By Tyler Arnold
The seniors who are in the spotlight this week are Spencer Arnold, Maddie Booth, Jantzen Leonard, Jacob Melcher and Zachary Zahn.
Spencer Arnold’s parents are Eddie and Toni Arnold, his brother is Tyler and his sister is Sarah. He’s been involved in FFA and archery and his favorite teacher is Mrs. McCoy because she “cares about the subject and the students.”
Spencer’s favorite school memory was being in Mr. Smith’s class in sophomore year because it was “funny.” He plans to go into the Army after graduation and his life’s biggest dream is to “not have to worry about anything.”
Spencer’s words of wisdom to underclassmen are “These aren’t the best years of your life,” and his greatest accomplishment will be graduating high school this year. He describes himself as “relaxed,” and his @name for Mr. Smith is @justasimplefarmerman.
Something few people know about Spencer is that he enjoys older movies and he has never had an excuse for getting out of homework; he just tells the teacher he didn’t know how to do it. Spencer describes senioritis as “like the other three years but multiplied by six,” and he desperately wants to skydive before he dies.
Maddie Booth’s mom is Kim Hayes and her step-dad is Steve Hayes. Her dad is Geoff Booth. Maddie has three sisters named Kayla Booth, Hannah Hayes and Hillary Dahlke, and she also has three brothers named Gile Booth, Dylan Booth and Derek Hayes.
She is the Varsity Cheer Captain, and besides cheerleading, she’s been involved in activities such as Journalism, Art Club and Interact Club. Maddie’s favorite class has been Journalism and her favorite teacher has been Mrs. Hornbuckle because “she cares about her students and their wellbeing.”
Her favorite school memory was winning the Regional Cheer Competition two years in a row, and her plans after graduation include attending Wallace State for one year before transferring to UAB to go to pursue a career in nursing.
Maddie’s biggest life dream is to travel the world to help others in poverty. Her words of wisdom to underclassmen are “Don’t stress out about the little things.” She describes herself as “passionate,” and her @name for Mrs. Hornbuckle is @legitlinds. Something that few people know about Maddie is she loves cats, and she describes senioritis as “missing over twenty days of school.” Maddie also would like to go cage diving with sharks before she dies.
Jantzen Leonard’s parents are Ken and Rachel Leonard, and he has one brother named Brayden who is 16. He’s been involved in the marching band and the fishing team, and his favorite teacher was Mrs. Boyles because she was “always so nice and had a kind, loving soul.”
Jantzen’s favorite school memories were going to Jacksonville State with the band and getting all 1’s and also going to Wintzell’s to eat with Mrs. Boyles. Jantzen plans to attend Snead State after graduation, and his life’s biggest dream is to become a professional bass fisherman.
His words of wisdom to underclassmen are “Be you and only you. Always have faith.” Jantzen’s greatest accomplishment in his life has been placing 28th in the nation at the 2018 Bassmaster High School National Championship. He describes himself as “outgoing,” and something that few people know about him is he plays drums at his church.
Jantzen’s excuse for getting out of homework is “I honestly just forgot,” and he describes senioritis as something that “only exists when things aren’t going the way we want them to.” Jantzen would like to drive an NHRA funny car before he dies, and something interesting about him is that his boat captain for his tournament is Randy Howell, a professional bass fisherman.
Jacob Melcher’s mom is Susie Rau, his dad is Greg Melcher, and his stepdad is Michael Rau. Jacob is involved in Civil Air Patrol, Cross Country, FFA, and Archery Club. His favorite teacher has been Coach Tuggle, and his favorite class has been Pre-AP English II. His favorite school memory was Junior Prom, and he plans to fly helicopters for the Army after graduation.
His biggest life dream is to be successful, and his words of wisdom to underclassmen are, “Don’t judge others because you never know what happens in their life.” Jacob’s biggest life accomplishment has been achieving his student pilot’s license because “it was the first step to becoming a pilot.” Jacob describes himself as “reliable,” and his @name for Coach Tuggle is @Tugboat. Something few people know about Jacob is that he has a good sense of humor, and the most creative excuse he’s given for getting out of homework was when he said his dog peed on it.
