Representatives of football teams, cheerleaders and marching bands from Cullman County schools got the chance to share their thoughts on the upcoming season during the Cullman County School System’s second annual Media Day.
Students from the seven county schools — Cold Springs, Fairview, Good Hope, Hanceville, Holly Pond, Vinemont and West Point — answered questions from gathered media members Tuesday morning at the Cullman County Schools Central Office.
From players talking about their goals for the coming season, cheerleaders sharing their excitement about the upcoming county competition and band members discussing this year’s halftime show, each session shined a light on the personalities of some of the students that will be on the field or on the sidelines this fall.
Cullman County Schools Superintendent Shane Barnette said hosting an annual media day lets the media get the chance to hear from some of the coaches and participants in each activity, but it also gives students the opportunity to step into the public eye and do something they probably haven’t done before.
“I think it went well,” he said. “Anytime we can give young people the opportunity to be leaders and have to do public speaking is a great opportunity to grow as a young person, and I think today gave them that platform.”
This year was the second time that the system has hosted a media day, and the plan is to continue to do it every year and continue to grow it, Barnette said.
He said he liked seeing Vinemont High School bring some extra decorations for their session, and he would like to see more schools continue that next year, and the media day can also grow by getting the word out to parents and members of the community who are welcome to attend.
“We’re going to try to do it the week before school starts every year,” he said. “And hopefully, we’ll make it bigger and better every year.”
Barnette said he and the rest of the system are looking forward to the beginning of the season in a few weeks, and he always looks forward to seeing how students represent Cullman County.
“We’re looking forward to a great season,” he said. “Win, lose or draw, we’re excited about how our student athletes and our bands and cheerleaders represent Cullman County. They always represent us with character, and we’re excited to go out and support them.”