Manning finalist in ‘High Five’

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By Dianne Yost

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Morgan County High School art teacher Ty J. Manning of Madison, known for his infectious love of art and music and his keen ability to make any occasion a song (with a chorus of students in tow, of course), will soon star on a major Atlanta television station as one of five exceptional high school educators.

Specifically, Manning is a finalist in FOX 5 Atlanta’s High Five for Teachers contest, which spotlights exceptional high school teachers in the Atlanta metro area. 

He was one of 335 teachers nominated for the High Five Teacher title. Ty says a FOX 5 representative told him one of the reasons he became a top-five nominee was because he actually received numerous nominations. “I asked them who nominated me, but they wouldn’t tell me,” said Manning. 

The school was notified via email. Last Friday, FOX 5 reporter Paul Milliken traveled to Madison to meet and interview Manning at Morgan County High School for his segment tentatively slated to air Thursday morning, March 28 during Good Day Atlanta. 

“They filmed my entire second period of me teaching and talking to the kids,” he said. In addition, the station asked Manning to send them additional images and his famous “Happy Friday” video.

Each of the five contenders received $500 from sponsor Montlick & Associates. Once the segment airs for all five finalists, online voting will begin at The winner will earn $2,500 for his or her high school.

Editors Note: The Morgan County Citizen update readers on its website ( and Facebook page as this story develops.

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