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Student Spotlights August 2022

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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!

Bayshore Christian School Welcomes New 2nd Grade Teacher

BCS welcomes Mrs. Laura Mayo as the new 2nd-grade teacher! We are so excited for Mrs. Mayo to join the BCS community!

Bayside Academy to Host Open Houses for Interested Families

Interested in seeing what Bayside Academy has to offer for your family? We would love for you to join us for an open house on September 26, November 7, February 6, or March 20. Please email admissions@baysideacademy.org for more information or to register.

5th and 6th Graders at Fairhope West Elementary Explore “7 Wonders of the Eastern Shore”

Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce recently worked on a project with 5th and 6th grade gifted students from Fairhope West Elementary. The students were in charge of choosing the 7 Wonders of the Eastern Shore. They had to find history, details, and give hard facts on why these locations should be chosen for this project.

The Chamber wrote a blog for their Explore Eastern Shore website and even filmed a video! These are all kid friendly places to visit in Fairhope, Daphne and Spanish Fort. To read the blog and view the visit:

Blog: https://www.exploreeasternshore.com/trip-inspiration/the-7-wonders-of-the-eastern-shore

YouTube: https://youtu.be/WOmTK9IdKrw

Daphne Public Library “Back-to-School Bookmark Contest

Bookmark contest starts Monday, August 29th and ends Friday, September 29th. The Daphne Public Library would like to announce our 2022“Back-to-School” Bookmark Contest sponsored by the Friends of the Daphne Public Library. The contest begins August 29th and ends September 23rd. The Bookmark Contest is open to students from K to 12th grades. There will be two divisions for competition: K-5th grades in Division I and 6 h -12th grades in Division II. First, Second and Third Top Over All winners will receive a Barnes and Noble gift card! The first place winner will have his/her bookmark reproduced for distribution in the library. Local teachers, school librarians, educational specialists, and homeschool educators are invited to use this contest to inspire creativity and the love of reading. Entries may be submitted either as a class assignment, or by individual students. This year’s bookmark contest will offer a classroom /homeschool group incentive. The class/or homeschool group of the two overall first place winners will receive a $25.00 gift certificate to be used on classroom supplies.

Local Celebrity Chef, Starla Chapman, Hosts Her First Cook Up a Cure Camp

Local celebrity chef Starla Chapman recently wrapped up her first Cook Up a Cure Camps. During the camp, held at Java J’s, Chef Starla shared cooking tips while teaching the young campers how to make their own pizza grilled cheese sandwiches and homemade pizza sauce. Each camper received a Cook Up a Cure apron and a jar of their sauce to take home.

The month of June was a busy one for the young chef. Starla was also a guest chef for The Cookery Project camp and hosted a Pop-Up Restaurant at Pearl & Addie’s Café in downtown Bay Minette. All proceeds from the camps and appearances go toward Cook Up a Cure and Starla’s quest for a food truck.

Starla Chapman has been a contestant on the current season of Master Chef Junior and made it all the way to the Top 10. She was selected from thousands of applicants for the TV cooking competition, which is nearing its season finale where a champion will be chosen.

In 2018 Starla was selected as IHOP’s first ever Kid Culinary winner of its Pancakes with a Purpose effort to support Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Starla whipped up a special recipe of Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Pancakes to win the title and America’s heart. She has since gone on to participate in several cooking events to raise funds for local charities.  A Go Fund Me Account has been set up to help support her efforts. For more details, visit https://gofund.me/cea86ff9.

Spanish Fort High School Students Pursue Fine Arts at the Collegiate Level

Congratulations to the following Spanish Fort High School students for auditioning/being accepted to pursue fine arts at the collegiate level! From left to right: Paige Devincinzo, Virginia McGhee, Brayden Steward, Dillon Atwood, Emma Wood, Ari Theodore, Drew Miller

Christ the King Teachers Attend Nuts and Bolts Conference

Several Christ the King teachers, Cyndi May, Denise Helper, Clare Privett, and Silvia Stroud, attended the Nuts and Bolts Conference in Mobile this summer. The Nuts and Bolts Symposium is a one-of-a-kind professional development opportunity designed for administrators, teachers, and school personnel.

Bayshore Christian School Announces New Head of School Interim

BCS is excited to announce that Rev. Sam McDonald is moving from his role as an Upper School teacher to his new role as Head of School Interim! Rev. McDonald is a humble and steady presence. We are excited for all the Lord has in store for him at BCS in this new role!

