Author Archive: Tatum VanSicklen

Coaches and Fairy Tales

Hello NEAAAT, do you remember when you were younger? Did you read or believe in fairy-tales? Well, I know that you don’t have to be young to love them! I know that some of our middle grades coaches are still in the fairy-tale spirit, like Coach West, who likes Cinderella because she “wanted to be the one who grew up and had the chance to dress up in a beautiful ball gown and meet my Prince Charming and live happily ever after in a castle”. Or even like Coach Spruill who was always fond of Beauty and the Beast because he believes “in the innate goodness of humanity, even if that goodness is covered up by our baser nature”. (more…)

Valentine’s Day at NEAAAT

Happy Valentines Day NEAAAT!! I hope everybody had a wonderful Valentine’s day with their friends or just staying home and watching Netflix. Either way, I hope everybody had a wonderful day! Anyways, Valentine’s day is supposed to be a day that is filled with love and friendship. Our coaches usually fill their day with love by following simple traditions or just celebrating the day with their friends and family. For example, Coach Spruill usually takes his wife out to dinner and then goes to see a movie (depending on what’s playing). Coach Luther and Coach McNeill normally do something similar and have a nice dinner with their family. Coach Luther loves making goodies, so her family gets a lot of desserts, along with handmade goody-bags that she makes for her kids. (more…)

The Butterfly Effect

Happy New Year NEAAAT! I can’t believe that it is already 2017! Only 18 weeks (90 school days) until summer! Time does fly when you’re having fun. Speaking of time flying… have you ever heard of the Butterfly Effect? Well, the Butterfly Effect, also known as “sensitive dependence on initial conditions”, is a concept where small events now can have larger effects in the future. Scientists call it The Butterfly Effect because a man named Edward Lorenz suggested that “ a flap of a butterfly’s wings might ultimately cause a tornado”. This concept is commonly used in writing and literature. It normally ties into the theme of time travel. (more…)

NEAAAT SGA Election Overview

In the last two weeks, the NEAAAT SGA (student government association) candidates campaigned and gave speeches. These candidates, no matter the position, put a lot of their time and effort into their campaign. Due to the recent storm and Remote Learning Protocol, the SGA candidates have had some limitations in their campaigning process. However, they have found ways to work around these “bumps in the road”. They have found ways to get their message out to the student body—like by recording their speeches and sending them out through a powerpoint or sending campaign emails. (more…)

Coach Hedley’s Super Power

NEAAAT's Newest Middle School Coach

Coach Joseph Hedley is the newest middle school coach, teaching design principles. Coach Hedley was born here in North Carolina, and then after a couple years moved with his family, including his younger brother and sister,  to Macon and Athens Georgia. While Hedley lived in Georgia, he went to college at University of Georgia for 4 years (GO DAWGS). After spending 15 years in Georgia, he then decided to come back home to North Carolina and has lived here ever since.
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