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Abbie Addington selected for 20 Under 20 Abbie Addington receiving award

Appalachian Highlands 20 Under 20 highlights students who have shown an affinity for science, math, engineering, and have leadership, community service, and entrepreneurial skills. Abbie Addington was selected by Counseling to represent EHS.

Students submit 11 podcasts to NPR Student Podcast Challenge Todd McKeehan's mother expresses gratitude for the podcast.

Students have far exceeded expectations in a recent assignment to create a podcast that tells a community story. The podcasts were recently submitted to the National Public Radio (NPR) Student Podcast Challenge, and they count for a grade in the Integrated English III and US History classes at Elizabethton High School. Winning submissions will air on NPR’s Morning Edition or All Things Considered and will be announced this month.

Lady Cyclones sweep Johnson Co. in TRC doubleheader Softball

BY IVAN SANDERS, Elizabethton Star

Kira Dillard led off the bottom of the sixth with a double to left field. Autumn Hensley followed suit by lacing a single to put Lady Cyclones at second and third after taking advantage of a poor throw from the Lady Longhorn left fielder.

Beyond the Books Our Library

Read this student's celebration of libraries for National Library Month!

Dailey, Cyclones shut down Blue Devils pitcher

BY JEFF BIRCHFIELD, Johnson City Press

ERWIN — To say the Elizabethton baseball team is currently on a roll is an understatement.

Inaugural Student Film Festival set for Thursday, May 9

Thursday, May 9th, Stateline Drive-in in Elizabethton will host the inaugural Carter County Student Film Festival.

Going to the woodshed…Cyclones smash Sullivan South in key TRC showdown, 16-1 Evan Carter

BY IVAN SANDERS, Elizabethton Star

It has been a week that the Elizabethton Cyclones have been waiting on as something was going to have to give at the top of the Three Rivers Conference baseball race as every game from here on out is going to be huge to who gets the top seed when the district tournament rolls around.

Elizabethton FFA to compete at state after placing 2nd in region four students

On April 13, four Elizabethton FFA members placed 2nd in the East TN Regional Nursery and Landscape Career Development Event. The students are Nathan Batchelder, Cheyenne Bowers, Heather Estep, and Maddie Jaynes.

Elizabethton's Russell Commits to Centre College Corey Russell

BY BRYCE PHILLIPS, Elizabethton Star

It looks like Elizabethton’s Mr. Do-It-All has pinpointed where he is going to play college football.

Top Ten Percent of Class of 2019 recognized at Elizabethton banquet Top 10 Percent Class of 2019

Few high school honors compare to being named among the academic top 10 percent of your graduating class. On Monday night, 33 Elizabethton High school students were recognized at the school’s Top Ten Percent Banquet.

Drama students place among best in District Competition

This weekend, EHS Advanced Drama participated in the Tennessee High School Speech and Drama League (THSSDL) District Competition in Johnson City.

‘Like a Girl’ club completing its first year Taylor Long and Abby Markly

BY KEVIN GREEN, Elizabethton Star

The Like a Girl club at T.A. Dugger Jr. High School (TAD) is closing out its first year since its inception in the Fall of 2018.

Elizabethton Key Club receives several awards at K-T District Convention Students

Elizabethton High School Key Club recently attended the Kentucky-Tennessee District Convention where they received both individual and club awards. 

Morgan Hyatt, Brilee Culbert receive State FFA Degrees Students

Six members of Elizabethton FFA Chapter attended the Tennessee State FFA Convention on March 24-27 with the club's faculty advisor Carrie Lykins. Students Brilee Culbert and Morgan Hyatt were awarded their State FFA Degrees, which is the highest achievement a member can receive. We are incredibly proud of their accomplishment, as only about 10 percent of FFA members will receive this degree. 

‘She doesn’t quit’ EHS freshman earns Tennessee Governor’s Volunteer Stars Award Hollifield

BY BRYCE PHILLIPS, Elizabethton Star

To learn what kind of person Elizabethton High School freshman Kaylee Hollifield is, one only needs to look at her years of community service.

Elizabethton sweeps Happy Valley in double header Both Teams

BY IVAN SANDERS, Elizabethton Star

On an evening where a battle more important than baseball was the highlight of the night, the Elizabethton Cyclones remained perfect in Three Rivers Conference play by taking a pair from Happy Valley after Monday night’s contest was washed out.

Brickey, Whitaker going strong at Walters State Brickey Whitaker

BY BRYCE PHILLIPS, Elizabethton Star

The Walters State Community College softball team has won 12 of its last 16 games and just ended a six-game win streak after losing to Volunteer State Community College, 6-4, Saturday.

Parents get greater access to school news, events with new Elizabethton City Schools mobile app Icon

News, events, and frequently visited web pages are now just a click away with the new Elizabethton City Schools mobile application.

Elizabethton alum, trauma medical director with Pulse Nightclub victims says growing up in small town enhanced his opportunities (Left to right) Students Liza Raketska and Levi Shingleton have interviewed Dr. Joey Ibrahim over the last few weeks and plan to submit his story in the NPR Student Podcast Challenge. Thursday was their first meeting in person.

Growing up in a small town can make opportunities seem limited. But EHS alumnus Dr. Joseph Ibrahim visited history and health science students Thursday with a different message.

McClaskey signs with King College for bass fishing Hunter McClasky

BY BRYCE PHILLIPS, Elizabethton Star

It can be said that Elizabethton High School student Hunter McClaskey is a pioneer.

EHS students fundraising to send local boy to Disney World

BY BRYCE PHILLIPS, Elizabethton Star

Five Elizabethton High School students have a goal.

EHS students reach out to community to update Douglas School mural Will Carter Caleb Metro

BY BRYCE PHILLIPS, Elizabethton Star

Elizabethton High School senior Will Bowers has a vision.

