David ready to cheer on Rams

New New­ton High prin­ci­pal wants the best of ath­letes

The Covington News - - SPORTS - BRYAN FAZIO bfazio@cov­news.com

Com­ing from a mid­dle school, new New­ton High School Prin­ci­pal Eclan David may not have much ex­pe­ri­ence with prep sports, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t ea­ger to see his first Rams’ game com­ing up this fall.

David will lend his sup­port to NHS ath­letes both in the hall­ways and on the field, ea­ger to put on the blue and white at Sharp Sta­dium.

“Of course I’m go­ing to be there su­per­vis­ing, but of course I’ll be there cheer­ing the stu­dents as well,” David said. “I don’t think you’ll see me in pom­poms, but at the very least you’ll see me in New­ton High spirit wear.”

David at­tended both Carver Road Mid­dle School and Grif­fin High School games while in Spald­ing County, and de­vel­oped a fond­ness for high school football, build­ing on his fan­dom al­ready.

Grow­ing up in St. Thomas, U.S. Vir­gin Is­lands, David didn’t play many high school sports. How­ever, af­ter he came to Ge­or­gia, earn­ing an M.Ed. de­gree

I don’t think you’ll see me in pom-poms, but at the very least you’ll see me in New­ton High spirit wear. Eclan David New­ton High School Prin­ci­pal

in ed­u­ca­tional ad­min­is­tra­tion and lead­er­ship from West Ge­or­gia, his in­ter­est in sports, and es­pe­cially football, picked up.

“I’m a huge sports fan,” David said. “I’m a huge UGA Bull­dogs fan and At­lanta Fal­cons fan. Football is def­i­nitely my fa­vorite sport.”

David also knows about New­ton’s bas­ket­ball tra­di­tion and its re­cent win­ning ways with both the Rams and Lady Rams.

“I’ve heard more about their bas­ket­ball team than football team,” David said. “I know there has al­ways been a win­ning tra­di­tion at New­ton High School and with the re­cent hire of coach (Ter­rance) Banks, I ex­pect to see New­ton High back in the spot­light for football. But, I’ve heard (the boys’ bas­ket­ball team has) done a good job in terms of be­ing in the play­offs… and I know the girls’ bas­ket­ball team has been pretty con­sis­tent.

“There’s a lot of things for the stu­dents in the com­mu­nity to be proud of.”

David wants the com­mu­nity to not only be proud of the Rams’ sports teams, but also the stu­dent ath­letes them­selves. He said he wants to pre­pare the Rams for a fu­ture in col­lege, as ath­letes and as stu­dents.

“Two things that are very im­por­tant are mak­ing sure that our stu­dents are be­ing true stu­dent-ath­letes – we want to pre­pare our stu­dents for the next level; and, in ad­di­tion we want to make sure our ath­letic pro­gram is build­ing a pos­i­tive school cul­ture, re­gard­less of if it’s the mid­dle or high school level.”

That pos­i­tive cul­ture ex­tends to stu­dents them­selves, who he will treat the same whether they are ath­letes or not, he said.

“They can def­i­nitely ex­pect the same treat­ment as any other stu­dent,” David said. “They can also ex­pect to have a prin­ci­pal who’s very sup­port­ive of their ath­letic ef­forts. I think it’s our duty to sup­port our stu­dents when they’re do­ing some­thing to help put our school in a pos­i­tive light.

“When­ever they’re on the field, they’re rep­re­sent­ing me, New­ton High and the en­tire com­mu­nity, and I’m go­ing to be be­hind them 100 per­cent.”

Sub­mit­ted Photo /The Cov­ing­ton News

Eclan David was named New­ton High School's prin­ci­pal Tues­day af­ter serv­ing in the same po­si­tion at Carver Road Mid­dle School in the Grif­fin-Spald­ing school sys­tem.

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