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All-American Golfers: Three CHS Alumni Receive Honors

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Three Columbus High alumni earned Academic All-American golf honors in 2022. They are:

Ben Carr ’18, Georgia Southern, Div. I
Jonathan Parker ’19, Mercer, Div. I
Max Shephard ’20, Georgia College and State University, Div. II

To be eligible for a Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-America Scholar nomination, an individual must be a sophomore, junior, or senior both academically and athletically in NCAA Division I, II, III, and NAIA, or receiving their associate degree and in their last year of athletic eligibility in the NJCAA. In addition, they must participate in 50 percent of their team’s competitive rounds, have a stroke average under 76.0 in NCAA Division I, under 78.0 in NCAA Division II, under 79.0 in NCAA Division III, under 78.0 in NAIA, and under 77.0 in NJCAA, and maintain a minimum cumulative career grade-point average of 3.2. A recipient must also be of high moral character and be in good standing at his college or university.

In all, 481 NCAA Division I athletes from 169 schools earned 2021-22 Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-America Scholar honors.

Ben Carr also made it to the finals of the U.S. Amateur.

We’re proud of all these men!

  • Meet Your New Board of Trustees!

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    Gloria Jones Johnson ’62 – President

    There are several reasons I have remained active in the CHS Alumni Association since a group of us got together in 2008 at the suggestion of Judy Whitt, the assistant principal at Columbus High. Attending activities at the school has brought back some great memories, given old friends a way to work together for the good of the current Blue Devils, and provided opportunities to make a difference. While attending the dedication of the refurbished auditorium to Morton Harris, who had led the association as it was being formed, I studied the portraits hanging in the front hall of former principals and Dean of Girls Miss Mary Alice Arnold. Looking around, I noticed that there was no portrait of Dr. John Deason, the principal during my years at Columbus High. I mentioned it to a group of alumni and got a positive response about correcting this omission.

    After collecting some pictures from various annuals, conducting a successful fundraising campaign, and commissioning local artist Garry Pound to paint a portrait, the project came to fruition. A ceremony was held to dedicate the portrait, to which two of Dr. Deason’s three children traveled from North Carolina to attend. They expressed pride and immense gratitude that his portrait has now joined the others in its rightful place in the halls of Columbus High School.

    CHSAA exists because its members care about Columbus High—about their lasting memories and experiences as well as the continued success of its students. For this issue, we asked a few members of the board of trustees to share what CHS means to them. Rest assured, our alma mater is in good hands!


    As always,
    Gloria Jones Johnson ’62


    C. Burton Hewitt III ’65 – Treasurer

    “In 2010, when Ken Crumpler ’61 asked me to join the CHS Alumni Association, I thought, ’Why not?’ I had some time on my hands and had never really done any community service, and I thought it might be a good way to get out of the house. After all, CHS had been pretty good to me and my family. My dad graduated in 1938, my aunt in 1946, me and my two sisters in the 1960s and ’70s, and my daughter in 2004. I married a CHS graduate, Shirley Dodelin ’64. I felt CHS had given us a good education and prepped us for life in the real world. So why not give back? It can’t be much work, I thought.

    Boy, was I wrong. Getting involved with Morton Harris ’52, Ken, and other great CHS alumni, seeing their passion and helping spread that passion, has been very exciting. We have raised money, judged senior projects, visited with freshmen, attended Christmas socials, volunteered for the CHS Shark Tank, learned what was going on, and supported the robotics team. We supported various other activities at CHS, gave scholarships in honor of Morton Harris (and in conjunction with several class reunions) and provided opportunities for alumni to meet and exchange ideas and experiences they had at CHS.

    Thank you, CHS, for giving me and my family wonderful experiences and a great education. I am proud I can give back to CHS for all they have given me.”

    As always,
    C. Burton Hewitt III ’65


    Patricia Allen Weekley ’66 – Secretary

    “Attending and graduating from Columbus High School was an honor and privilege. It was the college preparatory school when I graduated in 1966, and today it ranks as one of the top 10 high schools in the nation. How awesome is that! I received a firm foundation for future educational endeavors as well as skills to live life. I currently serve on the executive board and board of trustees for the Alumni Association; what an honor to have a part in giving back to such a great institution! Go Blue Devils—we are, as always, Columbus High.”

