Enterprise High School’s next home football game, Sept. 20 against Prattville, will be a busy night and one of the key events happening will be the celebration of the Boll Weevil Monument’s centennial.
To commemorate the occasion, a number of Enterprise citizens have come together to design a special centennial coin for the coin toss of the game.
Enterprise Quarterback Club president Judi Stinnett was the first to come up with the idea based on a coin she still holds dear from her childhood. Stinnett still possesses a commemorative coin from a 1957 Diamond Jubilee celebration and she wanted something special like that for this event.
“I’ve held on to the 1957 coin ever since then,” she said. “I was nine years old at that time and it’s lasted through my childhood and moves and so forth. That kind of tells you how special that memory is for me.”
Stinnett approached Quality Printing’s Steve Cape about the idea.
“I knew the go-to guy that could find someone to make a coin for us was Steve (Cape),” Stinnett said. “Steve had worked on lots of stuff like this and we just wanted to have something like this for the history.”
Cape went to work and found a company that could make a traditional commemorate metal coin for the event but the cost was simply too much, even with a discount being offered. Cape started thinking of some alternative possibilities.
“I talked to Dwayne Hardwick and told him we were looking to get a coin made, maybe out of wood,” Cape remembered. “He said he knew a man – Bob Newsome – who cut the test piece out in about 15 minutes. When he got done cutting the coin, I thought to myself, ‘Hey, that has some possibilities.’ Of course we then started to refine it after that.”
Newsome is no stranger to volunteering his time to community projects as the longtime Enterprise native – a talented woodworker – has designed and built 16 Beads for Courage Boxes for children with cancer in 2019 alone.
“I was born and raised in Enterprise and I’ve lived here all my life,” Newsome said. “I was really proud to be a part of this.”
Newsome created the coin out of maple wood. Cape and Stinnett then got together with Quality Printing graphic designer Holly McSwain to come up with the design of the coin.
“We all three put our heads together on it but Holly ultimately came up with the design,” Cape said.
McSwain got to work on coming up with a design based on their discussions.
“They wanted to incorporate Enterprise’s history, honor the (Boll Weevil) Monument and also tie into the football game and the high school,” McSwain said. “We all just came up with the general idea of it and then I designed it from there.”
On one side, McSwain designed a Wildcat based on the EHS mascot and on the other side she created a Boll Weevil based on an image she found in a Boy Scout booklet on bugs. The years “1919-2019” are also emblazed on the coin.
After Newsome cut out the final design of the coin, Cape took it to Tim Borg at Alabama Trophy and Gift to have the design engraved on the coin.
“Tim did all the engraving on it,” Cape said. “It’s just so beautiful. Once I saw that I thought, ‘Oh my goodness, that is so beautiful.’ It just looks great.”
Cape then finished off the coin with several coats of clear lacquer.
“I’ve been a part of a lot of projects but I am very, very proud of this,” Cape said. “It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to be involved in something that is a part of history.”
Stinnett said that it makes her feel good to see the community come together to create the coin.
“I’m just so pleased with it,” Stinnett said. “I’m pleased that this is a coin that people from the community did together. That just means so much to me.”
The community coming together for a project like this is what makes Enterprise such a great place, according to Cape.
“That’s the great thing about Enterprise I think,” Cape continued. “When you have something like this you have people in the community that are willing to donate their time and their resources to make something like this happen and have something that the community can be proud of.”
Members of the U.S. Army’s Golden Knights parachute team will parachute into Wildcat Stadium on Sept. 20 and deliver the commemorative coin to officials for the coin toss before the game along with the game ball and the American Flag. Following the game, the coin will be on display in the archives at EHS.
The special coin and its introduction to the game aren’t the only special events going down on Sept. 20 either.
The Enterprise Quarterback Club will be releasing the revised version of the History of Enterprise Football program, which The Sun helped in updating. The updated program will feature updated coaching history, records and lists of former Wildcats that have played college football and in the NFL.
The program will go on sale at the Sept. 20 QB Club meeting at Po Folks at noon and also at the EHS football game against Prattville for $5. Limited numbers of the program are being printed.
According to Stinnett, the ESCC Choir will be singing the “Boll Weevil Song” and The Big Blue Band will play “My Home Is In Alabama” before the game. Also, the students and faculty of the old City School in Enterprise will be honored before the game. Stinnett said that any former City School/College Street Elementary employee or student is asked to come to the visitor’s side of Wildcat Stadium where The Big Blue Band sits to receive a commemorative T-Shirt before 6:30 p.m. T-shirts will be first come, first serve as a limited amount have been printed.
Matthew Morgan of North Main Screen Printing and Design designed and printed the commemorative shirts. All former students and employees of City School, College Street Elementary or Enterprise Career and Technology Center will be recognized during the first quarter of Enterprise’s game with Prattville.
Also, The Big Blue Band will play a military tribute as first responders and the U.S. military will also be honored at the game.