The Eagle Nation Newsletter

Seventh Edition — February 13, 2020

1-Cent Sales Tax (a student's perspective)

Ethan Martin, 11th Grader, VHS

The 1-Cent Sales Tax vote is March 3rd, and I think anyone old enough, or eligible to vote, should do so. The 1-Cent Sales Tax will be used to improve all county school campuses, with upgrades to some and completely new buildings on others. Cullman County Schools do not collect any additional funds from Property Tax. Funding for county schools comes from Sales Tax monies. This tax will be beneficial for all current and future students.

Dates to Remember

February 13, Cheer Tryouts Middle School Gym (3:00 pm - 7:00 pm)

February 14, Archery Tournament in high school gym

February 14, UAH Recruitment during OTI (12:00 pm - 1:00 pm)

February 19, Virtual Day ( No School)

February 26, Senior Field Trip to Montgomery

February 26, Math Tournament at Good Hope

February 29, Jr. Miss Vinemont / Miss Vinemont / Fair Queen Pageant


Softball Game Dates

February 20, Falkville @VHS (First Game at 3:00 pm)

February 21, Meek @VHS (First Game at 3:00 pm)

February 24, JB Pennington @VHS (First Game at 3:00 pm)

February 25, Cleveland @VHS (First Game at 3:00 pm)

February 27-29, Cullman Softball Tournament (First game at 4:00 pm)


Baseball Game Dates

February 17, @Cold Springs (First Game at 4:30 pm)

February 18, @Douglas (First Game at 4:30 pm)

February 20, West Morgan @VHS (First Game at 4:30 pm)

February 24, Fairview @VHS (First Game at 4:30 pm)

February 25, @DAR (First Game at 4:30 pm)

February 27, @St. John Paul ll (First Game at 4:30 pm)

February 28, @Gordo: Ablertville (First Game at 4:30 pm)

February 29, @Falkville (First Game at 10:00 am)


Golf Match Dates

February 15, Golf Match at Cross Creek (2:30 pm - 5:00 pm)

February 25, Golf Match at Terri Pines (2:30 pm - 5:00 pm)

Random pick-up line... (Valentine's Edition)

𝒴𝑜𝓊’𝓇𝑒 𝒽𝑜𝓉𝓉𝑒𝓇 𝓉𝒽𝒶𝓃 𝓉𝒽𝑒 𝒷𝑜𝓉𝓉𝑜𝓂 𝑜𝒻 𝓂𝓎 𝓁𝒶𝓅𝓉𝑜𝓅.

Pinnacle Moments

Beef Cook-Off Winners

Congratulations to the following FCCLA Beef Cook-Off Winners: Elyssa Mead and Sylvia Miasek. Elyssa won second place and received $90.00. Sylvia placed fourth and received $50.00.


Elyssa Mead (left) and Sylvia Miasek (right)

Eli Thomas Award

Congratulations to Teague Whatley for receiving the Eli Thomas Award/Scholarship!

To receive this award, all of the Cullman County Principals decide the student based on athleticism and academic ability. Teague received a $1,000 scholarship as the recipient of this award.

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All-County Basketball

Congratulations to Sadie Stanley and Katch Johnson for receiving All-County in the 2020 Cullman County Basketball Tournament!

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All-County Cheer

Congratulations to Kinlee Puckett, Bailey Preiss, Emily Cheatwood, and Madelyn Oden for receiving All-County Cheer in the 2020 Cullman County Basketball Tournament!

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Eagle Talk

Could you share your thoughts regarding the upcoming season?

Baseball (Coach Collins)

According to Coach Collins, there are many returning starters from last year's team. These starters made it to the 2nd round of the AHSAA State Tournament last year. They will have a lot of experience on the field during the 2020 season. Many of these players have been playing 3-4 years on the varsity team. Collins is very excited and confident about the upcoming baseball season.

Softball (Coach Whisenant)

Coach Whisenant is very excited for the 2020 softball season! She feels that it will be a tough season since the bulk of the team is young and inexperienced; however, she sees a lot of potential in the ability of the girls that she coaches.

Track (Coach Carie)

Coach Carie knows Vinemont placed 2nd last year in the boys' and girls' Cullman County Track Championships. He believes this year they are going to win. According to Carie, "It is going to be a blast." He plans to have some State Champions, many State Qualifiers, and lots of fun by the end of the 2020 season.

Golf (Coach Bridges)

Coach Bridges looks forward to a great season!

Our VHS Golf Team Athletes:

Boys

Graham Nelson

Eli Keel

Jon Edward Bridges

Nathan Tysor- Manager

Girls

Abby Jennings

IdaLee Greer

Savannah Keel

What's Happening at the Pinnacle?

Math Team

There are two math teams: Geometry and Algebra II, both which participate in every tournament. Math Team kicked off on January 30, 2020 with a home competition, however, the majority of the season will take place in February. Schools that will be hosting math tournaments include: Good Hope, Holly Pond, and Vinemont. The County Tournament will be held in March at Wallace State Community College.

Another random pick-up line... (Valentine's Edition)

𝓘'𝓶 𝓷𝓸𝓽 𝓪 𝓹𝓱𝓸𝓽𝓸𝓰𝓻𝓪𝓹𝓱𝓮𝓻, 𝓫𝓾𝓽 𝓘 𝓬𝓪𝓷 𝓹𝓲𝓬𝓽𝓾𝓻𝓮 𝓾𝓼 𝓽𝓸𝓰𝓮𝓽𝓱𝓮𝓻.

