Highland Students Decorate School Tree

Thursday in Highland County, it was beginning to look a lot like Christmas, due to the efforts of the students of Highland High School and Elementary School. Mother Nature had done her best to properly set the scene, as a skift of snow from the night before still lay in places on the ground, and a bitter wind blew. Bundled against the elements, the students surrounded the Christmas tree on the front lawn of the school. While the tree had earlier been decorated with lights, a critical piece was missing – ornaments. Students quickly took care of finishing the decorations, to the seasonal tunes played by band members.

Megan Obaugh, one of the co-sponsors of the National Honor Society, explained more.

“A couple of our students had an idea, I think it actually developed last year, to decorate the holiday tree, outside of the school, just to get everyone in the holiday spirit. So, we have two students who have spearheaded this project, Chelsea and Emily, and they’ve done a great job getting everyone organized. Today, we’re having all the students in the school, from pre-school all the way up through 12th grade, they’ve brought in their own ornaments, and now we’re decorating the tree, and we have the band playing, the Student Council Association has provided hot chocolate for everyone, and it’s just a great way to get the entire school community together, and get us all in the holiday spirit.”

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Scott Smith

Scott Smith is the General Manager for Allegheny Mountain Radio and Station Coordinator and News Reporter for WVLS. Scott’s family has deep roots in Highland County. While he did not grow up here, he spent as much time as possible on the family farm, and eventually moved to Highland to continue the tradition, which he still pursues with his cousin. Unfortunately, farming doesn’t pay all the bills, so he has previously taken other jobs to support his farming hobby, including pressman/writer for The Recorder, and Ag Projects Coordinator for The Highland Center. He lives in Hightown with wife Michelle and son Ethan. In his spare time, he wishes he had more spare time, especially to ride his prized Harley-Davidson motorcycle. scott@amrmail.org

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