2017 NAHS Awards Ceremony – Honor Roll Award Winners

The following students have been on the honor roll for the first, second, and third nine weeks.   These students were formally recognized at the Awards Ceremony held on May 2, 2017 at New Albany High School:

CARLEY ADAMS, SANTIAGO AGUIRRE, ADALYN ALDRIDGE, MACKENZIE ARMSTRONG, MASON ARMSTRONG, ALEX AUSTIN, ANNA AUSTIN, CITLALY AVILA, AMBER BALENTINE, KARA BALENTINE, NATHAN BENNETT, CYNTHIA BETANCOURT, MORGAN BICKFORD, EMMA BLAKEMORE, SHANNON BOYD, MEG BRAMLETT, VICTORIA BROWN, DESTIN BRYANT, ANNA BULLOCK, HALEY BULLOCK, SAM CAGLE, ISABELLE CAMPBELL, KAITLYN CAVENDER, SAVANNAH CHEN, BECCA CHILDERS, CASEY CLARK, MORRIS KELLY CLAYTON, ESTEBAN CONTRERAS, JACK COOPER, MADISON COTTON, REATHA CRISWELL, DREW DARLING, JOHN MACGREGOR DAVIS, MARY DAY, CAREY BETH DOYLE, ELISE DUNNAM, JACK DURRETT, MAGGIE JO EVERETT, BOONE FAULKNER, MARIA FAVELA, ISHMON FOSTER, SARAH GAINES, JUANITA GOMEZ, KATHERINE GONZALEZ, SANDERS GOODE, ALENA GRAHAM, TIANNA GRAHAM, TABITHA GREENWOOD, ALYSSA GREER, MEGAN GREER, MADISON GRIGGS, LAUREN PAIGE HAMILTON, MALEK HARDIN, HANNAH HARRIS, SARAH KATHRYN HARRIS, STACY HERNANDEZ, ALEX HERRING, SAM HICKEY, HALEY HOLSTON, KAITLIN HORNE, DAISY HUERTA, TAYLOR HUFFMAN, SAVANNA JOHNSON, CHELSEY JOYNER, AHLAEYA JUDON, CARLEY JUMPER, CHERILYN LANKIN, JAMES LEWIS, MARY SPENCER LITTLE, ANA LORETO, MICHELLE LUO, LUCY MARTIN, RACHEL MCCULLOUGH, JACOB MCGREGOR, PERRY MCKINNEY, SAM MCMILLIN, SYDNEY MEGGS, JOSHUA MONTGOMERY, MAGGIE MOORE, MADILYN MORRIS, MATT MORRIS, EMMA MYERS, CLAY NANCE, CLAIREESE PANNELL, CHARLES PAYNE, JONATHAN PEGUES, MEREDITH PRESCOTT, CECILIA PULLMAN, NATALIE PULLMAN, JOSEPH RAINEY, MADISYN RAINWATER, HAYES RICHEY, AVERY ROBBINS, CALLIE ROBBINS, KENNEDY ROGERS, JOSEPH RUTHERFORD, RJ RUTHERFORD, KENIDI SANDERS, AMANDA SCALES, MOLLY SCOTT, AVERY GRACE SHAW, BAKER SMITH, THOMAS SMITH, OLIVIA THOMPSON, VIVIAN VAINISI, ROBERT VANCE, MOLLY BETH WHITE, TAYLOR WILLIS

 

 

New Albany Students Attend Career & Technology Day

The New Albany School of Career & Technical Education hosted “Career & Technology Day” on Friday, May 5 on the campus of New Albany High School.

Career and Technology Day began as Technology Day in 2009 to expose high school students to the technology used in industries and careers in the northeast Mississippi area. The event has been held annually since 2009 and has grown to include more college and career related information.

This year the Career and Tech Day was expanded to include students from 3rd-8th grade in the New Albany School District.  Students from New Albany Elementary School and New Albany Middle School were able to participate in this year’s event and received backpacks to place the career information they received during the day.

Career and Technology Day was funded through the “PRIDE through College and Career Awareness” grant that the New Albany School District received through funding from the Toyota Wellspring Fund.

More than twenty-five exhibitors and presenters were on hand to inform students about their careers, as well as describe the technology that is used in their careers.   Vendors included:  Blue Mountain College; Northeast Mississippi Community College; University of Mississippi; MSU Extension Service; Miracle Ear; Rowan Dentistry; Mississippi Game and Fish; Mississippi Forestry Commission, U.S. Army Corp of Engineers; Leggett and Platt; MooreSites; Cooper Electric; BNA Bank; New Albany Light, Gas, & Water; Tennessee Valley Authority; Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County; New Albany Police Department; New Albany Fire Department; Union County Sheriff’s Department; Northeast Union County Volunteer Fire Department; Mississippi Highway Patrol; Mississippi National Guard; Mississippi Department of Health; Mississippi Department of Human Services; and WTVA News.