Valentine Candy Store Hosted by SGA

If you are interested in purchasing a Valentine Gram for your significant other, a friend, or even yourself, you may do so in the library before school and during both breaks. Valentine Grams consist of a bag of candy for $2.00. Last day to purchase is Thursday, February 13. Valentine Grams will be delivered Friday, February 14.

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Valentine Shindig Hosted by SGA

In order to celebrate Valentines week, students had the opportunity to play in a variety of fun Valentine games including: Chubby Bunny, Unwrap Your Kiss, and Guess the Flavor. Students from every grade watched and cheered on the participants during these games. Winners received a yummy Valentine prize.

Chromebooks

Students can now check out both Chromebooks and hotspots from the VHS Library. In order to do this, pick up a form from Mrs. Conquest and bring back completed and signed by a parent.

Miss Vinemont/ Fair Queen Pageant

The Pageant will take place in the Vinemont High School Gym on Saturday, February 29 at 7:00 pm.

Auxiliary Tryouts

Color Guard and Majorette Clinics will begin February 17th for any 8th-11th grade student. No previous experience is needed! See Mr. King for more details.
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Have You Met?

9th Grade - Kimberly Wilt

Kimberly Wilt is a 9th grader at Vinemont High School. She is involved in band, Scholars Bowl, and Math Team. Kimberly's favorite thing about VHS is being able to hang and talk with her friends. She would love to have a Robotics Team at VHS. Kimberly's favorite candy to eat on Valentines's Day is Sweethearts Conversational Hearts.

10th Grade - Kailey Freeman

Kailey Freeman is a 10th Grader at Vinemont High School. She is involved in Math Team. Kailey's favorite thing about VHS is the teachers and the great atmosphere that always surrounds the school. She would like to change the school lunches and when lunch time begins. Kailey's favorite candy to eat on Valentine's Day is pink Starbursts and Ghirardelli salted caramel chocolate.

11th Grade - Brandon McClure

Brandon McClure is an 11th grader at Vinemont High School. He is involved in JROTC and track. Brandon's favorite thing about VHS is coming to school and seeing his friends. He would like to change the lunch food at VHS. Brandon's favorite Valentine's Day candy is Sweetarts Ropes.

12th - Samantha Callingwood

Samantha Callingwood is a 12th grader at Vinemont High School. She is a football and basketball manager and is involved in the Prom Committee. Samantha's favorite thing about VHS is how everyone is a big family. She wouldn't change anything about her high school. Samantha's favorite candy to eat on Valentines's Day is either Fun Dip or Reese's.

Caught Doing Good

Congratulations to the following students who were caught in an act of kindness by a VHS faculty member: Joshua Fuentes, Kyra Butts, and Dakota McGraw. Just being polite and remembering your manners will go a long way. Make sure you make good choices because you never know who is watching and looking up to you. Can you imagine how much better the world would be if everyone took the "Stay Humble and Kind" approach?

Another random pick-up line... (Valentine's Edition)

𝓢𝓸𝓶𝓮𝓫𝓸𝓭𝔂 𝓬𝓪𝓵𝓵 𝓽𝓱𝓮 𝓬𝓸𝓹𝓼. 𝓘𝓽'𝓼 𝓰𝓸𝓽 𝓽𝓸 𝓫𝓮 𝓲𝓵𝓵𝓮𝓰𝓪𝓵 𝓽𝓸 𝓵𝓸𝓸𝓴 𝓽𝓱𝓪𝓽 𝓰𝓸𝓸𝓭.

Admin. Corner

What is your opinion concerning the 1-Cent Sales Tax?


In Mr. Johnson’s opinion, county schools need the funding of the 1-Cent Sales Tax. This sales tax would provide many upgrades to facilities. If the county does not pass the sales tax then the city can pass the tax without our vote and we - the county - will have to pay the taxes regardless and would not receive any benefits. In his words, “We need everyone to talk to their parents and grandparents and help us get the word out to vote YES on March 3!”


What is your vision for the school for the second semester?


"The first semester was great, and we should finish the year strong." Mr. Johnson wants all the Seniors to get serious and complete their course work so they can graduate and move up in life. Upperclassmen need to take more accountability for their part in learning and be more motivated, disciplined and mature students. As Mr. Johnson said, “Make the absolute most of you education, don't just settle, strive to be the best you can be.”


What is your expectation for the school in the new decade?


Vinemont needs to continue the success we have had academically and to keep moving forward in our ACT and performance goals. Our athletic teams need to continue to improve and reach their potential. If the 1-cent sales tax passes, we could have a new high school and elementary school.

Guess Who?

This VHS faculty member was ran over by a car when they were 2 years old.

Answer will be provided in the 8th Edition of the Eagle Nation Newsletter.

Answer to Guess Who from the Sixth Edition of the Eagle Nation Newsletter.

Mr. Cory Drummond was the VHS faculty member that was elected President of his Senior Class at Athens State University.

Way Back When..


The School was first named Holmes Gap, then became Pinnacle before it was named Vinemont.


The railroad track was first located on Swamp Road and was later moved to where it is in the present day.

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