Student Spotlights – March ’23

Student & School Spotlights - March 2023 ESP
Every month we compile a list of students and schools doing great things across our community.  We have so many talented students in our area.  Greater Pensacola Parents joins with these families and schools to celebrate their achievements!

Summerdale Fifth Grade Students Parachute into Engineering

Summerdale’s 5th graders used the engineering process to design, modify and test parachutes to demonstrate gravity on a falling object.

First Responder Day at Silverhill Elementary School

Our Red Ribbon Week 6th grade leader, M.C. Freeman, with the assistance of Officer Daniel and our counselor Mrs. Bramble, organized a First Responder Day this past Friday. Students engaged with First Responders and got a close up look at Police and Fire vehicles during their PE times.A big thank you to the Silverhill Fire Department!

Fairhope High School Junior Creates Turtle T-shirt Fundraiser for FEEF

Lena Amare, a junior at Fairhope High School, has been volunteering at the Pelican’s Nest since her sophomore year. Every Sunday she cleans the turtle tanks, and recently came up with a way to raise funds for the new turtle habitat that will be part of the Innovation Center addition currently happening on the K-1 property. She designed a T-shirt and obtained a sponsor for the screen printing. All proceeds will be donated to FEEF for the habitat. T-shirts will be available in March through the schools, FEEF website and at the FEEF tent at Arts and Crafts near the clock.

Perdido School Holds Spelling Bee

After 13 rounds of competition, fifth-grader Peyton Peed was declared the Champion of the Perdido School Spelling Bee. Peyton will represent Perdido School in the Baldwin County Spelling Bee in February. Fifth-grader Brody Buskill finished as the runner-up. Congratulations Peyton and best of luck at the county-wide contest.

Ava Dowden Second Runner-Up Distinguished Young Woman of Alabama

Distinguished Young Woman of Baldwin County, Ava Dowden, was the second runner-up at the 2023 Distinguished Young Woman of Alabama program, held in Montgomery. She also won a $500 scholarship as a self-expression preliminary winner and a Community Service Award.
Ava was one of 41 contestants from around the state to compete for the title this year. Throughout the week, Ava joined fellow participants for rehearsals, as well as special appearances at the Alabama Cattlemen Association’s luncheon and the Kiwanis Club, among others. The participants had the opportunity to visit the Governor’s mansion for lunch and were treated to a tour and also took part in the inauguration parade for Gov. Kay Ivey. On her official Facebook page, Gov. Kay Ivey shared “I had the pleasure yesterday of hosting the Distinguished Young Women of Alabama girls for lunch at the Mansion. Alabama is abundant with great examples of female leadership, and with their talent, abilities and determination, I know their future is full of opportunities.”
Ava is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Craig Dowden of Fairhope and attends Alabama School of Math and Science.

Toro Beginning Bands Are Making Music

The new beginning band program in Spanish Fort, the Toro Beginning Bands, includes students from Rockwell Elementary School, Spanish Fort Elementary School, and Stonebridge Elementary School. These students recently combined for their first performance together and had fun making music for the community!

A Mouse in Music at J. Larry Newton School

First and Second Grade at J. Larry Newton have been learning about note duration in Music Class! Today, their mouse friend was programmed to reinforce the length of time that a note is played. They sang along with whole, half and quarter notes. One of the students named him Bob!

Daphne Elementary School Counselor named Alabama School Counselor of the Year

Congratulations to Rebecca Johnson, the school counselor at Daphne Elementary School, who is the 2023 Alabama School Counselor of the Year.
Along with the other State School Counselor of the Year Honorees, Rebecca was recognized during an Awards Gala that was held at Union Station in Washington, DC on February 2. During her time in Washington, DC, not only was Rebecca able to meet many of the other school counselor honorees, but she was also able to meet with Miguel Cardona, the United States Secretary of Education.
During the State Board of Education Meeting that was held in Montgomery, Rebecca was again recognized for this phenomenal achievement of being the Alabama School Counselor of the Year.
This is indeed a tremendous honor and recognition for Rebecca as she is the first school counselor from Baldwin County to be recognized as the Elementary S.

Fairhope West Elementary Investigates the Case of the Missing Cooies

With the help of Officer Brian, Mrs. LeFever’s class used their inferencing skills and solved the case of the missing cookies!

Baldwin Connect Resume Scholarship Competition Winners

Congratulations to the BCBE seniors who participated in the first Baldwin Connect resume scholarship competition. Over 150 entries were reviewed by local companies.
The scholarship winners were invited to a luncheon today to receive their awards and to be recognized for their achievements. Kassey Merchant, was selected as the County Scholarship Award winner. Resumes were rated by outside industry partners from Goodwyn Mills Cawood. The luncheon was catered by the students of the South Baldwin Center for Technology Culinary program.
CONGRATULATIONS to our Baldwin Connect Resume Contest Winners!
Daphne High School Trojans
Jackson DeLaGarza
Elberta High School Warriors
Bri Doege
Fairhope High School
Jada Everett
Foley High School
Kassey Merchant
Spanish Fort High School
Katelyn Lippold
Robertsdale High School Bear Nation
Nakyra Davis

Fairhope High School Combine STEAM with Spanish

Señora Holt’s Spanish classes at Fairhope High had a STEAM lesson and designed and decorated their own CASAS using strawbees.

Baldwin County High School Tigerettes Prepare for Super Regionals

The Baldwin County High School Tigerettes competed in the DTU Alabama Regional Competition, placing second in Varsity Pom and fourth in Varsity Kick. “This team works very hard. They are extremely dedicated and connected to their commitment,” said Coach Elizabeth Byrd. “They took on new challenges in the competition routines which we haven’t done in years past and are doing a fantastic job executing excellent performances.”
The team also recently competed in the NDA Bama Dance Competition, which breaks style categories up into size divisions of small, medium, and large to award placement. The Tigerettes earned first place in large Varsity Pom and second place in Large Varsity Kick. The DTU competition was a Regional Championship where there is no breakup of style by size. All varsity teams compete against each other, regardless of size for Championship titles.
The Tigerettes will now prepare to close their competition season at a Super Regional, set for March 11 in New Orleans.

Fairhope East Elementary Students Had a Ball!

Fairhope East Elementary would like to thank Mr. Bob, a professional bowler, for coming out and talking to our students and helping them with bowling in Coach Ferguson’s classes. What a great day!