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.”
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.
by Cassidy Kabetzke and Sutton Phillips
Special Olympics is a time for kids of all ages with special needs to have a fun-filled day and compete against their friends. This year's event took place on Thursday, April 25th. Kids from all over Randolph County came to RCHS and competed in many events.
Each and every competitor was excited to be showcased and to meet up with long-lost friends again. After the Olympics was over, the kids participated in a fun-filled day with games, face and nail painting, picture booths, and even ice cream with cake. The kids also had fun playing volleyball and throwing a football with a few of the volunteers.
Under The Stars
On Friday, April 5th, juniors and seniors from our beloved RCHS attended the "Under the Stars" prom.
Lead-out began at 6PM and the prom followed.
As usual, attendees came out dressed to the nines, and everyone seemed to have a blast.
Thank you to Mr. Josh Horn, Mrs. Carolyn Monroe, and everyone else that had a hand in making this a memorable evening for our juniors and seniors.
Prom Queen: Nia Green
Prom King: CJ Pinkard
Prom Princess: Ally Sheppard
Prom Prince: Braxton Daniel
Published in Lake Wedowee Life
Kelly Caldwell of Lake Wedowee Life magazine presented The Meteor staff with another opportunity to get published in the latest edition of the magazine. This time, Mrs. Caldwell was looking for a student (or students) to write an article about the RCHS Art Club's trips to Ava Hills Assisted Living Center.
This time, Sutton Phillis took advantage of the opportunity and was awarded a full-color publication of his story and a check for $50.
Congratulations, Sutton; you've made RCHS very proud.
Teacher of the Month
Coach Brady Phillips
by Malachi Nunn and Hagen Smith
As a Meteor staff, we decided to start selecting "Teachers of the Month."
For our first installment, we selected Coach Brady Phillips.
As a reward, Coach Phillips received some of his favorite candies and this spotlight-article.
Coach Phillips teaches seventh and eighth-grade math.
He also coaches football, baseball, and basketball.
Before coming to RCHS, he attended Auburn University where he attained his bachelor's degree in physical education and math. He is currently in his third year of teaching, with all three years being spent with us here at RCHS. He applied to teach here because he is an alumnus (class of 2011), and he said he considers this home.
He accredits his eighth-grade math teacher, Coach Murphree, as the one who inspired him to become a teacher. He said Coach Murphree had an amazing desire to instill discipline in the classroom and on the field. Coach Phillips said that it was while he was sitting in that math class all those years ago that the Lord gave him a desire and passion for RCHS. Now, he simply hopes that in some way he can make this a better place.
"RCHS means so much to me," Coach Phillips said. "This place has made me into the man I am today The one thing I love most about this place is the people. Not that long ago I was sitting in the classes of some amazing teachers. Coach Prestridge, Coach Robinson, Mrs. Robertson, Mr. Green, Mrs. Monroe, Mr. Stitcher, and Coach Thompson are still here loving our current students."
When asked why sports are so important to him, Coach Phillips said:
"Sports teach us more about life than most people will ever understand. Sports build character, and they teach us how to work hard for what we want. Life will knock us down harder than any blindside block on the football field, but if we're resilient, we learn to get back up and shake it off."
Coach Phillips has some advice for the student body of RCHS:
Dream BIG! Always remember who you are, where you come from, and who helped you along the way because you never know who will help you find your way back home.
Gaines and Kabetzke
Published in Lake Wedowee Life
A few weeks ago, Kelly Caldwell of Lake Wedowee Life magazine came to RCHS and presented The Meteor staff with an opportunity to get published in the February edition of the magazine. Mrs. Caldwell was looking for a student (or students) to write an article about the RCHS fishing team.
Two students, Jill Gaines and Cassidy Kabetzke, took advantage of the opportunity and were awarded with a full-color publication of their story and $50 (split between them).
Congratulations to both girls; you've made RCHS very proud.
Click HERE to read the full "Making a Splash" article (pg16).
RCHS Art Club Visits Ava Hills
As part of Alabama's Bicentennial Year celebration, the RCHS Art Club was awarded a $500 grant to extend their program within the community. With the money, the art club (sponsored by Mrs. Amy Richardson) purchased supplies that enabled them to visit and paint Alabama-themed pictures with residents of the Ava Hills Assisted Living community in Wedowee. The opportunity presents residents of Ava Hills with a chance to get to know some of our student body at RCHS, a chance to utilize their artistic abilities, and a chance to feel extra special.
