September 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!

Houston Academy Preschoolers Go on Mouse Hunt

4P classes went on a mouse hunt and even checked Mrs. Boothe’s office! Luckily they tracked it back in Mrs. Grant’s classroom! This was from a book that 4P is reading and the students had SO much fun doing this activity!

Houston Co. Career Academy Education Students Begin Classroom Experience

Ms. Whitehurst’s first year Education and Training students were so excited to begin their lab experience in elementary classrooms! Thanks to all of our elementary schools and awesome host teachers for ensuring they have a great experience.

Northside Methodist Starts New Ministry

Northside Methodist Academy’s Cottage Group met for the first time August 19. This is a brand new ministry, in addition to chapel and small groups, for NMA students. Cottage groups are all about teamwork and growing together. It was a blast!

Carver 4th Graders Collaborate on STEM Challenge

Our fourth-grade scientists in Mrs. Thompson’s and Mrs. Butterfield’s classes collaborated with classmates during a STEM challenge! Our school leaders, Mr. Payne and Mrs. Hicks, even got in on the challenge! Students were tasked to build a stable structure using index cards that would be capable of holding a small toy.

Enterprise Dixie Boys Win World Series

District. State. World Series. The CHAMPS are coming home!! 2021 Dixie Youth 7U World Series Champions!!!

16 Mixon Intermediate Students Receive Free Backpacks

Our students would like to thank their Coach Bridget Smith and parent, Mrs. Ayanna Williams, who worked using a grant through the NRPA to provide a drawing for 16 fully stocked book bags to be provided for students at Mixon! The drawing was held on Open House night and the bags were selected by the winners on their first day of school!

Eufaula WaveRunners Swim into State

Coach Carrie and Coach Lauran along with 15 of the Eufaula WaveRunners took on the 2021 ARPA District meet in Dothan July 10-11. This is a very competitive meet where only the top swimmers in each event get to advance to the ARPA State Meet in Albertville, AL on July 23rd. Our WaveRunners represented Eufaula well! We left district with a 4th place trophy, over 50 medals, 40 new personal best times, and 8 qualifiers for the state meet!!


Group photo: Coach Carrie, Conleigh Benefield, Emma Kate Whiddon, Mack Young, Coach Lauran, Jaxx Johnson, Marshall Young, Parker Sellers, Collin Loftin, Wyatt Loftin (not pictured: Hailey Hutchinson, Ella Kate Kiser, Daryn Howard, Natalia Carmona, Emiliano Carmona, Kara Loftin)


State team qualifiers: Mack Young, Marshall Young, Parker Sellers, Ella Kate Kiser, Emma Kate Whiddon, Natalia Carmona, Emiliano Carmona and Jaxx Johnson


As always, the coaches couldn’t be more proud if we tried! GO WAVERUNNERS!

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Coppinville Jr. High News Back on the Air

The WCJH News Team is back to work, and filmed the news on Day 2 of school with only three returning veterans! They are off to a great start! While filming the news, only the on-camera talent does not wear a mask!  All others are masked and 3 feet apart.

Emmanuel Christian Seniors Focus on Foundations

Our seniors built spaghetti towers in Mr. Warren’s college and career prep class as they discussed building a solid foundation for college and career.

Geneva High Senior Ranked 3rd in State Rodeo

GHS would like to congratulate Walt Watkins on being ranked #3 with the Alabama High School Rodeo. Good luck to Walt from GHS!

Northside Methodist Sophomore Spends Summer in Flight

NMA 10th grader, Zane Penn was selected to join the Aerospace States Association Internship and enjoyed it to the fullest. He was in his element and it showed.

Mr. McDuffie & Mr. Jolly wrote recommendation letters that  helped him get this opportunity. 

Zane also won a Discovery Flight with a pilot training school.

Local Girl Scout Donates to Foster Program

A special thank you to our friend Taylor! Do you see that counter that is FULL of every thing from toothbrushes to backpacks? Items for newborns-teens. This is everything that Taylor was able to purchase through her lemonade stand proceeds and she carefully shopped for items that Fostering Hope can use to bless the Foster Community. Taylor is a world changer and her Girl Scout journey is just the beginning. Taylor, thank you for your kindness, for thinking of others and for putting action to your idea. You are a blessing!!

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Mixon Student Peer Helpers Lead Pledge at Ozark Teacher Institute

Let’s just say this year’s Ozark City Schools “Teacher Institute” was the absolute best yet! Mixon had our student “peer helpers” lead the OCS staff in the Pledge of Allegiance, we cheered our hearts out, we almost won musical chairs, we did win the official overall SPIRIT stick, and realized we may have the most fun and spirited school superintendent Mr. Reeviece Girtman and school board president Mr. Larry Hicks!

Selma Street Thanks Church for Supply Donation

Selma Street would like to thank Mr. Stuart Ibberson with the Episcopal Church of the Nativity in Dothan for the AWESOME donation of school items for our students and staff.  We are ALWAYS very APPRECIATIVE of the kindness, generosity, and support! Thank you, Ms. Jennifer Campbell, Bright Key Resource Coordinator.

Miss Ozark Queens Crowned

2021 Miss Ozark Pageant Winners-


Miss Ozark- Chloe Draper of Carroll High School

Miss Teen- Tenley White of Carroll High School.

