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Rabun Gap added a new flag to our flag "garden:" SOMALILAND! Abdirahman "Abdi" Yusuf has joined us from Aabarso School of Science and Technology as a Junior boarding student. While at Aabarso, Abdi was named Student of the Year - an honor given to a student who demonstrates critical thinking, tenacity and integrity in and out of the classroom. When looking for boarding schools in the United States, the Headmaster at Abdi's school felt that Rabun Gap was the best fit for his personality, skills and academic potential. Abdi was Rabun Gap's top runner in last week's Cross Country meet, taking fifth overall in the home meet against larger schools including Rabun County, Franklin, Smoky Mountain, and Robinsville. Abdi finished fifth overall and shaved nearly 30 seconds off of his time from the first home meet. In 19:29, Abdi's time ranks among the top ever for Rabun Gap runners on their challenging home course. Abdi also has the nickname "Chief", so if you see him on campus, say hello to the Chief!
The Eagles moved to 3-1 with a 41-26 win at Cherokee on Thursday night. The much improved Cherokee team put a scare into the Eagles as they cut a 28-6 third quarter deficit to 28-20 on the first play of the fourth quarter. Rabun Gap responded with two touchdowns in the next five minutes to put the game away. The Eagles were sparked by Michael Bullard's 196 yards rushing and 4 touchdowns. Rabun Gap finished the game with 41 rushes for 310 yards. Leo Tomadon hit on FG's from from 31 and 27 yards. Dallas Earnhardt went 11 of 21 for 113 yards. Niko Harrel had 4 catches for 36 yards, but also rushed 6 times for 101 yards. Carter King had 4 catches for 47 yards. The defense did a great job against the run, holding Cherokee to 62 yards rushing on 23 carries. However, the Braves had a field day through the air. They completed 18 of 26 for 290 and 3 touchdowns. Rabun Gap did come up with three interceptions. The last was by Michael Bullard, who returned it 45 yards for his 5th touchdown of the night. Aaron Appleton led the defense with 14 tackles. Linus Williams had 13 tackles and Leo Tomadon added 10 tackles. Rabun Gap travels to Metrolina Christian next Friday for a 7pm kickoff.
What motivates Rabun Gap students to take time out of their already busy and hectic days to go the extra mile and tour newcomers around campus? Most Gap Guide trainees say that do it to pay back those who led them around when they were visiting RG for the first time. A few say "it's a fun way to meet people and show off our school." Whatever their reason, the line of students striving to earn the privilege to tour potential candidates and other visitors is longer than ever before. Mrs. Richardson is both excited and overwhelmed by the numbers of students who want to help. This year, over 30 students -- both new and old -- have signed up as Gap Guide trainees. To become trainees, they must first fill out an application. Next, they must learn the history of Rabun Gap and details of the admission process. Then they learn to guide people around campus and practice for several weeks. At the end of the training period, they take an exam. It is hard work to earn this privilege, and it is wonderful to see so many who want to try.

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