Spotlight: Law and Public Safety Course

posted by Shelley Burge   [ updated ]

FCAHS Law and Public Safety students are learning about careers as police officers and firefighters.  Pictured below are students with Superintendent Boone and students learning how to lift fingerprints for background checks and arrests.  The Law and Public Safety course is taught by Todd Smith.  

Superintendent Donna Boone with Law and Public Safety Students  
Law and Public Safety Fingerprinting

FCAHS Students Ace the AP Calculus Exam

posted Aug 16, 2017, 10:17 AM by Shelley Burge   [ updated Aug 16, 2017, 10:20 AM ]

Congratulations to Daniel Bond, Danny Breaux, Dania Cervantes, Byron Goff, and Lydia Johnson for their passing scores on the AP Calculus Exam.  A special shoutout to Daniel and Dania who scored in the top 14% nationwide!  Thank you to Mr. Pennell for preparing these fine students for a very tough exam!

AP Calculus Scholars FCAHS

Congratulations to the Class of 2017

posted May 19, 2017, 6:59 AM by Shelley Burge   [ updated May 19, 2017, 12:45 PM ]

Congratulations to all of our 2017 graduates.  The administration, faculty, and staff wish you the best in your future endeavors!  

View pictures of graduation from the Hattiesburg American website here.  

Lindsey Daniels: Up and Coming

posted May 15, 2017, 7:00 AM by Shelley Burge   [ updated May 15, 2017, 7:03 AM ]

Ms. Daniels was recently featured in the Hattiesburg American as one of the Hattiesburg area's up-and-coming young professionals.  Congratulations, Ms. Daniels!   Read the article here.

From the Hattiesburg American:  
Up and Coming: Lindsey Daniels

Meet Lindsey Daniels, 27, of Lumberton, band director at Forrest County Agricultural High School and a freelance musician. She earned master's and bachelor's degrees in music education from the University of Southern Mississippi, where she graduated with highest honors. Daniels conducted her student teaching at Hattiesburg and South Jones high schools. She is married to Logan Daniels. Her parents are Debra Daniels and Ty Daniels. She has one sister, Allison Daniels, and a grandmother, Anna deMontmollin.

What advice would you give people who want to get into the same line of work as you? Practice, practice, practice! Your musical instrument becomes an inspiration and a facilitator for knowledge. Many of my students look up to me because of my musical achievement and work ethic.

Why did you choose to live and work in the Hattiesburg area? Hattiesburg became my home while attending USM for my bachelor’s and master’s degrees. I have built a strong network of colleagues, mentors and friends within the Hattiesburg area. Being able to have those resources at my fingertips made it an easy decision to live and work within the Hattiesburg area.

What do you do in your free time? What free time? My passion for music has become my work over the years. You can usually find me playing saxophone with Southbound Crescent or keys and sax with the Lanna Wakeland Band on the weekends. I also freelance as a guitarist and teach private saxophone lessons. Most of my free time consists of an instrument being in my hands, but when I get the chance I love spending time at home with my wife and three dogs (Zola, Darcy and Octavia).

If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would it be and why? This is a tough one! I have many heroes and inspirations that I would love to meet, but if I had to pick just one then I would have to go with John Lennon. His powerful song "Imagine" has had a hold on me for as long as I can remember. He was a catalyst for change and promoted self-expression without boundaries. As a teacher, I hope to make a difference in the lives of my students. Having a conversation with Lennon would be enlightening and energizing.

If you could go back 10 years and give a younger you tips or advice on life, work or anything in general, what would it be? Stop living life in the fast lane and make time for the things that matter. In the words of Tesla, "It’s not what you got, it’s what you give." Give not only to your family, friends and students, but most importantly give to yourself.

Taylor Meyers: Up and Coming

posted May 12, 2017, 7:30 AM by Shelley Burge   [ updated May 12, 2017, 7:31 AM ]

Ms. Meyers was recently featured in the Hattiesburg American as one of the Hattiesburg area's up-and-coming young professionals.  Congratulations, Ms. Meyers!   Read the article here.  

From the Hattiesburg American:  
Up and Coming: Taylor Meyers

Meet Taylor Meyers, 27, a 10th-grade English teacher at Forrest County Agricultural High School. Before she began her teaching career, she worked for Southern Fried Comics. Meyers earned a bachelor’s degree in English education from the University of Southern Mississippi. She lives in Hattiesburg with her partner, Mitchell Rock. Her parents, Kimberly and Bill Meyers, live in Poplarville.

