February 18, 2019

Principal Tisdale reflects on first semester at HCHS

Written by Heard County High School Principal Brent Tisdale

(Franklin, GA) — Over the holiday break, I was given an opportunity to reflect on what an amazing first semester we had at Heard County High School.

For the fifth year in a row, US News & World Report named HCHS one of the best high schools in Georgia. We continue to have high achievement scores on state assessments and our 92% graduation rate speaks volumes about our kids, teachers, and community.

Our CTAE programs have some new instructors but they continue to produce success as evidenced by our FFA and Skills USA clubs. Our Fine Arts program has shown tremendous growth, too. We routinely have student artists entering and winning local competitions and placing in the Hummingbird Art Festival.

Our Marching Braves won the Legacy of Champions Band Contest this fall and hosted another successful Stateline Showdown.

Rayann Langley earns the Blue Ribbon in a local art competition (Photo: HCHS)

Our students groups are active and leading our campus. Our National Honor Society recently initiated a record number of 31 new members!

Together with StuCo (Student Council), our student leaders led relief drives for Hurricanes Michael and Florence, executed an awesome consignment sale, and have help institute our “First Friday” where we have spirit days and class competitions.

We hosted our 2nd Annual Veteran’s Day celebration where we recognized 20 local veterans. I’m so proud of the way our students responded to this solemn event where we were able to show our young generation the true meaning of loyalty, honor, and sacrifice.

In athletics, we’ve had a special year so far. Coach Bianco and his staff were awarded the 2018-19 ABCA/Tuface Field Maintenance Award (and baseball hasn’t even started yet).

Coach Lasseter is the Region 5-AA Athletic Director of the Year, an award he is more than deserving of.

HCHS had runners compete in the state cross country meet and the future looks bright for the Runnin’ Braves. Softball earned a Region Championship and a trip to Columbus with a group of All-Region underclassmen.

We won our first ever State Championship in football in one of the most exciting seasons I have ever witnessed! From the lowest of lows to the highest of highs, our players and coaches never lost sight of the goal and made sure there was no doubt when the final horn blew.

Maxpreps ranked Heard County #14 in the Top 25 Small School National Ranking. The community support was amazing but not unexpected as Brave Nation continues to show that Heard County is one of the best places in Georgia.

But I couldn’t forget about the loss of our student, Ryan Tatom. Taken too early, his tragedy serves as a reminder to cherish loved ones and live an engaged life with purpose. We do miss him dearly.

Looking ahead as we move into winter, basketball and wrestling are in season and the excitement of spring sports is approaching. We joke about how fast the school year seems to go, but Prom and Graduation will be here before we know it.

Thank you, Brave Nation, for your continued support of HHS and our students.

Go Braves!

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