Mobile County Public Schools honored its teachers and students of the year and valued business and community partners recently at its annual It Starts With Us awards ceremony at Murphy High School.
Austal USA was honored as our Partner of the Year. A manufacturer of warships for the U.S. Navy, Austal has been a longtime partner of our career tech centers and is an active member of our career tech advisory councils. The company has also donated thousands of dollars of materials and supplies toward educational programs in the system. This year, it began a pre-apprenticeship program that may be the first step toward a rewarding career for students looking to enter the workforce after graduation.
Other awards were presented to:
— Greer’s Markets
— City of Semmes
— Drug Education Council
— Dr. Julie Cwikla and the University of Southern Mississippi
— Barton Academy Foundation
— Mobile Retired Educators Association
— University of South Alabama College of Education and Professional Studies
— Daughters of the American Revolution and United States Daughters of 1812
— Boys and Girls Clubs of South Alabama
Mobile County’s Teachers of the Year are Nadine Lynch of St. Elmo Elementary and Laurin Tew of Mary G. Montgomery High School.
It Starts With Me student winners were Cecilia Archer of O’Rourke Elementary, Caroline King of E.R. Dickson Elementary, Isabelle Reimer of Phillips Prep and Mya Nobles of Baker High School.
In addition, three graduating seniors were presented with scholarships in honor of retiring Superintendent Martha Peek. They are Kamryn Pigg of Bryant High School, Jayuanna Harris of Murphy HIgh School, and Kyla Ellis of Baker High School.
Entertainment for the evening was provided by the Murphy Four Arts Club, the Murphy Dynamics Dance Company, and the Alma Bryant High School Jazz Band.