Helena Picture of the Day
Today's picture comes from Parker Cunningham. He shared, "Loving the spring colors at Buck Creek! The cloud coverage made it perfect to photograph. Looking forward to having a booth at the Buck Creek Festival"!
Okay this is going to be a long post. Our students are winning honors, we have two new business, a survival story and much more.
Leaders of Tomorrow
Laura Shaw-Schenck shared this photo of Ms. Statum's 4th grade class visited the State Capital Montgomery last week. It's great to see our future leaders learning about State Government.
Thanks to Chris Williamson for sharing from www.alabamaturfworks.com. He actually lives down the street from me and responded when I said I needed to hire a local yard service. The last of my free laborers in the house is graduating and heading to college.
|The Helena High Staff showing their first volume of the Literary Magazine|
Jen Culver has shared that the first literary magazine is now for sale at Helena High School. The Magazine is called Eureka but this volume is entitled, "Embark". It is only $5 an issue. The photographs and writing are amazing.
Their mission statement is "...to showcase the creative talent of Helena High School students. Submissions are taken from August to February of each school year." They used Scribus Schoolbook and Arial font for the issue.
A shout out to the talented staff who produced the full color magazine: Maddie Crain-Editor, Hannah Crowe-Asst Editor, Drake Bessant, Hannah Brown, Ethan Delcambre, Makayla Gardner, Bethaney Hester, Bethany Leader, Cameron Liddell, Austin Moon, Denise Moulton, Isasbella Scott, Kelsey Trimble and Karley VanDorsten. Please swing by the school and grab a copy to enjoy 42 pages of stories, poems, and pictures by the talented youth in Helena.
Heath H. Bartlett shared that the Helena fire explorers competed in Trussville competition Saturday and placed 1st in CPR and Bunkergear relay. We are very proud of you. Way to Go!
Helena's Connor Gaston and his father were sailing in the Dauphin Island Regatta in Mobile. They took second in their class. Normally the story would stop there and I would give them a big "Way to Go" but tragedy happened in the middle of the event.
A storm struck that capsized boats and left 5 people missing, and two confirmed dead. They survived but their "mast was broken, sail ripped and the boat did three cartwheels". They held on and were able to right their boat after the storm passed. Then they limped to shore. His father, Shane, is a great guy and he actually taught my son and other Helena boy scouts how to sail on the ocean. I'm sure both of their skills played an important in their survival
"Connor Gaston, who was participating in the race with his father, said his uncle's boat was in front of them. Gaston said their boat didn't capsize, but his uncle's boat did. "He was only a half mile ahead of us, but we couldn't see him when he went over because it was raining so hard," Gaston said.
Gaston said his uncle was rescued and he and his father weren't hurt, but his cousin suffered a serious arm injury. "The wind picked up super, super fast when the storm was coming through," he said. "It was the most wind I have seen in my life". Connor emailed me and said the report misquoted and they actually capsized many times. He and his father were on one of the lightest crafts.
Someone posted a video part of the storm online: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dJF7i5z9lQ4
Helena High's baseball team swept Jemison to bring their quest to win the State Championship back home to Helena. The 3rd round games will be played at Helena High School field versus Marbury this Friday May 1st at 4:30pm and again at 7pm. If needed, the 3rd game will be Saturday at 1pm. This is an outstanding way to celebrate the first season of Helena High Baseball! You can get a pdf of the tournament bracket here: LINK
Way to Go to Richard Oehrlein, member of the HMS Chess Club, he participated in the Tuscaloosa tournament came out with several big wins. Can't wait to see more Helena student finding ways to win in Chess tournaments around town.
The Helena High Track teams did an amazing job this week. We have 26 students who now qualify for the State Championship. Also the HHS Girls are the AHSAA 5A Section 2 Runner-Ups. Here are the students who are going to the State Championship
State expenses will include a bus, meals, entry, and hotels for our athletes and coaches estimating a total of $4,000. All money donated will go directly to help fund the Track & Field program as we strive to continue our success and make Helena proud. Please make checks Payable to: Helena High School". You can read more at: Helena Track Fundraiser: Document Link
Sarah of Troy
HHS senior, Sarah Folsom, was selected as a member of the 2015-16 Troy University Sound of the South Majorettes.
Two New Business
Old Town Helena has two new business. One is NH Vapes, which sells portable personal vaporizers which uses Propylene Glycol or Vegetable Glycerin based liquid, mixed with amounts of nicotine and food flavoring that are vaporized in a small battery powered atomizer, which simulates the experience of smoking (yes, I had to look that up). In the picture above, you can see a vaporizer with their selections of flavors. They said they have not officially opened yet but will be opening soon.
Jobs in Helena
Rocking S Farm is looking for barn help for early mornings. Feed horses and clean stalls. Need someone honest and wanting to work! 441-9490
Fox Valley is looking to hire a line cook and a dishwasher. They are accepting applications Wednesday through Saturday anytime after 2 o'clock. 6745 Highway 17
Helena, Alabama (205) 664-834
The Helena High Soccer team beat Ramsay 10-0 and they will now advance to the 2nd round against Jemison, on Tues, 4/28. Way to Go!
The Band goes to Texas
Stephanie Padgett shared that the "Helena High Band is in San Antonio marching in the Fiesta Flambeau parade tonight along Riverwalk. It starts at 7. They will return late Monday night".
Jerrell Jamerson also posted a video of the Helena High School band in the Fiesta Flambeau Parade on the streets of San Antonio. The direct facebook link is HERE. You need to be able to see embedded facebook videos or it wont show.
Helena High School band. Fiesta Flambeau Parade. San Antonio. This was a super long parade.
Posted by Jerrell Schmid Jamerson on Saturday, April 25, 2015
and a big way to go if you read this far. Honestly, I had to take a break halfway through myself.