Next week, one school in the county will win bragging rights for an entire year.
The annual event, Anything Goes: Battle of the Schools, will be May 7, at 7 p.m., at the Blount County-Oneonta Agri-Business Center.
The competition consists of 11 events including wheelbarrow racing, sack relay, egg toss, and tug of war. Each school in the county gets together 22 of their best high school athletes (11 boys and 11 girls) for the competition.
Appalachian High School is the reigning champion, and the students are looking to defend their title this year.“It was awesome last year, and we would love nothing more than to make it two in a row,” said London Atkinson, Appalachian’s Anything Goes coach.“We lost several people, but we are putting together another strong team. Win or lose, I am always proud of our students. We may be the only 1A school in the county, but last year we proved that we can be the best!”
Of course, seven other schools in the county are vying for the opportunity to knock Appalachian from the pedestal.
“”We make it far in every thing we do,” said Cleveland senior Kacie Sanford.“This event will be no different.””
Even with all the friendly competition, Anything Goes does serve a greater purpose.
For decades the event has benefited the Danny B. Hicks Scholarship. Last year, through Anything Goes and an annual golf tournament, Danny B. Hicks Scholarship Inc. was able to give 24 scholarships to local seniors. In the last five years, 100 scholarships have been handed out to students.
“The Danny B. Hicks Scholarship was a tremendous help to me as a college freshman and a first-generation college student,” said 2013 scholarship recipient Casey Payne, an Appalachian graduate.“This extra bit of scholarship money made it possible for me to follow my dream of pursing an education at a four-year institution.”
Hayden High School graduate Malee Galloway says she has been given great inspiration through receiving the scholarship.
“The scholarship has helped me by investing in my future and empowering me to better myself,” she said.“It has encouraged me to succeed and given me hope to change the world.”