Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Five MBHS students are candidates for US Presidential Scholars Program.

Five Mountain Brook High School students have been selected as candidates for the 2014 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. They are

  • John W. Blum
  • Olivia H. Burton
  • Mary N. Roberson
  • Margaret L. Selesky
  • Carlton E. Wood

The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964, by executive order of the President, to recognize and honor some of our nation's most distinguished graduating high school seniors. In 1979, the program was extended to recognize students who demonstrate exceptional talent in the visual, creative and performing arts. Each year, up to 141 students are named as Presidential Scholars, one of the nation's highest honors for high school students.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Mountain Brook Junior High Choir Chosen for Musical Theater Festival

By Keysha Drexel
Journal editor
Students at Mountain Brook Junior High School spent the week before winter break preparing to take the stage at one of the world’s largest musical theater festivals for young people.

Members of the honor choir at Mountain Brook Junior High, above, along with other choir members, will travel to Atlanta Jan. 17-19 to perform at the 2014 Junior Theater Festival. (Journal photo by Keysha Drexel)
Members of the Mountain Brook Junior High Choir have been accepted to the 2014 Junior Theater Festival Jan. 17-19 at the Cobb Galleria Center in Atlanta. Full story

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Mountain Brook High School

By Leah Ingram Eagle | leagle@al.com
on January 07, 2014 10:18 a.m.


Jacob Weinacker, Mountain Brook High School(Special to The News)
Year:Senior Sport: Tennis

Academic highlights: Jacob has a 3.42 GPA.  He was also chosen for the National Junior Beta Club.

Athletic highlights: Jacob has played on the Mountain Brook High School tennis team since  9th grade. He placed second at the AHSSA State Playoffs his freshman, sophomore and junior years, placing second last year at the #1 singles  position.  He was also captain of the team last year.

Where do you see your academic future? I am considering a degree in Sports Medicine or Sports Psychology.

Where do you see your athletic future? I would like to continue playing tennis in college.

Favorite subject: History, because the past affects the present and the future.

What’s on your iPod? A variety of music but my favorite genre is country.

Monday, December 16, 2013

South Scholar Athlete of the Week: Mary Glenn Waldrop, MBHS

al.com named MBHS senior Mary Glenn Waldrop the South Scholar Athlete of the Week. Mary Glenn has a 3.88 GPA and scored a 32 on the ACT. She is a member of National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, a third year member of Key Club and member and officer in Venture Crew 2010. She has completed the “Triple Crown” of high adventure scouting achievement. She is a fourth year member of the MBHS Youth Legislature Delegation and attended the 2012 Leadership for Birmingham Civil Rights Institute “Teen Summit.”
Athletic highlights: Mary Glenn has competed in 6A All-State javelin the last two years (2012 & 2013), she placed second in 6A state of Alabama Outdoor Track & Field Championship in 2013, the MBHS Girls won runner-Up 2013 Outdoor State Championship. In javelin, she also placed third in 6A state of Alabama Outdoor Track & Field Championship 2012. The MBHS Girls won second place in 2012 Outdoor State Championship. In shot put, she placed sixth in 6A State of Alabama Indoor Track Championship in 2013 and was the top scorer for the girls 6A Area. The MBHS Girls Indoor Track Team also won 2013 State Championship.
for the full article click here.
from an al.com article by By Leah Ingram Eagle 
on December 16, 2013 10:01 a.m.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Easing the Transition (from Over the Mountain Journal online at www.otmj.com)

Easing the Transition
 November 12, 2013  

By Taylor Burgess
Over the Mountain Journal intern

For Skip Taylor, a job coach in the Turning Points transition program, finding daily motivation is far from difficult.

“Each morning, it takes me about two seconds to get over myself,” Taylor said. “I work with people who I’ve never heard complain, and never will.”

The people with whom Taylor works are eight students with disabilities—four from Mountain Brook City Schools and four from Homewood City Schools—who have completed high school and received graduation certificates but can remain in the school system until they are 21 years old. Turning Points, a program created by Mountain Brook Schools in collaboration with Samford University, works to ease their transition into the workforce or higher education.

