Wadley High School is led by Principal Lori Carlisle, and she is excited about the opportunities and plans for the upcoming school year. She has a clear vision for what it means to be a part of the Wadley Bulldog community. The mission of Wadley High School is to provide a learning environment which prepares students to be productive members of society. Ms. Carlisle and her team work towards this goal every day, and they have track record of success. Discover more about Wadley High School from the woman herself:
Question: What has you most excited about for the upcoming school year?
Answer: I am not sure I could pick out one thing. We are so excited as about everything from academics, athletics, extracurricular. We are just having a real sense of excitement in the air.
Question: What is your favorite part of starting a new school year?
Answer: It is a new start. It is a fresh beginning. Each student, teacher, administrator gets a chance for a fresh start. Opportunities to do something new or different, and an opportunity to try something again, and maybe get it better.
Question: What about your school are you most proud of?
Answer: The most recent thing is a report that came out in al.com in March. We have 87% of our graduates attending college. There are only 19 schools with more than 80%, and we were ninth in the state. We outdid schools with a ton more resources, and we were ninth in the state! That is a credit to our parents, our teachers, our students, everyone working hard to have a rate that high.
Question: Who is the unsung hero of your school?
Answer: All of our support staff, but if I had to pick one it would be my custodian, Tim Bennett. He is so loved by our students, our staff, everyone. He would do anything for anyone. The kids know how much he loves them, and they respect him.
Question: What is your big goal for the 2018-2019 school year?
Answer: For every kid to buy into something that we do here. I want every student to be actively involved in something, whether it be the yearbook, or pep band, athletics, FFA, etc. Whatever it is, I want them to be invested in what we do here. For athletics, I want to win a state championship.
Question: How can the community support you/the school in achieving this goal?
Answer: I could not ask my community to do anything more than they are already doing. They pour into this school with everything they have, and I could not imagine asking them for anything else. They are the heartbeat of this school.
Question: How would you describe your school to someone from another town?
Answer: To describe the school is to describe the community. The school is a family, the community is a family, and we are really intertwined. We work together, and I would include Southern Union in that too. We work together to make sure that our kids are taken care and loved. Wadley High School could not operate without the support of the community.
Question: What is Friday Night Life like for your school?
Answer: I don’t know if the population triples or quadruples, but it is the place to be! There is not a seat left in the stands, the community is there. There is nothing like it.
Question: If you could pick a theme song for your school, what would it be?
Answer: When we do well academically with math tournaments or FFA – I play We are the Champions. We don’t do that for athletics, because it doesn’t necessarily show our humility. But We are the Champions fits us even when we don’t win, because we are still winners because we are trying; we are competing; and we are learning.
Question: Tell me something good. Something fun, unexpected, or interesting that readers might know about your school.
Answer: Cam Newton’s wide receiver on Auburn’s 2010 national championship team, Terrell Zachary, is one of our assistant coaches. Oh, and this is fun, our football stadium is named for Coach Curtis Lynch, and our new head football coach, Jonathan Farr is his great nephew.
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