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November 8, 2000

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Bryce Hix is not your typical student at Madison County
When teachers see Bryce Hix enter their classroom at the beginning of the year, they are aften amazed to discover a student with amazing talents. Many students describe him as witty, while others are baffled by his impressive vocabulary. In fact, Bryce recalls classmates questioning him, "What do you do in your spare time?"
Bryce is the 18-year-old son of Stan and Sharon Hix and enjoys a variety of activities in his free time. While you can often find him engaged in a science fiction novel, Bryce often reads reference and history books for "the heck of it." Bryce is also known for his interesting "doodles" and his passion for Chinese food.
In school, Bryce is involved with several activities. He had participated in drama for three years and had played a variety of roles. Bryce had a starring role in "Anne of Green Gables," and is currently playing in "Strength of Our Spirit," a Holocaust drama. He is also student directing "Loose Connections," a light-hearted play about communication between young people. Besides drama, Bryce also serves in Student Council and is a member of the Multi-Cultural club.
Bryce also excels inside the classroom. His favorite subject is AP English, but he also excels in history.
To put it best, his teacher Stephanie Harrison describes him as "Extremely bright, but a bit eccentric at times. Bryce always adds a different perspective to class discussions."

Stacie Willoughby works hard and stays focused
Junior Stacie Willoughby stays active by participating in varsity cheerleading and DCT. Diversified Cooperative Training Program provides students with a way to attend school for a portion of the day and then go to work.
Stacie works at Strick Non Woven of Colbert. She has worked as a secretary there for three months. Stacie was given her three-month raise. Stacie hopes to go into the medical field. She said, "Working for Strick helps me to realize how it is in the real world. I have learned new skills in computer work, filing and typing."
Stacie's supervisor, Debra Strickland, said, "Stacie is a very dedicated employee. She is always on time for work. She performs duties assigned without the need for someone to follow up on her. She is cheerful, friendly and communicates with customers and vendors professionally in person and on the phone."

Lady Raiders have a season full of wins this year
MCHS is overwhelmed with the success of the Lady Raider softball teams this year. Led by head coach Doug Keller and assistant coaches Davis Smith and Tara Thomas, the team was awarded "Top Seed" in the state sectionals in Rome by defeating Villa Rica and Eastside. The team was ready to go to state.
Before they traveled to Columbus for the competition, they were ranked number 1 in our region and 8-0 in area play. When the playoffs began, they were undefeated in the area tournament.
In Columbus, they played Savannah Christian, Lovett, Eastside and Loganville. Winning two and losing two, they emerged fourth in the state.
Students are extremely excited about the excellent softball season they had. Next year the team will lose over half its members when eight seniors graduate. The school has high hopes that the underclassmen can follow in their footsteps.

Students of the week named
The students of the week for the week of October 30th were Ricky Ingram, Steven Boyer, Cory Hanley, Lee Shivers, William Jarrard, Brooke Bradberry, Maria Abarca-Ramirez, Jamea New, Christy Baxter and Josh Chandler.
These students were chosen by their teachers for their excellent behavior during class. They received an early-to-lunch pass or a parking lot pass to the teachers' parking lot. Congratulations to these students.

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The homecoming experience lasts two weeks
In the past, homecoming week has lasted only one week. This year, with changes and tournaments, it lasted two.
Our first change was exam exemptions. Students with good grades and excellent attendance were given the option not to take their exams, and for some, this meant not coming to school for exam periods.
Our second change was spirit week. We had the usual Camo/Country day, College/hat day, and Red and Gray Day, but we also participated in two new days - Pajama Day and Tropical Day. On Pajama Day, students came to school dressed in flannel pajama pants, bath robes, housecoats, and bedroom shoes. Some even came with coffee mugs in hand, others with curlers in hair.
On Tropical Day, a day chosen to go along with our Hawaiian theme, students entered the building in brightly colored clothes, grass skirts, flowers, and leis. Spirit week was successful, but seemed somewhat empty to some because of the lack of student attendance.
During the Thursday night bonfire, a tradition started two years ago, cheerleaders pumped up the crowd and team for Friday night's football game. There was also a homecoming court representative from each class present to play a game of dress-up. The patient participants let football players help them "prepare" for their big night by putting on makeup for them and doing their hair. As the bonfire concluded, the first-ever homecoming king was announced. He was selected by nominations and votes by the student body. Senior Drew Brantley accepted his crown and commented, "It's great to see all of the things that have been going on to build school spirit."
That Friday night, since many of the homecoming court were away at a varsity softball tournament, the school delayed the crowning of the homcoming queen and maid of honor until the next football game, which was also senior night. The homcoming dance took place as planned after the game, and was a big success and lots of fun.
After a week of suspense, Friday finally rolled around. Students were eager to see who would be this year's winners. During halftime, the coronation ceremony began. After the court nominations walked down the field in their elaborate dresses, freshman Jennifer Stone was named Maid of Honor. And with one final drum roll, a look of suprise on her face, and a cheer from the crowd, senior Rebecca Booker was crowned queen.
Other participants in this year's court were: freshman Taylor Sapp, sophomores Anna Adams, Lindsey Barnett, and Megan Holloman, juniors Jennifer Nunn, Amanda Lewis, Diana Minish, and Courtney Yarbrough, and seniors Maria Adams, Shelley Bates, Heather Jones and Aiyanna Hunter.

Vending machines moved
Action has been taken on the vending machine problem within the last week. All of the vending machines that were located in the gym lobby were moved to the cafeteria. This has cut down on the use of the machines, due to a new rule.
If you wish to use the vending machines, you have to stand in the lunch line, buy a lunch, and a ticket from the cafeteria cashier before you can even have access to the machines. Once you get the ticket you show it to an administrator. Then you can make only two purchases at the machines.
Mr. David Clark, an assistant principal, stated: "It was mainly a safety issue; there were too many students down there (gym lobby) that were unsupervised."

One Act Play Festival coming up
Curtains up!
The drama club is once again preparing for its One Act Play Festival, which will be held on November 16, 17, and 18. This year, it will feature "Loose Connections" by Michael Scanlan and "Strength of Our Spirit: The Vision of Anne Frank" by Cynthia Mercati. Both plays are produced by special arrangement with Baker's Play.
"Loose Connections" was written by a group of high school students from Chicago. It follows six couples through the trials and tribulations of communication in a modern world. The other play of the evening, "Strength of Our Spirit," was written to illustrate the horrors and atrocities of the holocaust from a survivor's point of view.
Performances will begin at 8 p.m. in the MCHS Drama room. Advance tickets will be $3.00 and cost $4.00 at the door.
On the evenings of Nov. 17 and 18, Ms. McCants' food service class will be hosting a Dinner Theatre in the food service room. Some of the items on the menu include: Matzaball soup, sauerbraten, which is a marinated roast of beef, a green salad, sweet sour cabbage, potatoes latke, which is a potato pancake, and a dessert served with tea and coffee. All items are centered around Jewish and German ethnicity in keeping with the theme of the play. Tickets for Dinner Theatre are $12.50. This fee includes tickets to dinner and the plays. Seating is limited and reservations are a must. Request tickets from Ms. Westmoreland or Ms. McCants. For further information, call the MCHS Vocational office at 795-2173.
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