Weng Named STAR Student at NAHS

STAR Student WengKeXin Weng has been named as a STAR (Student-Teacher Achievement Recognition) Student for the 2015-2016 school year by the Mississippi Economic Council’s M. B. Swayze Foundation, sponsor of the STAR program.

The New Albany High School senior will be honored during the STAR Program at the annual Education Celebration on April 28, 2016, at the Jackson Convention Center in downtown Jackson.  Pinnacle sponsors for this prestigious event and the Mississippi Economic Council are:

AT&T; Atmos Energy; BancorpSouth; Barksdale Management; Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi; Electric Power Associations of Mississippi; Entergy Mississippi, Inc.; Ergon, Inc.;

Ingalls Shipbuilding; Mississippi Power Company; Nissan North America, Inc.; Sanderson Farms, Inc.; South Mississippi Electric Power Association; Trustmark National Bank; Walmart; and Yates Construction.  Additional local support for the STAR program is provided by MEC members from communities across the state.

STAR Students are selected on the basis of academic excellence. Both American College Test scores and scholastic averages are compared to determine the school’s STAR Student, explained Vickie Powell of Jackson, Senior Vice President Foundations. “The STAR program encourages and promotes academic achievement among Mississippi’s high school seniors,” she said.

Weng is the daughter of Lanying Ouyang.  She is a member of the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, Anchor Club, Spanish Club, and FBLA.  Weng is an honor roll student and has received many subject area awards.  She has served on the Northeast Mississippi Youth Foundation and has volunteered as a peer tutor at New Albany Elementary School.

Each STAR Student is asked to designate a STAR Reacher, the classroom teacher who has made the greatest contribution to the student’s scholastic achievement.  Weng chose Amy Blake as her STAR teacher.

Davis Chosen as Callahan Scholar Athlete

Callahan Winner Katie DavisKatie Davis, a senior at New Albany High School, has been named the Lindy Callahan Scholar Athlete by the Mississippi High School Activities Association.  She was selected as the most outstanding female scholar athlete in District I.

Katie, a 4.0 honor student and multi-sport athlete, has participated in cheerleading, tennis, soccer, and powerlifting during her high school career.  She has received division honors in both soccer and tennis.  She has been a member of the state championship tennis teams for the past three years.

Davis is one of 16 seniors from across the state selected for the $1,500 scholarship. The honorees — one boy and one girl from high schools in each of the MHSAA’s eight geographical districts — were chosen for their academic accomplishments as well as their participation in high school athletics and extracurricular activities.

“We are proud of Katie being honored for this prestigious award,” said Lance Evans, NAHS Principal.  “She is a wonderful example of a well-rounded student athlete.”

Katie is the daughter of Joe and Jennie Davis.

She was honored at the MHSAA’s Lindy Callahan annual banquet on April 4.


New Stage Theatre Presents Arts-In-Education Programs

New Albany Androcles

On February 18 & 19, New Stage Theatre presented in-school performances of Androcles and the Lion and Mississippi Talking: Scenes from Mississippi Writers at New Albany Elementary School and New Albany High School, as part of the New Stage Theatre Arts-in-Education statewide touring program. Androcles and the Lion was presented on February 18 at 10:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. at New Albany Elementary School for 1,128 Pre-K to 5th grade students; and Mississippi Talking was presented on February 19 at 8:15 a.m. for 498 6th through 8th grade students and at 10:00 a.m. for 545 9th through 12th grade students.

Androcles and the Lion, adapted by Kathryn Walat from Aesop’s fable, features an unlikely trio of friends of a singing mouse, an escaped slave, and a hungry lion whose bond is put to the test in this enchanting and heartwarming 50-minute play. Androcles, an escaped slave from the city, makes his way into the jungle where he finds the Lion with a thorn in his paw. Risking capture, Androcles decides to help the Lion and the two become fast friends. But when the evil Emperor imprisons the two companions, it’s the tiny Mouse who reminds them all that friendships aren’t easily broken.

New Albany MS TalkMississippi Talking: Scenes from Mississippi Writers is an entertaining and moving show, which illuminates the richness of the state’s culture in scenes gathered from the works of Mississippi’s finest writers. Audiences will be fascinated by this 55-minutes theatrical view of Mississippi that joins comic and dramatic scenes selected from poetry, drama, short stories, and novels by Eudora Welty, Tennessee Williams, Richard Wright and more.

The shows were directed by Chris Roebuck, Education Director at New Stage, and Francine Reynolds, Artistic Director at New Stage. They were performed by New Stage’s Professional Acting Company members Chris Ambrose, Matthew Denton, Allison Heinz, and Briana Thomas.

