Eyrie Returns

Many Alums fondly recall the Eyrie Literary Magazine at East Meck. Students have begun work on reviving the long-defunct publication.  Students will have a creative outlet for the first time in many years, allowing them to share their poems, short stories, short fiction, essays, reviews, photos and art within this publication. This will encourage and support the work of English teaching, especially creative writing. They work after school and a small group meets newspaper class. The goal is to establish a strong literary magazine publishing each spring reflecting the artistic work of students, which then becomes an official elective class each year.

The students working on the Eyrie gain skills in writing, editing, publishing, judging entries, creating graphics, doing layouts with programs like InDesign and developing designs.  Ideally, this project will become a permanent elective in the school under the English department.

The Eyrie will contain student works of:

-Poetry
-Fiction
-Screenplays
-Non-fiction
-Memoirs
-Paintings
-Drawings
-Digital art
-Photographs

The Foundation is proud to provide the seed money for this endeavor and we are extremely grateful for the enthusiasm and hard work of teacher, Bill Allen.

Rick Parker, Principal of the Year

The entire East Meck community is celebrating our beloved Principal, Rick Parker.  His enthusiasm for his Eagles is contagious!  He was recently honored as being the Principal of the Year for the entire Charlotte Mecklenburg School System.  We are so lucky to have his leadership here at East!  Read more about his accolades in this Charlotte Observer article HERE.

Foundation Honors Alumni and Educators

On Tuesday, April 25, 2017, alumni, friends, teachers, staff and families came together to honor the best of the best at East Meck High School. Four alumni were inducted to the Wall of Fame: Ed Chesnutt ’58, Libby Whitescarver Privette ’59, Joan Nesbit Mabe ’80 and “NoLimit” Larry Mims ’95. Our newest inductees were introduced by Richard Vinroot ’59, Rachel Harkey Helms ’59, Larry McAfee and David Davis respectively.

The Foundation’s newest endeavor was then announced: the All Star Eagle Educator Hall of Honor. At that time, 3 educators were recognized for their dedication and commitment to the East Meck High School Community. Mr. D.K. Pittman was remembered for being our first Principal and leading East for 23 years. Mr. Gene Morgan received a standing ovation for his 49 years as Teacher, Assistant Principal and Volunteer at East Meck. The crowd was then brought to its feet again as Mr. Larry McAfee, Teacher and Coach, was acknowledged for dedicating his career to East Meck students.

The program closed out with remarks from Jerry Helms ’59 who encouraged some friendly fundraising competition between the decades, explaining that the Foundation set up 6 separate funds, one for each decade of East Meck graduates. He then led the entire Auditorium in a beautiful rendition of our Alma Mater.

After the program, all attendees headed to the cafeteria where a delicious meal was waiting for them.  Dinner was prepared and served by the award winning Culinary Arts Department.  While enjoying their meal, alumni and friends filled out pledge cards and made donations to the Foundation to help the continued support of East Meck Teachers.