Cyclones favored in Three Rivers baseball Evan Carter

BY DOUGLAS FRITZ, Johnson City Press

Carrying the momentum of an appearance in last year’s Class AA state baseball tournament, Elizabethton was the pick to win the Three Rivers title this season.

EHS student project yields new soccer locker room Community Improvement students (left to right) Maggie Johnson, Jaxton Holly, Nico Ashley, Evan Carter, and Kaylen Shell cut the ribbon on the new soccer locker room.

Elizabethton High School soccer players were elated Tuesday to tour their new locker room, which was the result of a student-led Community Improvement Class project. After several months of planning, fundraising, and working in the building, they cut the ribbon and opened the new facility.

FBLA Students bring home awards from State Leadership Conference EHS Students

Elizabethton High School and T. A. Dugger Junior High School Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) students attended the State FBLA Leadership Conference this week and brought home several awards. 

Elizabethton City Schools offers community Water Aerobics classes weekly

Tired of not having the energy to function during the day? Need a way to relieve stress? Want to be more fit? Reduce your blood pressure? Increase your muscular strength and endurance? Have a healthier, stronger heart?

Carter, Wagner hurl two-hit shutout over East to open 2019 campaign Evan Carter

BY IVAN SANDERS, Elizabethton Star

Even though the evening temperature at the end of Monday night’s high school season-opening baseball game at Joe O’Brien Field was hovering around 41 degrees, the game itself was hotter than a bowl of sliced Jalapeno peppers doused with Texas Pete.

ETSBOA Solo & Ensemble students excel Trombone students

Several T. A. Dugger Junior High School and Elizabethton High School band students participated in the East Tennessee School Band and Orchestra Solo & Ensemble Festival held at Chuckey Doak High School on March 2. They were all awarded medals for receiving a Superior or Excellent rating. A large number of students prepared solos and small ensemble pieces for the event, and Elizabethton had the most students participate of any other schools in attendance.

New business partnership Career POP to help Elizabethton students identify, prepare for their dream jobs Photo of business professionals

It’s not uncommon for students to graduate college, begin a job in their chosen field, and realize it’s not at all what they expected. To help students get familiar with real job opportunities and what a day of work will be like in various fields, Elizabethton High School has launched a new partnership with local businesses called Career POP (Possibility – Opportunity – Partnership).

High Schools from Memphis to Knoxville Participate in UT Arts Academy WELDING ART


For nearly two decades, UT’s School of Art has provided high school students from across Tennessee the opportunity to spend a full day working hands-on with artists in a university environment.

Elizabethton High School celebrates high-achieving seniors with billboard display ACT 30+ students

BY ANDREW WADOVIC, Elizabethton Star

Taking a national exam without passing out is often an accomplishment in itself. Scoring significantly above the state average is another, but being able to broadcast your accomplishments to the entire city on a massive sign is a feat on its own level.

Enjoying the ride: Lady Cyclones shave Lady Panthers in regional opener, 49-32 Kaylen Shell

BY IVAN SANDERS, Elizabethton Star

For most of the 2018-2019 basketball season, the Elizabethton Lady Cyclones were suffering one bump in the road after another, but the last five games have been like cruising the Pacific Coast Highway with the top down as the Lady Cyclones rolled to their fifth straight victory with a win over Cumberland Gap in the opening round of the Class AA Regional inside John Treadway Gym.

8th Grade Parent Night / CTE Open House March 7

We are having an 8th grade parent night for upcoming freshmen to explore the opportunities of CTE and to pick up their 9th grade  registration packet.

Students place highly in Career Quest Shark Tank Students at event

Congratulations to EHS students who placed highly in a regional business contest!

Read Across America Day / Dr. Seuss' Birthday East Side Students

Many of our students celebrated Read Across America Day and Dr. Seuss' birthday by dressing like their favorite book characters and reading together.

Lady Cyclones end season to Grainger Kaylen Shell

BY BRYCE PHILLIPS, Elizabethton Star

After a triumphant run through the district tournament, the Lady Cyclones fell to Grainger, 50-42, Monday night inside the Happy Valley High School.

Cyclones dunk Grainger in regional quarterfinals Nico Ashley

BY JOE AVENTO, Johnson City Press

ELIZABETHTON — Eric Wilson was surprised when Nico Ashley threw down a dunk that changed the momentum of the Region 1-AA basketball quarterfinals. He wasn’t as surprised at the dunk as he was at his own pass.

Morton claims state title, Cyclones place six Team Photo with medals

BY BRYCE PHILLIPS, Elizabethton Star

When you are ranked at No. 1 there is usually a lot of weight on your shoulders.

Elizabethton High freshman named Boys and Girls Club Youth of Year Kylee Evans

BY JOHN THOMPSON, Johnson City Press

ELIZABETHTON — Kylee Evans was selected Saturday as the 2019 Youth of the Year for the Boys and Girls Club of Elizabethton/Carter County.

It didn’t come easy: Cyclones claim District 1-AA in overtime thriller over South, 50-45 Team Photo

BY IVAN SANDERS, Elizabethton Star

The game was worthy of a district championship as the Elizabethton Cyclones and Sullivan South Rebels exchanged volley for volley.

ECS tuition application: online for grades K-8, in person for grades 9-12

Parents interested in their children attending Elizabethton City Schools as new tuition students should apply online in the Cyclone Connection for grades K-8 or in person for grades 9-12. 

Elizabethton completes surprising district run with title Kaitlin Bailey

BY JOHNNY WILSON, Johnson City Press

ELIZABETHTON — After the way the last week or so had gone down, did anyone really think that upstart Elizabethton wouldn’t go ahead and win the District 1-AA girls basketball tournament Monday when it met Sullivan South?

