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Samantha Cornett

Samantha Cornett, Editor in Chief

Senior Sam Cornett has been a part of the Trail staff since her freshman year. She held the Sports Editor position for both her sophomore and junior year, and is now the Editor in Chief. Between being an editor for the Trail, Sam also writes for the local magazine, Lake Kedron Living. She also spends her free time working at Chick-fil-A. She participated in two years of the Lady Chiefs soccer program and most enjoys combining her love for sports with her journalism.

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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, students are doing virtual learning for the remainder of the school year. For seniors, this means they will have a virtual graduation, as well as a traditional one.

Instead of being a senior, I am virtually learning : Sam Cornett

Samantha Cornett, Editor in Chief Apr 29, 2020

Instead of spending my last months in Peachtree City as a traditional senior, I am planning my future through the computer screen. The newest world pandemic, COVID-19, caused Georgia Governor Brian Kemp...

Class of 2020 will have a virtual graduation on May 22, as well as a traditional graduation scheduled for August 1. Photo via Canva

Senior Class to Have a July “Senior Weekend”

Samantha Cornett, Editor in Chief Apr 23, 2020

Since Georgia Governor Brian Kemp gave his executive order to close all public schools, elementary, secondary and post-secondary through the remainder of the school year, many school traditions did not...

This image shows the Olympic rings hanging under the Tower Bridge during the 2012 London Olympic games.

2020 Olympics Officially Postponed due to COVID-19

Samantha Cornett, Editor in Chief Mar 27, 2020

On Mar. 24 the International Olympic Committee along with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced that the 2020 Tokyo Olympics would be postponed to no later than 2021. Throughout the Olympics...

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp issues an executive order to close all schools until Mar. 31. Students will continue to participate in virtual learning to practice social distancing.

Premature End of an Era: Coronavirus’ Effect on Graduating Seniors

Samantha Cornett, Editor in Chief Mar 20, 2020

The newest world pandemic, COVID-19, caused Georgia Governor Brian Kemp to issue an executive order to close all public schools, elementary, secondary and post-secondary, until at least Mar. 31. Students...

Fayette County Coronavirus Update: Closings and Food Distribution

Fayette County Coronavirus Update: Closings and Food Distribution

Samantha Cornett and Max Lawson Mar 10, 2020

UPDATE 3/16/2020 Schools will remain closed for all students and staff through March 27. Students will continue to complete work through the virtual learning platform. According to FCBOE, "The Fayette...

After coming off a win against Jonesboro High School, the Lady Chiefs compete against Lambert.

Varsity Girls Soccer takes tough loss against Lambert

Jackson Johnson and Samantha Cornett Feb 12, 2020

On Feb. 11 the varsity girls soccer team competed against Lambert High School at home. Going into the game the girls knew they had a challenge. Lambert were State Champions in 2017 and State Runner Ups...

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Touchdowns in Miami : Super Bowl LIV Preview

Samantha Cornett and Elijah Smith Jan 29, 2020

The weekend of Jan. 19 the National Football League (NFL) held the Conference Championships for this year’s playoffs. The weekend was kicked off when the Tennessee Titans took on the Kansas City Chiefs...

The New England Patriots lose in wild card playoff game

Jackson Johnson and Samantha Cornett Jan 10, 2020

Over the multiple National Football League (NFL) seasons, the New England Patriots have been a powerhouse led by none other than quarterback Tom Brady and head coach Bill Belichick. Brady has played for...

McIntoshs all men choir class performs annual song with alumni.

Chorus performs annual holiday concert

Samantha Cornett, Editor in Chief Dec 15, 2019

Chorus performs an annual holiday concert in December. This year it was held in the auditorium on Dec. 12. Freshman Jackie Love performed in her first holiday concert with her sister, senior Morgan...

