a publication of
The Randolph County High School
School Year Quote
"Education must not simply teach work - it must teach life." (W.E.B. Du Bois)
Featured Staff Members
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."
Officer Joe Craft (SRO)
by Meagan Hume and Elizabeth MacNear
Officer Joe Craft is our resource officer here at RCHS. He is originally from Houston, TX, but he moved to Randolph County at a very young age. As a student at RCHS, Officer Craft played as a lineman for the football team and as a catcher for the baseball team. In his senior year at RCHS, Officer Craft enrolled in the Randolph County Sheriff's Reserve Program. During his early years of college, he decided that college wasn’t for him and later joined the police academy.
Officer Craft has been in law enforcement for 16 years. For seven of these years, he travelled with a K9 named Jerry Lee. Jerry Lee has since retired and become a part of Officer Craft’s family. As an officer, Mr. Craft claims that law enforcement is “a calling” and is meant for people who care about their community.
I’m sure we’ve all heard of the stereotypical association between police officers and donuts, right? According to Officer Craft, police officers do not actually consume nearly as many donuts as they are said to. However, Officer Craft shared a story with us about a specific encounter with a Krispy Kreme truck. One day, he and another officer were patrolling an area together and had to pull over a Krispy Kreme truck. The other officer approached the vehicle and both were eventually asked if they decided to pull the truck just to receive free donuts. Officer Craft and his partner had a good laugh about it.
Officer Craft says the two best parts of his occupation are being able to interact with students and the football games. The student body may not be aware of this, but Officer Craft also works as a counselor for students who are seeking help. If you are needing to speak with him, you can contact him through his school Facebook (SRO Craft). You may also contact him through his school email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Coach Burkhalter began teaching because he witnessed firsthand what an impact his father had on the students he taught. Other than his dad, the people that influenced him the most was his coaches. Coach Danny Horn taught him to be better than he thought he was. Coach Kris Herron taught him to love people regardless of their situation, and coach Gary Reynolds taught him the meaning of integrity.
"Coach B" says that the hardest part of his job is instilling confidence is kids that don’t have any. Coach Burkhalter loves getting to know his students, and he loves coaching football.
by Alexis Southerland, Malachi Nunn, and Summer Hill
Coach David Burkhalter graduated from Clay County High School in Ashland, AL. He has only been teaching for one year. He said he wanted to work at RCHS for multiple reasons.
One reason he wanted to work here is that he wanted to work for Coach Giddens, someone he admires and respects. The other reason is that RCHS feels like home to him. He had many places he could have worked, but he chose here because the others didn’t feel like home. He believes in what we stand for, and he believes in us as a student body.
by Jillian Gaines
In early September, I was graciously given the opportunity to interview one of our new faculty members here at RCHS; the 9th and 11th grade science teacher, Mr. Jacob Hicks. Not only is he a teacher, but he is also working on many during and after school programs such as cross country and Scholar’s Bowl.
Mr. Hicks was born in Talladega on February 15, 1985, but he grew up in Ashlyn. He is a family man and loves to spend time with his wife and children. Whenever he is not busy with work, going to the movies with his wife, or supporting his
oth8q6mkids in everything they do, he enjoys playing video games. He is not a music person, and he prefers talk radio. If made to choose what music to listen to, he said classic rock groups like Aerosmith and AC/DC are his favorites. He graduated from Clay County High School before going on to acquire a bachelor’s degree from UAB and a master’s degree from Liberty University.
The person Mr. Hicks admires most in the world is the youth pastor he had when he was younger. His youth pastor had compassion for others, and he was a great example of self sacrifice. For fun, I asked Mr. Hicks what he would do if he ever won a million dollars. He told me, “Life’s good, I don’t need anything else.” He explained that he would put most of the money away for his children and use the rest of it to travel the world. If he got any material objects out of it, it would probably be a jetski.
Although Mr. Hicks is new here, he isn’t new to teaching. He taught one year of science at a school in Birmingham. He has since worked odd jobs until he landed his job here at RCHS. For a time, he was a youth pastor, a recreational gym manager, a social worker, and a furniture mover.
His favorite thing about teaching is seeing so many different perspectives of people and when students understand a topic they did not before. He believes the biggest problem in the classroom is the lack of self confidence in students. Students will often refrain from answering questions in front of their classmates in fear of missing the question or being seen as “The Brain.” He said on this subject, “Kids are very valuable, they have their whole future ahead of them.” Lastly, if he could send one message to the entire student body, it would be, “You can be more than you think you can be.”