 

 

Cagle Named STAR Student at NAHS

 

Sam Cagle has been named STAR student for the 2016-2017 school year by the Mississippi Economic Council M. B. Swayze Foundation, sponsor of the Student Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) program.

The New Albany High School senior was honored during the annual Education Celebrtion on April 27, 2017, at the Jackson Convention Complex in downtown Jackson.

Sponsors for this prestigious event and the Mississippi Economic Council were:  AT&T; Atmos Energy; BancorpSouth; Barksdale Management; Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi; Cooperative Energy, Electric Cooperative of Mississippi; Entergy Mississippi, Inc.; Ergon, Inc.; Ingalls Shipbuilding; Mississippi Power Company; Nissan North America, Inc.; Sanderson Farms, Inc.; 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 of Foundations. “The STAR program encourages and promotes academic achievement among Mississippi’s high school seniors,” she said.

Cagle is the son of Jeff & Kathryn Cagle.  He is a member of the National Honor Society, National Technical Honor Society, Technology Student Association, FBLA, Spanish Club, and FCA.  Cagle is an honor roll student and has received many subject area awards.  He is a member of the NAHS football and basketball teams.  He is a graduate of the Union County Leadership Academy and is an Eagle Scout.

Each STAR Student is asked to designate a STAR Teacher, the classroom teacher who has made the greatest contribution to the student’s scholastic achievement.  Cagle chose Coach Jake Hill as his STAR teacher.

New Stage Theatre Provides Performances for New Albany Schools

New Stage Theatre, a professional theatre located in Jackson, Mississippi, presented in-school performances of The Selfish Giant and Oh Freedom! The Story of the Underground Railroad to students in the New Albany School District on February 16-17.

New Albany Elementary School hosted two performances of The Selfish Giant on Thursday, February 16.  Oscar Wilde’s classic children’s story about The Selfish Giant who wouldn’t share his beautiful garden becomes a joyous play that touches on themes of friendship, empathy, sharing, and kindness. The giant comes home from a long trip to find children playing in his garden. He kicks them out, threatening to bring them to justice for trespassing. But a harsh winter—in the form of comic characters Frost, Snow, and North Wind—brings the realization to the giant that the children who used to trespass in his garden implanted friendship in this special place. The giant’s heart melts in a life-changing moment, and spring, along with the children, returns to his garden.

Oh Freedom!  The Story of the Underground Railroad was presented to New Albany Middle School and New Albany High School students on Friday, February 17.  The greatest collaboration against racism in American history, before the Civil Rights Movement, was the Underground Railroad. People of all ethnic backgrounds, of both sexes, and from North and South came together to resist the oppression of slavery by helping escaped slaves make their way to free territory in the years before the Civil War. Oh Freedom! The Story of the Underground Railroad celebrates these alliances by combining the many stories with songs of the period. Famous participants like Harriet Tubman and Harriet Beecher Stowe are represented as well as lesser known heroes of the movement like John Rankin, whose house on a hill was a beacon for freedom; the mysterious “Peg Leg” Joe who moved among the plantations teaching slaves to escape and “Follow the Drinking Gourd,” a song designed to show them the way; and Henry “Box” Brown who had himself put in a box and mailed to freedom. The production will encourage student audience participation in the singing of traditional spiritual, “Oh, Freedom.” The story inspires all to work together for the good of all as it celebrates a time when Americans were at their courageous best, supporting one another—regardless of background, ethnicity or gender—in the cause to extend to all Americans our greatest, most inalienable right: freedom.

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, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mississippi, and the Mississippi Arts Commission.

NAHS Interest Group Explores Ivy League Options

Interest groups are a new concept to New Albany High School (NAHS) this school year.  There’s a thirty minute slot of time each day, excluding Fridays, when students can attend an interest group session.  Sessions include club interests, school news, ping pong, diversity, fossils, Science Olympiad, and fishing, just to name a few.

There’s a unique interest group at NAHS that has been exposed to virtual field trips and a recent field trip to Nashville.  This group of students meets with the counselors on a regular basis to pursue their interest in the selective college admissions process.

NAHS Counselor Kalee Stanton explained that the school staff wants to expose students to the selective college admissions process and Ivy League schools, as well as increase the number of students who apply to these schools each year.

The counselors surveyed students in the gifted and accelerated English classes to gain information on students who may be interested in the selective college admissions process.

Students had the opportunity to skype with an admissions counselor from Duke during the fall semester.  Recently this group of students traveled to Vanderbilt University in Nashville to tour the campus and meet with an admissions counselor.

Throughout the year, these students have spent time during their interest group being exposed to common college applications, understanding the importance of essay development, and learning more about financial aid opportunities.  “During our time together, the students have also learned how important it is to develop their leadership skills, increase their community service commitment, and to continue developing good citizenship qualities,” Stanton added.

“We are very proud of these students and their commitment to academic excellence,” said NAHS Principal Lance Evans.   “It is our hope that we have equipped these students with the knowledge they need to make informed decisions about their future college plans.”