December rushes in with all the hustle and bustle of the holiday season: A time for beautiful traditions and thoughtful customs, a time for gathering family and friends close, a time for celebrating the joys and wonders of our lives. December also brings the first semester of school to a close. Where does the time go? When you are as blessed as we are in Autauga County, the school year truly seems to fly by. It is hard to believe that we are rapidly closing in on the end of the first semester.
In Autauga County, our students are dedicated to challenging work. The Prattville Elementary School Bobcats have been working hard toward their goal for a new playground. During the month of November, students raised over $12,000 during a cookie dough fundraiser to make their dream playground a reality. It is set to be complete in January. The playground is not the only project the Bobcats have been striving to complete. They are adding a new computer lab this month equipped with 30 brand new desktops and a projector. I can’t wait to share pictures in upcoming issues!
Our students know that hard work always pays off! Prattville Intermediate School recently received notification that they won the Governor’s State Champion Award as Champs for Physical Fitness for the 2015-2016 school year. Congratulations to Coaches Sylvester Bruce, Kim Evans, and Catherine Newton and all the Cougars for this great accomplishment and being the model of physical fitness!
Commitment to excellence can be found throughout our system in every endeavor. I am always excited to share with you the outstanding accomplishments of our students. The Prattville High School Speech and Debate team won the overall first place sweepstakes during the 2016 St. James Raymond B. Furlong Tournament. John Berdolt, Hannah Edwards, Gentry Slay, and Mohammed Alzatari were named champions. Hannah Edwards was named National Speech and Debate Association Academic All-American. Congratulations to Coach Katy Olienyk and all the members of the Prattville High School Speech and Debate team!
As always, our school year has been busy, busy, busy! Please remember to take the time to embrace all the moments we love during the holidays. I hope each of you has a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Spence Agee is the Superintendent of Education for Autauga County Schools. He is a third generation educator with an ED.S. in Educational Leadership. He has 20 years of experience in the education field as well as 29 years of military experience. Agee is an active member at First Baptist Church in Prattville. He and his wife, Cesily, who is also an educator, have two daughters, Abby and Addison.