Friday, December 21, 2012

Freshmen Cheerleading Squad Leads Service Project

The freshmen cheer squad wanted to do a special service project that would make an impact for the holidays. They wanted it to be something that would truly be a blessing to someone who needed holiday "cheer" this year. Lana Wakefield, the cheer spnosor, has a younger brother who is currently serving in the U.S. Navy, and he and his shipmates will not be coming home this Christmas. She proposed the idea of sending a care package to her brother and his mates. These servicemen need to be encouraged and uplifted, especially this time of year! The freshmen cheerleaders loved the idea and decided to get the entire freshmen class involved. Each of the cheerleaders became responsible for "cheering on" an advisory class by encouraging their classmates to bring in items that would both help the servicemen and women, but also remind them of Christmas back home. The cheerleaders and students collected items like toothbrushes, Chap Stick, and snacks, as well as Christmas CD's, holiday treats, and homemade Christmas cards. When the week came to an end, the cheerleaders had over 15 boxes worth of goodies!! It weighed well over 65 pounds!!

The freshmen and JV cheerleading squads spent an afternoon with markers, crayons, construction paper, glitter, etc. to make beautiful cards to send with the packages. The freshmen cheerleaders also encouraged their classmates in the advisory classes to write a small note of thanks, encouragement, or just “Merry Christmas!”

With this great success, came an unexpected dilemma: the cheerleaders did not have enough money to ship everything they had collected, even after looking into the military rate on a flat rate box. Thanks to FOX 6, CBS 42, and the Birmingham Newspaper, the word got out about their disappointment. People from all over the Birmingham area and a couple from Mississippi have emailed, called, and sent very generous donations. They have now collected more than enough money to send every last box.

Way to go Freshmen Cheerleaders!

Monday, December 17, 2012

HHS Hosting Metro Basketball Tournament During the Holidays

Homewood High School will host the Metro Independent Tournament from December 27 - 31, 2012. Both the boys Varsity and Jr. Varsity will compete against Mountain Brook, Vestavia, Pelham, and many other local high school teams.

 The JV will compete Thu., Dec. 27 - Sat., Dec. 29, with their first game at 6:45p on Thursday. The Varsity competes from Fri., Dec. 28 - Mon., Dec. 31, with their first game at 7:30p on Friday. 

 Please come out and support our Patriots in our holiday tournament!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Library Christmas Tree

The Homewood High School Library is now lit up for Christmas with the construction of this year's Christmas "Tree". Librarian Annalisa Keuler, along with some helpful students, built the "tree" using several hundred books from the HHS collection. She added "snow" and lights to create a joyful sight for the students during the holiday season. The Christmas "Tree" will be on display until the first of January.

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BeardStrong 2012


During the month of November, several faculty members participated in BeardStrong 2012 in order to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. They accepted donations throughout the month and were able to raise $555 to donate to the LLS on behalf of John Finlay, former Vice Principal of HHS. Mrs. McBride and the Anatomy/Physiology classes provided cancer facts on the morning announcements, and Mr. Brad Keim created posters that were displayed around the school. He also created before and after shots of all the participants. The winner of the "Stache for Cash" competition based on student donation was Coach Tom Esslinger. Congratulations on a successful BeardStrong 2012!


Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Homewood High School's Heritage Panel Prepares to Make HHS Even Better

The YWCA trained the new HHS Heritage Panel members with a day of fun activities at the HHS Pathways where they talked about discrimination and bullying in school. By the end of the day, the students had discussed the serious topics of  racism, sexism, ageism, ableism and religious beliefs.  They learned how to organize heritage panels to help combat these problems. This group will be ready to speak to classes at the beginning of 2013. The Unity Club sponsors this group with the support of the PTO.


