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November 2023 Student Spotlights

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Student & School Spotlights MBP Nov
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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Green Industry Equipment Rodeo at Bryant Career-Technical Center

– Green Industry Equipment Rodeo at Bryant Career Technical Center

Mobile County Public Schools students got behind the wheel to operate tractors, excavators, forklifts, zero-turn lawnmowers and more recently at the Green Industry Equipment Rodeo at Bryant Career-Technical Center.
“It was a little scary at first, but I really enjoyed it, and it got really fun at the end,” said Bryant High School student Cindy Pena, who operated a skid steer loader for her first time. She used the bucket at the front of the machine to scoop up and move red dirt.
“This is something I’m really interested in, and I know a lot of my classmates are as well,” she said. “I’m really grateful they gave us this opportunity.
Bryant Career-Technical Center provides hands-on skill instruction, related academics, and opportunities for MCPSS students to earn state and national certifications as they prepare for career success.
Bryant hosted the rodeo with support from the Alabama Nursery & Landscape Association, JBT Power, SunSouth, Beard Equipment, the Mobile County office of the Alabama Extension Office, Auburn University – Ornamental Station in Mobile, Big Creek Nursery, Oak Hill Tree Farm, Alabama Community College ACCS Innovation Center, Flowerwood Nursery, and Esfeller Construction.

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Seven MCPSS Students named as National Merit Scholarship semifinalists

Seven Mobile County Public Schools seniors have been recognized this year as National Merit Scholarship semifinalists. They are: Shahir Latif, Stan Blejwas, Graham West and Linden Berte from Davidson; Henry Bylinowski and Reagan Baggett of Baker; and Marc Leyk of Murphy. These students were entered into this program by taking the PSAT/NMSTQ during their junior year. The nationwide pool of semifinalists represents less than 1 percent of U.S. high school seniors who earned the highest scores on the PSAT/NMSTQ exam during their junior year.

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St. Ignatius Believes Moving the Body Stimulates the Brain

St Ignatius Believes Moving the Body Stimulates the Brain

St. Ignatius schedules multiple outside the classroom activities every single day for students. K-8th students go to PE and recess every day. K-8th also goes to a special class every single day of the week rotating between Latin, Art, Music, Library and Computer. The benefit of getting out of the classrooms multiple times each day is monumental for focusing on content inside the classroom. Although St. Ignatius follows a rigorous academic program, students still need to be kids. St. Ignatius enjoys fostering their energy! #TheCatholicDifference #HisPathTheirFuture #HisPathStartsHere

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Murphy High IB Senior Documentary Shown in Oprah Winfrey Theatre of the National Museum of African American History

– Murphy High IB Senior Documentary Shown in Oprah Winfrey Theatre of the National Museum of African American History

Congratulations to Murphy High School IB senior Ddwayne Lockett-James. This summer, Ddwayne’s documentary on how the Alabama Dry Dock & Shipping Company impacted the city of Mobile was selected as one of 17 documentaries (out of 100 total entries) to be shown in the Oprah Winfrey Theatre of the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. His documentary was also selected by the 400 Years of African American History Commission to be featured in a five-part docuseries created by the organization! His documentary is included in Part One. Visit this link to watch the docuseries: https://secure-web.cisco.com/1IdA3QOByUN0pgdnaXf_XqRtK7IaqqozNkvzPdw-K1DdmrMo1PjBx5KW0l2AQwnFEiz_-0rnVrWCVFkIS5mt3Xcq2Z1lXhyFEQDHwLwjYd2vHE67GOzWHvnDsJdLDlh0Iw31ZPm1CCxhbuWvTR2a4C6l99EBUA5dbybR89oKPV-yQYEBdbrj2cXn0yGB8TRUL0MblzsmZsC-vOWR44fUtJ0o6nMcx3TLeSdBdyQDm5lh5XAVUbGsaFHfosDQcGjHfxxph2Mav5FK7YnZvdH-V4NVWplNsrLJmukCPqLGCTS-aJ9kC125kSRD1eRGg4d77/https%3A%2F%2Fsmogotv.lightcast.com%2F

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JROTC Students Awarded Leadership Positions in the Cadet Brigade Command

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Five MCPSS JROTC students have been honored with leadership positions in the Cadet Brigade Command for Mobile County for this school year. Their responsibilities will include organizing JROTC events and competitions throughout the school year.
They are:
Cadet Brigade Commander – C/LTC Joseph Dixon of Theodore (pictured)
Cadet Command Sergeant Major – C/CSM Arlessia Holmes of Williamson
Cadet Deputy Brigade Commander – C/LTC Kaydee Barrera of Baker
Cadet Brigade Operations Officer – C/LTC Valeria Portillo of Murphy
Cadet Brigade Logistics Officer – C/LTC Damien Dixon of Vigor
Congratulations to these exemplary cadets!

