share

Student Spotlights – March 2024

by
Student & School Spotlights mar MBP
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!
School Bits logo web

Cottage Hill Students Register to Vote

—Cottage Hill Students Register to Vote

The Cottage Hill class of 2024 represented CHCA as they participated in a mock election at the University of South Alabama in partnership with the Probate Court of Mobile County. Students had the opportunity to learn about the election process and the importance of this civic duty. They were also given the opportunity to register to vote with the Board of Registrars.

School Bits logo web

Three Cottage Hill Students Will Represent at Capstone Leadership Academy

—Three Cottage Hill Students Will Represent at Capstone Leadership Academy

Cottage Hill sophomores Taylor Villacampa, Tucker Winter, and Laurel Quave were selected by the west campus faculty to represent CHCA at the University of Alabama Capstone Leadership Academy that will be held next month. The Leadership Academy features dynamic speakers and group activities for students to develop leadership skills. We are proud of these students and how they represent Cottage Hill!

School Bits logo web

Clark-Shaw Participates in National History Day

Clark Shaw Participates in National History Day

Clark-Shaw participated in the South Alabama Regional History Day hosted by MCPSS and Alabama Humanities Alliance. Madelyn Shoots placed 2nd in Individual Exhibit; Ashton Dunklin placed 2nd in Individual Documentary; and Ryan Crawford Miles placed 3rd in Individual Documentary. Five students competed and all five will advance to state competition in March at Auburn University in Montgomery.

School Bits logo web

St. Paul's Sixth Grade Class Serves at Food Banks

St Paul's Sixth Grade Class Serves at Food Banks

On Tuesday, January 23rd, the St. Paul’s 6th grade class dedicated their day to serving those in need across our community. Led by dedicated chaperones Dan Drum, Theresa Robbins, Stacey Burt, and Shannon Webb, our students embarked on a mission to make a difference at four impactful sites. At Feeding the Gulf Coast, they packed 234 food boxes for senior citizens and assembled 720 weekend food bags for children. Under the guidance of Austen Johnson and Ryne Baxter, another group worked at Prodisee Food Pantry, ensuring carts were filled and cars were loaded with essentials. Meanwhile, David Armstrong, Morgan Hanson, and Mackensie Turner exemplified generosity and kindness as they assisted in bagging food and loading vehicles at Central Presbyterian’s Love All Food Pantry, while Elizabeth Campbell and her daughter Grace teamed up at George Hall Elementary to pack 400 weekend food bags for students in need. The efforts of our sixth graders showcased their commitment to making a positive impact in the lives of others across our Mobile community.

