Many students, teams, and faculty from Mountain Brook Schools were recognized for their achievements at the Mountain Brook School Board meeting held on April 11.
MBJH STUDENT BOWL
The Mountain Brook Junior High School Scholars’ Bowl team was recognized for their strong performance at the Alabama Scholastic Competition Association Middle School State Tournament.
Team members Bryson Dobbins, James Puckett and Jack Roesle won third place in the tournament, held at Hoover High School in February.
Twenty-four teams competed and eight teams qualified for the play-off rounds.
Through the first five rounds of general play, the Young Spartan Scholars went undefeated, beating East Lawrence, Sacred Heart, Rainbow, Berry, and the College Arab Scholars bowl teams.
In the last three play-off rounds, Team Spartan defeated Monrovia Middle and Baldwin Arts and Academic Magnet School, but lost to second-placed Discovery Middle in the final draw.
The MBJH team received a trophy and a cash prize.
Seventh-grader Roesle earned third place on the All-Tournament Team. He averaged 88 points per round, excluding the elimination rounds.
The team had a stellar year, also winning second place at the Middle School Alabama Scholars Bowl in Montgomery.
Scholars’ bowl is a game in which two teams compete to answer questions from all fields of knowledge, including history, literature, science, fine arts, current affairs, popular culture , sports, etc
The team is coached by MBJH Latin teacher Michael Posey.
Originally from Gadsden, Posey earned a BA from Dartmouth College in Romance Languages and an MA in Spanish Language and Literature from Middlebury College.
During her career, Posey has received four fellowships from the National Endowment of the Humanities.
He was also recently selected to participate in the Fulbright Teachers for Global Classrooms program, which is sponsored by the US Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.
MBJH DEBATE TEAM
The MBJH Debate team was recognized alongside team coach Liz Wood-Weas.
The team has placed many students at the top of the competition at both local and state levels throughout the 2021-22 season.
Additionally, Wood-Weas was named State Debate Coach of the Year. She is the Director of Speech and Debate for Mountain Brook Schools.
Throughout his career, his students have qualified for the elite Tournament of Champions debating contest at the University of Kentucky and also represent Alabama State each year as national tournament qualifiers, according to the MBS website.
Wood-Weas and his team also travel extensively to compete in high-level tournaments, including competitions at Harvard University and Stanford University.
This teacher received another personal honor in April 2021, according to a press release from MBS.
She was voted a Key Coach by the Barkley Forum of Emory University’s Gold Key Society for her contributions as a teacher, coach and judge.
The Dorians Dance Team was recognized for their top five at the 2022 Universal Dance Association (UDA) National Dance Team Championships held in Orlando, Florida in February.
At the Orlando event, the team finished with its national best fifth place finish in the Large Varsity Kick division.
The Dorians were also recognized for their strong performances in two other regional competitions in January.
At the UDA Magic City Dance Challenge held at Thompson High School in Alabaster, the Dorians finished in first place in the Varsity Kick and third place in the Varsity Game Day.
At the Dance Team’s Union Regional Dance Championship held at Spain Park High School in Hoover, the team finished in first place in Varsity Kick and first place in Varsity Spirit Showdown. They also won a specialty award for outstanding kick artistry and were named grand champions for presenting the day’s outstanding routine.
In addition to doing well in competitions, the Dorians also saw four of their team members dance at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York in November.
Mountain Brook seniors Catherine Guilsher, Emily Moore, Addison Wint and Sarah Simon were selected to participate by Spirit of America, the organization that provides cheerleaders and dancers to Macy’s for the parade. Spirit of America selects approximately 800 high school dancers from across the country each year to participate.
“We saw the program and all of the activities and decided this was something we really wanted to do,” Wint said in a Mountain Brook Schools press release.
Wint, Guilsher, Moore and Simon served as co-captains for the Dorians in the 2021-22 school year.
Jane Thornton is the team’s head coach and Heather Fitch is in her 17th year as faculty sponsor.
The Dorians also financially assisted the Minor High School dance team with expenses related to their upcoming National Dance Team Championship appearance in Orlando in February.
The two teams met and became close at a dance camp in Georgia last June and reconnected at an event in Pell City in October.
Mountain Brook’s parents learned in Pell City that Minor’s team intended to go to the Nationals in February and decided to raise funds for the team in support.
Fitch then presented Wykeria Clark, the coach of Minor’s dance team, with a check for $1,700 to help offset the costs of Minor’s championship trip.
JANE GRAY BATTLE
Mountain Brook High School senior Jane Gray Battle has been recognized for being named the 2022 Coca-Cola Scholar. She is the only student in the state of Alabama and 1 of 150 nationally to receive this recognition, which comes with a $20,000 scholarship.
MBHS staff are “excited and proud” of Battle for being selected as a Coca-Cola Fellow, Principal Philip Holley said in an MBS press release.
“She exemplifies all that this honor stands for – leadership, service and scholars,” Holley said. “Jane Gray is an exceptional student who has made a huge impact on Mountain Brook High School during her time here and she represents everything we believe in.”
One of more than 68,000 applicants, Battle was selected through a three-stage selection process.
Mountain Brook High School’s varsity wrestling team racked up 58 points at the state tournament in February. Gray Ortis, Woody Fipps, William Courtenay and Stuart Andrews all placed and earned a spot on the podium. 10 Spartans represented the program at the state tournament. The team went 25-2 on the season