While in the program, students spend much of their time at Samford University, where they attend classes to learn money management and other practical skills as well as work at jobs under the supervision of Taylor and other Turning Points staff members.

Taylor, who grew up in Homewood on Saulter Road, adjacent to the Samford campus, said he sees Samford as the ideal location for the program.

“Students on campus have been very open and welcoming to us,” Taylor said. “When students notice us and engage and embrace us, there’s synergy created.”

Three days a week, Turning Points students gather in the morning at Samford’s Orlean Bullard Beeson School of Education.

“We started at two days a week, but we’re trying to get to five,” Taylor said. “Samford is extremely committed to what we’re doing.”

The students meet briefly in the classroom before going to their jobs.

Before leaving the classroom, the students are joined by Wendy Betsch, the program’s transition coordinator, who usually enters the room to enthusiastic greetings from students.

“She’s like a rock star to these kids when she walks in,” Taylor said.

From the education building, the students walk to two on-campus job sites, one in the cafeteria and the other in the university bookstore.

“The challenge is that even though they’ve all graduated, they’re at different skill levels. How do you meet all the needs?” Betsch said. “We match students’ skill sets with different job sites so they can do work that will best benefit them.”

In the past, Turning Points students have also worked in the university mailroom and stadium field house, Betsch said.

The students are diligent in their work and know what is expected of them, staff members said.

Student Kathryn Henckell, on entering the bookstore, walks directly to the manager’s office to receive her assignment—placing barcode stickers on water bottles.

Betsch said she believes the students, like Henckell, should be responsible.

“We want them to look at it as a real job,” she said. “They should come in, find the manager and check in, like they would anywhere else.”

Betsch also stresses the importance of job sites with management that supports Turning Points and is willing to work with the students at their skill levels.

In the cafeteria, students work other jobs. Betts Colquitt wipes dust from windowsills, while Darryl Stephens sweeps the floor of food and trash from the cafeteria’s most recent meal.

Colquitt has held other food service jobs outside of the program and so is already familiar with many of her cafeteria duties.

Betsch said she believes jobs like these are crucial for the students’ transition process because they use skills that help them develop.

“When they sweep or clean the windowsills, they’re focused and can pay attention to detail,” she said. “Also, repetitive teaching is good for students with disabilities.”

Taylor, supervising the cafeteria students, does repetitive work of his own, filling out detailed progress reports that carefully track each student’s morning progress at his or her work site. However, he works with as much verve as the students around him while explaining how he discovered his passion for the program.

“I’ve been working with special ability kids for over 10 years. I had been looking for a career change and ended up working with UCP (United Cerebral Palsy),” he said..

Then he got a call this summer asking him to join Turning Points.

“I thought, ‘This is the coolest thing I’ve ever heard of,’” he said.

Taylor said he had never seen an equivalent program in other school systems, much less one also working in partnership with a university.

Betsch said she, too, thinks the program is unique and regrets that other school systems can’t offer support to disabled students who have graduated.

“How do they assimilate into a family situation when they graduate? Without skills and assistance, many of these students will just end up back at home,” Betsch said.

To prevent this, students not only work campus jobs but in the afternoon also meet with speech therapists, train in other social skills, such as appropriate work dress, and exercise.

To further aid the students’ transition, Betsch and Taylor said they hope to see Turning Points expand.

“For the future, maybe, we’d like to give the students a dorm room to live in to prepare them for living in real life,” Betsch said. “The problem is that when students age out of the school system, they have nothing to support them anymore, and it’s rare for employers to grab them.”

Betsch said she hopes that continuing to train students in necessary skills through expanding programs will give students a better chance.

Taylor said he remains confident that these skills are benefiting Turning Points students in tangible ways.

“Some businessmen bring clients into California Pizza Kitchen, where Betts [Colquitt] works, just for her alone,” he said.

Taylor said programs for disabled students have come a long way since he was a student himself.

