April 2021

Student Spotlights & Schoolbits!

Every month we compile a list of students doing great things across the Wiregrass.  We have so many talented students in our area.  Wiregrass Parents joins with their families and schools to celebrate their achievements!

Courson Named SDMS Teacher of the Year

Congratulations to Mrs. Karen Courson, the South Dale Middle School Teacher of the Year.

Mrs. Courson is currently a collaborative teacher at South Dale Middle School.

Highlands SGA Candy Grams

The SGA sold candy grams at Valentine’s Day to raise money for their club. They plan to use this money in a way to benefit the school.

Enterprise Senior’s Drawing Wins Best in Show

Congratulations to EHS senior Summer Burress, who won Best in Show for the Secondary Division at the State Superintendent Visual Arts Exhibit for her drawing “Constricting Forces.” She was honored at the Alabama State Board of Education meeting March 11th.

Battles Wins DHS Resume Contest

Congratulations to Kayla Battles for winning the Dothan High School Resume Contest.  Battles is a Senior.  Upon graduation, she plans to attend the University of Alabama and major in Pre-Law.  The Resume Contest was sponsored by MidSouth Bank and judged by Personnel Resources.  As the contest winner, Battles received a $100 prize donated by MidSouth Bank.  A regional contest for the county winners will be held in April and will be sponsored by PowerSouth Energy Cooperative and Southeast Alabama Works.

Pictured are Mr. Bill Singleton, Principal, Ms. Kayla Battes, DHS Senior and contest winner, Mr. Mason Morrow, Market President for MidSouth Bank and Ms. Jessica Barefield, Community Relations Coordinator for MidSouth Bank.

Highlands Elementary Recognizes Science Fair Winners

Wacky Wednesday became extremely special when ACOM arrived to pass out awards to our students that placed in the City Science Fair. Congratulations to you all. We are proud you!

Elementary Division

1st Place- Colton Register & Gabriel Price

3rd place- Anna Lee Steltenpohl, Elle Barron, Erin McKinley

Honorary Merit- Iysa Duddy, Bailee Weidert

Middle School Division

1st place in Behavioral/Social Science – Ariel Lumbatis

1st place-Energy: Chemical and Physical- Jeffrey Torrence

2nd place- Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Material Science- Maysen Duddy

2nd place- Medicine/Health Science- Taylor Forehand

3rd place- Medicine/Health science- Julian Gallegos and Olivia Stewart

Ludlam Wins Headland Resume Contest

Congratulations to Kaylee Ludlam for winning the Headland High School Resume Contest. Ludlam is a Senior. Upon graduation, she plans to attend Troy University her major is currently undecided, but she is leaning towards Biomedical Science. The Resume Contest was sponsored by HNB First Bank and judged by Personnel Resources. As the contest winner, Ludlam received a $100 prize donated by HNB First Bank. A regional contest for the county winners will be held in April and will be sponsored by PowerSouth Energy Cooperative and Southeast Alabama Works.

Pictured are Mr. Dwight Gamble, President and CEO for HNB First Bank; Ms. Kaylee Ludlam, HHS Senior and contest winner and Mr. Jason Bradford, Principal.

10% of ASMS Senior Class Named National Merit Finalists

10% of seniors in the Alabama School of Mathematics and Science (ASMS) Class of 2021 have been named National Merit Finalists by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) for a total of seven students in all – a significantly high number compared to other high schools of similar size. These students are in the top 1% of high school seniors in the nation.

National Merit Scholarship winners will be announced in spring of 2021.

ASMS National Merit Finalists:

Joseph Hulcher, Mobile County

Emma Joly, Baldwin County

Veda Joshi, Houston County

Gregory Li, Baldwin County

Elijah Velaski, Baldwin County

Tabitha Watson, Jefferson County

Cary Xiao, Tuscaloosa County

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Coppinville Jr. High 7th Grader Elected State Beta VP

Congratulations to CJHS 7th grader, Ayden Perkins, newly elected Alabama BETA State Vice President! Also congratulations to Raedyn Weems of Dauphin Junior High School the newly elected Alabama BETA State Secretary!