Baldwin County High School Tigerettes Dance Camp

The Baldwin County High School Tigerettes just wrapped up day dance camp with Universal Dance Association at The University of Southern Mississippi. The team put in four days of work learning routines, improving their technique, and bonding as a team. They closed out the week with a Superior rating on their camp accomplishments.

Coach Elizabeth Byrd said the team showed tremendous leadership and discipline throughout the duration of camp. Their skill level, performance ability, and team connection shined through each element of the camp curriculum. They have a bright season ahead of them and look forward to performing for Tiger fans at BCHS games this Fall! The team also performs during school pep rallies and for special community events.

Tiger Paws Attend Dance Camp

The Bay Minette Middle School Tiger Paws just wrapped up dance camp with Universal Dance Association at The University of Southern Mississippi. This year’s team is a fresh team of new dancers, and it was their first time to attend camp. The team enjoyed four days of learning routines for the season, working on improving technique, and bonding as a team. They closed out the week with a Superior rating on their camp accomplishments.

Eighth Grader Kaydence Scott was selected as a UDA All-American by the staff.

The Tiger Paws are coached by Caley Reid and directed by Elizabeth Byrd. Their coach said the team really rose to the challenges of Dance camp like champions and really shined in the breakthroughs they made. The dance team will perform for Tiger fans at BMMS games this Fall as well as other school events.

Bayshore Christian Announces New Grammar School Principal

BCS is excited to welcome back Mrs. Lori Scarbrough as the new Grammar School Principal! Mrs. Scarbrough celebrates her 10th year at BCS. Please help us welcome her back!

Beta Chi Sigma Held a Free Step Clinic

Beta Chi Sigma held a free step clinic for area youth at the Douglasville School of Arts & Recreation. Organizers said the first-ever Summer Clinic was a big success. Campers learned an entire routine in less than three hours and then performed it for family and loved ones at the close of camp. The campers also took part in some team building activities. Kayland Lamar and Norleisha Lewis, the founders and sponsors of Beta Chi Sigma, would like to take this time to thank every camper that attended and their parents/guardians for trusting us with them. “Also we would like to give a huge shoutout to the entire Beta Chi Sigma Step Team for not only choreographing the routine but teaching it to the campers as well. Last, but not least, we would like to thank the City of Bay Minette for sponsoring this event and Douglasville School of Arts and Recreation for housing the event! It was truly amazing from beginning to end.” Photo courtesy Beta Chi Sigma

Spanish Fort High School Students Inducted to French National Honor Society

Congratulations to the following Spanish Fort High School students who were inducted into the French National Honor Society in May.Left to Right, Back to Front:
Jack Armstrong, Justin Fenderson, JT Bradley, Kate Miller, Harper Beckham, Ethan Pittard, Rylee Eichler, Sarah Jane DeWeese, Parker Ferguson, Tyler Wigley, Devon Bauer, Bailey Hope, Faith Faucher, Josephine Moore, Katelyn Lippold, Mya Blanda, Isabella Ferguson, Lexi Bauer, Mia Williams

Bayside Academy Brings Home 8 State Championships During 2021–2022 School Year

Bayside Academy’s student-athletes brought home EIGHT state championships during the past school year. Blue maps were brought home in volleyball, boys cross country, girls cross country, girls tennis, boys outdoor track & field, girls outdoor track & field, boys golf, and boys soccer. Additionally, the boys indoor track & field team and girls indoor track & field team were named the state runners-up.

Baldwin County High School Senior President of the Alabama State FFA

On the road to President of the Alabama State FFA, Kellen Lincoln paved a path to success that began in her local chapter at Baldwin County High School. While Kellen has played an active role in her family’s cattle business for years, she began her career in the FFA by attending the state convention during her freshman year. BCHS Advisors David Garrett and Andy Jones saw the potential she possessed and wanted to give her the opportunity to see how big Alabama FFA was and how it could impact her future. Since then, she has served as the Chapter Secretary, Chapter Junior Advisor, Chapter President and as the South District FFA President. All of these accomplishments occurred in just three years of high school. She will spend her senior year at BCHS as President of the Alabama State FFA, a role for which she was elected at the recent state convention. In this new position, Kellen will lead chapters from across the State of Alabama and will also be tasked with attending many local, district, state and national FFA events. It’s a role she is well equipped to fill. In addition to her official FFA duties, Kellen has competed in the county, district and state competitions as part of the land judging and livestock judging teams. She also shows cattle at many local events and competes at the Alabama Junior Beef Expo and the Alabama Junior Cattlemen’s Expo.