The performance was followed by an open discussion between the acting company and the students.  The discussion explored the literature, the themes of the play, and the experience of acting.

New Stage Theatre is a professional not-for-profit theatre.  New Stage Theatre’s Arts-in-Education tours are supported, in part, by Entergy, the Chisholm Foundation, and the Mississippi Arts Commission.

Where Are They Now ~ Jessye Staten

From time to time, we will be spotlighting New Albany Alumni who are making a difference and excelling at their particular work path . . .

Jessye StatenJessye Staten

What year did you graduate high school?

What is (are) the name(s) of the vocational class(es) you completed?
Culinary Arts I and II

Where did you attend college?
I am about to graduate from Northeast Mississippi Community College. I plan on continuing my education at the University of Northern Alabama.

Please describe how the vocational class(es) you took helped you.
I learned a ton of information in the two years I was in Mrs. Alef’s classes. I can honestly say I have used everything I learned either at work or in my classes at school, from what a mother sauce is to how to work with diversity and challenge. My skills put me ahead of the game in college, so my 4.0 GPA has come with ease. In this business, you never stop learning. You come together with colleagues and classmates to create and provide a beautiful service. I did not know it then, but I wasn’t just taking a class in high school, I was finding a passion and falling in love with a career.

Please give a brief description of your career.
Currently, I am a staff trainer at Taco Bell. I have worked for Little Foods Company™ for over two years now at two different locations. I worked every position in the store except manager. I work line, drive-thru, front counter, etc. I only intend on keeping this job until I move on to UNA. Even though it is a fast food establishment, it provides learning opportunities just like an upper scale restaurant would. Like I said before, you never stop learning. Every day is a lesson.

What degree(s) and/or achievements do you hold?
I decided to double major at NEMCC, so when I graduate I will have an Associate of Applied Science in Culinary Arts Technology and an Associate of Applied Science in Hospitality Management Technology.

In what city do you currently reside?
I live in New Albany, MS but I am currently staying in Booneville, MS for the school year.

Where Are They Now ~ Dalvin Carr

From time to time, we will be spotlighting New Albany Alumni who are making a difference and excelling at their particular work path . . .

dalvinDalvin Carr

What year did you graduate high school?

What is (are) the name(s) of the vocational class(es) you completed?
Early Child Hood Education I & II
Business Management

Where did you attend college?
Schools and Certifications

*Air Assault School
*Warrior Leader Course
*Combat Life Saver
*Conduct After Capture
*AN/PC 117G Radio Operator
*FBCB2/Blue Force Tracker
*German Proficiency Badge
*Advance Situational Awareness

*Expert Weapon Qualifications
-M4 Rifle
-M9 Pistol
-320 Grenade Launcher
-2010 Sniper Rifle
-110 Sniper Rifle
-Karl Gustav Rocket Launcher
-Anti Tank Missle
– Claymores

Please describe how the vocational class(es) you took helped you.
Although the vocational class gave me an insight on what I wanted my career to be, the teachers are the reason I am who I am today. They molded me into the adult I am today, allowing me to see things for more than what they are. It was not until 3-4 months before graduation that I decided to join the military. Being in the military has allowed me to grow. The constant interaction with others, from superiors to subordinates has made me a more self-aware individual all around. Seeing the impact I can have on people, took me back to those high school days. I believe that I can influence children to aspire to be more, and do anything they want and desire no matter where they come from. I feel that the military has taught me leadership skills, resiliency, and patience to deal with others regardless of their background. Taking Early Childhood Education benefited me the most out of all my classes throughout high school because it showed me how one can influence many. When the military is over for me I will proceed to go back to school and get a degree in Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education.

Please give a brief description of your career.
I am currently in the United States Army stationed at Fort Carson, Colorado where I hold the rank of Sergeant and serve as a Team leader in a Light Infantry Company; responsible for the welfare, fitness, morale and discipline of a four man Team; responsible for the individual training and maintenance of their equipment; primary instructor and advisor in the matters of tactical employment during offensive and defensive operations. Previously stationed in Vilseck, Germany for three years where I deployed to Afghanistan for six months. Currently in the process of getting ready for deployment to Kosovo for a total of nine months.

What degree(s) and/or achievements do you hold?
*Army Commendation Medal x1
*Army Achievement Medal x3
*Army Good Conduct Medal x1
*National Defense Service Medal x1
*Afghanistan Campaign Medal x1
*Nato Ribbon x1
*Army Service Ribbon x 1
*Over Seas Ribbon x2
*Noncommisioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon x1
*Global War on Terrisiomn Medal x1

In what city do you currently reside?
Colorado Springs, Colorado