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May 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!

Carroll High Student Awarded Bryant Jordan Scholarship

Riley Jordan, Bryant Jordan 5A Region 2 Scholarship Winner!

A-Club Scholarship Winner

Received $15,000

Riley, we are proud of you!

HA Boys Tennis Wins State

Congratulations to our boys tennis team for winning the state championship! 4-peat! On top of our Raider Boys winning the 1A-3A State Championship, we also had an individual state winner. Coming in at number 3, Kenza Bilbeisi! HA proud!

Highlands Quiz Bowl Performs Well

Highlands Elementary School participated in Quiz Bowl on Thursday, April 14th. A small group of 5th and 6th grade students competed. Chynna Clark was the 5th grade captain. Lilly Mathis was the 6th grade captain. The teams consisted of LinC students and students who have been participating in Trivia Club throughout the year. They had to answer 100 timed questions about various topics. Fifth grade had about 80% accuracy and sixth grade had 93% accuracy. They competed against teams nationwide.

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Lisenby Music Teacher Finalist for State Teacher of the Year

Lisenby Primary School is so extremely proud and excited for Mrs. Johnson for being chosen District 2 Elementary Teacher of the Year! 

Mrs. Johnson has been chosen as the Lisenby Teacher of the Year, OCS Elementary Teacher of the Year, and now she has been chosen as the top 16 finalists for the State Teacher of the Year!

This is her fifth year as the music teacher at Joseph W. Lisenby Primary School. Mrs. Johnson is a graduate of Troy University with a MS degree in Vocal/Choral Music Education and has always been passionate about music and learning. From an early age, she wanted to be a teacher and was inspired by the great teachers that have poured into her life. Mrs. Johnson decided to become a music teacher to create musical experiences and share opportunities with students that she did not have as a child. She continues to share her love of music and learning with students of all ages. Congratulations, Mrs. Johnson!

Selma Students Win at State Science Fair

Our Sixth Grade Scholars did it AGAIN!

Congratulations to Delroy Williams and Peyton Danley for their special recognition of awards in the Junior Division at the virtual Alabama Science and Engineering Fair. Our Selma Street Crew is incredibly proud of their accomplishments!

Williams and Danley received the Auburn University Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers Young Innovator Award (Certificate and $50 Cash Award) as well as the Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) Achievement Award (Certificate for Excellence in Science or Engineering).

PCS Senior Wins Athlete Scholar Award

Congratulations to Providence Christian School Senior, Conner Patterson, for winning the Bryant-Jordan Student Athlete Scholar Award. The scholarship program is for the state’s top achievers who excel in both academics and athletics. Conner was recognized for his achievements in the classroom and on the cross country course, as well as for his service to his community. Conner is a two-time individual cross country champion and five-time individual indoor/outdoor track champion. Congratulations Conner!

Rehobeth Teen Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year

Maddie K. Fisher was named the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Wiregrass’s Youth of the Year. Fisher was selected from among 425 youth from BGCW’s five clubs. The title is given to a young person in recognition of leadership, service, academic excellence, and dedication to live a healthy lifestyle. Fisher will go on to vie for the Alabama Youth of the Year title and a $2,500 college scholarship from Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

Fisher has been a member of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Wiregrass since she was 10 years old. She has accumulated more than 4,500 volunteer hours working at the Rehobeth club after school and at the Dothan club during the summer.

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Houston Academy Girls Basketball Coach Honored

We’d like to congratulate our Women’s Basketball Coach, Leigh Griffin, on earning 1A-7A Coach of the year! This was Leigh’s 4th season as the Varsity Coach and her team went 20-7. After 23 years, Leigh led her squad to the Sweet 16. Congratulations!

Miss Alabama Gets Social with Beverlye Girls

A healthy lifestyle includes a healthy perspective using technology. Thank you, Lauren Bradford, Miss Alabama, for coming to Beverlye Intermediate School for the Arts. Lauren spoke to all the ladies at BISA about making smart choices with digital devices and social media. She gave us all a challenge:TAKE A BREAK from our screens.

Lakeside School Track Team Wins State

Our girls track team won the 2A state championship and were runners up for the entire AISA state track meet in Orange Beach. Sophie Seaborn, 8th grade, was named MVP of the girls tournament.

