NAHS Senior Participating in Flight Camp

Maria Favela, a rising senior at New Albany High School and a cadet with the Air Force Junior ROTC, is attending an eight week Flight Camp at Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama.

Favela received a scholarship from Headquarters AFJROTC, Maxwell Air Force Base to participate in the program.  The scholarship is valued at $20,000 and covers transportation, room and board, academic instruction, and flight hours.   She is one of 120 AFJROTC cadets to receive the scholarship.

The Flight Academy Scholarship Program is designed to address the issue of pilot shortages both in the military and in civilian life.  This program introduces students to the aviation atmosphere at a young age and allows them to earn their private pilot license

The program began May 29 and will continue through July 29.  The daily agenda is rigorous because the classes and training accelerated so participants can finish the program and earn a license.  “We fly every day, twice a day Monday through Saturday and have a regular class each day Monday through Friday,” Favela explained.  “I have really enjoyed being a part of the program. Experiencing flight first hand has been amazing. I love flying and learning how to control the aircraft is a great experience.”


Rutherford Awarded Taylor Moore Scholarship at NAHS

Joseph Rutherford was awarded the Taylor Moore Memorial Scholarship at the New Albany High School graduation ceremony on May 25, 2018.  The $5,000 competitive scholarship is given each year to a deserving NAHS student who plans to attend college in Mississippi.  The scholarship selection process includes criteria relating to character, GPA, extracurricular activities, written essay, and an interview by a selection committee.

Joseph is the son of Beverly and Ross Rutherford, Sr.   He plans to attend Mississippi State University this fall and pursue his studies in Engineering.

Rutherford was a member of the New Albany High School Marching Band where he served as a student leader.  An honor graduate, he was a member of the ACT 30+ Club, Mu Alpha Theta, and Spanish Club.  Rutherford was also involved with the School Musical.   He was a member of the Union County Leadership Academy.  At NAHS, he was a two-sport athlete, participating in track and bowling.

The Taylor Moore Scholarship was established by Bobby and Minerva Moore in memory of their son who died in 2000.  Taylor Moore was a 1988 honor graduate of W.P. Daniel High School.  He was Mr. DHS, Most Popular, Most Dignified, and Class Favorite and was active in student government.  Moore played first base for the DHS baseball team, and received numerous academic honors.  He went on to receive his bachelors and masters degrees in business administration from Mississippi State University.

The scholarship established in his memory has been awarded for fourteen years to outstanding graduates of New Albany High School.  Past recipients of the Taylor Moore Scholarship are Stacy Stepp, Darden Holmes, Kyle Kimbrough, Ivy Lauren Williams, Kyle Hickey, Callie Creekmore, Taylor Goode, Josh Creekmore, Olivia Dunnam, Lauren Cavender, Jack Hickey, Meghan Van, and Sam Cagle.

Sloan Named NAMS Assistant Principal

New Albany School District announces the hiring of Anna Kathryn Sloan as the next Assistant Principal of New Albany Middle School.  Sloan brings several years of experience in education, coaching, and research.  Most recently, Sloan served as a secondary education teacher and coach in the Tupelo Public Schools.

Sloan is a graduate of Millsaps College where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Political Science.   She earned a Masters in Public Administration and a Masters in Public Health from the University of Alabama-Birmingham.  She received her Masters in Secondary Education Teaching from Mississippi State University and her Specialist in Educational Leadership from the University of Mississippi.

Mrs. Sloan stated the following about the new opportunity in the New Albany School District, “I am thrilled about coming to work for the New Albany School District.  I cannot think of a better place to begin my administrative career than New Albany Middle School.  I eagerly anticipate getting to work with and know the students, staff, and faculty.  I would like to thank Mr. Evans and Mr. Wright for giving me the opportunity to work in this incredible school district.”

New Albany Middle School Principal Jamey Wright stated, “We are fortunate to be adding Mrs. Sloan to our team.  Her experience as a teacher, coach, and researcher will serve our school and our students well.”

Mrs. Sloan was approved by the New Albany School Board of Trustees on June 4 and replaces Jane Hubbard who resigned last month.


Lott to Serve as New Albany High School Athletics Director

The New Albany School Board of Trustees approved the hiring of Todd Lott as New Albany High School Athletics Director at its monthly meeting on June 4.

Lott has more than twenty years of experience as an athletic director in both private and public schools.  Lott has experience coaching football, soccer, and track in various capacities at the private school, public school, and community college levels since 1988.  Most recently he served as Head Football Coach and Athletic Director of Saint Joseph Catholic School in Madison, Mississippi.

“I’m excited to join New Albany High School and look forward to working with the students, coaching staff, faculty, and community,” Lott said. “I want student-athletes to become better people for having been a part of our athletic programs.”

“We are pleased to welcome Coach Lott to New Albany High School and look forward to him leading our athletics program.  His experience in athletics administration and in coaching will be a tremendous asset to our student-athletes and our coaching staffs,” said John Ferrell, New Albany High School Principal.

Lott holds a Bachelor of Administration in Accounting and a Master of Education in Administration from Delta State University.  He completed the Teach Mississippi Institute Program through Delta State as well.

He and his wife, Annie are the parents of two daughters and one son:  Morgan is in Physical Therapy School; Katie Beth is a senior at Delta State University; and Charlie is a high school junior.


Stubblefield Named New Head Football Coach

Cody Stubblefield has been named the Head Football Coach for the New Albany High School Bulldogs.  The New Albany School Board of Trustees approved his hiring at the June 4 School Board Meeting.  He replaces Jake Hill who resigned earlier in the spring.

Stubblefield returns to the school where he got his coaching start.  His stint at New Albany included the stellar season of 2010, when the Bulldogs went 13-1.

He returns to New Albany from Tupelo High School where he has served as the Offensive Coordinator for the past two seasons.  While serving at Tupelo, the team comprised a 23-2 record.  This past season, Tupelo led 6A in scoring.  Prior to his stint in Tupelo, Stubblefield coached four years as the offensive line and run game coordinator at Lafayette High School where they compiled a 38-18 record.

Stubblefield is a 2005 graduate of North Pontotoc High School where he garnered many awards and was the first athlete to sign a Division I scholarship.  He began his college career at Itawamba Community College where he started every game and was named an All State and All American Offensive Lineman.  He continued his playing career at the University of Memphis where he started every game his senior year at left tackle.

“We are pleased to have Coach Stubblefield leading our football program,” said John Ferrell, New Albany High School Principal.  “He will bring a wealth of football knowledge to our program and his experiences as both a college player and an assistant football coach will be beneficial.  He is from this area, understands the importance of football to the New Albany community, and is ready to lead the program in a positive direction.”

Stubblefield said, “I am thrilled to be back home in New Albany. I am excited about the opportunity to lead this program and to help develop these young men to become successful on and off the field. There is no way I can express my appreciation to Mr. Evans, Mr. Ferrell, and the Board of Trustees for giving me this great opportunity. I promise that this coaching staff and I will work tirelessly to move this program to new heights.”

Coach Stubblefield and his wife, Emilee, have one son, Ray who is six weeks old.