Mrs. Richardson said this project "has opened pathways of communication and healing by keeping residents interested and engaged in their lives."
Thank you for doing this, Art Club.
You're making RCHS very proud.
Additional Staff Spotlights
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.
by Aaliyah McKissic and Graciela Cruz
Mr.Butler was born in Gadsden, Alabama. He lived in Port St. Lucie, Florida before moving here to Wedowee. He graduated from Winfield High School, where he played football and baseball. Afterwards, he went to college at Jacksonville State University (JSU).
He has been teaching for seven years now. He chose to work at RCHS because he owns property in Randolph County, and he has always wanted to work at RCHS.
Mr. Butler does not oversee any after-school programs yet. Before becoming a teacher, Mr. Butler worked as an Alabama Marine Police.
His favorite part about teaching is the people he works with and the children he teaches. After being asked what’s the hardest part about teaching at Randolph County High School, he chuckled and replied, “Every day is a new challenge.” I asked him how he feels about getting the job at RCHS and he commented, “It feels good to have the job and to get to work with the kids I get to work with.”
TIM ALEXANDER VISITS RCHS
by Sonya Vowell
Timothy Alexander, a motivational speaker with a heart-wrenching story, came to RCHS on Thursday, November 29th.
He spoke with students in grades 7-12 about his story and how hard his life was overcoming his injuries. He reminded students that they need a vision in life. He reminded them that, no matter what situation they're in, a vision may carry them to rock bottom, but it’ll also carry them back to the top.
At the conclusion of his motivational
speech, a student asked the question “What has been your biggest obstacle?" Tim smiled and answered with, “The biggest obstacle I had to overcome was identity. I was seventeen years old. I went from being a Nike prospect to not being able to swallow. I didn’t know what the date was. I didn’t even know the time. I was in a coma for so long, I had to have people come in and give me water, to teach me how to swallow. Now, I constantly remind myself when I see people pick up a bottle of water that I know what it was like being thirsty and unable to give myself water; I didn’t know how to swallow. Nurses had to dip a toothbrush with a sponge on the end into water and drip it down my throat. That played with my identity. I was seventeen years old, and I couldn’t bathe on my own. That played with my mind. I’ll never forget reading one day about William James who said, ‘The greatest discovery of any generation is that a human can alter his mind by altering his attitude. So, I said yes."
"Physically, I may not have my legs, but mentally I do. So, I decided that my mind is going to have to be the most powerful thing. Let's think about a tiger. The tiger is known as the king of the jungle, but it isn’t the biggest animal in the jungle (or the smallest). When a tiger faces an elephant, of course the elephant could destroy the tiger with one kick, but when the tiger sees the elephant, the tiger doesn't see size, he sees lunch. The elephant sees the tiger, and its mind says ‘eater.’ It doesn’t understand that he is so big and it could hurt the tiger. The tiger understands that it will hunt. I am the king of the jungle, he thinks to himself, and when I come around, people will fear me. He’s not worried about what he looks like on the outside. It’s all based on that tiger’s mind."
"The tiger's label "king of the jungle" isn't based on its outside ability. It’s all based on the tiger’s mind. If a tiger came in here right now, we would all be freaking out. It has everything to do with our mind, and so, the most beautiful thing I struggled with so much was MY MIND. I was so scared to go to school. I used to stutter so, so bad. When you have a traumatic brain injury, you forget how to talk. So, I was seventeen years old, and I had to relearn my ABC’s. I had write with my mouth. I use to feel so bad, but I found my identity. I became so confident in myself that I began to create such value. I became my own motivator, my own inspiration. The reason I can come through those double doors and take in the energy is that before I came in here, I gave myself my own cheerleading party."
"Your mind is your most powerful tool.”
Another question asked was based on excuses.
"What do you think about excuses?" asked a student.
Tim responded with this deep and profound answer, “Excuses are a monument of nothing that build bridges leading nowhere, and those that use these excuses are incompetent and masters of nothing.”
Later, after his speech, I asked how becoming a motivational speaker changed his life. He said he learned that words were powerful, and when we grasp their meaning, we'll be able to transform and renew our minds. He believes everything happens for a reason, and that if the accident hadn’t happened, he’d be playing football and therefore wouldn’t be doing what he is today.
The last question I asked him was what he would say to the world if the world would really listen.
He responded with, “We don’t need it to be easy. We just need it to be possible."
Our student body was honored to have Mr. Alexander come to speak to us.
Many students connected to Tim's story because he's down-t0-earth and real.