“When I was a junior in high school, a girl who was a quadriplegic, sat in the front of my class,” he said. “Nobody helped her, and I wish someone had. Now, there are peer helpers for students in Mountain Brook and Homewood schools.”

While sweeping, Stephens finds a bright red toothpick. He stops working for a moment and brings it to Taylor, who takes the find with a smile and places it on the table next to the progress reports.

“People who were on the outside before because of their disabilities feel good because they have a job,” Taylor said. “With our students, there is no black or white, or cool or uncool—they never complain, and they always show up.”

For more information about Turning Points, contact Wendy Betsch at betschw@mtnbrook.k12.al.us.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Girls cross country takes 11th consecutive state championship

November 12, 2013 Courtesy of Village Living (villagelivingonline.com)

1113 Cross Country MBHS State Championship
Mountain Brook girls cross country took the 6A state title for the 11th consecutive year at the state meet on Nov. 9.
Jessica Molloy placed second individually at 18:11, and Frances Patrick placed eighth at 18:52.60.
The Spartan boys placed fourth in the state meet, missing third by only one point. 
The teams are coached by Greg Echols, Michael McGovern, Randy Stephens and Mike Abercrombie.
Girls state championship team members are: Mary Allison Anderson, Anna Balzli, Emily Bedell, Parker Cobbs, Ann Chapman Haynes, Anna Littleton, Ana McArdle, Jessica Molloy, Anna Grace Morgan, Frances Patrick, Bailey Peacock and Brantley Sanders.
Boys team members are: Michael Clark, David Creel, William Dodson, Russell Galloway, Stewart Hawk, Spencer Hinson, Davis Kelly, Duncan Manley, Griffin Riley, Alex Schultz, Marshall Smith and Drew Williams.

Monday, November 11, 2013

AL.COM: Will Brewster is South Scholar of the Week

al.com named Mountain Brook High School's Will Brewster the South Scholar of the Week on November 11, 2013.

See full story here.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Cross Country: Mountain Brook girls win Class 6A championships

In girls’  cross country, Mountain Brook, as expected, successfully defended its’ 6A girls title, scoring 44 points to defeat Hoover 44-95. Vestavia Hills was third with 118.  
See al.com story here.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

MBHS volleyball advances to to state semifinals game
by MADOLINE MARKHAM October 29, 2013

The Mountain Brook High School volleyball team will play in the state Semi Finals game against Huntsville tonight at 5 p.m.

Mountain Brook, the No. 1 seed from the North, defeated the  No. 4 seed from the South, Baker High from Mobile, Wednesday morning in the Quarterfinals game.

The Elite 8 State Finals will take place at the Crossplex in Birmingham at the old State Fairgrounds located west of downtown.

The State Championship match is set for 10:30 a.m. Thursday morning.

Nine busloads, or about 490 students, from the high school have paid to attend Wednesday morning's game, and another 377 from the Junior High plan to attend, according to parent Kathy Webber.

Mountain Brook Sporting Goods printed 1,000 pink Spartan T-shirts for student fans to wear at the game.

Last week, the team qualified for Elite 8 State Finals for the first time since 1997 and then went on to win the North Super Regional for the first time.

The girls defeated Sparkman on Saturday in Huntsville to qualify for the State Finals. Later that day the team defeated Huntsville in the North Semis and then Bob Jones in the North Finals.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Mountain Brook HS, Vestavia Hills HS set to receive national awards
Posted: Thursday, October 17, 2013 4:49 PM EST Updated: Thursday, October 17, 2013 4:49 PM EST
By Shannon Delcambre -
Two rival football teams will meet soon on the football field, and both will get national recognition for their efforts in the fight against cancer.
Mountain Brook High School faces off against Vestavia Hills High School on the gridiron October 25, 2013, and both schools will be recognized during halftime for their successful Relay For Life fundraising events held earlier in 2013.
The Mountain Brook and Vestavia Hills Relay For Life events were both named top 5 youth events in the USA.
Both events raised $468,000 for the American Cancer Society.
Mountain Brook ranked #2 out of more than 150 high schools nationwide holding Relay For Life events.
Vestavia Hills was #4 nationally.

