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August 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!

Highlands Student Places at Future Masters

Congratulations to Highlands student, Mac Steltenpohl for placing 6th in The Press Thornton Future Masters. Way to go, Mac!!

Enterprise 8U Rookie All-Stars Win State Tournament

Congratulations to the Enterprise 8U Rookie All Stars! 2021 Dixie Youth Rookie State Champions!! We are so proud of all the boys and coaches! Great Job!!!

Wicksburg Skeet Team Places 11th in Nation

So very proud of this bunch and their performance at 4-H Nationals. Team ended up 11th in the Nation. Nebraska 4-H crew said this was the best crop of shooters from around the country that they had ever seen. Sporting Clays was tough with 30-40 mph winds, but Trevor managed 10th individual. Great shoot, with great personnel running it. Boys had a blast. All of them left it all on the field. Thank you to everyone who helped them for this journey!

Rehobeth Student Elected National Junior Beta President

Congratulations to our new NATIONAL Junior Beta President, Charlee Chandler!! We are so proud of you!!

Dothan Nationals Win District

Northside Methodist Academy 7th graders, Kolbi Hall, Ally Holland and Teegan Robinson, played on the undefeated Dothan Nationals championship team!

Carroll High Welcomes Volleyball Coach

Welcome to new CHS Head Volleyball Coach, Emily Cromer.

Slocomb Sophomore Named All Star Majorette

Congratulations to sophomore Evie Smith who attended Troy University Auxiliary Camp and was chosen as the camp’s overall “All Star Majorette“. Way to go, Evie!

EHS JROTC Cadets Perform Well at Leadership Camp

Fifteen cadets from the EHS JROTC Wildcat Battalion attended the JROTC Cadet Leadership Camp at the Alabama 4H Center in Columbiana AL 11-14 June 2021.  The cadets were trained in the following subjects:  Land Navigation/Map Reading, Environmental Science/Math, Problem Solving Techniques, Applied Leadership, First Aid/CPR/ Drown Proofing, Physical Fitness Test, Supply Procedures and Counseling Techniques.

As usual, our cadets did extremely well and set the standard for other cadets to follow.  Lauren Rodgers placed 1st Overall Female in the Run and Push Up. Brett Tessay was 1st Overall Male Run and Sam Haglund 1st Overall Male Push Up. Ashton Daniels was a team member for the team that Placed 1st in the Drill Competition. Lauren Rodgers commanded her team in the Drill Competition and placed 2nd. Hanna Frederick and Caitlyn Everle were team members for the team that tied for 3rd in the Drill Competition.

Micah Smith was selected to serve as the Battalion Sergeant Major and several other cadets served in other roles as Company Commanders, First Sergeant, Platoon Sergeant and Squad Leader. John Carter was selected to assist the Camp Commander (LTC Parker) with presenting awards.

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Library Donates Books, STEM Kits to Dothan Housing Authority

With a generous grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, the Dothan Houston County Library System donated over 600 new books and 310 STEM kits to the Dothan Housing Authority on Friday, July 2. The books and kits will be given to children and families at Jamison Village (formally McRae), Crimson Ridge (formally Martin), and Henry Green apartments.

Hall Named Beverlye Principal

Beverlye Intermediate School welcomes new principal, Dr. Erica Hall. Dr. Hall has been in education for 26 years; 13 of those in Dothan City Schools. She was a 5th grade teacher, Reading Instructional Coach, and Assistant Principal at Honeysuckle, Dothan High, and Dothan Preparatory Academy.

Dance Moves Earn Highlands Student Scholarship

Congratulations to Trevor Bolling for receiving a two-year fine arts scholarship to Wallace! His impromptu dance moves and winning attitude during his 6th grade graduation earned him the award, and made his mom, Gemma, proud. Wallace looks forward to seeing Trevor perform on stage in 2027!

Wicksburg Elementary Beta Places at National Convention

Our Elementary Beta group was 2nd place nationally with their Living Literature Scene! Great work! Cara Wallace was 1st place nationally in Creative writing at The National Beta Convention! Evan Hughes finished 3rd nationally in the Social Studies Academic testing category!

Coppinville Students Place in Top 5 at National Beta Convention

Congratulations to Isaiah Banister, A.J. Rendon, and the Portfolio Committee on your Top 5 wins at BETA Nationals! Isaiah – 2nd Place in Academic Testing – Science, A.J. – 3rd Place – Speech, and Portfolio – 3rd Place!

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Rehobeth Elementary Beta Makes History at National Convention

We did it!!! We made Beta history at the 1st ever ELEMENTARY National Beta Convention and RES was on fire!

Performing Arts Group Talent -4th

Performing Arts Solo (Kimber) -9th

Service Learning Showcase -9th

Marketing & Communications -7th

2D Design -4th

Portfolio -6th

Jewelry (Etta) -2nd

Sculpture (Payten) -5th

Digital Art (Lacey) -4th

Technology -3rd

Engineering -9th

ELEM National Beta Convention Day 2

Houston Co. 4-H Announces Photography Winners

Congratulations to the Houston County 4-H photography contest winners! Leigha’s photo (dog) is the 1st place County winner and also 1st place Cottonwood High School winner. Ethan’s photo (landscape) is the 2nd place Cottonwood High School winner. Gavin’s photo (duck) is the 1st place  Ridgecrest Christian School winner. Kendra’s photo (goat) is the Cloverbud ribbon recipient at Ridgecrest Christian School. Mackenzie’s photo (dog) is the 1st place Harvest Christian School winner. Taylor’s photo (cattle) is the 2nd place Harvest Christian School winner.  What an eye for detail! WAY TO GO 4-H’ERS!

