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The Randolph County High School
School Year Quote
"Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think." (Albert Einstein)
RCHS: 37 Woodland: 8
Homecoming week is full of excitement for both RCHS and its community. Student events, parades, and the football game have everyone talking all week. Homecoming is not only for the students, but it is also for the community. Homecoming brings the community together for a little fun. The streets on Thursday evening are lined with people, and on Friday night, the stadium is filled with people cheering on the Tigers. Many people are also filled with anticipation as they await the declaration homecoming king and queen. Homecoming week is not just another event at Randolph County, it is the epitome of school spirit, community, and family.
Mote, Hester, Jordan, and Kabetzke
Published in Lake Wedowee Life
Kelly Caldwell of Lake Wedowee Life magazine presented The Meteor staff and Mrs. Amy Richardson's English classes with another opportunity to get published in the latest edition of the magazine. This time, Mrs. Caldwell was looking for students to write articles about what Lake Wedowee means to them.
Timothy Mote was awarded the $50 grand prize for his "Fishing With Dad and Feeling at Home" article, while Kinslee Hester, Lilly Jordan, and Cassidy Kabetzke all had their articles published as well.
Congratulations to all four of these students; you've made RCHS very proud.
Not pictured: Cassidy Kabetzke
Emily DiQuattro (by Cassidy Kabetzke)
This beautiful young lady is Emily.
She is 19, and she loves the color green!
Her favorite thing to do is listen to music - especially Taylor Swift!
Her inspiration and role model is her mom.
She loves to watch The Muppets, and she wants to be a cowgirl when she grows up!
Emily is an active girl who loves to play with her friends, and when she’s chilling, she loves to color pictures.
She wants everyone to know that she loves her peers and classmates!
STUDENT SPOTL GHTS
Rickey Sims (by Cassidy Kabetzke)
This dashing young man is Rickey!
Rickey is 15, and he loves to watch anime.
In his free time, he loves to sing, and he loves to dance around while he’s singing.
Ricky’s favorite color is blue, and when he grows up he wants to be a rockstar!
He says that his biggest inspiration is comedian Tiffany Haddish!
He would like everyone to know that he loves to run and play with his friends.
Breanna Harmon (by Cassidy Kabetzke)
This sweet girl is Breanna.
Breanna is 16, and she loves the color purple.
I asked her, “Who do you look up to?” and she answered,
“I look up to Will Kirby, no doubt about it.”
She loves to play outside and hang out with friends, and her absolute favorite TV show is Spongebob. When she grows up, she wants to be a nurse and help as many people as she can. Brianna wants everyone to know that Will Kirby is her favorite inspiration!
Mr. Joshua Horn
by Cassidy Kabetzke and Sonya Vowell
Mr. Joshua Horn has been a teacher for five years, and he has taught at Randolph County High School for three of them. He attended Southern Union State Community College before transferring to Troy University for three years. There, he acquired a bachelor of arts degree in mathematics education.
In the beginning, Mr. Horn did not set out to be a teacher:
"At Southern Union, I was an accounting major. Once I got to Troy, I
realized I hated accounting. You can’t do something you hate. I always knew about teaching since my mother and sister are both math teachers. I had to take calculus at Troy for my accounting degree, and I loved it. It was the only class I didn’t hate. So, I gave it a try and took education classes. I learned from them and enjoyed the tutoring sessions we had to do. My first job wasn’t great and the second was scary (the Oxford incident), but here at RCHS, I feel like I am home. Something one of my college professors told me was this, 'If its the right fit, your coworkers become your brothers and sisters. Your administrators become your parents. Your students become your children. You should feel at home.'" All of those things are true for me here at RCHS.
To keep math interesting, Mr. Horn always tries and let his students know where the material is used in real life. He also talks to his students about their futures: college, careers, military, etc., and he lets them know how math is used in those areas. Mr. Horn tries to explain concepts on the simplest terms, and he teaches in steps. Some algebraic equations have multiple steps, so people tend to think it's difficult. Mr. Horn helps students take a look at each step. He understands that math is hard, and he admits that even he will make mistakes from time to time.
When he's not teaching in the classroom, Mr. Horn is the sponsor of Mu Alpha Theta and the prom committee. He is also the co-sponsor of E.O.T. (Entertainers of Tomorrow).
Two recent RCHS graduates had this to say about Mr. Horn:
As a college freshman taking the highest math class, I was surprised to see how much Mr. Horn’s Algebra II with Trig class prepared me for it. His class not only helped prepare me for college, but it also prepared me for the real world. He always showed kindness no matter what, and he vowed to always help each student that needed it. To me, this shows how much he cared. He inspired me to become a kind person like him.
Mr. Horn influenced my life outside of high school by showing me
how to be a ray of sunshine in a dark place.
Mr. Horn wants the student body of RCHS to know this:
"The X-Men are Stan Lee’s greatest creation and that’s that."
But on a more serious note, he also said:
"There is a quote from Shonda Rhimes that I think everyone needs to know:
'Dreams are lovely, but that's all they are. Just dreams.
Fleeting, ephemeral, pretty dreams.
Dreams do not come true just because you dream them.
It's hard work that makes things happen.
It's hard work that creates change.
It's hard work that makes dreams come true.'
Not to hurt Cinderella’s reputation, but just believing will not make a dream come true.
You have to work at it. You have to want it. You have to make the decision to go after what you want. Props to Cinderella, though. She went out and got what she wanted. She worked at it and she got it."
