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Social Studies Honor Society

English Honor Society

French Honor Society

Spanish Honor Society

THE Crest

Spring 2018

8th and 9th Grade National Jr. Honor Society

7th Grade National Jr. Honor Society

7th Grade National Jr. Honor Society

Honor Societies Congratulations to our Honor Society Inductees!

Around Campus

Grandparents Day 2018!

The 5th graders entertained their guests with a “breakout game,” science experiment, spine poetry, arts and crafts, and a fun photo booth!

Our Lower School students went all out celebrating the 100th day of school! They dressed as 100 year olds, made crazy hats, and much more!

Our 1st – 4th grade students and their teachers dressed as their favorite book characters and paraded around the Lower School campus to celebrate “Read Across America” Day! Mrs. Meek’s Language Arts Research students presented research projects on the history of Mardi Gras in Mobile.

UMS-Wright now has two “quadcopter/drone” teams to compete in a Middle School Quadcopter Racing League. Students will be tasked with designing frames, building/assembling quadcopters, and racing through obstacle courses!

6th grader, Landon Tanner presented his biography project on Mobile native, Brandon Maye. When it was time for Landon to show his “prop” to the class, Brandon Maye walked in the room! Maye is an inspirational and motivational speaker with a rising voice centered on hard work, faith, determination, and perseverance.

Mrs. Joiner’s 7th Grade Pre-Algebra students surveyed Miss Blankenship’s 1st grade class. They gathered data concerning favorite sports, foods, and holidays. Mrs. Joiner’s class will display the results through their circle graph project!


Scotty Scott ’91 brought pig hearts to help demonstrate heart valve replacement surgeries!


1st grade presents “Hats”

“Legally Blonde, Jr.” presented by the Upper School Theatre Guild. Thank you to our sponsors: Beard Equipment, Encore Rehabilitation, and Iberia Bank!

K4 Valentine’s Day play in Spanish

2nd grade presents “Arf”

Awards and Recognition

The faculty vs. students’ scholars bowl competition is always an intense showdown! In the end, the faculty prevailed and won with a score of 160-100.

Leland Moore, Vice-President of the UMS-Wright Band, was selected for the University of Alabama High School Honor Band which was held on February 1-4. He auditioned for a position in one of five clinic bands, and he was selected for clinic band one.

Athletic Signings

Sarah Pehler | Volleyball | Millsaps College

The Optimist Club awarded Russ Myers the Defensive Player of the Year, Will Chapman the Scholar Athlete of the Year, and UMS-Wright the TEAM of the year!

Congratulations to the Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Mrs. Jokerst for earning all SUPERIOR ratings in Concert and Sight-Reading which is the highest award that a band can receive!

Lynn Gardner | Softball | Mercer University

Symon Smith is the 4A Running Back of the Year!

Swim Team Awards

Sarah Meehan - Mosteller Aquatic Award, Most Valuable Varsity Swimmer Molly McNair - Allison Beebe Aquatic Award, Dedication to Excellence Paul Murray - Chris Walton Aquatic Award, Most Improved Male Swimmer Margaret Slaton - Laura Hancock Aquatic Award, Most Improved Female Swimmer Ann Elizabeth Mulherin - Coach’s Award

Congratulations to Douglas Rehm and Trey Fowler for advancing to the NCFL national debate tournament which will be held in Washington D.C. this May!

Congratulations to the YMCA Junior Youth Legislature participants! Grace Lyons was elected Floor Leader of the Senate and the Outstanding Statesman, Hayden Salter was elected Senate Clerk and an Outstanding Legislator, Walker Wilcox was awarded Outstanding Legislator, and Mary Webster Burke and Barclay McGinley authored the only bill to be passed by the youth organization. Â Additionally, three out of four bills authored by UMS-Wright Middle School Students were selected for debate including the first bill on the docket which was written by Grace Lyon, Payton Offerle and Hayden Salter.

