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!
Providence Christian Saxophonist Makes All-State Band
We would like to congratulate Providence band member Nathan Nicholls for making All-State band this year. Nicholls is a junior alto saxophonist who has spent many hours preparing for this difficult audition over the past several months. He will be representing the very best of young musicians from the state in April at the All-State concert, held in Mobile, Alabama. Providence and Mr. Nolen are very proud of his accomplishments and look forward to many more auditioning next year.
Beverlye Students Win Third, Honorable Mention at Science Fair
BISA students represented us well in the Citywide Science Fair on January 28th at the National Peanut Festival Fairgrounds. Maqwan Fleming won 3rd place for his experiment “Taste My Rainbow”. Jayda Palm, Kebrille Martin, and Kenli Graham received Honorable Mention for their group project, “Growing Crystal Geodes.” We are very proud of our students for their hard work and participation.
Enterprise Altrusa Club Donates School Supplies
EHS would like to say a special thank you to the Altrusa of Enterprise for their generous donations of school supplies for our teachers and students. The bags were donated by Mike Holland at Enterprise Paper and Janitorial. They contained paper towels, Lysol wipes, Kleenex, hand sanitizer, dry erase markers and other classroom supplies. This is an example of what makes the community of Enterprise such a special place. Go Cats!
Dothan City Schools Announces 2022-2023 Teachers of the Year
Dothan City Schools is proud to announce their Teachers of the Year that will represent their schools for the 2022-2023 school year and the District Elementary and Secondary Teacher of the Years that will represent Dothan City Schools in the Alabama Teacher of the Year Program. The Alabama Teacher of the Year Program seeks annually to honor and recognize excellence in the teaching profession by identifying outstanding Alabama classroom teachers at local, district and state levels.
Carver School for Mathematics, Science and Technology’s Ashley Adkinson was named as Dothan City Schools 2022-2023 Elementary Teacher of the Year. Dothan High School’s Jonathan Dismukes was named as Dothan City Schools 2022-2023 Secondary Teacher of the Year.
The district winners were selected from individual school Teachers of the Year winners. The school nominees were: Early Education: Susana Perkall, Dothan City Early Education Center. Primary/Elementary: Toshia Blake, Beverlye Intermediate School; Karen Brookshire-Jackson, Girard Primary School; Madeleine Dunivin, Girard Intermediate School; Elysse Doswell, Heard Elementary School; Juelie Harvin, Hidden Lake Primary School; Erin Woodham, Highlands Elementary School; Monique Ordon, Jerry Lee Faine Elementary School; Kelly Preston, Kelly Springs Elementary School; Jodie Walters Sekeres, Morris Slingluff Elementary School; LaTonja Robinson, Selma Street Elementary School. Secondary: Taylor Boneau, Dothan Preparatory Academy; Brittany Smiley, Carver 9th Grade Academy; Jonathan Dismukes, Dothan High School; Bob Griggs, Dothan Technology Center; Teresa Jones, Dothan City Virtual School; Eve Fabbrini, PASS Academy/ARC.
Dothan Prep Student Accepted into LEAP
Join us in congratulating our very own Mabelin Sykes on her acceptance into LEAP Program at the University of Alabama.
What Is LEAP? Leaders Exploring Academic Possibilities (LEAP) is a summer program for rising high school freshmen hosted by UA Early College at The University of Alabama. Students who meet the criteria must submit an application and be extended an invitation to participate in a camp session.
We are proud of you Mabelin!
D.A. Smith Band Take Part in First SEUS Honor Band
Super proud of this group of D.A. Smith band students! They participated in their very first Southeastern United States (SEUS) Honor Band at Troy University the first weekend of February. They had a blast! Thanks to Dr. Mark Walker and the Troy University School of Music for making this such a great experience for our students. They were even fortunate enough to get in a photo with band director Calvin Scott’s former band director, friend, and brilliant composer Mr. Robert W. Smith.
Special Olympics Gold Medalist Visits Highlands
Highlands’ 4th graders had a special visitor. Zachary Grice came to talk to the students about competing in the Olympics after a week long study on the Olympics. Zach has competed in several Special Olympic competitions over the years. In 2003, he competed at the World Special Olympic Games in Ireland. He won a gold and 2 silver medals while competing in swimming. He encouraged the students to work hard and have fun in all the activities they do, so one day, they can possibly compete in the Olympics!
Northside Methodist Bible Quiz Teams Win State Contest
The Junior High and Senior High Bible Quiz teams each won first place in the ACEA state competition. (Alabama Christian Education Association)
Senior High: Abigail Laseter, Laura Kate Hall, Jesse Dyson, and Jack Ray
Junior High: Daniel Brown, Timan Lewis, River Walding, and Anna Kate Wells
Coaches: Mrs. Carol Roten and Ms. Corey Decker
DCS 9th Grade Cheer Team Takes 4th in National Competition
Carver Ninth Grade Academy cheerleaders competed in the UCA National High School Cheerleading Competition at Walt Disney World in Orlando February 12th. The team competed against teams from across the nation in the more than 40-year-old competition. The Carver 9th grade squad left the floor with 4th place.
