Student Spotlights (Nov 2021)

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!

BCHS Tigerettes and Tiger Guard attend All-South Band Day

More than a dozen members of the Baldwin County High School Tigerettes and Tiger Guard participated in the All South Band Day at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg. Throughout the day, the Tiger Guard and Tigerettes had the opportunity to practice and perform with The Pride Color Guard and the Dixie Darlings. They were also prepared to perform on the field with The Pride of Mississippi marching band during its half-time show.

J. Larry Newton Students Learn about Chickens’ Life Cycle

First graders at J. Larry Newton Elementary learned about the life cycle of chickens by incubating their very own eggs. They candled the eggs and journaled about the embryos’ growth until hatch day. They were so excited to finally meet their new chicken friend, Pearl Newton!

Cross Country at Bay Minette MS

Bay Minette Middle School Boys and Girls Cross Country had a great season. The boys and girls worked hard to improve each week. The girls finished 2nd in the 2A division with four girls placing in the top ten. Kylie Singleton placed third, Gabriella Cannon 5th, Candace Vinson 6th, and Kelsea Dute with a close finish coming in 11th. The boys did great. Aiden White finished 2nd overall for the boys in the 2A division and Lloyd Christen placed 5th. Congratulations, runners and coaches on a job well done.

Daphne ES Students Play Robo Tag

Rain couldn’t wash away the excitement of playing a game of Robo Tag! Coach Jimbo’s students at Daphne Elementary School, using scooters, tried to avoid being “terminated” by the machine tagger (an RC car w/ pool noodles attached to the roof). NO WORRIES, moms and dads! Even if they were “terminated” they just had do some jumping jacks to get back into the game!

Gold Award Girl Scout Receives Girl Scouts of the USA Gold Award Scholarship

The Girl Scout Gold Award is the pinnacle of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, and it’s available exclusively to Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors (9-12 grade). Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama (GSSA) would like to recognize Daphne High School graduate Jordan Sampson for receiving the Gold Award and the Girl Scouts of the USA Gold Award Scholarship.
Through the Gold Award, girls engage in a rigorous leadership process, as they tackle issues they’re passionate about to create long-term, sustainable change. To earn the Gold Award, girls typically spend one to two years exploring the root cause of a local or global issue and partner with the community to create lasting solutions.
The Girl Scouts of the USA Gold Award Scholarship recognizes one outstanding Gold Award Girl Scout per council whose project exemplifies the core components of the Gold Award. Jordan’s outstanding Gold Award project demonstrated measurable and sustainable impact and addressed an issue of national and global significance, proving that Girl Scouts of courage, confidence, and character truly do make the world a better place. As a scholarship recipient, Jordan received special recognition during our 2021 Girl Scouts Change the World celebration on October 9, 2021, a promotion that will help her reach a broad audience while highlighting the impact of her Gold Award, and a total of $2,000 in academic scholarships.
For Jordan’s project, she educated high school students on the legal documents they agree to when clicking “I Agree” when signing up for a social media platform. Most teens fail to read the legal documents they are agreeing to, so she created a 6-minute educational video regarding those documents and their contents. She also included a pre and post-quiz within the video. Jordan’s video is now a part of the Baldwin County Public School System’s Internet Safety curriculum and has been widely spread across the county to inform high school students of the danger of not knowing social media laws.
Jordan is a social media curator and designer and noticed that many people did not quite understand or even know what they were agreeing to when signing up for social media accounts. Since Jordan started her social media career at a young age, she wanted to be able to educate people of all ages on the legal aspects of social media. Jordan is now a sophomore at Savannah State University where she is majoring in Global Logistics and International Business while also obtaining a minor in Spanish.
Through Girl Scouting, girls learn to face challenges head-on, embrace failure as a learning opportunity, and find solutions to social issues all while building the skills and courage they need to take the lead every day. Earning the Gold Award is just one of the amazing things girls can do as part of Girl Scouts.

DHS Students Participate in Honor Band

Congratulations to Daphne High School Trojans students participating in the USA Honor Band!

Community Helper Week at St. James

St. James Episcopal School 1st and 2nd graders enjoyed a visit from the Fairhope Volunteer Fire Department during community helper week.

