By: Mckenzie Nehus and Kayma Wolfinbarger
The eighth-grade basketball teams had their recognition game for recognizing their accomplishments throughout their last middle school season. The dance team and boys’ basketball had their recognition game on the night of January 24th. The eighth-grade cheer team and girls’ basketball team had theirs’ a separate night, the night of January 26th and January 31st. Each eighth-grade girl, including the basketball team and both cheer and dancers received a white rose. All team players received a stainless-steel cup with a Highlands H and a certificate of completion.
Tuesday, January 24, was the celebration of the dance and boy basketball team’s accomplishments at the middle school. The boys’ basketball team gave roses to each of the dance team girls. The dance team preformed their hip-hop dance at the half time. Kenna Abner, eighth grade dancer, said, “I am extremely sad knowing that my middle school dance career is coming to an end. I love dancing with all my teammates.” Not only, did the dance team preform, but the boys played a game against IHM.
Thursday, January 26, the eighth-grade cheer team had their recognition. The girls received their roses from the boys’ basketball team. The girls wore white sashes that indicated an award for them. For example, Tegan Jones, eighth grader received the “All Star,” award. Jewel Powdrill, eighth grade cheerleader, said, “I am very sad that the season is coming to an end, but it was such an amazing experience to cheer for Highlands. Even though it was my first year I am sad it is also my last.”
Tuesday, January 31 was the recognition night for the girls’ basketball team. It was the final recognition night of the winter sports. The girls received a white rose as well as the Highlands cup and certificate. In fact, their fathers were the ones to present them their roses. Katlyn Vaught, eighth grade basketball player, said, “Eighth grade recognition was fun because we got support from a lot of friends and family. I looked forward to it all day! My day went by so slow waiting for it.” This ceremony was followed by a game against Summit View Middle School, and our eighth-grade girls pulled out a win 31-18.
Congratulations to all the eighth-grade athletes this winter season. Special thanks to Mr. Allen Ramsey, DWC action photographer, was kind enough to take pictures of all three recognition nights. You can buy his photos on his website, http://dwcphoto.smugmug.com/ .