16 Selma Street Students Tapped for Junior Beta
Proud of these Selma Street Wildcats for receiving Junior Beta Invitations! Induction Ceremony coming soon!
Carver Students Collect 10 Ribbons at Science Fair
We are so proud of our science fair participants! Friday, January 28, our Carver scientists presented their projects to a panel of judges. Our students did an amazing job, and we are excited to announce our student awards!
Carter Bright– 1st Place
Drake Randolph– 1st Place and Best in Show
Barron Cowart, Houston Fetsko, Zeke Slingluff – 2nd Place
Kaelyn Pettway– 2nd Place
Tyler Smith, Max McCabe, Davis Langford– 3rd Place
Christian McKay – 3rd Place
Max Mitchell – 3rd Place
Xander Vasquez– 3rd Place
Orion Salvador– Honorable Mention
Ezekiel Young, Cameron Utterback, Jacob Johnson, K’Mori White-Walker – Honorable Mention
Devan Brewer and Joshua Senn-2nd Place
Kyra Tolley – Honorable Mention
Om Patel and Amelia Bradford – 1st Place and Overall Winner
Way to go, Lions!
Dothan Prep Students Take 2nd in District Science Fair
We would like to congratulate the following students for representing DPA in the 2022 Wiregrass District Science Fair sponsored by the Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Mary Kate Gowen
Om Mohan & Syed Taha placed 2nd in the Electrical Science category. Mary Kate Gowen placed 2nd in the Biology category.
Mrs. Mustin was the DPA sponsor.
Selma Street 6th Graders Advance to Regional Science & Engineering Fair
Congratulations are in order for Sixth Graders, Delroy Williams and Peyton Dulaney, on ADVANCING to the regional Greater East Alabama Science and Engineering Fair in Auburn March 3rd! Your crew is very PROUD of you!
Northside Methodist Names Top Seniors
NMA 2022 Valedictorian & Salutatorian
Salutatorian: Kayden Williams
Valedictorian: Keyanna Stovall
Coppinville Student Wins County Spelling Bee
Congratulations to 8th grader, Jianne Holcombe, on winning the Coffee County Spelling Bee 2022! Jianne advanced to the Alabama State Spelling Bee on March 26th in Birmingham at UAB. Good Luck, Jianne!
Southeast Health, Dothan City Schools continue Academy of Health Sciences & Biomedical Science Partnership
Southeast Health and Dothan City Schools are in the final year of a three-year education partnership that has prepared students at Dothan Tech’s Academy of Health Sciences and Biomedical Science to enter the healthcare field.
Southeast Health has provided the program with $130,000 and in-kind services during the three year partnership to ensure students learn in an authentic healthcare setting complete with simulated patient rooms.
(Pictured L to R): Joni Brewer, Dothan Tech Health Science Teacher; Dana Singletary, Dothan Tech Biomedical Science Teacher; Amanda Walding, Dothan Tech Health Science Teacher; Kelly M. Hurt, Southeast Health Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer; Olivia Burgess, Dothan High School Senior and HOSA President; Rick Sutton, Southeast Health Chief Executive Officer; Claudia Hall, Southeast Health Vice President of Marketing and Planning
Rucker Boulevard 3rd Graders Experience Oregon Trail
Houston Academy is thrilled to announce that Mrs. Julie Kinney will become the new Head of Lower School effective July 1, 2022.
After a national search that included candidates from around the country and overseas, Mrs. Kinney, who is well known to the HA community, was the unanimous selection of the hiring committee.
Julie Kinney is a graduate of Auburn University with a degree in Early Childhood Education. She has 30 years of experience in elementary education, including the last 28 years right here on our campus at Houston Academy. She has spent 25 years as a 1st Grade teacher and 3 years in Kindergarten.
During her tenure at HA she has also served on various K to 12 curriculum committees and as a member of the Academic Council.
Julie and her husband David have 2 daughters, Kate and Caroline, who graduated from HA. Thus, Julie knows Houston Academy well and from multiple lenses and perspectives. Comments from her peers indicate that they feel that she is a “lifelong learner,” “a faculty leader,” and “a die-hard supporter of all things HA”.
Please join us in congratulating Julie Kinney on her new role for the future of Houston Academy!
Northside Methodist Academy Inducts New American Christian Honor Society Members
The purpose of the American Christian Honor Society is to advance Christian scholarship, challenge Christian leadership, honor Christian character, and stimulate Christian service.
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward, it is the Lord, Christ you are serving.”
To be inducted into the American Christian Honor Society students must have a GPA of 3.5 as well as great character, leadership abilities & willingness to serve others.
Congratulations to our new members!
Cottonwood Seniors Sign Football Scholarships to West Alabama, Faulkner
Congratulations to Cottonwood High’s Allen Jones and Jordan Williams for signing to play football at the next level. After graduation, Allen will be headed to The University of West Alabama and Jordan will attend Faulkner University. We are proud of both of these Bear athletes, thankful for their contribution to our athletic program, and excited for their bright futures.
Rehobeth Swimmer Signs Scholarship to Catawba
SIGNED: Congratulations to ZACHARY HANNAH on his swim and academic scholarship to Catawba College.