EHHS Blood Drive

Blood donation is essential as “there are no substitutes for blood, platelets or plasma—they cannot be manufactured,” according to Cedars East Hickman High School and the Red Cross held a blood drive on Monday, November 21st where all HOSA, Health Occupations Students of America, members were able to watch and learn about all the steps that go into a blood drive.

Students were able to help check people in as well as provide snacks to participants. In total, there were 23 participants collecting over 20 units of blood that could be used to help save lives in the future. Cedars Sinai states that one unit of blood can save up to three lives and that 38,000 units of blood are needed every day in the U.S while only 2% of the population actually donates.

HOSA members have smiling faces coming soon to the health care profession.

How good is it? Good stew and even better memories

“I will always associate beef stew with happiness.” These are the opening words to the descriptive essay I needed to write for my Freed Hardeman’s Dual Enrollment English class. After that essay, people started to talk about the beef stew, my Granny’s, beef stew.

The point of the writing assignment was to be very descriptive to help visualize what you wanted to show. Because of this, I was using sentences like  “the potatoes melt in the mouth and all the juice that they have absorbed from the couple of hours of socializing with the beef and vegetables just burst like a water balloon” and “ With every chew, I taste a little bit of the onion, celery, and tomato until eventually, all the juice has left and what remains is the sweet and savory taste of the beef, which has a lasting effect until I’m able for another bite.”

My grandmother is from South America and the country of Chile. She moved to the United States when she turned 23. She lived in Long Island, New York for 15 years then moved to Tennessee, so she could be with the rest of her family and has stayed in Tennessee since.  

When I asked my grandma what she thought about people talking about her stew, she said she felt it was “cool” how people she hasn’t met were suddenly interested. Has this made you think about what this tastes like? 

The Eagle’s Eye crew decided to taste test for themselves and agreed that it lives up to the hype that I built up around the stew. In my essay I declared, “it will be one of the best foods I will ever eat.” To try it for yourself, follow the recipe below.

Mrs. Cabrera’s Beef Stew

1 10-12 quart stock pot

 4 Tablespoons (T) of cooking oil

2 cut up onions

 4 lbs of stew meat

 6 chopped stalks of celery

1 1/2 lbs carrots cut up 

 2 cans of stewed tomatoes (14 oz)

 4 to 6 chopped potatoes 

2 t. paprika

1 ½ t. oregano

1 ½ t. garlic

2 t. black pepper

2 t.  basil

4 beef bouillon cubes or 5 tsp of “Better than Bouillon” paste

Cook the 4 lbs of stew meat in the stock pot in the oil. Add paprika, oregano, garlic, pepper, and basil. Add the 2 chopped onions when the meat is browned. Continue cooking and add chopped celery. Add a little water if needed to keep from sticking. Add the stewed tomatoes, the bouillon cubes or bouillon paste along with 10 cups of water. When the stew comes to a boil, turn to a simmer and cook until the meat is tender. Add the chopped carrots and simmer for 15 minutes. Add the chopped potatoes. Simmer until the potatoes are just tender ( approximately 7 minutes). The potatoes will continue to cook, so do not overcook or the potatoes will break down too much. 

Photo credit: Eric Aldrich

Horror Movie Stereotypes and How They Formed the Genre

For many decades, horror movies have been popular. There are many character types from films that are highly referenced and parodied in today’s culture.

Classic horror films like Halloween, Friday the 13th, and A Nightmare on Elm Street, which are often considered the most influential to the genre, all popularized different types of characters in horror films. Their influence shows in the horror genre even today.

Recent horror films like It, Don’t Breathe, and the 2018 Halloween sequel of the same name, Halloween, continue using character tropes established by preceding horror films, but usually do them in more self-aware ways. Some horror films, such as Scream, I Know What You Did Last Summer, and The Cabin in the Woods, reference and make fun of how the characters act while still using them to tell its story.

The “final girl” is a character type and possibly the most popular trope in the genre. They are often the last character left at the end and are the ones who notice something is not right throughout. There is sometimes a “final boy,” who is either with the “final girl” or substitutes for the “final girl.” It is typically a single woman in the role. One of the most famous examples is Laurie Strode from the Halloween franchise.

Another popular character type are non-believers. They are typically in supernatural horror movies and are infuriating to audiences. They make explanations for weird occurrences and choose not to focus on what is actually going on and condemn the other characters as crazy. They eventually learn their lessons when it is too late. Two popular non-believer characters are the parents of final girl Nancy Thompson in the 1984 film A Nightmare On Elm Street.

A popular character type, is the harbinger of doom. They are perceived as crazy but are actually warning the characters of real danger. Their warnings are ignored and not taken seriously. This type of character became popular in the original Friday the 13th all the way back in 198o, with a character known as “Crazy Ralph.”

Other types of characters include the the red herring, which can be shared with multiple characters, an older authority figure, and, in more self-aware horror movies, a character that points out horror tropes. These characters make up most horror films. When done correctly, it creates a truly great film. When having a horror movie marathon this year, pay attention to the characters tropes.

