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Published 12:00 am Wednesday, December 3, 2008


* Students selected as Super Singers were Georgia Anderson, Cheryl Bontje, Jamie Bridges, Bershard Brooks, Channing Cook, Zacheaus Doss, Raleigh Floyd, Ramses Fultz, Georgia Fulwood, Charlie Hill, Percy Johnson, Jameel Kelly, Anna-Claire McKellar, Corey Miller, Stacey Naylor, Kache Northern, Daria Redmond, Austin Sanderford, Brandy Taylor, Sarah Williams, Sarah Anderson, Garreth Ayres, Shelby Bailey, Mary Elizabeth Ballard, Kourtney Davis, Walter Goodwin, Peyton Hamilton, Bradley Hill, Kendra Jennings, Lee Katherine Kurtz, Holli Ledlow, Jordan Mays, Emorie Medders, Colton Norris, Jackson Oaks, Ferran Parker, Jeremy Richter, Deontae Sisney, Shelby Stevens, Aaron Terrett, Trevyon Thomas, James Walker, Austin Alexander, Robert Brand, Nikirah Bridges, Allexis Brooks, Benard Brooks, Me’Kiyla Buck, Cameron Cooper, Joy Davis, Gage Ederington, D’Tarius Griffin, Gabrielle Hartley, Felicity Holman, Jared Honeycutt, Trey’Daniel Kelly, Randy Kline, Kailey Knight, Ralyn Lynch, Darius Redmond, Kaitlyn Russell, Brittany Shelton, Kayla Shoemaker and Sydney Smith.

* Sixth-grade art classes drew portraits of United States presidents in conjunction with research papers compiled in language arts classes.

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* Marion Margaret Hern’s fourth-graders made state symbol mobiles after a study of Mississippi.

* Second-graders made friendship soup after reading “Stone Soup.” Extra cans of vegetables were donated to the canned food drive. The students also compared and contrasted versions of the book.

* Laura Cockrell’s third-graders wrote a fall poem.


* Bovina Idol winner was sixth-grader Leah Eldridge. Runners up were Madison Wade for grades 1-4 and Katie Channell for grades 5-6.

* Gail Campbell’s first-graders hosted a feast after studying the first Thanksgiving. Parent volunteers Demetra Bryan, Patricia Bull, Tanya McCain and Lisa Schweitzer assisted.

* Fifth-grade students of Dixie Henry and Fern Strahan enjoyed a Mississippi River tour aboard the Sweet Olive. Parent chaperones were Stephanie Lloyd, Meredith Rogers, Carolyn Caldwell, Nancy Houston and Jennifer Nugent.

* Students will be collecting pennies through Dec. 12 for the Penny Harvest.


* Faculty members and students collected 1,895 items during the school’s annual food drive to benefit the Storehouse Community Food Pantry.

* As part of a study of Latin America, Colby Fisher’s sixth-grade social studies classes prepared and sampled Latin American foods.

* Marilyn Abbe’s fourth- and fifth-grade GATES students created original pen designs and tube sculptures.

* Diane Liddell’s first-graders made and served friendship soup, along with salad greens harvested from their vegetable garden, at their Thanksgiving feast. First-graders also made butter. Cassandra Terry’s kindergartners ended a Thanksgiving unit with a feast and card.

