Arrow Tracks

  • World Champions

    Posted by communications intern Ellen Jo Seals at 4/14/2014
    Clinton High School’s Indoor Percussion ensemble won the 2014 Scholastic Open Class Winter Guard International competition this past weekend in Dayton, Ohio.
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    The group entered the competition with the highest score in the nation after winning several other competitions. Clinton Percussion won the WGI Regional in Hattiesburg and the Mid-South WGI Regional in Bowling Green, Ky. earlier in the season.
    Led by Director Kevin Welborn, the group placed first in the preliminary round at the World Championship competition. One group scored .2 higher than Clinton’s indoor percussion ensemble during the preliminary round.
    The final round of competition consisted of the top 12 out of the top 42 indoor percussion groups from around the world.
    “You can imagine the amount of cheers, tears and emotion when they announced Clinton Percussion as the 2014 World Champions,” Welborn said.
    The 35 members of Clinton Percussion received gold medals and a trophy, and were welcomed home with cheering crowds at CHS.
    “Thanks a ton to the community of Clinton for all of their support,” Welborn said.
    Clinton Percussion is comprised of 35 students in the front ensemble, battery and dancers. Kevin Welborn directs the group along with music arranger David Reeves, drill designer Nick Benson, choreographer/movement specialist Karen Prince, CHS band director Mickey Mangum, and program consultant Alan Barone. CHS/Clinton percussion alumni Kristina Mulvihill and Mississippi College student Nick Hall also help with Clinton Indoor Percussion.
    Dance Sophisticates, Innovative Percussion, ON2 Percussion, Pearl Drum Corp, Pearl Adams, Remo, The Crown Store, and Zildjian sponsor the ensemble.
    Congratulations and Go Arrows!
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  • Architecture conference

    Posted by Communications Intern Ellen Jo Seals at 4/11/2014
    Wilbourne Elizabeth Wilbourne, 7th grade art teacher at Clinton Junior High School, was chosen to attend a workshop that will benefit her class and the district.

    Ms. Wilbourne will attend the NEH Chicago Architecture Foundation’s workshop on The American Skyscraper: Transforming Chicago and the Nation.

    “I’m really excited to bring what I learn back to the classroom,” said Ms. Wilbourne.

    This weeklong workshop will consist of classroom instruction on architecture and the American skyscraper. Ms. Wilbourne will also have the opportunity to take field trips around the city of Chicago.

    “I think this conference will be beneficial because I’ll be able to get new ideas and perspectives from teachers across the country,” Ms. Wilbourne said. “I will also be able to get new ideas for my lesson plans and add the element of architecture to my curriculum.”

    With her graphic design background, Ms. Wilbourne hopes to diversify the aspects of art taught in her classroom.

    “A 7th grade art class can spark into a career,” she said. After this conference, she anticipates using the knowledge that she gained at the conference to create an architecture project in her classroom. The project may consist of building a three-dimensional model of a skyscraper or building.

    Students in Ms. Wilbourne’s classes will benefit from her attendance at the conference because they will get to experience a taste of Chicago. She hopes to share the culture of Chicago with her students through her first-hand experience.

    “The knowledge that Ms. Wilbourne will gain from attending such a selective workshop will definitely benefit her and the students of Clinton Junior High School,” said Anthony Goins, CJHS Principal. “As a first year teacher in Clinton, she has definitely been an asset to CJHS. We are very proud of her accomplishment.”

    Only 80 out of 320 teachers were selected for this conference. Ms. Wilbourne wrote an essay in order to be considered for the workshop. Her passion for art and her students helped Ms. Wilbourne seal a spot in the upcoming conference.
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  • Indoor Percussion

    Posted by communications intern Ellen Jo Seals at 4/7/2014

    In just their fifth year of existence, the Clinton High School Indoor Percussion group has shocked the indoor percussion world.

    The group took first-place at the Mid-South Winter Guard International Regional in Bowling Green, Ky. on March 23. This was their first year to perform in a higher, more advanced class. The students now advance to the WGI World Championships in Dayton, Ohio on April 10-12.

    “In this higher classification, we have learned that Clinton Percussion is currently seeded in first-place, worldwide, before heading to WGI World Championships,” said Kevin Welborn, indoor percussion director.

    Clinton Indoor Percussion has already won the WGI regional competition in Hattiesburg this competition season. They faced four of the best open class groups in the southern region.

