Marcus McNeil wins first in speech contest; testing begins for elementary students

Published 12:00 am Monday, April 9, 2007

Highland Home School News

By Udarius Blair

Even though testing and anticipation are abundant on the HHS campus, there is never a dull moment. Softball and baseball games are responsible for some of that. Then there are the various award winners, students and faculty, who walk the halls of Highland Home School daily.

The HHS body can be proud of what it has accomplished and the accomplishments that it is destined to make in the future.

n Baseball and softball seasons have been underway for quite a while. The Lady Squadron has attained a season record that could only reflect the pride of HHS athletics. This past Friday the ladies won against the Pike County Bulldogs twice in a double-header. The first game ended with a stunning score of 12-4. The final game was a close victory with points of 4-2.

The baseball team has not slacked on their field either. The guys have played in very competitive games the past two weeks. With contests against Luverne, Goshen, and Catholic, the varsity baseball team truly wears blue and white deservingly. As the two teams roll on in their seasons, it is clear that HHS has something to look forward to in the near future.

Many times it is mentioned of how well HHS students fare in the sports arenas. Sports may be the most popular contests, but they surely are not the only contests Highland Home School students can succeed in.

n The various 4-H contests have a lot of participation and winners from HHS. In the past month, the photography and speech competitions have revealed some of the younger talent found at HHS, in particular, the speech competition that was held at the Crenshaw County Courthouse on March 23rd. Sixth grade student Marcus McNeil took home the first place ribbon for the persuasive speech. He has earned the privilege of competing in the district competition at Troy University in May.

n Students do win awards, but there are also teachers who push them to do so. Mrs. Rebecca Sims was awarded the &#8220WAKA Golden Apple” teacher award. Mrs. Sims is a junior-senior teacher at HHS who knows how necessary it is for her students to go beyond what they feel is their limit. Judging by the reactions of her students to her teaching methods and challenges, it is a wonder why she did not receive the award earlier in her teaching career.

n For the next two weeks, the halls of HHS will be quiet and calm as the elementary students enter into their yearly testing periods. They are more than prepared and are expected to do well. The timing for these tests is just right. Students are anxious to head to the beaches in two weeks, but they know what must be done before then. What better motivation is there than that, other than keeping the reputation of HHS above the rest.