Letter from the Founders

In today’s society all we hear about are negative acts in the world – i.e. senseless shootings on school campuses or at churches, murders in our communities, drugs being sold to our kids, and much more.

We need to hear about and focus more on the good actually going on in our communities, which is why we, Stephen Norton and Brian Pruett, have founded the NWGA Rising Stars Magazine. We are both big sports fans and we want to recognize all the good being accomplished by the youth in the Bartow and Gordon county areas that you may not otherwise get to hear.

The NWGA Rising Stars Magazine is a publication that will have a different focus on sports in the Bartow and Gordon County areas. We will be celebrating all the student athletes in the nine high schools in these areas. What you won’t read about are allegations of coaches paying players, coaches recruiting illegally, point shaving or cheating scandals, drug abuse issues or any other negative story. What you will read about are stories of students who are excelling in the classroom, volunteering in their community, mentoring younger students, serving our country in one way or another and much more. You will also read stories about competitions that you may not normally get to hear about on a regular basis, such as band, choral, literary, theater and JROTC. NWGA Rising Stars will also feature little known sports such as Bass Fishing, E-Sports, Water Polo and many others. Our readers will also be able to catch up on Bartow and Gordon county graduates in our “Where Are They Now?” sections.

It is our hope that you, the reader, will enjoy the NWGA Rising Stars Magazine as it highlights the youth in your community who are doing amazing things. If you have an idea for a story or a student you would like for us to highlight please reach out to us at Stephen@nwgarisingstars.com or Brian@nwgarisingstars.com.


Stephen Norton and Brian Pruett

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Stephen Norton

Founder | Ad Sales
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Brian Pruett

Co-founder | VP of Marketing

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We are holding a raffle in which a portion of the proceeds will go to help benefit The Hayes Family and their youngest son Connor Luke.


Imagine if tomorrow you are to wake up and your life has changed forever, possibly you may have been diagnosed with cancer, or your child may have been rushed to the Children’s Hospital with no clue as to why they were sick. Well, that’s exactly what the Hayes family has been dealing with for the past year. Connor Luke was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma.  According to Memorial Sloan Kettering, Neuroblastoma is a rare cancer that develops in the sympathetic nervous system, a network of nerves that carries messages from the brain throughout the body. About 700 children are diagnosed every year in the United States. Connor Luke has had long treatments and has had stem cell transplants which seem to have taken and is now dealing with waiting for kidney transplants as he lost both of his during this process.


Northwest Georgia Rising Stars Magazine wants to support the Hayes family as much as possible as Chad Hayes is the head softball coach at Sonoraville High School in Calhoun and also is part of the NWGA Rising Stars family as a writer.


To help with some of the expenses and help with Christmas, we are furthering our efforts through a silent auction and raffle and would greatly appreciate your support.  We would be honored if you could donate something towards the silent auction or raffle.


If would like to purchase raffle tickets they are $10.00 per ticket, 5 tickets $35.00 and 10 tickets $50.00.


If you would, please contact Brian Pruett at 678-755-0961 or email brian@nwgarisingstars.com, by December 12th as we will be holding a Facebook live drawing on December 18th at 3 p.m.


Thank you in advance for your participation and support!




Brian Pruett

Co-Founder/V.P. of Marketing

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