The Class Of 2021 High School Tour

By Madison Lilly, Assistant Editor

On May 1st, East Hickman High school welcomed the Class of 2021.  When the eighth-graders arrived they were taken to the auditorium and shown two videos: one about graduation requirements and the other with high school students revealing the variety of classes and courses offered here and their experiences with them.

Soon after the rising freshmen were assigned by teacher homeroom to our high school tour guides. Each group contained up to three guides. Through out the day, the eighth-graders asked many questions and even gave some quotes about coming to high school ranging from “High school is definitely going to be interesting” to ”I’m really excited about next year.” One student jokingly commented,  “Why is everyone here so tall?”

Overall,  the tour guides enjoyed escorting the upcoming freshmen and showing what the high school has to offer them. Some of the high school students even got to greet their favorite middle school teachers. At the end of the tour, the eighth- graders returned to the middle school with their preview of high school fresh on their mind. East Hickman High School welcomes the Class of 2021 next year!

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Science Club takes 1st in Regional Envirothon!

By:  Leanna McCaleb, Leah Tidwell, Madison Lilly

On April 19, 2017, the East Hickman High School Science Club and FFA teams competed in the Buffalo-Duck River Resource Conservation and Development Regional Envirothon. The two teams participated in five specific areas and worked as a group to answer multiple detailed questions. In this year’s envirothon, the groups were involved in the topics of Wildlife, Soils, Aquatics, Forestry and the Current Topic of Agricultural Soil and Water Conservation Stewardship.

The two groups of hardworking students did a lot to prepare for the big event. Sophomore Delanie Livengood stated, “It was hard work. I had to study tree identification, soil judging, aquatics, wildlife, and this year, soil and water conservation.” With all the work ethics of the students put together, they all accomplished great things during the event. Troubles, however, did arise as the competition progressed. Ironically, one of the biggest struggles seemed to be “trying to identify the Sweet Gum tree,” described by Tate Kinney, a member of the self-titled Sweet- Gum Mafia team. With all of this pushed aside, the two teams made an incredible win.

This year, Ms. McCaleb’s science club team came in first place while Mr. Flowers’ FFA team placed second.  This was a great accomplishment on their part because the competition was held in our own county.  These students blew the competition away and have set the bar high in our region. The clubs defended Wayne County teams by 105 points, Perry County teams by 169 points, and Lewis County by 203 points.  By finishing in first place, the Science Club  will be competing in the State Envirothon on May 9-10. This will be their second year in a row to participate in the State Envirothon. Last year, they finished in 5th place. The two students, Livengood and Kinney, state that they are “ecstatic and proud of the team.” Kinney continues, “Above all else, I feel dutiful to make up for last year’s loss.” The two additionally stated that they feel that their chances at winning in the future will be very high.

Year FFA Team/ Mr. Flowers Science Club/ Ms. McCaleb
2017 2nd 1st
2016 5th 1st
2015 1st 2nd
2014 1st 6th

The groups show great potential in the future at the state competition. From the scores of this year, the teams will most likely shoot for another win in the near future. The members can look forward to trying to go on to nationals and gaining scholarships which would help them out in the long run.

Overall, the two sets of team mates display a strong work ethic and unique blend of  intelligence. Everyone in the groups works well together and most likely will be together for a while. “Why stop now? I’ve been a part of it for two years now,” states Kinney. From the events, the students seem to show great friendship during their times together. Livengood adds, “I’m friends with everyone on our team, and I enjoy spending time with them.” A win all around.

Record Medals at Columbia State Competition

By: Assistant Editor, Madison Lilly

April 7, 2017 East Hickman high school was well-represented at Columbia State in the annual high school competition with 300 students from 17 high schools in the Middle Tennessee area. The competition presented 18 different subject areas including courses ranging from U.S. History to Piano performance. The trip was organized by Mr. Angell  and accompanied by Ms. Polk and Mr. Mathis.

This year East Hickman set a new record by accumulating six medals: Alex Thomas brought home first place in Mass Communication, Christina Carroll won second place in Sociology, Tate Kinney won first place in Algebra 2 AND Trigonometry, Jackie Licona won second place in Intermediate Spanish, and Rosa Bello followed up with third place in Intermediate Spanish.

In all, twenty- one students from East Hickman participated in the event. Everyone left with a great experience, though some felt let down, we all managed to come together and put smiles on each other faces. Whether just hanging out with friends or meeting some new friends,  I know it was an experience our East Hickman competitors will never forget.

