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Student Spotlights-Dec 2021

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Every month we compile a list of students and schools doing great things across the Greater Mobile.  We have so many talented students in our area.  Mobile Bay Parents joins with these families and schools to celebrate their achievements!

SFHS Robotics!

The Torobotics team finished 3rd in the robot competition and 3rd in the engineering notebook! The team advances to Auburn University to compete in South’s Best Regional Championship in December! Pictured members are Grant Johnson, Brenden Baker, Steven Jones, Arthur Nguyen and Jacob Hughes.

Stapleton Students Visit State Capitol

Stapleton School had terrific field trip to the Alabama State Capitol! Stapleton 4th, 5th, and 6th graders enjoyed a long-delayed field trip to Montgomery. They learned a great deal from their visits to the State Capitol, Rosa Parks Museum, MOOseum, and Alabama Old Town, and have now gained a new appreciation for our state’s history.

BMMS Animatronics

Bay Minette Middle School students Logan Naessen and Jonathan Phillips used their creativity to design an animatronics haunted door for the Halloween Dance at the school. The boys used their Vex Robotics pieces to create the haunted door, which opened remotely, and a large eye popped out behind the door to add to the festivities of the dance. Both are part of the school’s Technology Student Association.

Robertsdale Cheerleaders Named Regional Runners-up

Congratulations to Robertsdale High School Cheer, 6A South Regional Runners-up! 0 deductions and a perfectly executed routine! Champions earn their titles at practice, and this group has worked hard! So proud of them!

Bayside Academy Volleyball and Cross Country Teams Bring Home State Championships

On October 26, the Bayside Academy volleyball team broke their own national records when they won the state championship for the 20th consecutive time and 30th time in school history. Varsity volleyball players are Mia Bindon ‘24, Ella Broadhead ‘22, Caroline Chastang ’22, Maysie Douglas ’24, Lily Frailie ’24, Lucy Frailie ’24, Kate Huey ’25, Georgia McInnis ’24, Lillie McInnis ’23, Blakeley Robbins ’24, Gracie Sims ’22, Misty Kate Smith ’25, and Luci Wilkinson ’22. Bayside’s volleyball team competes in Class 5A of the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) and is the only team in history to have won state championships in Class 1A, 2A, 3A, 4A, and 5A.

On November 6, the Bayside Academy boys AND girls cross country teams won state championships. Freshman Annie Midyett was named the individual state champion with a time of 18:59, a new school record and 20th fastest time in the AHSAA this fall. Freshman Catherine Doyle and 8th grader Shelby Fargason each earned All-State Honors, finishing fifth and tenth respectively. On the boys’ side, junior Ty Postle finished second overall. Varsity boys cross country team members are Brandon Brevard ’25, Kyle Cooper ’26, Caleb Crum ’24, Ethan Dull ’22, Bowdoin Hammock ’26, Jack Koch ’27, Trey McKean ’23, JT Neill ’23, John Normann ’25, Jackson Olsen ’22, Ty Postle ’23, Ashton Rowland ’23, and Luke White ’25. Varsity girls cross country team members are Elin Backman ’25, Marcella Covington ’25, Nina Dowhan ’24, Catherine Doyle ’25, Madeline Dudley ’25, Shelby Fargason ’26, Molly Hagan ’25, Leah Jha ’22, Virginia McCrory ’25, Annie Midyett ’25, Presley Putnam ’25, Rhia Tkac ’22, Ramey Webb ’24, Amelia Wells ’25, and Emma Winkler ‘25. Bayside’s cross country teams compete in Class 4A of the AHSAA.

Fairhope K-1 Center GroundbreakingFairhope K-1 Center Groundbreaking

Groundbreaking! A special thank you to the many men and women who began a great work over 25 years ago! Fairhope Educational Enrichment Foundation broke ground to preserve the past and prepare the future in educational enrichment at the site of the Fairhope K-1 center.

McGill-Toolen Catholic Students participate in Fall Signing

Congratulations to these outstanding student athletes who will be continuing their sports careers at the collegiate level next year: Left to right: Will Taylor (Baseball) – Flagler College; George Meyers (Baseball) – Auburn University; Bill Griffin, Athletic Director; Laura Burch (Golf) – University of South Alabama; Barry Dunning (Basketball) – University of Arkansas.

Bayside Academy Collects Tabs for Ronald McDonald House

Under the direction of Bayside Academy senior Ashlyn Powers, Bayside students in PK3 through 4th grade collected 212 pounds of can tabs for recycling. One pound is around 1,200 tabs, so the students collected about 254,400 tabs!

According to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Alabama, “Since 2001, communities across Alabama have made a huge impact through tiny pop tabs!. Ronald McDonald House Charities of Alabama partners with Brother’s Recycling to receive funds based on the going rate per pound of aluminum recycled. These funds are used to support the mission of the House, which can include things like utility bills and supplies that our families need.” We are so proud of our students for their dedication in helping others.

Students in Ms. Kristin Neely’s second-grade class at Bayside Academy brought in the most tabs of any class. Top row: Harper Watts, Isabelle Weller, Mary Allen Napper, senior Ashlyn Powers, Keller Fergus, Alexander Green, Griffin Jacobs, Harrison Johnson. Front row: Annabelle Dunlap, Piper Bindon, Louis Westbrook, Ms. Neely, Charlie Murphy, Bastien Fiton, Aidan Pitt. Not pictured: Lawson Hackney, Mac Everett, Camille Shamburger.

Rotary Club Recognizes Fairhope HS Outstanding Students

Rotary Club of Point Clear President Bill Booher welcomed the November outstanding students and faculty from Fairhope High School to a meeting of the club held recently at Provision Restaurant. From left, Kara Fulkerson, mother of senior, Kylie, who is a soccer standout; Attendance Clerk Allison Floyd, the pat-on-the-back recipient; senior football safety Peyton Nero; and Elaine Thomas, event coordinator. Principal John Cardwell and Head Football Coach Tim Carter were also in attendance. The Point Clear Rotary Club meets every Thursday morning.

Bay Minette Elementary Veterans Letters

Several veterans in Bay Minette received personal letters of appreciation thanks to the students in Cathy Phillips at Bay Minette Elementary. The students wrote friendly letters to Veterans integrating the week’s lesson of context clues. The letters were then shared with those attending the annual Veterans Day breakfast at John F. Rhodes Civic Center, as well as distributed to veterans participating in the annual parade. Mrs. Phillips said she spoke to several Veterans who were very touched by the caring sentiments including in the personal notes.

Fairhope West Artwork on Display at Public Library

Student artwork from Fairhope West Elementary was on display in the children’s wing of the Fairhope Public Library for the month of November. All grades are represented.

Math Logic at Fairhope West

Mrs. Wren’s class at Fairhope West Elementary started a math logic activity using equivalence to solve math mobile puzzles.

New Student Breakfast at Foley HS

Foley High Peer Helpers welcomed 71 new students at the breakfast they hosted! Great job, Foley High!

St. James All Saints’ Chapel Service

St. James Episcopal School’s kindergartners dressed as saints to share their gifts as part of our All Saints’ Chapel service.

Fairhope HS Swim Team Wins County Swim Meet

A HUGE Congratulations to Fairhope High Girl’s Swim Team for winning the county swim meet