School Bits logo web

Mobile County Public School System Teachers of the Year

Mobile County Public Schools recognized its top three teachers of 2024, naming them as the countywide Teachers of the Year and surprising them in their classrooms.
They are:
Jessica Burnette of E.R. Dickson Elementary, the Mobile County Elementary School Teacher of the Year
Christy LeGros of Barton Academy for Advanced World Studies, the Mobile County Middle School Teacher of the Year
Mischa Armstrong of Baker High, the Mobile County High School Teacher of the Year
Each of Mobile County’s 90 schools selects a Teacher of the Year, who is then nominated for the countywide honor. A committee selected these three winners and will forward their applications on to be considered by the state for Alabama’s Teacher of the Year.
“I am beyond proud of our teachers who have been selected by the colleagues as Teacher of the Year,” said Mobile County Public Schools Superintendent Chresal D. Threadgill. “This selection is a true testimony of these individuals’ dedication to ensuring the success of their students. I commend each of them and I cannot wait to personally congratulate them on their accomplishment.”
MCPSS has a great track record in the Alabama Teacher of the Year competition. In the last six years, MCPSS has had an Alabama Teacher of the Year, two of Alabama’s Secondary Teachers of the Year, and three finalists for Alabama Teacher of the Year. And earlier this week, the Alabama Science Teachers Association announced that MCPSS has two of the state’s top four science teachers.
Jessica Burnette is a Title 1 facilitator and reading intervention specialist at E.R. Dickson Elementary. An educator for 14 years, she wears many hats at Dickson, serving as a parent and family engagement leader through Title I; taking a leading role in helping to adapt the Alabama Continuous Improvement Plan for the school; serving on Dickson’s Leadership Team; and teaching multiple grade levels. She is certified as a Leadership Educational Administrator and as a Collaborative Special Education Teacher. She has a Bachelor of Science in Elementary and Early Childhood Education from Tennessee State University. Ms. Burnette strives to inspire those around her to use their gifts and strengths to help others, and believes that education is the antidote to ignorance, the weapon against inequality, and the catalyst for social change.
Christy LeGros, a 26-year veteran of the classroom, teaches art at Barton Academy for Advanced World Studies. LeGros found her calling when she took her first art class in high school and became inspired to become an arts teacher to share the excitement and confidence that comes with creativity in the classroom. Last year, she and her students were selected to be a part of the America Celebrates ornament program, in which they created ornaments to be displayed on the Alabama tree near the National Christmas Tree at the White House. Ms. LeGros also taught at Theodore High School for many years and has served on MCPSS’s Fine Arts Advisory Board. She has been named the Alabama Secondary Art Educator of the Year and the Theodore High School Teacher of the Year. Her numerous community honors include two Arty Awards for Arts Education from the Mobile Arts Council and the Nappie Award for Best Local Artist. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in arts education from the University of South Alabama. Ms. LeGros is passionate about the important role that teachers and counselors must play to help each student find their individual path to success.
Mischa Armstrong teaches algebra and precalculus at Baker High School. During the past year, she has served as an A+ College Ready Individual Training and Incentive Program (ITIP) teacher, a program that plays a pivotal role in fostering success in Advanced Placement coursework for teachers and students at Baker. She has earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in secondary mathematics education from the University of South Alabama and will complete her Teacher Leader Educational Specialist certification from the University of West Alabama in June. Ms. Armstrong, now in her 16th year of teaching, wants to emphasize the importance of fostering diverse and inclusive classrooms where every student feels valued and represented. She also wants to promote programs and practices that ensure that each student has an equal opportunity to thrive academically, emotionally, and socially.

School Bits logo web

St. Paul's Senior Awarded Good Citizen Award

St Paul's Senior Awarded Good Citizen Award

Congratulations to St. Paul Episcopal student Bennett Brown for being recognized at the Mobile Area Daughters of the Revolution annual award ceremony. Bennett was awarded the Good Citizen Award for his qualities of dependability, service, leadership, and patriotism in his home, at school, and in our community. He was also named the winner of the chapter’s essay contest and advanced to the district level! St. Paul is so proud of Bennett!

School Bits logo web

Corpus Christi Catholic School “Krewe of Story Time”

—Corpus Christi Catholic School “Krewe of Story Time”

The Corpus Christ Catholic School First Graders designed floats based on their favorite book after reading and writing a book report about it.

School Bits logo web

Baker High School Student Interns for NYC New Year’s Eve Ball Drop

—Baker High School Student Interns for NYC New Year’s Eve Ball Drop

Ava Lena Jackson, Baker High School student, was invited to work as an intern for the New Year’s Eve ball drop in New York City.  Jackson worked 12+ hour days to prepare for the event and had opportunities to meet a variety of people in the production and entertainment industry.  It was such an incredible experience and opportunity for her, especially with her wanting to be a business major with a hospitality & tourism minor.  The producers hope she will be able to participate again next year.  She is a part of the Hospitality, Tourism and Event Planning Academy at Baker High School and is President of the Baker Chapter of FCCLA. (Family Career Community Leaders of America)

School Bits logo web

St. Pius X Parade Band

—St Pius X Parade Band

St. Pius X Elementary Band members play during the St. Pius X Krewe de la Cardinal Parade.

