Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Who's at the Top - A story of servant leadership

Do you know who's at the top of your school? Does he or she represent your school, district and characteristics of a leader? Well I'm a student at James Earl Rudder High School and I'm here to tell you, the person at the top of our school is an incredible principle and creates a great environment. I'm a senior this year, and while this has been my second year with Mr. Bennie Mayes as my principle, I didn't get to see how much of a great leader he is until this year. This year I've been an office aide, which is a senior perk to say the least! As I spend 4th period in the front office every day, I see Mr. Mayes. He's involved not only in the demands of being a principle, but also with the student body. He attends a lot of extracurricular activities, such as baseball games, football games, pep rallies, volleyball games and the RangerRette spring show. He always talks and makes jokes with me and the other office aides; he's a jokester which makes for a great place to learn and achieve good grades. I believe Mr.Mayes wants nothing more than to see Rudder prosper and its students to shine and change the world, and what better way to say that than with his incredible actions. Here at Rudder High School, we know and love who's at the top.

Written by Kenzie Crabtree, C/O 2017


Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Coach Morgan - family man and the future of RHS sports

In February, Rudder High School hired a new head football coach and athletic coordinator, Greg Morgan. He came to us from Madisonville High School. I had the pleasure of learning a little bit about Coach Morgan’s life away from the football field.

Coach Morgan is originally from Louisiana. He graduated from high school in 1980 then graduated from Northeast Louisiana University (now called University of Louisiana-Monroe) in 1985. Shortly after graduation, he married his wife, Rhonda, in 1987. The Morgans are actually coming up on their 30th anniversary in November. Rhonda Morgan is an assistant principal at Madisonville Junior High. Together, the Morgans have a beautiful family. They have two children, Kyle and Kaley Morgan. Kyle is a successful RN at St. Joe’s and Kaley is a teacher/coach at Anderson Shiro. Kyle is married to  Alanna Morgan. Coach Morgan has also furthered his family with his grandchildren, Gabriel (6) and Sophia (newly born as of April 15th). His daughter Kaley is engaged to be married summer of 2018. Coach Morgan has been in education for 33 years. Outside of coaching, his main focus and enjoyment is spending time with his family and taking family trips, ranging anywhere from snow skiing to going to the beach.

Written by Allison Vaughn, C/O 2017

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Coach Jackson - Proving life is found in the little bitty things

One person that came to my mind when asked about someone who has affected the community and affected James Earl Rudder High School was Coach Eric Jackson. Coach Eric Jackson has been at Rudder High for three years, all while being the head basketball coach. In those three years, he has brought the team to the playoffs twice, once going to Regionals in Houston. Unfortunately, after Regionals and Spring Break, Coach was admitted into the hospital, has been in since, but is feeling healthier than upon entering. When asked about the season he had with the Rangers basketball team he said, "Truthfully, we've been faced with adversity all year because of our size, it really wasn't a big deal for us. All we had to do was just come out and do the little bitty things." Coach Jackson finished the season with a 27-9 record. He is a great man who helps his students and players in any way possible. That generosity helps outside of school. He is known for playing basketball at Bryan High and coaching but also for helping the community. He takes his time to help those that are in need and does as much as he can to those who’ve helped him along the way.

Written by Michael Biddlecome, class of 2018

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Codewars 2017

This past weekend, some students, including myself, went to Houston to a programming competition called Codewars. This event was held in HP headquarters. This competition test the team’s capability to solve problems and project them in a program. They give the teams 20 problems to solve in 3 hours, each problem being harder than the last one. To win this competition not only do you need programming skills but communication and organization skills. I highly recommend this competition to anyone slightly interested in computers. It really make your brain work.

See Mr. Cordes for information on joining!

Benito Zamora, Class of 2017

The Hardest Job I've Ever Loved - a teen mom tale

What is it like to be a team mom? Hard; it's really hard. You'll lose friends you thought would be there for you but really weren't. To be a teen mom who is involved in any sports or other school related activities is hard to manage. Whether you're in AP classes or regular, it's all hard. Yes, we are all still growing and maturing but we're not perfect. I wouldn't have been able to participate in sports or even take AP classes if it wasn't for my family and close friends who helped pushed me in ways I couldn't push myself. I just wish someone could've told me that you'll have sleepless nights staying up to study or you'll struggle until you get the hang of it. For me to stay organized with school, doctors appointment, sports or your child unexpectedly gets sick I just try to plan ahead and just go with the flow. So, to all other teen mom's just know you're not alone, you have so many people who can relate to your situation, just keep pushing because in the end it'll all be worth it. Just know we are all rooting for your success.

Alexus Clemons-Bills, Class of 2017

Girls Basketball Playoff Report

The fighting Lady Rangers Basketball team played against Nacadoches in Slocum Texas for the 1st round in play-offs on Tuesday February 14. With an intense game and closely scored game the Lady Rangers pulled through with a clutch win with a score of 58 to 57. The Lady Raners tied at the end of the 4th quarter causing them to go into over time. With at least 10 seconds left Treece Daily drives to her right passing the defendants to score the winning basket. On Thursday of the same week they played Georgetown for the 2nd round of play-offs in Hearne. With a good intense first start The Lady Ranger had the kept the lead until Nacadoches scored back to back leading with a scoer of 6 point and continued to keep the lead the whole game. The players fought hard to try to get the lead back but came up short. After the game last night while in the locker room with the players Coach Shelton stated that " I am very proud of this team for doing a reat job this season. Considering the obstacles we've concurred and having people doubt us, we had an outstadning season. For the players returning next year, now we just have to get at it. Great job ladies." This concludes your Lady Rangers basketball season.

Alexus Clemons-Bills, Class of 2017

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Seeing Stars at State - A Wrestling Tale


The Rudder Wrestling team had two kiddos compete at the State wrestling Tournament this past weekend; Bailey Reid and Shelby Squires.  Bailey Reid was able to reach the podium, placing 5th. Shelby wrestled hard, but fell just short.  We are proud of both of these young people for the accomplishments that both have had for the 2016-2017 wrestling season.

Quick Bios:
Bailey has been wrestling for three years, two in Texas and one Year in New Mexico.  As a Junior, he was a regional qualifier at the 220 weight class, and was one match away from qualifying for state.  This year, he bumped up to 285lbs and placed 1st in our district, 3rd at regionals and 5th at state.  Bailey is the first member of the Rudder wrestling program to place at state.  He finishes his career at Rudder with a 81-10 record. He plans to attend college and is undecided on his major at this time.  

Shelby is in her first year as a wrestler, and has already accomplished a lot.  She finished first in district at the 215 weight class, 2nd at regionals, and qualified for the state wrestling tournament.  Shelby had an overall record of 27-9, and will be back next year to continue her push to become a state placer.

-Jon Reid, Boys Wrestling Coach