Elizabethton teams advance to district championships

By Elizabethton Star

The Lady Cyclones are clicking at the right time.

Cyclones reach title game by beating Unicoi Evan Perkins

BY DOUGLAS FRITZ, Johnson City Press

ELIZABETHTON — Unicoi County had Elizabethton’s attention with its recent run of success, and the Cyclones also had a reminder of last year’s finish.

Lady Cyclones advance past Happy Valley Star Photo

BY ALLEN LAMOUNTAIN, Elizabethton Star

Elizabethton Lady Cyclones guard Torrie Roberts led a fourth-quarter charge that saw EHS push past Happy Valley in the District 1-AA quarterfinal at Bayless gym on Thursday night.

Cyclones sending nine to state Back row, left to right, Kilroy Hill, Chris Taylor, Deuce Morton, Joseph Kechter, and Andrew Fontanez. Front row, left to right, Heath Owens, Holden Roaten, Tyesha Thomas, and Hunter Morrell.

BY BRYCE PHILLIPS, Elizabethton Star

It has been another productive year for the Elizabethton High School wrestling teams.

Lady Cyclones, Devils moving on to region


ELIZABETHTON—Prior to postseason play, Elizabethton had produced only seven victories. Win number eight vaulted the Lady Cyclones to a berth in the regional tournament.

Knights of Columbus provide seed money for special education program’s market garden From back left: Mike Hupko, George Bratton, Bob Peoples, Richard Barker, Dave Olson, Lucas Andrews, Richard VanHuss, Grand Knight Bob Gamache, and Tom Manning

Students in the special education program at Elizabethton High School will begin cultivating plants for their new market garden, thanks to a donation by the Knights of Columbus Council 10743. Their instructor, Lucas Andrews, said they are hoping to partner with restaurants who will be able to use the microgreens and figs they grow.

At the Next Level: Brickey hits the field at Walters State Lauren Brickey

BY BRYCE PHILLIPS, Elizabethton Star

The Walters State Lady Senators are five games into the 2019 season, and former Lady Cyclones standout Lauren Brickey is a part of the lineup.

Elizabethton students' artwork breathes life into downtown Breezeway


ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. (WJHL) - Recent visitors to downtown Elizabethton will notice colorful barn quilts and corresponding personal stories on display in the breezeway.

District basketball tournament time is here

BY DOUGLAS FRITZ, Johnson City Press

With the 2018-19 regular season vanishing, postseason play begins Monday.

2019 Elizabethton Basketball Homecoming Queen Emily Peters

BY IVAN SANDERS, Elizabethton Star

Elizabethton senior cheerleader Emily Peters was crowned the 2019 Elizabethton Basketball Homecoming Queen on Friday night January 25th at halftime of the boys game against visiting Happy Valley. Peters escort for the festivities was senior basketball player Eric Wilson. Last year’s queen, Camryn Koroma, crowned Peters.

Save Our Stories: students preserve local veterans' personal stories

Students from Elizabethton High School recently worked on a project in which they had to write profile pieces on local veterans in the community. The Elizabethton Star will be publishing one piece a day, highlighting both the work these veterans have put into their communities and the students who have spent time and energy telling their stories.

Cyclones' Jennings, Blue Devils' Strother join Division I ranks Students


Elizabethton’s Garrett Jennings and Unicoi County’s Brett Strother signed with NCAA Division I football programs Wednesday.

Meet the students behind downtown Elizabethton's newest art/storytelling display Saturday, Feb. 9 Barn Quilt

Recent visitors to downtown Elizabethton will notice colorful barn quilts and corresponding personal stories on display in the breezeway. These are the culmination of a student-organized K-12 storytelling and art contest in Elizabethton City Schools called East TN Tuff Tales.

Thomas claims region title, turns attention to state tournament Tyesha

BY BRYCE PHILLIPS, Elizabethton Star

Elizabethton High School sophomore Tyesha Thomas is just in her second year as a wrestler for the Cyclones.

Back-2-School Bash organizers invite sponsors, partners Student wearing backpack

Planning is underway for the 4th annual Elizabethton Back-2-School Bash, and organizers are calling on the community to get involved as sponsors, partners in the resource fair, and volunteers.

Seniors improve scores, access additional college funding with free ACT retake

Elizabethton High School seniors again participated in the state’s free ACT Retake, with 40 percent of participants improving their scores. More than a quarter of the current senior class will graduate with a higher score as a result of this opportunity, which was provided at no cost by the Tennessee Department of Education.

Two Carter County athletes commit to play collegiate ball

BY BRYCE PHILLIPS, Elizabethton Star

Both Elizabethton’s Carter Everett and Happy Valley’s Michael Harrah have chosen as to where they will compete in collegiate football.

Teachers of the Year announced!

Congratulations to all Elizabethton teachers of the year! 

EHS Testing Schedule & Info Spring Semester 2019

Please read the following important informaiton concerning testing information in all grade levels at EHS.

Baseball auction could be source of basketball dream tickets for Vol fans

BY JOHN THOMPSON, Johnson City Press

ELIZABETHTON — With the University of Tennessee currently top ranked in the Associated Press men’s basketball poll, there are fans searching for tickets to the Final Four tournament.

Cyclones roll to 59-39 win over Happy Valley behind Ashley’s 23 Photo by Star

BY IVAN SANDERS, Elizabethton Star

Even with all the beautiful young ladies and their escorts on hand for Homecoming 2019, the Elizabethton and Happy Valley basketball game didn’t exactly start out on a stunning note for either team as the distractions of the evening may have had something to play into it.

High school roundup: Cyclones down Warriors in Three Rivers battle  Elizabethton's Nico Ashley goes up for a jumper over Happy Valley's Bryce Carter in Friday's game.