The UMS-Wright Chess Team finished in the Top 3 in three out of four divisions of play at Daphne High School for the Mobile-Baldwin County Chess League Tournament!

Ryan McIlwain and Trey Bonham were named to the 4A Area 1 All-Tournament Team. Trey Bonham also received Tournament MVP!

The 2018 Middle School Geography Bee is always a stiff competition! After many grueling rounds, Sims Druhan was declared the winner and Will Kittrell placed runner-up.

Taylor Allen (Advanced Studio), Julia Harvey (AP Studio), and Katie Pappas (Advanced Studio) presented their incredible work during an Arts Show in the Moorer Gallery in February.


On February 26th and 27th, the DeBakey Drug Bus visited our 5th graders! The students were able to participate in the new two-part program entitled “Be Your Best Self.” Mr. Seldon Bird, Drug Education Coordinator, used the stateof-the-art technology to convey a very powerful prevention message about the importance of leading a healthy, substance abuse free lifestyle. The students watched videos, answered important questions about making healthy choices, and most importantly were able to ask questions about drugs and the immediate as well as long-term effects they have on the body.

Faculty Spotlight

Congratulations to Mrs. Chelsea Lawrence who was selected to participate in the 2018 Transatlantic Educator’s Dialogue (TED). She was 1 of only 50 educators that were selected to participate in on-line discussions on various educational topics. Participants were selected from 22 European countries and 17 U.S. states. 

Noon UMS-Wright presented St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital a check for $5,000 that was raised during Yellow Week! Student Life outside the classroom is an integral part of our educational experience. Students across all grade levels share a passion for serving others!

LYON NEWELL CHARITY THROWS MEET MARCH 21, 2018 The Lyon Newell Charity Throws Meet is unique in that it is a sporting event, a memorial event, and a charity event all in one. In addition to donating to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and the Greater Mobile MS Leadership Class, a portion of the proceeds will go towards a scholarship in memory of Lyon Newell, who died in a tragic accident in October 2002, shortly after graduating from the University of Alabama. As many as 92 high schools from Alabama, Florida and Mississippi are invited each year to participate in this event in memory of the former student athlete and graduate of UMS-Wright. This event has raised $150,000 to date for charities. . Thank you to our sponsors!

The UMS-Wright Arts Hall of Fame consists of a prestigious group of alumni who made significant contributions in an arts discipline while attending our school, displayed meritorious work in the field beyond graduation, and continue to give back to the community. In February, we inducted 4 deserving members: Margaret Thurber Delaney ‘98 (represented by her sister, Courtenay Thurber Rocconi ‘89), Eden Walker Flora ‘02, Johnny Hayes ‘05, and Kim Bancroft Wood ‘68!

grad night

This year marks the 13th Grad Night Celebration at UMS-Wright. This night is funded primarily through honorariums and monetary donations from senior parents, grandparents, and the UMS-Wright family and community supporters. Please consider supporting the 2018 Grad Night celebration so we can continue to offer an all-night, safe and exciting alcohol-free, drug-free graduation celebration. This is an opportunity to recognize a senior from your child’s teams, clubs, and other connections through our UMS-Wright family. Each gift given becomes significant and multiplies together establishing the foundation for a night the Class of 2018 will never forget! If you choose to honor a graduate, an acknowledgement card will be sent to each honoree on your behalf or feel free to make a monetary donation to support the mission in general.

Events & Happenings

In celebration of Black History Month, two prestigious community leaders and dear friends, Judge Randy Butler ‘58 & Reverend Joe Johnson shared how their friendship has led to a better understanding of each other’s backgrounds, advantages and difficulties during the February WoW assembly.

Don’t Miss these Events Spring Break – April 2 - April 6 Chorus Concert – April 19 Band Concert – April 29 Senior Awards - May 2 Underclassmen Awards - May 9 Graduation - May 24

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The Crest - Spring 2018  
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