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Student Spotlights – March ’22

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Every month we compile a list of students and schools doing great things across the Greater Mobile.  We have so many talented students in our area.  Mobile Bay Parents joins with these families and schools to celebrate their achievements!

Causey Students Make Honor Band

Congratulations to Pierce Smith, Shannon Mallett, & Hadley Carpenter from Causey Middle School for making All-State & District VII Honor Band. They auditioned against some of the state’s best to receive this honor.

Local Students Selected for Mobile County HS Honor Dance

Congratulations to the following students for being selected in the Mobile County High School Honor Dance 2021!  (Top left to right: Andrew Pope, Davidson; Ava Vick, Alma Bryant; Torrance Goleman, Davidson; Leah Wicks, Davidson; Halle Todd, Davidson; Lailah Gray, Davidson; Tianna Harris, Davidson; DeMiya Alexander, Murphy; Kailey Dixon, Davidson; (Bottom left to right): Abigail Murray, MGM; Gracie Tanner, MGM; Memory Myers, MGM.

Hutchens Teacher Receives PAEMST Award

Hutchens Elementary kindergarten teacher Nicole Baranov was recently recognized as one of the top math teachers in the country, as she received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. The PAEMST is considered the highest honor bestowed by the United States government specifically for K-12 math, science and technology teachers. Baranov encourages her students to work together as leaders and problem solvers. “She’s awesome,” said kindergartner Wyatt McKee. “I just love her so much.”

Council Traditional School’s State Superintendent Art Show Winners

Congratulations to the Council Traditional winners of the MCPSS State Superintendent Visual Art Contest.  Ava Drew, Kaelyn Gaskin and Everett Buchanan will be among the top 20 art selections to represent MCPSS at the state level.

Faith Academy Student Receives Female Eagle Scout Award

Congratulations to Ana Cazalas for receiving her Eagle Scout award during her Eagle Scout Ceremony at Church of the Redeemer. She is the second female in the Mobile Area Council to receive her Eagle Scout. This past summer she also received her Gold award with the Girl Scouts of America. She is a Senior at Faith Academy and is an amazing young lady. Thank you to the Church of the Redeemer for providing a home for Scouts BSA Troop 251. Pictured, Eagle Scout Ana Cazalas and Ken Cumbie (Redeemer).

UMS-Wright Indoor Track & Field Teams Win Blue Maps

The Girls & Boys Indoor Track & Field Teams placed first and brought home Blue Maps in the 4A-5A State Competition! The win gave the Bulldogs their 16th indoor championship.Congratulations to the teams and also the individual winners!

Dorsey Parker– High Jump (1st); Olivia Moore- High Jump (3rd); Hannah McConnell– Pole Vault (1st); Annie Jeffery– Pole Vault (3rd); Carlen Cook, Mallory Helms, Annie Jeffery, Barclay McGinley – 4x800m Relay (3rd); Arthur Chitty- High Jump (3rd); Josh Holston- Pole Vault (1st); Pfilip Hunt- Long Jump (3rd) and Triple Jump (3rd); Jaiden Rollins– Triple Jump (1st) and 60m (1st); Luke Stinger- Shot Put (2nd); Charles Perry- 800m (1st) and 1600m (2nd); Joseph Perry- 1600m (1st) and 3200m (1st); 4x800m Relay (2nd)- Alex Gamble, Jackson Smith, Charles Perry, Josh Holston.

Technology at Little Flower Catholic School

Students at Little Flower Catholic School are learning new technology with everything from web-design and coding to app and game development in an elective taught by Mr. Nick West. Mr. West volunteers his time at Little Flower and gives students direction in the design format that interests the individual student. The students are grateful for this outstanding opportunity made available to them.

UMS-Wright Middle School Drama Club presents Oliver, Jr.

The Middle School Drama Club was developed years ago because of the desire of our students to perform on stage! This organization made up of students in grades 5-8 puts on two main stage productions each year. The second production of the 2021-22 school year was Oliver, Jr. With over 70 students in the cast and crew, the production was a huge success. Mr. Miller directed the production and Mrs. McMormick facilitated the music. We are so proud of Mr. Miller and the entire cast and crew on a job well done. We can’t wait to see what you perform next!