Swim team competes against school rival

Swim team competes against school rival

Jackson Johnson and Samantha Cornett Dec 3, 2019

The swim team competed against Starrs Mill on Friday, Nov. 22 in the Kedron Aquatic Center.Both the girls and boys teams fell short against their school rival, losing the overall competition.       ...

Volleyball team wins third consecutive state championship

Samantha Cornett, Editor in Chief Nov 5, 2019

The Lady Chiefs defeated Whitewater in three straight sets to win their third consecutive State Championship at Marietta on Nov. 2.  “I am so happy to get the opportunity to play with these girls,”...

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Nakia Harmon    International   On Oct. 16, Tanzania’s Supreme Court of Appeal confirmed an earlier ruling involving the banning of parents from marrying off their daughters from...

MØ connects with audience by sitting on the middle railing directly next to fans.

OPINION: Music Midtown is Worth the Hype

Samantha Cornett, Editor in Chief Sep 24, 2019

Music Midtown is an annual September music festival that takes place at Piedmont Park in Atlanta. This year, it took place on September 14 and 15. The lineup for the 2019 festival was announced in June...

Judge Thompson tells the trail staff about the world of journalistic law

The Trail Staff Opens New School Year with Guest Speaker

Samantha Cornett, Editor in Chief Aug 27, 2019

On Aug. 23 the Trail staff invited guest speaker, Judge Jason B. Thompson to speak on multiple topics of law, freedom of speech and defamation. Thompson attended Maryville College and Cumberland School...

Junior Brooke Boucher (left) and senior Ava Kreitner (right) enjoy their time in Paris in front of the Eiffel Tower.

French students travel to France for Summer Program

Samantha Cornett and Jackson Johnson Aug 27, 2019

Over the summer, French teacher Madame Bre and a group of 12 students packed their things and went to attend the Institut de Touraine in Tours, France, located just three hours outside of Paris. The students...

New Department Locations Spur Reactions from Students

Samantha Cornett, Editor in Chief May 16, 2019

Every new school year comes with new rules and changes. For the 2019-20 school year, the biggest change might be the new location for teachers and departments. The only department that will not be relocated...

Senior Kamryn Torr, Editor in Chief, poses in her Kennesaw State shirt.

Senior Legacy: Kamryn Torr

Samantha Cornett, Editor in Chief May 7, 2019

How have you made McIntosh a better place, what was your contribution to campus? (sports, personal relationship, etc.) "Although journalism has been one of my major contributions to McIntosh, the soccer...

Senior Ty Butler goes to bat.

Athlete of the Week: Ty Butler

Samantha Cornett, Editor in Chief Apr 17, 2019

Senior Ty Butler was awarded with Athlete of the week. Ty has been playing baseball for 15 years. He is also a four year varsity letterman at McIntosh. He spends about 15 to 20 hours a week playing...

Senior Andrew Pinckney goes up to bat against Griffin.

Athlete of the Week : Andrew Pinckney

Samantha Cornett, Editor in Chief Apr 16, 2019

Senior Andrew Pinckney was awarded with Athlete of the week. Pinckney has been playing baseball for 15 years. He is also a four-year varsity letterman for baseball and a three-year varsity letterman...

OPINION: A Seven Period Day is Not Okay

OPINION: A Seven Period Day is Not Okay

Samantha Cornett, Editor in Chief Mar 12, 2019

I am a student of McIntosh High School and a six period day works for me. After reading Mrs. Marion Key’s Letter to the Editor of local newspaper, The Citizen, regarding the seven period day, I felt...

Humans of McIntosh: Meet Bennett Cate

Humans of McIntosh: Meet Bennett Cate

Samantha Cornett, Editor in Chief Mar 12, 2019

Senior Bennett Cate has been cheering for a year and a half. He joined the McIntosh cheer team last year where he competed with the JV team. For the team’s 2018 season, they moved into a coed division...

Senior goalkeeper Stephanie Yi defends the goal.

