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June 2022

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 6th Graders Win Global Reading Competition

Read with Malcolm, the Youth Literacy Initiative of NFL Super Bowl Champion and Children’s Book Author Malcolm Mitchell has announced that Amy Jones’ Sixth Grade Class has won its 5th Annual READBowl Global Reading Competition and has been crowned the 2022 World Champions of Reading. Ms Jones “Block 3” read for more than 76,000 minutes to take home the title. The class edged out 57,000 other students from all 50 states and five countries. The Champions were greeted with a personal visit from Mitchell, as part of their prize package. Mitchell spoke to the students, offered them encouragement and hand delivered their championship certificates.

Heard Elem. Named Beta School of Merit

Dothan City Schools is proud to announce that Heard Elementary School is a 2021-2022 National Beta School of Merit. The school earned this recognition by offering National Beta to all eligible grades on their campus. National Junior Beta includes grades 4-8 and National Senior Beta includes grades 9-12.

The National Beta School of Merit award is given to honor a club’s dedication and commitment to academic excellence. To achieve this prestigious honor, a school must include members from all eligible grade levels in their Beta club. This year, only 3,380 Beta Clubs across the country received this award.

Dothan Tech Education Students Volunteer at Older American’s Day

We had a busy day helping out SARCOA with Older American’s Day at the fairgrounds! There were 1,800 senior citizens registered for this event. The food vendor said that we would be serving 2,000 lunches for the day! Some of the things that we were able to help with were: helping the senior citizens load/unload from buses, distribute flyers and fans, help with raffle tickets and door prizes, prepare and serve lunch, play games and dance with senior citizens and then helped with cleanup! We are exhausted but look forward to doing it again next year! Thank you Mrs. Twyla Williams for inviting us to this wonderful event!!!

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Carver 9th Band Ranks Superior at District

Band students from Carver 9th Grade Academy participated in the District Solo and Ensemble Festival held at Dauphin Junior High School in Enterprise. All 11 events performed received a Superior Rating.  Congratulations to the following students (Bottom: L to R):

Will Smith– Solo, Ensemble

Jade Mitchell– Two Ensembles

Emily Mitchell– Two Ensembles

Mykiah Flowers– Ensemble

Amire Harvey– Ensemble

GG Whiting– Solo and three Ensembles

Haisten Wiggins-Ensemble

William McKinley– Ensemble

Alex Brantley-Solo

Gabryel Miatke-Ensemble

Not pictured:

Colby Goldston-Solo, Ensemble

Wesley Hutto– Ensemble

HA Names New Athletic Director

Houston Academy is thrilled to announce that Mr. Jerry Browning will become its new Athletic Director effective July 1, 2022. After a national search that included candidates from around the state and country, Mr. Browning was the overwhelming selection of the hiring committee. Jerry Browning is a graduate of Troy University and is a Certified Master Athletic Administrator through the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association. He has 30 years of experience as an Athletic Director at schools like Jackson Preparatory School (Mississippi), Hoover High School, and Saint James School in Montgomery.

Joining Jerry at Houston Academy will be his wife Suzy Browning. Suzy has 20 years experience as an educator teaching preschool. Suzy will be joining Houston Academy next year teaching in the 3P program.

Please join us in congratulating Jerry Browning on accepting his new role for the future of Houston Academy!  Welcome to the HA Family, Jerry.

Highlands Math Team Sweeps Tournament

On the morning of May 7, 16 students showed up at school early to compete in the Perennial Math Tournament. Schools from all over Alabama competed. Here are Highlands Elementary’s AMAZING results: In 3rd grade, Remington Siemens won 1st place and Jake Denton won 2nd place. Their team won 2nd place overall. In 4th grade, Ryder Nahrebne won 1st place and Egan Sullivan won 3rd place. Their team won 3rd place overall. In 5th grade, Phi Tran won 1st place and Jake Blevins won 2nd place. In 6th grade, Erin McKinley won 1st place, Tyler Evenhuis won 2nd place, and Ethan Pemberton won 3rd place. Their team won 1st place overall.

We are so proud of these students who have dedicated a LOT of extra hours to practice. Also, a big thank you to the parents who have come later to school to pick the students up after practices and to bring them this morning (on Mother’s Day weekend!). All that hard work paid off!!