American Cancer Society executives will be at the upcoming game to present student leaders, advisors, principals of each school with awards for their service and dedication in the fight against cancer.

copyright 2013 by NBC 13, Birmingham, AL

Monday, October 21, 2013

Cross Country: Mountain Brook boys, girls win Husky Challenge meet

By Grant Shingleton | AL.com
Mountain Brook placed three runners in the top five in the boys race and had an individual winner in Jessica Molloy in the girls race as the Spartans won both events at the 22nd Annual Husky Challenge cross country meet, hosted by Hewitt-Trussville High School.
Mountain Brook won the boys race with a team score of 32, followed by Hoover (43), Hewitt-Trussville (74), John Carroll Catholic (92) and Oak Mountain (189).
Hewitt-Trussville's Austin Norwood was the boys individual winner in the 3,540-meter race, coming in with a time of 10:35.62. Justin Holt of John Carroll Catholic finished second at 10:35.97, followed by a trio of Mountain Brook runners, Davis Kelly (10:51.54), Marshall Smith (11:03.07) and Stewart Hawk (11:04.54).
Mountain Brook, which entered two squads in the girls race, won the event with a team score of 37 for the "Pink" team, which was led by Molloy, who finished with a time of 12:11.84. Mountain Brook Pink was followed by Hewitt-Trussville (65), Hoover (82), Mountain Brook (86) and John Carroll Catholic (98).
Hewitt-Trussville's Veronica Lyle finished second (12:26.12), followed by teammate Alexandra Pidcock (12:46.95) and Parker Cobbs of Mountain Brook Pink (12:52.45). Bella Restrepo (12:55.63) of John Carroll was fifth.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Hewitt-Trussville hoops one of 16 in inaugural Steel City Invitational

By Gary Lloyd
Mountain Brook High School is the host team for the inaugural Birmingham Tip Off Club’s Steel City Invitational, scheduled for Dec. 19-21 at Samford University’s Pete Hanna Center.
Being billed as the state’s premier high school basketball tournament, Hewitt-Trussville is one of the 16 teams that will be showcased. The schools included in the tournament have won eight state championships in the past four years. An estimated 20 future Division I student-athletes will participate.
Besides Hewitt-Trussville, participating teams include Mountain Brook, Wenonah, Gadsden City, Bob Jones, Hazel Green, Carver-Birmingham, St. Jude, Woodlawn, Madison Academy, Hueytown, Homewood, Ramsay, Sparkman, Leeds and Hoover.
Mountain Brook is the defending Class 6A champion. Wenonah has won three straight Class 5A state championships.
Birmingham Tip Off Club’s Chris Nix and Mountain Brook assistant coach Christian Schweers organized the event.

Hewitt-Trussville senior guard Jarvis Calhoun is committed to UAB.
file photo by Anna Malone
“With the most recent success of several Birmingham area schools, we saw a need for a premier basketball tournament to be hosted in our city,” Nix said. “I’m convinced this tournament will help grow the sport of basketball in Alabama and promote the basketball talent our state has to offer. We are very excited about the future of this tournament and the future of basketball in the state of Alabama.”
The Birmingham Tip Off Club has hired a professional sports management company, Knight Eady Sports Group, to coordinate the logistics involved in making the event a success.
“Having a professional sports management company involved will help us legitimize this event and separate ourselves from other high school basketball tournaments in the state,” Nix said.
Participating teams will play a minimum of three games and as many as four games in three days.
“A big part of the mission of the Birmingham Tip Off Club is to promote high school basketball in Alabama,” Nix said. “The Steel City Invitational will give us a unique opportunity to showcase the incredible basketball talent our state has to offer.”
For more information, email michael@steelcityhoops.com or visit www.steelcityhoops.com.
Contact Gary Lloyd at news@trussvilletribune.com and follow him on Twitter @GaryALloyd.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