ELIZABETHTON — Nico Ashley netted a game-high 23 points as Elizabethton used a big second half to pull away from Happy Valley for a 59-39 win in Three Rivers Conference action at Treadway Gymnasium.

Elizabethton High School building archives for student research Joe Penza and Dustin Hensley, photo by John Thompson

BY JOHN THOMPSON, Johnson City Press

ELIZABETHTON — Part of nearly every high school student’s educational experience is the writing of research papers. While this is important experience for future college courses and future jobs after college, there may not be enough primary sources to meet the needs of all these students.

Students from all Elizabethton schools qualify for auditioned state musical groups

Several students across the district have recently qualified for auditioned choral and instrumental groups at the state level. On behalf of the Elizabethton Board of Education, Board Chair Rita Booher congratulates each of these students and their instructors.

ECS celebrates School Board Appreciation Week Jan. 20-26 Board PIcture

ELIZABETHTON - January 20-26, 2019 is School Board Appreciation Week in Tennessee. This week helps build awareness and understanding of the vital functions our locally elected boards of education play in our community. Elizabethton City Schools is joining public school districts from across the state to celebrate School Board Appreciation Week and honor local board members for their commitment to Elizabethton and its children.

Key Club and Future Farmers of America join forces at Elizabethton High School to prepare a summer of flowers for Ivy Hall residents Photo by John Thompson, JC Press

BY JOHN THOMPSON, Johnson City Press

ELIZABETHTON — Thursday afternoon was the coldest day yet this January, but a group of Elizabethton High School students were out in that cold, getting ready for spring.

Cyclones overcome Science Hill Photo by Douglas Fritz

BY DOUGLAS FRITZ, Johnson City Press

ELIZABETHTON — It has been an impressive season for Elizabethton, and beating Science Hill added something a little extra to the mix.

Cyclones storm from behind to top Rebels

BY GENE RENFRO, Johnson City Press

KINGSPORT — Elizabethton was definitely down, but the Cyclones blew back for a 58-54 basketball win at Sullivan South on Friday night.

Late rally keeps Cyclones in TRC driver’s seat

BY IVAN SANDERS, Elizabethton Star

The Elizabethton Cyclones are finding that being the point man in the Three River’s Conference is a challenging spot to be in as night in and night out the bull’s eye is directly focused on taking the Cyclones down.

High school basketball stat leaders

BY DOUGLAS FRITZ, Johnson City Press

Johnson County’s Blake Atwood is at the top for the first week of the high school basketball statistical leaders.

We Need Your Stories Podcast Help

We believe everyone's life is an important story that deserves to be told, we just need your help finding them. 

New Community Partners Coordinator to expand partnership network, communication at EHS Maggie Donnellan

Welcome Maggie Donnellan, Bartleby Community Partners Coordinator for Elizabethton High School. Donnellan graduated from Furman University in May 2018 (Roll Dins!) and is so pleased to be starting her next chapter here in Elizabethton.

Cyclones, Bears tangle with mixed results

BY IVAN SANDERS, Elizabethton Star

The Elizabethton Cyclones boarded the bus for Big Stone Gap, Virginia hoping to pick up a win before Christmas as they tangled with the Union Bears in roundball hoops play.

East Tennessee State University, EHS reach agreement to guarantee admission of students Left to Right: Terry Smith, Dr. Bert Bach, Dr. Corey Gardenhour

New opportunities are available to our students working toward a Bartleby diploma seal upon graduation from Elizabethton High School as officials at East Tennessee State University signed an agreement Monday guaranteeing admission for Bartleby program participants. 

Local athletes to compete in FCA All-Star Game Individual photos of athletes competing


Today, Carter County football players will get to lace up for some postseason action.

Does your school’s testing culture benefit students? XQ Symposium 2018 San Francisco

BY SHERI NELSON, EHS Vice Principal & Testing Coordinator

“Pick a number one to ten,” said my principal. I chose seven. I had the closest number, and that is how I became the testing coordinator at Elizabethton High School

Inside look into Computer Science Computer Science students in class

EHS students, are you interested in Computer Science, but not really sure what you need to know to get started? Jason Clevinger, who teaches the course at EHS, gives some insight into what this class is like, how it opens doors to high paying careers, and the fact that you don’t need prior experience to develop these important skills.

Lady Patriots get ‘Shell-shocked’ by Elizabethton, 56-50 Kira Shell

BY IVAN SANDERS, Elizabethton Star

While the Elizabethton Lady Cyclones have gone through a dry period as far as wins go, all the games against quality and larger opponents have been teaching lessons.

Cyclones topple Patriots to remain unbeaten, 61-57 Dribbling the ball

BY IVAN SANDERS, Elizabethton Star

The game was everything it was billed to be and more as the Sullivan East Patriots entered Tuesday night’s contest at Treadway Gym tabbed as the pre-season number one team in the Three Rivers Conference, but the Elizabethton Cyclones were determined to prove that their name was worthy of consideration as well.
When the dust settled, the Cyclones owned a very competitive 61-57 win to stay unbeaten at 5-0 before a great crowd for high school basketball.

Storybook Trail has successful debut despite snow Students doing yoga on the trail

BY JOHN THOMPSON, Johnson City Press

ELIZABETHTON — Despite the snow flurries and chilly winds, a group of students from Harold McCormick Elementary School enjoyed being a among the very first to enjoy the Storybook Trail on Wednesday morning.

CSI Team places 2nd in regional competition Team Photo

Congratulations to the EHS Crime Scene Investigation Team! Last week, ten upper east Tennessee schools competed in the 7th Annual CSI Competition, and our team placed 2nd.

Elizabethton’s Fair signs with Cleveland State Fair

BY BRYCE PHILLIPS, Elizabethton Star

With one year left of high school ball left to go, Elizabethton senior softball player Haley Fair went ahead and made it official with her future collegiate home Wednesday.

