Students from around the district are uniting as one to cheer on the Independence Eagles and Ravenwood Raptors as both teams compete for a state championship in their respective class.
The undefeated Independence Eagles (14-0) will face Sevier County High School (12-2) tonight at 7 p.m. in the Class 5A state championship game. The game will be held in Tucker Stadium at Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville.
On Saturday, Ravenwood will face Maryville High (14-0) in a repeat of the 2014 state championship game. This game will also be held at 7 p.m. in Tucker Stadium. The Raptors are 13-1 on the season and look to avenge last year’s overtime loss to Maryville.
Tickets for each game are $12 each, with non-school age children admitted free of charge.
In a show of solidarity, students from high schools across the district joined Superintendent Dr. Mike Looney in wishing both teams the best of luck in a pre-recorded message that was played during each school’s pep rallies.
The idea came about during the Student Advisory Council’s November 30 meeting when Looney challenged the kids to do something for each other in honor of the district’s BE NICE movement.
“It’s important for the community of our schools to continue to spread the BE NICE message,” said Brentwood High senior Will Scott. “At the end of the day, the BE NICE campaign makes every school realize that they are in this together, be it for academics, the arts or athletics.”
Although Looney suggested gifts, the students preferred an act of kindness and the state championship games quickly became their focus.
“Our goal is to make Williamson County a better place,” said Page High junior Kelsey Hatley. “Spreading the BE NICE program impacts everyone and even though the videos were sent to Ravenwood and Independence, it helped all Williamson County high schools come together and support one another.”