He describes senioritis as “The worst disease that God created. It’s filled with procrastination. All you want to do is leave. The worst part is that time somehow changes speeds constantly. Jacob would like to parachute from 35,000 feet before he dies, and something interesting about him is that he’s had to take care of his father throughout high school.
Zachary Zahn’s parents are Allan, 54, and Wendy Zahn, 51, and he has a sister named Tiffany, 19. Zach has been involved in golf, FCA, Junior Civitans, and the Baptist Youth. His favorite teacher is Coach Cahill, and his favorite class is anatomy.
Zach’s favorite school memory was Homecoming 2018, and his plans for after graduation include attending Snead State. Zach’s life’s biggest dream is to “be rich and have children,” and his words of wisdom to underclassmen are “Don’t blink.”
His greatest life accomplishment was getting inducted into NHS. Zach describes himself as “sarcastic,” and something that few people know about him is that he has a yacht. His most creative excuse for getting out of homework has been, “It’s in the car.” Zach describes senioritis as “the feeling of being so close to graduation but the feeling of being so far away,” and he would also like to go skydiving before he dies.
By Ellie Campbell
The varsity boys’ soccer team led the Wildcats to victory on March 12th against Brewer with a final score of 4-1.
The varsity boys’ baseball team had a game on March 13th against Boaz but fell short. Senior Ryan Gann said, “No matter the outcome, I wouldn't trade my team for anything.”
In addition, the boys’ varsity tennis team won the game against Sardis with a final score of 7-2, but unfortunately the girls team lost with a final score of 2-7.
On Wednesday, March 12th, our varsity boys’ tennis team beat Arab with a final score of 9-0 and the varsity girls’ tennis team beat Arab with a final score of 7-2.
Employee of the Week
By Will Marsh
The Work-Based Learning (WBL) program at Guntersville High School announces that Gracy Walk has been selected as the "Employee of the Week." Gracy works at Sorter's Pharmacy in Scant City. Her supervisor Johnathan Sorter.
The WBL program expresses appreciation to Sorter's Pharmacy for being a supporter of the program. This business has been selected as "Employer of the Week."
2019 Scholastic Art & Writing Winner
By Lindsey Hornbuckle
Our very own Tyler Arnold’s short story, “The Present”, has been chosen by a “panel of creative professionals” as “the most outstanding work submitted in your region.” There were nearly 340,000 works submitted this year, and Tyler’s short story was one of the few chosen and awarded as a short story. Do yourself a favor and read his entry because Tyler is not only a brilliant student overall, but he is now an award-winning writer! Congratulations Tyler!
By Tyler Arnold
Cole had not been looking forward to Christmas this year. In fact, he’d been dreading it. It is nothing but a holiday full of pretending. He just doesn’t see the point anymore.
His family is the same as always on Christmas morning. Well, almost the same. His younger twin siblings admire the neatly-wrapped presents under the tree. They’re all from Santa apparently. Cole’s father is sprawled on the couch near the fireplace. Cole’s mother scoots happily about the room, her white bathrobe around her like a big fluffy cloud. She makes the bunnies on her feet prod the presents, sniffing excitedly, and the twins giggle. His father yawns. Cole watches from the armchair, arms crossed. His brother and sister can be enraptured by anything, it seems. He shakes his head and sighs heavily.
A little present. A little present was all it took. Earlier that month, Cole had been rifling around in his father’s closet. He’d only been looking for something extra-large and extra-warm to wear out in the snow, but imagine his surprise when he found a tiny box hidden away in the pocket of one of the winter coats. It had clearly been store-wrapped. He’d held it to his ear, shaking it. He’d unwrapped it. His mother had walked in then. And she’d been forced to explain. A little present. A little present was all it took for the magic of Christmas to melt away.
