Thursday, January 23, 2014

Genny Pittman Honored in Statewide Magazine
Genny Pittman, a senior at Homewood High School, is honored as a teen spotlight in Potential magazine. Potential magazine is a multi-media resource for parents of college-bound teenagers. In each issue, high achieving students in the 7th-12th grade are featured and nominated for the "Reach Your Potential" scholarship.

Teens are recommended by their school or community leaders for excelling in one or more of the following areas: academics, business, leadership, philanthropy, overcoming adversity, citizenship and community service, athletics, and the arts. Potential magazine's advisory board chooses teens each issue to feature and select which of the finalists will receive the $500 scholarship. Teens featured in Potential magazine are chosen from four regions in Alabama: Birmingham, Huntsville, Mobile, and Montgomery.

Pittman has received several honors as a swimmer such as the Olympic Trial Swimming Qualifier in 2012, a four-time State Champion in the 10-meter backstroke, an All American swimmer since 2010, as well as a Scholastic All American swimmer. She is also a member of Peer Helpers, SGA, Birmingham Belles, and Church Lector. Pittman is also a member of the National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, and has received the Homewood Chamber of Commerce Award as the outstanding student of Homewood Middle School.Pittman has an incredible work ethic. She swims about nine times a week before and after school and does 5:00am morning laps and workouts.

Genny and her parents, John and Liz Pittman
Homewood Band Students Earn All State and All District Honors

Several Homewood Patriot Band members earned All State and All District honors for the 2013 - 2014 school year. Earning All State Band honors were Joey Crittenden, Bennett Valentine and Sam Cross. Max Paris was chosen as an alternate. Earning All District Band honors were Emi Ferderber and Max Paris, as well as Joey Crittenden, Bennett Valentine and Sam Cross. The HHS Patriot Band participated in the 125th Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, CA in January. The band is under the direction of Ron Pence.
Front LtoR: Emi Ferderber and Joey Crittenden
Back LtoR: Sam Cross, Bennett Valentine and Max Paris.


Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Anna Laws Honored by The Birmingham News /

Homewood High School senior Anna Laws was named The Birmingham News South Scholar Athlete of the Week for the week of January 20 - 24, 2014.

Phil Hontzas Honored by The Birmingham News /
Homewood High School Senior Phil Hontzas was named The Birmingham News South Scholar Athlete of the Week for the week of December 23 - 27, 2013.
Homewood High School Patriots Band Students  Participate in the Samford University Honor Band.
Homewood High School Patriots Band students recently participated in the Samford University Honor Band. Congratulations to the following students:
Mary Chalmers, Lizzie Haywood, Hannah Alford, Emi Ferderber, Max Paris, Justin Fletcher, Will Pence, Thomas Philips, Caleb Sokel, Jessica Robbins, Gracie Sproul, Maya Ruffin, Jacob Holland, Justin Joe, and Wesley Butler.


Friday, January 17, 2014

Homewood's Air Force JROTC Earn High Marks in Evaluation
The Homewood High School Air Force Junior ROTC received high marks from Headquarters Air Force JROTC on January 14. Air Force Major Don Bailey (ret.) inspected the HHS cadets and class facilities and spoke favorably of the program that is run by Sgt. Vincent Simmons. This evaluation is required every three school years. During the evaluation, two HHS cadets were recognized and given awards for their service. Mikaela Harris and Killian Faulk received the "Outstanding Performer" award which is presented only to the top 2% of the cadet population.
LtoR: Sergeant Vincent Simmons, Cadet Mikaela Harris, Cadet Killian Faulk and Major Don Bailey

Air Force Major Don Bailey addresses the HHS AFJROTC cadets during the Unit Evaluation.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

HHS Varsity Cheerleaders Help to Feed the Community
On Saturday, January 11, the Homewood High School Varsity Cheerleaders worked with the "Feed My Starving Children" organization to help package food for malnourished children around the world. During the HHS packing session, the total group of 179 people packed a total of 38,678 meals, which is enough meals to feed 106 children for an entire year. The table of HHS cheerleaders packed a total of 4,320 meals by themselves. These girls gave their time unselfishly and worked extremely hard to serve the community. The HHS Varsity Cheerleaders are sponsored by Holly Drake and Maggie Stoffregen, and coached by Leah Chancellor.

HHS Freshman Cheerleaders Add Holiday Cheer at Women's Shelter
The Homewood High School Freshman Cheerleaders provided entertainment and refreshments for the ladies at First Light Women's Shelter in Birmingham on December 13. The cheerleaders led 2 hours of Bingo for the women to celebrate the Holiday Season. They also performed a Christmas Cheer Dance and helped a couple of the little girls feel like they were cheerleaders. Together, the cheerleaders provided over 50 unwrapped prizes for the Bingo games. The women (and a few of their precious children) selected fun gifts like nail polish, socks, makeup, stationery, etc. A wonderful time was had by everyone who attended. The HHS Freshman Cheerleaders are sponsored by Maggie Stoffregen and Holly Drake, and coached by Deanna Swope.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Jordan Sims Plays on Two Big Stages

Homewood High School Senior Jordan Sims has played on many football fields in his life, but none bigger than his last two games as a high school standout. He participated in the Alabama-Mississippi High School All Star game at the Cramdon Bowl in Montgomery in mid-December, then the U. S. Army All American Bowl at the Alamo Dome in San Antonio on January 4. Each game showcases the best senior talent that high schools have,and gives the players an opportunity to play next to and against other standouts from across the state and country. At this time, Jordan is undecided about his college career and focusing hard on his academics at HHS. National Letter of Intent Day is in early February, so look for Jordan to make a college commitment in the very near future.


Thursday, January 9, 2014

BeardStrong 2013 Raises Money for Cancer Research
HHS held it's annual BeardStrong fundraiser to raise money for cancer research during the month of November. Assistant Principal Matt Kiser's beard raised the most money among the 14 faculty and staff members that participated. The largest single donation came from Senior Nashawan Mahyoub, who raised over $70.00 through donations at a Bessemer grocery store owned by his family. This is the second year that Nashawan has made the largest donation. BeardStrong 2014 raised over $170.00 in donations for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in honor of former HHS administrator John Finley.
Senior Nashawan Mahyoub