Austin High School e-News

November 18, 2014

We Are Thankful

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Austin High School is thankful to all of our veterans for their continued service to this country. We would especially like to thank veterans from the Austin Black Bear Family for their sacrifice and service.

Members of the Austin JROTC program are thankful for liberty, freedom, equality, friends, health, family, education, opportunity, and for the JROTC program.

Taylor Putman and Viviana Colmenero are thankful for band and the relationships they have made through this program.

The faculty and staff of Austin High School wants to wish everyone a very happy thanksgiving! We have a lot to be thankful for at AHS with top notch academic programs, great athletic teams, a stellar JROTC program, as well as award winning art, band, chorus, and drama departments (just to name a few).

Make sure to watch our thankful slideshow at the bottom of this newsletter for more student pictures!

Cross Country State Meet!

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Last Saturday our Austin High School Cross Country team competed at the state meet! (Yuto was injured but came to support the team, too!)

We did well and placed 14th in the state. The Black Bears have not participated in the state meet as a team since 2005.

The Cross Country Coach, Kelly Elmore, and her assistant Sarah Mize have have been working very hard and it shows. Congratulations, runners and coaches!

Humphrey and Coleman Advance to State!

Macary Humphrey placed third in the Poetry Out Loud Regional Competition held at UAH last Friday.

Aliayah Coleman placed third in the Original Poetry Regional Competition.

Both girls will advance to the State round held on President's Day 2015 at The Alabama Shakespeare Festival in Montgomery!

Basketball Season is Here!

Basketball season passes are now on sale in the main office. Adult passes are $40 and student passes are $30.

All single game tickets will be sold for $5 at the gate.

We will not play Florence tonight (11/18) but we will play our first home game this Friday night!

For more information, please use our new Austin Basketball website at! Click on the button below to open it in another window.
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Can-A-Thon 2014

A shocking statistic was in our paper last week that one in four children in our area lives in a food insecure household!

We need to step up and donate as much as we can this year during the annual can-a-thon.

Bring in your cans starting November 17. The last day is December 4.

What you should bring:

Canned Vegetables

Canned Meats (tuna, spam, etc..)

Multi-Pack Ramen Noodles (not individual packs)

Boxed Foods (Spaghetti Noodles, Macaroni & Cheese, etc…)

What you SHOULD NOT bring:

Glass Jars

Dented Cans

Ethnic Foods

Expired Cans

Can A Thon Awards

Pizza Party- Top three connect classes will have a Pizza Party!

Teacher Gift Basket- The teacher whose Connect class brings in the most cans will get a $50 Office Depot gift basket!

Alumni Spotlight

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Andi Frame

After graduating from Austin High School in May 2009, Andi Frame began college at Auburn University where she changed her major 3 times. She finally decided to major in Animal Sciences which is a program in the College of Agriculture. Contrary to what she believed during her time at AHS: she didn’t have her life figured out at 18!

At the end of her first semester at Auburn, she was offered a position with the College Program at Walt Disney World and jumped at the chance to live in Florida and work the rides at Disney for a semester. After completing an 8-month program, she remained seasonal with the Disney Company for two and a half years while finishing up her Bachelor’s degree. Andi says, "This experience gave me the confidence not only to live and work on my own, but also provided valuable experience with public relations."

While in school at Auburn she had the opportunity to travel in Europe, work at the Large Animal Clinic Dairy Unit at Auburn, and participate in a Great Dane fostering program. During this time she realized that working with large animals was truly her passion.

Andi wanted to specialize in exotic animals, but she knew that with an agricultural degree she would have to make sure that possible employers felt that her training was relevant in the exotic hoofstock field. After graduation from Auburn in December 2013, she applied to the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) to find internship and apprenticeship opportunities. With hopes of gaining exotic animal knowledge, she did not limit her search to the southeast.

