A two-student team from the Clinton High School Career Complex overcame the best in the state to win the 2015 Mississippi Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills challenge, a competition designed to find the most talented young auto technicians in the United States.
Bailey Howard and James Criss moved one step closer to becoming the best student automotive technicians in the country by winning the Mississippi competition on April 21 in Jackson. Bailey and James will now join their high school instructor, Charlie Melton, in preparing for the 2015 National Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills competition in Dearborn, Mich., June 7-9.
The state contest is open to all high school juniors and seniors enrolled in automotive technology courses and is designed to encourage automotive technology students from across the country to pursue careers in the automotive industry by learning about high-tech equipment, the need to be well trained, and complex, modern vehicle systems.
At the national competition, Howard and Criss
will square off against teams from the 49 other states in a two-part
contest comprised of a written exam and a hands-on vehicle repair
exercise. The hands-on repair portion requires competitors to accurately
diagnose and fix identically “bugged” Ford vehicles.
For winning the state competition, Howard and Criss earned scholarships to Ford Motor Co.’s ASSET program and more than $20,000 in other scholarship opportunities and prizes. Scholarships totaling more than $110,000 were made available to teams ranging from first to last place.
Howard and Criss
qualified for participation in the state hands-on portion of the
contest by scoring highest among their classmates on an online exam.
They then faced nine of the best two-person teams in the state in a race
against the clock to identify and repair identically bugged parts.
The Mississippi contest was held April 21 at the Mississippi State Fairgrounds. The team from Hinds Community College placed second and the team from Simpson County Technology Center placed third.
Clinton High School custodian Adrian Bolton got his co-workers’ attention as he kept the school clean after events large and small. He is the recipient of the Dedication of Our Valued Employees, or DOVE, customer service award for the month of April.
“Adrian worked the state soccer tournament for the MHSAA and went above and beyond to make sure that all the garbage cans were emptied and the bathrooms were clean for all the fans,” said coach Jana Carter, in nominating Bolton for the award. “He did it all with a smile on his face.”
The DOVE Award launched in March 2014 to recognize employees throughout the Clinton Public School District who display exemplary customer service. Bolton will be honored at the school board’s monthly meeting in May, planned for 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 12 at Central Office.
“As a new employee at the beginning of the year, I had to move all of my belongings in very early in the summer,” said CHS teacher Whitney McBeth. “Adrian not only made sure that I had space to hold all of my ‘teacher tools,’ but after the floors were waxed, he made sure they were all placed back in the appropriate place. He never complains and always provides help with a smile.”
CHS teacher Dina Sonia said when she first came to the school the first thing she noticed was its cleanliness.
“Adrian does a great job of keeping our school in excellent condition,” Sonia said. “He always has a very pleasant disposition. I have never entered my classroom with things out of order, the floors are always clean and the garbage is always emptied.”
Teacher Lauren Embry said Bolton “continually brings laughter into each and every school day.”
“On the rare occasion that I leave my key in the room, he is always nearby to unlock the door,” she said. “Adrian is truly one of those people who brightens your day when you walk into the school building.”
Bolton was also nominated by CHS teacher Charlotte Walker who said, “Adrian is a model helper. He is happy to help do whatever needs to be done. He shows initiative and handles problems before most realize there is a problem, and he will help anyone in the building. He is a loyal Arrow and has a positive, upbeat attitude.”
The DOVE Award is 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 www.clintonpublicschools.com. DOVE Award recipients will
be formally recognized at school board meetings, on the district Web site
and in The Clinton Courier.
Congratulations to Mr. Bolton and Go Arrows!
The Clinton High School Mu Alpha Theta Club placed 5th in the grand sweepstakes at the annual State Convention April 12-13 in Pearl. Group and individual winners were as follows.
