Outstanding student achievers honored by the Sequatchie County Board of Education at their April 9 meeting.
9, 2018 – Over a dozen outstanding high school students were
recognized at the April 9 meeting of the Sequatchie County Board of Education (BOE).
Faculty Advisor Riki Odineal introduced some of the students from Sequatchie County High School (SCHS) that attended the state SCOPE (Student Congress on Policies in Education) Conference March 26 in Murfreesboro. Students from around the state held mock school board meetings and debated education policies. Channing Barker, who was attending the conference for the first time, was nominated in the election of officers for next year, Odineal noted.
SCHS shop teacher and SkillsUSA Advisor Randy Harper introduced some of his students that competed in the 53rd Annual SkillsUSA Tennessee State Conference in Nashville March 19-21. Three of the five local students that competed at the regionals advanced to the state competition.
Jake Payne competed in electrical; Alex Stewart won a bronze medal in MLR III / brakes and suspension. Seth Widick entered the Automotive Technology competition, and after a 7 ½-hour marathon test of all-around automotive knowledge, he won the bronze medal. In light of his performance, the University of Northwestern Ohio offered Widick a $6,000 scholarship, which he has accepted.
Teacher Sophie Hayhurst then presented some of her FFA (Future Farmers of America) members, who attended the 90th Tennessee FFA Convention March 25-28 in Gatlinburg. Only chartered for three years, the SCHS FFA club was honored with a Superior Chapter Award at the state convention. Jordan Layne competed in poultry, Orion Wilson juggled in the talent contest, and Sidney Springer won 5th place out of 16 competitors in the Agriscience Fair and was 2nd in the region.
Pat St. John, who serves as faculty advisor for the FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America), presented three students who placed in state competition: Ethan Miller placed third in Economics on his first year competing; Warren Sims won first place in Electronic Career Portfolio, and Chandler Hendrick won first in Securities & Investments.
HOSA Advisor Mandi Easterly introduced two of her students that competed at the 41st State Leadership Conference for HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America). Cameron Baty won fourth place in Speaking Skills, and Riley Caine won first place for defending her paper on genetic engineering. Caine will go to Dallas, Tex., this summer to compete at the international conference.
Family studies teacher Deborah Dawson presented five FCCLA (Family, Community, and Career Leaders of America) members who attended the the Tennessee State Leadership Conference. This is the first year this program has competed at the state level.
Earning 2nd place in Early Childhood Education and qualifying for national competition in Atlanta this summer was Lydia Schultz. Competing in Illustrated Talk for a silver award was Kaylin Endicott.
The freshmen team of Kaitlyn Hyder and Levi Tollett earned a bronze award in the senior category of Chapter in Review.
The Sequatchie County School Board and those in attendance at the meeting gave the students a standing ovation for their accomplishments.
In other business, the School Board:
- Accepted a $74,300 bid by Lofty Paving to pave the entrance drive to the high school and the road in front of the middle school. The other bid of $79,800 was by Asphalt Cowboy.
- Accepted the only bid received for renovating the softball field, which was damaged by flood run-off. The bid of $62,800 submitted by River City Athletic Fields includes replacing the sprinkler system.
- Approved a change to the 2018-19 school calendar, making Nov. 12 a school holiday for Veterans Day.
- Voted to approve on second reading various changes in school system policies to comply with Tennessee School Board Association (TSBA) recommendations.
- Approved six years of science curriculum recommended by a committee and approved by teachers in the Sequatchie County School System.
- Approved a civics course that has been in use by the system for three years, but requires annual School Board approval because it is not mandated by the state.
- Heard Director of Schools Pete Swafford inform the board that the system is working toward offering classes in mechatronics and welding in the near future. “CTE – Career and Technical Education – is not the shop class of the seventies,” Swafford said. “It's a successful path to a career.”
The next meeting of the Sequatchie County Board of Education is set for Monday, May 7, with a working session the preceding week on Tuesday, May 1. Meetings are at 7 p.m. CDT at the Central Office on Cordell Drive, Dunlap, and are open to the public.