The HHS freshman football team is ending their season at home against Gallatin at 6 p.m. Thursday (Oct. 17).
The Commandos have a 1-4 record this year but want to end the season on a winning note.
Coach Michael Flatt said, “I think we will do pretty well. I think we match up well with them.”
Gallatin is also 1-4 on the season, Flatt said.
“We’ve got a lot of players who haven’t played a whole lot and we’re trying to get them some more experience,” the coach said.
The team’s record might not reflect it, but Flatt said he has seen a lot of improvement from his players. “From Day One to now, they’ve grown a lot,” he said.
The team’s lone win was against Station Camp. They also lost a 1-point nailbiter to Mount Juliet.
”The season didn’t go how we wanted it to,” said freshman Landon Shrader, a wide receive and strong safety. “I think we fell to our own mistakes, but it isn’t anything we can’t improve.”
Another player, left guard Austin Robillio, said he feels he improved a great deal as the season progressed.
“I didn’t start off that great but I’m doing a lot better now,” Robillio said.
Story by Alorah Fridley and Hannah Mailander
Rock Castle is hosting a free, two-day educational event for all Sumner County fourth graders this Thursday and Friday (Oct. 17-18).
HHS English teacher Samuel Gilbert, who is also groundskeeper at Rock Castle, says that over 2000 kids from Sumner County and surrounding schools are expected to participate in the Summer Harvest event.
Rock Castle is a local historical site that contains the oldest standing house in Middle Tennessee. Built by Daniel Smith from 1784-1796, Rock Castle is still rather large by today’s standards, and several pieces of furniture remain from the original occupants.
Now, Rock Castle is a community center that hosts events such as Summer Harvest. Gilbert hopes the festival will spark the students' interest in history.
With “lots of historical reenactors, musicians and games” Gilbert said, this event is sure to be a hit.
Volunteers will be dressed in period clothing, acting as docents and giving information about the house and its owners’ histories. Many time-appropriate games like hoop rolling, or hoop trundling, in which participants roll a wooden hoop and strike it to make it roll as far as they can, and badminton, where players hit a shuttlecock back and forth, will be set up around the spacious green area of the grounds. Several other activities are scheduled to make for a fun, busy day.
Summer Harvest used to be known as Daniel Smith Days, which was open to the community as opposed to just students, but it has recently changed to focus on education. The event is still open to others, but the focus is on educating the children who get to enjoy the day.
“I would love to bring Daniel Smith Days back,” says Gilbert. However, right now, Rock Castle’s goal is to provide a close-up experience with history to teach and inspire the next generation.
Story by Sara Amis
The HHS Coffee House concert is coming up Oct. 24, and auditions are about to get under way.
Chorus Director Elizabeth Evans said auditions will be Thursday (Oct. 17) during her 3rd block class in Room 133. If auditions run longer than expected, they will continue into Friday.
Each hopeful will be able to do a song of his or her choosing, but the performance can’t use any pre-recorded back tracks; all auditions must have live music.
In addition, Evans said, performers must know how long their songs will take because Coffee House is somewhat on a time limit. The event usually runs about an hour and 15 minutes.
Once a student is accepted to perform at Coffee House, he or she will go on at least one of the two shows (6:30 and 8:30 p.m.). If the act is exceptional, Evans said, the student has a chance to perform in both shows.
The lineup of Coffee House performers is expected to be ready by 3 p.m. Friday (Oct. 18).
Tickets are available in advance in the cafeteria for $5 and for $10 at the door.
Story by Owen McClister
Have you ever missed out on a play, show, or sporting event because you forgot to bring money for a ticket? Or maybe you forgot lunch money for the day? Never fret, because that is exactly what the HHS bank is for.
The student-run school bank is in the gym lobby and overseen by business teacher Brittany Watson, who teaches a banking class. It is open every day during 3rd block, so students can stop by during their lunch period.
Students can take out a loan of up to $5, store money in a savings account (no interest is accumulated), break change up to $50 (students are charged a service fee), or even just stop by for a piece of candy. The candy bowl, however, only had one Butterfinger left at last check.
Currently, there are seven student employees in the class who all have personal duties to help things run smoothly. Will Moss, the student bank manager, said, “I just really like helping everybody out and getting money to people who need it. Without the bank, they might not get lunch that day.”
Moss has been a part of the bank for two years now and has a great understanding of everything that has to happen in order to keep the bank going. He also stated he likes seeing frequent customers and that it makes him smile to see them walk through the door.
Customers say the bank is a great resource. Mitchell Church, a senior who also worked in the bank last year, said, “I’ve enjoyed it” but warned, “Make sure you stay up to date and pay back your loan.”
His advice is true; there’s even a no-fly list of students who have had their bank privileges revoked for not paying back a loan within a reasonable amount of time.
Senior Eric Kohls learned the hard way the importance of repaying a loan. “I took out a $4 loan, I but forgot to pay it back for almost a month, and eventually the 10-cent-a-day fee accumulated to $1, because that's the max and I had to pay back all $5.”
Earlier this semester the bank experienced its busiest day yet with a total of 39 students taking out a loan on the day of Coffee House. The bank typically gives out 4-5 loans a day.
The bank is located across the hall from the Commando Corner and is open up until the last few weeks of school. Come see what it has to offer!
Story by Cailsey Scott and Bailey Guy
It’s time for sleeping in, pumpkin spice lattes and - fingers crossed! - warm sweaters. Whether you’ll be traveling to another state or just traveling to your fridge at home, Fall Break is finally here.
And so is cooler weather. The forecast for next week calls for sunny skies with highs in the 70s and lows in the 50s - a huge swing from the record-setting heat we’ve endured this autumn
HHS students and faculty say they’ll be enjoying the mild weather and the time off.
