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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)
MacNear Selected To The National Society of High School Scholars
In July of this year, Elizabeth MacNear was selected to become a member of The National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS). This esteemed organization recognizes top scholars who have demonstrated outstanding leadership, scholarship, and community commitment. Elizabeth has been automatically rewarded a lifetime membership, and the NSHSS will work to connect her with the resources she needs to help prepare her for college and a meaningful career.
We at RCHS are very proud to call Elizabeth MacNear one of our own. This recognition from the NSHSS will provide her with yet another stepping stone toward her very bright future. For more information on The National Society of High School Scholars, visit www.nshss.org.
COACH WHALEY HOPES TO RETURN SOON
BY TIMOTHY MOTE
Coach Whaley, whom we all have missed drastically, is staying strong and positive. In November of last year, he suffered a heart attack which led to open-heart surgery as well as numerous other surgeries. He has endured much adversity in the past four months, including not only complications with his health, but also the passing of his father.
Through it all, Coach Whaley has stayed strong. When asked how he is feeling, he said “Right now, I’m feeling good. There’s no pain. I’ve been exercising and doing what the doctor tells me to do. Home health care has been coming in twice a week. I’ve been basically cleared by the doctors. I still lack one thing having to get cleared on, but other than that I’m ready to get back to work.”
Although Coach Whaley is ready to get back to work, the doctors have required him to get plenty of rest before he can return to RCHS. He said “Since I’ve been out, doctors have wanted me to rest. Once I came home, they wanted me to do a lot of walking to try to get my blood pressure and
heart rhythm right. I’ve just basically been sitting here resting. I’m anxious to get back, which hopefully will be in the next couple of weeks.” The doctors told him he should be able to return around the end of March.
I asked Coach Whaley what he missed most about RCHS, and not surprisingly, he said “What I really miss most is being around the kids. Just being around the kids and the staff. I really miss that. I’ve heard from a lot of kids. Most of them text me and tell me they miss me and they say it’s not the same without me. Coach Prestridge made the statement that when I’m out, everyone knows it, which makes me feel good. I get messages from the kids, and they text me and let me know how everything’s going. The coaches have been over here to visit me, and I feel like I’ve got a lot of support. I’m eager to get back to work.”
Coach Whaley’s message to the student body is this: “I miss all of you. I want to get back to where I was before the surgery. I’m trying every day to improve. There’s something every day I can improve on. It’s like what I tell y’all, you can improve on something every day. It doesn’t matter how small it is, you can
improve on something each day. I’m just thankful that the good Lord helped me get through all this, and if the good Lord’s willing, I’ll be back in a couple of weeks.”
Coach Whaley depended on his faith to help him endure the past few months. He said “The good Lord saw me through it all. On top of all the surgeries, I lost my dad in November. It just took its toll on me, but I’ve tried to stay positive and focused on getting well. That’s the other thing, too; staying positive because you don’t really know what’s gonna happen.” He also depended on the community’s support. He said “The administration and my fellow coaches have been very supportive of me. I’m thankful to all the parents and all those who prayed and helped support me. I’m happy I’m getting well and will be really will be happy to be back. Every time I think about going back, I get excited because I miss the students and staff. It’s really unbelievable that I’ve been out this long, and I’m just looking forward to getting back.”
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!
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.