SEEDS Receives $4,000 Grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation

Dollar General Literacy Foundation recently awarded SEEDS (Supporting Educational Excellence in Daphne Schools), Daphne’s Education Foundation, a $4,000 grant to support youth literacy initiatives. This local grant award is part of more than $3 million in grants awarded this fall to nearly 760 nonprofit organizations, libraries and schools across the 46 states that Dollar General serves. “Through the generosity of the Dollar General Literacy Foundation SEEDS is thrilled to provide every kindergarten student at Daphne’s newly-opened K-6th Belforest Elementary School essential reading materials,” said Beth Dunn, Executive Director of SEEDS. These funds will be specifically used to purchase two sets of decodable books for each Belforest Elementary kindergarten student. The books will be used to assist with instruction of critical reading skills as well as increase student’s reading fluency. “The Dollar General Literacy Foundation has been proud to invest in literacy and education programs in the communities we call home for nearly 30 years,” said Denine Torr, executive director of the Dollar General Literacy Foundation and vice president of corporate social responsibility at Dollar General. “As the educational landscape continues to shift, our hope is that these funds will help increase access and resources for students, educators and communities dedicated to reading and learning.” The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is proud to support initiatives that help others improve their lives through literacy and education. Since its inception in 1993, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $200 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 14 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education.

J. Larry Newton Students Learn about Inventions

J. Larry Newton sixth graders in Ms. Smith and Mrs. Ward’s class have been working hard on their invention projects. Talyn Hawkes and Constance Hall taught their class about the cotton gin and learned about the telephone, telegram, sewing machine, Spinning Jenny, and other inventions from their classmates.

SFHS Volleyball Wins Shrimp Festival Tournament

Spanish Fort High School Volleyball wins the Gulf Shores Shrimp Festival Tournament beating 6A St. Paul’s in the semis and Pelham in the final! Way to go Ladies!

Baldwin County Professional Development Day

Baldwin County K-12 visual arts teachers enjoyed a fabulous day of professional development at the District PD Day on Oct. 8. Mobile artist and former educator Ardith Goodwin presented two hands-on workshops for 33 eager-to-learn art teachers. The teachers were also treated to a wonderful gift bag of “Ardith’s Favorite Art Supplies”. Thanks to Ardith for sharing her heart and talents!

Fairhope HS Creates Thank You Goodie Bags

The Fairhope High Art Club, National Honor Society, Key Club, Gardening Club, and various art students worked together to create goodie bags for teachers, staff, and healthcare workers as a thank you for all their hard work. •Art Club and art students decorated bags using markers, colored pencils, paint, and glitter. Some bags really have amazing drawings/paintings! •The Gardening Club decorated beautiful cards to accompany each of the bags. •The National Honor Society and Key Club members contributed all the contents of the bags.

Distinguished Authors Visit Bayside Academy

Two prominent authors, Christopher Swann and Patti Callahan Henry, visited Bayside Academy during the week of October 12 to speak with Upper School students.
Christopher Swann is a novelist and high school English teacher. A graduate of Woodberry Forest School in Virginia, he earned his Ph.D. in creative writing from Georgia State University. He has been a Townsend Prize finalist, longlisted for the Southern Book Prize, and twice been a finalist for a Georgia Author of the Year award. He lives with this wife and two sons in Atlanta, where he is the English department chair at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School. Dr. Swann visited Bayside’s campus on Tuesday, October 12, for a luncheon with Upper School students.
Patti Callahan Henry is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of sixteen novels and podcast host. She is the recipient of The Christy Award—A 2019 Winner “Book of the Year”, The Harper Lee Distinguished Writer of the Year for 2020, and the Alabama Library Association Book of the Year for 2019. She is the co-host and co-creator of the popular weekly online Friends and Fiction live web show and podcast. A full-time author and mother of three children, she now resides in both Mountain Brook, Alabama, and Bluffton, South Carolina, with her husband. She spoke to Bayside’s freshman English students on Friday, October 15.
Pictured, Christopher Swann with Bayside Academy English faculty members Laurel Kolakoski and Steve Marine. Pictured, right, Patti Callahan and Bayside Academy freshman Adriane Clemens

Robertsdale HS JROTC Selling Tickets to Daytona 500

Robertsdale High School Navy JROTC is now selling tickets to the Daytona 500. Robertsdale High School NJROTC recently presented the Colors at the Talladega Superspeedway. As a result, the program was asked to present in February at the Daytona 500. Tickets are now available for online purchase at
• Race tickets with a face value of $200 each are available for only $100 and include a free Luke Combs pre-race concert • Fan Zone tickets with a face value of $90 are available for only $75 • Seats will be in the 400 level near turn 4 • Deadline to purchase is December 3, 2021 but seats go fast so you might not want to wait!

Spanish Fort MS Raises Money for Local Childhood Cancer Foundation

Thanks to the generosity of our community, our SFMS PTA presented a $3,557.65 check to the Berry Strong Foundation. We are so proud of what our school was able to do in just a week! Thank you, parents, students and staff for all your efforts to bring awareness to childhood cancer and raise money for a local foundation during the month of September. From Berry Strong Foundation: “We are so humbled by the love and support that Spanish Fort Middle showed to us during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Such a special donation because this school holds so many of the last special memories we had with our sweet Caroline. This is the last place she was able to be carefree and normal. Played sports and was a leader in the school. So many things our family will never forget!”