Stephanie Yi : Athlete of the Week

Samantha Cornett, Editor in Chief Feb 27, 2019

Senior Stephanie Yi was awarded with Athlete of the Week for the week of February 18. Yi has been playing soccer in middle school, about five years ago. She has played for McIntosh since her freshman...

Senior signees joined together in the auditorium to officially sign in continuing their athletic and academic careers.

Student Athletes Participate In 2019 National Signing Day

Feb 7, 2019

Senior signees joined together in the auditorium to officially sign in continuing their athletic and academic careers.

Those in the student section encourage McIntosh players to steal the ball from the Starrs Mill player.

Basketball Chiefs Win Annual Battle of the Bubble

Samantha Cornett, Editor in Chief Feb 2, 2019

The McIntosh Chiefs took on rival Starr’s Mill High School, on Jan. 18 at home. The Chiefs were 6-11 on the season heading into the game. With a previous road loss to the Panthers 69-49 earlier in the...

Athlete of the Week – Calvin Lisitza

Samantha Cornett, Editor in Chief Dec 18, 2018

Junior Calvin Lisitza was awarded with Athlete of the Week for the week of December 17. “I was very shocked and surprised because I wasn’t expecting it,” said Lisitza. This is Lisitza’s first...

Athlete of the Week: Marina Serra

Samantha Cornett, Editor in Chief Nov 16, 2018

Freshman Marina Serra was awarded with Athlete of the Week for the week of October 15. Serra has been running cross country for 2 years. As an eighth-grader at Booth, she ran for the JV team at McIntosh....

Athlete of the Week: Dominique Savain

Athlete of the Week: Dominique Savain

Samantha Cornett, Editor in Chief Nov 12, 2018

Junior Dominique Savain was awarded with Athlete of the Week for the week of October 29. Dominique has been dancing since she was two years old, about fourteen years in total. Her freshman year she...

Athlete of the Week: Maylen Meszar

Athlete of the Week: Maylen Meszar

Samantha Cornett, Editor in Chief Oct 21, 2018

Junior Maylen Meszar was awarded with Athlete of the Week for the week of October 1. Meszar has been cheerleading for seven years. Her freshman year she was on JV at McIntosh, then made the varsity...

High begins class with a daily unit journal entry.

David High Teaches AP Euro to Build Program

Samantha Cornett, Editor in Chief Oct 9, 2018

David High, fourth year teacher at McIntosh, has now taken over the teaching position of AP European History. He has taught U.S. History and World History in the past. He also was McIntosh’s school resource...

Sophomore Rebecca Muh pitches at an East Coweta tournament. The team finished 0-3 in the tournament, but Muh added up more strike outs on her record for the season. Muh said, I like the feeling I get when I strike a battre out. Photo by Anna Muh.

Athlete of the Week : Rebecca Muh

Samantha Cornett, Editor in Chief Oct 9, 2018
“I look up to my dad for advice because he has lived the life of a high school and college athlete," Muh says, "so he has good advice to help me succeed.”
Class of 2020 takes on Music Midtown.

Best Festival of the Year : Music Midtown

Samantha Cornett, Editor in Chief Oct 9, 2018

Music Midtown is a major music festival that takes place at Piedmont Park in Atlanta. This year, it took place on September 15 and 16. The lineup for the 2018 festival was announced in June and consisted...

Athlete of the Week : Jessie Doyal

Samantha Cornett, Editor in Chief Aug 31, 2018

Junior Jessie Doyal is the Athlete of the Week for the week of August 29. Doyal began playing volleyball in the fifth grade and is now a three-year starter for the McIntosh varsity team. This...

Coach Anderson talks to the team after a tough first loss in the new season.

Softball team starts off season in Hampton

Samantha Cornett, Editor in Chief Aug 10, 2018

The varsity softball team started off their season traveling to Hampton High School on August 6. The game was at a slow start until the first runs by McIntosh were made during the third inning....

One of the biggest losses that the football team had this season was against Riverwood High School in late August. It was an early game in the season, but the loss 13-52 was not an easy blow.