Pictured (L-R): Dylin White, Sophie Seaborn, Coach Allison Coates Graylin Pomeroy, Addysen Eriksen, Ellie Haney, Mackenzie Eriksen, Chloe Helms, Eliza Eriksen, Zoe Andrews, Carlee Davis, Addy Helms, Hannah Buchan, Rebecca Neville

Coaches: Ryan Langford and Allison Coates

D.A. Smith Students Place at State Science Fair

Under the direction of Ms. Amanda Melby, D.A. Smith students did an exceptional job at the Greater Eastern Alabama and Engineering Fair in March and had a celebration to honor all students that participated. Ava Biretz and Ivan Ibarra represented Ozark City Schools at Auburn University on March 3rd and each brought home an award.

Ava placed 3rd in Earth and Environmental Science and advanced to the state Science Fair!

Ivan won the Auburn University Talent in Mathematics and Statistics Award! 

We are proud of our D.A. Smith Students and teachers!

1st Ava Biretz

2nd Riley Evans

3rd Ivan Ibarra

DHS Students Get First Responder Training

Dothan High School students participated in First Responder Safety Training at the Wiregrass Public Safety Center April 18-19. The two-day hands-on training was a collaboration project funded through a micro-grant from Wiregrass Foundation.

Students were trained in First Aid, CPR, Stop-the-Bleed, and Critical Incident Stress Management. Training involved classroom instruction and practical application exercises designed to prepare students for intense situations should an emergency occur.

Training was provided by the Dothan Fire and Police Departments, along with Wiregrass Public Safety Center personnel. The initiative is part of Active Shooter Hostile Event Response (ASHER), with the goal of preparing students to assist emergency responders in the event of a crisis at school.

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Enterprise Students Get Hands-On STEM Experience

Researchers and engineers from the U.S. Army Aeromedical Research Laboratory participated in a USAACE and Fort Rucker STEM event held at the U.S. Army Aviation Museum. Coppinville Junior High School and Dauphin Junior High School students explored the applications of functional near-infrared spectroscopy, virtual reality, operator state monitoring, and cognitive performance in aviation research to reinforce concepts they are learning in their Flight and Space class.

Rucker Boulevard Bowling Fundraiser Supplies Classrooms

Mrs.Christy Heard’s class held a fundraiser during all PE classes from April 4-8. The students could pay $1 for 2 chances to bowl. The funds raised will be used for purchasing classroom supplies and going on field trips. The top three bowlers were awarded a summertime goody bucket. Thank you to everybody who participated!

1st place – Denson Helms (bowled 225)

2nd place – Andrew Talley (bowled 149)

3rd place – Mikey Jerkins (bowled 88)

Holly Hill Students Start Treat Business to Help Local Animal Shelter

We were thrilled to meet these two entrepreneurs. These two young ladies, ages 11 and 12, started a business making dog biscuits and selling them to help raise money to buy supplies for the SOS Animal Shelter. They got some recipes online and baked the dog treats, packaged them and sold them. They even designed their own business cards. A couple of months ago, one of their parents dropped some of the treats so the dogs at the shelter could taste the product. Our dogs gave them two paws up. We had asked to meet them but you know how crazy things can be when starting up your business. They were finally able to stop by and are just as sweet and adorable as their products. Keep up the great work girls!!

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Dothan Tech Hosts First-Ever Adulting Day

Today was a GREAT day for Dothan High School seniors as Liberty Learning Foundation Citizen Promise offered the inaugural Adulting Day!

Students had the opportunity to learn about basic automotive maintenance, simple and easy meal prep solutions, how to care for their clothing, and what to do during a traffic stop or after an accident.

We hope these are the skills our students will carry with them throughout their life.

Dothan High Welcomes New Basketball Coach

Jeremy Bynum has been named the new head boys basketball coach for Dothan High School. Bynum comes to Dothan High School from Mae Jemison High School in Huntsville, Alabama where he served as the Varsity Head Coach.

Bynum’s resume includes his time at Jacksonville State University (JSU) where he was a four-year starter, 4th All-Time Leading Scorer in D1 History, All-Time Leader in Three Points Made, and voted Top 15 Player in JSU’s D1 History.

