To the Editor:
I was born in Shelbyville, I graduated from Shelbyville Central High School in 2002, and when I graduated from Middle Tennessee State University, I decided to come back home to work as a coach and a teacher at Harris Middle School.
On Oct. 9, Harris Middle won their third consecutive CTC football championship, and it was my first year as the head football coach. I've now been at Harris Middle for six years, and this week I've done a lot of reflecting. My experiences this season with the administration, faculty, parents, and students at Harris have shown me that Harris is headed in the right direction.
I've often heard in the community that Harris is a "bad school" or it is "rough." I challenge anyone who believes that to come spend a day at our school. While the players on other teams were great, in my opinion, the boys on my team were the most disciplined and respectful players in the conference. Harris has taken great strides both in and out of the classrom. Our scores have gone up, and our athletics department is second to none in this state.
I would like to thank our principal, Jimmy Sullivan, and our hard-working faculty and administration for that. In taking my players to the surrounding counties, I found that our Shelbyville kids and parents are some of the classiest, most respectful people around. The CTC bowl game was on the opposing team's field, and their announcer harrassed us for most of the night. After the game, he announced us as the second place team and said that our opponents were still undefeated, despite the fact that we had just won 34-16.
Even in the face of that very strange situation, we collected our championship trophy, celebrated with our loved ones, and boarded the bus in high spirits with no incidents. I believe that Shelbyville, as a whole, is a wonderful place and headed for big things. Thank you to all parents who stay involved with your kids, both in and out of the classroom, and stay classy, Shelbyville.
Harris Middle School
Head Football Coach
Head Tennis Coach
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