High-energy Carr drives Mountain Brook

By Rubin E. Grant | preps@AL.com
on October 15, 2013 2:20 p.m.                   
Mountain Brook sophomore Sara Carr talks to Coach Haven O'Quinn during a game earlier this season. (Dennis Victory/preps@AL.com)
MOUNTAIN BROOK, Alabama -- Apparently, no one told Sara Carr about the “middle child syndrome.”
According to an article on the EverydayFamily web site, “middle children often feel left out and invisible, a contrast from their older and younger siblings.”
“While older children get the benefits of all of the ‘firsts’ a child accomplishes, younger children benefit from the emotional impact of being the baby of the family, often being spoiled and coddled. Middle children, however, often feel as though they have nothing special that is just ‘theirs,’’’ the article states.
With two older brothers and two younger sisters, Carr falls smack dab in the middle of her siblings. But she’s anything but invisible. In fact, she’s a budding star on the Mountain Brook volleyball team — and she’s just a sophomore.
Listen to how Mountain Brook volleyball coach Haven O’Quinn gushingly describes Carr.
“My gosh, I could go on and on about her,” O’Quinn said. “She’s a natural born athlete. She’s got all the physical attributes and work ethic. She’s got a great vertical jump and a great reach. She’s just special. She’s our go-to player.”
A 5-foot-11 outside hitter, Carr was honorable mention All-State as a freshman. This season she leads the Spartans in kills with 379 while sporting a 33.2 hitting percentage. She also leads the team with 83 aces and is second on the team with 243 digs. She has 15 blocks.
Carr comes from an athletic family. Her dad, Dr. Gregg Carr, was a star linebacker in high school at Woodlawn and in college at Auburn, and played four seasons in the NFL with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He was inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame in 2008.
Her older brothers Evans (football and wrestling) and Jordan (lacrosse) played sports in high school. They had more to do with her becoming an athlete than her dad.
“My parents wanted us do some physical activity and when my brothers were outside playing, I’d go out there and play with them,” Sara Carr said. “Both of them inspired me to become an athlete.
“I started playing volleyball in the fifth grade, as early as I could.”
Her dad might not have been the primary influence on Carr becoming at athlete, but he assists with her mental approach.
“He’s always talking to me about things he’s observed and some of things his coaches used to say, and about being a leader,” Carr said.
Carr also plays basketball for Mountain Brook and can’t decide which sport she likes best. “It depends on the season,” she said.
Her future most likely is in volleyball and Carr knows it.
“I really want to play volleyball in college at Auburn, but it depends on if I get a scholarship,” Carr said.
O’Quinn has no doubts Carr will play volleyball in college somewhere, especially since Carr continues to make marked improvements every time she steps on the court.
“I was talking to (Mountain Brook athletic director) Terry Cooper and he said, ‘It’s amazing to me that you see her every couple of weeks and she’s gotten better,’” O’Quinn said. “She’s a smarter player than she was last year and she has more tools on the front line.”
Carr traces her improvement to summer workouts. O’Quinn challenged her players to get into better physical condition and become stronger. Carr took the challenge to heart.
“I’m pleased with how she pushed me,” Carr said. “I’ve improved my conditioning and that’s helped me play better.”
O’Quinn didn’t expect anything less from Carr, given how driven she is. When O’Quinn gives the team the weekend off, Carr drags her older brother out to the driveway to hit the ball with her.
“She’s a great competitor,” O’Quinn said. “When the whistle blows, she’s out there to kick butt. She likes to win and she likes to have fun. She’s our spark. Our team feeds off her energy.”
Mountain Brook entered this week with a 30-11 record and was ranked No. 5 in Class 6A. The Spartans will play in the Blaylock Tournament Friday and Saturday at Homewood.
Carr believes the Spartans can make a deep run in the state playoffs. The team has only one senior, Claire Gorman, but has a strong junior class, led by libero Julia Smith and middle blocker Abby Garrett.
“I’ve never been on a team with so much chemistry,” Carr said. “Everybody on the team is so close.
“From the beginning of the season, our goal has been to get to the state tournament. We all know we have the talent to get there, it’s just a matter of if we’re on at the time.”

