Butler challenges Cross Creek

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Butler High School "called out" its cross-town rival on Friday, but the challenge had little to do with sports.

NFL tight end and Butler High School alumnus Ben Troupe signs autographs for Butler students during a pep rally in the school's gymnasium. The rally was to get them motivated for the Georgia High School Graduation Test.  Chris Thelen/Staff
Chris Thelen/Staff
NFL tight end and Butler High School alumnus Ben Troupe signs autographs for Butler students during a pep rally in the school's gymnasium. The rally was to get them motivated for the Georgia High School Graduation Test.

The Lumpkin Road school challenged Cross Creek High to beat it in the classroom on the Georgia High School Graduation Test in March. Students must pass all sections of the test in order to earn a diploma.

"We're taking you down, my brother," Butler Principal Walter Reeves said to Cross Creek Assistant Principal Ricky Lumpkin during a Friday assembly.

Using what resembled a professional wrestling move, a group of students playfully picked Mr. Lumpkin up and put him down on the ground.

"It's going to be in the newspaper. It's going to be all over the place," Dr. Reeves said. "Butler is calling Cross Creek out."

On hand to help issue the challenge was Butler alum Ben Troupe, a tight end for the NFL's Tennessee Titans. The 2000 grad urged his fellow Bulldogs to "buckle down" and prepare for the graduation test.

He walked the same halls, had the same teachers and came from the same place as the students he spoke to, he said. They have the same opportunities that he did.

Mr. Troupe appealed to the students to see beyond themselves and understand that teachers don't need the students, the students need the teachers.

"Y'all think I'm somebody because I play in the NFL. I'm a nobody. Trust me," Mr. Troupe said. "The only reason I'm even half of what I am is because of them."

Mr. Lumpkin said "without a doubt" Cross Creek will beat Butler on the graduation test, but both schools will be winners.

Reach Greg Gelpi at (706) 828-3851 or greg.gelpi@augustachronicle.com.

WANT A NEW CAR?


Rickey Lumpkin, the assistant principal of Cross Creek, issued his own challenge on Friday. He will buy any junior or senior who earns a perfect score on the SAT a new car. He issued a similar challenge in 2002 when he was assistant principal at Butler.


LAST YEAR'S PERFORMANCE


Here are the percentages of junior first-time test-takers at Butler and Cross Creek high schools who met or exceeded GHST standards.

Butler Cross Creek Richmond County
English 90 94 94
Mathematics 83 88 86
Social Studies 76 85 80
Science 48 65 61

Source: Governor's Office of Student Achievement

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pro@this
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pro@this 02/02/08 - 05:02 am
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Cross Creek will win!

Cross Creek will win!

bill63
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bill63 02/02/08 - 08:41 am
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Lumpkin's challenge is an

Lumpkin's challenge is an empty one. He makes it knowing he won't have to pony up! If he had guts, he'd give it to the student that scores 1350 between Critical Reading and Math or to the high scorer. Now that's a motivator! Show a little guts Mr. Lumpkin - or don't make the empty offer! (Oh, and he means a new used car too.)

jackfruitpaper833
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jackfruitpaper833 02/02/08 - 09:10 am
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This is good for both

This is good for both schools, regardless of who wins or lose this will help both schools regarding AYP. Maybe this way a lot more students will pass and actually get a diploma. I just wish we (Laney) would have thought of it. Good luck Butler and Cross Creek, I hope this is the start of something that will help get Richmond County High Schools off AYP.

Like every year I will be waiting for the data to come out on all Augusta schools.

jackfruitpaper833
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jackfruitpaper833 02/02/08 - 09:11 am
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This is good for both

This is good for both schools, regardless of who wins or lose this will help both schools regarding AYP. Maybe this way a lot more students will pass and actually get a diploma. I just wish we (Laney) would have thought of it. Good luck Butler and Cross Creek, I hope this is the start of something that will help get Richmond County High Schools off AYP.

Like every year I will be waiting for the data to come out on all Augusta schools.

Simply Lovely
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Simply Lovely 02/02/08 - 10:56 am
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Go Bulldogs! You can do it!

Go Bulldogs! You can do it! Get em with a pass plus too!

BlackJack7
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BlackJack7 02/02/08 - 11:47 am
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FINALLY - some positive,

FINALLY - some positive, inspirational news about the south augusta schools! Good luck to BOTH schools!

TellTheLordThankYou
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TellTheLordThankYou 02/03/08 - 09:03 am
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bill63 issue your own

bill63 issue your own challenge! All of these students have parents or guardians and Rickey Lumpkin is NOT that person. Let them have the guts! Lumpkin is willing to wager a car on academic excellence. When he was at BHS he did offfer a shopping spree, a computer, or a trip to Disney World for graduated increments of SAT achievement lower than the perfect score. He payed for a shopping spree. Remember it's his money. What/how much are you willing to offer in an attempt to encourage and motivate our students to perform better.

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BassFamily 02/06/08 - 08:08 am
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Kudos to Mr. Lumpkins. He is

Kudos to Mr. Lumpkins. He is willing to offer a reward. What are you willing to offer?? A new "used" car is better than walking to me, anyday. If anyone wants to offer a "BRAND NEW" car, then add it to the pot. If you don't have anything to offer as an incentive to our children, your criticism is not needed.

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