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Causey and Lott Middles Schools win Championships!

Congratulations to Causey and Lott middle schools, which won the large school and small school county volleyball championships, respectively.

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Grandparent’s Day at CHCA

Grandparent’s Day at CHCA

In September, CHCA celebrated Grandparent’s Day! Thank you, grandparents and grandfriends for the wisdom, love, and laughter you bring to our lives! You truly are the foundation of our families!

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McDavid-Jones Elementary and Pathway Donate to Food Drive

Students at McDavid-Jones Elementary and Pathway recently held cereal food drives for Feeding the Gulf Coast. McDavid-Jones collected a total of 564 boxes, while Pathway donated 100. Congratulations!

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UMS-Wright Students Celebrate Community Helpers Week

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UMS students celebrated Community Helpers Week in September, so Deputy Humphrey and Deputy Seals spoke about their roles with the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office as well as being full-time Campus Safety & Security Officers at UMS-Wright.
The Security Team is led by Campus Safety & Security Director Garrett Humphrey (stationed in the Upper School) and he is assisted by Associate Director of Campus Safety Deputy Thomas Robb (stationed in the Middle School) and Associate Director of Campus Safety Deputy Chrissy Seals (stationed in the Lower School). We are so fortunate to have these three individuals who bring experience, knowledge and preparedness to our campus each and every day!

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Emily Newton Recognized as National Merit Semifinalist

Emily Newton Recognized as National Merit Semifinalist

Typically, over 1.5 million students in about 21,000 high schools enter the National Merit Scholarship Program each year by taking the PSAT/NMSQT test in the fall of their junior year. In September , officials of the National Merit Scholarship Corporation formally released the names of Semifinalists in the 69th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. CHCA celebrated Emily Newton for her success in being named a National Merit Scholarship semifinalist! Emily is a great ambassador for our school, as she has completed her entire educational experience – 14 years – as a student at Cottage Hill Christian Academy.

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McGill Students Participate in Coastal Cleanup

– McGill Students Participate in Coastal Cleanup

Members of the McGill-Toolen Catholic Green Club spent their Saturday morning picking up trash and recyclable material around the entrance to Dog River. The Green Club is just one of many organizations at McT that offer opportunities for our students to give back to their community.

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McGill-Toolen New Traditions

– McGill Toolen New Traditions

Thanks to the McGill-Toolen Catholic class of 2023 this year’s seniors got to start the new tradition of painting the cannon following a McT victory over Murphy High School. The Jackets won 42-0 in the states oldest rivalry game.

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Corpus Christi Middle School Choir Sings at the Cathedral-Basilica of The Immaculate Conception

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Corpus Christi Middle School Choir was recently invited by Msgr. Skoneki to sing at the Daily Mass at the Cathedral-Basilica of The Immaculate Conception. This was such an honor and wonderful experience for our students. Thank you to our choir directors, Miss Caitlyn DeMouy and Mrs. Sharon Finn, your musical direction has lifted the hearts of so many.

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Three CHCA Students Recognized by High School Honors Performance Series

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Cottage Hill students, Skylar Shreves, Elouise Hays, Gracie Mills, and Emma Rose Tillman, auditioned and were selected as finalists for the 2024 High School Honors Performance Series. Elouise, Gracie, and Emma Rose will have the opportunity to perform in Carnegie Hall. Skylar received the opportunity to travel to London, England at the Royal Festival Hall. This selection is a result of talent, dedication, and achievements demonstrated in their application. We are proud of these girls!

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St. Ignatius Toy Bowl KING & QUEEN

St Ignatius Toy Bowl KING & QUEEN

St. Ignatius is excited to have Toy Bowl royalty for the epic 75 year fundraiser for McGill-Toolen’s CYO organization. This year’s royalty is represented by Queen Anya Hilpert, King George Nappi and Fourth Lady to the Queen Anna Kidder! The Catholic Youth Organization is a wonderful way to bring Catholic youth from the diocese together for spirited competition, friendships and the coveted Toy Bowl trophy. St. Ignatius always competes well in the sporting competitions and is very proud to be champion of the fundraising side this year. St. Ignatius- Forming Leaders in Mind, Body & Spirit.

