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
For the fourth time, Ms. McCaleb’s Envirothon Team takes first place at the Duck River RC&D regional competition. Their next challenge will be the state competition taking place May 7-8 in Crossville. Envirothon is an academic match-up where students compete in topics of wildlife identification and facts, aquatic ecology, forestry management and logging practices, soil judging, and this year’s special topic “Agriculture and the Environment: Knowledge and Technology to Feed the World.”
At the state competition, each student takes a written test, completes a skills test and is given an environmental scenario that they must solve and present. Each team has only 7 hours to prepare their presentation which will be presented the next day in front of a panel of experts from the UT Agriculture Department, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Association (TWRA), Tennessee Forestry Department, and the National Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). The State winner will advance to the Nationals which will be held in North Carolina this year.
Are they “deep” in thought?
Good luck at the State Competition, Envirothon Team!
East Hickman High School welcomes Chris Austin as the new football coach for next year. He played football for four years and basketball for three years in high school. During college, he was part of the football team at UT Martin. Currently, he is coaching at Hickman County High in Centerville.
Coach Austin accepted the position at EHHS because he feels that it would be a great opportunity for him and his future students and players. “I like being involved in kids’ lives,” says the future coach. He will be teaching history at EHHS as well.
As a coach, he hopes to change the atmosphere surrounding and culture of his football players; however, he hopes to accomplish a little more as well. With sincerity, the future coach encouragingly states that he wants to be a part of all the good things in the future for EHHS,“not changing the atmosphere in the football team, [but] in the school.” He loves competitions and watching his team succeed. He greeted parents, students, and faculty at the Community Night hosted by EHHS school on March 7, 2019.
East Hickman High School held its annual friendly lip sync battle between the classes and departments. Freshman Thora Deloach dethroned last year’s champion, Mr. Scott Angell, who is one of the high school’s Spanish teachers. Thora and her group composed two choreographed dances—one to the song “Riptide“ by Vance Joy and one music piece from the kids movie “Trolls.”