    This group is composed of 35 students who form the front ensemble, battery and the group of dancers. Kevin Welborn directs the group along with music arranger David Reeves, drill designer Nick Benson, choreographer/movement specialist Karen Prince, CHS band director Mickey Mangum, and program consultant Alan Barone. CHS/Clinton percussion alumni Kristina Mulvihill and Mississippi College student Nick Hall also help with Clinton Indoor Percussion.

    Their 2014 award-winning show is entitled “Sincerely.” The music is more sophisticated for the percussion section than the music for a marching band show.

    “The show takes the viewer on an emotional journey of a letter,” Welborn said. “With music that drives the production, you also hear the contents of the letter being read throughout the show.”

    The indoor percussion group uses only percussion instruments to generate the soundtrack and concept within the show. The five dancers in the show represent the letter’s “reader.”

    Dance Sophisticates, Innovative Percussion, ON2 Percussion, Pearl Drum Corp, Pearl Adams, Remo, The Crown Store, and Zildjian sponsor Clinton Indoor Percussion.

    Go Arrows!
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  • Show Choirs

    Posted by Dr. Phil Burchfield at 4/4/2014
    Clinton’s public schools have a reputation for outstanding show choirs at the junior high and high school level.
    Attaché is a nationally ranked show choir composed of 42 singers/dancers, 15 instrumentalists, and a crew of 12. This team travels around the country to perform at various competitions and exhibitions.
    So far, Attaché has won first place at the South Central Classic in Homewood, Ala., Petal Show Choir Invitational in Petal, and the 2014 Xtravaganza in Los Alamitos, Calif. this year.  
    “Amazing performances by the Clinton students again and again,” said Director Dave Fehr. “I’m so proud of the students, parents, Clinton schools and the community of Clinton for their support.”
    Fehr noted a few statistics from Attaché’s history:
    -       Attaché has never lost to a Mississippi school in its 34-year history.

    -       Attaché has not lost to a group from the south in the 22 years under the direction of Dave and Mary Fehr, and has earned Grand Champion (first place) in 65 out of 74 competitions entered against all top groups from across the nation.

    -       Attaché 2014 is once again ranked at the top of the national show rating system after defeating Burbank High School and John Burroughs High School at the Los Alamitos, Calif. Xtravaganza competition on March 22.

    This weekend, Attaché is in Nashville to host the Show Choir Nationals at the Grand Ole Opry, an event it’s hosted for 12 consecutive years.
    The choir’s next local performance is its annual Spring Revue, planned for 7:30 p.m. nightly on April 30-May 3 in the Clinton High School Auditorium. The event is open to the public and tickets are on sale now. Groups are welcome.
    Directors David and Mary Fehr lead Attaché along with pit direct Robert Allen, crew director Deborah Morgan, and technical director Robert Gatewood. Choreographers for the show choir include April James, Kellis Oldenburg, Dexter Bishop, Dwight Jordan, and Stephen Todd.
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    The Ambassadors show choir is Clinton’s junior program. This group is comprised of 46 singers/dancers and 10 crew members.
    It has earned Grand Champion in every competition it’s ever entered, including the 2013 Show Choir Nationals.
    “The process these students go through to create a high quality performance promotes self-confidence and encourages teamwork,” said Ambassadors Director Erin Linton.
    Linton said show choir is more than just performing. Students have the opportunity to develop their musical skills and creativity outside of the classroom setting.
    “I believe students involved in show choir develop good character and a good work ethic that will help them succeed later in life,” she said.
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  • Cars for Childhood Cancer

    Posted by Dr. Phil Burchfield at 4/3/2014
    Anchor Club members at Clinton High School are planning a fun-filled day to benefit the Mississippi Children’s Cancer Clinic.
    The third annual Cars for Childhood Cancer car show fundraiser will be held from 9-11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 26 at Tractor Supply Co. on Springridge Road in Clinton. Trophies will be awarded in two categories — cars and trucks. There will be an overall winner and a Tractor Supply Favorite.
    Pre-registration is $15 through April 18, and $20 on-site from 8-9 a.m. the day of the event.
    “We will have raffle prizes, food, a DJ, a ventriloquist, and hopefully Percy King and his collection of animals,” said club sponsor and CHS teacher Megan Berry.
    Last year's event raised more than $1,000, and students hope to exceed that amount this year, Berry said.  
    “CHS raised a grand total of $7,000 for Batson last year, and I have set a goal for the school of $10,000 for this year,” she said.
    For more information or to pre-register, contact Berry at or call Tractor Supply Co. at 601-924-7342.
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  • Laptop, backpack return schedule

