Student Spotlights July 2022

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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!
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Ona Larkin named Barton Academy "Learning Leading" Award Winner

10 – Ona Larkin named Barton Academy  Learning Leading  Award Winner

Ona Larkin named Barton Academy “Learning Leading” Award Winner
Congratulations to Ona Larkin, our Barton Academy “Learning Leading” Award Winner for 2021-22! Each Mobile County Public School is encouraged to choose a student representative who exhibits positive leadership and community involvement to represent us as our “Learning Leading” student for the year.

Ona is a dedicated and hard-working student. She serves as an ambassador for our school. Ona is a contributor for our Bartonian newsletter and plays cello in our school orchestra. She also serves as president of the Barton Academy Interact Club. She is a shining student example, and we are proud to have her represent us as our Learning Leading Award winner this school year! #BartonExplorers #undertheBartondome

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Mobile Opera Introduces Area Children to the World of Opera

6 – Mobile Opera introduces area children to Opera

Mobile Opera interrupts this program to bring you the news: Hurricane BBW (Big Bad Wolf) was puffing in area schools May 2-6, but C. Little Pig, III, was ready and brought along friends from Die FledermausThe Tales of HoffmanThe Magic FluteThe Barber of Seville, and The Marriage of Figaro.   Mobile Opera’s annual school tour visited 9 schools for 10 performances and the response from the 4,400 K-5 students and faculty was terrific. Singers Tjaden Cox, Rachel Gibson, and Frank Convit, the keyboard orchestra of Greg Wiggins, and the direction of Mobile Opera’s Stacey Driskell took the school audiences by storm in an interactive and entertaining introduction to opera and classical singing. Many thanks to teachers and principals of the schools for opening their doors to this opportunity and special thanks to The Nan H. Altmayer Charitable Trust for the sponsorship that made it possible.  If your school is interested in booking Mobile Opera’s school tour in the future, please email Stacey Driskell,, or watch for more information on the website this summer.  Mobile Opera – More Than Music! (251) 432-6772

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St. Mary Catholic School May Crowning

12 St. Mary Catholic School May Crowning

St. Mary Catholic School held their annual May Crowning of The Blessed Mother, Friday, May 6. Following the weekly student Mass, all students from St. Mar’s Early C through 8th grade students gathered on the St. Mary Campus to place crowns of flowers on the two Blessed Mother statues. Pictured is St. Mary second grader Camille Grubbs, crowning Mary. Photo by Anne Lyon. Submitted by Marcelle Naman.

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Dunbar Student Artwork on Display at the West Regional Public Library

2 – Dunbar Student artwork on display at the West Regional Public Library

If you stop by the West Regional Public Library on Grelot Road, take a few minutes to view the Dunbar Magnet School of Creative Arts art students’ work. It is amazing what our students can do!

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Congratulations to Council's PTA Reflections Winners

7 Congratulations to Councils PTA Reflections Winners

Congratulations to Tamia Ray and Beckett for being winners in the Alabama PTA State Reflections Contest! These students were recognized at the 2022 Alabama PTA Virtual Convention.

Tamia Ray placed 2nd in the primary photography division and 1st place in the primary Literature division.  Beckett placed 3rd in the intermediate photography division.  Council was recognized for having 33 years of 100% PTA membership.  Thank you to the entire Council Community!

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Barton and the Model UN

9 Barton and the Model UN

First-ever group of Barton Explorers participated in Davidson’s Invitational Model United Nations. Along with over 300 high school students from Mobile and Baldwin County, seventeen Barton 9th graders represented six different countries from around the world as part of a mock simulation of the United Nations. Our Explorers had a great time discussing and debating real-world issues and working with others to help find solutions to problems plaguing our global community. They are pictured here with Mrs. Hinds, who helped coordinate this opportunity for them. This was an event that they all enjoyed and came back from with big grins and lasting memories.

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St. Dominic Catholic School Presents Lady Pirates of Captain Bree

13 – St. Dominic Catholic School presents Lady Pirates of Captain Bree

St. Dominic Catholic School’s Eagle Theatre marked their 12th production in 6 years with their performance of the Lady Pirates of Captain Bree. With each year and each performance new students shine and develop skills like fencing, dancing, memorizing lines, lights, sound, etc. They also learn a spirit of cooperation and the joy of successful completion of the play performance. Thank you to Mrs. Jeanette Connally for all she does for our drama department.

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Faith Academy Soccer had an Amazing Season

Congratulations to the Faith Academy boys and girls soccer teams. Both teams had an amazing 21-22 season. (Picture A – Boys Soccer) (Picture B – Girls Soccer)

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Congratulations to Council's Math Team

8 Congratulations to Councils Math Team

Congratulations to the Council Math Team and coaches!  Council participated in the MCPSS Inspire Math Competition and won 1st place in their division, 1st place in ciphering and 2nd place overall. We are proud of these amazing students!  Thank you to Coach Bright, Coach Langham, Coach Claiborne, Coach Larkin, Coach Rabb, and parents!

