This year’s celebration took place before a gymnasium-filled audience of students, staff, community members, local officials, and veterans who represented all branches and many wars and military operations.
“This year’s celebration was especially moving emotionally for all of us,” Principal Rusty Thrasher said.
His father was one of the veterans recognized in the Veterans video. In fact, this year’s video not only contained video footage and images of the military but also celebrated the many of the community’s veterans, both past and present, with images and information concerning our “hometown heroes.” This portion was especially moving for adults and students alike.
Another new ceremony that evoked powerful emotions from the audience this year was the United States Flag Retirement Ceremony. Cedar Bluff’s FFA shared the history and then the somber and solace event of retiring a tattered flag that had been in use for many years at Cedar Bluff School.
As officially required according to United States Flag Code, the ceremony included the cutting of the flag into four pieces, which was then placed in a wooden box to be respectfully burned in a private ceremony.
Chief Warrant Officer Keith Davis was this year’s guest speaker. Every year a special guest is invited to the program to tell about his or her experience in service.
A retired Apache helicopter pilot, CWO Davis shared the importance of life choices as he depicted what led him to his particular field. He, moreover, shared the pride and the importance found in one serving his or her country.
“There was something very special about this year’s assembly,” SGA Sponsor Warner Smith said.
Throughout the program, the ceremony showed our school’s appreciation toward all Veterans who sacrificed so that we might enjoy the freedoms we have today.
Link to the 2019 Cedar Bluff School Veterans Day Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=udiIQco5Rz0&t=6s
Annual Veteran's Day Program
By: Emma Bishop and Erin McFry
The Cedar Bluff Student Government Association hosted the annual Veteran’s Day Program for the school and community to celebrate the men and women who serve and have served our country.
Veterans Day was initially called Armistice Day, celebrated on November the 11, 1919. Later, in 1939, the commemoration became a national holiday. Under President Eisenhower, in 1954, the name was officially changed to Veterans Day.
Seniors get a jumpstart on their future
By: Natalie Teat and Riley Crowe
“I Applied to College Week” is a program that Cedar Bluff School has participated in for the past few years to help and encourage seniors to become mindful of collegiate opportunities, including the free college application event known as “Cash for College Week.”
Andreanna Davis, Cedar Bluff High School guidance counselor, believes it promotes a positive outlook for the student themselves, and impacts the school overall. “We started participating in this initiative to create a college-going culture and to bring awareness to our students and community that college is possible for everyone,” said Davis.
Davis, along with Elementary Counselor Jessica Walker, have worked tirelessly this fall as sponsors of the program.
Currently, approximately 90% of Cedar Bluff seniors have applied to at least one college, while about 50% of seniors have completed and submitted FAFSA applications thus far.
“Cash for College Week” has gained more support from colleges willing to participate and waive the admission application fee. Davis claims “over 60% of Cedar Bluff students qualify for some type of Pell Grant.” Pell Grants are monies for college that does not need to be paid back; presently, the maximum amount is $6,195.
Though program emphasizes one particular week, the event lasts longer than that. Last year the Alabama Possible program awarded Cedar Bluff with the Best Hustle Award. Davis states, “We received this award because we had at least 10% or more increase in students who completed FAFSA from the previous year.”
Students were also given the opportunity to visit a couple of college campuses. Jacksonville State University and Gadsden State welcomed Cedar Bluff students for campus tours and visits to various departments.
Remember, students who need help completing FAFSA, please feel free to contact Mrs. Davis or Mrs. Walker. If any seniors have any questions about college applications, see Mrs. Davis or Mrs. Walker for assistance.
To learn more about scholarships, visit Mrs. Davis’s website, bit.ly/cb.scholarships, for any information. She makes frequent updates to the site and encourages students and parents to visit the site often.
Elementary Red Ribbon Week
By: Riley Crowe
Cedar Bluff Elementary students participated this fall in the national prevention week known as Red Ribbon Week
Red Ribbon Week is the oldest and largest drug campaign in America and always is in the last full week of October. Red Ribbon Week serves as an opportunity for communities to take a stand against drug abuse and educate on its destruction.
The National Family Partnerships is a nonprofit organization founded in 1980 by a group of concerned parents who created Red Ribbon Week. NFP’s main goal is to be leaders in the key role of drug prevention.
On average, around four million underage children admit to illegal possession of prescription drugs. For kids between ages twelve and seventeen, 10.6% admit to using drugs.
Jessica Walker, Cedar Bluff’s elementary counselor, planned and coordinated the week. Mrs. Walker believes “it is an ideal way for students to unite and take a visible stand against drugs and to show personal commitment to a drug-free lifestyle through dress-up days October 21-25.”
Cedar Bluff PTO helped fund the daily items students received.
Classes dressed up for each day’s theme and participated in a poster contest, along with a classroom door contest. Karen Bishop’s third grade class won the door contest this year.
According to Walker, “We hope our students will take a stand against the use of drugs, tobacco, and alcohol.”
She encourages students to “realize they have the power to say no and make good choices.”
Monday: “I believe in ME! Happy, Healthy, & Drug-Free! -- students wore their favorite outfit.
Tuesday: “Follow Your Dreams, be Drug-Free.” -- students dressed in their future career choice.
Wednesday: “Together against bullying. United for kindness, acceptance, inclusion!” --students wore orange for National Unity Day.
Thursday: “Friends don’t let friends, bully or do drugs.” -- students dressed like someone (twin day)
Friday: “Our School Chooses to be Drug-Free!” -- students wore red