    As always,
    Patricia Allen Weekley ’66


    Onetha Huling ’82 – Member

    “I am a proud 1982 graduate of Columbus High School. I am also a parent of two graduates and have many more family members who have graduated from this illustrious institution. I joined the board because I have extensive knowledge of the school and its programs. While my children were in school, I was a part of the PTSA, helped put together a scholarship booklet for the students, and was very involved in the organizations my children participated in. I believe in what the organization stands for and how it wishes to help the students who currently attend. In addition, I believe that our board should reflect the diverse population of the school, and I believe I bring diverse ideas (as well as background) to the committee. I love to represent our school and often help others with getting their children to apply and be prepared for their tests. I love our school and love everything that it represents.”

    As always,
    Onetha Huling ’82


    Ken Broda ’87 – Member

    “I have been on the board of trustees for nine years. One reason I wanted to be part of this organization is my personal and family history of involvement with CHS. I am a third-generation graduate and am currently finishing my 26th year of teaching at CHS. My family and I have been invested in CHS for generations. We have offered support in various ways over the years. Personally, I work every day to help the students and help make CHS the best possible school it can be. Hopefully, through working with the Alumni Association, I can continue to help CHS and its students even after my retirement.”

    As always,
    Ken Broda ’87


  • Area 1 – AAAA Golf Tournament

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    Congratulations to both the girls and boys golf teams for their victories in the area tournament (April 30, 2019).  Each team advances to the state tournament on May 20-21.  Columbus High will once again host with girls at Maple Ridge and boys at Country Club of Columbus.

    Here are the area tournament results:

    Boys     Girls  
      Score     Score
    Cairo     Columbus 228
    Kaleb Harrison 106   Mary Catherine McDaniel 78
    J. W. Knight 93   Maddy Krueger 73
    Bowen Kolbie 88   Faith Scott 81
    Kaymen Moore 77-WD   Audrey Davis 77
    Carver     Hardaway  
    Brandon Billbrew 69-WD   Nicole Montano DNS
    Lance Berry 90-WD   Jaylin Plummer 136
    Matthew Bennett     Tyndall Hall 75-WD
    James Cushing        
          Howard 285
    Columbus 299      
          Abby Mitchell 83
    Jonathan Parker 71   Makenzie Carroll 91
    Sackett Carr 78   Kameryn Ragin 111
    John John Runyon 76   Halie McElmurray 126
    Max Sheppard 74      
    John Calhoun 78   Mary Persons 333
    Shaun Price 87      
          Carrington Hughes 114
    Howard     Lauren Landerman 110
          Victoria Vining 109
    Connor Codone 89   Lorelai Lance 138
    Joshua Asbell 115      
    Braxton Wise 94   Northside 339
    Caden Hodge 64-WD   Je’Niya Nolen 112
          Anne Stegall 107
    Mary Persons 344   Hope Rankin 120
          Maddie Reynolds 149
    Dylan Steed 86      
    Gus Proctor 84   Perry 350
    Calen Knight 91      
    Cannon Newberry 91   Cassidy Reynolds 105
    Carson Newberry 87   Laramie Fuller 129
    Hunter Hall 87   Lauren Silverstruck 116
          Billie Simmons 132
    Northside 320      
          Spalding 375
    Cole Kirkland 75      
    Parker Younce 77   Rylie Schultz 123
    Andy Callahan 78   Lexi Robinson 127
    Josh Braaten 90   Gracie Wilkerson 131
    Trip Cumbie 112   Heather Dorn 81-WD
    Perry 335   West Laurens 289
    Payne Sells 72   Allison Wallace 87
    Garrett Davis 87   Callie Smith 119
    Mac Stevens 87   Lauren Loftin 100
    John Michael McNeal 89   Sabrina Rodgers 102
    Jacob Bridwell 96      
    Cooper Maddox 96   Individuals  
    Upson-Lee 329   Nila Jackson 70-WD
          Courtney Jones 88
    Sam Uphold 79   Moragn Hardemann 106
    Hayden Roberts 82      
    Trey Kelly 77      
    Eli Eubanks 91      
    Brennen Smith 97      
    Korbin Fedrowiz 103      
    West Laurens 331      
    Garrett Ammerman 82      
    Nicholas Browning 86      
    Lane Holt 82      
    Reece Woodward 83      
    Cade Wood 84      
    Sam Kicklighter 88      
    Gavin Currie 102      
    Jamal Freeman 100      
    Justin Richarson 69-WD      
    Jack Lafumiere 110      
    William Bullock 104      
    Cole Beaber 106      
    Bryston 116      

  • Columbus High: #2 in Georgia, #85 in the United States!

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    Columbus High School is the second-best public high school in the state, according to a national ranking released on April 30. Columbus High’s national rating is number 85.

    Click Here to read the full article from the Ledger-Enquirer.