    Posted by Dr. Phil Burchfield at 4/1/2014
    As the 2013-14 school year winds down, the Clinton Public School District is planning the collection schedule for sixth- through 12th-graders to return district-issued laptops and backpacks.
    “It’s been an exciting school year with the new technology,” said Dr. Kameron Ball, technology director. “As we plan for next year, we’re looking forward to building on the successes we’ve seen this year.”
    All sixth- through 12th-graders were issued MacBook Air laptops and large padded backpacks in the fall. These will be collected in May, stored over the summer and reissued to students when they return in the fall.
    Collection dates will run from May 6-15.
    “This is a few weeks before the end of the school year, but we need time to catalog all the computers, cords and backpacks and make sure nothing is broken or missing,” Ball said.
    Computer and backpack collection will be held in each school’s library/media center. Collection dates are:
    • Tuesday, May 6: Sumner Hill (9th grade)
    • Wednesday, May 7: Lovett Elementary (sixth grade)
    • Thursday, May 8: Clinton Junior High (seventh grade)
    • Friday, May 9: Clinton Junior High (eighth grade)
    • Tuesday, May 13: Clinton High School (10th grade)
    • Wednesday, May 14: Clinton High School (11th grade)
    • Thursday, May 15: Clinton High School (12th grade)
    Backpacks must be cleaned out prior to collection dates, and students will need an alternate backpack for the last two weeks of school. Students are encouraged to save all their files on a flash drive, external hard drive or online storage site (such as Google Drive, Dropbox, etc.).
    All damage fees must be paid prior to final exams if damage is found during the collection process.
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  • CJHS Night of One-Acts

    Posted by Dr. Phil Burchfield at 3/31/2014
    Drama club students at Clinton Junior High School are planning a night of one-act plays on April 24.

    Students will perform “The Still Alarm” by George S. Kaufman, “The Proposal” by Anton Chekov and “The Ugly Duckling” by A.A. Milne. Tickets are $4, and performances begin at 7 p.m. in the school auditorium.

    “The drama club is a mix of more than 30 seventh- and eighth-grade students who are doing everything from acting to set design and backstage work,” said club sponsor Wesley Kinsey. “They will see the full effect of what a theatrical performance looks like from the ground up.”

    To reserve tickets, call 601-460-0542.
    Go Arrows!
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  • STAR Student, Teacher

    Posted by communications intern Ellen Jo Seals at 3/26/2014
    Clinton High School senior Jenny Loome is the school’s 2014 STAR Student.
    Jenny is the daughter of Nancy and Jim Loome. She was chosen as the STAR Student after scoring a perfect 36 on the ACT.
    Jenny participates in a variety of activities at CHS. She is captain of the Academic Team, treasurer and co-founder of the Cultural Awareness Society, president of the Honor Society, vice-president of Mu Alpha Theta, and a member of the Model United Nations. In her free time, she likes to read, watch television and instruct tae kwon do. Jenny is also involved at St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Jackson.
    After graduation, Jenny plans to pursue a degree in biochemistry with the hopes of becoming a high school chemistry teacher. Jenny is still undecided about the college she will attend. As of right now, she hopes to pursue a degree at Rhodes College in Memphis.
    Jenny knew she wanted to become a teacher at the age of six. Her inspiration for becoming a chemistry teacher was former CHS teacher Richard West.
    “He is one of the teachers who knows his subjects,” said Jenny.
    She hopes to do research in graduate school in order to bring real application and scenarios to her future classroom.
    Jenny chose Mrs. Alix Williams, AP English language and literature teacher, as the STAR Teacher this year.
    “She made me love reading again,” said Jenny. “She teaches reading more than the curriculum.”
    Williams has been teaching for 19 years.
    “I enjoy teaching AP English because I teach novels that my students can relate to,” she said. Williams received both her undergraduate and masters degrees from Mississippi College. This is the sixth time she’s been chosen as a STAR Teacher.
    Said Williams of Jenny: “She understands things naturally. I don’t have to pull things out of her – she offers them.”
    Jenny and Williams will be recognized for their achievement at the Mississippi Economic Council’s annual meeting on April 10.
    Congratulations to our STAR Student and Teacher, and Go Arrows!
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  • Arrow Kingpins

