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March 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!

Faine Speech Instructor Wins District Primary Teacher of the Year

Jerry Lee Faine Elementary School’s very own Mrs. Scarborough was awarded District Primary Teacher of Year! She will represent Dothan in the State Teacher of the Year program.

This is a huge honor for Mrs. Scarborough and our school. She was awarded by Dr. Coe, Mr. Mallory, Mr. Torrence, Mrs. Hales, Mrs. Dorsey, and her wonderful husband, Mr. Scarborough.

We are so proud of our precious Mrs. Scarborough, the best speech teacher around.

Fisher Chosen Wiregrass Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year

Congratulations to Maddie Fisher, Boys and Girls Club Wiregrass Youth of the Year!

Since 1947, Youth of the Year has been Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s premier recognition program, celebrating the extraordinary achievements of Club members. Each year, one exceptional young person from a Boys & Girls Club rises to the role of National Youth of the Year.

The National Youth of the Year serves as both an exemplary ambassador for Boys & Girls Club youth and as a strong voice for all of our nation’s young people.

The journey to being named National Youth of the Year begins locally and progresses to state, regional and national levels, with an additional military phase for members of BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations.

Dothan Junior Chosen as Girls Inc. National Scholar

Aniyah Dent, a member of Girls Inc. of Dothan and an 11th grade student at Dothan High School, has been chosen as a 2021 Girls Inc. National Scholar and awarded a $20,000 Girls Inc. Lucile Miller Wright scholarship.  She was selected for her outstanding academic achievements, community service work, and dedication to the Girls Inc. mission of inspiring all girls to be strong, smart, and bold.  Aniyah Dent is one of 30 Girls Inc. National Scholars selected in 2021 from across the United States and Canada.

Aniyah Dent has participated in Girls Inc. of Dothan since 2012.  She is on the track and field team at Dothan High School, and a member of Delta Gems Chapter, SADD Chapter, Z Club and Black Youth Vote.  Ms. Dent’s goal is to attend the University of Alabama in Birmingham and study medicine and biology, both to a doctorate level. 

“Girls Inc. is not just a place with girls, it is a sisterhood that changes your life.  Girls Inc. has brought out a fire in me that I did not think I had.  I will forever be grateful to my Girls Inc. family, and no matter what direction life takes me, I will always be a Girls Inc. girl.” – quoted from her scholarship essay.

Harrand Creek Student Wins Coffee Co. Spelling Bee

Congratulations to the Coffee County Spelling Bee Champions! Stella Lawson of Harrand Creek Elementary was the champion, second place was Alisson Moreno of Hillcrest Elementary, and third place was J.D. Reeves of Dauphin Junior High School. Stella will compete in the Alabama State Spelling Bee in March!

Girard Primary School “Growing Readers”

Growing Readers” is one of Mrs. Pruitt’s favorite kind of gardening. These readers are learning to read independently and take AR tests on their own.

Laissez Bon Temps Rouler at Houston Academy

Houston Academy SGA led a Mardi Gras parade on preschool circular drive February 10, 2021. Members of the SGA, Band and Cheer teams came together to put on this super-fun event for our 3P-5K and 1st – 4th grade students.

Carroll High Names 2022 Reps

CONGRATULATIONS to the class of 2022 Eagle Representatives!

Kyashia Daniels

Ally Lambert

Hannah Lewis

Deanna McDaniel

Vivian Nguyen

Shelby Weeks

Jordan Riley

Daniel Kelley

Gavin Mobley

Judson Patterson

Evan Peters

Isaiah Thomas

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Carver 5th Graders Experiment with Light

Our fifth-grade students in Mrs. Mullen’s science classes, visited Mrs. Freeman’s science lab to explore how light reflects off different colors and substances. Students used our Vernier Software & Technology Light Sensors to measure how much light reflects off substances like soil, sand, and water, as well as how different colors reflect different amounts of light. Students used our Vernier LabQuests and their Chromebooks to create a graph to analyze their collected data.

Northside Methodist Win Scholarships for Art

Congratulations to these NMA students on receiving the Dr. Norma Williams Heart for Zion Award. These students received scholarship money for their submissions.

Gavin Helms– short story submission

Ellie Williams– art submission

Brynlee Lunseth– art submission

Cottonwood High Recognizes Top 10 Seniors

Congratulations to our Top 10 senior class members! We are so proud of you.

Valedictorian~Haley Watts

Salutatorian~Cheyenne Ingalls

3~Shelbie Chambers

4~Matthew Crow

5~Madison Garnett

6~Kayleigh Grantham

7~Victoria Burch

8~Makayla DelVecchio

9~Tajah Stringer

10~Katrina Lott

Carver 3rd Graders Explore Climate Around the World

Third-grade scientists in Mrs. Fundum’s class learned about the concept of “climate” and explored the world’s five major climates. For the activity, the students utilized technology to color code parts of a world map to determine the different climates of that region. The students then combined parts of the world map to search for global climate patterns. Keep learning, Lions!

Selma St. Elementary Enriching Fridays with Bright Key

Selma Street Elementary School’s Bright Key “Friday Enrichment Series” began January 29, 2021. Our Second Grade Crew engaged in a virtual lesson entitled “Cold Weather” facilitated by some of our friends at Landmark Park. Learning topics included how water freezes, why do we have cold weather, and how arctic animals survive the cold (hands on experiment with Crisco wrapped around one hand to show how blubber keeps them warm vs the hand with just bare skin). Thank you to our Bright Key Coordinator, Jennifer Campbell!

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Beverlye Intermediate LinC Program Gets 3D Printer

Third and Fourth grade LinC students (and Mr. Williams) are checking out their new 3D printer in action.

