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Bryan County Schools fired up for the new year
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The staff of Richmond Hill Middle School went with a 'Star Wars' theme to capture best overall spirit at a competition between all of the schools in the district Friday. - photo by Ted O'Neil

Richmond Hill Middle School had home court advantage as it hosted the “Back-to-School Field Day” Friday and came away as the overall spirit winner at the annual competition between the more than 1,000 employees in the district.

The day began with a breakfast and convocation, followed by the battle for the “golden plunger” award in the school gym.

“What we do every day is so serious, this is a chance to have some fun,” said Superintendent Paul Brooksher.

The staffs of each school, as well as the central administration office and transportation department, filled sections of the bleachers waiting for the games to begin. Events included a toilet paper relay, musical hula hoop and golf ball on a spoon relay. In a nod to the Olympics, Richmond Hill Primary School won the gold, Bryan County Elementary School the silver and Carver Elementary School the bronze. McAllister Elementary School won for best T-shirt design.

The judges were the 2016-2017 teachers of the year from each school: Ellen Parker, Richmond Hill Primary School; Sarah Holcombe, Lanier Primary School; Susie Matheny, McAllister Elementary School; Sara Goldrick, Richmond Hill High School; Shelby Sainz, Carver Elementary School; Laura Blair, Bryan County Middle School; Christine Bill, Richmond Hill Elementary School; Matthew Amason, Richmond Hill Middle School; and Paula Kitchings, Bryan County High School.

Events were scored for first, second and third places, but naturally with teachers it was letter grades of A, B and C, with final scores being converted to a 4.0 scale.

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