by JENNIFER COOPER
by JENNIFER COOPER
by JENNIFER COOPER
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.
Reach out for help – Reach out for hope.
Text TN to 741 741
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.”
by SIERRA HODGSON
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!
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.”
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.
Approximately 30 HCHS students boarded a bus early this morning and headed to UT Martin for a personalized college tour.
The event is sponsored by the Deal family, a local family with ties to the university. Dr. Charley Deal is an HCHS graduate and is an official at UT Martin.
Students from East Hickman are also a part of the trip.
Juniors completed the long-anticipated ACT today after weeks of preparation. Last week, students filled out the demographics portion for colleges to take into consideration. The four-hour test began at approximately 8:30 a.m. and all testing was finished by approximately 12:15. Scores should be reported in three to eight weeks.
All juniors must take the ACT as mandated by the state of Tennessee; the ACT is a major factor is college acceptance and scholarship opportunities.
A two-vehicle crash was staged in front of HCHS with several “victims” in and around the wreck. Emergency personnel quickly arrived on the scene and began rescue efforts. Vanderbilt’s LifeFlight helicopter circled overhead, which lended extra credibility to the scene.