Providence Skeet Team Sweeps State Games

PCS Skeet team had a great day last weekend taking home 1st, 2nd, and 3rd overall at the Alabama state games tournament. They also placed in all divisions. They went on to compete at state in Sylacauga. Go Eagles!

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Johnson Named Dauphin Head Football Coach

Dauphin Junior High School is proud to announce Mr. Andrew Johnson as its newest head football coach. He replaces former coach, Brendan Dow, who was recently selected as Kinston School’s assistant principal. Johnson is familiar to the Dauphin football family as he has served four years as a defensive line coach and a year as a defensive coordinator. Most recently, he became the offensive line coach and run game coordinator at Dauphin Junior High School.

“The previous four years of learning under two coaching greats, Marc Sieving and Brendan Dow,  have been a great experience, providing me with a thorough football education,” says Johnson.

An Alabama native, Johnson attended Ariton High school where he played baseball and football. He is also a Troy University graduate. Johnson is married to Meagan Johnson, a music teacher in Ozark’s Lisenby Primary School. Additionally, he serves as the Associate Pastor at the Faith Christian Center in Ozark.

Already in tune to the needs of the football program, Johnson said his goal is simple.  “I look forward to continuing the winning tradition at Dauphin Junior High by focusing on Academics, Character, and Conduct; molding young men and young women to excel not only in the classroom, but also in life.”

“[I’m] thankful to be part of the wonderful Dauphin Junior High family,” says Johnson.

Students Rep Carroll at Troy Band Camp

Congratulations to Lilly, C-Ann, Crystal, Cal, & Olivia for representing CHS at Troy University’s Summer Band Camp!

HA Seniors Participate in Summer Leadership Program

Houston Academy 2022 Seniors participated in the Dothan Youth Leadership program this summer and capped off with setting up the book fair at the Wiregrass Church!

Early Co. Valedictorian Celebrates at Capitol

Liza Sealy, Early County High School’s Valedictorian for the class of 2021, celebrated with her family and Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp and First Lady Marty Kemp. This event is the Governor’s Valedictorian Reception at the Capitol.  You make us so very proud, Liza!

Carver School Welcomes New Principal

We are excited to welcome our new principal, Mr. Chris Payne, to the Carver family! Your Carver staff is hard at work this summer planning and preparing for this school year! We’ve also enjoyed celebrating summertime with our Carver team! It’s great to be a Carver Lion!

Grandmother Creates Backpacks for Selma 6th Graders

Thank you to Angela Davis, grandmother of sixth grader Jabari Davis, on making and gifting every sixth grader at Selma Street Elementary with their own custom backpack.

Richard Takes Silver in National Beta Woodworking Competition

Congratulations to Gracie Richard, she placed 2nd in Woodworking at National Beta Convention today!! Gracie will be going into 6th grade this fall. We are so excited for her!! Great job, Gracie!

Carroll HS Cheer Team Places at Camp

Congratulations to our Varsity Cheerleaders! 1st place camp dance; 3rd place game days; 2nd place OVERALL game day and 4 members made All-American!

Pinedale 6th Grader’s Artwork Places at National Beta Convention

Congratulations to Avery Quincey for placing 8th in the nation with this incredible Fiber Arts piece at the National Beta Convention in Orlando! Avery will be entering the 6th grade this fall. We are so proud of her!!

Enterprise Graduate Elected Governor of Girls State

Congratulations to EHS class of 2021 Graduate Grace Heim! Grace was elected Governor of the 2021 Alabama Girls State session.

Hillcrest Elementary Beta Singers Place 2nd in Songfest

Songfest finals!  2nd place!!  Fabulous job by an ELEMENTARY group of 4th – 6th graders against MIDDLE schools (6th – 8th graders).  And the children recovered fabulously even though they started the music while the kids were trying to sit down!

Inaugural Carroll Youth Football Camp Successful

First annual CHS youth football camp was a success!! Thanks to the parents, coaches, players, and participants for your support and dedication!

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Ashton Wright
Author: Ashton Wright

Ashton is the publisher of Wiregrass Parents magazine. She grew up in Blakely, GA. She graduated from Early County High School in 2005 and went on to graduate from Troy University in 2009. Ashton has been interested in journalism since high school where she was on the newspaper staff for three years. In college she worked with the yearbook and the Advertising & Public Relations Society. She interned with Dothan Magazine in the summer of 2008 and worked as a producer and Executive Producer for WTVY-TV for nine years. Ashton married her husband, Chris, in 2012. They welcomed their daughter, Alexis, in 2015. They also have a dog, Jackson, and cat, Cooper.

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Student Spotlights August 2021

by Ashton Wright time to read: 15 min