Class of 2020, never in your wildest dreams did you imagine ending high school in this way! You may have not even had the chance to become afflicted with “senioritus,” (that somewhat predictable itch to “just be done”)—but here we are… at this moment! The senior walk has become a tradition now at EHHS and is a celebration for all past teachers to “see you off” to the next step of your life. This year, the “walk” becomes a drive. It looks like many of you are taking the changes in stride as your vehicles sport jokes like “straight outta’ quarantine” and “Class of 2020-Skip Day Champions”! Class of 2020…you will go down in history!
As part of our celebration this week, there will be a series of short videos from EHHS’s faculty and staff with messages to the Class of 2020. We love you and wish all the best for you as you move into the next stage of your life. We will see you at graduation!
I Still Believe, is a newly released film based on a true story, the story not only promotes faith and trust in God, but also the encouraging power of love. The story is of a young woman, named Melissa Henning, and a man, named Jeremy Camp, falling for each other through their love of music, and of course, their faith towards God. Sadly, once their newly found love is formed, it is immediately put to the test. The couple face the biggest challenge of all, cancer. When Jeremy and Melissa get the news, they both manage to persevere through the power of Jeremy’s original music about his love for her and God. When their love is challenged, the audience is drawn into the movie as they learn how love can change one life, and how one life can change the world. In fact, Jeremy met his second wife at one of his concerts, shortly after word spread of Melissa’s story. The movie is filled with twists and turns that put the audience in an emotional frenzy. The Common Sense Media reviews the movie as, “This love story has the heart swells of The Notebook, the unexpected twists of a Nicholas Sparks novel, and the anguish of The Fault in Our Stars: The proof is your depleted tissue box. What elevates I Still Believe is that it’s true. If it weren’t, it would be too sappy and overwrought to accept as reality. But Camp has been telling this story at concerts for years, and the events really did happen to him and his first wife, Melissa.” The movie is very heartfelt with powerful messages for everyone, religious or not. The Common Sense Media described it by simply stating, “Bring tissues for wholesome but sad Christian romance.”
Since the theaters are closed, the movies mentioned above with the exception of I Still Believe can be found for rent through either YouTube or Amazon Prime. Many steaming platforms are rushing to move in-theater titles to at-home viewing, but they come with a price tag, roughly $20 to purchase the title. Both Comcast and Amazon Prime are offering a few in-cinema titles, and I Still Believe may become available through one of those platforms, but that is still to be determined at this time. Or…wait for it, and it will be out for rent at non-movie going prices.
I have asked our student journalists who are available digitally in the Eagle’s Eye staff to choose topics and continue writing on our blog post. We all are seeing enough news about COVID-19, so they are writing about what interests them and what they are doing to fill this time. I am optimistic about our time apart as evidenced by the kind gestures many people are making toward each other and some of the offers put forward by many companies at this time. Exercise platforms are offering free videos, guitar and other instrument makers are offering free lessons, Audible has many free audio books that are available, and of course, if you haven’t seen a “how to make bread at home” video, then where have you been in the last week? I am sure new TikTok dance videos are up, Instagram posts are flying, and all of us “old people” are scrolling through Facebook. My point is that we are all separately together. (I hope all the students just thought, “That’s an oxymoron!”) Enjoy the student posts which follow.
For the past few years East Hickman High School’s students have participated in Columbia State’s competition for high school students. This is an event hosted on the community college’s campus that many different schools attend and compete. Any high school student can sign up for no more than two chosen categories. The students are not required to fill both sessions of time but are more than welcome to sign up for both. If a student has a free session, they are also encouraged to be part of an audience in certain categories such as vocals, oral translation, visual arts, and piano. This year, East Hickman High School did have winning participants: Skyler C., Keanda G., Darrell B., Thora D., and Alyssa T. Next year, all students are encouraged to sign up and experience the thrill of competing and watching fellow classmates compete against other schools.
On Monday, January 27, 2020, the school’s Future Business Leaders of America club had their regional competition in Clarksville. The students competed in many business related fields with Mason T. placing 6th for Impromptu speaking; Nathaniel T.- 3rd in Economics; Dylan W.- 2nd for Business Law; Taylor T.-1st in Economics, and Brandon A., Jesse P., and Slaid R.-1st Entrepreneurship. Most of these students are going to the state competition in Chattanooga on April 6-8, 2020.
All competitors had to take a 100 question test in an hour. Some competitors had to perform at the competition, and the rest had work to do and turn in at school before the competition. They had a 25 minute wait and prep time to read a prompt and make a 6 minute presentation. The other competitors had workshops and speakers all day until 2 pm when the award ceremony began.
Closed for the Holidays will be performed by the Senior drama class on Thursday, Dec 5th at 7:00 and Sunday, Dec 8th at 5:oo. Tickets are $8 at the door. Come out to have an entertaining evening and to support EHHS’s Drama department.
The play will also be performed in school for students only on Dec 17th and 19th with tickets for $2.
Sneak peeks… Come see how the play unfolds as a blizzard strikes…in Florida!
Cadets marching, a band and choir, and the fallen comrade table were all part of the Veterans Day ceremony. East Hickman High celebrated Veterans Day with its fourth annual commemoration organized by Mrs. Robyn Hayes. Hickman County High ROTC members presented ceremonial aspects of the event.
Veterans in attendance for the event were recognized by their name, branch of service, rank, and status of combat service. The ROTC presented the Fallen Comrade Table ceremony that honored those lost or missing. The EHMS and EHHS band and choir came together to play the National Anthem and sing parts of each branch’s theme song.
As cold rain and wind blew, the Eagles ran through the banner to start the game. The Eagles’ Senior Night was played on October 25th against Zion Christian Academy where the Eagles lost a very hard fought defensive battle. The Eagles blocked a punt in the end zone and completed a two point conversion to tie the game 8-8 at half time. Zion scored what would end up being the game-winning touchdown in the 3rd quarter. Even though the Eagles held them scoreless in the 4th quarter, they were not able to score themselves. The Eagles’ last game is this Friday, November 1st, against Scotts Hill High School in Reagan TN, Henderson County.
East Hickman High School’s volleyball season has come to a close. The ladies obtained three wins, one of which was Santa Fe on September 24th. Freshman Kaydance G. states, “We tried and played our hardest and got the win.” Junior Saylor N. says the best game of their season was “Senior night since we got to represent our two seniors in the best way possible.”
The girls had different opinions on what is the worst thing about volleyball. Kaydance states “losing and feeling defeated” is the worst, but Saylor says “all the conditioning” may be the worst thing about volleyball.
Both girls agree that teamwork creates the best thing about the season. Gill states the best thing is “the team and how we are all sisters and love one another.” Saylor agrees about “how it is not an ‘I’ sport, and you have to be watching out for your team.”