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Mrs. Jolene Clements cafeteria manager at Sonoraville High School, is the recipient of the October GCS2ndMile Award. Lovingly known by staff and students alike as “Mrs. Jolene”, she received several nominations for this award. One such nomination came from SHS teacher, Lori Key, "Ms. Jolene takes pride in her work! She goes the 2nd mile by showing that she truly cares about her cafeteria staff, the cafeteria's appearance, the food choices & appearance, and especially her customers! She is always willing to provide students and teachers with the best meals available! I believe that each individual that enters SHS's cafeteria feels welcomed because of Ms. Jolene's leadership.” Additionally, she is described as a "mentor to others in the nutrition department" and one that is "all about the students”. Mrs. Jolene is a support to the entire school and it is not uncommon to see her in the stands at ballgames, in the audience of school performances, or working after school activities. Jenny Hayes, SHS principal, describes Mrs. Jolene as, “an integral part of the Sonoraville High School community who always goes the 2nd mile to ensure our success both on campus and in our community.”

Mrs. Jolene was surprised during a lunch shift on Thursday, November 8 with flowers and an invitation to join the Board of Education at their regular monthly meeting on Monday, November 12, where she was honored in a formal presentation sponsored by Longhorn Steakhouse of Calhoun.  During the meeting, Director of Nutrition Diane Yarbrough provided remarks on Mrs. Jolene’s value to her department and the school system, “I have had the pleasure of working with Jolene for 26 of the 33 years she has been with Gordon County Schools, and she a true asset to our district.  She is a pillar of the community and is all about serving her students and making sure they are well-fed and happy.” 


Jolene Clements Posing with BOE

Pictured L-R: Front- Diane Yarbrough; Dr. Susan Remillard, Superintendent; Jolene Clements; and BOE Members Nan Barnette and Dana Stewart

Back Row: Board Members- Larry Massey, Jason Hendrix, Charlie Walraven, and Bobby Hall