“This is a testament to the good work our teachers do, the involvement, trust, and dedication from our parents, and especially to how your children, our students, do their best work at school and at play,” said Principal Jeff Paulson.
Thrasher and Nolan Elementary
Kudos also are extended to both Thrasher and Nolan elementary staff and students on earning a Level 5 Reward status from the Tennessee Department of Education for the 2020-21 school year! Level 5 is the highest level of academic growth a school can earn. Level 5 schools are those with significant evidence that their students exceeded the state growth standard. Reward schools are those that receive an overall high rating when measuring multiple areas, including student achievement and growth, across all students and student groups. Reward designation is the highest honor for school accountability measures in Tennessee.
Hats off to Signal Mountain Middle/High School seniors Rainey Campbell, Seth Fisher, Grace Elliott, and Cade Miller as commended students in the National Merit Scholarship Program! They are among the top 2.5 percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the competition by taking the College Board’s PSAT/NMSQT in the 2020-21 academic year. These students are being recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation for potential of exceptional academic promise demonstrated by their performance on this standardized test.
Cheers to the Signal Mountain High School Theatre Arts students for their amazing production of Thorton Wilder’s “Our Town” earlier this fall. Everyone is so glad to have live theatre back at school, even if it’s outside! The new stage in the school’s quad amphitheater provides a lovely setting.
Middle School Athletics
Congratulations to the Signal Mountain Middle School cross country teams on taking back the title of All County Champions.Kudos are also extended to our students who earned All County recognition among 18 teams composed of approximate 150 total students. These students claimed 11 of the top 15 places for boys and eight of the top 15 places for girls, including overall champions in both groups. Here’s the list of our medalists with their place listed first:
Boys Cross Country: Overall Champion, Murphy Self; third place, Luke Smiley; fourth place, Mitch Simmons; fifth place, Gavin McKenzie; sixth place, Dane McMillan; seventh place, Christian Davis; eighth place, Aaron Paul; ninth place, Will Campbell; 12th place, Reed Hampton; 14th place, David Glover; and 15th place, Sudan Rock.
Girls Cross Country: Overall Champion, Lilly Paxson; fourth place, Bess Innes; fifth place, Eliza Baker; seventh place, Naomi Malone; eighth place, Gillette Fisher; ninth place, Katie Brennan; 12th place, Marlo McMillan; and 13th place, Paige Hilvers.
Kudos also extended to the Signal Mountain Middle School boys tennis team, which placed first in its division and to the SMMS girls tennis team for being runner-up in its division! Our top players were scheduled to play in the county tournament as this column was submitted.
High School Athletics
Congrats to our Signal Mountain High School golf boys and girls team, which, after being recognized as District and Regional Champions, placed in the top five at State.
Our boys’ team came in third at State, while our girls’ team was fourth.
Cheers to Junior Peyton Ogle, who also placed third individually at State. In region play, Ogle was the top boys medalist, shooting a 5-under par (67) to tie the school record set by Ben Seay a few years ago. Kudos also got to Graham Barrett as regional runner up!
Cheers to Sally Hogue as top girls region medalist, Caroline Burns as regional runner up, and Lyla Adkins for placing third. Burns also was the top local girls golfer at State, placing 15th with Hogue close behind in 17th place.
Signal Mountain’s volleyball team was district runner up heading into regionals at press time.
The Signal Mountain girls’ soccer team went undefeated in the district and was hosting district games at press time in its quest to snag another state title.
Our Signal Mountain Eagles football team was enjoying an overall successful season by mid October and was eager to return to the field after fall break. Its last two games at home also celebrated Homecoming and Senior Night.
Thanks to our Signal Mountain community for helping making the Homecoming parade possible again this year!
Hats off to the Signal Mountain High School marching band, which scored a first when it defeated other larger bands to be recognized as Overall Champion at the regional Bradley Classic competition in September!
Directors were tweaking the “Crossing Signal” show to make it even more competitive participating in a big regional Bands of America contest at East Tennessee State University in late October. Hopefully the team will shine at the Grand Nationals competition in Indianapolis in early November. Good Luck, Signal Corps!
by Melissa Barrett