Varsity Football Attends Fayette County Football Media Day

Kamryn Torr and Samantha Cornett Aug 10, 2018

Fayette County High School hosted the first Fayette County Football Media Day. McIntosh, Fayette County, Our Lady of Mercy, Sandy Creek, Starr’s Mill, and Whitewater all attended. Media Day began at...

Senior Staff Member Alyssa Amaya Looks Forward to Playing Soccer at West Georgia

Senior Staff Member Alyssa Amaya Looks Forward to Playing Soccer at West Georgia

Samantha Cornett, Editor in Chief May 17, 2018

Senior Alyssa Amaya served as a staff writer for the McIntosh Trail for the 2017-2018 school year.  What will you be doing next year?: "I will be playing soccer at the University of West Georgia...

Twitter User Claims the World is Ending on Wednesday

Twitter User Claims the World is Ending on Wednesday

Samantha Cornett, Editor in Chief Apr 17, 2018

The Internet has become a place rife with absurd conspiracy theories. Some of the most recent involved a Twitter user and the end of the world. Twitter user @mazapanurie started a thread on March 18...

Lady Chiefs Gather before annual senior night game against Riverdale.

MHS Soccer Celebrates Annual Senior Night

Samantha Cornett, Editor in Chief Apr 13, 2018

The Chiefs and Lady Chiefs took on Riverdale in their annual Senior Night on April 10. In between the girls and the guys games, the teams held a ceremony during which each senior was escorted by their...

Student Walkout Demonstrates Unified Commitment to Change

Student Walkout Demonstrates Unified Commitment to Change

Samantha Cornett, Editor in Chief Mar 14, 2018

Nearly a month after the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, which killed seventeen students and faculty members, students around the country decided to have a nationwide walkout today, Mar. 14, at...

Former Lady Chief captain Chandler Witucki(left) and senior Hannah Ellison celebrating their 2017 state championship win.

Athlete of the Week: Hannah Ellison

Samantha Cornett, Editor in Chief Mar 7, 2018

Third year varsity soccer Lady Chief, senior Hannah Ellison, was awarded school athlete of the week for the week of February 26 by coach Marcia Clark. When she found out, she said “I was super excited...

Marie Ogletree and the varsity Lady Chiefs lacrosse team playing against the Whitewater Wildcats.

Athlete of the Week: Marie Ogletree

Samantha Cornett, Editor in Chief Feb 9, 2018

Senior Marie Ogletree was awarded with Athlete of the Week for the week of January 31. When she found out that she was Athlete of the Week, Ogletree said, “I was excited! People kept sending me pictures...

The Chiefs huddles before the start of the Battle of the Bubble.

Chiefs and Lady Chiefs Suffer Losses in Annual Battle of the Bubble

Samantha Cornett, Editor in Chief Jan 24, 2018

After having unexpected snow days, the Fayette County School Board decided to allow extracurricular activities after 2 p.m. to take place last Friday, so the Battle of the Bubble, an annual basketball...

Nicosia and Zayas On the Money With Their Dancing with the Chiefettes Routine

Nicosia and Zayas On the Money With Their “Dancing with the Chiefettes” Routine

Samantha Cornett, Editor in Chief Nov 27, 2017

The 10th annual Dancing with the Chiefettes took place on November 2. Senior Chiefette co-captain, Joslyn Nicosia and her partner, senior Oscar Zayas, took first place for their "Money Mix" routine. Nicosia...

Early Release Days Should Be Reconsidered By Fayette County

Early Release Days Should Be Reconsidered By Fayette County

Samantha Cornett, Editor in Chief Oct 27, 2017

This year, Fayette County has decided to give students two early release days each semester. On the half days, students are released at 12:25, and teachers stay throughout the afternoon for professional...

Seniors Kimmy Edgeworth and Maddie Emmet celebrate win against junior class.

