Ashe County HS Athletics Newsletter Update – April 29

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Ashe County HS Athletics Newsletter Update – April 29


– This Friday we invite you to join us (virtually) for our #BETHELIGHT event to honor the Class of 2020.  This movement actually started at a high school in Colorado, but has quickly spread across the nation as a way to honor high school seniors.  We ask the Ashe County community to light up their front porches along with us as we light up our facility this Friday at 8pm.  Be sure to check out our social media for pictures and live updates of the event!

– Last week, the State Board of Education approved polices regarding the Pre-Participation Examinations (PPE or Athletic Physicals) and Academic Eligibility.  The NCHSAA Board of Directors met this week and announced the following changes for the 2020-2021 school year:

1.  PPE’s or athletic physicals that were conducted on or after April 1, 2019 will now be granted a one-year extension through the end of the academic year 2020-2021.  Any athlete that does plan to participate in a sport during the 2020-2021 school year that does not have a current PPE form would need to obtain a physical before being allowed to participate.

2.  In regards to academic eligibility, the NCHSAA also acknowledged the State Board’s decision which stated that if a student is promoted to the next grade level for the 2019-2020 school year, they will be academically eligible for the Fall Semester of the 2020-2021 school year.  

Signing Ceremonies
– This week, we hosted live signing ceremonies on our Instagram page for three of our student athletes that have committed to playing in college that were unable to have one here at school due to the stay-at-home order. 

Mahaley Cronk – XC/Track and Field – Montreat College
Melena Howell – Track and Field – Lenoir-Rhyne University
Grady Rector – Track and Field – UNC-Asheville

If you missed the live stream and would like to view these ceremonies, visit our Ashe Athletics YouTube page.

Final Thoughts
-With the updates that we received today from the NCHSAA, I need to remind you that we are still acting as if we were in a “dead period” for all in-person activities and use of facilities.  However, they encouraged virtual communication and other similar activities to keep relationships strong during these difficult times. 

I know that many of us are anxious for the return of athletic activities and regular school functions.  However, at this time it would be unwise to speculate on a return date.  Students, I want to stress the importance of your participation in your distance learning from home and make sure that you finish out this semester strong.  Additionally, take the time to connect with those around you, learn a new skill, or find something to make you better.  I was challenged today to seize this opportunity to improve myself for the “Post-COVID19” time when it comes.  Will you join me in this challenge?