On Thursday, the Cullman County Board of Education (CCBOE) celebrated the eight Cold Springs High School students who competed and excelled — both individually and as a team — in a variety of events while attending the annual FCCLA Students Taking Action Recognition (STAR) competition.
The students who take part in the STAR competition are recognized each year for their leadership skills, career preparation and the amount of work they contribute to chapter projects. The competition consists of over 30 separate events allowing each competitor to showcase their abilities to identify and solve a wide array of issues concerning families, careers and communities.
The Cold Springs High School chapter returned from this year’s competition — held on March 8-10 — with a total of four first place medals, one 2nd place medal two third place medals and one bronze medal.
Five of the students were also able to qualify to compete at the national level — an invitation extended to those receiving the two highest scores from each category — to be held in Denver, Colo. this summer.
The following students were recognized by the CCBOE during its monthly meeting on Thursday:
- Ellanora Slusser placed first in the Level 3 Fashion Design Category and received a $5,000 scholarship to the Fashion Institute of America.
- Lacy and Lydia Twilley placed first in the Level 3 Chapter Project Display Category.
- Savannah Bischoff placed second in the Level 2 Fashion Design Category.
- Sophia Slusser placed first in the Level 2 Chapter Project Display Category.
- Clayton Gary placed third in the Level 3 Career Investigation Category.
- Rebecca Baggett placed third in the Level 2 Career Investigation Category.
- Josiah Johnson was awarded a bronze medal in the Level 2 Repurpose and Redesign Category.
- Cold Springs FCCLA Sponsor Mrs. Stephanie Blair was also given the 2022-2023 Adviser Mentor Award.
In addition to the individual recognitions, the Cold Springs Chapter was recognized collectively and presented with the Golden STAR Award, a title reserved for chapters who develop and implement well rounded bodies of work.
“These students put in a lot of hard work and determination, and they were able to bring home medals but so much more,” said Blair in a statement released earlier this week. “They also brought home leadership, teamwork, critical thinking skills, networking, public speaking skills and more.”
Two faculty members were also presented with the district’s E5 Exceptional Award. Nominations must come from an individual’s co-workers within their schools before being bestowed by the board. Both Cold Springs High School Principal Eric Dickerson and West Point Middle School Secretary Vickie Nunnelley were presented with this distinction.
In other business the board:
Approved the following resignations:
- Aubrey Moore-Central Office Social Worker
- Abigail Bennett- Child Development Center Behavior Support Specialist
- James Creel- Child Development Center Bus Driver
- Judith Teal Child Development Center Special Education Test Coordinator
- Jeffrey Hale- Cullman Area Technology Academy Industrial Maintenance/Mechatronics Instructor
- Melanie Bentley- Fairview High School Child Nutrition Worker
- Wilma Shedd- Fairview High School Custodian
- Devona Calvert- Good Hope Elementary Teacher
- Linda Johnson- Good Hope High Child Nutrition Worker
- Timothy Eskew- Hanceville Bus Driver
- Carol Clemmons- Hanceville Elementary Teacher
- Sonjah Smith- Harmony Special Education Teacher
- Christie Thomas- Harmony Bookkeeper
- MaKenna Woodruff- Harmony Pre-K
- Auxillary Teacher
- Nathan Whitehead- Holly Pond Bus Driver
- Nana Baugh- Parkside Child Nutrition Worker
- Quiton Posey- Bus Shop Assistant
- Annette Mills- Vinemont Elementary Part-time EL Teacher
- Rebecca Chumley- Vinemont High Child Nutrition Worker
- Kallen Hulsey- West Point Elementary Teacher
- Jamie Tucker- West Point Elementary Teacher
Approved the following leave of absences:
Natasha Holder- Good Hope High Teacher (4/3/2
- Tina Stansell- Good Hope High Child Nutrition Worker (1
- Heather Jones- Harmony Teacher (1/1
Approved the voluntary transfer of Bus Driver Colby Adams from Good Hope High to Holly Pond High.
Approved the following personnel appointments:
- Damon Monk- Good Hope Bus Driver
- Amy Ferster- Harmony Pre-K Auxiliary Teacher
- Maxwell Shumaker- Maintenance Technician
- Sadey Sizemore- Parkside Pre-K Auxiliary Teacher
Approved the following list of substitutes:
- Rhonda Hogan
- Robin Allbritton
- Breanna Beeson
- Maria Cipollari
- Kaitlin Davis
- Terssa Griffin
- Candace Hagar
- Ashley Hall
- Savannah Harden
- Morgan Humphries
- Elyssa Mead
- Donna Nunnelley
- Virginia Pritchard
- Stacie Shaw
- Destiny Short
- Lauren Smith
Approved the following non-faculty coaches:
- Emma Roberts- Fairview High Softball
- Geoff Lay- Good Hope High Softball
- Retha Tinney- Hanceville Elementary Archery
Approved the request from Good Hope High School to pay Nina Moss $3,000 for assisting with Varsity Girls Basketball.
Approved the request from Vinemont High School to pay Kerry Thompson $200 for additional service waxing of the gym floor.
Approved the request from West Point High School to pay Layla Quinn $350 for assistant coaching duties during the 2022 Volleyball season.
Approved the request to offer a Districtwide Summer School for Credit Recovery in core subjects for students in grade 6-12 on June 19 – June 30, 2023 from 8 am- 12 pm each day at West Point High School and July 5 – July 18, 2023 from 8 am-12 pm each day at Good Hope High School
Approved the out of state field trip request from Cold Springs High School to allow the 6-12 grade band students to perform on the plaza in Nashville, TN on April 21, 2023.
Approved the request to remove Ed Roberson from all bank accounts and add his successor, Suzy Berryman, in his place.
Approved the $60,166 increase for change order number 30 for the Good Hope Middle School Addition project.
Approved the request from the Cullman County Extension Office to use a CCBOE bus to transport 4-H students to Columbiana, AL on June 28-30 for Summer 4-H Camp.
Entered into a 30 minute closed executive session for the purpose of discussing “the good name and character” of a CCBOE employee.