EHHS Track and Field Teams Dominate Home Event

EHHS hosted its first post-Covid track meet, the first in four years. Teams from 8 surrounding schools participated while EHHS dominated the meet in men and women’s events leading the second place team by 21 points for the women and 24 for the men.

From left to right beginning at the top left: Nick Starr, discus; Emily Kuhn, discus; Gabriel Tapia, shotput; Jasmine Saleh, shotput.

Photos courtesy of Victoria Gordon Photography

Columbia State Competition Winners

On March 24th, students from East Hickman High School competed at the Columbia State High School Competition. This is an annual competition where students from all over Tennessee compete in a diverse selection of categories. Matthew S. placed third in Algebra 1, Shelby C. (not pictured) placed first in Archeology, Brooklyn L. placed second in Mass Communications and third in Sociology, and Joshua L. placed first in Video.

Left to right, Mathew S., Joshua L., and Brooklyn L.

Concert Review: Gracie Abrams “The Good Riddance Tour” 

Check out the “Concert Culture: A Human Experience” article in the digital archive of this year’s Fall edition. The article explored the connections that humans make to both the music and each other with every in-person concert. This idea resounded with students, teachers, and community members.

Gracie Abrams has recently risen to fame after releasing her debut album, Good Riddance. The singer has been releasing music since 2019, including 2 EPs prior to the release of her album. She had opened for Olivia Rodrigo, but also had headline tours of her own. With her newest album, it was time for her to get back on the stage. Her tour was set to start March 7th in Chicago, IL and will finish April 10th in San Francisco, CA. I, an Eagles ‘Eye reporter, went to her Nashville, TN show to see what Gracie Abrams was really all about. 

When Good Riddance was first released in February, I immediately fell in with it. The 12 track album made me feel angry, sad, and every emotion in between. So, when she announced her tour, I had to buy tickets. The concert took place at Marathon Music Works, a small standing venue with a capacity of about 1,500 people. Before this concert, I had never been to such a small intimate venue. If you ever get the chance to attend a concert in a venue like this, I highly recommend it. 

I got in line at about 2PM (4.5 hours before the doors open), and it was an interesting experience. I made friends, got rained on, got stared at by tourists, and delivered a pizza! Although getting rained on wasn’t my favorite way to spend those 4 hours, I wouldn’t change a thing. After being let into the venue, I found myself being 5 rows back from the stage. The view was amazing! Tiny Habits, the opener, came on stage at 8PM to perform a completely acoustic set.

They performed released and unreleased songs, as well as a cover of “Landslide” by Fleetwood Mac. When it was Gracie’s turn to take the stage, the crowd went wild. She performed songs from all her past projects and her new album. She interacted with the crowd while she sang, making time to stop and just talk with the people there for her. Overall, her stage presence was a 10/10. She made the show fun and enjoyable even when she sang some of her saddest songs. This was easily the best concert I’ve ever been to, and I would do it all over again if I could. 

I also want to bring attention to how amazing the staff was at Marathon Music Works. They were constantly handing out water for free, and making sure everyone was safe and cool. Both Gracie and the venue receive a 10/10 from me. Gracie Abrams will be opening 28 shows for Taylor Swift, including Nashville (which I will be attending), so maybe I will be back later this year on an update on all things Gracie Abrams, and of course, Taylor Swift. 

Photos taken by @/joeybrodnax on Instagram.

Be In The Zone (BITZ)

BITZ is a driver safety program that targets teen drivers. The program originally started by Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt is now being spread to schools all over Tennessee.

Here at East Hickman High multiple clubs have been working on their own projects to spread word of BITZ and the dangers of distracted driving. Recently, there was a Pie Day organized by Mrs. Boehms and culinary students. Paper cars with various driving statistics were hidden around the school for students to find. These cars were to be turned in to Mrs. Boehms in order to receive a delicious mini pie. Coming up there will be a Prom Promise activity held by Mrs. Poth and hopefully a photo booth that encourages driving safely.

Lady Eagles are back-to-back district champs

This is the 2nd year in a row that the Lady Eagles have become district champs! They had their first regional game on February 24th which was a nail-biter against Union City. At halftime, the score of the game was 23-22. Throughout the game, they were able to hold onto the lead where they finished with a score of 47-43. After this fantastic victory, they played their final game of the post-season regional games against Westview on February 27th.

I know I speak for everyone in Hickman County to say that we can’t wait to see what they can accomplish next year!

