Year in Review: Fall Sports
As we all know the year 2020 brought just as many challenges as it did successes. Moving forward into the New Year and a new semester of school, let's reap the successes of our fall sports teams this year and clear the constant hurdles no matter what the occasion.
Here is a recap of the best of the football season. The first win of the season was against Fultondale with a final score of 43-34. On October 23, the Bulldogs beat Section at home with a score of 36-8. Brosnan Ward, offensive linebacker and running back stated his favorite game was "when we played Section because it felt like we had played the best game of our lives. This season was more of a building season for us considering we are such a young team. Next year it will be a lot better because all of us will have gotten more experience.. and I think we could be on the road to state next season." Zach Campbell, quarterback and wide receiver stated that "he was very thankful for being able to practice and play every week along side some of his best friends. I think I speak for us all when I say that we are looking forward to what the Bulldogs can bring to next year's season."
Volleyball team finished their season at the beginning of October and according to sophomore varsity player, Kayley Kahler, "When we played Dora this year our team really came together and played as one. Every girl worked hard and played their best for what was a very close game. Even though we didn't get the win for that game, we became much closer as a team that night.This season was really a great learning opportunity for every girl on the team. Every player had lots of improvement with their skills, and I can't wait to see what next year brings."
Quick Look: Legends We Lost in 2020
Charlie, a singer, fiddler, and band leader was a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Grand Old Opry.
Alex was a game show host of the popular TV show: Jeopardy!
Kenny, a singer was a 3-time Grammy Award winner and a Country Music Hall of Famer.
Meet a New Teacher!
Get to know Mr. Seibenhener a bit more!
1. What is the reason that you wanted to become a teacher?
"I love to help people. It makes me happy to see students succeed and accomplish things they did not know they could. I also like to learn new things, and then teach that information to my students."
2. What subjects do you currently teach?
"I teach 9th grade modern world history and 10th grade U.S. history.
3. What is your favorite book, movie, song, and quote?
"My favorite book is: The Great Gatsby, my favorite movie is: Avatar, and my favorite quote is: 'The secret of freedom lies in educating people, whereas the secret of tyranny is in keeping them ignorant.' Maximilien Robespierre."
4. What do you like most about Hanceville High School?
"I have been amazed at how willing everyone at Hanceville High School is to help. The teachers here are always trying to not only help me, but they are trying to figure out ways to help their students as well."
5. What's the hardest part of being a teacher to high school students?
"One of the things that I find hard is trying to get students to focus on things that will become very important to them in the future. A lot of students have so much on their minds that they are unable to concentrate when they are in class."
6. What's one thing a student has said that you will never forget?
"I always remember when a student tells me that they enjoyed my class and/or that they were able to learn something from me."
Coach Seibenhenner--We are happy to have you at Hanceville!
How Covid has Affected Students' Mental Health
As Covid-19 rates reached new heights across the country, schools put safety precautions in place to help combat the spread. At our school, we changed to a hybrid schedule with Group A and Group B going to school separately. Friends and family were kept apart by the pandemic in life and in school. One student told me, "When Covid-19 first hit, I thought there was no hope...Luckily, Mrs. Key has been campaigning for mental health awareness, and through her I was able to get help... I now have plans for college and the future in general."
Another student told me that the pandemic "has really taken a toll on my mental health." As wer continue our safety precautions for Covid-19, remember to check in on your family and friends. You never know what they might be going through. You might be the reason they smile that day.
Legends We Lost in 2020
On January 26, 2020, the world felt an inexplicable amount of pain when a helicopter crashed killing nine people. Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna passed away along with seven other passengers. Kobe Bryant meant a lot to me because he had such an influence on basketball worldwide. Many people know Kobe in China, Japan, and all over the world.
David Stern, NBA commissioner for 30 years passed away at the age of 77 on December 12, 2020. Hall of Famer Michael Jordan said, "Without David Stern, the NBA would not be what it is today." I watched David Stern do a lot of draft picks and he always had a charismatic personality. He really knew a lot about basketball, and he lived life the right way.
Chadwick Boseman, an actor, passed away on August 28, 2020, after battling colon cancer. He was well-known for his role as T'Challa in Black Panther.
2020 Presidential Election News
November 3, 2020 marked the 59th U.S. presidential election which chose Democratic Senator Joe Biden and Democratic Senator Kamala Harris. The election was fiercely contested by President Donald Trump as well as many in the GOP and Trump supporters. Tensions ran high throughout the U.S. leading up to the certification of the Electoral College votes on January 6. As of the writing of this article, the inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th U.S. President and Kamala Harris as Vice President is scheduled to take place on January 20, 2021.
Meet Another New Teacher
Let us offer a warm welcome to one of our new teachers!
Mr. Garrett Cone teaches 10th and 12th grade English. The reason he chose to be a teacher is because he really enjoys seeing people grow and improve over certain periods of time. "I love talking about books and what better place to do that then in an English classroom."
Mr. Cone's favorite book is: The Fountainhead by Any Rand. The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is his favorite movie and his most-liked song is: "Today" by The Smashing Pumpkins. "Things turn out best for those who make the best of the way things turn out," by John Wooden is Mr. Cone's favorite quote.
What Mr. Cone likes best about Hanceville High School is the people. He said, "Both the students and the faculty are awesome, unique, and cool in their own way."
Band puts in the work to be able to put on a halftime show-- which includes a lot more than the seven minutes spectators see every Friday night. The band starts their season with about two weeks of band camp. The first week is sectioned off, having a time period where the different sections work on their specific parts for the show. The second week is when everyone is brought together to start putting the show on the field. This week is usually the longest: eight in the morning to eight at night. But due to the regulations of this year, it lasted until 5:30 p.m. The time change may not seem like a big deal, but anyone no matter the sport would agree that losing that time to put in work and practice, can be a problem when it is time to perform.
During the actual season, the band only had about three practices this year before their first performance. Even though having all the new challenges this year, the band did a really good job of handling the hardships and pulling through to finish their season. Usually the band competes at competitions, but that was cancelled this year. However, we actually did Mudcreek Marching Festival this year. The band closed out the competition with a performance of the season's halftime show. This happened to be our last performance of the season, and the band did well, and I got to pull the fire batons which was a big plus to the season. We are definitely looking forward to next season and the potential it brings.
St. Valentine: History and Mystery
St. Valentine's Day is named after a man who was a Roman priest and physician who suffered martyrdom during the persecution of Christians by the Emperor Claudius II Gothicus about 270 AD. February 14 is known as a day of love, affection, and romance. I believe Valentine's Day is a great day to tell your loved ones that you love them.