Bynum brings professional playing experience from his time with the Croatia Premier League (Avg. 15 Points), Russian Super League (Avg. 17 Points), Austrian Super League (Avg. 16.5 Points), Top Division – Republic of Georgia (Avg. 17 Points, All-Star), 2nd Division – Republic of Georgia Champions MVP, and Top Division – Lisbon, Portugal (Avg. 15 Points/ 3-PT Percentage 40%), and Croatia Premier.

 Bynum has served as the head varsity assistant coach for Jacksonville High School and Oxford High School. He recently served as the head boys basketball coach at Mae Jemison last year and led his team to the Elite 8 where they upset the number two ranked team in 5A, Wenonah, at the regional tournament.

Rucker Boulevard Runners Win Rucker Track Meet

Congratulations to RBE’s Darrian Beauford and Coleman Rodgers for participating in Ft. Rucker Youth Sports track & field meet. Coleman won 2nd place in the 9/10 year old boys 800m and 1600m run. Darrian won first place in the 11/12 year old boys 50m, 100m, 200m and shot put.

Highlands 5th Graders Practice Spanish Skills

Highlands Elementary 5th graders practiced their Spanish skills by ordering a meal using only the Spanish language. Mrs. Daugherty, the Spanish teacher, has been teaching them words they could use, and this week they applied the skill. It was a fun, educational event!

Lakeside Teacher Recognized at State Level

Mr. John Savage was named the AISA 2A Secondary Teacher of the Year

Pictured (L-R): John Mehaffey, John Savage, Tucker Stephenson

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Houston Academy Students Design Dream Homes

Third grade math students develop their own “Dream House” by designing rooms that best describe their hobbies/personalities. When designing each room, students must use their prior knowledge to find the area of each room and in the end, the area of the entire house. Relating academics to everyday life, allows students to become more creative, perform with critical thinking, and also proves a road to mastery of problem-solving skills.

Lisenby Primary Announces Music Month Poster Winners

Our Music Month Poster Winners are….

1st place: Kahleesie Augerot

2nd place: Stephen Nance

3rd place: Jack Gorriz

People’s Choice: Madison Terry

Congratulations to our winners!!

Great job to all of our students on being so creative with their posters! We have enjoyed celebrating Music in March with Mrs. Johnson!

Enterprise FFA Teacher Fulfills Bet for Banners

Ms. Dunn promised her students that if they won an FFA banner at district that she would have her picture taken with Ronald McWeevil. Here is the proof that she held up her end of the bargain! Congratulations to the Enterprise High FFA and especially to Ms. Dunn who has worked especially hard preparing her students for success. Go Cats!

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4 Dothan High Band Members Selected for Honor Band

Students auditioned and were selected to participate in the Alabama Bandmasters Association District 8 Honor Band held at Enterprise High School. Conductor was Dr Sean P. Murray from UAB. Pictured L-R is Andrew McKinley, Amir Thompson, G.G. Whiting, & Daegan Benjamin. Congratulations!!

Mixon Intermediate Students Exceed Reading Goal

At the beginning of the year, Mrs. Barefield’s class set a goal. That goal was to read 7 novels before our state testing, which begins next week. These students met their goal, but didn’t stop there. They now plan to read 2 more before Summer Break! Great job by all!!

Enterprise Early Ed Students Give to Classmates

Congratulations Kindergarten and 1st grade classes for “giving back” during state assessments to some of our teachers. Willette and Kelley’s students gifted items to start the day for Mrs. Burrows, Mrs. Jakubecz, and Mr. Whittaker for testing on April 11. Thank you to the parents and students that were able to participate- we appreciate you!

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EEC Rockstar Awards Program

The Enterprise Early Education Center recognized prize winners who displayed characteristics of an exemplary student, friend, classmate and/or leader. Also pictured are our celebrity drawers that came to honor students that were caught being good!

Our staff wrote over 2000 good slips- Rockstar Slips!

We awarded the top 3 staff members who wrote rockstar slips.

Thomas Chadwick – 141

Kathy Bruce – 139

Shavonne Burrows – 137

Among the prize winners was Glenn Davis, who won a prize and donated it back so someone else could enjoy! This in itself was a great display of human kindness and selflessness! So proud of all of our EEEC students!

Math is Sweet at Mixon Intermediate

Mrs. McDaniel’s Students are reviewing Line Plots, Bar Graphs and Pictographs with SKITTLES. The students also worked with fractions of a unit to collect and display data with their skittles.