Mr. Horn was named RCHS teacher of the year for the 2018-2019 school year.
Through his hard word and dedication, he continues to make a positive impact on many of his students and fellow teachers.
Mrs. Maricile Adcock
by Lula Kidd and Malachi Nunn
This is Mrs. Adcock’s first year teaching at RCHS, and we are thankful that she is here. Before coming to RCHS, she taught at Bowdon High School, Woodland High School, and Handley Middle School. Mrs. Adcock is certified to teach both math and English in grades 6-12.
Before she became a teacher, Mrs. Adcock taught swimming lessons every summer in college, and she truly enjoyed the reward of seeing children learn to swim. She decided that since she liked teaching swimming lessons all day in the hot sun, she would most certainly enjoy teaching in an air-conditioned room.
Mrs. Adcock's main goal as a teacher is to teach students as much academic content as she possibly can, and in the process, help students understand that learning can be enjoyable.
Mrs. Adcock was born in Winter Haven, Florida. She later moved to Woodland, Alabama, during her middle school years. She graduated from Woodland and attended Southern Union for one year before transferring to Auburn where she finished her degrees in secondary math and secondary English education. In addition to her math and English degrees, Mrs. Adcock also holds a master's degree in middle grades education from the University of West Georgia as well as a masters degree in psychometry from UAB.
In her free time, Mrs. Adcock often likes to read all kinds of books.
She has three grown children that she and her husband enjoy visiting, and she has one seven-month-old granddaughter.
Mrs. Adcock loves Randolph County, and she said that it "just feels like home."
Although Mrs. Adcock loves to teach both math and English, she is happy just teaching math right now. She feels that a good foundation in math is a wonderful start for children. She says that since she loves helping students, teaching them the fundamentals of math is very, very important to her.
Principal and Vice Principal
Coach Steve Giddens
by Sonya Vowell, Koi Pennington, and Joseph Anglin
Our principal, Coach Giddens, was born in Talladega, Alabama. He attended Clay County High school before getting his degree from Auburn University. His mother was a big influence on him reaching his goals as a person. One of his many hobbies outside of his job includes golf.
“Unlike most principals,” a student said, “Coach Giddens makes his students feel welcome and happy. He makes students excited for school in one of the only ways possible.” Coach Giddens - when asked why he decided to be our principal - said, “Randolph County High School has been good to me, and it felt like it was my chance to give back.” He went on to say the best thing about our beloved RCHS is the love and pride everyone has for it.
Mr. Taylor, a teacher at RCHS, says, “Coach Giddens has worked hard to create a seamless and successful transition for RCHS this year. He finds value in both students and staff, and he doesn’t hesitate to let us know that he appreciates even the smallest efforts. That is a priceless quality in an experienced man.”
Needless to say, we at RCHS appreciate our newest principal.
Coach Giddens to the student body:
"Enjoy your experience,
listen to the faculty,
Let everyone here at RCHS love you and teach you."
Coach Clifton Drummonds
by Hannah Smith
In the seventh grade, coach Clifton Drummonds walked into the gym of
Randolph County High School and heard a voice that would change his life
forever. It was coach Waters, RCHS’ football coach at the time, and it made
Coach Drummonds immediately want to take on that career.
Coach Drummonds is from Wedowee, and he is a graduate of our beloved
Randolph County High School. As a student, he played football, basketball,
and baseball. Immediately after high school, he received a basketball
scholarship to Southern Union. He then proceeded to Stephen F. Austin University in Nacogdoches, Texas, where he received his bachelor's degree.
Coach Drummonds did not expect to become a vice principal so soon in his career. It had always been his plan to move on to administration, but he planned on starting after he finished coaching. He found a job as an administrator in Athens, Alabama after he left Handley. After a few years there, he finally came home. He had always planned to come back to RCHS to be closer to his mom. It just happened to be that the position opened up for him at the perfect time.
Coach Drummonds believes in tough love for students. He pats them on the back for doing right and corrects them when they are in the wrong. His everyday challenges include prioritizing and managing time between his coaching and administrative duties. He isn't sure where he wants to go in the future, but he aims to do the best job possible. He wants RCHS to be better than it was before he started working here, and he wants the community to be more involved with our school. His ultimate goal is for every RCHS student to be successful.
Message to the students of RCHS:
“Do whatever it takes to be a champion, whether its classwork, sports, extracurriculars, etc. When you have a good mindset, things will go much easier.”
About The Meteor
According to our records, The Meteor was established 108 years ago (1911).
Though we have conducted in-depth research, we have not been able to determine why the school newspaper was titled The Meteor. We do know that the original Meteor ran for a few years before either dying out or changing names. A few names that it eventually took on were The Blue and Gold (40s), Tiger Topics (70s), and Tiger Talk (80s). Some of our alumni are likely to remember a few of these editions.
Regardless of the newspaper's name, it's back, and we hope it's here to stay. Our plan as a newspaper staff is to publish articles throughout the school year. Instead of publishing them in one lump-sum, we plan to publish them as they are edited and become available. To make sure you don't miss an updated article, sign up for our newsletter at the bottom right of any page.
One of the things we love most about the articles we've read from the original Meteor is that the writers referred to our school as THE Randolph County High School. Placing the word "the" in front of our school name signifies that we're a proud student body and that there isn't another school like us. We would love your support in our efforts to make this idea commonplace. We're not just another Randolph County High School (there are others in the US), we are The Randolph County High School.
For more on the history of The Meteor, head to the "History" section.