Cole’s mother insists on him helping to pass out “Santa’s” offerings. By far, the twins have the most. They are incredibly pleased about this. Cole isn’t bothered in the slightest.
Taking turns opening presents is family tradition. Youngest to oldest. This year, it will be torture. Cole’s brother goes first, ripping the wrapping paper apart. He screams in delight. Their sister’s turn now. Outside the window, snow plummets down, specks of white against the smothering dark. Cole shivers. The armchair is the furthest piece of furniture from the fireplace. It’s his turn to open a gift. A new pair of soccer shoes. Clearly from his father. His mother’s turn now. Minutes crawl by. Cole unwraps a sketchbook and a giant pack of colored pencils. Obviously from his mother. Soon, he’s done opening his presents: the rest are mostly clothes. He must sit and wait for the twins to finish.
Afterward, his brother and sister make sure to verbally thank Santa. Their mother comments on what a nice gesture it is. Her eyes shine in the firelight as she gazes at their ecstatic, carefree faces. Cole’s father’s watch shines as he flicks his wrist, checking the time. Parents can get their kids to believe anything, Cole thinks. Amidst the sea of ravaged paper, his siblings begin playing with their toys. His father switches on the TV. His mother floats into the kitchen to start breakfast. Cole curls up in the armchair and opens his sketchbook to the first page. He selects a black pencil. The shoes lay on the floor by the armchair. He forgot to tell his dad that he doesn’t want to play soccer anymore.
When breakfast is ready, they gather around at the table like a big happy family. Cole’s mother has prepared a lot of food, but he can hardly eat any of it. He sees her glancing at him and his plate several times during the meal. The twins chomp down happily on bacon. Cole notices that his father scrapes his fork across his plate a lot when he’s eating. The sound makes him grit his teeth. It takes all of his being to sit there and pretend. Pretend like everything’s the same, the same as always on Christmas. Pretend as if most of the presents under the tree hadn’t been meaningless or deceitful.
Breakfast ends. Cole’s father slouches to the living room to watch more TV. The twins are completely untroubled; they skip outside to build a snowman. Cole helps his mother clean the kitchen. While loading the dishwasher, he asks, “Aren’t you going to say anything?”
She glances furtively into the living room before turning to him. “Don’t, Cole. Not right now. Not in front of the twins.” She smiles. Her mouth reminds him of chiseled stone. “It’s Christmas.”
Cole manages to last the fifteen minutes it takes to tidy the kitchen and then excuses himself to the bathroom. He locks the door just in time and, refusing to even look in the mirror, sits stiffly on the edge of the tub. He puts a hand to his mouth, forcing out a cough. The tears are already running down his face, almost as quickly and quietly as the spiraling snow outside the living room window. He wishes that Christmas doesn’t have to be so dishonest. He wishes that he is as young as his siblings so he can go on believing whatever he wants to believe. But most of all, he wishes that the little present in his father’s coat had been meant for his mother.
By Lindsey Vandergriff
Monday – Boys Soccer at Lindsey Lane (JV boys at 5)
Preregistration - Kee and Clay in Classrooms
Boys golf vs Southside at State Park
Tennis Home vs Cherokee Co (VB, VG, JVB - 4 pm)
Tuesday – Preregistration - Kee and Clay in Classrooms
Softball Home vs Douglas (4:30 pm)
Baseball Home vs Scottsboro (V/JV at 4:30/6:30)
Soccer (Home) vs Scottsboro (VG/VB at 5/7)
Thursday – Softball at West Point (4:30 pm)
Baseball at Scottsboro (V/JV-4:30/6:30)
Tennis Home vs Albertville (V/JV, Boys and Girls at 3:00 pm)
Golf (B) vs Scottsboro @ Goosepond GC (JV/V - TBA)
Soccer at West Point (VG/VB at 5/7)
AP Mock Exam - Government
Friday – Soccer (Home) vs Scottsboro (JVB at 5)