• Mary Harrison

Gibson, Nix win CHS PBIS awards


Cairo High School recently named Hannah Jo Gibson and Sierra Nix PBIS Students of the Week.

Hannah Jo, daughter of Spencer and Erica Smith, is an 11th-grader and Cairo resident. CHS English teacher Mr. Alex Papanicolopolous nominated the 16-year-old for being one of the first students in her English class to finish a semester-long project, exhibiting diligence in her schoolwork.

Gibson says her favorite subject is math, and her favorite educator is Mrs. Austin Legette, English instructor at Cairo High. A varsity cheerleader and clarinetist in the Syrupmaker band, Hannah is also on The Red & Black school newspaper staff and a member of Cairo Youth Council, National Honor Society, and Key Club International.

After school, Hannah Jo works at Maryland's Fried Chicken, enjoys hanging out with her friends, and attends Gordon Heights Baptist Church, where she sings in the youth band. Once she graduates high school, Gibson plans to attend college, potentially studying dermatology.

Sierra Nix, 16, lives in North Grady County with her parents, Johnny and Audrey Nix. The sophomore was nominated by Mr. Brandon Joiner, CHS science instructor, because she volunteered to help a nervous student present a project. “[Sierra] helped [the student] along and gave her some enthusiasm to get through [the presentation], and I thought that that was being a model student,” Mr. Joiner explained.

Sierra's favorite subject is English, and her favorite educator is CHS English teacher Mrs. Noelle Clatto. An active member of the high school's Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) and Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) chapters, Nix also babysits and helps out the Syrupmakers as a Bat Belle during baseball season.

Sierra says she enjoys following UGA football, riding through the countryside, and spending time with friends and family in her free time. After graduating high school, Nix plans on studying business or law at the University of Georgia or Mercer University.

Every Friday during the school year, Cairo High School Principal Chris Lokey and Assistant Principal Chief Andrew Jones name a “Positive Behavior Intervention Support [PBIS] Student of the Week,” a CHS student recognized by faculty or administration for modeling positive behaviors to fellow students.

Each week's winner is chosen randomly from Mr. Lokey's “golden drum” containing “MAKERbucks,” rewards given to students who exemplify parts of the “MAKER Matrix”: M – Model student, A – Attendance, K – Knowledgeable, E – Exhibit Excellence, R – Respectful and Responsible.

PBIS Students of the Week are recognized during the school's morning announcements and given a certificate of acknowledgment and gift certificate to Mr. Chick.