* Students recognized at the November Kelso Kids party for conflict resolution were Dewayne Green, Sam Bunch, Shreya Surti, Stephanie Sellars, Ricky Carraway, Ethan Hurt, Levi Wyatt, Sam Dixon, Taylon Smith, Jade Carpenter, Jagger Jones, Tessa Halterman, Lauren McMillian, Lauren Butler, Nicholas Peterson, Brandon Steed, Damon Clay, Aaraeuna Stamps, Jazmyne Lee, Klausen Madison, Zachary Boyd, Joshua Jones, Scott Wallace, Rachel Garmon, Garielle Cooper, Bram Francis, Cameron Jackson, Benjamin Talbot, Michael Waites, Ryan Thompson, Zamoria Taylor, Mason Patterson, Gabriel Katzenmeyer, Kayla Burnham, Allie Barnes, Rodney Thomas, Kelcee Ables, Sarah Tate, Treasure Chiplin, Emme Eaton, Michelle Liu, Tommy Martin, Abby Claire Fuller, Courtney Sweeney, Makayla Walker, Nykeria Shelton, Nikki Cardwell, J’Meiha Allen, Kameron Logan, Sarah Kaitlyn Riles, Addie Hale, Sarah Grace Daniels, Leon Bryant, Machia Lumpkin, Amberly Wilkes, Karley Whittington, Colby Sweeney, Haley Steed, Tori Rowland, Christian Oakes, Cody Lyons, Walt Hopson, Rae Massey Hale, Felicity Delgado, Mike Atlas, Schuyler Byrd, Joshua Martin, Bradley McCullough, Kendrick Myles and Beth Fortner. Parent volunteer Pam Parman assisted in organizing the party.

Crawford Street

* Sandra Barnes’ class made turkeys from pine cones and decorated scarecrows. The class enjoyed reading “Clifford’s Thanksgiving Visit,” “Thanksgiving Cats” and “Today is Thanksgiving.” Ashley Mason provided a Thanksgiving feast for the class.

* Diane Beauman’s students read books about the first Thanksgiving and made outfits to resemble pilgrims and Indians. They made handprint-turkey placemats for a class feast prepared by Lucy Spangler and Penny Johnston.

* Beth Haskins’ students made colored cutouts of Daniel and the lions after a study of the Biblical story. They also painted ladybugs and made lamb puppets after a study of the letter L. The students read about the first Thanksgiving and made headbands and beads to wear to their own feast, which was prepared by parent volunteer Christy Wilson.

* To celebrate the letter H, Barbara Hill’s 4K students participated in Crazy Hat Day and enjoyed Happy Meals provided by parent volunteer Mary Sullivan after Hartley Sullivan was chosen Class VIP. The students made Kachina dolls and a class teepee after a study of the desert Indians. To celebrate the letter S, students enjoyed sunshine cookies and a Star Wars pizza donated by parent volunteer Stephanie Larsen after Joshua Larsen was chosen Class VIP. They also dressed as pilgrims and Indians  to enjoy a Thanksgiving feast prepared by Jeanine Hearn and Rusty Larsen.

* A photograph of Barbara Hill’s students dressed in Thanksgiving attire was featured on “Fox & Friends” daily news show after Hill submitted the photo to reporter Steve Doocy at a book signing.

Dana Road

* AmeriCorps will sponsor a sock hop Friday in the gym. Admission is $1, which will benefit the children of River Region Medical Center.

* Pictures with Santa Claus will be taken Friday. Students may wear Christmas attire.

* Science Fair backboards, headers and project titles are on sale through Monday. Parents may contact Rebecca Pace or Juanita Roberts at 601-619-2340 for more information.

* Top Accelerated Reader classes for November were Uretka Callon’s kindergarten, Mary Lindsey’s first grade, Morgan Yates’ second grade and Arkeshea Lomax’s third grade. Top readers were Chandler Stanchfield, Chantal Anderson, Erin Bowers, Nathan Mosley, Deontre Williams, Patia Buchanan, Shalexia Williams, Haley Allen, Thomas Barnes, Tyreek Brasfield, Brenden Kinder, Megan Ozburn, Antonio Thompson, Preston Wilson, Jon Erekson, Braxton Hynum, Alexis Foster, Joydan Robinson, William Gatewood, Darrell Kline, James Warvin, Makayla Moore, Devin Shelby, Jalan Braxton, Joseph Lowery, Lauren Morgan, Sam Purvis, Asiah Thompson, Kaley Vines, Na’Tiya Galloway, Heather Kindhart, Chelsea Myers, Garlan Robinson, Alliyah Stout, Edmond Monroe, Alexandra Lawson, Kaliah O’Neal, Paige Talbot, Joanna Williamson, David Burns, Michael Colson, Jazlyn Donald, La’Caris Johnson, Karrington Moore, James West, Christopher Williams and Janiah Wright.

