior varsity teams pick up impressive wins, the varsity Dragonettes took the floor against the Lafayette knowing it would be a tough challenge.
Pickens and Lafayette came in with identical 5-2 overall records.
Pickens came in with a game advantage over the Lady Ramblers in the region standings.
Pickens started off the first quarter quickly with a 3-pointer on their opening possession.
From there it was back and forth. The ‘Nettes held a six-point lead late in the opening frame, but the Lady Ramblers went on a 4-0 run to cut the Pickens lead to 19-17 at the end of the period.
In the second quarter, Pickens increased the lead on the Lady Ramblers. The lead grew to 13 at one point for the ‘Nettes, who were clicking on both sides of the ball.
Lafayette, much like they did in the first quarter, made a 5-2 run to end the half and the ‘Nettes went into the break up 41-33.
The game got tight in the third quarter.
The Lady Ramblers went on a 6-0 run to begin the half and cut the ‘Nettes lead down to two before Marlee McClure hit a free throw to put the lead at 42-39.
Lafayette used a 4-0 run to take their first lead of the game at 43-42, but a Reagan Harwood 3-pointer gave Pickens the lead right back at 45-43. The two teams remained close for the rest of the quarter as the ‘Nettes took a 52-51 lead going to the fourth.
After Lafayette made a bucket to go ahead 53-52, the ‘Nettes went on a 7-0 run with help from free throws by Mykenzie Weaver and McClure, and a made basket from Cassidy Richards to go up 59-53.
The Lady Ramblers went on a 5-0 run to cut it to 59-58. A 9-0 run from Pickens capped by a made basket by Sarah Morris, a 3-pointer from Richards, and made shots from Carmyn Mullins and Weaver, gave the ‘Nettes a 68-58 lead.
After another 5-0 run by Lafayette, Richards stepped up and hit another 3-pointer to seal it at 72-63.
Weaver finished the night with 19 points, followed by Richards with 13, Morris and Mullins with nine, Hillhouse with eight, and Harwood with seven.
The ‘Nettes play again Saturday, Dec. 14, when they host Gordon Central in non-region action. The game is slated to begin at 1 p.m. in Jasper.
The Dragons of Pickens High looked to keep their winning streak alive as they hosted the Gordon Lee Trojans for a non-region game Tuesday, Dec. 10.
In the first quarter, the Dragons got off a quick start for the home crowd showing great defensive prowess and execution on offense. Going into the second quarter, Pickens held a 21-12 lead against the Trojans.
The second quarter saw back-and-forth action from both the Dragons and the Trojans. The two teams combined to score 37 points in the second. Pickens outscored Gordon Lee 21-16 to take a 42-28 lead into halftime.
The third quarter again saw a closely contested game. Both teams again scored 37 points combined as the Dragons scored 19, and the Trojans scored 18. Going to the fourth quarter, Pickens continued to lead 61-46.
Pickens held on and secured their eighth win in a row, 66-51. The win doubles their win total from last season.
Leading the way for the Dragons were:
Tucker Lowe: 25 points
Owen Moss: 18 points
Noah Sutton: eight points
Luke Rogers: six points.
The Dragons will head on the road this Friday night as they take on the Ramblers of Lafayette in a huge region match up. Tip off is set for 8:30 pm.
The Pickens High Dragonettes came into their Tuesday, Dec. 10, game with Gordon Lee with a 4-2 overall record and winners of three straight.
The opening quarter was pretty tightly contested. The Lady Trojans held a 17-11 lead late in the first quarter, but a 3-pointer from Allie Presley and a made shot from Lilly Simmons cut the Gordon Lee lead down to 17-16 going to the second period. Sarah Morris led the ‘Nettes in scoring in the opening quarter with eight points.
In the second, the ‘Nettes were able to get things going both offensively and defensively. Pickens outscored the Lady Trojans 22-8 in the frame. Mykenzie Weaver, Reagan Harwood, Presley, Marlee McClure, Amanda Nelson, and Chloe Walker all contributed points in the period. Going into halftime, the ‘Nettes held a 38-25 lead against Gordon Lee.
The third quarter saw the ‘Nettes carried over their impressive play from the second quarter to start the second half. Picken allowed 11 total points in the third, while pouring in 24 to take a 62-36 lead into the final quarter.
The fourth quarter saw the ‘Nettes finish off the game to seal their fifth overall win and fourth straight, 79-54.
Leading the way for the ‘Nettes were:
Sarah Morris: 21 points
Mykenzie Weaver: 17 points
Reagan Harwood: nine points
Allie Presley: nine points
Amanda Nelson: six points.
Pickens will be back on the road Friday, Dec. 13, as they head to Lafayette to take on the Lady Ramblers. This will be a key region game for both teams. Tip off is set for 7 p.m.
The Pickens High Dragons varsity basketball team hosted the Tigers of Morris Innovative on Monday, Dec. 9. The Dragons came into the game with a 6-0 record.
In the opening quarter, the Dragons got off to a remarkable start, scoring the first 20 points of the game. Pickens got points from Tucker Lowe, Luke Rogers, Noah Sutton, Owen Moss, and Aidan Sanchez. To the Tigers credit, they went on an 11-4 run to close the opening frame. Going into the second, the Dragons led Morris Innovative 24-11.
In the second quarter, the Dragons took the game over offensively and defensively. The Dragons were led by Hayes Pickett and Clay Shoffer, who had 10 and eight points in the frame, respectively. Pickens outscored the Tigers 28-3 in the quarter to take a 52-14 lead into the break.
To begin the third quarter, the Dragons got 11 straight points from Noah Sutton (four) and Tucker Lowe (seven) to begin the frame. Pickens outscored Morris Innovative 20-6 in the third quarter to take a 72-20 lead going to the fourth.
The Dragons were able to get players in the game that hadn’t gotten extended playing time earlier in the season, and they played well with the opportunity given. Both teams scored 12 points in the fourth quarter of the game. Pickens won by a final score of 84-32.
Leading the way for the Dragons were:
Hayes Pickett: 15 points
Clay Shoffer: 10 points
Tucker Lowe: nine points
Aidan Sanchez: nine points
Noah Sutton: eight points
Luke Rogers: seven points.
Pickens will be back on the home court tomorrow, Tuesday, Dec. 10, as the Dragons host the Gordon Lee Trojans beginning at 6:30 p.m.