Photos by Mrs. Kenda Polk and Madison Lilly

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Boys’ Soccer- 12 Consecutive Wins!

Last night’s game against Creekwood, with a score of 6-0, made for the twelfth consecutive win for Eagle Boys’ Soccer team. This includes six pre-season scrimmage wins and six season wins, counting a win against the in-county rival Dawgs last week.

Additionally last week, player Taylor Krebs was listed as MaxPreps/NSCAA high school player of the week from Tennessee. During the Bulldog/ Eagle in-county match up, he attained four goals and one assist.

At the beginning of the season, MaxPreps ranked East Hickman’s team as the seventh in national rankings. In individual national rankings listed on MaxPreps, Dylan Gianokos ranked twelfth in assists while Hunter Walker came at fifteenth in goals. Bailey Krebs followed at thirty-ninth in assists and Taylor Krebs as fortieth in goals. Senior Hunter Walker has been offered a soccer scholarship at Union University.

Best of luck, guys! Let the wins continue!

Photos courtesy of Victoria Gordon Photography

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Seniors Top Ten

Left to right- Bottom row: Bailey Krebs, valedictorian; Dillon Graves, salutatorian; Hunter Larkins, Morgan Tucker, Dalton Thomasson

Top row- Hayley Beard, Charis Waters, Joseph Gordon, Taurus Clemons, Cameron WoodardTop Ten 2016-2017

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However, it is not all seriousness and grade point averages with this great bunch! They show another side below. 🙂

Top Ten -Slightly distracted

20 wins-Best yet from the nest!

By Leah Tidwell, Assistant Editor

East Hickman Lady Eagles have had an outstanding basketball 2016-2017 season. All of the girls have stuck together, working toward defeating rival schools.

The Lady Eagles season ended with the first regional game against Giles county. The process was filled with much anticipation. Sadly, the ladies did not win against their rivals. The final score was a hard fought 49-38.

The Lady Eagles have displayed much potential throughout the season. As a total, the female team has had 20 wins and only 12 losses. This record is EHHS’s best record in its history! Giving her opinions, Blair King, a member of the Lady Eagles, provides information about the team and its success. “There is a really strong bond between everyone on the team, and most of the time, we work well together.” She goes on to further state how they ended up showing success through the season. “We did practice a lot and work hard even if we didn’t win every time.” In all, the team worked well together and stayed committed in every game under the direction of coaches Nick Simmons,  Aaron Taylor, and Leigha Coble.

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The Eagle Experience!

By Leah Tidwell, Assistant Editor

East Hickman High School’s basketball teams practiced and worked hard to win games. One thought lingered: how do we get the student body more involved on home game nights? The answer: The Eagle Experience!

The Eagle Experience provided venues to have the students gather together and take part in activities after school before the home basketball games. These special events let students team up to work through challenging puzzles and answer perplexing trivia questions. The Eagle Experience took place during two different Fridays which had two types of activities set up for the students to play.

The Escape Game

The Escape Game was set up with many types of puzzles that led to players finding a way out of the room. Students teamed up and tried to fulfill the challenge. Player Olivia Plunkett gave some feedback on her team’s outcome. “My friends and I thought it would be fun to try it out..we all contrasted against each other…we didn’t even escape the room.” The Escape Room gave her and many others an idea on how to work as a team. “You definitely can’t work on your own,” Plunkett says, “Although, I would want to do it again!” Even though it was created as a fun game, the players still learned to work together and use their minds. Other teams tackled and made their way out of the The Escape Room by relying on each other’s strengths and knowledge base to answer the clues.

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Trivia Night

A following Friday, Trivia Night was put into place. Students were to band together and make teams for an activity to test their knowledge. A fellow student, Paige King, was a part of the event and told of her accounts. “The activity sounded fun and interesting. I immediately started looking for people for my team.” King, sadly, had troubles with forming a team. “Everyone would cancel on me, but eventually, I ended up with a team at the very last minute.” She mentions some positive things about the event. King states, “It was pretty fun even though we (probably) got in last place!” With the wide array of trivia knowledge, this activity tied in with the Escape Game; in both experiences, players needed to work as a team and use their minds to their advantage.

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The Eagle Experience helped students become interactive with the school before basketball games. In addition to the fun, these events and games let students practice some important skills, such as working together as a group and time management.