Seniors Take Home Powderpuff Game Win

Samantha Cornett, Editor in Chief Oct 4, 2017

The Powderpuff Game this year was won by the senior class of '18, with a final score of 38-33. The junior and senior boys cheered on from the sidelines during the game and performed a routine at halftime....

Sophomore Hayley Weronick prepares to bat against the Sandy Creek Patriots.

Softball Team Supports Breast Cancer in Game Against Sandy Creek

Samantha Cornett, Editor in Chief Oct 4, 2017

The varsity softball team competed against Sandy Creek on September 7 at home. They defeated the Patriots with a score of 4-2. The team used this game as their annual 'Pink Out' game, during which they...

Sophomore Stephanie Yi and senior Taylor Malasek attend the banquet.

Soccer teams celebrate end of the season

Samantha Cornett, Editor in Chief May 23, 2017

All six soccer teams celebrated the end of their seasons at Dogwood Church on May 16. Both boys and girls varsity teams won the state championship this season, so after freshmen and JV teams finished their...

Chorus hosts annual Spring Gala

Samantha Cornett, Editor in Chief May 16, 2017

The chorus program, led by Ms. Hannah Beth Potter, hosted the annual Spring Gala on April 21 and 22. The theme this year was "legends," so the songs chosen were based off what songs have...

Sophomore Stephanie Yi and senior Taylor Malasek hold up the team winning trophy at Mercer University.

Lady Chiefs win back to back state championships

Samantha Cornett, Editor in Chief May 15, 2017

The varsity girls soccer team traveled to Mercer University to compete in the state championship against Buford High School on May 11.  The team secured a 2-0 victory with both goals coming from...

The Lady Chiefs warm up at Grady High School before competing in the elite 8 game to advance into semi-finals.

Lady Chiefs soccer team advances in state playoffs

Samantha Cornett, Editor in Chief May 12, 2017

The Lady Chiefs soccer team played Chamblee on May 2. The girls won with a final score of 6-0, advancing them into the elite 8 for states. Sophomore Stephanie Yi said, "The game was very exciting. We...

The Lady Chiefs prepare to take the field at home against Warner Robins in the first round of the state playoffs.

Lady Chiefs compete in first round of state playoffs

Samantha Cornett, Editor in Chief May 12, 2017

The varsity girls soccer team competed in the first round of state playoffs on April 27. The Lady Chiefs mercy ruled against Warner Robins to end their second half early with a final score of 10-0. Freshman...

Soccer teams compete in battle for the troops

Samantha Cornett, Editor in Chief Apr 19, 2017

The soccer teams participated in the annual Battle For The Troops game against Starr's Mill on March 30. Both schools collected money in buckets during the games for the fundraiser for those serving around...

The girls team prepares for their game against the Wildcats.

Varsity girls soccer compete against Whitewater Wildcats

Samantha Cornett, Editor in Chief Mar 24, 2017

The varsity soccer Lady Chiefs competed against the Whitewater Wildcats on March 17. The team started off strong, with senior captain Taylor Malasek scoring a goal within the first ten minutes of the game. Whitewater...

The girls team celebrates their victory after their games on Saturday, March 11.

Freshmen soccer teams travel to Rome

Samantha Cornett, Editor in Chief Mar 24, 2017

The freshmen soccer teams traveled to Rome, Georgia, for the Coosa Tournament on March 11. Each team played three 30 minute games. The guys shut out all three games finishing the tournament in first...

Girls varsity soccer competes against Fayette County

Samantha Cornett, Editor in Chief Mar 9, 2017

The varsity girls soccer team hosted Fayette County High School on March 2. The Lady Chiefs defeated the Tigers 9 to 0. It is the team's fourth shut out game of the season. They had previously shut out...

Varsity girls soccer team competes in first scrimmage game

Samantha Cornett, Editor in Chief Feb 7, 2017

The varsity girls soccer team traveled to Walton High School to compete in their first scrimmage game of the season. They lost two to zero. They played against Walton last year in preseason and lost as...