Tusculum University, EHS reach agreement to guarantee admission of students Signing photo

Students participating in a program at Elizabethton High School that focuses on experiential, project-based learning will have an opportunity for guaranteed admission to Tusculum University through an agreement reached between the academic institutions.

Cyclones tame Tigers in hardwood action, 56-43

BY IVAN SANDERS, Elizabethton Star

PIGEON FORGE—While most people who were in Pigeon Forge on Thursday evening were taking in the millions of Christmas lights at Dollywood, the Elizabethton Cyclones were shooting the lights out at Pigeon Forge High School on the basketball hardwood.

Student-produced PSAs: Tuberculosis & Influenza

Students in Coach Ryan White's Intro to Business and Marketing and Ms. Katie Dugger's Health Science class worked together to create two important public service announcements. These cover important signs and symptoms of two preventable diseases: influenza and tuberculosis. 

Four perform in All-East Honors Choir Four students

Congratulations to the following students who performed this weekend in the 2018 All-East Honors Choirs!

Students weigh in on Main Street Program  Students taking survey

On Thursday, Elizabethton City Planner Jon Hartman shared exciting plans for a downtown revitalization project with high school students from accounting, business, and history courses. The Main Street Program, in which Elizabethton may participate, would unlock grants and resources that would allow the city to strategically design the downtown area and recruit businesses, while preserving its historic integrity.

Nine winners announced in East TN Tuff Tales contest Winners

Nine students were selected as winners in the recent East TN Tuff Tales competition led by Mrs. Sarah Morris' T. A. Dugger Jr. High enrichment students. The students wrote about their struggles and trials and how they have triumphed over them to help them become better and stronger people. They each created a barn quilt piece that will be painted and displayed downtown in December. 

Elizabethton school officials: Drivers are endangering students at bus stops Bus camera


ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. (WJHL) - Following a series of student deaths at bus stops, one local school system is taking action to prevent one of their students from being next.

Shell lifts Lady Cyclones over Cherokee, 52-50 Star Photo/Ivan Sanders Kaylen Shell of Elizabethton brings the ball into the front court while being guarded by Mataylin Goins.

BY IVAN SANDERS, Elizabethton Star

ROGERSVILLE— It was the opening night of the 2018-19 basketball season, but with the way the Hall of Champions contest played out between the Elizabethton Lady Cyclones and the Cherokee Lady Chiefs one would have thought it was a game with playoff implications.

Cyclones defense turns tide in 52-39 win over Chiefs Star Photo/Ivan Sanders Christian Price works hard for a lay up against a pair of Cherokee defenders.

BY IVAN SANDERS, Elizabethton Star

ROGERSVILLE— To say that Cyclone head coach Lucas Honeycutt wasn’t too happy after Elizabethton’s jamboree contest would be an understatement, but smiles abounded Tuesday night after his team responded in a big way after a sluggish opening quarter.

3 students place highly in Barter Theatre Young Playwright Festival Students that placed in competition

Twenty-one EHS students participated in the 2018 Barter Theatre Young Playwright Festival.  This year 633 students from 14 schools submitted a total of 395 plays.  Students could work independently or collaborate in groups of up to three. 

New Coding program prepares students for fastest growing industry in country Students with Salyer

Job growth in software development is projected to increase by 24 percent from 2016 to 2026 – faster than in any other occupation. For that reason, and as a result of increasing student interest, Elizabethton High School launched a new Coding Program of Study this year. The Program includes three classes: Computer Science Foundations, Web Design, and a new Level III course, Computer Programming I.

Revenge factor… Elizabethton ready to dish out payback for playoff defeat in 2017 File Photo/Ivan Sanders Cyclone head coach Shawn Witten talks with his players during a timeout against Tennessee High earlier in the season.

BY IVAN SANDERS, Elizabethton Star

The Elizabethton Cyclones have been waking up and going to bed for the last 364 days thinking about what could have been, what should have been, and what happened at this same stage in the 2017 season on the road at Anderson County High School in the second round of the TSSAA football playoffs.

New CNA program ‘life changing’ for Elizabethton High School students Four students

Four students are volunteering at Ivy Hall Nursing home this semester earning clinical hours towards their Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), a national industry certification. Seth Buckles, Jada Olds, Keaton Shingleton, and Alyson Roberts are in the new Nursing Education course at Elizabethton High School.

EHS Junior continues law career journey as 1 of 40 to meet Justice Ginsberg Davis at School of Law

Last week, an Elizabethton High School junior traveled to Washington, D.C., for an exclusive audience with Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg. Deamion Davis was one of 40 students from across the country selected in an essay contest to attend the ninth annual Supreme Court Law Day.

NHTSA Urges Motorists to Drive Safely Near School Zones and Bus Stops

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is urging motorists to exercise caution and follow State laws when approaching a school bus or school crossing.

Cyclones finally put away Howard Elizabethton’s Corey Russell applies a stiff arm to Howard’s Trevon Crutcher after a pass reception in Friday’s game.

BY DOUGLAS FRITZ, Johnson City Press

ELIZABETHTON — It was a vivid change of fortunes, and arguably the biggest reason Elizabethton will be playing football again next week.

Betsy Band finishes second in state championship The 2018 Elizabethton High School Betsy Band at the state championship on Saturday.

BY JOHN THOMPSON, Johnson City Press

ELIZABETHTON — The Elizabethton High School Betsy Band completed another very successful year of band competition on Saturday with a second-place finish in the Tennessee Division II State Marching Band Championship in Smyrna.

Elizabethton ranks 12th in state for ACT score during record high year

Elizabethton High School students have broken the school’s ACT record with an average composite score of 21.9. This ranks Elizabethton City Schools 12th in state in a year when the state record has been broken with an average of 20.2.

