EHHS’ very own cross country team has built up and created many accomplishments. Recently, senior Olivia Plunkett, on the other hand, brought about record breaking history for the school’s fall sport.
Plunkett’s spot on the cross country team has lasted for four years as she as been active for all of her high school career. Cross country coach, Greg Matney, comments on her running journey: “Olivia has been working hard and has pretty much rewritten the record book for running here at EHHS.”
The senior has made it to regional competitions a multitude of times while going further to state competition once previously.
After completing this year’s Autumn season, she again moved on to compete in regionals. Plunkett’s several achievements beforehand aided in the push to reach the set of competitions.
The runner explains how she had felt confident about this year’s regional race because of the copious amounts of practice and the addition of agreeable weather. “Last year I only got 4th place. I had felt sick and stressed beyond compare. Plus, the bad weather didn’t help,” she continues, “…but after everything, I felt so ready to run this race; I was so relaxed, the weather was nice. Everything fell into line.”
With her high spirits into place, Plunkett finished up the race with a time of 22.16.48, beating the school’s records (just two tenths off her personal record).
Mr. Matney continues revealing, “Catie Latham’s 5K record was the only one left that she [Plunkett] had not broken and for the last year she’s really been trying to break it.” The record brought him a huge amount of joy “…because she had worked so hard to achieve her goal, I was thrilled to see her accomplish it.”
Plunkett’s regional school record then led her to compete in the state competition once more. Both she and Coach Matney stated that the record winning run at regionals, which pushed her to state for a second time, made the record seem even more special.
Plunkett proceeded to participate in the state competition with a run time of 22.27.16.
The Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico, in particular, the Central and South regions, though it is celebrated in other places. Commonly hosted by people of Mexican heritage, it is a very important time for Mexican cultures. The Day of the Dead starts on October 31 at 12:00 am and is celebrated until 11:59 pm on November 1. On this special day, people honor those who have passed away. Traditionally, families prepare the favorite dishes of the dead, make sugar skulls, buy candles and incenses, and pick flowers to decorate alters or graves. Anyone can be honored on this day: pets, friends, people of the past, but most often family members. Dia de los Muertos is a day of celebration and remembrance, and EHHS participated during this holiday by constructing a altar which was arranged by Mr. Angell. Students brought in items or photos from passed loved ones and helped make flowers. Everyone was given the option to write the name of someone they wished to honor on a paper butterfly to surround the altar.
Across Tennessee, this is EPSO (Early Post-Secondary Opportunities) week. Teachers participated in a contest which featured one or more colleges from which they received degrees. Seniors voted on the winning designs.
The first place winner was Mr. James Dickson with his interactive design in which seniors had to find their “piece” of the door.
Coming in second, Mrs. Polk celebrated her time spent at both Columbia State and Middle Tennessee State University with a dual-toned door.
In third place, Mrs. McCaleb went big with an oversized diploma, horseshoe and logo.
For all students of East Hickman High, next week is homecoming! The theme is “Homecoming: Starring East Hickman!,” and these are the dress-up days:
Monday – Western (Be sure to wear your best John Wayne and Clint Eastwood garb!)
Tuesday – Black and White (A dalmatian costume will suffice, just kidding!) You can wear any form of black and white clothing, as long as it is within school dress code.
Wednesday – Disney (Belle, Mulan or Snow White? One can never decide…)
Thursday – Heroes Vs Villains (Darth Vader or Luke Skywalker? Harry Potter or Voldemort?? Captain America or Red Skull??? Gandalf or Sauron???? SO MANY CHOICES!!!!)
Friday – School Colors: Freshmen wear black, Sophomores wear white, Juniors wear grey and Seniors wear blue.
Come on East Hickman High! Let’s make this homecoming one to remember. Go Eagles!
With tents dotting the surrounding area and a large crowd of spectators, the campus accommodated three hundred students from 24 surrounding schools gathered to run East Hickman High School’s cross country course. The course on the campus has been developed and maintained for the past two years by Coaches Matney and Dickson. Mr. Dickson, who is not coaching at this time, attributes the lion’s share of the work to Mr. Greg Matney.
The momentous first meet drew former cross country runners back to the school to support the efforts that the coaches have contributed in order to make this event happen at EHHS. Patrick and Catie Latham, siblings, who are both former cross country runners, made special plans to attend the event. Patrick just finished 33 days in the field, but said he had to make the meet. Catie, also, made sure to rearrange her work and college schedule to attend. This attests to the dedicated coaches that have worked with these young adults.
Coach Amy Matney states that “2013 was the year I fell in love with cross country.” She goes on to say that in 2018 she did not know that “I would be coaching three teams for our schools [middle and high school] and helping host our first home meet.” This is a dream that has come to fruition for the girls’ and boys’ cross country teams.
High school cross country runners Olivia Plunkett and Blair King wait at the finish line for the middle school girls to cross.
Crowds and tents are scattered throughout the campus.
Former cross country runners, Catie and Patrick Latham, visit with coaches and those at the finish line.
Coach Greg Matney waits at the finish line.
Last week, the girls’ soccer team played two games with in-county rival Hickman County.
On Tuesday 11th, the team played the first time of the week. This home game was satisfying for the Eagles; the ladies won 4-3. The first scores came very fast but only for the Eagles. East Hickman kept possession of the ball for the majority of the first half. However, during the second half Hickman County scored 3 goals in the beginning. Nevertheless, Eagle’s goalie, Brienna Mobley, did very well for the second half. Julie Mathis assisted in the victory with her 4 goals.
East Hickman ladies played another game against Hickman on the 13th. This game was rather different than the first one with the score being 1-1. The first and last goal came quickly. The Eagles scored during the first 2 minutes, but then the remainder of the first half was unproductive for the Eagles. However, the Eagles kept possession of the ball for the majority of the game.
In fact, all the Lady Eagles are doing very well in this season. They have both good offense and defense. For all interested, the ladies are playing Thursday the 20th, the next home game. The Eagles will match up again with McEwen after a 5-1 win on Monday, 17th
Everyone come out and support your Eagles!
August 31, East Hickman High suffered an unfortunate defeat at the first home game of the season where the Eagles played against the Scotts Hill Lions. The Eagles came out onto the field strong and got points on the scoreboard first. The Lions quickly recouped those points. Starting the 2nd quarter, the score remained at 6-13, Lions leading. While not being the most eventful quarter, all players worked their hardest.
Entering halftime, the East Hickman Marching Eagles played “An Incredible Show.” They displayed their hard work and dedication as they entertained the crowd with the following pieces: “The Glory Days,” “Life’s Incredible again,” and “Saving Metroville”.
Starting the third quarter with cheerleader chants and audience encouragement, the East Eagles gave it their all; sadly, no touchdowns were made this time around. The final score was 6-20.