Oakman students mentored during homecoming week

By NICOLE SMITH, Daily Mountain Eagle
Posted 10/4/17

OAKMAN — Oakman High School students are being mentored by alumni of the school as part of homecoming week festivities.

Oakman’s Student Government Association (SGA) is sponsoring a speaker series at the school this week to teach leadership …

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Oakman students mentored during homecoming week

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OAKMAN — Oakman High School students are being mentored by alumni of the school as part of homecoming week festivities.

Oakman’s Student Government Association (SGA) is sponsoring a speaker series at the school this week to teach leadership and an understanding of why homecoming is important for school tradition.

On Monday, current faculty members who graduated from Oakman High spoke with students to share stories of their time at Oakman and to inspire them on their journey forward. Casey Woods, Oakman’s band director and 2001 graduate, spoke to students on Monday, along with Oakman English teacher Kara Jones, a 2009 graduate. SGA Sponsor Natalie Carson said she believes seven of Oakman’s current faculty members graduated from the school.

“We just wanted to have some alumni come back and tell about their experience at Oakman and what homecoming means to them,” Carson said. “I think sometimes the students don’t understand the reason behind homecoming.”

She said Dr. Joel Hagood, a former principal at Oakman, addressed students on Tuesday, and Oakman graduate David Kelly will speak to students on Thursday. Kelly is a community volunteer who helps direct traffic on campus and assists with other school activities, while Hagood now works for the Walker County Board of Education as director of curriculum instruction.

In May, Kelly told the Daily Mountain Eagle, “I’ve been involved around this school for a long time, and I try to stay in touch with the students and faculty.”

In addition to speakers, other homecoming week festivities this year include flag football and dodgeball games, a womanless beauty pageant, a SGA auction and this Friday’s parade, which will begin at 11:30 a.m.

“It seems like the whole community looks forward to homecoming, and a lot of alumni return,” Carson said. “I think our homecoming rings true to what it was 20 years ago.”