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High school graduation rates increase, Bleckley with highest rates in Middle Georgia.

High school graduation rates went up from 82 percent in 2019 to 83.8 percent in 2020. Locally, the Bleckley County School District and BCHS led the way with the highest rates in both the Heart of Georgia RESA service area as well as the Middle Georgia RESA service area.  Read more here.

BCHS girls cross country third, boys sixth at state.

BCHS girls cross country third, boys sixth at state.

The BCHS girls cross country team finished third at the state championship meet held Saturday in Carrollton.  Tristen Crosby was individual state runner up.  The boys finished sixth, Luke Churchwell was seventh.

Bleckley BOE finalist for GSBA Governance Team of the Year.

The Bleckley County Board of Education and Superintendent Steve Smith are a finalist for the Georgia School Board Association Governance Team of the Year, Small Districts. It’s a new category system for the annual award which recognizes” public school district’s board of education and superintendent who have achieved all-around success in their district,” according to a release. Bleckley and Dade are the two counties in the small districts category, designated for 1,000 to 3,000 students Bleckley was one of 55 districts statewide to qualify, one of 11 to apply. Winners will be announced November 10 at 6:30 pm on the GSBA Facebook page.

Runnin' Royals continue region dominance.

Runnin' Royals continue region dominance.

BCHS cross country kept its region title streak alive at the 3-AA meet held Tuesday morning in Cochran. The girls won their 18th straight title with 15 points, a perfect score. Tristen Crosby was top individual. The boys won their 15th in a row. Their score was 28 points, Luke Churchwell finished first individually. Both teams will finish the year at the state meet November 7 in Carrollton.

Big day for BCMS at state cross country championships.

Big day for BCMS at state cross country championships.

BCMS cross country wrapped up their season Saturday at the Georgia Middle School State Cross Country Championships in Cochran. JV girls won small school state. Both the varsity girls and boys finished runner up in the small school division. Ella Gibbs was individual state champion, Briggs Dominy finished second. BCMS won the small school grand champion for having the best overall score in combed JV and varsity races.

Royals' Mims commits to UGA.

Royals' Mims commits to UGA.
 In what was a first for Bleckley County High School, a press conference was held Wednesday afternoon for Royals senior offensive tackle Amarius Mims to announce his decision on what school he committed to. Mims, the sixth-rated high school prospect in the nation, had received offers from numerous schools including UGA, Alabama, Tennessee, and Florida State. Flanked by parents Prentice Purnell and Nikki Mims, Amarius removed his jacket to reveal a University of Georgia shirt. He then proceeded to put on a chain with the “G” logo. His announcement was met by loud applause from many who’d gathered to watch. Mms said he made his decision last night. He also said the chance to play for his home state team was a factor in his decision. Mims is the second-ranked tackle in Georgia, third nationwide.

Runnin' Barons girls repeat as cross country champs, boys finish runner up.

Runnin' Barons girls repeat as cross country champs, boys finish runner up.

The BCMS girls cross country team kept its hold on the MGMSAA title winning with 15 points Tuesday afternoon in Cochran. Bleckley runners were all in the top five, including region champ Ella Gibbs and runner up Lilly Farrell. The boys finished runner up. Briggs Dominy was individual champion. Bleckley will host the state middle school cross country championships October 17. JV small school race at 10:30 am. Small school races (Bleckley's division) start at 11.