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Student Spotlights – October 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!

Dunbar Dancers Welcome Guest Artist

Dunbar Magnet School of Creative and Performing Arts had another guest artist teach and speak with Revolution and Fusion Dance Company! Brian Martinez graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi with a BFA in Performance and Choreography. Currently, Brian is working for PARAMAR Dance Theatre in Chicago, IL and is founder of the Boykin Dance Project in Mobile, AL. Thank you again for stopping by Brian!

Dunbar Volleyball Team Plays Scrimmage Game

Dunbar Magnet School of Creative and Performing Arts girls’ volleyball team played 3 scrimmage games (to 15 points) against Denton Magnet School. They did a spectacular job and were very competitive. Great job on your win ladies!

B.C Rain and Blount High Schools JROTC Cadets Attend National Flight Academy

Just before the 2022-23 school year started, nine JROTC cadets from B.C. Rain and Blount high schools spent some time Pensacola with their instructors, LTC. Don Brady and LTC. Robbie Cross, for the National Flight Academy. The Academy’s mission is to inspire students in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics fields. Disciplines include aerodynamics, propulsion, navigation, communications, flight physiology and meteorology, along with core values, teamwork, and leadership skills development.

Davidson High School Graduate, Iyana Johnson, Selected as the 2022 Gatorade Girls' Track & Field Player of the Year for Alabama

The Mobile County Board of School Commissioners recently recognized Davidson High School’s Iyana Johnson, who was selected as the 2022 Gatorade Girls’ Track & Field Player of the Year for Alabama. A 2022 graduate, Johnson won the shot put and triple jump events at the 7A state meet last year and is now at the University of South Alabama.

Phillips Preparatory Teacher Recipient of WKRG’s Golden Apple Award

Phillips Preparatory’s 6th grade Language & Literature teacher, Ms. Madelyn Thomaston was a recipient of WKRG’s Golden Apple Award. She was nominated by two former students: Zoe Ballard and Valerie Pugh. PPS is so fortunate to have an amazing teacher, who pours into her students daily.

Acton Academy Welcomes New Art Teacher, Local Artist, Mayssam Iskander

Acton Academy students kick off the school year with their new art teacher, local artist Mayssam Iskander. Students added their handprints to the Founding Tribe picture to start the new journey together.

Acton Academy Mobile Students Learn How to Care for and Respect their Space

Acton Academy Mobile students learn all about Studio Maintenance. Keeping their own space clean and neat helps them respect their space and support each other. Eagles Sam, Bethel, and Dorothy Jane work hard together to accomplish their class goals!

St. Dominic Catholic School Kindergarteners Love Recess

St. Dominic Catholic School kindergarten students are thankful for no rain during recess! They love their time on the playground with friends.

Phillips Preparatory School 2022-2023 Scholars Bowl Team

Phillips Preparatory School would like to congratulate the 2022-2023 Scholars Bowl Team. These students, along with their coaches, Mrs. Vickers and Mrs. Walton, look forward to competing this year and bringing home another championship trophy!

Phillips Preparatory’s IB Learners for August

Phillips Preparatory’s IB Learners for August are Claire Stringfellow, Jazzmyne Hartman, and Nyla Bendolph. These students were chosen by their teachers for exhibiting the IB Learner Profile: BALANCED. Students who are balanced understand the importance of balancing different aspects of their lives in order to achieve well-being for themselves and others.

Former Dunbar Tiger Holds Speak and Teach with Dunbar Dancers

Ms. Monica J. Beasley, art teacher at Old Shell Road School of Creative and Performing Arts, had a solo exhibition of her original artwork at Sophiella Gallery during August’s LoDa ArtWalk. Many students from the school came to see their teacher and her exhibition entitled “Loving You (me, him, them).” “Them” represents the students she teaches. Ms. Beasley has been an educator for 24 years. Way to go Ms. Beasley!

St. Dominic Catholic School Middle School House Leaders

Congratulations to our St. Dominic 7th and 8th grade students selected as Middle School House Leaders. House of Cope: Anna Nguyen, Addison Gates; House of Cabrini: Luke Adams, Audrey Godwin; House of Juan Diego: Sophie May, Brayden Hudson, House of Seton: Caroline Howell, Camille Fromdahl; House of Kateri: Megan Ryan, Izzi Hadley (not pictured)

Look Who Came to See the Art Teacher at Old Shell Road School

Dunbar Magnet School of Creative and Performing Arts had former Dunbar Tiger Reggie Turner speak with and teach the intermediate and advanced dancers. As a student at Dunbar, Reggie was on the Synergy Dance Company, Black Box, and Advanced Journalism. Now, Reggie is a dance major at Juilliard and recently returned from a summer intensive with the Nederland Dance Theatre. We had the best time with him today!

Local Seventh-Graders Win the Admiral's Cup at Space Camp

A.J. Alt, Cain Bloodworth, Noah Martin and Cash Tillman earned their wings this summer, as they won the Admiral’s Cup at Space Camp. These seventh-graders tested their knowledge in the Aviation Mach II Challenge, a fast-paced, military-inspired aerodynamics program. The Admiral’s Cup is awarded to the group that demonstrates the best teamwork skills, including communication and leadership, and achieves high scores in their training exercises. A.J. is a student at Clark-Shaw School of Math, Science & Technology, while Cain, Noah and Cash attend Barton Academy for Advanced World Studies.

St. Dominic Catholic School Staff Member Creates “Little Eagles”

Ms. Mary Ellen, a staff member at St. Dominic Catholic School, took the time to make our Little Eagles their very own “Little Eagle” they can hang on their backpacks. She crochets each one by hand during the summer and each year surprises the new incoming class.

Scarborough Model Middle School's Project SMART Program

It was a full, fun summer in Scarborough Model Middle School’s Project SMART program! Students visited the WWII Museum in New Orleans, the Legacy Museum in Montgomery, an escape room in Orange Beach, and Global Wildlife safari park in Louisiana. They also had a paint party in the school cafeteria. Project SMART is an after-school and summer program that blends academics with enrichment activities.

St. Dominic Catholic School Angels on a Mission

Congratulations to our newest members of the St. Dominic service group Angels on a Mission. They were commissioned after Mass and together said the Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi. They will begin their service projects in September and continue throughout the school year.

Little Flower Catholic School’s New Drama Club

Little Flower Catholic School will receive funding for the development of their drama club through the Chris Lary Award from the University of Notre Dame. With this funding, Little Flower’s Drama Club will grow into an opportunity for more students to explore the truth and beauty that the dramatic stage can reveal and to hone their gifts and talents. Sydni Brooks, an ACE teacher at Little Flower, accepted the award on behalf of the school.

Accelerated Reader Program at Little Flower

The Viking Accelerated Reader kick-off pep rally brought smiles and applause when the rewards program was introduced. The teachers raised the energy in the room by challenging their students to meet their goal each quarter. Special rewards await those who meet their goal. Loving to read is its own reward, but a little something extra is like icing on the cake.