Some HHS students say they would like to see a change in the dress code, which they think is tougher on girls than on boys.
“Girls get dress coded a lot more while boys are seen wearing shorts that are too short and tank tops,” said sophomore Megan Hartig. “It should be adjusted.”
Two male students also said they thought the dress code needs tweaking.
One said, “I’m okay with the dress code because I’m a boy, but if I was a female” I wouldn’t be okay with it.
Under the current policy, girls can’t show their shoulders or their bra straps.
Principal Bob Cotter told The Ville News last month that he’s not opposed to changes in the dress code, but he explained that because the code is county-wide it is hard to amend.
“To be able to change the dress code, all seven high schools in Sumner County have to agree,” he said, “which is difficult to succeed with and would take a while to do with all the different opinions.”
Some say there should be tighter and fairer enforcement of the existing code, regardless of gender.
“Dress codes are in place for a reason and they need to be followed and adhered to," said French teacher Erin Whitehead. "Every teacher needs to be consistent.”
If students make it past first block without being sent to the office for a violation, some teachers tend to turn a blind eye because they see enforcement as a responsibility of the first block teacher.
But history teacher Samuel Gossett said that approach doesn’t always work.
“You can take off a jacket and go from an appropriate outfit to a very inappropriate outfit,” Gossett remarked.
Story by Mary Phillips
Prom this year is going to be a lot different from years past. From the venue to the decorations, the April 24 prom will have a fresh look.
Normally, prom is in the HHS gym with decorations by art teacher Sandy Kandros and a team of students. This year, however, prom will be at Bagsby Ranch, 1628 Long Hollow Pike, from 8 p.m. to midnight.
The great thing is that Bagsby Ranch is also doing the decorating. They have much to offer with beautiful scenes, carriage rides (free with admission) and food!
Principal Bob Cotter likes the new setup because he said he “doesn't have to worry about security or cleaning up afterward.”
On the other hand, Kandros, who has been decorating for prom since 1985, said, “I will miss having it at the high school a lot because it was a lot of fun to prep.” But she added that “prom should be just as magical as ever.”
This year’s theme is “A Night in Paris!” and was chosen by the junior class. Last year’s prom theme was “The 1920s,” but the event was canceled because of COVID. Some of the decorations from last year will be used this year.
Prom tickets are $60 and available in Room 229 through April 16. After that date, you can still buy tickets, but the cost will increase to $65.
“I usually sell a lot towards the end because people start deciding they want to go,” said family and consumer sciences teacher Beverly Parrot, who is in charge of ticket sales.
The average number of tickets sold each year is around 550-600, which is how many the school needs to sell to be able to pay for prom. This year will also be the first year you can use a credit card to pay for tickets, though you can still pay with cash or check if you prefer.
You must have your student ID to enter the prom venue, and if you are taking someone from a different school, you will need to have the required paperwork ready (forms are available in the front office).
Many have asked whether masks will be required at prom, but no one seems to have definite answer to that yet. Prom comes four days before the mask mandate is lifted in Sumner County.
Story by Jessi Wilson and Alexis Burneisen
This year’s HOSA Prom Fashion Show raised $600 – about double the amount from the previous year, the organizer for the show said recently.
“I was very pleased with the turn out,” said Health Science teacher Elizabeth O’Neal, who is the advisor to HHS’s HOSA club.
Held last month, show was the largest in recent years in terms of student models with 50 students - 25 guys and 25 girls - showcasing the formal dresses and tuxes available for spring prom.
The show also featured a choreographed dance routine, vendor booths and door prizes.
The money raised from the annual event goes to pay for future HOSA club competitions. Last year’s show brought in about $300.
O’Neal worried that attendance would be off this time because the show had to be rescheduled twice due to winter weather. She also feared that with all the rescheduling the models wouldn’t get enough time to rehearse.
“I think the couples dance was the crowd’s favorite part,” she remarked of the night’s activities.
O’Neal said the show went off without a hitch; everyone knew their dances and when to enter and exit.
“The first and second years I had to advertise to find models,” she said. This time there was no advertising and more models than she could use.
The Prom Fashion Show is not a contest. The purpose is showcasing tuxes, and dress for Prom and of course raising money for the HOSA club.
Story by Isabella Swing
The HHS jazz bands will give a free concert April 24 at The Streets of Indian Lake in the first-ever Nashville Youth Jazz Ensemble JazzFest.
