August 30, 2005
I am pleased to announce that this fall, one of our outstanding eighth graders, Alex, and other eighth and ninth grade students from across Georgia will take part in a unique leadership development program in Atlanta. Themed Courageous Leadership, the National Young Leaders State Conference (NYLSC), sponsored by the Congressional Youth Leadership Council (CYLC), helps attendees take an introspective and highly personalized assessment of their leadership skills and abilities.
The Congressional Youth Leadership Council is a nonprofit, nonpartisan educational organization. Founded in 1985, the Council is committed to fostering and inspiring young people to achieve their full leadership potential. More than 400 members of the U.S. Congress join this commitment by serving on the CYLC Honorary Congressional Board of Advisors. In addition, more than 40 embassies participate in the Council's Honorary Board of Embassies.
Congratulations, Alex! I know your parents could not be any more proud of you. As your principal, I believe in my heart that you will in fact live up to my dream that our students will leave Mabry and go on to make the world a better place!
Posted by Tim Tyson at 07:27 PM
August 17, 2005
Gabrielle, one of our 8th grade students, has been involved in track and field for about five years now. She is a member of East Cobb Track Club which functions using Sprayberry H.S. as their home track. She ran during the spring season and continued during the summer. While spring track is mostly for conditioning, summer track is extremely competitive, and you must be successful to advance through each level of competition.
She is a member of two track leagues: USA Track and Field Association (USATF) and Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) and competed in both this summer. She is at the bottom of her age group (13 and 14 year olds compete together) and had a difficult season in her individual events. So, Gabrielle tried something new this year and entered her competitions as a multi-event participant.
Mabry is very proud to report that Gabrielle has advanced to the Regional level (Georgia, NC, SC, Virginia and Potomac Valley) in USATF and is a finalist in the national Jr. Olympic Competition for AAU. So, she went to New Orleans at the end of July!
Her mom and dad are so proud of her and want the world to know it. Gabrielle is a Pentathlete, and doing five different track and field events is no easy task. She runs the 100m hurdles, 800m run, high jump, long jump and shot put. As a national finalist she has secured her place in the athletic hall of fame, and is ranked 22nd in the country! This is indeed an accomplishment for her first time out as a Pentathlete and first time making it to the Jr. Olympics.
Two years ago the administrative team made a movie to celebrate Mabry's 25 years of excellence. I remember morphing Gabrielle's baby picture into her picture as a 6th grader at Mabry and then into Oprah. We made that movie to celebrate shaping tomorrow today because, as you can see, we believe the future's so bright, you gotta wear shades! Through hard work and persistence, Gabrielle is shaping her destiny in incredible ways!
Posted by Tim Tyson at 03:31 PM