By Crystal McGough, Associate Editor
TRUSSVILLE – The Trussville City Council recognized two teachers of the year, as well as individual HTHS 7A State Indoor Track & Field champions and HTHS 7A State Wrestling champions at the city council meeting on Tuesday, March 14, 2023.
Councilor Jaime Anderson read Proclamation No. 2023-03, proclaiming Amy Prickett as the Elementary Teacher of the Year.
“Amy Prickett has taught children for 14 years, including the last six with the Trussville City School System,” Anderson read. “ … Since 2017, Amy Prickett has proven to be a priceless resource as our librarian to our children, because of her vast knowledge of children’s literature and the elementary curriculum; and … Amy Prickett is the epitome of a teacher leader, anchoring the school leadership team as well as serving as one of the school system’s building-level test coordinators and communications designee.”
Councilor Ben Short read the next proclamation, Proclamation No. 2023-04, which named Jennifer Coleman as Secondary Teacher of the Year.
“Jennifer Coleman has taught children since 2003, including the last six as Advanced Placement English Language & Composition for the Trussville City School System; and … Jennifer Coleman initiated and continues to lead the school literacy team, which promotes student reading comprehension across all grade levels,” Short read. “Jennifer Coleman created and staffs the Writing Center at HTHS, where students can get help with classroom writing assignments or scholarship essays; and … Jennifer Coleman leads the high school’s ACT improvement efforts to help our children elevate their reading, English and writing scores.”
Next on the agenda, the council honored the HTHS 7A State Indoor Track & Field champions, with Councilor Alan Taylor reading Proclamation No. 2023-05.
“Whereas, during the state indoor track tournament on February 4, 2023, Tori Mack sprinted her way through the 60-meter hurdles in 8.92 seconds to win the 7A Girls state championship for that event,” Taylor read. “And … whereas, Michael Igbonoghene leaped 22 feet and 8 ¾ inches to win the 7A Boys state championship for the long jump; and whereas, Hudson Bates, Colin Wadsworth, Malachi Johnson and Manny Cazeau flew past their rivals in 1 minute & 29.94 seconds to win the 7A Boys state 4 x 200-meter relay state championship; and whereas, Head Coach Tom Esslinger & his coaching staff continue to set the bar for excellence high for our student-athletes … Now, therefore, be it proclaimed that the City Council of the City of Trussville, Alabama congratulates Hewitt Trussville High School; Head Coach Tom Esslinger; Assistant Coaches Jamey Curlee, Mike Deibert, Jihan Loving, Matthew Michalke, Jean Cherizol, Todd Carlile, Adam Russell & David Clyburn; student-athletes Tori Mack, Michael Igbonoghene, Hudson Bates, Colin Wadsworth, Malachi Johnson & Manny Cazeau; and their families on their successful seasons.”
Finally, Councilor Anderson read Proclamation No. 2023-06, recognizing the HTHS Wrestling – 7A State Champions.
“Whereas, the Hewitt-Trussville Huskies Wrestling Team competed last month in the AHSAA Wrestling State Championships,” she read. “And whereas, Clark Box won the 7A Boys State Title in the 106-lb Division, going a perfect 4-0 over that weekend; and whereas, Hunter Jones won the 7A Boys State Title in the 195-lb Division and was named 7A Most Outstanding Wrestler in the tournament; and whereas, Katherine (Kat) Grigbsy won the 7A Girls State Title in the 114-lb Division, going 6-0 over that weekend and 38-1 all season; and whereas, Coach Christopher Pike and his coaching staff once again did a fantastic job in leading the boys and the inaugural girls teams through the 2022-2023 season … Now, therefore, be it proclaimed that the City Council of the City of Trussville, Alabama congratulates Hewitt Trussville High School; Head Coach Christopher Pike; Assistant Coaches Brad Hettich, Scott Robertson, Jared Box & Scott Hastings; student-athletes Clark Box, Hunter Jones, Kat Grigsby & their teammates; and their families on their successful seasons.”
In other business, the council approved the following:
- Reappointment of Sandra Massey Turner and Gary Lloyd to the Historical Committee, with terms expiring April 5, 2027
- Ordinance to adopt updated International Building, Electric & Life Safety Codes
- Ordinance to amend the Public Notices section of the Alcoholic Beverages Ordinance
- Resolution to amend FY2023 Budget
- Resolution to grant additional unpaid medical leave to a city employee
- Resolution to authorize audio/visual equipment contract with Media Merge Inc.
- Resolution to authorize the mayor to negotiate the purchase of real property on or near Service Road.
The next meeting of the Trussville City Council will be Thursday, March 23, 2023, at 6 p.m., immediately following a 5:30 p.m. work session.