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Lead-writing exercise

Write a lead for the following stories. You do not have to use all the information included. It’s OK to add information, as long as it is true to the story.

  1. Write a straight-news lead for this story …

John Kelly is the Chief of Staff for the President Trump White House. There have been numerous calls for his resignation due to his handling of the employment of former White House adviser Rob Portman, who was fired last week after details of his alleged physical abuse against his ex-wives was made public. Kelly initially said he did not know of the allegations, but FBI testimony shows that he did know of the abuse before hiring Porter.

2. Write a contrast lead for this story …

The Philadelphia Eagles finished in last place in the NFC East in 2016 with a 7-9 record. In 2017, the Eagles finished in first place in the division with a 13-3 record, and eventually won the Super Bowl, defeating the New England Patriots 41-33.

3. Write an anecdotal lead for this story …

At the 2018 Grammy Awards, Kesha performed a powerful rendition of her Grammy-nominated song, “Praying.” She was accompanied by Cyndi Lauper and Camilla Cabello, as well as a choir of female backup singers. The song is about Kesha grappling with the alleged sexual and physical abuse she endured from her former producer, “Dr. Luke.” The performance was particularly relevant in the wake of the #MeToo movement.


Chicago’s Pizza

Located just a few miles away from Piedmont College and on the edge of Demorest, is a family restaurant; Chicago’s Pizza. In 2005, two brothers took a chance and started Chicago’s.
“It seemed like a good idea at the moment, to start your own business. I think its everybody dream or goal to work for yourself, or to be self-employed,” says Rudy Hernandez, one of Chicago’s owners.
The restaurant is a hot spot for Piedmont’s sports teams to have a great family dinner together. “It’s great to see all the students come together like a family.” says Tessa Fernandez, a waitress at Chicago’s. “You know, I’ve noticed that when Piedmont students come in here to eat, they are not on their phones. They actually sit and talk to one another. “
Chicago’s has a great variety of food options including many types of sandwiches, pastas, calzones and of course pizza. “The chicken parmesan is my favorite pasta dish and its really hard to go wrong with their pan pizzas,” says Abby Cox, a Piedmont student who has eaten at Chicago’s Pizza a few times.
“I would definitely recommend other Piedmont students to try it, but it can be on the pricier side of things for a college students’ budget,” says Cox. Rudy and his brother, Carlos, realized this and that’s why they give a 10 percent discount to Piedmont College students, with a valid college I.D. “If more students knew about the discount, they would get more business from the college as a whole,” says Cox.
With great food comes a great staff. “We as waitresses work really hard to make sure you get exactly what you want.” says Tessa Fernandez. ” We are running back in forth to make sure your drinks are never empty and to check on your food. It’s not just the waitresses hard work either, the cooks do a fantastic job as making the food, even when we are busy they keep a calm mind and do what they have to do.”
The owners are very involved with customers as well, helping out the waitresses by running food and taking orders, they even help out in the kitchen on busy nights. “Rudy and Carlos make so many connections with their customers. They know so many of them by name and they always greet everyone with a smile on their face and I think that is what helps makes this place special,” Says Fernandez.
Hernandez hopes more Piedmont College students will check out Chicago’s!
“We encourage the students to come to local business, to support them, you know?” says Rudy Hernandez. “It is important for the community to succeed and grow.”


Piedmont’s Nursing Program: FEMA Training

As Piedmont’s graduating nursing students complete their final week of school and prepare to enter the workforce, they have an edge over almost every other nursing student in the country – training provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Last month, senior nursing students from both campuses traveled to Anniston, Alabama for a three-day, two-night training session at FEMA’s Center for Domestic Preparedness. Students attended lectures and participated in hands-on training that prepared them for catastrophic events, including those resulting from chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive (CBRNE) incidents.

“This is pretty fantastic training, and we are one of, I think, two schools in Georgia that attend this training in Anniston, and we are one of nine out of over 5,000 nursing schools across the country [that attend],” said Assistant Professor of Nursing Karen Greilich. “It sets our graduates apart from others.”

“The training at FEMA was great,” said Senior nursing student Kevin Restrepo. “I enjoyed the examples the teacher gave . . . They were real events that have happened in the past, so you could picture [the events] in your head.”

This training can help Piedmont graduates land jobs.

“That’s a nice thing for your resume, to say that ‘I have FEMA certification,’ especially if you’re trying to get into an ER someplace,” said Nursing Professor Antoinette Willsea. “You have this certification already that is probably above and beyond what half the staff in the building have.”

“In the future this could give me an edge over someone else,” Restrepo said. “[I] would be considered more experienced because [I was] exposed to learning content that others have not.”

Students received certification for completing the “Healthcare Emergency Response Operations for CBRNE Incidents” and the “Emergency Medical Response Awareness for CBRNE Incidents” courses, which focus on recognizing and treating injuries associated with CBRNE events, triage and decontamination.


In addition to classroom learning, the courses provided students with the opportunity to practice providing medical care while donning protective HAZMAT gear, which included a full body suit, a respirator and three layers of gloves.

“Wearing the HAZMAT suit and all the layers was very fun,” Restrepo said. “I think all of us were waiting for this moment to come because that was the big event that was talked about.”

The impaired tactile dexterity that results from wearing this equipment can make treating victims more difficult, Greilich said.

“They were actually very hard to work in and very hot inside the suit, to the point where I was drenched in sweat,” said Restrepo. “ I have to say the people that have to work with these suits on have to be very agile and experienced because starting an IV with a suit like this was no joke.”

Complications may also arise due to the nature of injuries sustained in CBRNE scenarios. Unlike other scenarios, CBRNE events may result in victims who have no obvious external injuries.

“What someone looks like on the outside does not necessarily tell you what their health condition is internally,” Greilich said. “This training helps teach some of that.”

After treating simulated victims in the HAZMAT suits, students went through a decontamination process which included being scrubbed with brushes and progressing through hot, warm, and cold decontamination zones.

“Decontamination is incredibly important,” said Willsea. “A lot of people don’t think about decontamination, but it is really important because you can end up contaminating the whole hospital. Then the hospital would be worthless.”

While providing students with the opportunity to work under these unusual circumstances, the nature of the training also helped prepare students to care for victims of natural disasters who take refuge in our area.

“We live close enough to the Gulf Coast that when there’s a huge hurricane, we get victims,” Willsea said. “People take refuge around here, and being aware of that and being aware of how to take care of these people is extremely valuable.”

“In a disaster, no matter what it is, some people are ready to help, and some people run away because they don’t know what to do. This helps ease some of those fears, “ Greilich said.

“Undergoing this training does make me feel more comfortable,” said Restrepo. “ I have a little knowledge about many different exposures that could happen.”

FEMA instructors were impressed with the knowledge and professionalism of Piedmont students and faculty.

“They were impressed with the students’ behavior and their performance, and last year they also asked Dr. Behr and some of out other professors to come teach,” Greilich said.

Response from the students has been overwhelmingly supportive.

“My favorite part of the trip was getting extra knowledge about catastrophic events and what to watch out for, wearing the HAZMAT suits, and getting to know my classmates and Athens campus students more,” said Restrepo. “I am very happy that I had the opportunity to go to FEMA.”

“They always come back exceedingly excited about what they’ve learned,” said Willsea. “It’s something they’ll remember for the rest of their lives.”


Antoinette Willsea

Karen Greilich

Kevin Restrepo

More Than Just A Waffle Place

To the workers at the Waffle House located at 105 S Main St., Cornelia, their job means more than just an hourly rate.

Customers walking into the Waffle House are greeted with a smile and a “Welcome to Waffle House,” which is commonly expected at restaurants. However, these workers’ welcomes feel a bit more genuine, more than just the company line. Perhaps that comes from shift manager and cook Shelia Shoemake’s attitude towards her restaurant. Shoemake is an 11-year veteran who is proud of her time with the business and the way she runs her shifts. “It’s good for the locals,” she said. “We get a lot of the same customers, regulars and it really helps our revenue.”

Shoemake wants her Waffle House to be a place people enjoy going to, and a place that the Piedmont College students feel comfortable at. The theme of hospitality was clearly stressed throughout every aspect of how the establishment is run, including the service. Waffle House waitress Amber Jackson enjoys having the college close by. By seeing familiar faces on her shifts, especially college students, she’s reminded of how much she enjoys her job. “It gives good business. And the college kids know how to tip, especially at night, which makes us feeling appreciated. They’re extremely patient when we’re busy and we appreciate that.”

Jackson believes people are the ultimate motivator for how she goes about doing her job. Without them, she most likely would not be working at Waffle House. “If it wasn’t for my customers, and my bills, I wouldn’t be here. But the friendly people, like the students, are what keeps me coming back.”

