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From class president to assistant principal

By Diana New Former honor graduate and president of the LCHS Class of 1999 Jameda Hugh Owens will officially be returning to the school as assistant principal in the fall and is honored that her new office is the old office of former principal and mayor Dewaine T. Bell. ’I am excited to be returning to the high school that helped mold me into the person I am today, but I am also humbled to be moving into Dewaine T. Bell’s old office,’ Owens stated. ‘He left a tremendous legacy in our community and it’s an incredible feeling to be sitting where he once sat.’ Owens is the daughter of James (Crow) Hugh and Diane Hugh of Barnesville. She not only graduated with honors and led her graduating class as president but also won the votes of her classmates for other titles including class leader, best all around, most likely to succeed, most intelligent and most dependable. When she was not working on her studies, Owens was competing with the academic team or participating in either band, basketball, track or homecoming court. ’The feeling of coming back to LCHS is surreal,’ Owens said. ’I have always loved being here. I love knowledge and learning. I spent so much time at school events and participated in as many school functions as I could. This place helped raise me and it’s an incredible feeling knowing that I have a chance to try and give back to this school as much as it has given to me.’ Owens’ love for learning earned her a degree in history and political science from Agnes Scott College and an advanced degree in social science and education from the University of Georgia. She went on to share her thirst for knowledge through teaching social studies at Bear Creek Middle School and in 2015 was named Fulton County’s system-wide Teacher of the Year. Owens accepted this recognition with gratitude and humility, believing there was always room to get better. She plans to bring this belief with her to her new position as assistant principal. ‘I am thrilled to be here and I want to do everything I can for the community and the schools,’ Owens said. ’I want to continue to grow in knowledge and want our educators and students to know I support them and will be their biggest cheerleader. My heart and my mind are here. I am here to work for the school, its teachers and its students.’ Owens graduated LCHS as class president and has returned as assistant principal. Her husband Terrone – who spent two years as offensive coordinator for the Westlake Lions­has also joined the school as part of the coaching staff. They have a young daughter, Jyler Terriath Owens, and are excited to be welcomed back as part of the community.

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