The students who trained included Ian Shackleford, Katie Ly, Victoria Reyes, Camille Ponseti, Gabby McCloskey, Jake Fuqua, Hallie Tarpley, Grace Kyle, Linnet Kabachia, Khang Vo, JP McLeod, Julio Martinez, Erin Blankenship, Genesis Barco, Joy Korley, Alex Harris, Katrina Holmberg, Frieda Mendez, Judith Paz, Sarah Grace Malone, Jordan Ochoa,  and Kailyn  Gibbs. Three returning members came to the training as well: Alexys Smiley, Trina  Mampuya and Samantha Hollis-White.


Homewood High School Students Selected for Samford University’s Turning Points Program

Congratulations to Homewood High School students Antonio Kelly, Michelle George, Malone Morgan, and Jessica Nevins for being selected to participate in Samford’s Turning Points Program!  These students gained admission to the program through their excellent applications and interviews.  The Turning Points Program, specifically designed for graduation certificate students between the ages of 18-21, meets every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday on Samford’s campus.

Staff from the Mountain Brook school system developed the program which was implemented in the fall of 2011. This transition program concentrates on the development of life, social, communication and employability skills through instruction and job-training opportunities and direct hands-on activities and classroom instruction.  While much time has been spent on learning and practicing important skills, students have also enjoyed activities such as baking cookies in Anna’s dorm, listening to the Reid Chapel pipe organ, a picnic lunch on the quad and exercising in the gym.

Kudos to these amazing students!

Homewood High School student takes the BeardStrong 2012 fundraiser outside of HHS

HHS junior, Nashawan Mahyoub, wanted to make a real difference in the BeardStrong 2012 fundraiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in November. He spent the Thanksgiving holiday week raising money at Hello Market where he works. Nashawan's donation of $36.38 was the largest single contribution to the HHS BeardStrong 2012 fundraiser. Hello Market is owned by Nashawan's father, and located at 2729 12th Avenue North in Bessemer, AL.

A native of Yemen, Nashawan is in his third year at HHS, where he has learned to speak, read and write the English language with much teaching, help and support of the HHS faculty. He now assists another student who arrived in Homewood back in July. Knowing the road ahead for Nader Mohsin, Nashawan has become a mentor and friend to help Nader in his adjustment to Homewood. Nashawan's eagerness to make a positive impact on the school and community is inspirational to the Homewood community.


The Homewood High School Administration, Faculty and Staff are very proud of the leadership the Nashawan shows everyday, and the smile he brings to everything he does.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Cross Country Takes State

The Boy's Cross Country Team is the new 5A State Champions!!! They are the first Cross Country  state champs in HHS history.

Alex Ngei, Mike Rhody, Logan Sadler, and Andy Smith earned All-State Titles for 5A boys.

 The Girl's Cross Country Team is 5A State Runner-Up!!! Ann Mosley Whitsett earned an All-State Title for 5A girls. 

HHS Cross Country coaches are Lars Porter, Rebecca Phillips, Josh Donaldson, Michael Niezgoda, Tom Esslinger.

Boys Full Results:

Girls Full Results:

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Taylor Alford Named Scholar Athlete of the Week

Taylor Alford has been named this week's Birmingham News/ Scholar Athlete of the Week. Congratulations, Taylor!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Morman Chosen as Teacher of the Year

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Christine Morman has been chosen as the Homewood High School "Teacher of the Year". Teachers turned in nominations that included a written essay and personal knowledge of their nominee. Asst. Principal Latta Johnston and a committee that included school employees, a student, and a parent chose Ms. Morman for this award based on that nomination.

 Ms. Morman will be the HHS nominee for the Homewood "Secondary Teacher of the Year". If chosen, she would continue on to the District competition, and possibly the "2013-2014 Alabama Teacher of the Year" competition.

Friday, November 2, 2012


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Thursday, November 1, 2012

Eden Harris chosen as "First Class Student of the Week"

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Eden Harris was honored as the ABC 33/40 America's First Federal Credit Union "First Class Student of the Week". She was honored by ABC 33/40 at the October 12th HHS pep rally.

