While most students and families packed up and headed south over the recent Fall Break at UCJSHS, students in the National Honor Society stuck around town to help make the home of one local woman a bit brighter by sponsoring their second Union City Home Makeover.
Two years ago, the organization sponsored their first home makeover for Terresa Bradburn. At the time, Terresa was pretty sick and unable to do some “outdoor upkeep” around her home. The group came together and weeded, grubbed, painted, and planted. It was a great experience for the students, providing them a first-hand experience of selfless giving.
This year, the members of NHS “took over” the home of Desiree Hardwick, a 1988 graduate of Union City. After some phone calls, emails, and Facebook chats with Desi and her mom, Janey Carrico, the National Honor Society created a to-do list for this event. Over the course of two days, their goals included spray washing the house, cleaning out the eaves/downspouts, weeding the flower beds and re-landscaping, preparing the back patio, and adding shutters to the windows. The group managed to check-off each item from the list, and then some!
Event chairperson, Reagan Hoggatt, said of the activity, “It’s great coming together for the good of another! We worked very hard and the outcome was very rewarding, for Desi and for us!” The organization worked earlier selling Butter Braids to help raise funds for this, and future, projects. But through the kindness of local businesses and community friends, the expenses were limited. Says Hoggatt, “Lowes, in Greenville, helps us out by giving us a 17% discount on our purchases, and when we purchased the plants, they sold them to us at 75% off! We got $400 worth of plants for a bit over $100.” Didier Hardware in Union City donated all the mulch needed to redo the flower beds, and community friends Sharon Hoggatt, Melissa Adelsperger, and Rhonda Fields provided lunch and treats on the group’s last work day. Recently, the organization received a donation from community friend Junellen Bradburn, to help with any of the group's future endeavors.
Though it was late into October when who knows what will happen weather-wise, the group was blessed with two beautiful days to work. And their work has blessed Ms. Hardwick immensely. “Everyone worked their tails off- what a great bunch of kids, to take time out of their Fall Break to do this...There really is no way to express thanks enough for all the hard work everyone put into this.”
By Brad Hoggatt, RESC Correspondent
Bump! Set! Spike! And rest! At least that’s what guests may see when the staff at Randolph Eastern School Corporation takes to the floor on Wednesday, November 6 to help raise money for the Randolph Eastern Classroom Teachers Association (RECTA) annual senior scholarship. This annual event helps to supply funds for the $2000 scholarship the association gives to a graduating senior going into the field of education and has been welcomed with open arms and hearty laughs.
The games start Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in the UCJSHS gymnasium. Admission is only $2.00 per person, which is money well spent for a great cause and a great time! Concessions will also be available for purchase for a minimal amount with all money going into the scholarship account. The teachers and staff have added a raffle this year- all paying guests will automatically be included in the drawing, no extra purchase necessary!
Ashley Gard, the event coordinator, says, “This event is near and dear to our hearts because it helps one of our own enter into a profession that truly changes lives. We’d love to fill the gym with guests- we’re hoping for a great turnout!”
There are four teams set to compete on Wednesday. Team Black includes- Jennifer Vincent, Cobie Wells, Brad Hoggatt, Justin Daniels, Philip Brewer, and Senior team member Britney Kniesley. Team Gray is made up of Natalie Morgan, Andy Stover, Kevin Lawrence, Tonya Harshman, Ashley Gard, and Holly Morris. Making up Team Red are Aaron Black, Tony Evans, Ashton Noggle, John Zakelj, Valerie Overleese, and Senior team member Alex Bragg. Finally, Team Blue consists of Nancy Whitted, Kayla Noggle, Mike Thompson, Kyle Whitesel, Brittani Webb, and Senior team member Sydney Ralston.
The weather is set to be a bit off-putting by Wednesday, but your presence is encouraged at this event. Grab your umbrella and put on your raincoat, make your way to UCJSHS and show your support for a fantastic event headed up by a group of fantastic people!
