December 2023 Student Spotlights

Student & School Spotlights Dec Mobile Bay Parents
Every month we compile a list of students and schools doing great things across our community.  We have so many talented students in our area.  Greater Pensacola Parents joins with these families and schools to celebrate their achievements!
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Davidson High School’s Dance Program Hosts Workshop

– Davidson High School’s Dance Program Hosts Workshop

Davidson High School’s dance program recently hosted a workshop for middle school students. Led by instructor Angie Dussouy, dancers from six different middle schools in Mobile county learned ballet, jazz, and contemporary. In addition to Introduction to Dance, Davidson has two audition-based dance groups: KDCII and Kinetics. Several Kinetics dancers also assisted Mrs. Dussouy with the workshop as they focused on various aspects of dance such as choreography, performance skills, technique, and style.

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Davidson’s Culinary Program Welcomes New Business Partner

– Davidson’s Culinary Program Welcomes New Business Partner

Davidson High School is thrilled to have Chef “Panini” Pete Blohme as a new business partner. The owner of four local restaurants, including Panini Pete’s, Ed’s Seafood Shack, Sunset Pointe, and Squid Ink, Chef Blohme has committed to working with students in Davidson’s Culinary program as they consider and prepare for careers in the food and hospitality industry. DHS’s Culinary instructor, Rachel Baxter, and her students look forward to learning from his expertise!

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McGill-Toolen Dirty Dozen wins its 23 State Title

– McGill Toolen Dirty Dozen wins its State Title

Coach Kate Wood and her team won their second straight 7A State Volleyball Championship. That makes 4 for Coach Wood and 23 for McGill-Toolen Catholic.

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Special Days at St. Pius X

Special Days at St

St. Pius X students enjoy the PTO’s monthly Spirit Shirt and Snow Cone Day.

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Saint Wax Museum at St. Pius X

Saint Wax Museum at St

St. Pius X 7th graders created a “Saint Wax Museum” for All Saints Day. Students dressed as their favorite Saint and told facts about them to the students and parishioners who visited the museum. Pictured is Chance Wilson, portraying St. Michael the Archangel.

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Girl Scout Troop 8003 Earns Silver Award

– Girl Scout Troop Earns Silver Award

The Girl Scout Silver Award is the highest award a Girl Scout Cadette can earn. The award represents a girl’s accomplishments in Girl Scouting and her community as she grows and works to improve her life and the lives of others. Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama (GSSA) congratulates Sophia Turk, Lola Cuesta, Bethanie Critchfield, and Charlotte Milling of Troop 8003 for earning their Silver Award.
Girl Scouts of Troop 8003 organized a fashion show at local Girl Scout camp, Scoutshire Woods, to bring awareness to the history of Girl Scouting through the Girl Scout uniform. Through its 110 years of existence, the Girl Scout uniform has changed and evolved in many ways. “We hosted a fashion show to show other Girl Scout troops the importance of knowing our history of being a Girl Scout,” says Girl Scout, Lola Cuesta. “Through this project, I learned how important history is and that it needs to be preserved for other generations to appreciate,” she continues.
By earning the Girl Scout Silver Award, Troop 8003 has become community leaders. Their accomplishments reflect leadership and citizenship skills that sets them apart.
Through Girl Scouting, girls learn to face challenges head-on, embrace failure as a learning opportunity, and find solutions to social issues all while building the skills and courage they need to take the lead every day. Earning the Silver Award is just one of the amazing things girls can do as part of Girl Scouts. To join Girl Scouts or learn more about volunteering, please visit

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McGill-Toolen Seniors Sign!

– McGill Toolen Seniors Sign!

Two of Coach Kate Wood’s volleyball players at McGill-Toolen participated in National Signing Day, Wednesday, November 8th. Emma Moore will play for Auburn and Juliet Galla will play for Tulane.