Highlands Students Among Youth Art Month Winners

Mrs. Kravulski entered several students’ art work from Highlands Elementary into the Wiregrass Museum of Art’s Youth Art Month Contest.  Here are the following winners:

Mary Marks, Katalina Walden, Eliza Donop (not pictured), Elliot Kravulski, Harper Bergeron, Emmalyn Sutton, Marley Norton, Megan Gray, Colton Register, Lilly Mathis, Abby Blevins, and Julian Gallegos.

Heard Student Wins District Science Fair

ACOM representatives visited Heard to present our Wiregrass District Science Fair participants with their awards and certificates!!! We are very proud of all of our participants, Mary Kate Gowen, Connor Josefosky and Zyerihanna Pugh!

We are so excited for Mary Kate Gowen, she won First Place in the Wiregrass District Science Fair! 

Job Well Done Mary Kate!

Highlands SGA Design Egg for “Egg Quest”

The SGA from Highlands Elementary participated in the Botanical Gardens Egg Quest. They worked together to think of a design. They chose “Sweet Home Alabama” and drew items that depict Alabama culturally and physically. They also included masked figures since that is something happening present-day in Alabama. Mrs. Kravulski, the art teacher, assisted with helping them sketch their ideas.

Hall Wins Abbeville Resume Contest

Congratulations to Karly Hall for winning the Abbeville High School Resume Contest. Hall is a Senior. Upon graduation, she plans to attend Troy University in Montgomery and double-major in Business and Music. The Resume Contest was sponsored by PeoplesSouth Bank and judged by Personnel Resources. As the contest winner, Hall received a $100 prize donated by PeoplesSouth Bank. A regional contest for the county winners will be held in April and will be sponsored by PowerSouth Energy Cooperative and Southeast Alabama Works.

Pictured are Mrs. Brittany Davis, Consumer Lender for PeoplesSouth Bank; Ms. Karly Hall, AHS Senior and contest winner and Mr. Darryl Brooks, Principal.

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Lakeside Softball Wins Tournament

Lakeside Softball Team won the Lowndes Softball Tournament. They played 6 games and only fell short once. They hit 13 homeruns in those 6 games! Our head coach is J. Grant and the assistant is Caleb Smith.

Beverlye 6th Grader Places 2nd in ACOM Science Fair

Congratulations to all the ACOM Science Fair participants from Beverlye. They ALL did a fabulous job!  Shout out to Hayley Chavez, 6th grader, for winning 2nd place overall in the category of chemical and physical energy.

Highlands 2nd Grader Wins Local Art Contest

Ivey Mathis, a 2nd grader at Highlands Elementary School, won the Our New Baby Art Contest.

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Dothan Tech Students Shine at State HOSA Conference

What an awesome two days at the Alabama HOSA State Leadership Conference!

DTC came home with one scholarship winner and two competitive event winners!

We also said a tearful farewell to our outgoing state officer, but celebrated as we watched our second state officer candidate be elected Vice President of Membership!

Here’s to moving on to the International Leadership Conference and year two of representing the state of Alabama on the HOSA Executive Committee! I work with amazing students, and I am one proud advisor!!


Carrie Elaine Smith – HOSA Scholarship Recipient, 3rd Place Biomedical Lab Science

Shelby Branch – 5th Place Medical Law and Ethics

Outgoing State Officer:

Carrie Elaine Smith

Newly Elected State Officer:

Olivia Burgess

Lakeside Golf Team Wins Invitational

Lakeside fired a 320 and beat second place Morgan by 7 strokes at the Glenwood Invitational Tournament at Lakewood in Phenix City. Harris Bennett shot 76, Rhodes Bennett 77, Peyton Reeves 83, Collins Mitchell 84, and Matthew Welk 92. So proud of these gentlemen and their hard work.

Houston Academy MS Model UN Team Places at Meet

There were 10 teams from the Wiregrass area at the recent event. Our MS team represented the country of Haiti in their competition March 4-5 and received several awards. The team received 1st Alternate for Outstanding Delegation. Megan Hartman won Best Girl Delegate and Amulya Reddy received 1st Alternate for Best Girl Delegate.