This is only the second year for the festival. Last year, NHS Adviser Brad Hoggatt used it as a chance for students to raise money for a learning trip to New York City. Since a trip wasn’t in the works for this year, his NHS students decided to take over the reigns and use it as a dual fundraising opportunity- for the organization and for The Randolph County Promise. The Randolph County Promise is a program that helps families start CollegeChoice 529 Direct Savings accounts through their schools, seeding the accounts with an initial investment from a local or regional sponsor, and rallying the community to match deposits that families and champions contribute to the account. Senior member and event chairperson, Sydney Ralston, states, “We sold booth space for $15 this year. Half of the money will go back to the NHS for their service projects while the rest will go to the Promise Program.” At this time, over $200 will be donated by the NHS for this great cause.
Participating businesses and organizations include PAWS (Pets Are Worth Saving), The Corner Cupboard, Team Image Apparel (a NEW UC spirit shirt will be available for ordering with $5 of each shirt purchased going back to The RC Promise), Posh!, LipSense by Senegence, doTerra International, Color Street Nails, Lula Roe, thirty-one, Pampered Chef, and the Randolph County 4-H Club. Linda Puccini will be there, hosting a raffle to benefit the Tony Puccini Memorial Scholarship Fund, as well.
Kim Knox will be present with her beautiful hand-made jewelry, Seth Fowler with his woodworking, and Jamie Matchett and The Artisan Loop merchants with their products. Delicious baked goods ranging from homemade pies to dumplings, from cookies to cakes, will be available for purchase from various groups and individuals. Visitors will also be able to dine in or carry-out yummy lunch items provided by Joe Wyant and his family (smoked pulled pork) and Laura Elliott and the Costa Rica Service Learning Trip participants (hot chicken salad sandwiches).
Crafters and sellers will be present, too. From wooden signs to hand-painted art; from embroidery to decorative wreaths and holiday decorations; from Christmas ornaments to garden art, and so much more, this will be an event one won’t want to miss. “This is a win-win-WIN situation”, says Hoggatt. “The community gets a chance to shop local and support their friends and families. The vendors are able to share their talents with those who may not know of them. And the students in our county win because of the donations being made to this awesome cause!”
SENIOR ALL A’S – Rachel New.
JUNIOR ALL A’S – Katie Reichard and Derick Williams.
SOPHOMORE ALL A’S – Ryan Armantrout, Kyle Buckingham, Madison Garrett, Ian Glunt, Collin Perry, Hunter Reagan, Tabius Reagan, Erik Terriquez, and Michael Vore.
FRESHMEN ALL A’s – Mariah Claywell, Camden Downey, Hannah Fischer, Braydon Hoggatt, Emily Livingston, Angie Osornio-Machuca, Carlee Rismiller, Andrea Sanders, and Christina Sowinski.
8th GRADE ALL A’s – Parker Abel, Kalam Denney, Sylaris Denney, Landen Dickmann, Emily Evans, Gabriela Gonzalez-Neels, Kaylee Hardwick, and Elly O’Connor.
7th GRADE All A’s – Owen Dowler, Camryn Fischer, Zackary Fulk, Rylan Glunt, Angel Nieto, and Sullivan Thomas.
A and B HONOR ROLL
SENIOR A’S & B’S – Emalee Bocanegra, Jacob Bradbury, Antonio Calderon, Maria Casillas-Romero, Abigail Crowder, Mason Good, Cameron Luster, Bryant Mote, Silvia Uribe, and Corey Whitesel.
JUNIOR A’S & B’S – Payne Abel, Ashley Cline, Grace Collins, Luzmaria Corona Lara, Evelyn Downey, Cole Hughes, Gavyn Livingston, Heidi Livingston, Mya Maloy, Ethan Mann, Kelby Purdin, Bryten Stewart, and Morgan Wymer
SOPHOMORE A’S & B’S – Savannah Brewer, Cristian Cardona, Mackenzie Charles, Hunter Clay, Alexandria Partin, Taylor Rains, and Chloe Wyatt.
