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Spelling Bee

Macon East students in 4th through 8th grade compete annually in a grade level spelling bee.  Class winners and alternates attended the AISA District Spelling Bee on November 14.  At the district competition, Kaiden Byrom (7th grade) won first place, Lalah Culpepper (4th grade) and Sophia Merz (6th grade) placed 2nd, and Ryan Russell (8th grade) finished in 3rd.  Kaiden Byrom represented Macon East on December 6 at the AISA State Spelling Bee at Huntingdon College and placed 3rd.  Kadien has represented Macon East at the AISA Spelling Bee every year since 4th grade.

Macon East Spelling Bee Winners & Alternates:
4th grade – Lalah Culpepper, Bella Chambers
5th grade – Elise Logan, Elliot Fitch
6th grade – Sophia Merz, Matthew Pugh
7th grade – Kaiden Byrom, Dee Dee Frazier
8th grade – Ryan Russell, Anna Glynn Lott

By |2018-12-12T18:25:14+00:00December 12th, 2018|News and Events|0 Comments

Seniors Sign to Play College Sports

Three Macon East senior athletes signed their letters of intent to play collegiate sports on November 14.  Madisyn Kennedy is the first  MEA student to sign with an SEC school.  She committed several years ago to Mississippi State and is looking forward to her future as part of the Bulldogs softball program.  A three-sport athlete at Macon East, Madisyn has racked up state championship rings in both softball and volleyball.  Playing varsity in both sports since 7th grade, Madisyn’s work ethic on the field and court is the same as in the classroom.  She currently serves as the President of the National Honor Society.  Named AISA All-Metro player of the year in all three sports, Madisyn remains humble in all of her accomplishments and is a positive leader in the Lady Knights sports program.

TJ James, who joined the Lady Knights program just last season, also signed to play softball at Coastal Alabama Community College in Monroeville.  Following a streak of 7 home runs in one tournament last season, TJ was recruited by Coastal Alabama and said it was a good fit for her.  TJ was a part of the 2018 team that reclaimed the state title for Macon East.

Tucker Neven, who returned to Macon East last year after several years away, signed to play baseball at Lawson State Community College.  Having just led the Knights football team to the semifinals as quarterback, Tucker is ready to hit the diamond and begin preparing for the 2019 season.  The Knights have won back-to-back AISA state titles in baseball and will be seeking a third this year.  Tucker was 10-1 on the mound for the Knights last year and plays outfield when he isn’t throwing.  Tucker also led the team at the plate.  All of these student athletes are representative of the strong work ethic and leadership that is fundamental in Macon East’s athletic and academic programs.

 

 

By |2018-12-12T18:33:03+00:00November 15th, 2018|Baseball, News and Events, Softball|0 Comments

Knights Football Finds Success in 2018

For the second year in a row, the Knights football team has battled into the AISA playoffs only to come up short in the semi-finals.  This year with the move back to 3A competition, the Knights faced some teams they had not played in recent years.  An injury to quarterback Tucker Neven early in the year and a season-ending injury to newcomer Cephus Cleveland challenged the team’s offense, but didn’t stop the Knights from adjusting their game plan.  A 10-8 loss at Pike early in the season haunted the Knights, who had only one other season loss at Monroe Academy (49-28), and set them up to enter the play-offs against powerhouse Morgan Academy.  The Knights came out on top in the first round of playoffs surprising Morgan with a win in Selma for the first time in six attempts.  Tucker Neven completed 18 of 31 passes for 299 yards and 3 touchdowns as the Knights pulled away from the Senators in the second half.  On November 9th, the Knights returned to Monroe Academy to face the defending AAA State Champs in round two. The Volunteers, who would go on to reclaim the title in Troy the next week, proved to be more than the Knights could handle in a 45-7 loss.  Although a disappointing loss for the nine seniors and the team, the Knights are proud of their 9-3 overall season record in their first season back in the AAA classification.  Four seniors, Jackson Ceman, Connor Higbe, Tucker Neven, and Brock Taunton, went on to represent Macon East  on the West team at the AISA All-Star Football game at Cramton Bowl on November 30.  Tucker Neven was named MVP of the West team receiving the 2018 John Faircloth Award.

By |2018-12-12T18:40:45+00:00November 14th, 2018|Football, News and Events|0 Comments

Volleyball AISA AA State Champions

The Lady Knights volleyball team did it once again this season, and this time in dramatic fashion.  The scene was set on the afternoon of November 30, for an AISA grudge match between Macon East and the Edgewood Wildcats, but no one could have predicted the sweep.  After losing to Edgewood three times in the 2018 regular season, the Lady Knights dominated the Wildcats to easily reclaim the state title in just 3 sets.  Macon East has carried the title of AISA AA State Champions in Volleyball seven times since 2011, losing in the title game once in 2016.  It has become routine for Macon East volleyball to not only contend for the title, but take home the trophy.  However, it wasn’t all easy this season. The senior players will tell you that the loss early in the fall at Glenwood’s tournament and those season losses to Edgewood really challenged them to mentally and physically prepare as a team for what would become the game of the season.  The Knights took the Wildcats by surprise handing them their first lost all season in a 3 set sweep (25-18, 25-21, 25-15) at the Montgomery Multiplex.  The Knights dominated the floor, and kills from seniors Madisyn Kennedy and Ariel Brown were more than the talented Edgewood team could handle.  With one final stroke from star athlete Kennedy, the Lady Knights’ celebration began as the team embraced and tears flowed freely.  It was a special day for Coach Codi Moon, who took over the program last year with no prior volleyball experience.  Emily Brooks (junior) and  Ariel Brown (senior) were named to the all tournament team, while Madisyn Kennedy was selected as tournament MVP.  Ariel Brown and senior teammate, Anne Turner Cobb would go on to represent Macon East the following Saturday in the AISA All-Star Volleyball game.  The team loses seven seniors, but there is plenty of talent remaining on the volleyball court to keep Macon East in contention for 2019.