Veterans invited to submit photos for Veterans Wall in Elizabethton HS Commons Area

Elizabethton High School alumni that have served in the United States military are invited to submit photos to be included in the Veterans Wall at the school. This is part of a project to update the commons area, which will continue to be a space where the school highlights student and alumni success.

Cyclones facing the unknown against Howard JC Press Photo by Doug Fritz

Elizabethton is a heavy favorite, but Chattanooga Howard is dangerous enough to gain the Cyclones’ attention.

Running with the big dogs: Pilkton eyes state meet Star Photo/Bryce Phillips Elizabethton senior Lauren Pilkton will compete in the TSSAA State Large Schools Meet this Satruday at the Percy Warner Park in Nashville. Pilkton, left, is picuted with EHS cross country coach Mark Newman.

BY BRYCE PHILLIPS, Elizabethton Star

It has been a season of goals for Elizabethton senior Lauren Pilkton.

Russell, Everett have made their mark for Cyclones Cyclones' quarterback Carter Everett and running back Corey Russell have combined for over 12,000 yards of total offense in their high school careers.

BY DOUGLAS FRITZ, Johnson City Press

Elevating Elizabethton’s football program into a state-title contender will be part of the legacy for Carter Everett and Corey Russell.

Betsy Band to compete in state championship Saturday, return Sunday Band

This Saturday, the Elizabethton High School Betsy Band will compete at the 38th Annual Tennessee Division II State Marching Band Championship in Smyrna, Tenn. The band is expected to return home between 4:30 and 5:00 p.m. on Sunday.

New TAD club Like a Girl a place for young women to be empowered, have fun First Meeting group

After reflecting on their own preteen years, two high school students created a club for middle school girls that would instill a sense of confidence and self-worth in their members. The club meets every Wednesday after school and is open to all T. A. Dugger Jr. High School girls. Meetings consist of open discussion, hands-on activities, and kindness challenges for the following week.

EHS graduate earns private pilot certificate, works toward commercial license Joseph Collins and Dan Mills

When he began high school, Joseph Collins had planned on a career in the medical field. However, in his first aviation course as a freshman, he discovered a new passion.

Four attend National FFA Convention Students at Convention

Last week, Heather Estep, Morgan Hyatt, Maddie Jaynes, and Brilee Culbert from the Elizabethton High School FFA Chapter attended the largest FFA gathering in the nation, National FFA Convention. 

EPSO Week: Industry Certifications CNA Cert

Last year, 50 students earned industry certifications in CNA and CPR, and this year, we have added PMI and MOS. EHS was awarded capstone industry certifications grant for 2017--18. 

Cyclones celebrate senior night with 51-13 win over Central Football

BY IVAN SANDERS, Elizabethton Star

It was a special night at Citizens Bank Stadium Thursday evening as all fall athletes, band, and choral ensemble were recognized in the final regular season game for 2018.

Board, Director reflect on school system’s record-breaking achievements at end of term Board Pic

Over the last four years, the Elizabethton Board of Education has supported some of the school system’s most distinguished achievements and programs. During this time, Elizabethton City Schools has achieved a record graduation rate, a Level 5 growth score, and a record composite ACT score while nearly doubling the number of students earning a 30 or higher.

School, city, community leaders break ground on LaPorte Sports Complex Groundbreaking

Today, leaders from Elizabethton City Schools (ECS), City of Elizabethton, Elizabethton Soccer Association (ESA), Boys and Girls Club (BGC) of Elizabethton/Carter County and members of the LaPorte Family broke ground on the LaPorte Sports Complex. The complex will house a multipurpose athletic field where the old hospital was located.

EPSO Week: Advanced Placement

Elizabethton High School offers Advanced Placement classes, which allow students to earn college credits prior to graduation. Students who score successfully on the AP Exam for their course(s) will earn college credits accepted at most colleges and universities nationwide.

City Schools approve $2.3 million grant contract with XQ Institute Star Photo/Bryce Phillips Elizabethton students Kayla Vandeventer and Summer Johnson address the Elizabethton City School Board during Tuesday's meeting.

BY BRYCE PHILLIPS, Elizabethton Star

Elizabethton High School will be an XQ Super School.

Record Number of Tennessee Students Take AP Exams, Eligible for College Credit AP Logo

"Several districts also had encouraging results. In Oak Ridge, Elizabethton City, Maryville City, Collierville City, and Kingsport City Schools, more than 70 percent of AP exams taken by students earned a score of 3 or higher."

EPSO Week: Dual Enrollment

Dual Enrollment courses are one avenue for students to earn college credit prior to graduation. Courses are offered by Northeast State Community College at Elizabethton High School.

Getting it done again

BY IVAN SANDERS, Elizabethton Star

Cyclone JV roars back to topple Rebels in closing minute, 26-20

Students encouraged to share triumph over struggle in storytelling, barn quilt design contest Students presenting to student body

In a new project-based learning course at T. A. Dugger Junior High School, students have launched a system-wide storytelling contest that encourages students in all grade levels to express triumph over personal struggles in writing, and as a design for a barn quilt.

EPSO Week: Local Dual Credit Drone Class

Local dual credit is a high school course aligned to a local postsecondary institution’s course and exam. Students who pass the exam earn credits that are accepted and/or recognized by the local postsecondary institution.

Lady Cyclones nab postseason honors Volleyball

BY BRYCE PHILLIPS, Elizabethton Star

After a season that saw the Lady Cyclones take second in a tough Three Rivers Conference and collect 24 wins, tying the program record, the Elizabethton volleyball program saw honors come its way.

EPSO Week: Statewide Dual Credit Criminal Justice student

As one type of the early postsecondary opportunities (EPSOs), Statewide Dual Credit (SDC) is a high school course aligned to a postsecondary standards developed and approved by the Consortium for Cooperative Innovative Education.

