Happy birthday this week to Dalton Darrow and Michelle Tipps on Jan. 30, Hayden Mabe on Feb. 2, and Lance Mabe on Feb. 4.
Last week was very busy at Miller Grove School with all of the Homecoming events that were planned. Each day a winner was chosen for the traditional “dress up” days of Homecoming week. We had several students who participated, but the grand prize went to senior Andrew Steele for showing his spirit each and every day throughout the week. Friday was the big pep rally and basketball games. The gym was packed Friday night for the all three games. The most suspenseful of the three was the varsity boys victory. Ector’s students played quite well, but our Hornets pulled off a win in the end by the final score of 52 to 51. The Basketball Beau and Sweetheart’s names were revealed between the varsity girls and boys game. Tim Heijligers and Nancy DelCastillo, both seniors, walked away with the coveted honor. After the ball games the Homecoming Court paraded in front of the audience while Mr. Slatter read a brief bio and future plans for each of the students. Second runners-up were Andrew Steele and Haley Potts. First runners-up honors went to Mason Kerby and Jena Burns. The climax of the night was when Alex Craze was crowned Homecoming King and Hege Melby, a foreign exchange student from Norway, accepted the honor of being the 2011 Homecoming Queen. Joey Hegseth and Shaye-Lynn Emerick, 2010 homecoming royalty, gladly handed over their crown and sash to the incoming king and queen.
Several events are coming up at school this month. The girls basketball team will have their “Senior Night” on Feb. 4, while the boys team will hold “Senior Night” on Feb. 11. Senior Night is typically the last home game of the season. It is a ceremony where the teams’ seniors and their parents are honored.
Everyone is encouraged to come to the Feb. 4 game and support our team as we play against Roxton. As I wrote a few weeks ago, Roxton’s team wasn’t exactly friendly when we visited their gym. With a good crowd and extra security, we can hope their attitudes will be a little better in the upcoming game. Please come and support our team during this game.
Since I’m on the subject of basketball, it jogged my memory about a conversation I had the other day with Clint George and coach Gary Billingsley. They said that they have heard about a tool to aid in training the basketball players. It is called “The Gun 8000.” It makes me think of a pitching machine for basketball. The player shoots a basketball, and there is netting around the goal that funnels the basketball down into a machine that hurls the ball back at the player in a number of different areas, and then the player shoots again and again. They have talked to several coaches at other schools who have the machine, and they say it has really helped their players. Plans are to raise money to buy the “Gun” with the help of the PTO and other community members. If anyone would like to make a donation to help the athletic department purchase this type of equipment, feel free to contact Clint George or coach Billingsley.
A science fair will be held at the school on Feb. 14. Everyone is invited to attend. Science fair exhibits will be scattered throughout the high school building, and winners will have the opportunity to advance to the regional science fair at Kilgore College on March 4.
Saturday, Feb. 19, will be Miller Grove Water Supply’s BBQ Supper and meeting. I haven’t heard who will cater the meal this year. I know that Ernie’s BBQ in Greenville, Murray’s BBQ in Cooper and Wright’s BBQ in Birthright have all catered the meal in the past.
Feb. 19 is also the date of the Miller Grove International Livestock Show. This year the show will be held at Burns Arena, south of Miller Grove. I’m sure the extra room and nice facility will help accommodate the large crowd of parents and students.
I received an e-mail Monday night stating that the school’s application for a historical marker had been approved. We applied for it back in November, and it will most likely be delivered this coming October or November.
As you travel the highways and byways, don’t forget that all roads lead home and back to Miller Grove. Please send me any newsworthy information. My e-mail address is:
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