The Yellow Jackets will be the first Jefferson County school covered by the Eagle, who are slated to play a number of established area programs such as Dora, Sumiton Christian, Walker and Carbon Hill in a variety of sports, beginning with Corner’s football and volleyball teams.
“We’re excited to add Corner High School to the coverage area,” Eagle Sports Editor Johnathan Bentley said. “With the new school being built, covering Corner became much more feasible. The new school is located just six miles from Sumiton Christian and Dora.”
Corner principal Ronald Cooper stated that the new media coverage offered by the Eagle will have a very positive effect for the school as student accomplishments will gain the recognition that is so richly deserved.
“As close as our location is to Walker County, there are several members of our staff, alumni and student body who read the Eagle and will be able to keep up to date on what is happening at our school — whether it’s with our academic or athletic programs,” Cooper said. “I believe most people in our area and those who are associated with our school prefer the type of community news the Eagle has to offer and will pleased to see Corner represented. The exposure will help us out greatly.”
2012 will feature the debut of Corner in Class 4A Region 4 — joining Dora and 4A newcomer Carbon Hill. The Yellow Jackets football team went 6-5 last season and made its first playoff appearance in five years.
A closer look at Corner High School
In 2011, Corner moved to its new, state-of-the-art facility located near the Walker and Jefferson County line on Warrior-Jasper Road — ushering in a new era that would allow the school’s student body to enjoy new learning opportunities, participate in a wide range of extracurricular activities and compete at an athletically high standard — while maintaining the tradition of excellence that has been present since Corner’s establishment in the 1930’s.
“There’s a great level of excitement among our students at our new school — they are being provided with opportunities that they have never experienced in education and in many cases, opportunities that are only found at a select few schools in our state,” Cooper said. “Previously, we did everything we could to provide our students with the best education available, but we simply did not have the facilties, the equipment, the labs and the material to give it to them. Now, all new avenues have been opened up to them — they have a chance to be involved in activities that enhance their learning experience and better prepare them for their lives after graduation.”
A number of initiatives — many that have been established in recent years, as well as new programs that are beginning with this school year — are allowing Corner to continue with its tradition of academic excellence. The school is entering its third year in the AP Plus College Grant program, allowing teachers to continue training to enhance the learning experience of the students. A dual enrollment program with Bevill State’s Sumiton campus allows students to earn credits towards their college education, and 10th- and 11th-grade students have also been able to receive academic and career technical scholarships to Bevill, as well as to Wallace State College this summer.
A joint program with the Gardendale Career and Technical Center has allowed students to participate in courses ranging from computer-aided drafting, to health services, welding, automotive opportunities, advertising design and cosmetology.
2012 will also mark the initial year of the Corner Theatre Academy — where fine art courses, along with complimentary academic and career tech courses are woven together to enrich their high school experience and prepare them to further their education.
The academy has brought an even deeper level of excitement from not only the students who are participating in the program, but also from staff and administrators — who are working diligently to allow students from other areas to apply for admission to the academy similar to schools such as Shades Valley.
“We’re in a perfect location to serve a large number of areas — from Jefferson and Walker counties, to Blount and Cullman county as well,” said Pam Dennis, assistant principal of curriculum and instruction. “We’re still in the infant stages of getting this accomplished as we’ve just recently been accredited as a theatre academy — but we feel very good about the future and potential it can bring to our school.”
“The academy was established to bring theatre and academics together,” Mike Putman, academy producer and director said. “They compliment each other very well — if I have a costume designer, we set it up to where they can take home economics to learn how to sew patterns, which ultimately helps them become more specialized in what they want to do. It really assists in making a well-rounded individual.”
Corner’s athletes have also expressed their excitement about the new school’s athletic facilities.
The gymnasium offers a spacious area where participants can compete in sports such as basketball, volleyball and wrestling in front of a large audience of spectators. Corner Stadium, home of the Yellow Jackets’ football program, is equipped with new press facilities, field house and concession areas and also a track area that is capable of hosting state competitions.