What advice would you give people who want to get into the same line of work as you? Young people who are studying to become teachers usually tend to have this misconception that they have to constantly be 100 percent prepared at all times. There’s an expectation that you must be armed to the teeth with completely original ideas or activities that will always perfectly engage and enrich your students. I can’t think of anything that is more entirely untrue. Perfection is not part of our job description. Teachers are improvisors. You will learn that oftentimes the very best ideas are the ones that you bogart from others. You’ll figure out a way to appropriate it and reshape it to fit the feel and the culture of your classroom. And in that way, it has become your own original creation.

Why did you choose to live and work in the Hattiesburg area? While living in Hattiesburg and attending USM, I fell in love with the close-knit feel of the city. Everything about working and living in Hattiesburg felt very much like home to me. It was the same with FCAHS. The faculty and students here really make an effort to make you feel like you’re family. I remember the first time I drove out into the green little hamlet of Brooklyn I felt like FCAHS was definitely a place I could call home for the rest of my teaching career.

What do you do in your free time? I always enjoy spending my time with my friends and family. We’re all big fans of the restaurant fare around town and meeting up for drinks and dinner tends to be our choice activity. My partner and I enjoy some "nerdier" interests such as tabletop gaming, comic books and professional wrestling. During the warmer months, I also love to garden, which tends to be a little tricky living in an apartment. And being an English teacher, I would be remiss to not mention that I enjoy reading (although podcasts and audiobooks seem to be the more prudent way of consuming text these days.)

If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would it be and why? I would love to have met Carrie Fisher. She was a woman who was so deeply faceted and complicated, that she really made for a remarkable and fascinating figure in our modern popular culture. Her impenetrable resolve, razor wit, endless depths of creativity and the humor in which she dealt with all things in life is a set of attributes I hope to embody one day.

If you could go back 10 years and give a younger you tips or advice on life, work or anything in general, what would it be? Don’t stop yourself from openly enjoying something just because others deem it unworthy or uncool. Exhibiting enthusiasm for something is not shameful or embarrassing. On the contrary: it makes for a much more genuine personality and one day, society will appreciate it and will wish that they saw it more in people. So have fun and don’t let anyone shut you down!

To nominate a young professional for our Up and Coming series, contact Lici Beveridge at lbeveridge@hattiesburgamerican.com.

Envirothon Wins at State!

posted May 4, 2017, 6:02 AM by Shelley Burge   [ updated May 4, 2017, 6:05 AM ]

Congratulations to our Envirothon team members who placed 2nd in the Mississippi FFA State Envirothon Contest on Friday, April 28th.  They also won the Oral Presentation division of the contest as they applied their knowledge of soils, forestry, aquatics and wildlife. Team members include Jordyn Lawler, Marley Ladner, Katie Kelly, Briar McConnell, and Anthony Taylor. Congratulations also to Ag teacher Rusty Coats who trained the team. Great job, FFA members!

Dalvin Jordan Earns Rank of Eagle Scout

posted Apr 27, 2017, 8:18 AM by Shelley Burge   [ updated Apr 27, 2017, 8:18 AM ]

Congratulations to FCAHS Senior Dalvin Jordan who earned the rank of Eagle Scout.  The Hattiesburg American featured his accomplishments online recently.  You can read the article here.  


Deja Cobbert Places 3rd in State Powerlifting Meet

posted Apr 24, 2017, 8:56 AM by Shelley Burge   [ updated Apr 24, 2017, 8:58 AM ]

Congratulations to Deja Cobbert who placed 3rd in the state powerlifting meet!

Photo by Keith Warren
Photo by Keith Warren
Photo by Keith Warren
Photo by Keith Warren

Mrs. Stone: Top 12 Under 40

posted Apr 19, 2017, 11:50 AM by Shelley Burge   [ updated Apr 19, 2017, 11:52 AM ]

Congratulations to Mrs. Stone for being selected as one of the Hattiesburg American's Top 12 Under 40.  She proudly represents FCAHS as a teacher, a coach, and an alumna. 

