East Central students win Verizon App Challenge
A student team from East Central High School in Moss Point was named Mississippi's winner of the Verizon Innovative App Challenge, a national competition in which students develop a mobile application concept that addresses a need or problem in their local schools or communities.
Now in its second year, the Verizon Innovative App Challenge, selected the best app concepts submitted by student teams across the U.S. and named qualifying teams from one high school and one middle school in each state as Best in State winners. The team from East Central High School was chosen from nearly 1,300 teams nationwide who entered the contest. It is one of 80 Best in State teams that will go on to vie for the titles of Best in Region, and ultimately, Best in Nation.
East Central High School designed an app that would provide the information needed to determine if a plot of land contains the characteristics of a wetland.
The competition was created by the Verizon Foundation in partnership with the Technology Student Association to encourage students to use technology to help solve local social issues. Student teams from across the nation submitted more than 770 app concepts.
Coleman receives GoDaddy Bowl scholarship
Paris Coleman, a senior honor student at S.S. Murphy High School in Mobile, the grandson of the late Dorothy Coleman, and the son of Beverly J. Coleman of North Gulfport, was honored at the GoDaddy Bowl as the recipient of the Team Focus-GoDaddy Bowl scholarship.
Coleman is a member of the Renaissance Arts Club, Mentors Association (Freshmen Academy tutors), Multicultural Club, Future Business Leaders of America, Advanced Choir, and was part of the musical theater production of "West Side Story." For the 2012-13 school year, he was the president of the Advanced Drama Club; this year he is vice president.
He is a member of the Mobile Kappa Leadership Development League, Bel Air Mall's Teen Board, Team Focus, National Association of Black Journalists, Mobile Writer's Guild and the Crittenton Youth Services Ambassadorial Program. He is also a news anchorman and a field reporter for On the Move, the Mobile County Public School System's news station. He has been the president of the Flava ENT Arts Club and the Theta Crew Dance Team at the Alabama School of Math and Science.
Among his accomplishments are being accepted into the Multicultural Journalism Workshop at the University of Alabama, and attending that program on a full scholarship for 10 days. Through the program, he collaborated with 14 other national finalists to publish a website and a newspaper for the university.
For the 2013-14 school year, he was nominated as the Red Ribbon Leader at Murphy High School and selected as a member of the Red Ribbon Team. He was also selected as a member of the New Horizon-GoDaddy Bowl 1st and 10 scholar of the week. In 2012, he was named as a Superior Actor, and a state finalist for the Walter Trumbauer Theater Festival. This year, he was awarded with the Best Actor award for One Act competitions in the same theater festival.
As a writer, he has published the poem "In the Midst," and the short story "Forever My Loss, but Never Truly Forgotten." He also wrote an award-winning parody for the Chandler YMCA's Blue Group and finished a 22-page short story named "The Wait to Cross." He is writing a coming-of-age, superhero novel called "The Descendants."
Coleman volunteers at the YMCA of South Alabama, and over the last two years, he has accumulated more than 450 hours in service. As a volunteer, he served as a youth counselor.
He plans to double major in broadcast journalism and clinical psychology.
Students participate in Junior Leadership program
Biloxi Chamber of Commerce's Junior Leadership program produces Biloxi students of outstanding character who are sensitive to the needs of the community and better able to contribute to society.
After-school sessions include manners and etiquette, military awareness, business in Biloxi, cultural diversity, preparing for success and medical and city government.
Biloxi High School ninth-grade student participants: Gillian Arnold, Bryson Brewer, Alexandra Brooks, Jacob Butera, Kennedy Daniels, Shayla Dao, Savannah Goolsby, Miles Jackson, Timothy Jones, Julian Lovvorn, Emily MacFadden, Emily Moore, Ethan Myers, Jenny Nguyen, Amanda Pham, Necaccia Phifer, Cecelia Prentiss, Peyton Seymour, Mackenzie Walker and Kiara Wormley.
St. Patrick Catholic High School ninth-grade student participants: Cassidy Fountain, Madison Hansen, Sarah Janus and Taylor Smith.