Andi was granted an apprenticeship at The Wilds in Cumberland, Ohio from March 2014 – November 2014. "This experience has been life changing," she said, "I have been given the opportunity to have hands-on experiences working with animals such as Masai Giraffe, Southern White Rhinos, and Sichuan Takin." This experience helped her land a job at the Montgomery Zoo here in Alabama starting in January of 2015.

We are very proud of all your adventures, Andi! We look forward to following your new ones in Montgomery and beyond!

DT Shackelford Visits AHS!

What a treat! DT had some time to visit family in Decatur and he made sure to include his Austin Black Bear family during his visit.

We are beaming with Black Bear Pride.

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Student of the Month: Steven Linley

This month's theme was Volunteerism and Community Service.

Winner: Steven Linley

Runners Up: Madi Carter and Sydney Herron

Congratulations to our winner and all of the nominees! Thank you for helping others.

All-State Chorus Auditions

We wish the best of luck to the following students who will be auditioning for the Alabama All-State Chorus on Thursday, November 20th:

Amber Sherman, Hope Rangel, Alexis Veracruz, Orion Pointer, DJ Rector, Laura Ingouf, Molly Golembeck, Ashlyn Corbin, Caitlyn Baker, Samantha Brantley, Jennifer Hull, Jaida Chaney, McKinley Partain, Keri Smith, Kristina Schacht, Caroline Belovsky, Shamari Griffin, Courtney Lowery, Samantha McClellan, Jordan Winchester, Carley Beth Lindsey, Katilyn McGuire, Ryleigh Morland, Danielle Parker, and Jordan Eady

Austin JROTC

A followup to our successful OCS/NCO leadership course is a promotion board where future leaders of our battalion are quizzed by future leaders of our nation.

Lieutenant Barnum, Command Sergeant Major Naron, and Lieutenant Marquez are quizzing Private Tabarez and putting him through the paces.

Leaders are not born but are made through hard work and dedication.

Bankers Visit AHS

On October 28, Mr. Randy Tidwell and Mr. Joshua Tidwell from Progress Bank and Trust visited Mrs. Sandlin’s Personal Finance class. Their topic was Banking, Budgeting, and Beyond.

New Who's Who

We are always looking for ways to recognize students for doing good things at Austin High School. With that spirit in mind, Mrs. Haughaboo is starting a new award program called Who's Who of Austin to recognize the top 20-25 seniors. This award will not just be based on athletic or academic success, but will take into account all of the ways in which seniors have contributed to AHS through participation in clubs and other school activities.

Who's Who of Austin will not in any way replace the annual superlative awards (Most Likely to Succeed, Best Dressed, etc.) but will add another way to recognize our outstanding students.

Seniors will earn points from their participation in things ranging from clubs to honor societies, leadership positions to athletics. This information will be gathered by the students on an official Who's Who Application which will be given out during Connect on December 2nd and will be due on December 18th.

The winning students will be recognized in front of the student body and will receive a medal. Each winning student's favorite teacher will "tap" him or her at the ceremony.

The awards ceremony will take place during Connect on March 17th.

More information will be available on December 2nd.

Christmas Candy Grams

Send a delicious peppermint treat & personalized message to your friends!

Buy today - Friday, Dec. 5th.

Single Gram $1 Each or 6/$5 - Adorable Penquin

Double Gram (Heart) $2 - Holiday Spirit Bear (red/green)

Order from Ms. Bachuss room J07

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Gourmet Apples

Chorus students are selling Apple Lane Farms Gourmet Apples for $15.00. These make great gifts! Please see a chorus student or e-mail Mrs. Stough at to place your order!

Tervis Tumblers Still Available

Mrs. Dixon ordered some extra Tervis Tumblers and they should come in before Christmas. Please get in touch with her to purchase one. This fundraiser supports the Austin Ambassadors.

Coach White's Senior Resources

Click the button below for information about scholarships and more!

Thankful Slideshow

New 11/18/14: Song by Coldplay - A Sky Full of Stars