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McGill-Toolen Catholic Senior Named QuestBridge Finalist

McGill Toolen Catholic Senior Named QuestBridge Finalist

Congratulations to McGill-Toolen Catholic High School senior, Baleigh Coleman, who was recently named QuestBridge Program Finalist! QuestBridge is a national nonprofit that connects the nation’s most academically exceptional students of color with leading colleges and opportunities. QuestBridge aims to increase the percentage of talented minority students attending the nation’s best colleges and to support them to achieve success in their careers and communities. Baleigh maintains a 4.0 GPA while being a leader both in and out of school.

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Cottage Hill Christian Academy Students Commit to be the “I” in KIND

Cottage Hill Christian Academy Students Commit to be the “I” in KIND

Mrs. Parazine’s classroom counseling lessons focused on the topic of bullying. Our students learned the difference between disagreeing, a rude moment, a mean moment, and bullying. Learning these differences helps our students understand a situation they may find themselves or others in and know the appropriate way to handle it. In efforts as a school to combat any unkindness or bullying, we are committing to being kind to others by being the ‘I’ in Kind.

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Davidson High School Students Attend Engineering Day at USA

– Davidson High School Students Attend Engineering Day at USA

Ninth grade students in Davidson’s EPIC program recently attended the University of South Alabama’s Discover Engineering Day. Students learned about chemical, mechanical, civil, and computer engineering through hands-on experience, working alongside professors and graduate students at South. These DHS students are also enrolled in the EPIC Career Prep course at Davidson, where they are learning about the EPIC pathways of biomedicine, computer science, and engineering.

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St. Ignatius Grandparent’s Day

– St Ignatius Grandparent’s Day

Each November 500+ beloved grandparents flutter to St. Ignatius for Mass, donuts, Carpe Diem coffee, book fair fun and classroom visits. Our students are extraordinary in part due to their grandparent’s love, support and imparting wisdom. The importance of family percolates through Mass on Grandparent’s Day. Each year Father Shields asks kindergarten and second grade students to write about what they love about their grandparents. Their heartwarming thoughts are shared during Mass. Father Shields reminds us of the importance of family- our personal family and our holy family. What a blessing it is to gather together to honor grandparents and Jesus alike. #TheCatholicDifference #HisPathTheirFuture #HisPathStartsHere

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St. Ignatius soars in STEM

– St Ignatius soars in STEM

Goedes, rocks & crystals oh my! St. Ignatius loves STEM forward experiments in our state of the art Science lab. A geode is an igneous or sedimentary rock that forms when gases are trapped. Over time water seeps in and interacts with the gases to form crystal formations. In this STEM experiment, St. Ignatius students made predictions about the outside and inside of the geode to determine whether it was igneous or sedimentary and what crystals formed internally. Then the fun began! Students loved cracking open the geodes to identify the type of crystal formation inside. What middle school student wouldn’t love using a hammer and playing with rocks in the middle of the day? Science is fun at St. Ignatius Catholic!

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Phillips Preparatory School raises funds for Breast Cancer Awareness

– Phillips Preparatory School raises funds for Breast Cancer Awareness

Every October, Phillips Preparatory School holds a fundraiser for breast cancer awareness. Last month, the school raised $837.50 with “Pink Out Cancer Day.” Students paid $5 to be out of uniform and in pink! The funds were to be donated to Providence Hospital’s Breast Cancer Center.

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Griggs Elementary Student named Star Student

– Griggs Elementary Student named Star Student

Congratulations to Jayden Whatley, who represented Griggs Elementary Schools as the Star Student at the SouthWest Mobile County Chamber of Commerce’s November Luncheon. Jayden was selected as the Star Student for his excellence in academic achievement and attendance.

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Greek Week at Cypress Grove Academy

–Greek Week at Cypress Grove Academy

Cypress Grove Academy students celebrated Greek Week in October. Students read famous Greek myths, tasted delicious Greek cuisine, and participated in Greek-inspired games. It was a fun week for the entire student body!

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