FBLA and FCCLA Take On The Titans

FBLA and FCCLA “skipped” school this week for a field trip to Nissan Stadium! The stadium holds an event annually known as “Titans Learning Lab.” Many clubs and organizations attend this eventful day to learn about how the stadium and team is run day-by-day. East Hickman students who attended this trip talked to various employees, starting with the social media team and ending with a tour of The Tennessee Titans’ mascot, T-Rac’s, dressing room.

After interviewing a few students, I figured out what interested them the most. Gavin Parrish, FBLA’s Vice President, said that he enjoyed seeing the VIP suites around the stadium. Anna Breece got to meet a group sales manager that she had previously contacted for a FBLA project that was presented at state and national conferences. Although Tyler Allen found the experience very enthralling, her favorite part was the coffee at a local coffee shop in Bellevue. The clubs had a fantastic time and can’t wait to do it all again next year.

Local students achieve the rank of Eagle Scout

One of our sophomore students at EHHS, Jacob Scheuring, just recently achieved the rank of Eagle Scout within the Boy Scouts of America. Previously, during the summer, Ryan Strawser, also from Troop 237 out of Lyles, gained this rank.

When Jacob relates what inspired him to become an Eagle Scout, he replied, ¨I just wanted to be like my brother [Christian Scheuring, 2022 graduate]. But then I wanted to be better. And so it was like a chain reaction that I was like, wait, I can be better than you. So I did that.¨  He has also developed many skills in the process. Jacob replies, ¨Definitely leadership survival outdoors. Gotta love not dying. Can’t forget not dying. I mean, yeah. Communication skills. Tying [knots], leadership, [and] outdoors. Basic stuff.¨ These are definitely some important skills. 

Every candidate for Eagle Scout must complete a service project. Jacob built birdhouses, Christian built benches in the park and along the trail, and Ryan built picnic tables for the Buford McCord Memorial Park. Because of these service projects, and the other requirements, they were rewarded with the rank of Eagle Scout.

Jacob Scheuring and Ryan Strawser- Eagles now on two fronts!

At the end of the day, the role of Eagle Scout is a great feat to accomplish. If you see either of the new Eagle Scouts in the halls, congratulate them! They went over many mountains to get this feat.

College Fair Returns!

East Hickman High School finally had their annual college fair since the school year of 2019-2020. Over twenty different colleges came to the campus including the Army, Navy, and National Guard. It was an all-around good experience for seniors and juniors to learn more about colleges that they may have not heard about before. The colleges handed out pamphlets showing different types of scholarships and what they will offer at their institute.

This week is free college application week, September 19-23. Seniors, make sure to check your google classroom for information from Mrs. Meadows. Some colleges’ free application extends past these dates— make sure to check your college of choice.

Looking Back at Summer: FBLA Nationals in Chicago

Over the summer, FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) went to Chicago to compete in nationals after placing second in Introduction to Social Media Strategies and fourth in Website Design at the Tennessee state competition in early April.  Over the course of several days, we went to the Chicago Bean, gave our presentations, and explored the city.  We attended multiple workshops to acquire different skills one might need in the business world. 

Even though neither of our teams placed in Nationals, we took the opportunity to explore the city and catch a glimpse of the big city. We are so grateful that we were given this opportunity to go and represent our school.  We are looking forward to hopefully getting a chance to go again this summer.

Last First Pep Rally

With the winning of the spirit stick at the pep rally, the Senior Class has experienced their last first pep rally. In order to emphasize their entry, the senior class entered the gym through a tunnel of cheerleaders after every other class. Some class members are already experiencing the pains of seeing the end of their high school careers. Tapanga Hayes remarked that “I knew it would go by fast, but I didn’t realize it would be that fast.” Other seniors may only experience these emotions at the beginning of the next school year when high school starts early in August without them.

The first home game of the season left the Eagles short with the score of 30-2 against the Mount Pleasant Tigers. It is early in the season, so there is plenty of time for the Eagles to regroup and take charge. The next home game will be homecoming on September 9th when the Eagles take on Stewart County. The theme will be based on vs. (versus).

Updated: Braylee Is Second in State in Triple Jump

After competing and ranking eighth in the state in the pentathlon, Braylee Clark is second in the state in triple jump. Her final distance in the event, which is a horizontal jump beginnning with a running start and then a hop, a bound, and a jump into the sand pit, was 34 feet 2 1/4 inches.

Photo courtesy of EHHS Athletic Department

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Braylee Clark ranks eighth in the state after competing in the pentathlon. This event includes 100 meter hurdles, long jump, shot put, high jump, and the 800 meter run. These events are completed sequentially with a 20 minute break between each event.

Braylee will continue in state competition with the 300 meter hurdles and triple jump. Going into this portion of the state meet, Braylee is ranked second in the state in triple jump! What a way to represent yourself and the Eagles, Braylee!

Photo courtesy of EHHS Athletic Department

EHHS Senior Walk: The Pathway to Success

On May 11th, 2022, our senior class walked through each East Hickman school. The walk started with the song ¨Celebration¨ by Kool and the Gang. The music played over the intercom to congratulate the seniors on their soon-to-be graduation from their K-12 education. The seniors started walking through the school from the CTE hallway to the front of the building. Then, they loaded onto a buses to travel to the other schools. Overall, the seniors enjoyed being in the spotlight for some of their final moments at East Hickman High School.