Wednesday December 2nd, 2015 1:56AM

DCMS students 'splash into safety' with winning essays

By Staff
DAWSONVILLE - Nicholas Baggett, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Natural Resource Manager for Lake Lanier, recently sponsored an essay competition among 6th graders at Dawson County Middle School.

While speaking to the students during Career Day earlier this month, Baggett shared the importance of remembering water safety. To kick off the summer recreation season, which traditionally begins Memorial Day weekend, Baggett challenged the students to write an essay titled "How to Keep You and Your Family Safe at Lake Lanier."

Students wrote about the importance of obeying boating laws, being aware of their surroundings, swimming with a buddy, and not drinking while driving or boating. Students also noted the value of a life jacket while swimming, skiing, or boating. In Georgia, all children under 13 years of age must wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket while on board any moving vessel. Also, all boats must have at least one USCG-approved personal flotation device (life jacket) for each person on board.

Baggett presented the essay winners with new USCG-approved life jackets and a goody bag that included Frisbees, maps, books, and floats. Winning students were: Samantha Steuber, Allison Holt, Nathan Ryan, contest sponsor Mr. Nicholas Baggett, Steven Harkness, Hunter Ketels, Tyler Glamuzina, and Josh Powell.
© Copyright 2015 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Ethics laws set to take effect Jan. 1 in Georgia
After dominating much of the legislative session, a set of major ethics reforms is scheduled to take effect Jan. 1.
7:04PM ( 1 year ago )
Sex offender held in Hall County for failing to register
A 47-year-old man was booked into the Hall County Jail Tuesday, being held without bond for allegedly failing to register as a sex offender, his second such arrest.
6:09PM ( 1 year ago )
Pharmacy robberies may involve same suspect
Oakwood Police Tuesday afternoon released details in a pharmacy robbery they're investigating, similar to one that happened in the Hall County Tuesday morning.
5:46PM ( 1 year ago )
Local/State News
Cornelia proceeds with $500,000 vehicle purchases
The City of Cornelia soon will have 15 new vehicles providing service to its residents.
11:31PM ( 2 hours ago )
Divided Gainesville Council rejects Stormwater Management and funding plan
By a vote of 3-to-2, the Council rejected the much-discussed Stormwater Management Plan and Enterprise Fund. The Enterprise Fund is the component that would provide funding for the Management Plan.
10:13PM ( 3 hours ago )
Brooks wins run-off to claim Ward 3 seat on Gainesville City Council
Barbara Brooks is Gainesville's newest city council member after winning Tuesday's runoff election to claim the Ward 3 seat on the council.
9:33PM ( 4 hours ago )
Banks, Hall Co. authorities seek armed and dangerous suspect
Hall County and Banks County authorities are actively searching for a suspect they said is armed and dangerous.
9:09PM ( 4 hours ago )
Missing Gwinnett Co. girl found safe
Gwinnett County police have located an 8-year-old girl that had been reported as missing Tuesday evening.
9:08PM ( 4 hours ago )