* Faculty and staff members are assisting the Salvation Army with Christmas stockings.

Hinds Vocational Technical

* Marketing II students delivered canned goods collected by marketing students throughout November to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Carter.

* Vicksburg’s DECA chapter installed 2008-2009 officers during a ceremony in the HCC auditorium with family members and special guests, featuring Dr. Leon Bracey, state DECA coordinator, and Brittany Beard, outgoing president. Cake and punch followed in the marketing classroom, where students’ projects and pictures were on display. Students were recognized for perfect attendance and high sales.

Jacob’s Ladder

* Students gathered with Debbie Freeman and Carol Ann Oakman at Belmont Gardens to sing Thanksgiving songs and hymns. Robin Smith and Matthew Grogan demonstrated karate forms.

* Students performed exercises at the YMCA.

* As part of Thanksgiving dinner at the school, Carol Bufkin helped make chicken and dressing; Alayn Bufkin assisted with corn casserole; Matt McKay made green beans; and Will Conway blessed the food.

Porters Chapel

* Parents are reminded that booklets of sold ticket stubs and money are due no later than Monday. Drawing will be at the school Dec. 13.


* Pledge leaders for the week were Brett Oldenburg and Brandon Pratt.

* Tammy Hosemann’s sixth-graders built examples of vertebrate and invertebrate animals using all recycled materials.

* Third-graders will present “The Elves’ Impersonator” at 6 p.m. Monday in the auditorium. Linda Hughey’s art classes made ornaments to decorate the Christmas tree donated by the P.T.O.

* Rocki Sellers gave a Native American presentation to kindergartners. Students wore tunics and made headdresses featuring their Native American names. Cracker Barrel provided turkey and dressing for first-graders to celebrate Thanksgiving.

* Sgt. Brad Beard spoke to third-graders about his tour of duty in Iraq.

Sherman Avenue

* Lindsey Blackledge was a guest reader in the first-grade class of Margie Heltzel and April Rost. Liza Kate Chaney and Lexie Strong read Thanksgiving stories and made crafts with the class. The students also honored family and friends with a Thanksgiving brunch.

South Park

* Band students will present a concert at 1 p.m. Dec. 10 in the cafeteria.

* Ursula Patterson’s students illustrated and wrote meanings of idioms as part of a study of figurative language.

* Sixth-graders created ornaments for the 412th Engineer Command Christmas dinner.

Vicksburg High

* Guests in the Mississippi River class were John George, who spoke about the use of models on problems of navigation, and Wayne Stroupe, who spoke about the civil and military mission of ERDC.

* Key Club members served as volunteers with Area 10 Special Olympics bowling held in Jackson.

* Key Club members attended the K Family Cookout sponsored by Vicksburg Kiwanis at the Hopping H Ranch.

* Scholarships available to seniors include two $1,000 and one $500 award offered by the Junior Auxiliary of Vicksburg until March 1, 2009, and a Berta Lee White Scholarship offered by the Mississippi Farm Bureau Women to two girls attending any Mississippi university or community college. Grades 9-12 may compete in the SIFE Financial Literacy Challenge to earn a $1,000 scholarship. More information is available in the Guidance Office.

Vicksburg Intermediate

* Pledge leaders for the week were Alexie Hall and Howardette Gilmore.

* Bill Curtis of the Vicksburg Rotary Club presented third-graders with student dictionaries. He also spoke to students about the four-way test when thinking, saying and doing things. Larry Smith, Alcorn State University basketball coach and former NBA player, spoke to students involved in the Men of Distinction mentor program.

* Winners in Tammy McCurley’s fifth-grade turkey dressing contest were Jacob Engram, first place; Randy Willis, second place; Kenneth Murphy, third place; Jayla Jefferson and Brittney Jenkins, honorable mention; and Jaycob Barlow, Most Original. Students and their families used various home items to decorate the turkeys.

