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February 19, 2014

TCHS taken over – 'It's a lot different than high school'

Students experience college for a day

TIFTON — Tift County High School was taken over by Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College professors Wednesday for “TCHS Takeover Day.”

The ABAC admissions team worked with TCHS lead guidance counselor Paige Wells to pair TCHS teachers with ABAC faculty for the takeover, said Ashley Mock, director of public relations at ABAC. Faculty members spent the day as a guest lecturer at the high school. She noted Thunder, ABAC's mascot, even made a special appearance during lunch.

Donna Webb, ABAC director of enrollment management, and Brooke Jernigan, enrollment counselor at ABAC, said working with Wells on this project was wonderful, and it took a huge group effort. They noted a similar “takeover” day was done a long time ago, but they’re hoping to keep it going by bringing it back next year.

“The expectation of the day is to allow ABAC faculty to come into classes to give guest lectures and show them the kind of expert teaching they will experience at ABAC and the first-rate faculty who will teach and mentor them,” Webb explained.

She and Jernigan said 15 ABAC faculty members were able to visit the high school and see at least 200 students. They said 30 TCHS teachers expressed interest in them coming.

The following classrooms were taken over by ABAC staff: chemistry, statistics, Advanced Placement calculus, anatomy, business, health, journalism, world literature and American literature. A few professors who were unable to attend Wednesday will be stopping by today.

Jernigan said Wednesday’s takeover was excellent. She said the TCHS teachers liked it and the students were buzzing about it.

The Gazette stopped by world literature teacher Dr. Julie Rucker’s classroom which had been taken over by ABAC English professor Dr. Sandra Giles. Students were given a creative writing exercise where they had to come up with ideas for a short story based on photos and other random things that were provided to them. They then had to share their ideas with the class. ABAC students Hunter McCullough and Remi Miller, who are also members of the college’s literary magazine Pegasus, helped out.

TCHS sophomores Eisha Pledger and Jacob Webb said they enjoyed having ABAC professors visit the school and that it was a great experience.

“It feels easier than the actual class,” Pledger said about having Giles teach the world literature class.

“It’s interesting,” Webb added about the experience. “It’s a lot different from high school.”

To contact reporter Latasha Ford, call 382-4321.

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