Chiefs host battle of the bubble game

Samantha Cornett, Editor in Chief Feb 7, 2017

The varsity basketball teams hosted school rival Starr's Mill for the battle of the bubble game on Jan. 20. The Lady Chiefs led the Lady Panthers 16-11 at the half and were able to hold their lead to finish...

Varsity basketball team competes against Whitewater

Samantha Cornett, Editor in Chief Feb 7, 2017

The varsity boys basketball team competed against the Whitewater Wildcats on Tuesday, Jan. 17. Senior William Stowman said, "I thought we should have been more aggressive on offense and take it to the...

Cinderella cast holds tea party

“Cinderella” cast holds tea party

Samantha Cornett, Editor in Chief Jan 31, 2017

The cast of "Cinderella" held a children's tea party on January 28. The tea party helped raise money for the drama department and helped get the word out about the show. Guests visited with characters...

Juniors Joslyn Nicosia and Tan Dunn compete in Dancing with the Chiefettes with the theme of props.

Dance team hosts annual Dancing with the Chiefettes

Samantha Cornett, Editor in Chief Dec 15, 2016

The Chiefettes dance team held their 9th annual Dancing with the Chiefettes on November 17. Dancing with the Chiefettes is a main way the team raises money to compete at the state championship, a competition...

Interact Club participates in Toys for Tots drive

Samantha Cornett, Editor in Chief Dec 15, 2016

The Interact Club participated in a Toys for Tots drive for kids in the Fayette County area. They started their drive in mid November, and it will continue until December 18. They have collected at multiple...

Freshmen Megan Uszynski placed second in state championship.

XC team places third at state championships

Samantha Cornett, Editor in Chief Nov 18, 2016

The XC team competed with their top 14 athletes at the Carrollton course for the State Cross Country Championship on November 5. They finished placing third in the state.  Freshmen Megan Uszynski...

The Chiefs host the Whitewater Wildcats and lose with a final score of 49 - 24.

Football team hosts annual pink out game

Samantha Cornett, Editor in Chief Nov 14, 2016

The Chiefs varsity football team hosted the Whitewater Wildcats on November 4 for the annual pink-out game, which was also the annual senior night.  The goal of the annual pink out game is to spread...

Varsity team competes and places first to win grand champs at Union Grove on October 22.

Freshman moves up to varsity cheer team

Samantha Cornett, Editor in Chief Nov 10, 2016

Freshman Abby Cunningham has participated on the JV competition cheer team since early August. On October 18 Abby got moved up to the varsity team to fill the spot previously occupied by junior Aryssa...

Chiefs face Fayette County High School Tigers in Homecoming game Oct. 7.

Football team hosts Fayette County for Homecoming game

Samantha Cornett, Editor in Chief Oct 17, 2016

The Chiefs hosted the Fayette County High School Tigers in the Homecoming game on Oct. 7. but lost with a 3-7 score. The Chiefs started strong with junior kicker Jake Donaldson putting them on the...

Chorus classes participates in International Day of Peace

Samantha Cornett, Editor in Chief Oct 4, 2016

     Ms. Hannah Beth Potter's  chorus classes participated in the International Day of Peace on Sept. 21.  After a video of a South African choir singing the song "Ukuthula," which means peace,...

Freshman joins dance team

Samantha Cornett, Editor in Chief Oct 4, 2016

About being a new Chiefette for the dance team, freshmen Ally Cullen said, "I was pretty nervous. I've been training since the sixth grade to be on the Chiefettes. I was super scared, but all the...

Freshmen Carly Brown and Abby Cunningham take a picture before first game.

Freshmen share insight on new football cheer season

Samantha Cornett, Editor in Chief Oct 4, 2016

McIntosh’s JV football cheer season started in August. Freshman Abby Cunningham gave insight for the start of their new season. She said, “I wanted to become a cheerleader because ever since I...

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