Only hours remain in 2014. Soon we will usher in the year 2015 -- a year that I personally have sort of dreaded because my baby will graduate from high school in 2015 and probably insist that I quit referring to him as “my baby.”
But while we are still in 2014, I thought it would be a good opportunity to look back over the past year and remember some of the things that make Houston County a great place to live.
Best student section: Northside High School students filled the stands throughout the season and cheered the Eagles to the state championship with good manners and a lot of respect for their opponents, proving that good sportsmanship isn’t limited to the players on the field.
Best place to take Home Ec: OK, it isn’t called Home Ec anymore; it’s Family and Consumer Sciences. But regardless of what you call it, Bonaire Middle is the place to take it. The school’s FCCLA chapter racked up numerous awards this year, but more importantly it participated in a schoolwide bread-baking project to do something for the hungry in Houston County.
Best business to stand there and look at the menu and then order the same thing every time: Ken McCall laughs at me every time I go to McCall’s for lunch because I contemplate the specials and the menu before always ordering chicken salad. I am sure everything in McCall’s is good, but I can only speak to the chicken salad, which is the best in the world.
Best cases of sibling rivalry: Austin and Anna Maddox finished as valedictorian and salutatorian at Northside High School, Caroline and Emily Rowland were both crowned Peach Queens, and Anna and Nicole Lilley made scouting history as the first two girls in Middle Georgia to receive the Venturing Gold and Silver awards.
Best night of “remember when:” The Demon nation gathered during the summer for the first ever Demons Through the Decades football team reunion. A lot of things have changed at Warner Robins High School over the years, but as they say, “tradition never graduates.”
Best place to remember our roots: Sure we have plenty of wings in Warner Robins, from the planes onRobins Air Force Base to the growth of the town. But the roots of this county are in Perry. Perry High School drama students collaborate each year with the Perry Historical Society to present “Echoes of Evergreen,” a tour of the historic Evergreen Cemetery that gives insight into the people of Houston County that have gone on before us.
Happy New Year! Here’s hoping that 2015 is full of happiness for all of y’all.
Alline Kent can be reached at 478-396-2467 or firstname.lastname@example.org