HCHS Honors Veterans

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By CHENYA O’HARA

Due to the 2018 Veteran’s Day falling on a Sunday, HCHS held its ceremony on Monday, November 12.

First, Centerville Mayor Gary Jacobs and Hickman County Mayor Mark Bentley spoke and were then followed by Lieutenant Colonel Price, First Sergeant Riley, Cadet Lieutenant Garrett Cochran, and Cadet Command Sergeant Major Raquel Zitta.

The band performed the national anthem (among other songs), and the choir performed The Tribute to the Armed Forces. The Color Guard presented an array of flags before the national anthem was performed and the veterans were recognized by name, conflict, and branch of the military. A table ceremony honored each branch of the military, with the branches visually represented by their uniform caps. The American flag was then folded by a group of JROTC cadets, followed by other choir and band performances, until the closing remarks were made by Lieutenant Colonel Price.

Including Lieutenant Colonel Price and First Sergeant Riley, a total of 45 veterans attended the ceremony. Of those, 29 were in the Army, 8 were in the Navy, 4 were in the Air Force, and 4 were Marines. 2 Purple Heart recipients were also mentioned.

Also in attendance were the students and teachers from Hickman County Middle School, who came to support the veterans of their community.

EHHS held its annual Veterans Day ceremony on Friday, November 9. At EHHS certain students were chosen to lead the pledge and prayer, and the school library was dedicated to a Medal of Honor recipient.

A big thank you again to all veterans for their acts of heroism and service!

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The Duel of Highway 100

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 by CHAYTEN CASAUS

  September was a busy month for the rivalry between HCHS and East Hickman. The two schools faced off athletically over 4 different sports on 5 separate days. The Bulldogs emerged victorious in almost every encounter.

Volleyball faced off on Tuesday, September 11, with Hickman obliterating the Eagles at EHHS in 3 sets. The Eagles never scored over a dozen points.

Also at East on Tuesday, the girl’s soccer teams left it all out on the pitch. The end result of the hard-fought match was a 4-3 East victory. On Thursday, September 13, the two teams met again, at our house. Both teams battled hard but had to walk away and settle for a 1-1 draw.

Friday night finally arrived and the moment we had all been waiting for was upon us. The Eagle and Bulldog football teams kicked off at 7 pm on September 14, and from the start, the Bulldogs dominated. HCHS controlled all 4 quarters, racking up over 350 yards of offense and displaying a stifling defense.

The Bulldogs continued their 4-year win streak with a 36-0 shutout of the Eagles.

The following week, the boys and girls cross country teams faced off on the afternoon of September 18 at East’s course. Our boys placed 3rd overall, again beating out East.

To top it all off, the Bulldog girls golf team sits at 1st in the district.

Hickman County fall sports have proven exceptionally doninant this year and have made the students, staff, and everyone involved proud.

 

 

 

FBLA mums decorate HCHS

by ELI ISTRE

FBLA had a very successful fundraiser this year, selling more than 200 mums! The money will go toward the business club’s field trip to the Titans Learning Lab in November.

Members unloaded, organized and distributed the mums on Wednesday, September 26. Thank you to everyone who purchased these beautiful flowers!

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Get Ready for Red Ribbon Week October 23-31st

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by JENNIFER COOPER

TNStrong Adviser

DID YOU KNOW? Children of parents who talk to their teens regularly about drugs are 42% less likely to use drugs than those who don’t; yet, only a quarter of teens report having these conversations.
Red Ribbon Week® (October 23-31), the oldest and largest drug prevention campaign in the nation, is your opportunity to get the ongoing conversation started. This year’s theme is Life Is Your Journey. Travel Drug Free.®
WHAT IS RED RIBBON WEEK? It is an ideal way for people and communities to unite and take a visible stand against drugs. Show your personal commitment to a drug-free lifestyle through the symbol of the Red Ribbon, October 23 – 31st.
 WHY? The Red Ribbon Campaign® was started when drug traffickers in Mexico City murdered DEA agent Kiki Camarena in 1985. This began the continuing tradition of displaying Red Ribbons as a symbol of intolerance towards the use of drugs. The mission of the Red Ribbon Campaign® is to present a unified and visible commitment towards the creation of a DRUG – FREE AMERICA.
WHO? National Family Partnership is the sponsor of the National Red Ribbon Week® Celebration. We are helping citizens across the country come together to keep children, families and communities safe, healthy and drug-free, through parent training, networking and sponsoring the National Red Ribbon Campaign® .
WHY SUPPORT THE NATIONAL THEME? A theme unifies each year’s campaign and helps to broadcast one message, creating a tipping point to change behavior.
For more information, visit www.redribbon.org
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TNStrong Provides Suicide Prevention Education