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

SOUTH SCHOLAR-ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Mary Martha Grizzle, Mountain Brook High School

By Leah Ingram Eagle | leagle@al.com
on October 14, 2013 12:07 p.m.

Mary Martha Grizzle, Mountain Brook High School (Special to The News)
Year: Senior Sport: Tennis
Academic highlights: Mary Martha has a 3.5 GPA and scored a 30 on the ACT. She is a member of Key Club, FBLA and Outreach Club.
Athletic highlights: Mary Martha is a three year letterman for the Spartans varsity tennis team. They were 6A State Champions 2011 and 2012; 6A State Champion Runner Up 2013; she was #3 in singles (2013); #3 in State Champion-Doubles (2013); #6 in State Champion singles (2012) and #3 in Doubles (2012).
Where do you see your academic future? I am undecided of my college of choice, but I would like to study economics or business.
Where do you see your athletic future? If I do not play tennis for my college, I would love to be a part of an intramural team or club team.
Favorite subject: English, because I really enjoy reading and writing. I have had some great English teachers who have taught me the importance of effective writing.
What’s on your iPod? I like all different kinds of music from alternative to pop to rap and R&B. My music choice mainly depends on my mood at the moment.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Congratulations to the National Merit Commended Students at Mountain Brook High School

Front Row, (L-R):  Abbie Rodgers, Emily Bedell, Lottice Taylor

Second Row (L-R): Alan Dunn, Elizabeth Hymer, Caroline Leak, Herron Taylor, Will Jackson, Frank Phillips

Third Row (L-R): Cole Peck, Austin Garrett, John North, Matthew Weissman, Max Black

Not Pictured: Savanna Bryant, Madelyn Beatty

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Double amputee is a star on the football field

Posted: Oct 07, 2013 10:32 PM CDTUpdated: Oct 08, 2013 1:58 PM CDT

Ward Webb plays football for the Mountain Brook Junior Varsity team. An accident when he was young left him a double amputee. Source: WBRC video

At first glance, number 55 on the Mountain Brook Junior Varsity football team may seem like a typical linebacker on the field. But after a closer look, anyone can see there's something very unique about Ward Webb.
"He's a double amputee and he's playing football," explained Webb's mother and number one fan, Marion Webb. She says her son has come a long way since he lost his legs.
Webb was just four years old when he was in an electrical accident and doctors amputated the bottom portion of both his legs. From a young age, Webb had to learn to use prosthetic legs and growing up it was a struggle.
"He would come and say 'Mom, I can't do this, I can't do this!' And I would say 'Yes you can! Let's just find a different way to do this.' And he did every time," Marion Webb added.
Webb says with his love for football matched by the support of his family, nothing was going to slow him down.
"All my life they've been helping me when I've been upset," said Webb.
Mountain Brook High School football coach Chris Yeager remembers the day Ward asked him to play.
"I was little bit apprehensive, but that was before I got to know him," Yeager said.
Yeager said it didn't take long for Ward to prove he could hold his own on the field.
"We tried to adapt things for him and he would always say, 'Coach, I can do this! I can do this!' And so we got used to that and he was like any other player," Yeager added.
Monday night, Webb took to the field with his teammates. He says he's grateful to be on the field. His coaches say they're lucky to have him on the team.
"He comes out here and he does what he does and he does it well. He is just such an inspiration to our whole team, our community, coaches, everybody," Coach Yeager said.
Webb says the prosthetic legs do break on him on occasion. He says he's working with a specialist who is developing a prosthetic leg that can withstand what Webb does on the field.
Copyright 2013 WBRC. All rights reserved

Monday, October 7, 2013

Football: Carroll leads Mountain Brook in 35-7 win over Carver

By Ben Cook | AL.com
on October 04, 2013 11:35 p.m.
Mountain Brook (3-3, 2-2) scored in every quarter and took a Class 6A, Region 6 victory over Carver (1-5, 0-4).