Video Team: Sydney Thomas, Wynton Sims, Parker Maloney, Walt Jacobs, Katie Reese, Destinee Bledsoe, Sarah Lewis, Kila Moore, and Charmaine Beluso1st
Program Cover: Javarcia Ivory 2nd
Junior Ciphering Team: Katie Reese, Kila Moore, Nickie Tiwari, and Charmaine Beluso 5th
Intermediate Ciphering: Sydney Thomas, Tyler Irwin, Siri Yarlagadda, and Jim Yen 5th
Advanced Ciphering: Javarcia Ivory, Simran Singh, Tareq Albatnigi, and Wynton Sims 7th
Relay: Lane Wilson, Siri Yarlagadda, Javarcia Ivory, and Nickie Tiwari 5th
Hustle: Jack Grogan, Paul Pratt, Quest Whalen, and Jim Yen 5ht
Potpourri: Katie Reese, Sydney Thomas, Simran Singh, and Wynton Sims 7th
Chalk Talk: Anthony Scales 8th
Banner: Javarcia Ivory, Quest Whalen, Toni Peterson, and Tyler Irwin 6th
Trig/Pre-Cal test: Siri Yarlagadda 7th
Probability/Statistics: Paul Pratt 10th Victoria Mulqueen 7th
College Algebra: Sydney Thomas 9th Lane Wilson 5th
Calculus: Javarcia Ivory 10th Jack Grogan 6th
Interschool: Lane Wilson, Edwin Campbell, Darby Turman, Siri Yarlagadda, Maddie Howell, Dante’ Thornton, Parker Maloney, Javarica Ivory, Victoria Mulqueen, Wynton Sims, Sydney Thomas, Quest Whalen, Paul Pratt, Simran Singh, Anlu Zhu, Edward Wiggins, Katie Reese, Nickie Tiwari, Charmaine Beluso, Tareq Albatnigi, Haley Zetterholm, Sabrina Yen, Tyler Irwin, and Jim Yen 10th
Costume: Darby Turman and Megan Berry 3rd
Next year’s state vice-president will be Edwin Campbell
The event will be at the Arrow Drive school from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., in partnership with Mississippi Blood Services. Appointments are encouraged but walk-ups will be accepted.
Tate was the daughter of Northside Principal Joy Tyner. She died on Jan. 2, 2014 from hemophagocytic lymphohistiocystosis, a rare disease that affects 1 out of 1.2 million people. She was 23 years old.
Tyner said the blood drive meets her goal of making sure Northside students participate in a philanthropic activity.
“This also meets several goals set by our school health council,” she said. “And of course, it is especially meaningful to me that our health council wanted to host this event in Perry’s memory.”
In addition to the blood drive, there will be a station in the Northside atrium where donors may be swabbed and registered to become part of the bone marrow registry.
Donors must be at least 17 years old (or 16 with signed parental consent), weigh at least 110 pounds for females and 130 pounds for men, and have a valid ID. For additional information on blood donations, visit www.msblood.com or call Mississippi Blood Services at (888) 902-5663.
“Perry and I shared many passions, among them, our love for children,” Tyner said. “She spent her teenage and early adult years in service to children. Please join me in honoring Perry’s service to others by giving the gift of life."
Eastside’s strings class is always a popular option for fifth-graders.
“I have 120 students this year at Eastside,” said longtime strings instructor Mary Rogers. “I start the students on violin, viola and cello. The string bass is too big for most fifth-graders to handle so that’s an option for later years.”
Eastside Principal Cindy Hamil said this year has seen one of the highest ever participation rates.
“This class gives students a base for reading music,” Hamil said. “It prepares them to be in the band or to continue in the strings program as they move into higher grades.”
The Clinton Public School District offers the strings program at Eastside and Lovett elementary schools and also Clinton Junior High School. It is possible through a partnership with the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra.
On a recent day at Eastside, students were learning how to play the note of G.
“We’ve already done A and D notes,” said fifth-grade violinist Abby Roman.
Her classmate Jenna Willis said she wanted to join the class after going to a strings concert in fourth grade.
“All the kids looked like they were having fun and it looked cool,” she said, adding that her parents are “very supportive” of her playing the viola.
Hamil said she appreciates parents who make the investment for their children to participate in the class.
“The kids learn so much and they’re so excited to play,” she said. “It’s one class they don’t want to miss.”
The Ambassadors Show Choir of Clinton Junior High and Sumner Hill Junior High traveled to compete in the Annual Chicagoland Showcase, earning their 21st consecutive Grand Champion title.
For the first time, the Ambassadors traveled to Chicago to compete in the showcase on March 6 at John Hersey High School. They were one of 12 middle schools from across the nation to compete.
With wintry weather passing through the region, they had quite a trip getting there. It was sunny and 80 degrees when both buses left Clinton. They had a 1-hour delay after figuring out how to get the air conditioner going on a brand new bus. Both buses were on their way to Memphis, and they planned to have dinner at the Rendezvous restaurant. They were able to get in and out of the restaurant to continue traveling.
In Memphis, it was 30 degrees and snow was falling heavily, and only one lane on the interstate was visible. Conditions worsened as the buses traveled north. When an 18-wheeler jackknifed, the girls’ bus came within inches of hitting the truck and slid off of the road.
