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Student Spotlight of The Week

by talkupaps

Name: Russell Kamden Dobbs

Grade: 5th Grade

School: Beecher Hills Elementary

Kamden Dobbs’ teachers describe him as a leader, a scholar, an athlete, and more. Kamden serves as a lead Safety Patrol and works every day to make sure his fellow Beecher Bees are safe during afternoon carpool. Recently, Kamden was elected the 2012-2013 Beecher Hills Elementary School Student Government Association President.

“Mr. Dobbs is a member of the Beecher Hills Principal’s Leadership Academy  and serves as a role model for his peers by being respectful, courteous, and principled,” explains Ovura Crosby, Assistant Principal at Beecher Hills.

Kamden is also a member of the Beecher Hills Junior Beta Club and maintains an A-B average. But, Kamden shines bright outside of the classroom as well.

“I play the fullback position on the Cascade Wolverines 10 and under team, and I play 2nd base and left field for the Cascade Philly Stars,” Kamden said.

As a member of the Cascade Philly Stars team Kamden experienced something most kids his age have only dreamed of, as he played in the Little League World Series in 2011 .

Beyond being a star athlete, Kamden also has “big screen” potential. Kamden played a minor role in the movie “Parental Guidance” and he exercises his vocal chords as a dedicated member of the Beecher Hills Chorus and the APS  Honor Chorus.

Name: Kailani Anderson

Grade: 8th Grade

School: Crawford Long Middle School

Kailani Anderson is an 8th grader at Crawford W. Long Middle School who strives to be the best she can be both in and out of the classroom.  Kailani is a model scholar at Crawford W. Long excelling in all subjects.  Kailani’s favorite subject is Language Arts because she loves to read and learn new words.  “Every day I want to learn a new word” says Kailani with confidence and eagerness.  She is currently reading I So Don’t Do Mysteries, by Barrie Summy and Airhead, by Meg Cabot.  Meg Cabot is her favorite author because she always writes interesting stories.

Apart from her academic achievements, Kailani is originally from California who moved to Georgia with her family in 2010.  She enjoys singing, listening to music, and reading when she is bored.   Kailani’s future aspirations are to become an actor and singer on the Disney channel which she says hard work and dedication will be the keys to her success.

Name: Zariah Cain

Grade: 8th Grade

School: Coan Middle School

Zariah is a proactive student who strives to excel in every way she can. One of her most exciting experiences was attending Space Camp this summer. She was selected as one of the Fish & Richardson P.C. Scholarship Winners for the U.S. Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama, where she stayed a week at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. During Space Camp, she was able to further her understanding of math and science by applying it in her mission assignments. She completed two space missions where she set up and fixed solar panels in a simulator of the moon base, and also directly communicated with a shuttle as they were preparing to land on earth. There was also a rocket park where she rode simulators of a rocket and experienced how it’s like to walk on the moon. Zariah describes her space camp experience by saying, “In a week at space camp, I learned so much about space that I never knew. I also made two lifelong best friends, and overall, I wish I could go again.”

Back at school, Zariah continues to be proactive in her studies. Recently, she is a nominee for People to People, which is a leadership program that gives students opportunities to travel out of the country. She’s enrolled in the gifted program for math and language arts, and was on the Principal’s List last year. She’s won several awards this year, including “Best All Around Student in Achievement, Attitude, and Character” and the “CRCT Exceeding Expectations Awards” for reading, math, science, social studies, and language arts. She enjoys being on the Yearbook Committee this year for Coan Middle and is looking forward to attending Maynard Jackson High School next year. Aside from school, her hobbies include baking brownies and cookies, and music through singing, dancing, and playing violin. Overall, Zariah Cain is a great contributor at Coan Middle School and gives credit to her mom as the source of her motivation.

“My mom says that I need to bring home good grades, because if I am proud of myself, then I can be better in life,” Zariah says. She is truly one of Coan Middle’s special students as she shines with her outgoing personality and academic achievements.

Name: Mac Colby

Grade: 3rd Grade

School: Sarah Smith Elementary

Mac Colby attends Sarah Smith Elementary, an International Baccalaureate school where creating caring young people is an important part of the daily curriculum. Mac is living this IB trait every day and is a model student. He volunteers regularly for GivingPoint, where his mother, Ansley Colby, serves as the CEO. GivingPoint is a youth development nonprofit that helps children use their talents and skills to build stronger communities ( So far, Mac has logged more than 100 hours of community service and counting!
Mac also helps his father, Stewart, who is a veterinarian at the Winward Animal Hospital. As a fun hobby, Mac and his father raise Maran chickens in their back yard. Maran chickens lay the beautifully-colored dark chocolate “007” eggs, made famous by James Bond. Mac recently launched his own social enterprise to sell these organic eggs to neighbors and friends. Each chicken eats around 2 pounds of food each week and produces around 4 eggs per week. He collects nearly 35 eggs per week, so he’s ready to start taking orders! He plans to donate part of the proceeds to GivingPoint and also contribute to various Sarah Smith Elementary fundraisers throughout the year.


KENYA 26 Nov 2012 - 5:18 pm

Awesome job Kai!!!

Kedria 26 Nov 2012 - 1:07 pm

Great Job Kam!!!

Rhonda Leach 24 Nov 2012 - 6:50 pm

Very proud of you cousin, keep up the good work.

Andre hixon 21 Nov 2012 - 4:56 pm

Good job kamden


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