Jacob Carroll led the Spartans with 201 passing yards with two touchdowns and an interception, completing 15 of 23 passes, and rushed for 77 yards and two touchdowns on six carries. Gene Bromberg led Mountain Brook in rushing with 95 yards on 23 carries.  Buddy Pell led the Spartans defense with 10 tackles, while Carter Dukes and Austin Chapman each had an interception.
Montego Morris led Carver in rushing with 91 yards on 17 carries. Dacorian Bivens completed 9-of-20 passes for 100 yards but he was intercepted twice. Kelly Marsh had four catches for 53 yards.
Joshua Rice led the Carver defense with 12 tackles. Kevin McDaniels scored Carver's lone touchdown on a 70-yard interception return.

Carroll opened the scoring with an eight yard touchdown run with six minutes left in the first quarter, but Carver's McDaniels evened the score with his interception return for a score with a minute remaining in the first.   It was all Mountain Brook after that, with Pell scoring on a 4-yard run, and with twenty six seconds left in the half, Carroll connected on a 5-yard touchdown pass to Hunter Branch. Carroll rambled in for a score from 56 yards out in the third quarter, and tossed a 15-yard touchdown pass to Drew Odum in the final quarter.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Cross Country: Mountain Brook sweeps TCBY Invitational Class 4A-6A divisions

By Dennis Tymkiw | AL.com
on September 21, 2013 6:07 p.m.
TUSCALOOSA, Alabama - Davis Kelly and Jessica Molloy finished first in their respective races to lead the Mountain Brook boys and girls to wins in the TCBY Invitational at Munny Sokol Park in Tuscaloosa.
Kelly won the boys race with a time of 16:37.74, while Molloy took the girls race with a time of 19:33.23.
Mountain Brook placed five boys in the top nine finishers and had five girls finish in the top 11 places to easily take the wins.
The Spartans won the boys event with 28 points, followed by John Carroll Catholic with 57 and Hewitt-Trussville with 86. In the girls event, the Spartans finished with 26 points, followed by John Carroll with 68 and McGill-Toolen with 71.
At Munny Sokol Park
Team Standings: 1. Mountain Brook, 28; 2. John Carroll, 57; 3. Hewitt-Trussville, 86; 4. McGill-Toolen, 98; 5. Spain Park, 101; 6. Northridge, 193; 7. Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa, 196; 8. Paul Bryant, 233.
Individual Standings: 1. Davis Kelly, Mountain Brook, 16:37.74; 2. Justin Holt, John Carroll, 16:42.59; 3. Nick Simmons, Spain Park, 16:47.51; 4. Stewart Hawk, Mountain Brook, 16:56.96; 5. Rome Fiore, Spain Park, 16:59.50; 6. Marshall Smith, Mountain Brook, 17:02.43; 7. Austin Norwood, Hewitt-Trussville, 17:12.77; 8. Michael Clark, Mountain Brook, 17:15.43; 9. Drew Williams, Mountain Brook, 17:22.88; 10. Sami Harb, John Carroll, 17:26.23; 11. Russell Galloway, Mountain Brook, 17:31.82; 12. Will Nichols, John Carroll, 17:34.50; 13. Benjamin Knox, Hewitt-Trussville, 17:37.58; 14. Grainger Rathle, McGill-Toolen, 17:42.62; 15. Eric Johnson, John Carroll, 17:52.90.
Team Standings: 1. Mountain Brook, 26; 2. John Carroll, 68; 3. McGill-Toolen, 71; 4. Spain Park, 82; 5. Hewitt-Trussville, 111; 6. Tuscaloosa County, 193; 7. Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa, 209.
Individual Standings: 1. Jessica Molloy, Mountain Brook, 19:33.23; 2. Parker Cobbs, Mountain Brook, 19:45.70; 3. Bella Restrepo, John Carroll, 19:53.21; 4. Ebie Douglas, McGill-Toolen, 19:57.76; 5. Lauren Granier, John Carroll, 19:59.08; 6. Sailor Miles, St. James, 20:10.69; 7. Emily Bedell, Mountain Brook, 20:18.41; 8. Anna Grace Morgan, Mountain Brook, 20:22.20; 9. Grace Jensen, McGill-Toolen, 20:26.11; 10. Madeline Held, Spain Park, 20:36.11; 11. Helen Camp, Mountain Brook, 20:49.97; 12. Lauren Smith, Hewitt-Trussville, 20:50.23; 13. Ann Chapman Haynes, Mountain Brook, 20:51.30; 14. Grace Galvin, John Carroll, 21:03.59; 15. Allison Halperin, Spain Park, 21:07.04.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Mountain Brook High School
National Merit Semi-Finalists

