Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN


May 10, 2012

Around the Town: The best of times, the worst of times

CROSSVILLE — “It was the best of times; it was the worst of times.” I think that old saying would aptly describe most people’s high school experience. It certainly would for me. Analyzing my four years of high school from several decades out, I am concluding that probably 98 percent of mine was very good. The other two percent not so much.

I loved high school. I loved the people, the teachers, the activities, the opportunities and the fact that after years of being an elementary student, I was finally either a freshman, sophomore, junior or senior. I made lasting friends, immensely enjoyed my four years of band, went to Europe on a band trip, and was taught a lot of lifelong lessons both in and out of the classroom.

But, the one thing I didn’t like about high school: the drama. I don’t mean the drama club either. I always liked the drama club. It was the pure, unadulterated boy-girl, girl-girl and occasionally boy-boy drama that stressed me out. You remember how it goes, don’t you? This girl doesn’t like this girl or that girl is dating a boy she likes and on and on and on until things get really ugly. Fortunately, I wasn’t embroiled in too much of that, and as a result, high school was primarily loads of fun.

I was at Homesteads Elementary earlier this week with my eighth grade students there and I asked them what they are most looking forward to about entering high school in the fall.

Here is what they had to say:

1. Cara Beth Swafford: “A change of scenery.”

2. Brandon Tollett: “Soccer.”

3. Danny Bilyeu: “It means four more years until I am out of school.”

4. Tara Davis: “I can get my driver's license!”

5. Nicole Tewell: “Volleyball and art class.”

6. Lyndsey Finley: “The sports and the classes.”

7. Adam Morton: “Meeting new people.”

8. Tristan Foster: “Meeting new people and the MMA Club.”

9. Sam Reed: “Football.”

10. Zak Carson: “The sports.”

11. Megan Finley: “I am most excited about getting a fresh start and meeting new people.”

12. Allysa Wilburn: “Meeting new people.”

13. Emma Bailey: “Cheerleading!”

14. Laura Napier: “Meeting new people.”

15. Kayla Spieles: “Making new friends and cheerleading.”

16. Kaitlyn Davis: “Meeting new people.”

17. Lindsey Kerley: “Meeting new people and having more freedom.”

18. Tyler Myers: “Expanding my social life and having more freedom.”

19. Alivia Lunsford: “Meeting new people.”

20. Keith Sadula: “Football, freedom and meeting new people.”

21. Alli Crain: “The people and the freedom we get.”

22. Xane Hazelwood: “Being able to skeet shoot!”

Lots of things happened in the schools this week. Cumberland County High School student Coco Bennett won the car in the annual drawing sponsored by Dave Kirk Chevrolet. This year’s event was held at Stone Memorial High School with an elaborate set designed by the uber talented Damon Koehl of the SMHS faculty. Kudos to Dave and Connie Kirk for the unrelenting support of Cumberland County and its students.

And in other school events, the Titans Caravan was here earlier this week and each school was scheduled to receive a visit from a Tennessee Titans player. South Cumberland Elementary eighth graders are in Washington D.C. this week on the annual eighth grade trip. The Phoenix High School is expecting a visit from WBIR Channel 10 on Friday. The Live at Five at Four crew, which is really Live at Five at Four at Three for those of us here on central time, is doing a feature on the school and its staff.

Stone Memorial High School’s Panther Tales will feature Jumpin Jupiter this Saturday, May 12 at 3 and 7 p.m. Cost is $5 per person. All three of Cumberland County’s high schools are gearing up for commencement exercises next week. Phoenix seniors will graduate on Wednesday night at Stone Memorial High School. Stone Memorial students will turn their tassels Thursday night and Cumberland County High School Students will walk the line on Friday night at CCHS Stadium, weather permitting.

Beautiful job done by all of those involved in 2012 Relay for Life. The opening ceremonies, hosted by Gordon Stack of Peg Broadcasting, were very emotional with a performance by the county’s All-Star Cheerleaders to songs such as “ I am A Survivor and “Beat It,” a chill-bump raising Martina McBride song by vocalist Marley Wyatt, the Survivor’s Walk and several comments by organizers and survivors. I am not sure of the total amount raised at this year’s event but kudos to Ms. Cam’s Dance Studio. Her annual recital raised $2,000 for the Relay for Life.

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