 

By |2018-12-12T18:05:33+00:00November 2nd, 2018|News and Events, Volleyball|0 Comments

National Honor Society Inducts New Members

Macon East Academy held their annual National Honor Society induction ceremony on October 30.  Eighteen new members were inducted into the organization which focuses on high school student achievements in the areas of scholarship, service, leadership and character.  This year’s chapter is led by President – Madisyn Kennedy, Vice President – Dawn Johnson, Secretary, Rachel Sargent, Treasurer – Trent Watson, and Chaplain – Bailey Nyberg.  The following students in 10th-12th grade were inducted for the 2018-2019 year: Kayle Bell, Georgia Blaze, Jackson Ceman, Caroline Capps, Colby Cox, Will Desmarais, Lane Goree, Jordan Hicks, Briana Johnson, Jonathan Mathis, Grace McIntosh, Tanner Moore, Tucker Neven, Emily Nickles, Aiden Steyer, Sara Stuckey, Kandence Ward, and Mary Hunter Wright.  We congratulate these students on their outstanding achievement.

 

By |2018-12-12T18:37:13+00:00October 31st, 2018|News and Events|0 Comments

Accelerated Readers Party at the Park

The lower school students enjoyed a day at the park as reward for meeting or exceeding their Accelerated Reader goals for the first 9 weeks. Macon East students continue to excel with reading scores above grade level.  Leigh Desmarais, school librarian, hosts quarterly events for students who meet their reading goals.  Accelerated Reader tracks reading comprehension through online quizzes, guides students to read books on their skill level, and sets reading goals that encourage progress.

By |2018-12-12T18:45:13+00:00October 20th, 2018|News and Events|0 Comments

Homecoming

Homecoming week is always an exciting time at Macon East Academy, and this year was no exception.  With a week full of themed dress-up days including country vs. country club, favorite celebrity or character day, battle of the classes, and spirit day, the elementary through high school students enjoyed a week of fun.  Other activities throughout the week were a boys’ volleyball tournament, glow pep rally, and the annual Homecoming parade and tailgate.  The Knights easily defeated Success Unlimited Academy in the Homecoming football game with a large crowd of fans and alumni in attendance.

Macon East’s homecoming court was presented on the field at halftime with Miss Bailey Nyberg named as this year’s queen.  Baily currently serves as the SGA President, plays varsity volleyball, and represented Macon East this summer at Alabama’s Girls State.  Other members of this year’s Homecoming Court were Sydney Weverink, Ellie Kate Wilkerson, Anne Auston Wright (seniors), Kayla Boroff, Spencer Lindemood, Jules Thames (juniors), Sara Stuckey, Mary Hunter Wright (sophomores), Ali Churchwell (freshman), Madison May (8th grade), and Pressley Graham (7th grade).

By |2018-12-12T18:24:09+00:00October 16th, 2018|News and Events|0 Comments

Johnny Appleseed Day

Ms. Lawrence’s kindergarten students enjoyed celebrating Johnny Appleseed’s birthday with a tasting party of foods made from apples. Students sampled apple pie, applesauce, apple bread, apple straws, and apple juice. Earlier in the week, the students tasted and compared red, green, and yellow apples using adjectives to describe each kind of apple. Everyone voted on their favorite apple and created a graph to record the data. Green apples were the overall favorite! The class had lots of fun learning about apples and Johnny Appleseed while being introduced to numerous math and reading skills.  Macon East’s kindergarten classes always love celebrating Johnny Appleseed, and Ms. Lawrence sure knows how to make learning fun.

By |2018-10-10T17:13:36+00:00October 10th, 2018|News and Events|0 Comments

Family Trees

Mrs. Loomis’ 2nd grade class recently completed their  unit on “Families“. Students learned how traditions, relatives, ancestors, and keepsakes are all part of a family’s history. They made their own family tree, interviewed one of their relatives, and shared a keepsake that is special to their family.  The 2nd graders enjoyed learning more about their own families as well as their friends’ family history.

By |2018-10-10T17:10:51+00:00October 10th, 2018|News and Events|0 Comments

Lower School Students Participate in Tomatosphere Experiment

Macon East first grade teacher, Ashley Powell first introduced the Tomatosphere Program to our 1st-6th grade students at the Environmental Fair last spring.  In April, each student planted two experimental tomato seeds.  Of the seeds planted, 80 of the control Group J seeds germinated, while 102 of the  roup K seeds germinated.  Group K seeds had spent 6 weeks on the International Space Station before being sent to Macon East and planted for our experiment.  In early May the young plants were moved outdoors where the students continued to tend them and monitor growth.  At the end of the school year, 121 students got to take a tomato plant home and care for it over the summer break.  One of our teachers took 10 plants (5 from each test group) home for the summer.  Throughout the break, students and Mrs. Powell shared pictures and reports on how the tomato plants were progressing.  Experiment results showed that both Group J and Group K plants thrived and produced a healthy crop of tomatoes.  Macon East students are proud to have received recognition for their participation in the Canadian Space Program’s experiment.  The study of space farming is critical to the study of life support systems needed to send humans to other planets.  We thank Mrs. Powell for bringing this fun and exciting program to Macon East and our outdoor classroom.

 

By |2018-12-12T21:58:40+00:00September 30th, 2018|News and Events|0 Comments