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Council Traditional School's Red Ribbon Leader

– Council Traditional School's Red Ribbon Leader

Congratulations to Collin Everritt, selected as the Red Ribbon Leader for his exceptional academic excellence and remarkable leadership at Council Traditional School. We look forward to participating in all of the fantastic activities and the community service project that will be led by Collin.

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Manners Class at Heart of Mary School

– Manners Class at Heart of Mary School

During Manners class at Heart of Mary, our students learned the difference between Rules and Protocol as well as how to honor God through our actions and how we treat others.

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Heart of Mary is Thankful for their Board Volunteers

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We are always thankful to Mrs. Gina Finnegan, our Heart of Mary School board member, who volunteers to teach Spanish to our PreK-2nd grade students. Allowing them to expand their linguistic capabilities

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Corpus Christi Catholic School Red Ribbon Leader

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Congratulations to Corpus Christi Catholic School 8th grader, Amelia Schwarz, who was selected for our Red Ribbon Leadership Award.
Red Ribbon Week, a week devoted to learning how to live a healthy and drug-free life, will be celebrated October 23rd-27th. Each fall, Red Ribbon Week is celebrated across America to promote the importance of a healthy, drug-free lifestyle among our youth. As part of the awareness program, the Drug Education Council, Inc honors outstanding students from Mobile and Baldwin County who are selected by their schools as the Red Ribbon Leadership Award recipient. These students exemplify the 6 pillars of Character promoted by the Character Counts initiative and the Drug Education Council. These include trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship.

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St. Ignatius Middle School House Program Inspires Healthy Competition

St Ignatius Middle School House Program Inspires Healthy Competition

The Middle School House Mentor Program is inspirational in so many ways. Joining together 6th-8th grade students to compete on teams together breeds inclusivity, teamwork and social skills. St. Ignatius fosters these character building blocks through many house competitions throughout the school year: theme dress out days, food packing projects, pep rally contests, service projects, and more. Each of the five middle school houses is named after a saint and prioritizes a Catholic virtue. The complete cohesion of academics, religious formation and character development is a path of education that cannot be replicated. #TheCatholicDifference #HisPathTheirFuture #HisPathStartsHere

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Three UMS-Wright Students Named National Merit Semi-Finalists

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1.3 million Juniors in 21,000 high schools nationwide entered the 2024 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Qualifying Test. Out of the 1.3 million students, 16,000 were chosen as semi-finalists, and we are thrilled to announce that Jerrick Phan, Nathan Martin & Ish Chakroborty (L to R) were chosen from UMS-Wright!
Jerrick, Nathan, and Ish will now have the opportunity to advance in the competition for National Merit Scholarships valued in excess of $28 million dollars.
Please join us in congratulating these students on such an outstanding accomplishment!

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Teamwork makes the Robotic Machine Work at Barton Academy

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The Barton Academy Vex V5 league represented well in their first competition at the MCPSS district office. These 7th-9th graders compete in the high school division. The league is cumulative throughout the school year. We are excited to see them grow and accomplish much together! (One is an action shot from the competition, and the other is a group shot upon returning to school.)

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St. Mary Students Learn about Litter Literacy

St Mary Students Learn about Litter Literacy

St. Mary Catholic School 6th Grade Science teacher, Juli Reece invited Evelyn DeAngelo with the Osprey Initiative to class this October to tell them about the litter in Mobile. The Osprey Initiative has teamed up with Mayor Simpson and the City of Mobile to help keep litter out of our watershed. A little trivia….the city pays $1,000,000 a year to keep litter out of our streams, rivers and our bay!

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Phillips Preparatory IB Learner Profile

–Phillips Preparatory IB Learner Profile

Phillips Preparatory IB Learner Profile highlight for the month was “Balanced.” Our standout student for this trait is Cayleigh Humphrey, a remarkable 8th grade student, recognized by her teachers. Additionally, kudos to Mr. Steven Faralli, our 6th-grade Individuals and Societies teacher, and Mrs. Kristen James, our 8th-grade Science teacher, who were both acknowledged by their students.

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