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Although only in its fourth year, the Paul W. Bryant High School Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (MCJROTC) program is making a name for itself.

The program has been designated as a Naval Honor School by the Marine Corps Reserve Association. The honor means Bryant’s MCJROTC program ranks in the top 20 percent in the country, and is one of the top 10 programs in Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, Florida and the Carolinas.

While Jill England has been recognized as a teacher of the year at two different schools, the titles aren’t her biggest accomplishments.   

The Exchange Club Book of Golden Deeds Award is presented annually to an individual making a significant contribution to the Tuscaloosa Community.

The 2016 award was presented at the Exchange Club of Tuscaloosa meeting on June 16 to Jordan Plaster for his extraordinary work as co-founder and chairman of Tuscaloosa Rotary Honor Flight.

American Legion Post 34 Commander Nicolas Britto presented the American Legion Scholastic Medal to Bryant High School to Marine Corps JROTC Cadet Staff Sergeant Raykenia Bowers during the recent 2016 annual awards ceremony held at Bryant High School in Tuscaloosa.

Glen Graves, Executive Board Member, American Legion, Post 34, presents Army JROTC Cadet Mills Harrison, 17, with a Certificate of Appreciation. Harrison took first place in the American Legion Post 34 Oratorical Contest by defeating four other candidates. Harrison is a junior at Hillcrest High School. He will be attending Boys State this summer at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. 


At the 12th International PATHS Conference in Chicago, Sawyerville Hale County Head Start, a division of Community Service Programs of West Alabama (CSP), Inc., was recognized as a PATHS Model School. 

The PATHS curriculum promotes social and emotional competencies by reducing aggression and behavior problems in preschool through elementary school-aged children, while simultaneously enhancing the educational process in the classroom. This curriculum is designed to be used by educators and counselors in a multiyear, universal prevention model. Although primarily focused on the school and classroom settings, information, materials, and activities are also included for use with parents.

Annette Cook, Associate Dean of Student Services at Shelton State Community College, has been elected to serve as Vice-President of the National Association for Developmental Education (NADE). Cook accepted her position in March at NADE’s 40th annual national conference and will service a two-year term.

The United Way of West Alabama’s (UWWA) Alexis de Tocqueville Society (ADT) has selected Susan and Brad Cork as the recipients of the annual Family of the Year honor. The Corks, longtime supporters of UWWA and many of its partner agencies, will be presented the award during the ADT spring dinner at the home of Karen and Jim Brooks on Tuesday, April 26th.

Originally from the Huntsville area, Kristin Jacks began her teaching journey in 1997. She began by teaching preschoolers and after returning to her alma mater, the University of Alabama, she received a Masters degree in general education and special education.  


Jacks is now in her second year of teaching special education at Hillcrest Middle School. She said her biggest accomplishment as a teacher is staying in the teaching “game.” 


“There have been many times when I could easily have given up,” she said. “If I had given up, I wouldn’t be able to learn from and teach my amazing students now…and that’s too horrible to contemplate.” 

Ben Midkiff of Holy Spirit Catholic Middle School in Tuscaloosa has been named as a state finalist in the National Geographic Society State Bee which will be held on April 1 at Samford University. Ben is the son of Usha and Clark Midkiff and is in the eighth grade.

Lake Tuscaloosa Living (LTL) is the premier community newspaper, covering the great people, places and activities of the area.


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