It’s at this time of year when the finality of a chapter closed will dawn on the Class of 2018. Sure you have your diploma and the cap and gown are who knows where, but it’s now…at the beginning of a new school year when it really hits you that I am never going to go back. You might already be at college sweating through a sports practice or two, or you might be waiting for that move-in date. Maybe you are already working in the “real- world” or working for Uncle Sam in the military. Wherever you are, a twinge happens this time of year, a restlessness, a feeling of relief followed by some wistfulness, and maybe even a little apprehension because a routine that was so certain is now followed by one with new experiences and uncertainty. Never be afraid to take the next step. Smile. Think twice and do the right thing. Soar.
On Wednesday, April 18, EHHS sent two teams to compete in the regional envirothon competition, which took place in Lewis County this year. The competition consists of five 20 minute tests: Aquatics, Forestry, Wildlife, Soils, and Current Issue (Rangelands). Once the teams complete the competition, the tests are scored and posted on a whiteboard. The team that takes first place continues on to the state envirothon competition. After state, the top team heads to nationals, which is held in Idaho this year.
Mrs. McCaleb’s Envirothon team consists of Tate Kinney, Gracie Haynes, Devlin Sheppler, Delanie Livengood, and Andre Walker with alternatives Gracie Delaney and Lexie Larkins. Mr. Flowers’ team included FFA members Lane Cole and Ethan Pendergrass. His team selected the name Flying by the Seat of Our Pants for the competition. Mrs. McCaleb’s team decided to identify as the Sweet Gum Mafia for their repeated mistake of misidentifying the Sweet Gum tree on the Forestry test in previous years. On the way to the competition, Mrs. McCaleb even stopped, when she spotted a Sweet Gum, to remind the team of what the tree looks like.
After the competition, all the teams received meals from Subway. At the conclusion of lunch, the teams were presented with awards, earning each member of the top three teams a medal and a plaque for the top team. Third place was given to Hickman County with a collective score of 276 points. Placing second was Collinwood for a total of 302 points. Mrs. McCaleb’s team placed first with 394 points. The Sweet Gum Mafia was the top performing team in all five of the categories, scoring a 63 in Soils, 70 in Aquatics, 88 in Current Issue, 88 in Wildlife, and 83 in Forestry. This was the fifth year that an EHHS team has placed first in envirothon regionals.
After attaining first in regionals, Mrs. McCaleb rewarded the hard work of her team with ice creams from Sonic. The Hickman County Times acknowledged the accomplishments of EHHS’ Science Club in a short article.
The Sweet Gum Mafia team continued on to the state competition which took place on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 8 and 9.
March 23, 2018, East Hickman High students traveled to Columbia State to participate in the annual high school competition. The competition includes multiple categories such as Psychology, Mass Communication, Poetry Writing, Vocal Music, Oral Interpretation and more. This year East Hickman had four students who placed in the competition: Randy Meadows won 3rd place in Creative Writing, Jacob Hudson won 3rd in U.S. History, Paige King won 3rd in Algebra II and Jacqueline Licona won 1st place in Advance Spanish translation. East Hickman High is proud of all students who competed and represented East Hickman. Participation in this event, coordinated by Mr. Angell, has always resulted in medals for East Hickman High School. EHHS looks forward to the next competition in 2019!
Paige King breaks the girls’ school record for the discus throw. In this track and field event, the athlete positions themselves inside an 8.25 foot circle and throws a disc, aiming to hurl the disc farther than their competitors or their own personal goals. Female throwers handle a disc that measures 7 inches in diameter and weighs 2.2 pounds.
Preparing mentally and physically for this sport, Paige must work on her strength by working out and her mentality by perfecting her form and technique for throwing the disc. Track and Field Coach Matney explains the complexity of preparing for the discus throw: “There are so many little things that have to be done correctly in order for a maximum distance to be achieved. Focusing on them all correctly is very mentally challenging.”
With all her preparation and guidance from her coach, Paige managed to out throw Abby Livengood’s previous school record of 75 feet and 6 inches by throwing a total of 96 feet and 3 inches. Although she has already surpassed the school’s record, Paige hopes to exceed her record-setting throw, intending to throw over 100 feet before the season comes to an end.
East Hickman High School’s student council organized a Be in the Zone Day on Thursday, March 23rd. The purpose of this event was to inform the student body of the consequences of driving while distracted. To accomplish their goal, they created a mock crash and had a guest speaker who has had firsthand experience from driving while distracted.
The mock crash mimicked a car wreck in which two cars had a head-on collision as a result of one of the drivers texting and driving. Both vehicles were full of students wearing SFX makeup, making it seem as if the students were gravely injured from the collision. There was even a student lying on the asphalt to allude to the fact that they had been ejected out of one of the vehicles.
Then emergency vehicles and personnel, including LifeFlight, raced to the scene and began assessing the situation as if it were a genuine car accident. The emergency responders removed the students from the vehicles, put one on a gurney, and transported them to an ambulance where they were rushed off. Personnel then covered up the students that had passed from the accident.
After evaluating the scene, the police then arrested the student that had been texting and driving. After the emergency team had done their job, a couple of the team members spoke to the crowd of students explaining their process and how serious it is to drive while distracted.
Later that day, there was a guest speaker who had came to speak to the students about the consequences that he has suffered after driving impaired. The speaker, Blake McMeans, spoke about how he was an upcoming star tennis player, already one of the best in the state at a young age; however, he had taken up drinking shortly after his father, who was also his role model, had passed away. Blake decided to drive home after drinking one night which drastically altered his life, greatly affecting his physical abilities, and ending his tennis career. See more about his story at the following link: http://blakemcmeans.com/
These efforts were made by East Hickman High, its students, emergency personnel, and Blake McMeans to help the student body understand how life altering driving while distracted can be.
On February 28, 2018, after choosing between schools, Amanda Vise signs to play soccer at Martin Methodist University. The Martin Methodist girls’ soccer team is known for their four year streak of championships in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and season record of 21-1-2. The team is top in their district as they continue to triumph over opponents.
The signing was no surprise to the head coach and fellow teammates, considering her driven attitude and defensive skills. She is also known to attend every game and practice and is persistent during a tough game as Head Coach Wendell Gordon adds, “Amanda is a consistent player who gives her 100% every game.”
Amanda’s senior year playing high school soccer, during fall of 2017, the team had their first ever winning season in school history. Amanda and her many defensive saves contributed to this as she stepped up to play the roll of captain on the defensive line. Things seemed to go downhill after the teams one and only goalie, Franny Caven, suffered from a broken finger. However, after introducing Brienna Mobley to the position of goalie, the defensive line continued to show strength. Center defender Amanda Vise and ‘right hand girl’ Katherine Askins did not let the setback slow them down as they continued to show extra hustle to keep the ball out of the net as Brienna adjusted to her new position.
The chemistry Miss Vise helped spark on defense proved to show a great outcome as the girls ended their season with 6 wins and 5 losses which was the first winning season in the history of high school girls’ soccer. She has led a very successful high school career as she received the Team M.V.P award last season in 2017. She was also awarded with Defensive M.V.P in 2016 and Defensive M.V.P and All District Player in 2015.