Jackson’s efforts, along with her colleagues, to perform their duties to the best of their abilities do not go unnoticed by the students. Zach Norman, a student at Piedmont College, is a frequent customer at the establishment. Norman and his friends often eat at the business and would be considered “regulars” by most of the staff. After about a month of going with his friends on a frequent basis, Norman noticed the staff had begun to remember their food and drink orders. “When you walk in and your drinks are already out on the table and they don’t even have to take your order, you feel pretty cool,” he said. “You feel appreciated because you know they remember you.”

Simple acts like this, make the restaurant feel less like a business and more of a part of the community.




Source 1 – Sheila Shoemake, Shift Manager and Cook, nanapooh6.ss@gmail.com

Source 2 – Amber Jackson, Waitress, amberL93.al@gmail.com

Source 3 – Zach Norman, Piedmont College Student, znorman0828@lions.piedmont.edu

Final Story: PC Basketball Team

Evan Easton

Dr. Joe Dennis

Final Story

            Greg Neeley, head Piedmont College basketball coach, wants to form new outlook and attitude towards the basketball team.

“Nobody knew what we were about and we needed to establish that,” says Neeley recounting where the team was when he first arrived in 2013.

The year before Neeley arrived the season was cancelled after seven games due to player injury and dismissals.  The program was in dire need of new leadership and was basically started from scratch.  The team was composed of returning players and recruits from the previous coach as well as a few players Neeley recruited himself.

Neeley wanted to set new high expectations of good character and academics in his team.  His first year was the definition of a rebuilding year. After his first year, not many of the players from the year before were still around.  But Neeley then knew who he could trust and build his team around.  With those returners he had his core group to help set the bar of high expectations and ethics.

In his first season the Lions posted a 9-16 record.  In his next three seasons the Lions showed great improvement with records of 13-13, 15-11 and 14-12.  But the records weren’t the only sign of improvement.  The team developed stronger relationships with the faculty and campus, and was no longer seen as an outcast program.  The team’s GPA went up, which gave them a better relationship with the teachers.  In fact, in Neeley’s first four seasons, the team earned the National Association of Basketball Coaches Team Academic Excellence Award.   The team’s overall character also went up, which gave the program itself a whole new look.

Justin Vallejo, a senior on the basketball team, saw the improvements firsthand from his freshman year, having a record of 13-13, to his senior year finishing at 15-11 and finishing second in the West Division. “We were really young and didn’t have a lot of experience, but now that the foundation has been laid we relied on Neeley and the other seniors and knew what it was going to take if we wanted a winning record,” says Vallejo.

Though the team has vastly improved since Neeley took over as head coach, his overall goal has not been met yet.  He has implemented and wants to maintain the traits of good character and strong academics and make Piedmont a basketball powerhouse in the USA South Conference.  His next step to completing all three of his goals is bringing Piedmont its first ever conference championship and national tournament appearance.

“We want to be the best basketball team in the conference while continuing to have the highest character guys and the best team GPA,” says Neeley.  Mikey Joseph, a freshman on the basketball team looks forward to helping fulfill that goal. “Coach Neeley really pushes everyone in the classroom and on the court, so I’m doing my best to reach the high expectations he sets for us,” says Joseph.

The team continues to show improvements in the class room and on the court, but Neeley will not let the team’s academics or character slide just to reach on court success.  “We don’t want to sacrifice what we are about just to win more games.”


Greg Neeley, Head Basketball Coach

Justin Vallejo, Senior Basketball Player at Piedmont College

Mikey Joseph, Freshman Basketball Player at Piedmont College


Business Story Edits

Krazy Kritters may be a small shop but, packed in it is a lot of love.


The owners of the store are Randy and Erica Martin. Erica, who I sat down with, has always had a strong passion for animals since she was 14 and bought the building only a year ago to continue a family theme of taking care of animals.


“My mom’s a registered vet tech,” she says. “So, I used to work with her and around animals all the time. I’ve worked with animals basically my whole life, from kennel work, to an assistant, to grooming and now this. I don’t think I know how to do anything else, honestly.”


Krazy Kritters sits about a two-minute drive from Piedmont College’s campus. Martin says she chose this location due to her upbringing in White County and it’s relative closeness and easiness to find.