In addition Ozark City Schools congratulates the following Dale County contestants:

Future-Madelyn Claire Phillips (GW long)

Little-Kennedy Claire Birdsong (GW long)

Petite- Harper Deloney (GW long)

Junior- Emma Cannon (GW long)

Dothan Leisure Services Recognizes Winning Athletes

We have a lot to celebrate in Dothan!

We are excited to announce 47 swimmers from the Dothan Dolphin Swim Team qualified for the Alabama Recreation & Parks Association State Swim Meet in Albertville (July 23-25).

Congratulations to the 13U All Star Team; they are now the Alabama Jr. Dixie Boys State Champions. And, congratulations are also in order for the 14U All Star Team who are now the Alabama Dixie Boy’s State Champions! Both teams represented Alabama in their respective World Series in Sterlington, LA, July 23rd.

Ozark Churches Donate Water to Mixon Students

The perfect example of what #ONEeagle means! A big thank you to the following churches in OZARK who came together in one day to provide extra bottled water to the students at Mixon! 5th grade teacher, Mrs. Bethel Terry reached out, and they answered! Sometimes kids may forget to bring their own water, sometimes families struggle to provide things we may take for granted, and sometimes on a hot August day we may need more than one bottle of water to drink after PE… but remembering that “OZARK NEEDS EVERYONE”  and knowing that we are #OneEagle  makes it comforting to know that our students will always be taken care of! Thank you to all of our churches! We appreciate your kindness!

1) St. Mark AMEZion Church

2)  Pleasant Grove AMEZion Church

3)  St. Paul AME Church

4)  Lively Stones Ministries

5)  Holiness With Christ Church

6)  Greater Sardis Missionary Baptist Church

7)  Redeemed Car Care

  1. Rigdecrest Baptist Church

and others!

Lakeside School Head Elected to State Boards

Dr. John Mehaffey, Head of School of The Lakeside School, was recently elected Vice- President of the Alabama Independent School Association’s (AISA) Board of Directors and President of the Head of School’s Association. 

The AISA’s mission is to serve independent schools in the state of Alabama by providing its member schools with educational and corporate services and programs focusing on excellence in academics, accreditation, and athletics. The Lakeside School is a member of the AISA and accredited by Cognia. The AISA proudly maintains an agency partnership with Cognia and serves as the Lead Agency in this partnership. This partnership allows schools to obtain both AISA and Cognia accreditation through one seamless process, with the AISA serving as the managing partner in this process and utilizing Cognia’s unique protocols and platforms. The AISA is focused on quality and continuous school improvement in the independent school environment. Quality is about the dynamic combination of inputs, processes, and results working in harmony to achieve the school’s vision for student learning. The AISA is comprised of 77 member schools across the State of Alabama.

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Dothan High Focuses on Relationship Building During First Week

Learning and relationship building! That’s what happened the first week of school at D-High!! Teachers and students are thoroughly engaged in collaborative activities that not only stretches their brains, but also builds their capacity to collaborate with peers to solve problems!

Relationships are important, and at DHS, we pride ourselves in helping students to build meaningful relationships with their peers while teachers plan lessons and activities that helps them to strengthen their relationships with their students!

It’s a Win-Win situation!!

Wiregrass Boys & Girls Club Recognizes Summer Junior Staff

This summer we had a total of 18 Jr Staff. Together they completed a total of 3,165 Hours of service to our organization in just 8 weeks!!! 

Our Junior Staff program is for members ages 13 to 18 wanting to explore a career in youth or human services. The program strives to develop teen members’ interp3rsonal skills, work ethic and sense of community responsibility. Members must apply for the program and are selected for a position through an interview process.

Lakeside School, Eufaula Rotary Create Interact Club

The Lakeside School establishes Interact Club with support of Eufaula Rotary Club. Interact Clubs are an important branch of the greater Rotary youth programs that invite students between ages 12 and 18 to get important chances to develop leadership skills while also focusing on the Rotary credo of “Service-Above-Self.” Many high schools across the United States and the world have their own chapters of Interact Clubs that allows students enrolled in those schools to work together and be a part of many different community service programs and initiatives. “We focus on leadership and community service at The Lakeside School,” states Head of School Dr. John Mehaffey. It is an integral part of our school culture to develop leadership skills and teach the importance of giving back to one’s community. We are proud to have the support of the Eufaula Rotary Club as seek ways to give back to Barbour County.

Bruce McNeal -District Governor and Charlie Hart – President Eufaula Rotary presenting The Lakeside School’s Certificate of Organization to Bailey Ellison, President Interact Club and Dr. John Mehaffey, Head of School and Member of Eufaula Rotary

Coppinville 8th Graders Display Summer Reading Project

Mrs. Davis’s 8th Grade PreAP students display their Summer Reading Project Totem Poles!  They are based on their novel, Touching Spirit Bear.

Abbeville Christian Volleyball Champs Immortalized in Gym

A great moment in ACA history!

These 2020 STATE CHAMPIONS are the first LADY Generals to have a banner hung in their honor in the lobby of the Marcus L. Tillis Gymnasium.

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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: September 2021

by Ashton Wright time to read: 15 min