The words of motivation and encouragement he spoke over us will stay with us for a very long time, and for the students who were able to speak to him individually, Tim's guidance has most likely made a huge impact on them already.
STUDENTS' PICTURES WITH Tim Alexander ARE POSTED IN THE #OURPEOPLE SECTION.
RANDOLPH COUNTY ANIMAL SHELTER
by Cassidy Kabetzke and Cailin Laney
Randolph County is not a big place, but it has plenty around its town to hold it together. Outside of the high school, there are many different places such as the police department, banks, even the stores. Each place is like glue, helping piece and hold our town together.
Have you ever seen a stray dog on the street? Maybe you wanted to stop and help it, but you just didn’t have time. Maybe you’ve seen so many that it didn’t even phase you. Either way, we have people who can actually help with this dilemma - the Randolph County Animal Shelter. They rescue and take in pets to give them a temporary home.
In order to give our students a better understanding of what goes on at the RCAS (and how we can help), Cailin Laney and I visited the shelter, interviewed some of the workers, and loved on the animals.
From Cailin's interview with Mrs. Rhonda Blackstone:
Cailin- What is the best part of your job?
Rhonda- Seeing our animals getting adopted to new homes would have to be my favorite.
Cailin- If you had one wish for the RCAS, what would it be?
Rhonda- That all our dogs and cats would find a forever home.
Cailin- The hardest part of working at the shelter would have to be what?
Rhonda- To see the shape that the dogs and cats are in when they come here.
Cailin-What’s something you would like the students of RCHS to know about the shelter?
Rhonda- I would like them to know about all the handwork and love that goes into the shelter. Every volunteer and every donation is greatly appreciated.
Cailin- Thank you so much for your hard work and dedication.
The workers and daily volunteers at the Animal Shelter would like everyone to know that they love volunteers of any sort. There are way more animals than there are workers and volunteers, and the shelter tries hard to show love to all of their animals, but if anyone would like to just come to pet and love on the animals, they said that would be greatly appreciated.
A few specific items the shelter requested are:
For dogs: Towels, blankets, sheets, dog toys, dog treats, and food.
For cats: Litter, baking soda, towels, sheets, toys, and canned food.
*Donations of any sort are always greatly appreciated.
This handsome fella is Hoss
He is a two-year-old bulldog mix
He is really calm, but he does get excited around
He is extremely loving, and he gets along well
with other dogs.
Hoss is looking forward to someone giving him
a forever home.
This cute pup is Ken.
He is a three-month-old shepherd mix
He gets along with other dogs.
He's a great kids pet.
He's loving and very quiet.
Ken was brought in with a friend who has since been adopted.
Ken has been lonely ever since.
He is hoping someone will adopt him soon.
If you would like additional information on how to help our Randolph County Animal Shelter, how to adopt an animal, or how to volunteer, please contact the shelter directly at 256-357-0101
RCHS Awarded Three Trophies
at Fine Arts Tournament
On Thursday, November 8th (2018), a number of RCHS students made the trip to Southern Union to compete in the 36th annual Language and Fine Arts Tournament. The tournament featured competitions such as theater, dance, music, poetry, photography, extemporaneous speaking, composition (essay writing), and art.
Three students from RCHS took home trophies.
Grace Avery was awarded first place in composition, Sutton Phillips was awarded third place in photography, and Cassidy Kabetzke was awarded third place in poetry.
Southern Union awards numerous scholarships in the area of fine arts, and participating in events such as this one is a great way for students to show what they're capable of.
Mrs. Amy Richardson and Mr. Brian Millican are very proud of each student who competed in the tournament.
TRUTH program participates in
Operation Christmas Child
On Thursday, November 1st (2018), the TRUTH program filled 32 shoeboxes with gifts for less fortunate children around the globe. Each box was packed full of items purchased by students in the TRUTH program; items such as hygiene supplies, school supplies, toys, and articles of clothing. First Baptist Church's Jamey Walls (and his mother) made sure the TRUTH program was supplied with the boxes, labels, and any financial backing they needed.
Operation Christmas Child is the world's largest project of its kind. It is a product of Samaritan's Purse, an organization overseen by Reverend Franklin Graham (son of the late Billy Graham). The shoeboxes are shipped to children outside of the United States that have been affected by war, poverty, natural disaster, famine, and disease. The purpose of the gifts is "to reach out to children around the globe with the good news of Jesus Christ" (Samaritan's Purse)."
The TRUTH program was very honored to participate in Operation Christmas Child.
Their club sponsor, Mr. Brian Millican, says he plans to have the club participate again next year.