“Very scary for sure,” said Kerri Burnside, Eastside teacher and one of the parents on the bus. “The slide was a gradual slide, and most of the girls on the bus didn’t even know what happened.”
The bus was stuck, and they waited 2 hours to be pulled out.
Meanwhile, the boys’ bus was 16 miles ahead at a truck stop waiting on the other bus. The boys took advantage of the time and had a snowball fight. After being parked in heavy snow, they discovered that they were stuck. Parents went into the service station to purchase deicing material to get snow off of the tires, and they were headed to meet the girls’ bus.
When the girls’ bus was headed to the exit ramp around 1:45 a.m., they got stuck again. They were not pulled out of the snow until 7:45 a.m. It took 7 hours for the Ambassadors to travel 90 miles from Memphis.
“Everyone was great,” said Tim Martin, assistant superintendent and another parent on the bus. “You couldn’t have asked for more.”
Due to unexpected delays, the drivers reached the maximum amount of time they could drive before resting. They then had to wait 4 hours for a bus company out of Chicago to send a relief driver. After spending 29 hours on the buses, the Ambassadors arrived at the Blue Man Group at 7:30 p.m. Everyone was safe and they put on an amazing performance the next day.
“Even with all of the adventure and sometimes uneasy moments, our win as Grand Champions in Chicago was worth it all,” said Burnside.
During the competition season, the Ambassadors practice three times a week to prepare for performances. The group is made up of 54 singers and dancers in grades 7-9.
“They work very long hours to prepare and strive to be their very best at all of our competitions,” said Chap Phillips, booster president of the Ambassadors.
Other competitions and placings during 2015 include:
Jackson Academy Show Choir Invitational
· Grand Champion
· Outstanding Vocals
· Outstanding Visuals
· Outstanding Overall Effect
Opelika Southern Showcase
· Grand Champion
· Best Vocals
· Best Overall Effect
· Best Choreography
Homewood Southern Showcase
· Grand Champion
· Best Vocals
· Best Overall Effect
· Best Choreography
· Grand Champion
· Best Female Vocalist
“We have had a total of 21 competitions since the Ambassadors was formed,” said Erin Linton, choir director of the Ambassadors. “I am so proud of this group and all of their hard work and dedication to this year’s competition shows.”
The competition season is over, but they will perform at the Ambassadors’ and Attache’s Spring Revue beginning April 29.
“Both teams worked hard on and off the court,” said Christie Peterson, first-year coach for the CJHS Lady Arrows. “I told my girls it’s really hard to beat a team three times in one season. They were ready for that (championship) game. They wanted it. They worked hard all season long and it paid off.”
The girls (14-3) fought their way through to the finals and beat Warren Central after losing to them twice in the regular season.
“We reminded them that at tournament time, the records didn’t matter,” Peterson said. “Every team started with a clean slate.”
The boys’ team (15-2) met Madison Central in the championship game after splitting the regular season games with them, Clinton giving Madison its only loss.
“Our losses to Madison and Warren Central were hard for the boys,” said Leonard Taylor, coach of the boys’ team. “It was good that we saw these teams again in the championship. We had to beat Warren Central to make it to the championship game to face and ultimately beat Madison Central.”
Taylor said the boys and girls teams supported each other by coming to each other’s games.
“That’s really important when you are trying to build a program,” he said. “Our mantra for the season has been ‘We all we got, we all we need,’ and I think the kids really responded well to that.”
The last time both the boys and girls teams won in the same year was 1999.
“This is a great accomplishment and we are extremely proud of our basketball teams,” said CJHS Assistant Principal Brian Fortenberry. “To sweep the Little Six championships in basketball is not something that happens very often, so this is special. Congratulations to our players and coaches for representing our community and our school in such an outstanding manner.”
The Little Six Conference includes Clinton, Brandon, Madison, Northwest Rankin, Pearl, Terry, Vicksburg, and Warren Central.Congratulations to these teams and Go Arrows!
Student laptop assessment schedule:
April 20 - 7th graders
Tuesday, April 21 - 8th graders
Wednesday, April 22 - 10th
Thursday, April 23 - 11th
Friday, April 24 - 12th
Monday, April 27 - 9th
Wednesday, April 29 - 6th
Thursday, April 30 - make-up at each school
Friday - May 1 (morning only) - make-up at school
$50, first offense this school year
$100, second offense this school year
$150, third offense this school year