Bottom Row, (L-R): Ben Garcia, Murray Manley, Anna Smith, Catherine Kinney, Chamblee Shufflebarger, Anne Peyton Baker, Maggie Selesky, Jessica Azrin
Second Row (L-R): Adelaide Cochran, Sarah Cain, Everette Dawkins, John Blum, Mary Nix Roberson, Daniel Bolus
Third Row: Olivia Burton, Makenzie Grant, Sam Cochran, Kary Reynolds, Eddy Yu
Fourth Row: Ben Jackson, Claire Gorman, Caroline Goolsby, Dani Diehl

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Mountain Brook residents strut their stuff during 'Fashions for the Foundation' runway show

fashion2.jpgMountain Brook Superintendent Dicky Barlow models during the Fashions for the Foundations runway show on September 10, 2013. (Ana Rodriguez/arodriguez@al.com)
MOUNTAIN BROOK, Alabama -- Mountain Brook students, parents, teachers, principals and city leaders took to the stage on September 10th during the Schaeffer Eye Center Fashions for the Foundation runway show and lunch reception held at The Club. A total of 14 different Mountain Brook apparel merchants helped dress some of the area’s most recognizable figures, all to help benefit the Mountain Brook City Schools Foundation.

Tickets prices ranged from $50 per person to $800 for a table of eight.
The packed ballroom erupted with applause when Anne Womack, executive director of the Mountain Brook Schools Foundation; State Rep. Paul DeMarco, also a member of the Mountain Brook Chamber of Commerce; and Mountain Brook Superintendent Dicky Barlow strutted down the runway.

fashion3.jpgMountain Brook Superintendent Dicky Barlow poses with Mountain Brook High School Spartan Mascot during the Fashions for the Foundations runway show on September 10, 2013. (Ana Rodriguez/arodriguez@al.com)
Other notable participants — who modeled clothing from the apparel shops listed— included:
  • Crestline Elementary School Principal Laurie King—Pink Tulip
  • Mountain Brook High School Principal Amanda Hood—Town and Country
  • Brookwood Forest Elementary School Principal Nathan Pitner—Mountain High Outfitters
  • Mountain Brook City Councilman Bill Pritchard—Mobley and Sons
  • Cherokee Bend Elementary School Principal Betsy Bell—Macy’s Brookwood Village
Other participating merchants included:
  • Monkee’s of Mountain Brook in English Village
  • Snap Kids in Crestline Village
  • Mountain Brook Sporting Goods in Crestline Village
  • Pants Store in Crestline Village
  • Lingerie Shop in Mountain Brook Village
  • Laura Kathryn in Crestline Village
  • Village Sportswear in Mountain Brook Village
  • Marella in Mountain Brook Village
  • Harrisons in Mountain Brook Village
fashion1.jpgMountain Brook City Councilman Billy Pritchard models during the Fashions for the Foundations runway show on September 10, 2013. (Ana Rodriguez/arodriguez@al.com)
Since 1995, when the Mountain Brook City Schools Foundation first began, donors have helped commit nearly $5 million in grants to benefit all Mountain Brook City Schools.  The Foundation has helped ensure Mountain Brook schools remain at the forefront of technology-based learning, are up-to-date with books and magazines and excel in math studies through the funding of two math coaches to serve the city’s four elementary schools.

The show was produced by Haute Pink, presented by Schaeffer Eye Center and sponsored by the Mountain Brook Chamber of Commerce. NBC 13 “Daytime Alabama’’ co-host Wendy Garner served as the fashion show’s MC.