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Chamberlain Champions: A glimpse at high school life for future Chiefs

October 07, 2019 - Partners in Education

Hundreds of elementary and middle school students got a glimpse at what high school life will be like Friday night at the second annual Chamberlain Champions event.

“It’s an opportunity for our feeder elementary and middle schools to come out. It’s a great opportunity for them (the high school students) to interact with the kids,” said Chamberlain High School Principal Jake Russell. “These kids really enjoy it. They come out get their face painted and their hair done.”

“It’s fun! I just got my face painted,” said first grade student, Zanoviah.

Chamberlain teamed up with its alumni group, Chamberlain Legacy Alliance, for the event that included pre-game festivities, then the students were invited to stay to watch the homecoming football game as the Chiefs took on the Gaither Cowboys.

“We thought it would be a great idea to expose the elementary schools and middle schools to Chamberlain High School,” said Terry Sisco with Chamberlain Legacy Alliance.

Chamberlain clubs set up fun activities for the kids. FFA had a petting zoo. There was basketball and volleyball in the gym. Organizers say it’s all to help the younger students feel at ease at their future high school. Well, except for the Chamberlain Thespians’ haunted house in the theater—that was pretty scary.

“It’s a great opportunity. It’s great for our kids, it’s great for the younger kids,” said Principal Russell.

Cleveland third grader, Jaison, attended with his mom, Sheryl Kincy—who is a Chamberlain alum.

“It’s going to give the kids, who are not quite in high school yet, exposure to the high school games, the high school life,” said Kincy. “It’s a good idea, especially here at my home school, Class of ’95!”

The Legacy Alliance promoted a little friendly competition amongst the schools.

“We do a pre-game parade around the track called the Parade of Schools. Each school has a banner that they carry in front of them. Then, at halftime, Superintendent Eakins, School Board Member Cindy Stuart, Principal Russell and I give some awards out,” said Sisco. “We give out a $500 check from Lake Magdalene United Methodist Church to the school that has the highest participation rate. They get a trophy and a great big banner to let the community know they were School of the Year.”

And the winners are:

1st Place: Cleveland Elementary—$500

2nd Place: Adams Middle School—$250

3rd Place: Forest Hills Elementary—$125

The Adams Middle School Band had 78 students in attendance and was also awarded $250.

Feeder school principals selected the Chamberlain groups that showed the most school pride and helped the future Chiefs feel welcomed. The baseball team, Thespians, cosmetology and agricultural students each received $150.   

“We really want to make this a community school, and have kids think about it while they’re in elementary school, ‘Hey, I’d like to be there!’ This is a great way to make it a great event when they come here, so they have a positive feeling about Chamberlain,” said Principal Russell.

“It’s very fun,” said Harmony, a third grade student.

Principal Russell and Head Football Coach Jason Lane showed their appreciation for Terry and Cindy Sisco and all they do for the school through the Legacy Alliance and Lake Magdalene United Methodist Church by giving them a Chamberlain football helmet signed by the team.

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