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St. Mary Peer Helpers Feeding the Coast

11 St. Mary Peer Helpers Feeding the Coast

St. Mary Catholic School 7th grade Peer Helpers volunteered at Feeding the Gulf Coast for three hours sorting 3,275 pounds of food equalling 2,730 meals for those in need! Pictured are St. Mary Peer Helper volunteers: Vivian Ellison, Catherine Morrow, Anna Claire Perniciaro, Charlie Heinz, Rebecca Ellison (teacher), Carolyn Davidson (counselor), Bailey Ehlert,Louise Largue, Ava Hambright, Danny Calametti (volunteer), and Thomas Arensberg. Photo by Carolyn Davidson. Submitted by Marcelle Naman

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NET Retreat at Little Flower Catholic School

16 NET Retreat at Little Flower Catholic School

Middle School students at Little Flower Catholic School participated in a full day retreat with NET team members. NET members travel the United States to bring deeper understanding of God’s love to students. Students took part in brainstorming sessions, prayer time, and reflection. The NET team performed skits, told stories, and led the group in activities meant to bring meaning to their faith.

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Dunbar Magnet School Drama Students Performed Matilda

1 – Dunbar Magnet School drama students performed Matilda

Dunbar Magnet School drama students performed Matilda and they did an outstanding job! Thank you especially to Mrs. Thompson our drama teacher, Mrs. Portis our choir teacher, Mrs. Eubanks our dance instructor and Mr. Mayfield our A.V coordinator who played a role in our musical. We hope that you enjoyed the show!

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Acton Academy Holds Ribbon Cutting

5 – Acton Academy holds Ribbon Cutting

The Mobile Chamber established a ribbon cutting for the new Acton Academy. Refreshments and treats were served. Local chamber members attended to learn more about Acton Academy’s updated version of school! Family, friends & community came together to hear more about the vision of the school.

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St. Luke's Biomedical Science Students Participate in Hands on Forensics Week

17 – St. Lukes Biomedical Science students participate in hands on Forensics Week

St. Luke’s Biomedical Science students participated in a VERY hands on Forensics Week thanks to Glenn Garside (Director of Investigators for Cunningham Bounds, LLC.) The week consisted of learning about evidence, including seat belt marks, steering wheel bruising, grill impressions and vehicle damage as well as toxicology and autopsy evidence. Students also enjoyed very interesting special guests, Sgt Mixon (certified Traffic Crash Reconstructionist and court-accepted expert), Chief Prine and Asst. Jackson.
At the end of the week, Mr. Garside and Sgt. Mixon created 2 vehicular homicide scenes by having 2 wrecked vehicles towed to campus and used student actors to make the scenes even more realistic. Biomed students had to collect evidence from the scenes and formulate their idea of who the driver of each vehicle was and present their findings to the class.
Many thanks to the many people involved in providing this wonderful opportunity for our students – Mr. Glenn Garside, Cunningham Bounds, LLC, Sgt. Mixon, Chief Prine and Assistant Jackson, Southport Towing, LLC, and Mobile Police Department. Thanks to our student “actors” Lexi Garside, Alex Scott, Benjamin and Bailey Cumpton!

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Acton Academy Welcomed Guests

4 – Acton Academy welcomed guests

Many local families with young learners took the opportunity to tour the new studios, explore the outdoor play yard and learn more about Acton Academy’s project-based education. Attendees enjoyed refreshments, crafts, and book giveaways.

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Cottage Hill Christian Academy Warrior Walk

18 Cottage Hill Christian Academy Warrior Walk

The CHCA Class of 2022 participated in the annual Warrior Walk! As they walked the halls of the Church Campus, the younger Warriors cheered them on and held up handmade posters of support! Many of the teachers who have impacted these students over the years also lined the halls to congratulate them! After the walk, the Big and Little Buddies were able to get together for cap and gown pictures, to hang out, and share gifts. It was a day full of celebration!

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Davidson High School Hosts E-week

15 – Davidson High School hosts E week

E-week ad Davidson High School was filled with field trips to both the GulfQuest museum and the Flight Works Alabama museum, and a visit to Airbus’s Final Assembly Line. On Friday, the junior and senior EPIC students gathered in the gym for an engineering competition of epic proportions: students were tasked with designing a boat that could float and carry cargo. Supplies for building boats included sheets of paper, bubble wrap, popsicle sticks, and tape. At the end of the day, students gathered outside to test the speed and buoyancy of their boats.

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Davidson High School Recognizes Athletes During Spring Signing Day.

14 – Davidson High School recognizes athletes during Spring Signing Day.

Davidson High School recognized three athletes from the Class of 2022 at their Spring Signing Day.
Iyana Johnson: University of South Alabama, Track & Field
Joshua Graham: Alabama A&M, Track & Field
ReShaun Spencer: Coastal Alabama, Basketball
Quartez Jackson: University of South Alabama. Preferred Walk-On Football

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Blind Artist Ricky Trione Visits St. Paul's Fourth Graders

19 Blind Artist Ricky Trione Visits St. Pauls Fourth Graders

St. Paul’s Episcopal fourth graders enjoyed a fascinating painting lesson with visually impaired artist Mr. Ricky Trione. He taught the students to use senses other than sight to make beautiful art, employing tactile paint and a “clock face” palette of colors. The fourth grade service focus is visually and hearing impaired children so they have done service projects for the Callahan School for the Deaf and Blind this year.

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Saint Pius X Students Donate Handmade Flowers to USA Children’s and Women’s Hospital

20 – Saint Pius X students donate handmade flowers to USA Childrens and Womens Hospital

Saint Pius X students created beautiful flowers in their art classes to donate to the University of South Alabama Children’s and Women’s Hospital. Their hope was to brighten the hospital’s halls this Easter season! Serving and giving back to our community is at the heart of our SPX school community, knowing God chooses us to love and care for His people.