Early Co. JROTC Student Honored

It is with great pride that the camp “CSS Chattahoochee” was once again allowed to honor a Jr. ROTC student at the Early County High School. He is a student who was chosen by the staff because he demonstrated the core values of Honor, Courage, and Commitment during this school year.

After submitting a paper on the topic “Why I Plan to Join the Military,” Cameron Troupe discussed his interviews with family members who also had served in the armed service.

The presentation of the award was given by our camp’s first mate Patrick Cofty. The school’s ROTC program will receive a donation from the Georgia Division of the SCV to help with their needs, Cameron will get a gift from the camp, a ribbon & medal, and a certificate. We are proud of this school and this student.

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EHS Band Marches at Universal

Congratulations to the Enterprise High School Big Blue Marching Band on their Stars Parade Performance In Universal Studios!

Miss Daleville Reads to Windham Elem. Students

Thank you, Haley Jones, Miss Daleville 2022, for reading to our students during library classes!

Rucker Blvd. Recognizes Military Families

Rucker Boulevard Elementary School’s parade and ice cream social honoring military students and parents was a success! Thanks to all who participated and wore purple to honor these fantastic families!

DCHS Color Guard Gearing Up for Next Season

The Dale County High School Band of Warriors’ new color guard put in a day’s worth of hard work learning and perfecting tosses and getting ready for the NEW season! We cannot wait for a new season with the Band of Warriors!

Ashford FBLA Attend Business Summit

Our FBLA students had the opportunity to attend Troy University Dothan’s Youth Business Summit. They competed in The Stock Market Game, Business Plan, and Social Media Marketing competitions. Students were able to network with over 200 local business students and attend several business seminars.

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ECES Students Experience Life in the Old West

After completing a unit in social studies on Western Expansion, Mrs. Baker’s classes at Early County Elementary School enjoyed constructing covered wagons, sitting by the campfire enjoying S’mores, panning for gold, and writing letters back home telling their families about their adventures.

Rehobeth Elementary Sending 10 to National Beta Convention

Some of our Performing Arts-Group Betas have been selected to receive a GOLDEN TICKET to be Premiere Performing Vocalists at the National Beta Convention this summer in Nashville, Tenn.! We are so excited and can’t wait for June 30th to get here!

Carver 9th Plants Community Garden

Happy Earth Day from Carver 9th Grade Academy! Mrs. Evan’s class had a blast helping Coach Hart plant our community garden. Huge thank you to Coach for putting this together!

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Carver 9th Art Students Design “Walk A Mile in Her Shoes” Trophies

The House of Ruth asked Mrs. Anth’s Art classes to create heels for the “Walk A Mile in Her Shoes” event held April 30. The event raises awareness for women who have been impacted by sexual violence. Mrs. Anth handed out the awards to the winners. The trophies were designed by the students listed below.

Theme 1: The Earth:  Ashanti Lewis and Jacob Costelloe

Theme 2: Super Hero: N’Kaisha Smith and Karmen Gibbs

Theme 3: Fruit Blooms:  Cristina Cruz and Sevyn Walker

Theme 4: The Woods:  Jayson Allen and Julius Roy

Theme 5: Angel: Adriannah Horne, Morgan Perry, and Kaitlyn Lett

Theme 6: Unicorn: Carson Sollie and Nala Werts

Theme 7: Pretty in Pink: Antenna Dixon and Trystin Johns

Theme 8: Luxury Bath: Emiyah Cauley and Ivyonce Campbell

Awesome Job, Mrs. Anth and Art Students

Dothan Tech Graphic Arts Headed to National Competition

Two Dothan Tech program teams will compete in SkillsUSA Nationals this summer after winning the state competition in Birmingham.

Advancing to Atlanta are Graphic Arts students Dree Webb, Krisopher Parker, and Antonio Helms. The trio won the Community Service Competition for their Scout’s Alley project in Downtown Dothan. Television Media students Amir Drakes, Angelo Cooper, and Tucker Lee will also go on to compete in Atlanta for winning the Career Pathway Showcase competition. Each student was also awarded a $2,000 scholarship as well as a Lowe’s gift card.

In addition to the State Champion titles, additional Dothan Tech students won in the following categories: Luca Grignano won the Silver Medal in the State Conference Booklet Cover Design, Mary Collins won the Silver Medal in the State Conference T-Shirt Design, and Ben Ayers won Silver Medal in the State Conference Pin Design. Asiya Ward, Jasmine Baldwin, and Melanee Moore won the Silver Medal in the Career Pathway Showcase competition, Makaylah Harvey and Ceona Arnold won the Bronze Medal in the Television Video Production competition, and Jules Singley won the Bronze Medal in the Prepared Speech competition.