    Posted by Sports Information Intern Christopher Huggins at 3/24/2014
    Many times it’s not about how you start a season, but how you finish as a team. It’s about taking the most important part from the actual season and applying it to the development of a successful team.
    The objective in bowling is to knock all the pins down to receive the most points to win. In the 2013-14 season for the Clinton Arrow Kingpins, they came close to knocking down enough season pins to obtain their ultimate goal, a state title.
    “I thought we had a very good season,” said head coach Charlie Melton. “Of course we wanted to win state this year but we came up short. Our boys came in fourth in the state tournament and our girls were 45 pins away from making it to the state tournament. But all in all, I think the season was a good season for the Clinton Arrow Kingpins.”
    He felt they learned a lot from this season and also could improve in other areas.
    “I think we will take a little bit more participation in the team itself and be a little bit more serious in what the students are doing and really let them understand just how important it is to compete as a team and not individually,” he said.
    The roster still looks good for the Kingpins heading into next season.
    “We lost two senior boys and quite a few girls,” Melton said. “For the boys, we have one starter spot that needs to be filled and three starting positions for the girls. But, we do have a lot of young student athletes coming up that are going to help our team next year.”
    The boys for the Kingpins made it to state but the girls came up short.
    coachmelton.jpg “Every year, for the level of competition, our Clinton Arrow Kingpins do a great job in the district,” he said. “When we made it to state in the past, it seemed like the first game was always the worst, but this year for the boys, their first game was the best. They played side by side with the winners of this year’s tournament, Tupelo High School. We tried to keep up with them but we didn’t have the experience they had. Our girls were not able to make it for the state tournament, but by looking at the scores the state teams were putting up, our girls could have done just as well.”
    At the end of every season, a deserving award is given to athletes who excelled during the season. The Kingpins hosted a banquet at Hinds Community College, with an attendance of about 70 people, in order to honor the athletes.
    “There was a presentation of an Arrow Award which was the first time that I have ever given out an award,” Melton said. “The award is given out to an athlete who motivated students and was able to push other students to go forward.”
    The students who won this award were Avery Mosley (the captain of the boys team) and Karel Grimmitt (the captain of the girls team). The Sportsman Award went out to Dilan Pankey (a senior for the boys) and Chelsey Wodale (an eighth-grader for the girls). Most improved players were Eric Supiter for the boys and Daniva Ran for the girls.
    “When you start giving out awards, its hard because all the players performed well throughout the season, but you have to narrow it down to who performed the best,” Melton said.
    Click here for an audio interview with coach Melton:
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  • March DOVE Award Winner

    Posted by Dr. Phil Burchfield at 3/21/2014
    hellums Eastside Elementary School receptionist Cavette Hellums is the first face school visitors see and the first voice parents hear when they call.
    And on April 8, she will be the first person to receive the Clinton Public School District’s new Dedication of Our Valued Employees, or DOVE, Award. Hellums was one of 13 CPSD employees nominated for the customer service award in March.
    “Winning the DOVE Award was a humbling, humbling experience,” Hellums said. “I work with so many great people and meet so many great parents. You will never know how honored I was to receive this award.”
    The DOVE Award launched in March to recognize employees throughout the Clinton Public School District who display exemplary customer service. Nominees not selected in March will also be considered for the April and May awards cycles.
    “Do you know she calls and checks on my children if they are sick?” Wrote parent Gale Hartling in nominating Hellums. “Yesterday, she texted me to make sure Shea was OK. That is what I call loving your job and taking care of my kids.”
    Another parent, Venetia Miller, wrote about her son missing the bus to his after-school program.
    “I was at work. When Mrs. Hellums realized he was still waiting, she called the program and she called me,” Miller said. “The program hadn’t notified me that they were not starting as scheduled, so Mrs. Hellums stayed with my son until I was able to leave work and come get him. Between the time she did all the calling and contacting the program, it was already 4 o’clock … and she waited till nearly 5 for me to come get him. I will never forget that act of kindness.”
    Eastside teacher Kim Boswell also nominated Hellums.
    “She not only serves as the secretary for the principals, but she does so much for the staff as well,” Boswell wrote. “She checks and double checks to ensure that all messages we should receive are delivered. She is a joy.”
    The DOVE Award will be given each month during the school year to an employee who goes above and beyond in showing customer service to students, parents and the community. A five-member DOVE award selection committee chooses each winner from a pool of nominations.
    Anyone can nominate a CPSD employee via the online form on or by filling out a paper form in school front offices.
    Congratulations to Mrs. Hellums and Go Arrows!
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