At Central Haywood, things are happening
Things have been busy around campus at CHHS.
First and foremost is the re-instituting of a FFA Club.
Barclay Taylor became the new agriculture teacher, moving from science. He has the students busy and excited learning all about the full realm of horticultural aspects.
The students are very excited to have their own special way to be more involved in the subject by forming a club. Officers were elected and seniors Coy Leopard won the office as the president and Richard McKinney will be vice-president. Blaze Keith, secretary; Joe Wise, treasurer; Levi Brooks, sentinel and Cory O'Kelley as reporter round out the leadership of about two dozen members. The club already is planning some fundraisers for the greenhouse needs and community service projects in Haywood County.
Between Oct. 8 and 11, students were pleased to hear from several interesting career speakers arranged through our CTE staff and counselor, Sarah Peterson. Jimmy Rogers, school board member and strong agricultural programs supporter was first to get their attention on agricultural jobs. Janet Banks captured many on cosmetology and Rick Wolfe had lots of interest shown for automotive careers.
The Career Week continued with Sandy Fletcher, CNA, spurring interest in that wide open field.; Preston Jacobsen, with information on machining, welding and electrical engineering was quite popular. Shannon Rabby was excellent about Fish & Wildlife and Kaleb Rathbone with former ag teacher at CHHS, Kyle Miller, ended the week speaking about the Haywood County test farm where he now is the superintendent. Students now have goals for their future they may not have considered as yet.
Two seniors, Tabitha Ammons and Robert MacCarger were honored by being chosen by Principal Haney to participate as special members for a panel discussion Tuesday, Oct. 15 for the HCC 21st Century Manufacturing Event.
Senior Taylor Mann was voted by the staff to be our first Altrusa Student of the Month for October. Miss Mann is in her second year of dual enrollment with HCC in Mark Hicks' class of auto collision and repair.
These students make CHHS proud with their dedication and activities supporting their education. The school is also honored to have a new school resource officer joining the family; Welcome Officer Eddie New!
Richard Reeves dropped by for a visit and agreed to be the keynote speaker for the 2014 graduation that marks the 20th graduating class from Central Haywood High.
It was Mr. Reeves' dream all those years ago that makes the school a successful alternative school that has graduated 532, thought to be at risk students, in it's first 19 years. Cecil Patton was the first in a class of six in 1994 to 68 total grads in 2013 including the annex program students at the ALC.
The date is set for June 13, 2014, for the 20th graduation celebration at HCC auditorium. All alumni staff and students are encouraged to put this on your calendar and attend this promising to be fabulous event already in the planning.