Student Spotlights November 2022

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

Bay Minette Elementary School Flag Football Super Bowl

Bay Minette Elementary School coaches have been working with students on the fundamentals of flag football. To close out the this nine-weeks of school, the P.E. classes held the first round of play-offs.

Bayshore Christian School Volleyball Champs

Congratulations to our BCS volleyball team for winning the Class 2A, Area 1 Championship in October! We are so proud of our Lady Eagles!

Bayside Academy Students Named Runners of the Week

Bayside Academy has had four students named 1A–5A Runners of the Week by the Mobile Optimist Club in the last month. Senior Ty Postle and sophomore Annie Midyett were honored on September 22, sophomore Catherine Doyle was honored on September 29, and senior John Thomas Neill was honored on October 6.

Annie posted a seasonal best time of 19:45 at the Southern Showcase, finishing sixth in the Blue division. She helped lead Bayside’s young women to a third-place finish overall out of 51 scoring teams. At Southern Showcase, Ty also ran a seasonal best time of 16:30, just one second off of his personal best. He finished ninth overall in the Blue division, where Bayside’s young men finished 14th overall out of 57 scoring teams.

Catherine had a breakout performance at the Daphne Invite, winning a cross country race for the first time since her 8th grade year. Her 5K time of 19:03 is the second fastest in school history and ranks her 19th in the state of Alabama regardless of classification.

JT finished as Bayside’s top runner at the Jesse Owens Classic with a time of 16:50, tying him for fifth overall in school history or a 5K time. He is Bayside’s third young man to post a sub-17:00 5K time this season.

Picture 1: Bayside Academy sophomore Annie Midyett, Cross Country Coach Joe Swagart, and senior Ty Postle at the Mobile Optimist Club luncheon on Thursday, September 22.

Picture 2: Bayside Academy sophomore Catherine Doyle and Cross Country Coach Joe Swagart at the Mobile Optimist Club luncheon on Thursday, September 29.

Picture 3: Bayside Academy Cross Country Coach Joe Swagart and senior JT Neill at the Mobile Optimist Club luncheon on Thursday, October 6.

Christ the King Teachers Head to Atlanta

These CTKCS teachers traveled to the Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta for a day of professional development. Teachers explored new techniques for student engagement, promoting academic excellence, building meaningful relationships with families and students, and how important multisensory learning is key in a classroom. These teachers are busy infusing their classrooms with the knowledge they gained from the experience!

Baldwin County High School Senior, Mya Riley, named Miss AWAG 2022

Mya Riley was named Miss AWAG 2022 at the 26th annual event held Sept. 24 at Coastal Alabama Community College. The “Shining Stars” pageant is sponsored by the Area Women Action Group.
Mya is a senior at Baldwin County High School where she serves as senior class secretary and a member of the Beta Chi Sigma. Rounding out the top five included Haley Fancher, Daphne High, first runner-up; TreKerria Smith, BCHS, second runner-up; Jaelyn Gray, BCHS, third runner-up; and Trinity Walton, Daphne High, fourth runner-up.
Participants competed in several categories both on and off the stage including physical fitness, casual wear, talent and performing arts, and evening wear.
Preliminary awards were presented to: Most Spirit, TreKerria Smith; Eagle Award, Mya Riley; Shining Star, Trinity Walton; Horizon Award, Jayla Poque; Scholastic Achievement, Jaelyn Gray; Tickets & Presence, Trinity Walton; Ads & Publishing, TreKerria Smith and Jamiria Ikner, Shredick Hardy Memorial, TreKerria Smith; Beatrice Lyons Memorial, Jamiria Ikner; Mary H. Cox Memorial, Jaelyn Gray; Heritage Women’s Club, Haley Fancher; Sabra Simmons Honorary Founder’s Scholarship, TreKerria Smith; Coastal Alabama Community College, Jaelyn Gray.
AWAG Member Phyllis French was presented the “Extra Mile Award”.

Bayshore Christian School Gathers for “See You at the Pole”

BCS students gathered in prayer on the international event See You At The Pole in September. Students lead the school in song, then prayed over their beloved school, teachers, parents, ESPC community, city, state, and country! We praise God for the opportunity to worship Him!

AHS’s Amanda Savrda Awarded the Outstanding Earth Science Teacher Award

Congratulations to the GSMS art students that placed in the 2022 Baldwin County Fair Art contest! Phoenix Wallace– 1st place; Copeland Bender– 1st place; Faith Mitchum– 1st place; Victor MuCarbel– 1st place; Monserrat Gomez– 1st place; Ambria Hagen– 2nd place; Mylie Lima– 2nd place; Red Diamante– 3rd place; Liliana Grandy– 3rd place; Kinsley Kelley– 3rd place; Jayden Dennis– 3rd place; Fiona Douglas– 3rd place; Cali Nelson– 3rd place; *not pictured: Copeland Bender

CTKCS Science Club Explores

The Christ the King Catholic Science Club met for an adventure to May Day park to do some sampling. A few seniors from St. Michael Catholic High School helped the middle school students to throw a cast net and pull a seine net through the water. They also used instrumentation to check salinity, dissolved oxygen, turbidity, pH, and things like wind speed, humidity, and temperature. They were even able to collect some organisms for their classroom Bay Tank. Such a successful trip for these students!

Bayside Academy Students Compete at Model UN

On Saturday, October 8, the St. Michael High School Model United Nations team hosted its 4th Annual Spring Cardinal Model UN Conference with each of the committees covering a different aspect of the Russia-Ukraine war. This year, the conference had 128 students participating from throughout the state. Impressively, in the past two years, Bayside Academy delegates have won four awards at the Spring Cardinal Model UN Conferences.

A special congratulations goes out to senior Kai McCullins; sophomores Elin Backman, Courtney Baker, Adriane Clemens, Sophia Haines, Caroline Marron, and Virginia McCrory; freshmen Brody Gwaltney and Evan Stafford; and 8th graders Nate Bullock and Sebastian Winstead. All of our delegates represented Bayside well. Kai McCullins was recognized during the closing ceremony and received Honorable Mention awards for Best Delegate!

Pictured: Bayside Academy’s Model UN group. Front row: Mr. Glen Farquhar, Caroline Marron, Sophia Haines, Courtney Baker, Adriane Clemens, Virginia McCrory, Mrs. Liz Mulligan. Back row: Elin Backman, Sebastian Winstead, Nate Bullock, Kai McCullins.

Bayshore Christian School Receives Special Donation

BCS would like to thank Mrs. Lisa Bishop from WoodmenLife for donating a beautiful new flag pole & American flag! And thank you to our BCS students that helped put it in.

Delicious Landforms at J. Larry Newton School

Students at J. Larry Newton School learned that creating models of landforms can be fun and yummy!

Baldwin County Virtual School Explores Aviation

Middle school students at Baldwin County Virtual Elementary/Middle School had a blast participating in hands-on aviation and sublimation activities during their trip to Flight Works Alabama!

Cookie Cartography at Fairhope East Elementary

Fourth graders at Fairhope East created maps of Alabama’s regions using cookies and frosting! That’s what we call creative cookie cartography!

Bayside Academy First Grader Haya Idriss Advances to NATIONAL Art Competition

After winning first place in the K–1st grade division of the Baldwin County Soil and Water Conservation District Poster Contest, Bayside then-kindergartener Haya Idriss went on to win first place in both the area competition (encompassing 10 other districts in southwest Alabama) and the state competition. Now in first grade, Haya is moving on to the national competition! The theme was “Healthy Soil, Healthy Life.”