November 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!

Geneva Sophomore Gifts Veteran 9/11 Commemorative Photo

A special THANK YOU to 10th grader Ivey Zheng who wanted to gift this picture of the Twin Towers to a veteran of the War on Terror!  It will be put on permanent display in the Geneva Police Department as a reminder to all who enter that we should Never Forget!


Another big THANK YOU to art teacher Hannah Ward for passing on patriotism and good ole American values to the next generation!

Dothan Senior Named Semifinalist in Merit Scholarship Program

Join Dothan City Schools in congratulating Dothan High School Senior Michelle McCleod!

Michelle was named a Semifinalist in the 67th Annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

​Michelle is among 16,000 Semifinalists nationwide who will have the opportunity to compete for some $30 million in scholarships.

“This distinction is afforded to the best of the best in high school seniors throughout the country. Reaching this level places Ms. McCleod in the top 99.7% of qualifying seniors in the country,” says Superintendent Dr. Dennis Coe. “As our first Dothan Wolf to earn this distinct honor, our most sincere and enthusiastic congratulations are offered to her in this accomplishment. This is a prime example of the quality student Dothan City Schools has helped to inspire to greatness.”

Ozark Chamber Announces Youth Ambassadors

The Ozark Area Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce our 2021 – 2022 Youth Ambassadors.

The purpose of the CYA (Chamber Youth Ambassadors) program is for our students to experience all that our community offers as a great place to work, live, and return as an adult entering the workforce. We will provide our CYA participants with a knowledge of local government, information about our city and county heritage, and an understanding of proper business tactics.

Top Row (Left to Right): Blake Hughes, MaKenna Long, Audra Lowery, Elizabeth Harrell

Middle Row (Left to Right): Lilly Grace Payne, Emmaline Hughes, and Ainsley Watts

Bottom Row (Left to Right): Kayla Cohen and Breana Henning

Not Pictured: Callie Edwards

Highlands Elementary Makes Its Mark on Dot Day

Highlands Elementary joined schools around the world to celebrate International Dot Day on September 15th. This day was created by Peter Reynolds to inspire creativity. The students designed various types of dots in their art class, led by the art teacher, Tara Harris. Teachers and students participated in the event by wearing polka dots and discussing how they would “make their mark.”

Northside Methodist Raises Money for Smile-A-Mile

The NMA SGA partnered with our AISA association and Smile-a-Mile and raised $826.75 and had a blast! Smile-A-Mile‘s mission is “to provide hope, healing of the spirit and love for the whole family during the childhood cancer journey. Through year-round meaningful and educational programming, Smile-A-Mile helps those in Alabama who are affected by childhood cancer thrive during treatment and the years beyond.”

Providence Christian Collects Food for Food Bank

Thank you, Providence families, for bringing in cans for our annual can food drive. Our school collected 8,547 cans for the Wiregrass Area Food Bank. We exceeded our goal for this year and topped the last food drive by more than 1,000 cans. Your generosity will help make an impact on our community. Thank you to our Student Leadership Council for organizing and managing the drive.

Dothan City Schools Announces Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council

Dothan City Schools (DCS) recently announced their 2021-2022 Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council (SSAC). The SSAC was formed to give Dothan City Schools Superintendent and Board of Education the important ideas, viewpoints, and input from DCS students.


The council application was open to any DCS student who was in good standing in Grades 5 and above. The SSAC is made up of 16 delegates from the following schools.


Highlands Elementary School – Anna Lee S.; Heard Elementary School – Gabriella S.; Selma Street Elementary School – Brody A.; Morris Slingluff Elementary School – Gabrielle S.; Jerry Lee Faine Elementary School – Lyriq C.; Kelly Springs Elementary School – Kayla G.; Beverlye Intermediate School – Haleigh C.; Girard Intermediate School – Zaniya D.; Carver School – Christan M.; Dothan City Virtual School – Ja’Kaylynn F.; Carver 9th Grade Academy – Brooklyn G., SSAC Vice-Chairperson, Addison H.; Dothan High School – Julianna S., SSAC Chairperson, K’era J.; Dothan Preparatory Academy – Braylon J., Mabelin S.


The SSAC recently held their first advisory meeting with Dr. Dennis Coe to discuss highlights and concerns regarding Dothan City Schools from their perspective as students. The SSAC will formally present to the Board of Education at the October Board of Education meeting. The SSAC will continue to meet quarterly to ensure the DCS Superintendent and Board of Education are kept up to date on the thoughts and concerns of the students.


To learn more about the Superintendent Student Advisory Council, go to dothan.k12.al.us/ssac.

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Heard Kindergarteners Have Heads in the Clouds

Kindergarten Crew Members have been reading “Have Fun Molly Lou Melon”. In the book the grandmother told Molly Lou that she didn’t have television so she would watch the clouds and use her imagination to spot things in the clouds. To connect the curriculum, students went outside, laid down and watched for what we could see in the clouds!

Slingluff Book Character Pumpkin Contest Winners Announced

Congratulations to the winners of our Book Character Pumpkin Decorating Contest! Winners received a goodie bag filled with books and treats as well as gift certificates to the upcoming Book Fair. Thank you to all who participated!

K-2 Winner: Skylin F.

3-6 Winner: Arjanae C.

Family Winner: Aiden T.

Art Teacher’s Award: Serenity S.

People’s Choice: Paisley G.