Chris Seger, the director of the bands (HHS has two jazz bands – one that rehearses at 3:15 and the other at 4:15, twice a week), said he is excited that the bands will get to perform at the festival, which will run from 12:30 to 6:30.
Due to COVID-19, this will be the first time the young musicians are able to play for people besides parents.
“It will be the only performance any of our groups have done away from HHS this year,” Seger said.
The two bands, each of which has about 20 members from all grade levels, will play four or five songs apiece. Admission to the concerts and to the entire festival is free.
Because of COVID, the HHS bands couldn’t start rehearsing until January.
Lauren Dodd, a sophomore trumpet player, said, “We are hoping people will show up and listen to some good music."
Matt Bailey, a freshman saxophone player, said he hopes to perform a solo during the concert.
“I think it is going to be really nice,” he said of show.
The HHS bands are not the only jazz bands performing at the festival. Beech, Ellis Middle, Gallatin, JP2, and Westmorland Middle will also play.
In addition to the area bands, there will be three other bands as well as three guest artists, one of them being John Fedchock, a well-known jazz trombonist who has been nominated for two Grammy Awards.
Seger suggests that anyone interested in good music should come and watch. Even if you don’t like jazz, you could still come and support HHS, the community, and the art of jazz.
Story by Jessi Wilson and Alexis Burneisen
A Hendersonville High junior is going to an international rugby tournament with the Panther Rugby Academy this week.
Greydon Bleau leaves Wednesday (March 31) for Florida where he will compete in a double bracket style tournament with 16 total teams. The competition will take place Friday and Saturday, and Bleau will return Sunday (April 4).
Rugby is the sport from which football derives. For this competition teams will be made up of 15 teens between the ages of 16 and 18.
Greydon describes Rugby as “the hard hitting, the sprinting and running of the field and the fighting for the ball and tackling. Its a combination of soccer, wrestling and football.”
Greydon has played Rugby for 10 years. He said he has played nearly every position in the sport but he expects to play flyhalf, center, or wing for this competition.
When Greydon was asked why he loves Rugby, he first responded jokingly by saying “The caveman in me says to hit things,” but after a good laugh he explained that “in actuality, it's the fine details of the sport, everything that happens can be broken down into different aspects and movements, many of which that can be improved upon both individually or as a team.”
Dr. Ron Sarver, athletic director of HHS, explained why Hendersonville High School does not have a rugby team.
“The sports we have here at school are on TSSAA sanctioned," Sarver said. "They regulate what sports we play in high school across the state of Tennessee and rugby is not one of them.”
The TSSAA (Tennessee Secondary School Athletic association) decides which sports schools in Tennessee can play.
Assistant Principal Lisa Jaskot wished Greydon “Good luck" in the upcoming tournament.
"Play hard. Leave it all on the field," she said.
Story by Victoria Petersen and Michelle Khoury
Many clubs at HHS revolve around serving the community, but COVID-19 has limited these opportunities and some students have found themselves struggling to earn their service hour requirements.
Danielle Ward and Kelsey Miller, two seniors in National Honors Society and Beta Club, discussed their experiences with obtaining service hours this year.
“They didn’t have as many hours but they gave more opportunities,” Miller explained.
Many events students have relied on in the past have been limited or canceled, such as Christmas For Kids and the football concession stands. However, extra hours and opportunities have been given for the events still able to occur, such as the Valentine’s Day Grams and the Easter egg hunt at Rock Castle.
Ward and Miller were fortunate enough to have obtained extra service hours last year, but juniors entering these clubs for the first time may not be so fortunate.
Jessica De Jorge, Spanish teacher and head of the Spanish Honor Society, also spoke about difficulties with earning service hours.
“I actually had to waive them for the spring into fall group,” she stated regarding the troubles accumulating enough hours. Lots of opportunities were missed due to COVID restrictions; they had to find alternate ways to get hours that weren’t as hands-on.
Most of the Spanish Honor Society’s makeshift activities won’t be kept, though De Jorge said she would like to continue having club members translate for the school, which was a new opportunity the club took due to COVID. So in the future, HHS students may find themselves giving tours of the school to new students who may not understand English.
She hopes to continue with activities that are short and sweet, expressing the idea that less is more in some situations.
Story by Catharine Hinkle and Emma Yarbrough