Congratulations 2023 "Yes I Can" Award Winners

posing at the Yes I Can Awards

Congratulations to our 2023 "Yes I Can" Award winners! The 13th annual event celebrated 17 exceptional students at Chateau Elan in a "Night Under the Stars" themed evening. The Apalachee High School Jazz Band Ensemble welcomed guests with music and the Barrow Arts and Sciences Academy Chamber Ensemble performed two inspirational songs. The keynote speaker was Dr. Allison Nealy, University of Georgia Department of Communication Studies and Special Education Clinical Professor and Department Head of Language and Literacy Education.

Chosen from over 2,500 students in Barrow County, teachers nominated and selected each of the school winners based on their outstanding accomplishments. The "Yes I Can" award is modeled after the state and national award given by the Council for Exceptional Children. Any student in Barrow County who has an IEP is eligible.

Congratulations to our 2023 Award Recipients!
Tariyah James Auburn Elementary
Josiah Brown Bethlehem Elementary
Noah Barlan Bramlett Elementary
Drake Miller County Line Elementary
Matthew Bentley Holsenbeck Elementary
Sara Maldonado-Espinoza Kennedy Elementary
Judson Smith Statham Elementary
Ja'Khyla Griffis Winder Elementary & District Elementary School Winner
Jerry White Jr. Yargo Elementary
Aiden Norris Arts & Innovation Magnet
Shaylin Rust Bear Creek Middle
Laureen Francillon Haymon-Morris Middle
Timothy Sellers Russell Middle & District Middle/High School Winner
Kerigan Murdock Westside Middle
Porsche McKenzie Apalachee High
Anthony Hatton Barrow Arts & Sciences Academy
Nicholas Rayner Winder-Barrow High

Thank you to all of those who supported the 2023 Yes I Can Awards, including:

  • Dr. Ken and Susan Greene
  • Mr. Harry and Janet Butcher
  • Mr. Ryan and Kim Butcher
  • Mr. Stephen and Jessica Smith
  • Chateau Elan
  • Bethlehem Church

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