School Bits logo web

St. Pius X Makes Valentine’s Day Cards

—St Pius X Makes Valentine’s Day Cards

St. Pius X NJHS and SGA made Valentine’s cards for the residents of The Little Sisters of the Poor.

School Bits logo web

Mary B. Austin Elementary Student Highlight

Mary B Austin Elementary Student Highlight

Congratulations to the following Mary B. Austin Elementary students who will be representing MBA at the Regional Tech Fair in March at USA. The school is so proud of all their Innovators that competed in this inaugural event by putting their tech skills on display.
Animation: Addalyn & Emmalyn Chappell/Mary Dieu
Audio: Sebastien Slay
Digital Game: Jacoby Glenn
Digital Photography: Addalyn Chappell/Hamilton Stephens
Multimedia Presentation: Addalyn & Emmalyn Chappell/Blakely Rose & Tommie Shutter
Multidimensional Design 3D Model: Kelsey Harvey/JT Jansen
Digital Art: Carter Fleming
Robotics w/Remote: Lilli Kelsoe & Nina Rodriguez/Emmalyn & Addalyn Chappell
Video Production: Addison Jones & Prudence Hicks/Sadie Nguyen & Anna Milford/Harper Kitsos & Ellie Bostwick

School Bits logo web

Mary B. Austin Elementary Teacher Highlight

Mary B Austin Elementary Teacher Highlight

Congratulations to Mrs. Margaux Golden for being named the 2023-2024 Teacher of the Year for Mary B. Austin. She was chosen by her peers for being an amazing teacher who works hard, goes above and beyond for her students and is always willing to help other teachers.

School Bits logo web

The Clark-Shaw Eagles Take Flight

—The Clark Shaw Eagles Take Flight

Clark-Shaw Magnet School’s current archery team is made up of 14 girls and 14 boys and they have had a strong season so far. They have had six 1st place and five 2nd place finishes and are excited to see how they do at Regionals, State, and Nationals. Clark-Shaw is so proud of their team’s growth and progression this season and couldn’t have achieved all that they have without the support of the parents, faculty, administration, and Coach Jonathan Braswell. Way to go, Clark -Shaw Eagles!

School Bits logo web

Phillips Preparatory National History Day Team

—Phillips Preparatory National History Day Team

Phillips Preparatory School would like to congratulate Mrs. Lewis and her National History Day Team! Following their participation in South Alabama’s Regional History Day hosted by MCPSS and Alabama Humanities Alliance today, they emerged victorious as REGIONAL WINNERS in numerous categories. Kaiya Rippey and Valerie Pugh won 1st place in group exhibit, Ava Wendt won 1st place in individual exhibit, Lilly Harvey won 3rd place in individual exhibit, Ava Millwood and Calla Tate won 1st place in group documentary, and Kenton Moss won 1st place in Individual documentary.

School Bits logo web

Phillips Preparatory I.B. Learner Profile Highlight

—Phillips Preparatory I B

Phillips Preparatory I.B. Learner profile highlight for the month was “Risk-Taker.” Our standout student for this trait was 7th grade student, Hayes Miller. Our I.B. Teacher of the month is Mrs. O’Quinn.

School Bits logo web

Corpus Christi Catholic School’s Annual Optimist Club Speech Contest

—Corpus Christi Catholic School’s Annual Optimist Club Speech Contest

The Corpus Christi Catholic School Annual Optimist Club Speech Contest was held recently. Corpus Christi is proud of all the students who participated. Everyone did an excellent job with their speeches about optimism! Congratulations to the winners:
1st Place: Thomas Aguirre
2nd Place: Daniel Grantham
3rd Place: Ellen Wentworth
Daniel and Thomas will go on to participate in the District Speech Contest.

School Bits logo web

St. Pius X Parade Court

—St Pius X Parade Court

St. Pius X is excited to present the members of the court for St. Pius X Krewe de la Cardinal Parade!

School Bits logo web