From the Hattiesburg American website:

Tiffany Stone's classroom is a portrait in chaos with some students working on the floor while others hover over desks scattered haphazardly around the room.  But don't let the noise and atmosphere give the wrong impression — Stone has everything in hand. She is crouched down with her teenage charges helping them work through a complicated exercise involving measurement of the light spectrum.  "At first, I had strict 'you don't do this, you don't do that' rules," she said. "I was going home crying every afternoon. I was writing kids up for not respecting me.  Then I started over. Now, I'm more like a mom. You have to learn to let some things go."

Stone, 30, has been teaching science and coaching soccer at Forrest County Agricultural High School since 2014, after six years at Lumberton High. She's glad to be at FCAHS.  "I went to high school here — I graduated in '04," she said. "I played soccer here, so it was a dream and a hope that I would get to teach science and coach here.  To be back home where I know everyone — I feel like we're a big family. I know most of my colleagues. I know my students' parents and grandparents."  Stone has a special bond with her students, and she lets them know it at the end of every class.  "From day one I tell them I love them," she said. "At first, they say, 'No you don't.' But now they won't leave unless I say it."

Teresa Poston, Stone's mentor teacher at Lumberton High, said Stone means those three words.  "She follows it up with action," Poston said. "She attends school events. She does whatever she can to make students successful." Poston said Stone is a natural teacher, even though biology, not education, was her undergraduate degree.  She has a passion for what she's teaching and for the kids — you can't learn that in college," Poston said. "You either have it or you don't, and she's got it."

Stone said she enjoys teaching high school students.  "They're getting to be young adults, and they're apt to understand what I'm saying," she said. "They're starting to understand relationships.  My biggest thing is building that respect relationship where you respect them and they respect you.

Stone also likes her role as a coach, which she says allows her to mentor her female players.  "They can come to me — (and I can say) 'Can I help you?'" she said. "I love to see people succeed.  When we win, they are fired up. When we lose, I say, 'We can do better next time.'"

One would think with a busy school schedule, Stone would take a break during the summer. But instead, she's volunteered at Abbie Rogers Civitan Camp for the past 16 years. She helps with the adult campers, who have various cognitive disabilities, and assists the teenage volunteers.  "I like the fact that I can help people and make them enjoy what's going on around them," she said. "At Civitan Camp, I'm dealing with teenagers who are counselors for the adults.  I interact with them and enjoy it. It's a whole 'nother level of funness."

Kay Boone is in charge of staff at the camp where Stone has been Boone's assistant for years.  "She started out as a counselor when she was in high school, and she's stuck with it all these years," Boone said. "The camp has grown to 175 volunteers and 110 adult campers. They love her. She has a good relationship with them."  Boone said it takes a special kind of person to volunteer at Civitan Camp.  "It takes somebody who has a love for people and somebody who is willing to make the best of things," she said. "(Tiffany) can do that."

Stone also volunteers at Northwood Church in Wiggins, where she leads discussions for junior and high school girls' youth groups.  Pastor Mike Minnis said Stone is one of his trusted leaders who has served successfully in a variety of capacities. "She is encouraging and inspirational (to the girls) — training them to be more Christ-like and realize they need each other in life," he said. "She can be on any team, and she will make people want to be there. She makes things fun."

Stone said it's fun for her to be a teacher, but she really joined the profession because she wanted to change the world.  "I've realized, nine years in, that's really hard to do," she said. "But I see those students I had eight or nine years ago and they're married with college degrees, and it makes it all worth it."

At a glance

Tiffany Stone

Age: 30

City of residence: Wiggins

Occupation: Science teacher, soccer coach

Education: Bachelor's in biology, William Carey University, 2008; Master of Education, William Carey, 2009

Career: Teacher, Lumberton High School, 2008-2014; teacher, Forrest County Agricultural High School, 2014-present

Best advice to young professionals: Build healthy relationships with the right people and take criticism in a way that betters you.
Top 12 Under 40

The Pine Belt is full of young professionals who have achieved career success, all while making a difference in their community. On the third Sunday of each month, the Hattiesburg American will recognize one of these young professionals as part of our Top 12 Under 40.

FCAHS Band Earns All Superiors at South MS Band Festival

posted Apr 19, 2017, 11:24 AM by Shelley Burge   [ updated Apr 19, 2017, 11:25 AM ]

Congratulations to the band for their success at the South Mississippi Band Festival in Poplarville recently.  The band received all superior ratings both on stage and in sight reading.

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