Special Recognitions » 2023-2024


Columbia County School District Teacher of the Year Top Five Finalists

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Pictured from left: Cassandra Rodriguez - Evans High; Crystal McDowell - Greenbrier High; Brook Andrews - Stallings Island Middle; Allison Dixon - Greenbrier Elementary; Jennifer Roper - River Ridge Elementary; Dr. Steve Flynt, Superintendent. 

This year’s finalists are as follows:

  • Brook Andrews – Stallings Island Middle School
  • Allison Dixon – Greenbrier Elementary School
  • Crystal McDowell – Greenbrier High School
  • Cassandra Rodriguez – Evans High School
  • Jennifer Roper – River Ridge Elementary School


The 2023-2024 Teachers of the Year are selected in the spring of the previous school year by peers from their respective schools. The method for selecting the Teachers of the Year is comprised of a rigorous process that includes internal and external judges. The finalists will undergo additional evaluations culminating in the selection of the Columbia County School District Teacher of the Year.

The finalists will be recognized by the Columbia County Board of Education on September 12, 2023.  The Columbia County School District Teacher of the Year will be announced at the annual Teacher of the Year Banquet. The winner selected as the Columbia County School District Teacher of the Year will go on to represent the district at the state level.  

For bios of the top five finalists and all school-level Teachers of the Year, click here.  

Cedar Ridge Elementary - 4-H Presidents 

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Student leaders from Cedar Ridge Elementary led the Pledge of Allegiance during the Board Meeting. Great job, student leaders! 

Georgia High School Association Class 6 A Boys Golf State Championship
Lakeside High

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Former head coach Brad Powers
Coach Justin Crawford

Lakeside High School senior Barrett Loftis helped lead the school's boys golf team to remarkable success this season. His exceptional talent and competitiveness were instrumental in securing tournament championships at both the Blue Devil Shootout and the Taylor Made Adidas tournament.

In addition, Barrett played a pivotal role in leading the team to a 6A Area championship. This remarkable accomplishment demonstrates his ability to perform under pressure and contribute to the collective success of his team.

Barrett was also awarded the prestigious honor of individual runner-up.

Congratulations, Barrett! 

Thanks to members of the Greenbrier High NJROTC for leading the Pledge

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Georgia High School Association Class 5A Girls Golf State Champions
Greenbrier High

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Head Coach: Casey Heckathorn
Assistant Coach: Daniel Jordan 
Team members: Anna Wicklum, *Manuela Pacheco Gonzalez, *Zion Young, *Madilyn “Madi” Link, *Kristin McNeal, Reagan Henderson, *Avery Simpson, Adyson Lukich, *Benton Vineyard


After winning the GHSA 5A Area 1 Championship by a whopping 53 strokes, the Lady Pack faced a much stiffer field at the GHSA 5A State Championship at Fields Ferry in Calhoun, Georgia.


Greenbrier held a narrow one-shot lead over Northview High School after 18 holes. On day two, after falling behind by 9 strokes on the front nine, the Greenbrier girls rallied to not just erase the 9-stroke deficit, but pull ahead and win by 10 strokes for the Greenbrier Girls first-ever State Championship in girls golf.


Greenbrier also had two individuals earn GHSGCA All-State Honors: Freshman, Adyson Lukich, and Sophomore, Reagan Henderson.


Congratulations, Girls Golf Team players and coaches! 

(Due to the recognition scheduled during the summer months when school is not in session, some team members were unable to attend.)


Thanks to members of the Greenbrier High NJROTC for leading the Pledge

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