Team members include:  Emily Selig, Megan Hartman, Merrill Scarbrough, Amulya Reddy, and Reina Sturridge

Girard Intermediate Stocks Salvation Army Pantry

GIS has answered the call to fill the shelves with canned food for the local Salvation Army. Students brought in over 500 canned food items to support the community! Mrs. Kemp’s class was named the “Souper” Bowl Champions by bringing in over 200 cans! Thank you GIS families for thinking of others.

Aubrey Myers Wins EHS Resume Contest

Aubrey Myers was recently named the school winner of the PowerSouth Energy Cooperative/Southeast AlabamaWorks Resume Contest for Enterprise High School.  Local sponsor of the contest is All In Credit Union.  Myers was awarded a $100 prize by All In Credit Union. 

Aubrey Myers will now compete on the county level, which includes other winners from Elba High School, Kinston High School, New Brockton High School, and Zion Chapel High School.  The county winner will be awarded a $250 scholarship from PowerSouth.  County winners will then advance to the regional contest in April.  They will spend a day together for individual panel interviews and hear professional success stories from area residents. They will also attend a luncheon where the overall winner will be announced, and Business Council of Alabama CEO, Katie Boyd Britt, will bring a keynote address.  Each county winner will be evaluated on his/her resume and a panel interview.  The overall winner will receive a $1,000 scholarship from PowerSouth.

Carroll High Social Studies Classes Study Authentic WWII Memorabilia

CHS School Resource Officer, Sgt. Glenn, recently shared WWII German propaganda cards with Instructional Coach, Rachel Povlacs, to highlight in Social Studies classrooms.  Coach Suber’s history classes were the first to see these primary sources first hand.  Students were informed about different ways the Nazi regime used propaganda to reach the public and how to evaluate propaganda.  Students analyzed the images, symbolism, messaging, potential audience, and effectiveness of the propaganda before using available tech tools to translate the text of the cards.

Enterprise HS Scholars Bowl Team Advances to State

The EHS Scholars Bowl team competed in the Alabama Scholastic Competition Association District Tournament on March 5th. They finished 3rd Place in their division and qualified for the State Tournament on May 15th. Congratulations to our entire Scholars Bowl Team and our District Tournament Team:

Caroline Parrish

Isabella Holtz

Jaeeun Ha

Ethan Smith

Ethan Kimball

Ian Gillis

Enterprise Boys Basketball Runners Up in State Championship

The Enterprise High School boy’s basketball team defeated Mary G. Montgomery 51-45 to become the 7A Region 4 Champions in February. They advanced to the Final Four in Birmingham where they defeated Spain Park 57-56 before losing out to Oak Mountain 37-41 in the championship game.

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Northside Methodist Fall Blood Drive Sees Growth

48 donors! Way to go Northside! Thank you students, parents, teachers and staff for helping us respond to the need. This blood drive was dedicated to our very own, Ms. Parmer. As long as she was able, Ms. Parmer gave blood, and during our fall blood drive, her classroom incentives produced the biggest turnout in NMA history. She continues to inspire us to respond to the needs of others with a spirit of generosity.

Hidden Lake 1st Grader Wins Piano Contest

Congratulations Rishaan Koteel. He was a winner in the Sonatina Piano Festival in Enterprise! He is a first grade student in Ms. Poland’s class.

Lorax STEAM Challenge

Third-grade students in Mrs. Fundum’s class celebrated Read Across America Week with a Read-A-Thon celebration and a STEAM challenge! After the class listened to the book The Lorax, the students were asked to build the largest Truffala tree with their materials. The students worked in groups to plan and design their Truffala trees. At the end of the activity, we measured to see who had the tallest Truffala! Students also enjoyed some delicious treats as they read their favorite books! Keep reading and designing, Carver Lions!

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Ashton Wright
Author: Ashton Wright

Ashton is the publisher of Wiregrass Parents magazine. A lifelong resident of the Wiregrass, she grew up in Blakely, Ga. Her love of journalism began on her high school newspaper and continued at Troy University where she received her print journalism degree. After graduating, she worked with WTVY-TV for nearly a decade. She and her husband, Chris, have been married since 2012. They have one daughter, Alexis, as well as a dog, Jackson, and a cat, Cooper.

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Student Spotlights April 2021

by Ashton Wright time to read: 16 min