Saturday, April 7, 2018

Standing Room Only for Local DARE Program

DARE Student Tayshaun Doss welcomes parents & dignitaries
It was a packed house at Louisville Elementary today for the annual DARE Program as
282 fifth graders from all county schools participated in this year's program. The ceremony was opened with a presentation of colors by JROTC from Louisville High and the Pledge of Allegiance led by DARE officer Tonya McWhirter. The National Anthem was performed by Winston Academy student Chandler Wells and the welcome was given by Tayshaun Doss, a DARE student.

The DARE program has been a long term effort across the community and has been led in recent years by LPD Sargeant Tonya McWhirter. In 2016, the Mississippi Dare Officers Association recognized McWhirter as the Dare Officer of the Year for the State of Mississippi.

In addition to DARE graduates, two Louisville students, Roper Stoots, 10th grader, and Christopher Deshawn Rush, 9th grader, were recognized as winners of the Congressional App Challenge for Mississippi’s 1st congressional district. STEM teacher, Kristi Jernigan, led classes in several coding lessons and presented the opportunity for her students to apply for The Congressional App Challenge, a public effort to encourage kids to learn how to code, through annual district-wide competitions hosted by Members of Congress for their district. Stoots' and Rush's topic was DARE Mississippi and the title Drug Free for an app designed for Mississippi 5th graders taking part in the DARE education program. They are now eligible to participate in the House of Representatives #HouseOfCode event held in Washington DC on April 12 and 13 to showcase their winning app and get recognized for their achievement.
Roper Stoots, DARE Officer Tonya McWhirter, STEM Teacher Kristi Jernigan,
Christopher DeShawn Rush...Rush & Stoots recognized for their award-
winning APP

Mayor Will Hill remarked on the continued role of the program in the community and thanked local law enforcement for their work with DARE.

Police Chief L. M. Claiborne introduced the guest speaker for the event, Jae McIntosh who is a professional fighter and owner of No Limit Jiu Jitsu in Starkville.

Students and classrooms were recognized as essay winners, star students, students of the year and graffiti winners. A slide show of photos of the event can be viewed by clicking here and the award winners are provided below.

ESSAY WINNERS
NOXAPATER  
MRS. MONK MRS. STALCUP  
ZACHARY LLOYD KAITLYN THRASH  
     
LOUISVILLE ELEMENTARY
MRS CHANDLER MRS SPIERS MRS TABOR
ERIC EDWARDS KARRINGTON COBURN NA'KHIA HICKMAN
     
MRS WHITE MS WINTERS MRS SHARP
KEMARRION WATSON ANNIE COLEMAN ZAVION HARRINGTON
     
MRS FONDREN MRS BONKOWSKI  
ANTONIO DIXON THSHIANNA CLARK  
     
NANIH WAIYA  
MRS ROELAND MRS WATKINS  
HAYLEY PERMENTER CASSIE PHILLIPS  
     
WINSTON ACADEMY  
MRS LONG MRS PUTNAM  
BAILEY VALENTI AIDEN BOYKIN  
     
STAR STUDENTS  
NOXAPATER LOUISVILLE ELEMENTARY  
MJ HARRISON REED YATES  
     
NANIH WAIYA WINSTON ACADEMY  
LYSHAWN JOHNSON AVA CHANCELLOR  
     
STUDENTS OF THE YEAR    
NOXAPATER LOUISVILLE ELEMENTARY  
TIARA CARTER KAYLIN SMITH  
     
NANIH WAIYA WINSTON ACADEMY  
JAZZLYN GOSS CONNOR CURRAN  

GRAFFITI WINNERS
1ST PLACE - MRS FONDREN'S CLASS - LOUISVILLE ELEMENTARY
2ND PLACE - MRS WINTERS' CLASS - LOUISVILLE ELEMENTARY
3RD PLACE (TIE) MRS LONG'S CLASS - WINSTON ACADEMY
           MRS BONKOWSKI'S CLASS - LOUISVILLE ELEMENTARY
HONORABLE MENTIONS
MRS STALCUP'S CLASS- NOXAPATER
MRS WATKINS' CLASS- NANIH WAIYA

CLASS STICKER WINNERS
CARMELO WILLIAMS
CAMBREE MOORE
GABBY THAMES
KENTRAVIOUS WARD
MARQUISTION EILAND
TOCORIAN GOSS
TYQUAVIOUS HUDSON
CHAWAN JERNIGAN
CIARA SMITH
ZANDY EILAND
J'CAMERON RILEY
TY WILSON
WYATT MOODY
BRALEY DICKERSON