ALE Event at PHS Includes Wounded Warrior Fundraiser

Thursday, March 26, 2015
On hand for the check presentation to the Wounded Warrior Project were, from left: Darrin Moore, Elizabeth Hobbs, Abby Holcomb and Pam Moore.(TD photo/Tim Blair)

Piggott High School hosted the annual ALE Spring Fest on Friday, March 20, with a variety of activities and informative efforts. The event is held each spring at the high school, and is hosted by the ALE (Alternative Learning Environment) department, which is headed by Jon Wellman.

"This is our eighth year for holding the expo, and it has been very successful," Wellman said of the annual offering. "This year Mid-South Health sponsored the event and provided sessions on a variety of subjects, including suicide prevention and bullying. Our thanks goes out to them for the effort."

Also in conjunction with the day-long event, a ceremony was held to introduce this year's Sadie Hawkins royalty and the annual talent show was held. The assembled students also heard remarks from retired National Guardsman Frank Staples, which coincided with the Sadie Hawkins fundraiser.

This year's Sadie Hawkins Day royalty and escorts were, from left: Front-Erich Smith, Jeb Pike, King Bradley Stephens, Garrett Cook, Eli Smith and Jacob Householder. Back-Scottie Corter, Hailey Ward, Quest Emerson, Bailey Pollard, Sadie Sawyers and Rebecca Crow.(TD photo/Tim Blair)

Late in the day, the student body and staff were treated to a spirited basketball game between members of the faculty and students.

The annual Sadie Hawkins Day observance returned to PHS this year thanks to the FCCLA, and the proceeds from the popular fundraiser were earmarked to the Wounded Warrior Project. Throughout the previous week candidates collected funds for the worthwhile effort, and by Friday a grand total of $2,000 was raised.

Top fundraiser this year was Bradley Stephens, who earned the crown as king with donations totaling some $800 dollars. Second was Garrett Cook with less than half that amount, while the remainder of the top fundraisers included Jeb Pike, Eli Smith, Erich Smith and Jacob Householder.

On hand to accept the donation was Pam Moore, along with her husband, Darrin. Moore accepted the donation to the Wounded Warrior Project in memory of her son, PHS grad Steven Tyler Redmon. A veteran of Afghanistan, Redmon returned to Piggott following active duty and was severely injured in a traffic accident and never regained consciousness--the direct result of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder according to his mother.

In accepting the donation she recounted her son's experiences, and offered thanks for the support of the Wounded Warrior Project--which seeks to help such members of the armed services. Moore, and her husband Darrin, also hold a team roping event each year at the local fairgrounds to raise money for the project. On hand to present the check were FCCLA members Abby Holcomb and Elizabeth Hobbs.

The day ended with the alumni basketball game, as the faculty prevailed over the students by a final of 68-56. Leading the way for the staff in scoring was Mohawk Head Basketball Coach David Reynolds and former Mohawk standout Daniel Baldwin.(see photos in the sports section)

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