All “Tied” Up at Coppinville Jr. High

Mr. Dow taught a quick class on “How to Tie a Tie” at break!

Early County Football Player Signs with Point

Congrats to LJ Mckinnie on signing with Point University! Very deserving for a hard working and committed young man! We look forward to seeing him play at the next level!

Dothan Early Ed. Parents Feed Staff

Thank you to our wonderful parents for providing the most delicious breakfast for our staff. We grazed all day long on these goodies! We appreciate you!!

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Abbeville Christian Beta Club Induction

Lead. Achieve. Succeed. The Junior and Senior Beta Club Induction ceremony was held May 4! Congratulations to these students! We are proud of you!

Headland High Names Top Seniors

Class of 2022 Honor Graduates

Adams, Alexandrea – Armstrong, Kinley – Barr, Kristin – Bing, Ethan – Blackmon, Jayden – Choquette, Hudson – Dixon, Emma – Fuqua, Vanessa – Griffin, Eliot – Jenkins, Grant – Kirkland, Luci – Peters, Asher – Roberts, Meigs – Shelley, Anais – Simpson, Gabby – Taylor, Tanner – Vu, Alex – Woodham, Alex

Selma Street Named Beta School of Distinction

Congratulations to Selma Street Elementary School’s Junior Beta Chapter on receiving a 2021-2022 National Beta School of Distinction banner honor!

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Coppinville Junior High 8th Grade Awards Day

We celebrated our 8th graders at their Awards Day 2022. Parents, teachers, and Mayor Cooper attended the ceremony for almost 150 student honorees. We are proud of all of our 8th graders’ accomplishments. Special honors went to Lawrence Bendebel, Principal’s Award; Malachi Stafford and Christel Culliver, B.F. Garth Award (pictured); Ashlee Owens, Dr. Patty Muller Choral Music Award; and Sydney Smith, William Cooper Band Award. Congratulations to all!

Carroll Student Wins State SkillsUSA Photography Contest

Damon Case, a CTE Advertising Design student, won first place in the Photography category at the Alabama SkillsUSA State Conference Competition. Damon received a GOLD medal, a $2000 scholarship, a $100 Lowe’s gift certificate, and all the bragging rights! Mrs. Bolton and Mrs. Shawn both are very proud of all of their students who competed in the SkillsUSA State Competition!

Dauphin Jr. High Assistant Principal Sticks It Out

In sixth period at Dauphin, we had a “Sticky Situation.“ DJHS students taped Mr. Lane to the Gym wall. Thank you to all who participated in this fundraiser for the cheerleaders. And a big THANK YOU to Mr. Lane for being such a good sport.

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Blakely Rotary Honors Outstanding Juniors

The Blakely Rotary Club honored twenty-one outstanding juniors from Early County High School and Southwest Georgia Academy at the April 21st meeting. Chamber President Celia Bostwick shared the history of the Youth Leadership training program that currently uses the Youth Engaged in Leadership and Learning (YELL) curriculum. While this curriculum focuses on youth as leaders, it is ultimately about creating lasting social change. Each of the five four-hour training sessions considers how different personality types bring different ideas and gifts to the table to pinpoint, plan, and solve problems. The instructors for the YELL curriculum this year were Lori Gaston Haddock, Julia Houston, and Celia Bostwick.

Front row:  Meg Phillips, Maddie English, Chamber President Celia Bostwick, Destiny Ceasar, Sarah Wasdin, Anna Dozier, Instructor Julia Houston

Next row standing: SGA Counselor Leslie Bush Godwin, Blair Pollock, Anna Myles Mosely, Payne Murphree, Katie Earnest, Devyn Bennett, Trinity Mills, Ruthie Mulkey, Olivia Lee, YELL Instructor Lori Gaston Haddock  

Back:  SGA Head Master Matt Dalrymple, Jaxson Haire, Maggie Benton, Tucker McLendon, Jackson Ginn, Gaines Harrell, Georgia Odom, Drew Caudill, Rotary Vice President Dave Atkins, and ECHS Principal Tammy Kilgore. (Kendall Allen is not pictured)