City schools approve motions to continue upgrades to high school commons area

BY BRYCE PHILLIPS, Elizabethton Star

The Elizabethton City School Board made moves to continue upgrades to the high school’s commons area during Thursday’s special called meeting.

College professors participate in mock scholarship audition with Beginning Drama students Professor gives feedback from panel

Earning a college scholarship in theatre usually depends on a student’s ability to perform two contrasting monologues before a panel of professors. This shows directors that students can play a variety of characters – even ones that are unexpected. Most high school students don’t get to experience the expectations of these auditions prior to the real thing.

Lady Cyclones move to district championship Star Photo/Larry N. Souders The Lady Cyclones Kaylen Shell (11) fires a centering shot toward the goal past Central’s Adeline Ensley (8) early in the first half.

BY ALLEN LAMOUNTAIN, Elizabethton Star

Needing a win to secure any more games this season, the Elizabethton Lady Cyclones soccer team came through with a gritty 3-1 win over Sullivan Central.

Save Our Stories project brings American history close to home in new Bartleby courses Veteran talking to students

On Tuesday, Elizabethton High School students got to interview local veterans, and they’re going to write a profile for each as part of their Save Our Stories project. These students are in a new Bartleby course offering – integrated English III and US History.

BOE eyes construction of new soccer practice field Old Hospital Property

BY CURTIS CARDEN, Elizabethton Star

Representatives of Elizabethton City Schools will meet this week to address a few items, including one that could benefit soccer for all age groups across the area.

Students create arcade board, steering column with household supplies and Arduino Board Students create xylophone.

In Mr. Clevinger's Computer Science class, students were using a Makey Makey board to create a game controller.  The Makey Makey is an example of an Arduino board that uses alligator clips and material that can be used as a conductor to take control over a computer program. 

EHS Hall of Fame inducts three new members

BY LARRY N. SOUDERS, Elizabethton Star

Elizabethton High School inducted three new members into it’s Sports Hall of Fame on Thursday evening.

Cyclones lay shellacking on visiting Union, 54-13 Cyclones

BY IVAN SANDERS, Elizabethton Star

While Disney’s Beauty and the Beast wasn’t being shown at Citizens Bank Stadium, the Elizabethton Cyclones were putting on their own version of the popular movie as the Cyclone football team was in beast mode on the field, and there was plenty of beauty present for Homecoming 2018.

Milligan – Bartleby Partnership creates innovative postsecondary pathways Dr. Bill Greer and Rita Booher

On Friday, Oct. 5, Elizabethton High School and Milligan College announced an important partnership that creates new postsecondary pathways for EHS Bartleby students.

Cyclone Senior Spotlight—Jared Grindstaff Jared Grindstaff

BY IVAN SANDERS, Elizabethton Star

The Elizabethton Cyclones took a week off after rolling to a 6-0 ledger and will be back in action Friday night when they host Union for Homecoming 2018.

Lady Cyclones take down Sullivan Central; Win No. 24 earns Elizabethton region berth, championship match Star Photo/Bryce Phillips The Lady Cyclones Kallista DePrimo, Mattie Davis, and Morgan Smith celebrate after topping Sullivan Central, 3-1, during Tuesday's District 1-AA semifinals at Sullivan East High School.

BY BRYCE PHILLIPS, Elizabethton Star

BLUFF CITY—In the early stages of Tuesday night’s semifinals against Sullivan Central, it seemed that the Lady Cyclones’ storm was slowly dissipating.

Elizabethton High School Student takes his first solo flight


ELIZABETHTON, TN (WJHL) - An Elizabethton High School Junior, Karson Dillard, was the tenth student in program history to take a solo flight at Moody Aviation.

South meets Elizabethton for District 1-AA crown Photo by Tanner Cook. Elizabethton’s Sydney Goodsell spikes the ball over two Sullivan Central defenders.

BY TANNER COOK, Johnson City Press

BLUFF CITY — The finals are set for the District 1-AA volleyball tournament as Sullivan South advanced with a hard-fought win over Sullivan East and Elizabethton came from behind to best Sullivan Central.

Bartleby success earns Elizabethton High School largest funding award in history Martinez visit

Because of its success in its first year and growth this year, Bartleby at Elizabethton High School was awarded the largest grant in school history. It is now on track to serve every student in the school. The XQ Institute awarded the school $2.3 million, putting EHS on par with the 17 other XQ Super Schools in the country, and enabling the program to serve all students with high quality resources, training, technology, and infrastructure.

Star of the Week—Corey Russell, Elizabethton Corey Russell

BY BRYCE PHILLIPS, Elizabethton Star

During the Cyclones 32-21 win over Tennessee High, Russell had 23 carries for 82 yards and two rushing touchdowns, went 6-of-9 through the air for 166 yards and two touchdowns, and hauled in seven passes for 111 yards and a score.

Lady Cyclones soccer in action since ’97 start During the Elizabethton girls soccer program's first ever victory in 1997, former Lady Cyclone Mimi Tarr takes a kick. The Lady Cyclone topped Jeff County 2-1 that year.

BY BRYCE PHILLIPS, Elizabethton Star

There has been a lot of excitement around the Lady Cyclone soccer team this season as Elizabethton currently sits in second in the Three Rivers Conference.

EHS students hope to renovate green space into park Star Photo/Curtis Carden Elizabethton High School students are in the process of turning land near J's Corner into a park to serve Tweetsie Trail users. Pictured (from left) are Nick Street, Ellie Dugger, Nick Wetzel and Cami Davison

BY CURTIS CARDEN, Elizabethton Star

Some beautification near the Tweetsie Trail could soon be on the horizon thanks to a handful of high school students.