by JENNIFER COOPER

TNStrong Adviser

September is National Suicide Prevention and Awareness month. Here at HCHS, we are committed to educating our staff and students about the facts regarding suicide. Our TNStrong students have created several posters that are both inspirational and informative.   Some of these posters include pertinent statistical information regarding suicide – Did you know that over 38,000 Americans die by suicide every year? In the United States, the suicide rates are the highest in spring, with suicide being the 3rd leading cause of death for 15-24 year olds and the 2nd for 24-35 year olds.  These statistics are staggering.  

Death by suicide is preventable if we take action and do our part to recognize the warning signs and practice Q(uestion), P(ersuade), R(efer).  If you are concerned about someone, ask the difficult question: “Are you thinking about suicide?” Admittedly, this is never an easy question to ask, but the answer may allow the individual to admit they are struggling and allow the next two steps toward getting help to take place.  If the individual answers affirmatively, try to persuade them to wait 24 hours so the third step can happen – the referral. If you find yourself unable to implement QPR, tell an adult about your concerns for another. One person dies by suicide every 16.2 minutes. Males make up 79% of all suicides but females are more prone to suicidal thoughts.  Don’t let someone become another statistic – each suicide intimately affects at least 6 other people.

Our own Karen Rogers was deeply affected by suicide during her life.  Her son-in-law completed suicide many years ago and this led Karen to become a passionate advocate for the prevention of suicide.  The Suicide Prevention and Awareness Walk at River Park on September 8th was dedicated to her memory.  This year’s walk was attended by close to 150 people – the most there has ever been in attendance.  We are pleased that awareness of this issue is climbing.

Please listen for upcoming events sponsored by TNStrong and HCHS to make Suicide Awareness Month a successful campaign in the effort to slash the statistics.

https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/

Reach out for help – Reach out for hope.  

Text  TN to 741 741

Mrs. Rice exchanges classroom for front office

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By CHAYTEN CASAUS and LILLY OWENS

Among the new faces at HCHS, a familiar face has also caught our attention, but in a new role: Mrs. Julie Rice, our new assistant principal.

Mrs. Rice, a true Hickman Countian, graduated from HCHS in 2005 and has taught English for 9 years, all of them at HCHS. Her tenth year will be especially exciting, since this is her first year as an administrator.

Ever since she was little, Mrs. Rice said she always wanted to be a teacher. “I knew I wanted to teach when I was 4,” she said. “I always used to play teacher.” She started out wanting to teach little kids, but as she got older, she realized that high school was her preferred age group.

After graduation, Mrs. Rice traveled west to Henderson, where she attended Freed Hardeman University and received her undergraduate degree. She decided to attend MTSU to work on her master’s degree.

After a time of mentoring English teachers, Mrs. Rice found that she was passionate about the role of leadership. “I want to teach students and teachers to build their own legacy,” she said.

Even though her passion is strong, she said that it is very different going from an English teacher to an assistant principal. “It’s been a slow change,” she said. “How you deal with things like discipline and getting to know your students are very different.” Even though the job change was pretty drastic, Mrs. Rice had no problem stepping up to the position. “I was comfortable taking the job because I knew the students,” she said.

Even though she is fresh to the job, Mrs. Rice has accumulated a few pros and cons to the job. Her favorite part about the job so far is her ability to help students and teachers while the cons are discipline and getting substitute teachers. When asked if she missed being in the classroom, she said that there are some parts that she misses and other parts that she doesn’t. “I miss building close relationships with students, but I don’t miss grading papers and writing lesson plans,” she said with a smile.  “At least not yet!”

Outside of school, Mrs. Rice has a plethora of hobbies such as shopping, reading, cooking (lasagna roll ups for her husband, Orrie, to be exact), and watching movies, and she is always ready for a relaxing island vacation to the Dominican Republic. She also enjoys spending time with Orrie and their neighborhood cat, Tony Bob, who is a girl.