FRESHMEN A’S & B’S – Mark Brown, Hunter Curry, Katherine Elliott, Cale Jefferis, Hailee Jones, Grace Lutz, Skylie Lutz, and Rylan Mote.
8th GRADE A’s & B’s – Madeline Burns, Jude Connor, Malea Dean, Payten Dye, Raquel Jasso, Parker Kerns, Heather Lawrence, Emeren Lopez-Mariscal, Evan Mann, Lilyana McCallister, Whitney Sells, Grace Shoemaker, and Mallory Wymer.
7th GRADE A’s & B’s – Josiah Bowers, Skylar Dye, Jesse Gonzalez, Andrew Osornio-Machuca, Kylie Raymond, Corbin Richards, Makenna Simmons, Shannen Smith, and Alec Spence.
All A’s- Domanick Auske, Avari Craiger, Alanna Escobar, Tre Gellinger, Mylo Jasso, Wesley Miller, Braydon Pratt, and Ava Reichard.
All A’s and B’s- Tayson Barbour, Carter Buckingham, Alexis Carter, Emily De La Torre Sanchez, Gavin Dunlap, Victoria Floreano, Justin Gonzalez, Xiana Gonzalez, Kolby Hinkle, Caleb Holder, Cael Holt, Aaliyah Jones, Jackson Liss, Luis Lopez-Mariscal, Natalie Ortiz Gonsalez, Brooklyn Padgett, Tucker Peters, Kayleigh Prescott, Olivia Raymond, Dylan Shinaver, Treyton Spence, Jose Vasquez, Allison Vazquez, and Kara Walser.
All A’s- Kara Allen, Valeria Avila, Allyson Carter, London Cotter, Sofia Emerick, Gabriella Huston, and Mia Reichard.
All A’s and B’s- Nathaniel Allen, Isabella Armantrout, Aaden Baker, Adalynn Banda, Cintia Banda, Charles Beam, Logan Besser, Mylie Bocanegra, Keianna Brantley, Quenton Charles, Levi Clark, Trace Green, Madison Holden, Ashlynn Keaser, Emmi Kreiner, Addison Meade, Cameron Miller, Novah Mote, Luis Nieto, Dawson Overleese, Alena Ruiz, Taysen Stewart, Kierra Thacker, Asa Vaughn, Rylin Wall, and Olive Williford.
All A’s- Zuriel Burkett, Kya Davis, Gavin Elmore, Carson Hathaway, Campbell Kerns, Ezequiel Mayorga, Maxwell Retter, and Brianna Williams.
All A’s and B’s- Arleth Banda, Andrew Bowers, Keian Brockman, Jayson Conner, Grant Elliott, Lindsey Evans, Chloe Fox, Angeline Gonzalez-Garcia, Mylee Hoffman, Nikolai Leedom, Aaden Linder, Miguel Luciano-Keener, Sophia Noggle, Nathaniel Partin, Khyira Randall, and Oscar Reyna Schoa.
All A’s- Shelby Arnold, Elianna Banda, Emma Blankley, Vanderlei Burkett, Lee Charles, Luke Collins, Madilynne Cotter, Blake Curry, Ena Durbin, Colton Emerick, Araceli Floreano, Ava Jefferis, Mya LaFuze, Keegan Livingston, Evelynn Miller, Jace O’Connor, Marisol Osornio, Becca Overleese, Elizabeth Prinkey, Kamran Shelby, Donovan Shinaver, Bailey Sites, Kiernan Watson, and Sydney Welch.
All A’s and B’s- Sammantha Ash, Isabella Bahena, Raquel Carmona, Miranda Clark, Anevicia Cox-Ramos, Maegan Dickmann, Rachel Eley, Mikaylee Hoffman, Brennan Hoggatt, Quincy Middaugh, Khylie Morris, Kyra Mullens, Gabrielle Ordonez, Zachary Ordonez, Oaklee Reichard, Auston Roth, Carter Sickels, Rodney Sickels, Trendon Spence, Addison Thornburg, Jacob Thornburg, and Anthony Wyant.
Joaquin DeJesus Rodriguez