Cast and Crew: Gunnar Howell, Richard Delaney, Josué Heath, Marina Hess, Blair Rodning, Brody Green, Addison England, Alex Mitchell, Annalise England, Ava Archey, Ava Davidson, Avery Sconyers, Brian Minh, Brooke Minh, Cade Marks, Dylan Wink, Ellis Grimm, Elizabeth Denson, Emily Walton, Emily Waters, Emma Marmande, Emma Shepler, Finley Gartman, Francis Busbee,  Genevieve Romano, Grey Rodning, Hannah Martin, Harper Williams, Hayden Collins, Henry Arrington, Hibah Awan, Jonah Williams, Juliette Cole, Katherine Welford, Killian Delaney,  Lane Nichols, Lauren Greenwald, Liam Smith, Libby Smallwood, Lillian Zurfluh, Lila Mattei, Lilly Cunningham, Mae Touchton, Margaret Arendall, Mary Frances Gipson, Mohammad Qasim, Peyton Waldo, Piper Clark, Reid Riddell, Richie Nguyen, Rossana Delfierro, Ryleigh Collins, Sarah Frances Warren, Sophia Tombrello, Stacy Rose, Stephanie Wink, William, Marmande, Bebe Childers, Campbell Murphy, Cece Boyd, Clem Smith, Mack Purvis, Marcellus Lewis, Will Arendall, and Will Richards. A special thanks to our sponsor, Bay Business News.

Bayshore Christian School Students Visit Fort Gaines

BCS Juniors enjoyed a field trip to Fort Gaines at Dauphin Island recently! Thank you to all of our teachers, staff, & parents for joining us on this outing!

St. Pius X Students Recognize Mailman Appreciation Day

St. Pius X Catholic School Kindergartners surprised the best mailman in town, Mr. Kenny, with a big thank you card on Mailman Appreciation Day! Mr. Kenny always has a smile on his face and gives our statue of Jesus a “high-five” every time he comes to the office. Thank you, Mr. Kenny, for all you do for St. Pius X and our community!

Cottage Hill Student Performs in Carnegie Hall

Cottage Hill Christian Academy Performing Arts student, Victoria Slade, fulfilled her goal of singing at Carnegie Hall. She performed Giuseppe Giordani’s Italian aria “Caro Mio Ben.” Victoria worked diligently to prepare her piece by attending early morning and weekend rehearsals for the past several months. Victoria is cast as Queen Iduna in the Performing Arts Broadway Production of Disney’s Frozen Jr. which will take place on April 28-29. CHCA is proud of Victoria for working hard to achieve her goal and is excited she has been able to experience this fantastic opportunity.

Clark-Shaw Student Wins Youth Ambassador Award

Victoria Howell, an 8th grader at Clark-Shaw, recently received an award at the 7th Annual Black Tie Awards Gala in Mobile, which was part of the 32nd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration sponsored by People United to Advance the Dream. She was one of 3 Mobile students selected for the Youth Ambassador Award. Victoria is an outstanding student and leader, and we are excited to see her recognized for her dedication and strong work ethic! She serves as a Clark-Shaw ambassador and is a member of the Science Bowl, Scholars Bowl, Book Club, Eagle Wings, Jazz Band, and is treasurer of the National Junior Honor Society. She has also placed first in the school-wide Science Fair for 2 years in a row, this year in the category of medicine and health. Congratulations, Victoria!

Congratulations to St. Mary McT Future Scholars!

St. Mary Catholic seventh grade students represented their school as Future Scholars for McGill-Toolen Catholic. Pictured with St. Mary Principal, Debbie Ollis are William Porter, IV, Addison Feirman, Alice Wood, Thomas Arensberg, Jr., Charles Heinz, and Xavier Montague. Honorees not pictured include John Dudley, Vivian Ellison, Samuel Hankes, and Donald Urquhart.

St. Ignatius’ Annual Donuts with Dad

St. Ignatius recently hosted our long-time event Donuts with Dad celebrating those special loved ones in our Impala’s lives. 60 dozen donuts, coffee and water were consumed and the Dads all got a special card as they walked their students to the classrooms. We love our Impala Dads!

Council Students Selected to Display Artwork at Young at Art Show

Congratulations to Lydia Nelson, Hunter Miller, Cameron Macon and Leo Blejwas for being chosen by the Mobile Arts Council to display their art for the entire month of February at the Young at Art Show.  We are proud of our Council Comet artists.

Little Flower Catholic School Spelling Bee

Congratulations to Little Flower Catholic School 7th grader Karrington George who won the school’s Spelling Bee.  Karrington moved on to represent Little Flower at the Diocesan Bee, competing against students in all the Catholic schools in the Mobile area.