Franklin High School dedicates track
Published 10:21 am Friday, April 4, 2014
FRANKLIN—For the first in a long time, Franklin High School was able to host a track meet.
Principal Travis Felts said that only happened because of a lot of effort by many involved in the community.
“This took way more money than we could have raised selling food at concession stands,” he joked. “I’m thankful for all of the support.”
Several community leaders were present, including Mayor Raystine Johnson-Ashburn, who had a few comments.
“Isn’t this a beautiful day,” she started off. “I’d like to tell you, Franklin High School students, that we appreciate everything you do.
“We know that Broncos kick butt,” she said, then looked to the Southampton students, who jeered her. “Sorry, Southampton. I’m just joking. I hope everyone enjoys this beautiful day and this new track.”
Randy Martin and Mary Hilliard were also there representing the city, and many Franklin High School teachers showed up, as it counted as a staff meeting.
Several central office representatives were there, including Superintendent Dr. Michelle Belle, and she started off by getting all of the schools to make noise for the new track, and Franklin was the loudest.
“It’s been a long time since we’ve had the opportunity to host a track meet,” she said. “Everyone cheer that — this is a great occasion. I want to thank everyone. We did not do this alone.”
Representing the school board were Johnetta Nichols and Nancy Godwin, who also had a few words for the audience.
“I’m proud to be here with you to celebrate and see your excitement,” Godwin said. “I wish you luck today. I’d say break a leg, but please don’t do that. Thanks for making us proud.”
Felts added that with Coach Dennis Sumblin’s leg in a brace, his injury was enough for Franklin High this year.
“His leg isn’t broken, but the track coach is wobbling over here,” he said. “That’s all the injuries we want this season.”
Terry Zurfluh was there representing the athletic boosters. She told the students that they were the reason that they do what they do.
“It’s a beautiful track,” she said. “I’m so glad so many in the community were able to make it out to this ribbon cutting.”