A Letter of Commendation for our Athletic Coaches and Student Athletes | by Michael Hawkes, Athletic Director

mikehawkesI recently received an email from one of the Heritage Christian coaches who came for basketball games at Shining Mountain this season. This individual is the head Track & Field, Cross-Country and girls’ Basketball coach. He is not only a fantastic coach, but an equally great competitor who displays a high level of sportsmanship, while teaching his kids that hard work is enjoyable.  Please read his words and join me in congratulating our coaches and student athletes for being wonderful ambassadors of Shining Mountain Waldorf School and their respective sports.

Mike and Tyler,

Please pass this on to any appropriate administration, staff, family, or student:

I just want you guys to know how incredibly grateful I am for Shining Mountain High School, who it is, what it stands for, its leadership and students.

I shook my head in awe several times this past Saturday. Whether it was the basketball girls singing together the best pregame national anthem I’ve ever been a part of, the entirely gracious and supportive recognition of the coaching award I’d just received, the excellence in sportsmanship and leadership from coaches/Ad Hawkes and Haughness, I could go on and on. As a Christian institution we constantly try to be about great character, conduct, relationship, and sportsmanship. We sure don’t claim perfection in those pursuits, but I can’t tell you how much I have learned from Shining Mountain High School and its people along the way. Thank you so much for your example and your relationship, all of which mean more to me than you’ll ever know.

Please know how appreciated, respected, and admired you are today!

Thanks again,

Joe Packard
Heritage Christian Academy

Click here to hear our Girls Basketball team sing the National Anthem: