On September 13, 2017, Toby Tucker, representative of Region 16, owner of the Amarillo Venom team, and former football coach, came to Mclean ISD to speak with students about bullying. Mr Tucker interacted with the students by playing games and having competitions, which the sophomore class won, and they were rewarded with an extended lunch. These games used the concept of teamwork and helped each class come together.
He gave an inspirational speech of a young running back, Martee Tenner. Who grew up being bullied due to his size, but eventually overcame any negative thoughts, and now is part of a group called the Game Changers. Senior, Maritza Retana shared her experience of the presentation. She says, “This presentation was a great experience for not only the students but also the teachers and administration. It really helped each class work together and bond with each other while learning more about bullying situations.”
Homecoming 2017: A Week to Remember
From September 18th to the 22nd, the entire school joined in on the homecoming fun for the week. Spirit week consisted of What’s On the Menu Monday, Teacher Tuesday, Way Nerdy Wednesday, Thrifty Thursday, and Black and Gold/Neon Friday. Tacky costumes were being shown off all week.
The McLean Cubs put up quite a fight, but in the end, Kress got the victory with a score of 35 to 7. Seventh grader, Sheppard Reichman, made his way into the endzone to score points for his team. Although they didn’t get the outcome they wanted, they continued to play hard and didn’t give up without a fight.
The homecoming court was chosen by class votes as well as a football team vote for All Around Candidate. The court included: Freshman, Faith Moon; Sophomore, Caden Carter; Junior, Breanna Blaylock; Senior, Brooke Alley; and All Around candidate, Junior, Autumn Byron.
The Queen was announced and presented before the HS game. Sophomore, Caden Carter, escorted by her grandfather and McLean High School Junior, Chism Henderson, was crowned the 2017-2018 Homecoming Queen.
The Tigers had a good start to the game, and they could only go up from there. Junior, Bradley Hannon, scored two touchdowns right from the start, and that seemed to push the Tiger team to a new level. The Kangaroos couldn’t quite put any points on the board, but they did their best to keep the Tigers down. However, the Tigers only excelled forward leaving the final score at 56-0 by the end of the second quarter.
During half time, the Mini Cheerleaders performed for the crowd. Earlier in the month, these girls participated in Mini Cheer Camp with the HS cheerleaders. They learned several cheers and a dance. This was their chance to show off what they learned.
From seeing students in crazy and tacky costumes all week to ending the homecoming week with a win from the Tigers, many people will say that homecoming 2017 was a week to remember!