“I liked it because I grew up just down the road and I wanted people to be able to find it,” Martin says. “And also, so people around here have a good picture of where to go when they’re told the location.”


The store is home to an array of animals, including: turtles, birds, leopard geckos, ball pythons, various frogs, turtles, tortoises, chinchillas and gerbils. The store also features what Martin would consider the most bought pets, “Rabbits, ferrets and bearded dragons are probably the most popular.”


Krazy Kritters owners offer other services for pets as well, such as grooming and sometimes just answering any questions customers may have.


“The owners are so nice. I went in the store just looking around and asking questions and they were so helpful,” Kandi Hudson, a student at Piedmont College says. “Some people get annoyed with questions but they were really eager and willing to tell me anything I wanted to know.”


Natalie Brown, also a student at Piedmont, says, “Sometimes you find people who invest in something and come to resent it. The owners of Krazy Kritters have an obvious heart for animals and wouldn’t give it up for anything.”


The owners do their best to give as much help to their customers as they possibly can. The store is an obvious passion for Martin and she’s enjoying the state she is in now but not disregarding what could be.


“I could see myself expanding,” she says. “But, it’d be some years down the road.”


Krazy Kritters loves to cater to the community by offering them the ability to find new members of their family they can love. If there’s a possibility you’re open to welcoming a loving animal into your home, you can find Krazy Kritters at 101 Demorest Square Drive, Demorest. The Martins will be more than willing to help you with anything you need.

KENNAN GAZETTE – Expectations of Piedmont College’s Track and Field Program

No matter the results of the conference tournament this weekend, the 2018 season for the Piedmont Track and Field team is already a success.


“The team did a great job and far exceeded my expectations,” said Aaron Anderson, assistant coach of Piedmont College’s Track and Field program. “This group has a bright future and I’m excited to be a part of it.” Anderson’s excitement steps from several records broken by his athletes past season. There were 14 school records broken at the Buccaneer Invitational on both the men’s and women’s side. Sophomore Alvin Jacobs was a part of three records as he competed in the men’s 800m, 4x400m and distance medley.


“I think some tactical adjustments could have been made by myself that really could have pushed the envelope from a technical standpoint,” said Anderson. “Hindsight is 20/20 and just have to learn from that.”


Anderson said he would like to have his athletes put in the position to set personal records and to strive for All-region honors and nationals. “We have the pieces now to do well this year and next year’s recruiting class is only going to make us more competitive


Cameron Graham, a freshman athlete of Piedmont’s Track and Field program, was one athlete who had a successful rookie year.


“For my first collegiate season I believe I did great,” said Graham. “I broke a few records during indoor and outdoor season and also for my first time running the 100m — I ran faster than I ever thought I would.”

Graham broke the school record for the long jump event early on in the season, with a jump of 6.49m (21″-03.5″ ft.). “I didn’t expect to break any records that early on in the season, but I think it’s what put the real start on my season,” said Graham.


Like his coach, Graham has high expectations for next season.


“My expectations for next year are breaking the high and long jump record again and also winning the indoor conference championship,” said Graham, “For outdoor season my goal is breaking the records for the 100m, 200m, field events and also winning the outdoor conference championship.”


Heading into next season, the team appears to be on the right track.

Pizza Hut

With more than 11,00 locations across the world, Pizza Hut is a well-established food restaurant.

  Jalun Perry a server a Pizza Hut in Cornelia, said he enjoys working at the local pizza hut.

“Pizza hut is a good place to work if you’re a college student and need money,” Perry said, “The staff is friendly, nice to work with, and they help work around your work schedule.”

Although there are so many Pizza Hut’s in the United States, Cornelia is unique in that it has a drive through. 

Perry has been working at Pizza Hut for one month and says he really loves the job with summer break coming up, Perry said he plans on returning to his jib in the fall “Yes! I’ve already filled to come back and work in the beginning of August and get to work”

Deandre Smith is a frequent customer at Pizza Hut. “The food is always good. The salad bar decent, and the service was pretty good as well. The cook made an exception for me on my wings, which was very nice and accommodating.”

 O’nekia Samuel is from Canada and ate Pizza Hut with her family on the way out of town. “Well, I’m form out of the country, so we happened to go to a Pizza Hut  to try it out. The Pizza Hut down here is so much better that the one in Canada because the one up north usually isn’t cooked all the way through.  The service was nice, and pizza was great. I definitely recommend five stars.”