Many will be traveling. Isabella Patterson and Rachel Taylor, seniors, will both be going on a cruise to the Dominican Republic. Anna Walters, junior, will be driving to Oklahoma for a Billie Eilish concert. Sophomore Tristan Glover will be going to a lake house, while classmate Jason Manis is headed to Washington with his grandparents. Freshman Paige Pardue will be traveling to Arizona to visit old friends.
Vincent Brown-Flores, a senior, said, “I’m going to the Grand Canyon because I just turned 18, so I decided I wanted to go.”
Some students will be indulging their adventurous side over Fall Break, like Amelia Powell, freshman, who will be traveling to North Carolina to visit a haunted house. Just as daring, senior Gnuel Marroquin will be getting a new tattoo over the break. Sophomore Peyton Shadowens said he’s going to a space program in Nashville to look at spaceships.
Many seniors will be spending the break preparing for the future, like Joe Marritt who plans to apply for colleges and Cason Smith who will be touring the University of Missouri and the University of Oklahoma.
Other students have opted to have a staycation. Tre Spence, freshman, will be babysitting his sister’s dog, and Zachary LaBlanc, junior, will be spending time with his cousins who are coming into town.
Fall Break also presents the perfect opportunity for catching up on all your favorite shows. Sophomore Bella Tittle says, “I plan on binge watching as many shows on Netflix as I can.” Even long-time HHS teacher and sub Joe Mangin says he plans to catch up on sleep and TV.
Whatever your plans are, we hope you have a great Fall Break and enjoy your time off from school!
Story by Bailey Guy and Owen McClister
The calendar may say Sept. 30, but it sure looks and feels like the Fourth of July today at HHS.
Everyone is dressed in red, white and blue and the temperature is pushing 100 outside.
We can’t explain the crazy weather, but we can tell you that today is USA Day as part of this week’s homecoming festivities.
Each day of the week - except for Tuesday (Oct. 1) – features a different dress-up theme. Wednesday is Jersey Day, Thursday is Western Day and Friday is Class Colors Day.
Tuesday is ACT Practice Day – no, just kidding. There is no dress up day Tuesday because the ACT test will be administered. For all but seniors, the test is practice; for seniors, it is the real thing and it counts.
Dress-up days are always a highlight of homecoming. Student body officers put the list together, and like most everything else, some students like their picks and some don’t.
Overall, students give a thumbs up to Jersey Day and Western Day and a thumbs down to USA Day and Class Colors Day.
“I like Jersey Day because you can tell from other people what teams they like,” said freshman Riley Strickland.
Classmate Kolby Synder is looking forward to Wester Day. “I’m excited because I get to wear my jorts!”
USA Day took it on the chin for being a repeat.
“Monday is boring, because we already did that for the game,” observed freshman Chloe Martin, while friend Alexis Adkins added, “I think repeating USA Day is kind of lame.”
Many also poo-pooed Class Color Day as “too basic.”
Freshman Kayden Albin summed up the sentiment best: “They should switch it up, it’s boring.”
Story by Miranda Heatherly, Lillian Woodward and Robyn Sherrill
Homecoming at Hendersonville High School is right around the corner! This year’s theme is “There’s No Place Like Home” (no relation to The Wizard of Oz). Below is a guide to all the fun ways to get involved:
- Kicking off the Hoco festivities will be the Homecoming Dance on Saturday (Sept. 28) from 8-10 p.m. Attire is semi-formal, and tickets will be on sale for $5 in the cafeteria and at the door the night of the dance. To bring a student from another school, pick up a form in the front office.
- Come support the soccer team at the Field of Dreams for the soccer tailgate which will be Monday (Sept. 31) at 5 p.m. Ashley Whobrey, the Student Body Secretary and a soccer player, said, “It’s a new tradition. We’ll have Maggie Moo’s, corn hole, spike ball, and it’s also senior night.” Seniors will be recognized for their accomplishments throughout their past four years.
- Students will be taking the ACT on Tuesday (the test counts for seniors but is practice for everyone else, though some teachers may use it as a grade for class), so there won’t be a dress up day or event. Whobrey reminds students, “Get a good night’s sleep and make sure you eat breakfast that day. Do your best, but don’t worry too much about it.”
- The annual powderpuff game will be replaced by a volleyball game. According to Student Body President Isabella Patterson, this change came due to “too many injuries, too many complaints, and usually weather has been a big issue. We wanted to avoid that all together this year.” The game requires teams of about 15-20 girls and will take place Wednesday (Oct. 2) at 5 p.m. If you want to play, contact your class president as soon as possible.
- One of the biggest events of the week is the Homecoming Parade, taking place on Thursday (Oct. 3) at the Streets of Indian Lake. There will be performances by the Hendersonville Band of Gold, Cheerleaders, and Golden Girls. The Homecoming Court and student body officers will ride around and throw out candy to local kids and students who attend. The football team will also be recognized in preparation for the game on Friday (Oct 4). “It’s a way to get the entire community involved, not just HHS,” Patterson said.
- To conclude the week, on Friday is the pep rally and later the football game against Wilson Central at 7 p.m. The Homecoming Court will be recognized on the field before the game. The ceremony will begin at 6:30. Whobrey said her favorite part of the game is “getting to see the attendants walk out on the field and taking pictures with them.”
- To further celebrate Homecoming Week, be sure to pre-order a Homecoming T-shirt for $15 in marketing teacher Lisa Baugh’s room (140) by Monday ( Sept. 31).
Story by Bailey Guy and Cailsey Scott