Mr. & Miss Coppinville Crowned

Congratulations to Kendall Gates, our new Miss Coppinville 2021-2022, and to Ayden Perkins, Mr. Coppinville!  Congratulations also to 1st Runner-Up, Leanna Carr, 2nd Runner-Up, Reagan Minks, 3rd Runner-Up, Aubree Warren Ankrom, Miss Photogenic, Kendall Gates, Miss Eagle, Albrianna Jones, and Miss Congeniality, Hannah Sheffield! Congratulations also to A.J. Rendon, Mr. Coppinville 1st Runner-Up!  The new Miss Coppinville was crowned by Hana Hutchison, Miss Coppinville 2020-2021!

Dothan 8th Grade Football Players Celebrate Teachers

Our 8th Grade Football Players chose three teachers to celebrate. These teachers were chosen because of their ability to motivate, inspire and educate children.

Mr. Maddox8th Grade ELA

Mrs. Batts8th Grade Science

Mrs. LucasVisual Arts

Dothan High Girls Flag Football Team Wins First Game

Our Girls Flag Football Team played their inaugural game October 12th in Eufaula!! They played exceptionally well and even won 25-12!!!

Congratulations to the Wolves Flag Football Team and to Coach Haley and Coach Allen!! These awesome ladies trained/coached their team to show up and show out!!! Way to go, Wolves!!

A HUGE shout out to all the fans (parents, family members and staff) that came out to show support for our team!! You all ROCK!

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Geneva Co. Senior Semifinalist in Merit Scholarship Program

Join Geneva County Schools in congratulating Samson High School Senior Davis McKenzie for being named a Semifinalist in the 67th Annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

​Davis is among 16,000 Semifinalists nationwide who will have the opportunity to compete for some $30 million in scholarships.

“This distinction is afforded to the best of the best in high school seniors throughout the country. Reaching this level places Mr. McKenzie in the top 99.7% of qualifying seniors in the country,” says Superintendent Becky Birdsong. As our first student in Geneva County to earn this distinct honor, our most sincere congratulations are offered to him for this accomplishment.”

Former Lakeside School Teacher Inducted into AISA Hall of Fame

The Lakeside School is proud to announce the induction of Mrs. Eleanor McCain Brown to the Alabama Independent School Association Hall of Fame. The AISA Hall of Fame is an elite group of successful, devoted leaders from within the Association. Mrs. Brown was inducted on Sunday, October 3, 2021, at the Wynlakes Golf and Country Club in Montgomery, Alabama.

Highlands Elementary Pinwheels for Peace

Highlands Elementary participated with schools around the country on September 21st in Pinwheels for Peace. This is an international day of peace. Students made pinwheels and placed them in front of the school as the symbol for “whirled” peace. A writing competition was held in 6th grade. The following students were the winners. They presented their speeches at a Peace Assembly on September 17th. The music teacher, Mrs. Hoekenga led peace songs at the assembly that the K-6 grade students had practiced.

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Emmanuel Christian Third Graders “Save Sam”

Mrs. Rodgers’s 3rd grade students worked on a group activity to “save Sam.” Sam (the gummy worm) went out on his boat (the plastic cup) without permission. A storm came, and his boat capsized causing Sam to be stuck underneath without his life preserver (the gummy ring). The mission was to help Sam get on top of his boat with his life preserver on. The catch – the students could only use one paper clip each to do this. No fingers. They did a great job working together to come up with strategies to save Sam!

Dothan High JROTC Unveils Competition Rifle Range

It’s a great day for Dothan High School JROTC Program. We held a ribbon cutting to unveil our state of the art competition rifle range. The JROTC cadets now have a firsr-class facility to practice their skills and learn firearm safety. We will now be able to host local, regional, and state events.

Thank you to Dr. Coe, the Dothan City Schools Board of Education, the DCS Maintenance and Technology departments, and more more who made this a special event.

Highlands Elementary Launches Peer Helpers

Congratulations to our Peer Helpers!

DCS and Highlands are excited to announce that we are starting a new group on our campus called Peer Helpers. These students will attend an all-day training on how to show kindness and help others. They will also participate in various campaigns throughout the year. The students had to to through an application process to be chosen as a part of this program.

Providence JV Cheerleaders Raise Funds for Childhood Cancer

On Friday, September 24, the JV Cheer squad filled “Buckets of Smiles” for several children enduring cancer treatments.  Proud of these girls for serving on and off the field.

Hillcrest Beta Club Makes Goodie Baskets for Medical Center Enterprise

Thanks so much Hillcrest Elementary Beta Club for the amazing goodie baskets for our staff! We appreciate it very much!

Highlands Elementary SGA Revealed

Highlands Elementary School would like to welcome their new 2021-2022 SGA representatives and officers!

Girard Second Grader Wins Fire Prevention Poster Contest

Congratulations to our sweet second grader, Casen Andrews, whose poster was chosen as a school winner from GPS in the Fire Prevention Poster contest! We are so proud of you!

Lakeside School SGA Honors Fallen Classmate

Our SGA represented Fuller Goldsmith and the Alabama Independent School Association’s Student Government Association by wearing yellow. Fuller passed away after a long battle with cancer. The AISA SGA says, “Fuller was a friend and inspiration to many and his strength will always be remembered.” The group’s Smile-A-Mile state project is in honor of him and, in light of his death, they will be adding an extra week of fundraising.

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Ashton Wright
Author: Ashton Wright

Ashton is the publisher of Wiregrass Parents magazine. A lifelong resident of the Wiregrass, she grew up in Blakely, Ga. Her love of journalism began on her high school newspaper and continued at Troy University where she received her print journalism degree. After graduating, she worked with WTVY-TV for nearly a decade. She and her husband, Chris, have been married since 2012. They have one daughter, Alexis, as well as a dog, Jackson, and a cat, Cooper.

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Student Spotlights November 2021

by Ashton Wright time to read: 15 min