Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Hunter's New Year Highlights

The year of 2010 has been a great year for Ardmore High School. The end of the year is a time to reflect on the previous year and fondly remember the great things that happened and closely examine those things which went wrong. I hate to single out major events because I am afraid I will leave something out, but I will try to list a few of our accomplishments as a school, quickly pointing out that this is by no means an exhaustive list. Many of the accomplishments of our students and faculty will not be listed but they are still much appreciated by the Ardmore Community.

As always there were some staff changes during the year of 2010. We had some teachers retire, some left for other areas of endeavor and while they will be missed, we have had some staff additions that have become a part of the Ardmore family. The following are a list of new staff members for the year 2010: Lauren Graham, Beth McCaleb, Leigh Ann Brown, Janet Roop, Clint Legg, Michelle Richardson, Morgan Cornelison, Dianne Reed, Jerry Fulks, and Andrew Smith. Some of our new staff members replaced those that retired or left for other places while some were additions to our staff.

One new position that was filled was that of assistant principal. Mr. Brad Lewis has been teaching at Ardmore for several years and has earned everyone’s respect in that role, now he has become an assistant principal at Ardmore. Mr. Lewis is doing a wonderful job in his new role and hopefully will continue in his new role for several years to come.

Ardmore High School was fortunate enough to win the Limestone County Schools Academic Trophy once again this year. The trophy has been awarded to AHS nine out of the past eleven years. This award is based on test scores from the PRE-AHSGE, ACT, SAT-10, Jr. Scholars' Bowl, and Sr. Scholars' Bowl Competitions. Our students and teachers work very hard through the year and it is nice to get recognized for their hard work.

We had several athletic accomplishments during the year of 2010 and I don’t want to start listing them, but we had only one state championship team. Our softball team won the 4A state championship in softball in its third consecutive appearance in the state tournament. Ardmore has a long tradition of softball excellence and will no doubt continue this trend. We want to congratulate Coach Thomas and all the softball team for the wonderful achievement of a state championship. We must never forget what an outstanding accomplishment it is to win a state championship because some schools go years without having a state champion.

Even though we are ending a calendar year, we still have a semester left in the school year. While it is good to take a moment to reflect we must continue to press on for the upcoming year. We must never cease continuing to improve because, “When we cease getting better we stop being good.” We must never get complacent because complacency is the forerunner to mediocrity and being mediocre is not what Ardmore High School is about. We want to wish everyone a successful and prosperous new year.

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