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.”
East Hickman High School again partnered with the Red Cross foundation to host a blood drive. Students seventeen and up could donate at any time throughout the school day while students age sixteen needed a parent’s permission; the donors lined up and were laid down on cots. Mrs. Kelly, the health science teacher at EHHS, led the blood drive while her HOSA students partnered with the Red Cross to facilitate it. HOSA members observed and learned as professionals drew pints of blood from people in the student body. HOSA members also located donors and escorted them safely back to class after donating blood. HOSA President Alex Garcia and member Fran Batson were in charge of admitting students, teachers, and parent donors.
Mrs. Boehms’ culinary art students didn’t just ‘take the cake,’ they brought it to the show along with cupcakes, cookies, and candy. Congratulations to the EHHS TN State Fair winners in youth creative arts!
Emily B. won first place as well as Best in Show in decorated cakes. What an adorable hedgehog!
Bre W. won 2nd and Stephanie A. won 3rd in decorated cakes.
Alyssa B. won 1st and Hailey A. won 2nd in tasted cupcakes.
Lina M. won 1st in candy.
Grace B. won 1st, Joey M. won 2nd, and Ben R. won 3rd in cookies.
The Eagles played the Fairview Yellow Jackets for the first time in years. Even though the Eagles lost, they played a talented Fairview team who went to state playoffs last year. Because of the reputation and proximity of Fairview, it brought students out to the game to form a student section where they chanted and supported the Eagles throughout the game. For homecoming on September 13th, the Eagles will take on the Stewart county Rebels. Make plans to come out and support your Eagles!
Tre F. doubles the school’s rushing touchdown record in a football game on August 23rd. The Eagles win their first game of the season against the Perry County Vikings with a score of 47-7. At halftime, the Eagles led 27-0. Tre, a senior, ended the game with a total of six rushing touchdowns, doubling the Eagles’ previous record of three. Codey T., also a senior, had a touchdown at the end of the 4th quarter. At the beginning of the 4th quarter, Perry County got their only touchdown.
On August 13, 2019, East Hickman High School was honored to receive Governor Bill Lee, House Representative Curcio, and other state officials for a tour of the Career-Technical department.
Governor Lee interacted with the students of EHHS and explained how, when he was in school, classes such as Culinary, Mechatronics, and Agricultural Science were not a large part of the curriculum. He confidently stated that they were making a comeback and receiving more focus.
Governor Lee and Representative Curcio showed interest in the small delights Mrs. Boehms’ culinary class prepared for them and spent a few minutes of their visit enjoying the snacks and chatting with the culinary students. They continued to move from classroom to classroom talking and listening to students and teachers.
Toward the end of the visit, Channel 2 News initiated a short interview asking what was the biggest problem rural counties like Hickman county face. The plight of rural counties was one of the first executive decisions made by Governor Lee after his inauguration. His GIVE (Governor’s Investment in Vocational Education) program seeks to bring additional opportunities to rural communities by allowing more interaction and collaboration between the private sector, communities, and local schools.
Last Friday, May 3, Mr. Scott Angell and a handful of his students went to East Hickman Elementary School in celebration of Cinco de Mayo. The teacher and his students spent the past few weeks building piñatas for the EHES’s first grade. The kids got to beat open piñatas, and candy was split between the first grade classes.
High School students were given the offer to sign up for the opportunity to teach one of the first grade classes a lesson in Spanish. Students put together many creative activities for the children. The kids got to learn about the following: animals, colors, and food. The celebration was a success and everyone involved, high schoolers or elementary kids, enjoyed themselves.
The Special Olympics was a very sentimental event for the participants, organizers, volunteers, and attendees alike. The student tunnel organized for the EHHS athletes was extremely touching for many as just seeing students encourage and support the athletes brought tears to some. Watching the events also brought smiles to the audience as the happiness, cheers, and moments of celebration shown by the athletes during the competition conveyed their pure joy to be competing. After watching the Special Olympics, some students felt that everyone could take a lesson from the athletes in happiness and simply enjoying life. Student volunteer Skylar Collier recalls her experience as, “one of the most fun things I have ever had the pleasure of participating in. The kids were absolutely wonderful and the sweetest people ever.”
At the end of the event, athletes participated in a closing ceremony in which they did a brief dance to the “Hokey Pokey.” Fellow student volunteer Kyla O’Guin describes the ending ceremony, “It was made clear during this that the teachers, athletes, and student volunteers had been motivated and encouraged by the day’s events, and some even made new friends along the way.” Overall, more than just the athletes enjoyed the event as teachers and volunteer students found encouragement through the event.
Photos courtesy of Mrs. Donna Holt and Mrs. Sheryl Robinson