Even though everyone is still adjusting to our newest principal and assistant principal, Mrs. Rice is looking forward to what the rest of this year has to offer.

“I am excited about this position and I’m excited for what Mr. Eady and I can do together to better the staff and the school.”

What About Second Breakfast?

by SIERRA HODGSON

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Good news for hungry students! HCHS has begun serving second breakfast in between first and second period in the cafeteria lobby. This is primarily for students who do not have time to eat breakfast in the mornings, or have other commitments to fulfill during that time. Second breakfast is free for all students who have not eaten school breakfast before first period. Swing by between classes and grab something tasty!

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Eady named HCHS principal

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by LILLY OWENS

HCHS is closing in on the first quarter with a new principal, Mr. Kevin Eady. Mr. Eady has been spending a lot of time getting acquainted with students and faculty and is also enjoying his role as the #1 Bulldog fan.

Mr. Eady graduated from Moore County High School in 1990 and attended Middle Tennessee State University. He later went on to receive his Masters at Trevecca Nazarene University and went back to MTSU to receive his Ed.S. Before coming to HCHS, Mr. Eady was the principal at E.A Cox Middle School in Columbia.

Mr. Eady said his passion for a career in education started when he was 19 years old. “I got work with kids as a camp counselor and I was good at building relationships with them,” he said. After that, he decided that he wanted to become an educator and a coach.  

When Mr. Eady came to HCHS, his first impression was that the students here don’t know how special they have it. “Y’all have opportunities not a lot of kids have,” he said. One of his goals for this school year is to increase attendance. “70% of success in class is based on attendance at school,” he said. “I want students to enjoy school while working hard, and I also want to build energy and a positive culture.”

When it comes to HCHS school spirit, one might say we are lacking in it. But Mr. Eady wants to change that by bringing the energy back. “Energy comes with caring about others,” he said. “This is your high school, not mine. I want students to be involved and have fun.” He has shown this by his exciting pep talks at the pep rallies, and by cheering on the Dawgs and Lady Dawgs during the fall sports season. 

Mr. Eady was very active in school activities when he was in high school, from sports to clubs. He encourages everyone at HCHS to do the same. “Be as involved as you can. Go to games, get involved in activities, be in clubs. Just be involved.”

Every administrator has likes and dislikes about the job. Mr. Eady’s favorite thing about being an administrator is watching students grow from beginning to end. “It’s rewarding to watch students go from a shy freshman to a strong senior,” he said. But with the good things also come the difficult things. He says that discipline is never easy. “I didn’t come here to suspend people.” He also says that he’s not fond of evaluations, budgeting, and attending staff and state meetings.

Even though Mr. Eady grew up in Moore County, he is no stranger to Hickman County. His wife, Danielle, graduated from HCHS in 1992. His parents still live in Moore County and his daughter, Maya, graduated from Columbia Central High School and will be attending nursing school in the fall. He also has a new puppy named Ace. In his free time, he enjoys doing yard work, playing sports, going for walks, and hanging out with friends and family.

In the short amount of time Mr. Eady has been at HCHS, he has shown the students that he is dedicated to making the school better and keeping the tradition. “You’re getting me and my personality,” he said, smiling. “I say what I mean and I mean what I say.”

HCHS Ties for First in Ag Competition

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Sophomore Bailey Blocker won first place in the block laying competition.
On Wednesday, March 15, HCHS students competed against 3 other schools in an Ag Competition that was hosted in the HCHS CTE wing. Perry County, Lewis County, and East Hickman all showed up to compete in a variety of competitions which included: board fitting, 3-way switch, rafters, brazing & cutting, welding, small engines, plumbing, block laying, land measuring, and differential leveling.
Larry Rochelle, who was a judge, said that it was a “tough competition” and “very close.”
HCHS and EHHS ended up tying for 1st place with 36 out of 44 points, while LCHS placed 2nd with 15 out of 44 points, and PCHS placed 3rd with 6 out of 44 points. Mr. Mayberry said the results were very unusual.  “It’s the first time in my 21 years of teaching that I’ve seen a tie,” he said.

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Congrats to all the students who participated!

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