Theater’s Declining Popularity and the Biggest Releases That Can Reclaim Audiences

Movie theaters have gone down in popularity. Covid-19 is a factor, but the biggest factors involve streaming services and prices. Teenagers, especially, are not as interested in going to the cinema. According to Forbes, 55% of people say they would rather stay home and watch movies. 50% said theaters are too expensive. Despite the declining popularity of theaters, there are huge releases that do not go to streaming until much later after their theatrical release.

The horror film M3gan, released on January 6, has so far been the most popular film this year. It was a surprise hit that already has a sequel in the works. February through July is already packed with anticipated films.

On February 17, Marvel Studios’ Antman and the Wasp Quantumania is going to be released. It is the third film in the Ant Man series, and a fourth is already in discussion. March is filled with anticipated releases. Creed 3, directed by the star of the trilogy, Michael B Jordan, is going to released on March 3. Scream 6, the sixth installment of the popular Scream franchise, may be the most anticipated of the month and is scheduled for release on March 10. Keanu Reeves returns as John Wick in John Wick 4 on March 24. 

Moving into spring, releases are even more anticipated. The Super Mario Bros Movie, which has been talked about everywhere since its casting of Chris Pratt as Mario and the praised animation graphics in the trailer, releases April 7. May is another month full of eagerly awaited movies. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3, the third, and presumably final, installment of Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy series is set to release May 5 and could even possibly be one of the highest grossing films this year. Fast X is the tenth film in the long running Fast and the Furious series and releases May 19. 

Kicking off summer blockbuster season, is Spider-Man Across the Spider Verse on June 2. The animated Spider-Man film is one of the most awaited for films after the overwhelming success of its predecessor Spider-Man Into the Spider Verse. Harrison Ford returns as Indiana Jones in Indiana Jones: Dial of Destiny on June 30. No films have been released since 2008’s Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, which was met with mixed audience reception. The last major film in July is Barbie starring Margot Robbie as the titular character. The casting and images of her in costume have become iconic in pop culture. The film is set for release on July 21. 

Second PBIS Trip of 2022-2023 School Year

On January 19, 2023, students with no unexcused absences and no ISS in the second quarter went to Thunder Alley as a reward. Students got the option to hang-out, bowl, or play games in the arcade. Mrs. Presson, one of the teacher chaperones, said, “Students enjoyed the arcade and bowling, but the most important thing was that they enjoyed getting to spend time with friends and teachers just hanging out and chatting.” Mr. Thompson remarked on the positive behavior of the over 150 students that earned the reward; there were no off-campus behavior problems, and students were respectful of the facility and left it clean. Way to go, Eagles!

Lip Sync Battle- Thursday, Dec 15 at 7:00.

The best entertainment value in Hickman county!

Come support Eagle staff and students at the 7th annual lip sync battle. The battle will be held at East Hickman High School in the auditorium on December 15th at 7 PM. Tickets will cost $5, and all proceeds will go to graduation for the class of 2023. Last year, the battle collectively raised $2,110. 

Whoever wins the battle will be awarded with a belt, custom-made by Mrs. Poth. The winner for last year was a large group of students and one teacher. The winners were Abby and Eric Aldridge, Braylee Clark, Ali Cochran, Ella Griffin, Maddie Hobbs, McKinsey Kinnard, Carson Mathis, Hetal Patel, Maleah Pinnix, Madison Reed, and former teacher Cheri Cutelle. Their performances were Hey Ya by Outkast and Feel This moment by Pitbull featuring Christina Aguilera.

Local attraction: Christmas lights galore!

For the second consecutive year, a company known as ELSNashville, short for Extreme Lighting & Sound, is hosting an astonishing Christmas light display known as ¨Holiday Wonders.¨ This display is located in Fairview, Tennessee at the Bowie Nature Park on Hwy 100 and will run from November 25th to December 10th with Thursday to Saturday hours. However, starting December 15th and going to December 23rd, the display will be on daily.

This display costs $25 per car. However, both retired and active military personnel, law enforcement officers, and other first responders can get a $10 discount when presenting identification. However, this is well worth the cost because the best part has yet to be mentioned.

When you arrive, they will tell you a radio station to tune your radio to. This radio station will play a playlist of Christmas music that the lights will ¨dance¨ to. The only other display like this in Tennessee is all the way in Lebanon! After you get through it the first time, you either have the choice to leave the display or go through a second time. However, you are limited to two times. Still, you get a lot of value for the money you spend.

Overall, the city of Fairview made a really good choice by putting this display on. It gives families something local to look forward to and also funds the city government. If this appeals to you and your family, and you want to buy tickets, you can do so online at or at the gate.