“It’s called Jacket Nest because it’s a place for all the Jacket fans, Jacket nation and students to enjoy,” said teacher Jennifer Patterson, who led the business procedures class in creating a school store starting in August.
“The 28 students in the business procedures class designed the store, chose the merchandise and they are run-ning the store,” Patterson said. “The profits are going to go to organizations at the school and a part is going to the school.”
The merchandise includes: Yellow Jackets athletic T-shirts, desk accessories, classroom supplies, purses, jew-elry and more.
Patterson said the store celebrates both the young and young at heart.
“A lot of alumni have kids that come here and they get to come here and see the legacy that is left behind,” Pat-terson said.
The school store, located in the attendance building, is open from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. and from 3:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Student designers behind the Nest look
CHS senior Avonne Waddell, who designed the art, put a new spin on the hallmark Yellow Jacket mascot. Waddell said she wanted to update the look of the Yellow Jacket by making it more teenish for the focal wall of the store.
“I wanted it to be different from all other designs and for it to really speak to the teenagers,” Waddell said. “I gave it an intense face and sunglasses.”
The creative Yellow Jacket mascot is contrasted against brightly painted yellow walls that were painted by de-sign team member Hailey Hennessee.
She described the look of Jacket Nest as “awesome.”
“People say it looks good,” said Hennesee, who transferred to the school this fall. “I spent several hours painting. It’s neat to be able to be a part of this and leave my mark.”
Adding another dimension to the walls are the black wire rack shelves where students can buy t-shirts, school supplies and other merchandise.
CHS student Lorena Murillo was in charge of deciding where the racks would be placed in the school store; how-ever, a few days before the store’s opening she said a few of the bolts were missing and she panicked.
“It was hard work, and we were trying to think about what to do,” she said.
For Murillo, the project became a real-life lesson in setting up a new business. Her advice:
“When things like that happen, you should try and be calm, not worry about it and just keep working together un-til things show up,” Murillo said.
Principal’s praise of the Nest
Principal Kelly Bumgardner said she was impressed with the store, but was more wowed by the planning of Jacket Nest itself.
“Before I went into the store, I was proud that it was totally student designed … the t-shirts and the whole look,” Bumgardner said. “I’m more proud of the process and their leadership and what they have accomplished.”
Michele Taylor, Calhoun City Superintendent, applauded the students for their hard work and said she was thankful for the support of the community.
“We are so blessed to have so much community support and for them coming out to support our students and their projects,” Taylor said.
Parents, visitors and other guest from the community can stop by the school at anytime and can also order mer-chandise online at www.calhounschools.org and under the home tab click on “School store.”