Holly Hill Elementary Cuts Ribbon on Book Vending Machine

Ribbon Cutting for Holly Hill’s Opening Day for our Book Vending Machine!  Congratulations to our first recipient!  His hard work has paid off!

Enterprise Track Star Wins State

Congratulations to Aniyah Kitt, the 60 meter 7A state champ! We are proud of you!

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Ten Enterprise Student Athletes Sign College Intent

Congratulations to Trey Cavanaugh, Logan Fleming, Parker Sessions, Natalie Warner, Carson Cole, Josh McCray, Jared Smith, Jaylon Webster, Ashlyn Purvis, and Kyleigh Coin who signed their National Letters of Intent! We are proud of you!

Carroll High Lady Eagles Wins Basketball Title

Congrats to our Lady Eagles! Area Champs! They hosted Andalusia in the sub regionals on Monday, 2/15/2021.

Providence Christian School Indoor Track Team Wins

PCS Girls Indoor Track team wins STATE!!  Congratulations girls!!

Enterprise High Courtyard Turned into Government Lesson

Seniors in Mrs. Tindol’s U.S. Government class created amazing sidewalk art for the EHS courtyard.  They developed and created their own images to portray the freedoms and rights guaranteed by some of the amendments to the US Constitution.

Dauphin Jr. High BETA Serves MCE Nurses

Dauphin BETA gave out 110 chicken biscuits and letters to the nursing staff at Medical Center Enterprise. Way to serve your community! GO FINS! We love our health care workers!!! Thank you chick -fil-A for helping us bless this group!

Carver 6th Graders Use Earth Knowledge for Digital Rescue

In Mrs. Freeman’s science lab, our sixth-grade students participated in a digital escape room! The students worked together using their knowledge of the layers of the Earth to help “rescue” a trapped scientist! The students unlocked different levels by answering questions, and when they escaped, they earned a delicious prize!

Ozark Boys & Girls Club Celebrates Mardi Gras

From bead to shining bead…we had a BLAST at our Annual Mardi Gras Parade!! Every single float was amazing! The kids worked so hard on them! Thank you judges Trae Av, Jenna D. Mack and Jackson Ingram! Congratulations to our King, Eli Biretz and Queen, Ava Gericke.

Caroll High Teachers Team Up for Crystal Lab

Ms. Greggs and Mrs. Andrews team up to teach together. Their students are finding the rate of a crystal violet reaction to bring real-life to their study of Kinetics. They are also determining the half-life of the crystal violet.

How lucky are these students to get two amazing teachers to help them with their lab?!

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Abbeville Christian Girls Basketball Makes School History

Congratulations to our Varsity Girls, our new AISA 1A Varsity Girls Basketball State Champions!! First time in school history!!

Rehobeth High School NJROTC Member Qualifies for National Competition

Athena Hysmith was honored by Taylor Mayor Billy Snell and the City Council for qualifying for the National Rifle Championship.

Emmanuel Christian Congratulates All-Conference Basketball Players

Congratulations to our basketball players who were named PCC All-Conference PlayersMathison Foshee, Dylan Culp, Kelsey Sammons, Maddy Hall, and Emma Gurman (not pictured).

Enterprise High Names Support Person of Year

We would like to congratulate Earl Garth for being awarded Support Person of the Year!  He goes above and beyond for his students making EHS a better place, with a wonderful and caring attitude.  Mr. Garth always has a smile on his face and is such a good role model for the students he serves, as well as the others he comes into contact with on the EHS campus.  Congratulations Mr. Garth!

Houston Academy Cheerleaders Take 7th at State

Congratulations to our Cheer team for placing 7th overall at STATE!

There are a total of 59 ~ 3A cheer teams in Alabama. Of those, 15 qualified for state finals.

Carver 4th Graders Create X-Ray Art

Over the past several weeks, our fourth-grade scientists have been learning about body systems with Mrs. McClenney. They explored the skeletal system by making x-ray art to show the bones of the hand. What a fun “hands-on” activity!

Coppinville Jr. High BETA Spreads Valentine’s Love

BETA Club sponsored a school-wide service project – Operation Valentine – for the Enterprise Nursing Home. They collected toiletry items, door hangers, and stuffed animals. Students also brought in Valentines for the residents and BETA Club bought four radio/CD players for the residents’ use. Linda Uthoven picked up the items for the nursing home, and BETA officers helped her load it all. White House won the competition by bringing in 125 items. They were followed closely by Black House with 116 items! Thank you to all the students and teachers who contributed to this very worthwhile project!

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Students Thank Teachers with Treats

Holly Hill 4th Grade Class Ambassadors treated our Faculty and Staff to Cookies and Lemonade one Friday morning in January. They wanted to tell their teachers “Thanks for making them SMART Cookies!”

Houston Academy Wrestlers Qualify for State

Congratulations to Kennan Beaver (126), Andrew Gil (138), and Jack Jones (145) for qualifying for the State Wrestling Championships in their respective weight classes! Kennan is the 5th seed in 126 lb class. Andrew is the 6th seed in 138 lb class. Jack is the 7th seed in 145 lb class.

Carroll High School Partners with Ozark Library to Provide eBooks

Ms. Williams and Mrs. Hnytka collaborated to put books and eBooks in the hands of their students! Also, thank you to Ozark Dale County Library for providing eBooks to CHS students!

Mixon Intermediate 5th Graders Create Valentine’s Art

Mrs. Mollett and Mrs. Dansby’s 5th grade students enjoyed an art lesson in which they all planned, sketched, and painted original pieces of artwork as part of Valentine’s Day activities.

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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 March 2021

by Ashton Wright time to read: 18 min