We have two weeks of school behind us and to say the least, it has been interesting and quite different from years past. Seeing students exit the buses wearing masks is definitely something you do not see or want to see every year. I would like to commend all of the students and staff for making the beginning of school as positive as it could be under the circumstances. With very few exceptions, the students have complied with the mask directive and have done a good job with social distancing. I was pleasantly surprised at their obedience to the rules and I know it is because of our great parents. You have done an excellent job teaching your kids about the guidelines and the importance of following them even if we do not personally agree with them. The students have tried very hard to social distance from each other and I know that has been very difficult because that is so unnatural for kids. The teachers have been troopers when it comes to learning a whole new teaching platform and implementing classroom guidelines. They have performed each task with charm and grace even though I know there have been times they wanted to lose their patience with the technological component. I am so proud of all the employees for pitching in and doing anything that was needed to help with the new adjustment. My heart swelled with Bobcat Pride as I watched almost every person go the extra mile to make school as normal as possible for our students. Even in these difficult circumstances, it’s always a great day to be a Bobcat!
On Friday evening, April 17, the Corning, Rector, and Piggott School Districts turned on the football stadium lights and the baseball and softball lights at 8:20 p.m. for 20 minutes and 20 seconds to honor the 2020 graduating seniors and to remember the lost spring sport season. The lights were a symbol of hope and a reminder that things will eventually return to normal.
The Knobel Mustang Colts won their very first trophy last weekend by capturing third place honors at the Elementary Invitational Basketball Tournament held at Rector. The boys who are coached by Jim Bob Lentz, played three games in the tournament - they beat McDougal 44 to 43, lost to Manila 49 to 40, then came back to win over Piggott 40 to 16. Todd Stacy, a member of the Knobel PeeWee group, scored an average of 23 points per game for the tournament, scoring higher than any other individual who participated in the event. The boys, who are all Fifth and Sixth graders, are: Front row, from left - Roger Carnal, Guy Williams, Leon Roberts, Alvin Mullins, Todd Stacy, Donnie Sweaney, Lee Ball, Michael Dodd and Gregg Stacy. Back row, left from right: Terry Gilland, Larry Catt, Tony Bass, Rory Small, Lynn Gowen, Allen Young, Larry Howe, Larry Huckabay, Joe Lowery and Robbie Crossfield. Not pictured is Ricky Niedermeir.
Junior Jayden Wiedeman was recently selected to the 3A-3 All Conference Basketball Team. Jayden is a Forward for the Bobcats. He is the son of Jeremy and Amanda Wiedeman of Corning.