COVID-19 has definitely dampened the holidays, but gratitude and generosity have been plentiful.
A huge thanks to all families that donated items during various drives at our schools to fill Christmas baskets for families assisted by Signal Mountain Social Services!
Thanks to our Thrasher Elementary School students who made fall placemats again for Alexian Village residents! COVID-19 prevented hand-delivery this year, but residents appreciated those mats in their dining rooms.
Hats off to the 40-plus volunteers who came to Thrasher on a Saturday morning over Thanksgiving break to work on the school grounds! They finished the work on the outdoor tree stump classrooms by spreading mulch and adding landscape timbers as a boundary. These hardworking volunteers also repaired a gravel path near the vegetable garden by adding new landscape timbers and new gravel, built white boards in two outdoor pavilion classrooms, and cleaned the Rain Garden.
Thanks also to our parents and local businesses that provided outdoor holiday decorations at our public schools! We have a great community!
Several Signal Mountain High School students participated in a virtual Model UN conference with a different group of schools than normal since the big regional conference that is usually held downtown was postponed until spring.
Congratulations to Kaitlyn Castellanet for recognition as Outstanding Security Council Member. Kudos also go to Cambria Ginther, Emma Wu, Grace Elliott, Grace Farrimond, and Mark Nashi as Outstanding Delegates; Emma Wu, Hannah Morton, and Grace Elliott for Outstanding Resolution; and to Will Crowder, who was elected as the 2021 Digital Press Social Media Director for this conference.
Hats off to SMMHS eighth-grader Aoife Davis, who competed and earned top awards in the National Science Bee and the U.S. Academic Bee! She finished first in Tennessee and in the top 13 in the Eastern Region, qualifying her for the National Science Bee to be held in December. Aoife finished second in Tennessee and also qualified for the National U.S. Academic Bee in December.
Kudos to SMMHS seventh-graders Reed Hampton and Lee Greeson for their accomplishments in the National History Bee, for which they qualified in February! Reed was the top finisher from Tennessee in their age group and placed in the Top 50 nationally. Lee was second in Tennessee and placed 55th overall in their age group.
Congrats to Signal Mountain’s Middle School soccer boys’ and girls’ teams as regular season and district champions!
Signal Mountain’s high school basketball season kicked off with pre-season games during Thanksgiving week, with both our boys’ and girls’ teams scoring wins. Our boys’ team was sidelined due to COVID-19 at the time, but it was looking forward to more games at press time.
Signal Mountain’s high school wrestling season experienced a delayed start due to COVID-19 on opponents’ teams, and most competitions were cancelled starting out. The boys appreciated finally hitting the mats and won their first matches, and hope to complete the season.
Congrats to Signal’s high school bowling team, which finished the season as District Champs! This is the first time since the 2013-2014 season that Signal Mountain Bowlers finished with an undefeated regular season district record, 10-0, and only the second time in the school’s bowling history to be undefeated in the district schedule.
Hats off to all who assisted with the installation of Pixellot cameras in the high school gym and football stadium so that home games can now be streamed on the NFHS network. This is especially helpful during the pandemic when attendance has been restricted, and some people prefer not to join crowds of any size.
Looking forward to a new year in so many ways! Enjoy the holidays and stay safe!
by Melissa Barrett