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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Chief officers for the 2010 Northview High School Excaliburs include (from left) President Joey Thomsa, Cami Yocom, Vice President Damon Hyatt and Charr Herr-Smith. Jason Moon Photo. [Order this photo]
* NHS Excalibur program still going strong

Fourteen years ago, then-Northview High School Principal Lynn Romas felt the school needed something extra.

He believed students could serve as hosts for those who attend school-related events.

With his help, the school created Excaliburs.

"The Excaliburs were created in 1996 because a need existed to have an official host group to represent Northview during many NHS events," Romas, now an assistant principal at the school, said. "The group was given a unique, classy name and has been extremely popular with the student body.

"I was extremely proud to be a part of the origination of the Excalibur group."

NHS Excaliburs sport maroon blazers, black pants or skirts and name tags and are spotted quite easily.

Currently, Northview business teacher Gina Crooks advises the group. There are approximately 40 students involved this year. Only juniors and seniors have the chance to be a part of the group.

"We like to get 20 from each class," Crooks said. "(Excaliburs) are the official hosts and hostesses of Northview, in charge of making everyone feel welcome. They are such promising young people."

Crooks said juniors have the opportunity to maintain Excalibur status as seniors.

"We encourage two-year commitments," she said.

In order to be an Excalibur, the juniors and seniors have to go through an interview process.

Crooks said professional appearance, attitude, grade-point average and teacher evaluations all play roles in the selection process.

Students are selected each April for the upcoming school year.

"We (host) all indoor events," Crooks said. "And we give tours for freshmen and their parents. They are on duty the first day of school and help with students getting to classes."

Crooks added the students host musicals, plays, science fairs and other requests from teachers.

"Teachers requests Excaliburs all the time to do individual events," Crooks said. "They are so busy."

She added due to weather, Excalibur students only host fall football games.

"There are so many people (at the games) and Excaliburs can be so helpful at those events," she said.

NHS senior Joey Thomas -- who also plays tennis and baseball -- is the president of the group. He said he wanted to be an Excalibur because of the prestige.

"I thought it would look good on a resume," Thomas said. "And I wanted to give something back.

"It's a great group of kids. It's fun to be around them and be involved with them."

Vice President Damon Hyatt echoed Thomas' sentiments. However, the three-sport athlete (he plays football, basketball and runs track) said he was slightly unprepared for all the events the group hosts.

"I didn't figure I'd get thrown into such a big position so quickly," Hyatt said. "But I'm pretty comfortable with the adversity."

Hyatt added he began having an interest in Excaliburs when he was a sophomore.

"I saw everyone wearing those blazers," he said. "I wanted to represent my school."

"(Thomas and Hyatt) are in charge of scheduling students for functions," Crooks said.

She added this year's group is very special.

Members of the 2010 Northview High School Excaliburs include (front, from left) Damon Hyatt, Margit Bloesing-Anderson, Shawnie Brewer, Nicole Nelson, Meredith Heffner, Charr Herr-Smith, Jessica Latourette, Hillary Thomas, Shelby Davis, Macy Mayle, Ashlea Buck, Trisha Cox, Anne Smiley, Briana Cook, Jenna Smith, Kaylee Strycker, Hayley Miller and Dylan Dyar, (back) Lauren Webster, Darcy Bass, Cami Yocom, Tyler Trout, Shadrac Brattain, Kevin Waelbrock, Zach Hull, Cam Burdette, Joey Thomas, Jacob Booker, Sam Miller, Trent Lancaster, Carson Kleiber, Elizabeth Emmert, Emily Durcholz, Brogan Lucas, Kaylee Clark and Kaci Kehrt. Jason Moon Photo.
"They are so exceptional this year," Crooks said. "Each and everyone of them show so much initiative."

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It should read Zach Hull and not Zach Hill

-- Posted by Knights01 on Wed, Sep 22, 2010, at 10:48 AM

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