* Eighty parents and students participated in Gator Read Night II, which included a poetry reading, a fact-and-opinion activity, making turkey treats and taking Accelerated Reader tests.

* Students with perfect attendance for October and November were treated to a field trip to Warren Central High School to watch a game by Magic, a wheelchair basketball team. Students with proficient or higher MCT2 scores were treated to a pizza party.

Vicksburg Junior High

* Accelerated Readers for November were Jeremy Weathers, James Bowles, Emily Bakovic, Julianne Ranis, Morgan Ainsworth, Melodie Jackson, Andrew Coomes, Coleman Boyd, Samuel Aberle and Heather Middleton.

* LeAndrew Drake was selected VJHS Teacher of the Year.

Warren Central High

* Brooke Southerland’s English classes collected 339 cans for the Salvation Army food drive.

* American Red Cross Club members are selling ornaments for the Red Cross emergency fund.

* Semester exams begin Dec. 16.

Warren Central Intermediate

* More than 930 food items and other supplies were collected for donation to the Storehouse Community Food Pantry.

* Donating items for the third-grade Thanksgiving feast were Kroger, LD’s Kitchen, Popeyes, Rowdy’s, Captain D’s, Lael’s, Cuzz’s Bar-B-Que, Piggly Wiggly and Horizon Casino. Special guests were Wyatt Williams, chef, and numerous parents.

* Natasha Gaines provided Friday surprises for LaToya M. Lott’s sixth-grade class.

* Ashley Wester of the National Weather Service spoke to fourth-graders about weather safety.

Warren Central Junior High

* Herman Biedenharn was selected Warren Junior Teacher of the Year.

* Julie Tillotson’s seventh-grade English classes concluded a study of “Soldier’s Heart,” a Civil War novel, by writing letters to its author, Gary Paulsen.

* Winners of  the Lions Club peace poster contest were Baxter Richardson, first place; Sherlee Chandler, second place; and Chipper Leech, third place. All are students of art teacher Marla Bonelli and were honored with their parents at a luncheon, where they were presented certificates and cash awards.

* Good Behavior Committee members hosted the third annual Next Viking Idol talent show.

* Students of the Month for November were seventh-graders Karley Keyes and Keaton Reeves and eighth-graders Kierra Shears and Josh Perkins.


* Reading Is Fundamental winners were as follows: kindergarten coloring contest — Brelynn Beck, R’reyanna Johnson and Kameron Lovett, first place; Kalob Kackley, Michael Montgomery and Jeremiah Shelby, second place; Samuel Bell, McKenna Elder and Zaniyah Truitt, third place; first grade book banners — Marquis Blackmore, Najee Carter and Charles Weathers, first place; Derrick Funches, Geordarius Tucker and Erick Weddington, second place; RoDaecia Lindsey, Tony Littleton and Kristine Tillett, third place; second grade book banners — Decorius Barnes, Asia Brown and Danielle Phelps, first place; Niyah Davis, Katelyn Nowell and William Shelby, second place; Ricky Alexander, Char’Davia Anderson and Jillian Hagood, third place; third grade paragraph writing — Chloe Emfinger, Faith Meredith, Juwan Sweet and Faye Valerio, first place.

* Students collected more than 1,100 canned goods and personal care items for the Storehouse Community Food Pantry. Top collectors were Debbie Tate’s kindergarten, 165 items; Linda Gibson’s third grade, 124 items; and Christina Cochran’s first grade, 100 items.

* Recognized for top attendance for the last week of November was Christina Cochran’s first grade. Top class for the month was Olivia Lee’s and top grade was the third grade. Classes received treats for attendance.

* Letters were sent to parents in QEP folders of students in grades 3-6 who will need to attend January intercession week.

* Reading Fair will be held in the cafeteria next week. Projects are due Dec. 10; judging will be Dec. 11; and viewing will be Dec. 12. Winners will advance to the district fair, which will be held Jan. 13.