Top seniors and retirees honored at Chambers County School Board meeting – Reuters
Valley High School and LaFayette High School’s top seniors as well as retirees from the school system were recognized at the Chambers County School Board meeting on Wednesday. Everyone was called to the front of the room and given a plaque.
Dr. Sharon Weldon, Director of Secondary Education, introduced the students and asked them questions on the podium. The first person she called was Daisy Scalf, who was third in her class at Valley High School.
Scalf plans to attend Auburn University after graduating and said she considers being ranked third in her class her greatest achievement in school. She said her favorite class was physics taught by Lee Pino.
“I think my favorite [memory from school] would go to pep rallies,” she said. “They were really fun.”
The second best senior in her class at Valley High School was Hazel Floyd.
“After I graduate, I’m going to attend Southern Union, where I’ll get an associate’s degree, and then I’ll transfer somewhere to get a degree in political science,” she said.
Floyd said her greatest achievement in school was all the leadership positions she held this year.
“My favorite class was my ninth-grade history teacher’s class, Mrs.[Vivianne] Audiss,” she said. “She taught me so much about, like, Europe, and we got to try some cool Indian food and drink teas from Asia. It was really fun.”
Floyd’s two favorite memories from her time at school were hanging out with friends and whatever she did with the school band.
Kathryn Carpenter was the first top student in Valley High School’s senior class.
“I plan to go to the University of Alabama at Huntsville to get a degree in computer science,” she said.
Carpenter said her greatest achievement in school was being the assistant drum major in the band.
“I’m really shy, if you can’t tell,” she said. “It was probably one of my first attempts at a very senior leadership position. So even though I wasn’t chief drum major, I still had an assistant drum major, and I was really proud of myself for that.
Carpenter’s favorite class was music. She explained her favorite memory from school.
“For my midterm physics exam this year, I built a roller coaster out of a marble,” she said. “We had to use different things to build a roller coaster for a marble. And it was really cool to know what would work, what didn’t and how to make it work.
LaFayette High School’s top three seniors were recognized after retirees. Weldon said only one, Nyasia Chambers, was able to make it to the meeting. Chambers is second in her class. The students who were not present were third class senior Malayasia Carlisle and first class senior Tre Thomas.
Chambers said she plans to attend Troy University to earn a bachelor of science degree in nursing. She said being the second best student in her class was her greatest achievement in school.
“I feel like I never expected this to happen,” she said. “I just worked really, really hard, and that’s where I’m at.”
Chambers said her favorite class was with math teacher Dr. Daniel Bass because it was difficult.
She couldn’t choose a favorite memory from her school days, she said, because she loved all of her time at school.
Superintendent Casey Chambley gave a speech before greeting the retirees.
“What wonderful weather,” he said. “Retirement. Teachers’ retirement, where the pay isn’t as good but the hours are.
Chambley said the retirees have earned their place in history within the community and its schools as people who have shaped children’s lives.
“Everything that everyone does in our system and in every system across the state and across this country matters, from secretaries to teachers to accountants to bus drivers to librarians to nurses…everything the world,” he said. “The goalkeepers, the NPC staff, the coaches… everyone who plays a role in the lives of these young people is important to our system and important to every system.
Chambley said it’s hard to lose employees from the school system. He said replacing the right people is difficult and sometimes impossible.
“And while many of your spots will be filled with people, the spot they fill it with won’t necessarily be unique to what you’ve done and the mark you’ve left on children’s lives and our system,” did he declare. . “And that’s what you can be proud of.”
Chambley said the school system was very lucky to have employees and expressed gratitude for their work. He said they were welcome to visit schools and attend school events.
Recognized retirees were Tamalita Autry (who worked at CCDS for 21 years), Daniel Bass (who worked at CCDS for 16 years), Weenona Brannon (six years), Daron Brooks (13 years), Karen Brown (28 years) , Valerie Carter (25), Steven Coker (25), Teresa Davidson (10), Walteria Echols (23), Misty Hudmon (22), Glen Jones (40), Beverly Letson (24), Janice O’Neal (four), Laura Phillips (28), Regina Sanders (23), Elizabeth Shaddix (26), Amelia Yates (41), Christine Thomas (25), Teresa Bookwalter (20) , Geneva Holloway (24), Mary Johnson (22) and Josephine Shahid (19).