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Soaring on ... at HVA

Hardin Valley Academy is planning on being more successful this school year than last. With close to 1,850 students and growing, new teachers, and more than 20 interns, this school is heading in a positive direction.

Several clubs and organizations have already gotten a head start on things for the year.

TALONS, the school’s mentor program for new students, held a “Beach Bash” the Friday before school started to get students familiar with what they are going to be around for the next four years.

Future Business Leaders of America represented HVA this summer at the FBLA National Conference in California.

The Earth Club, sponsored by Amanda Smathers, is another club that is ready to get started. The members plan to continue with the school-wide recycling program and make a garden.

The Leo Club, a Latin service group, has a Halloween Dance planned and will donate all of the profits to the Second Harvest Food Bank.

The Student Government Association’s executive board has met to discuss the new year, and will be electing class officers within the next month.

A “can-do” attitude seems to be what all of these clubs use to get things accomplished, and it works.

As for sports, there is plenty to talk about. The volleyball team has been scrimmaging, and started off the season with a tournament on Monday and Tuesday. The golf team played in tournaments this summer. The cheerleaders and dancers have been working hard to show what they’ve got. Our girls on the Cross Country team were named in the News Sentinel’s top five teams to watch for.

Basketball for both the boys and girls are starting to meet and have workout sessions.

Finally, we are very proud to say that our Varsity football team won its first game against Carter 7-0. McCall Beckler, a sophomore and member of the yearbook staff, went up to coach Wes Jones after the game to ask for a picture of the team, and his response was, “You are probably not going to get one, because they are so excited. They worked a year-and-a-half for this one single moment.” This win had everyone at the school pumped about last Friday’s game at home against West, which is exactly the type of energy that is needed for a school’s second year.

Obviously, there is no need to worry about having a slow second year. With all of this excitement of students and faculty, Hardin Valley Academy will surely “soar on” for the 2009-2010 school year. Last year, principal Sallee Reynolds’ motto was, “The traditions start now.” This time around, as displayed on the front of the student planners, “The tradition continues!”

Courtney Such is a student at Hardin Valley Academy and prepares this column each month for farragutpress.


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