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A new face in the neighborhood
BY ANNA ADAMS
One of the new and friendly faces of the high school includes
our new assistant principal, Dr. Sheila Parker.
Dr. Parker comes to us form Clarke Central where she's had 16
years of experience and has obtained four degrees form the University
At Clarke Central, she taught geometry. In Dr. Parker's opinion,
the main difference between Madison County and Clarke Central
is the slower paced atmosphere. "The students are more courteous
and more friendly to each other and the faculty," she remarked.
Dr. Parker is very active in the community. She and her husband
of 13 years, Douglas, are members of and teachers of the singles
Sunday School class at Beech Haven Baptist Church. She's also
a member of the Junior League of Athens, an organization that
raises money for child welfare projects. Dr. Parker notes, "Giving
back to the community makes you a well-rounded and understanding
person. You also realize what's important in life."
What advice does Dr. Parker have for the students of Madison
"Every student should be involved in extracurricular activities.
Studies have shown students with interests in other activities
do better academically and in their future goals," she said.
Be sure to look for Dr. Parker - maybe she'll have some math
The great soft drink debate felt at MCHS
The topic of many discussions the first week of school was the
recent change from Coca-Cola to Pepsi products. When discussing
their favorite soft drinks, students are very opinionated.
When asked why the school switched from Coke to Pepsi, Principal
Robert Rhinehart replied, "It was a situation in which we
went through a year end review with our current beverage provider.
We took proposals with Pepsi and Coke, and at that time the Pepsi
proposal was more attractive to us."
According to Mr. Rhinehart, our school will have a larger profit
off soft drink sales, as a result of signing with Pepsi. The
school should make about 30 cents for every drink sold.
Most students have already noticed the new Pepsi scoreboards,
which were purchased to replace the old Coke scoreboards.
Student opinions have varied as to which beverage provider they
Junior Josh Hill said, "I think Pepsi drinks are more fitting
for our school, because Pepsi is the new generation drink and
we are the new generation."
In junior Penny Longwell's opinion, "The only thing good
about the recent change from Pepsi to Coke is Mountain Dew."
It seems that a large amount of the student body shares Penny's
opinion. Mountain Dew has proved to be one of the most popular
soft drinks with students, the Mountain Dew machine becoming
sold out the first week of school.
However, senior Josh Stephenson looks at this new change from
a different perspective. "I prefer Coke products because
Sprite is my favorite drink," Josh said.
Junior Lindsay Mason takes a traditional stand, saying, "Coca-Cola
is the ultimate American drink."
In the end, only time will tell whether the transition from Coke
to Pepsi will live up to the administration's expectations.
Girl Scout recruitment night scheduled
Girls and adults are invited to attend Madison
County Recruitment Night for the Girl Scouts at Hull-Sanford
Elementary School or Comer Elementary School on Thursday, Sept.
6, at 7 p.m.
For more information, contact Mollie Carow at 1-800-300-4475.
New names, new faces at MCHS this year
Strolling through the halls this year, many new faces can be
spotted - not students but teachers. There are 12 new additions
to the teaching staff this year.
Christy Drew has been added to the faculty as a business education
teacher. We welcome Susanna Blackstone, Christy Belfield, and
Deborah Chandler to the English department. Melissa Mathis is
new to the Social Studies department and Steven Mason is new
in the Phys Ed department.
The one department that has grown the most this year is Special
Education, with six new teachers. They are: Laura Hunningan,
Tammy Bothelo, Candice Southal, Michelle Brantly, Audrey Norman
and Alice Herndon.
Not only has the faculty grown, but the administration has added
Dr. Sheila Parker as assistant principal.
The guidance office has recovered from its recent losses by adding
Dr. Ayo Bendele and Mrs. Wanda Krewer to the roster.
So, as you walk through the halls this year, be sure to greet
all these new faces and make them feel welcome.