Big Aspirations: Goodsell looks to future at UT Volleyball

BY BRYCE PHILLIPS, Elizabethton Star

Elizabethton senior Sydney Goodsell has big dreams for the future.

Cyclones remain unbeaten with 35-21 win over Vikings BY IVAN SANDERS

BY IVAN SANDERS, Elizabethton Star

Elizabethton was looking to make it a clean run through Class 5A competition this season when they played host to the Tennessee High Vikings at Citizens Bank Stadium Friday night before a full house.

Betsy Band Friday Night Half-Time Show Sep. 21

Check out the Betsy Band live from Citizens Bank Stadium recorded by WCYB!

Students' environmental studies at GSMNP to support park research Students review data

EHS Biology and Ecology students from Mrs.Denise Hilton's and Mrs. Jessica Hayes' classes recently traveled to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to provide asssitance with environmental studies. There they participated in a data collection survey on water and air quality.

Elizabethton FFA places 6th at District Land Judging Competition Group Photo

On September 13 the Elizabethton Future Farmers of America (FFA) Chapter competed in the Watauga District FFA Land Judging Career Development Event. This competition consist of evaluating four land sites to determine what types of crops and homesites can be established on the property.

Elizabethton Cyclones quarterback Carter Everett named TV-11 player of the week Carter Everett


Elizabethton - Daniel Boone and Elizabethton squared off on the gridiron Friday night and in a battle of unbeaten squads, the Cyclones made a statement.

All roads led Forrest Holt back to Elizabethton as Athletic Director Forrest Holt

BY IVAN SANDERS, Elizabethton Star

As Forrest Holt was finishing up his senior season at Happy Valley High School in 2002 as a member of the football, baseball, and track teams, little did he know what his future held and how the roads that lay ahead would all intertwine and bring him full circle back to Carter County into a job at a rival school.

EHS Testing Update Sep. 2018

Please read this important information for students in all grade levels regarding ACT, SAT, TNReady, and Cyclone Checkpoints.

Last year's EHS class project continues to have an impact on cold cases Press Conference

BY JOHN THOMPSON, Johnson City Press

ELIZABETHTON — Students who worked on a high school project usually don’t think much about it a year later, except to be glad it’s over.

1st, 2nd, 3rd place ribbons awarded at Appalachian Fair Engine Display

Recently at the Appalachian Fair, Elizabethton High School students took home numerous ribbons in first, second and third place in numerous competitions. 

New freshmen Bartleby course emphasizes self-awareness, professional communication Interviews

For students to be successful in today’s economy, they cannot wait till senior year to start thinking about a career or how to prepare for an interview. At Elizabethton High School, this begins freshman year.

Students elect third Student Liaison to Elizabethton Board of Education Malana Griffey

Student voice continues to play an important role on the Elizabethton Board of Education with the election of the third student liaison. Malana Griffey will serve as a voice for students on the Board and a voice for the Board in school.

New anti-drug billboards use high school athletes to reach kids


CARTER COUNTY, Tenn. — Carter County is taking a unique approach to keeping kids away from drugs. New billboards went up this week with the message “No matter who you play for, sober always wins.”

Carter County students place in National 4-H Forestry Invitational Group Photo at Competition

BY CURTIS CARDEN, Elizabethton Star

The Carter County 4-H Forestry Team placed 12th in the nation at the 39th annual National 4-H Forestry Invitational.

New hands-on learning courses re-inspire students Students doing group work


ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. — Getting teenagers excited about learning may seem an impossible task, but Elizabethton High School is doing it with 13 new elective classes, taking a new project-based, hands-on approach.

EHS students unveil ‘soccer locker’ project, seek community support Group Photo

BY CURTIS CARDEN, Elizabethton Star

Eyeing a plan to give back to their peers, a handful of Elizabethton High School students decided to do something for the future soccer players coming through the ranks.

Student athletes take part in 3rd annual tobacco cessation campaign Athletes

BY CURTIS CARDEN, Elizabethton Star

Whether its a fourth-and-goal play on the 1-yard line or a last-second 3-pointer with time expiring, you have to have the right focus and attitude to handle the pressure.

Cyclones and Hilltoppers: A rivalry the way it should be Corey Russell

BY DOUGLAS FRITZ, Johnson City Press

ECS Transportation highlights safety precautions for students Bus Driver gives bus tour

BY CURTIS CARDEN, Elizabethton Star

It is always best to be prepared.

Welcome Eric Wampler, Interim Director of Early Learning, Curriculum & Testing 6-12, and Data Services Eric Wampler

Welcome Eric Wampler, Interim Director of Early Learning, Curriculum & Testing 6-12, and Data Services. Wampler has worked in Elizabethton City Schools for 14 years, most recently serving as Harold McCormick Principal for three years. During his time at HME, the school’s growth score rose from a Level 1 to a Level 5 in 2018.

Cyclones, Hampton top list of decade's best Football player

BY DOUGLAS FRITZ, Johnson City Press

Over the past decade, several area football teams have been consistent winners.

ECS introduces new system-wide Special Education Coach Hayley Bishop

Special Education teachers in all Elizabethton schools will be supported by a new full-time Special Education Coach this year. The addition of this position is part of a system-wide initiative to increase instructional support for teachers through job-embedded training. Hayley Bishop will serve as SPED Coach for the 2018-2019 school year.

XQ team supports Bartleby vision following recent visit Dr. Martinez voices XQ's support for Bartleby

Bartleby is on a journey to rethink high school, and on Thursday night, the team received a special visit from XQ Institute leaders, the organization unifying 18 Super School Projects (including Bartleby) across the country. Following a presentation by Bartleby teachers and school and district administrators, Chief School Support Officer Dr. Monica Martinez and School Support Associate Sophie Klimcak expressed support for the vision to integrate Bartleby philosophies and methods throughout Elizabethton High School.