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Eastside to induct 3 into Hall of Fame
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Chris Madewell is shown addressing the Pioneers in 2009, the last year he was head football coach for Warren County High School.

Eastside School will be inducting three individuals into its Hall of Fame during the Student Council Banquet this Thursday, May 9, at 6:30 p.m.

This year’s Eastside Hall of Fame class is Sandy Hendrix, Larry Yates and Chris Madewell.

“I feel that it is very important to give recognition to these people that are going to be inducted into the Hall of Fame,” said Student Council sponsor Jason Gann. “We feel this is the highest award we can offer as a school.”

Inducted in the class of 2019 as honored educator is Sandy Hendrix, whose career spanned over three decades. She started her career in education teaching at Dibrell and Eastside schools. She worked at both schools for a few years, teaching chapter math. She then began working full-time at Eastside School. 

She served in various roles from being the librarian to teaching fifth grade, before beginning to teach second grade in the early 1990s. It was in her role as a second-grade teacher that she would retire in 2017.  

“Her love for the students and her infectious smile will long be remembered,” said Gann. 

Larry Yates will be inducted posthumously as another honored educator into the Hall of Fame. He started teaching in Van Buren County before moving to Warren County to teach at Eastside School and served as a teacher for several years. Later, he served as principal at Spencer Elementary School and as superintendent of Van Buren County Schools. 

Before retiring from education, he worked as a teacher in the Adult Education program of Van Buren County High School. Yates passed away in 2018.  

“Many students were impacted by his love for them,” said Gann. “His niece will be accepting his award on his behalf.” 

Chris Madewell will be the honored alumnus inducted. He attended Eastside School for several years and was one of the first Eastside School basketball players. He currently teaches math at Warren County High School, along with serving as a coach at Covenant Academy. Madewell previously served as WCHS football coach for six full seasons, winning at least four games in five of those seasons.

“He was a standout student and a standout athlete,” said Gann. “His love for sports was evident throughout the rest of his time in school and in college at Tennessee Tech. He will be awarded for excelling in his studies while at the school, as well as for using his education to positively impact others.”

Also during the event, Student Council officers will be bestowing each other with awards. There will be a slide show and dinner will be served.