Also during the pep rally, Eden was formally presented with the "First Class Student of the Week" certificate by Kendall Williams of America's First Federal Credit Union. All honorees will be invited to a banquet at year's end, which will include invitations to Eden's mother, Principal Dr. Zack Barnes, and AFJROTC Instructor Sgt. Vincent Simmons.

After receiving the honor, Eden accepted an invitation to attend the U.S. Coast Guard Academy's 2012-2013 Genesis Invitational. Congratulations, Eden!

Camille Ponseti Featured on ABC 33/40

Camille Ponseti was featured on  ABC 33/40 Focus @ 4. Camille is an ovarian cancer survivor and shared her journey. The interview was conducted by ABC 33/40 anchor Linda Mays, a 1981 graduate of Homewood HS.

Link to Interview:

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Jay Williams Looks to Future Beyond High School

Jay Williams, a senior at Homewood High School loves the game of football. His approach to the practices and games is that of a man on a mission. As a Defensive lineman, punter and kicker, Jay shows that he has what colleges need... versitility. As a punter, he averages over 47 yards a punt. He believes he can take that ability to the next level.


After several campus visits to Division 3 Huntingdon College in Montgomery, he believes that may be his destination. Playing college football, while getting a quality education, are high on Jay's list of future accomplishments. He still has one major goal to accomplish first - winning the Alabama 5A State Championship. He and his fellow Patriots have clinched the Region 4 Championship and are focused on the big prize.

Maggie Williams Selected to 2013 All American Marching Band

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 Photo Courtesy of Brad Keim

Congratulations to Maggie Williams for being selected as one of the best 125 musicians in the country as a member of the 2013 All American Marching Band. She will perform with other high school All Americans at the US Army All-America Bowl in San Antonio, TX on January 5, 2013.
Birmingham News Link:

Monday, October 8, 2012

Conner Peterson Selected as Scholar Athlete of Week

Conner Peterson was recently named "South Scholar of the Week" by The Birmingham News. Below is the article about Conner. Congratulations to Conner!

Friday, October 5, 2012

Red Baraat Performs for HHS

On Friday, September 14, 2012, the eclectic music group, Red Baraat, performed for Homewood High School faculty, staff, and students. Red Baraat’s sound is a fusion of Nothern Indian music, jazz, funk, and latin. The group is from New York but performed in Birmingham as part of the Alys Stephens Center for the Performing Arts’ fall schedule. The Stephens Center has a program called “Meet the Artist” whose goal is to connect students and artists for free. The Stephens Center chose Homewood High School as the host for Red Baraat’s “Meet the Artist” performance due to our diverse student body and our love of music and emphasis on arts education.

Monday, October 1, 2012


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Miss Fire Prevention

Samantha Hollis-White Named Miss Fire Prevention

Friday, August 24, 2012

Cheerleaders Awarded UCA Leadership Award

The Homewood High School 2012-2013 cheerleaders attended summer camp at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. For the third year, the Homewood High School cheer program was awarded the revered UCA Leadership Award. This award is voted on by the UCA staff and the other cheerleading squads attending camp. The Leadership Award focuses on team unity and sportsmanship. Along with the Leadership award, the Homewood girls received the coveted Spirit Banana award.

The Homewood Varsity Cheerleaders and Junior Varsity Cheerleaders brought home honors in the Home Pom Competition as well as the Cheer and Extreme Routine Competitions.

The girls also brought home some individual awards. Patricia Flach, Megan McClung, Abby Prutzman, Annie Patterson, Elizabeth Drummond, Helen Hall, Cassidy Anderson, Amanda Le and Helen Hall were named as All-American cheerleaders. Annie Patterson, Megan McClung, Elizabeth Drummond and Ali Holder each received the Pin it Forward Award for making a difference in someone else’s camp experience.

Congratulations to the Homewood High School cheerleaders! Go Patriots!