Category Archives: Schools

MBJH students to showcase art

The annual Art Forms Showcase sponsored by the MBJH PTO and several local businesses will be held on Friday, Feb. 24 at the Fine Arts Center located on the Mountain Brook High School campus.  The public is invited to attend.  

Overall winners for the Art Forms showcase were Bill Perry (Performing Arts), Kelley Jiang (Visual Arts) and Avi Goldsmith (Literary Arts).

The evening begins with a 6 p.m. reception, followed by a DVD compilation of winning visual arts entries, and then culminates with the showcase beginning at 7 p.m. Selected students in grades 7-9 will perform and the event will be emceed by sophomore Jack Royer.

Prior to the showcase, more than 100 entries were judged by local professionals in three major categories:  Performing Arts, Visual Arts and Literary Arts.  Visual and Literary Arts entries are judged without names on the work and Performing Arts judges are confirmed to have no familiarity with competing students.  Additionally, a logo contest was held with the winning design featured on the Art Forms 2012 T shirts, showcase programs and posters.  Caroline Moore, ninth grade, won the logo contest by popular vote of the students.   Continue reading


Announcing the 2012 Mountain Brook Writers’ Festival

Three talented authors will be stopping by Mountain Brook this month for the annual Mountain Brook Writer’s Festival.

Michael Buckley, Jane Kurtz and Peter Lourie will be featured at the event, which will take place February 28 through March 1.

The authors will spend a full day at the school presenting their books, which cover age ranges from kindergarten to 6th grade. Each author will also host book signings after school.

Brookwood Forest Elementary will host the event, which is also sponsored by Cherokee Bend Elementary and Mountain Brook Elementary.

MBHS Debaters place in Nashville tournament

The Mountain Brook High School Debate Team competed against the 55 best policy debate teams in the elite Southern Bell Invitational tournament at Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville.

Philippa Straus and Evan McCarty hold their trophy from the MBA tournament.

Evan McCarty and Philippa Straus became the first MBHS Debaters to clear into the sweet sixteen of the tournament. This was  a MBHS first!

Evan also tied Lee Qunn’s record set last year for number of tournament bids.

Team coach Jeff Roberts said he wishes good luck to Evan and Philippa as they prepare for the Emory tournament and as Evan has the opportunity to set the all-time MBHS bid record.

Writing The Knight’s Lance

Robert Krauss, author of The Knight’s Lance, stands with the display case for his book and artwork at the Emmet O’Neal Library, where the book is in circulation. Photo courtesy of the Krauss family.


In elementary school Robert Krauss would write whole newspapers for fun after he got home from school. So perhaps it’s not surprising that the MBJH seventh grader published a novel this fall.

The Knight’s Lance
, a story of good and evil set in two realms of future medieval times, is now in circulation at the Emmet O’Neal Library and Crestline Elementary library.

“Robert has created an imaginative world with funny, consistent characters and wrangled all that into an organized plot that keeps the reader turning pages,” said Emmet O’Neal children’s librarian Rachel Hebert. “The story has comedy, tragedy and catharsis. I can’t wait to see what he comes up with as he gets older and continues to refine his natural talent.”

The book was set in a special display along with Robert’s artwork at the Emmet O’Neal in the fall. Continue reading

Macy’s Parade to showcase seniors


Macy’s Day Parade participants Morgan Russell, Allison Ingram, Libby Hobbs and Laine Lidikay hold “Big Apple” mailbox decoration. Each year, mailboxes of those going to the parade are decorated prior to the trip. Photo courtesy of Meme Hobbs.

Libby Hobbs can’t wait to march down the streets of New York City.

“When I think about Thanksgiving, I get chill bumps,” said the MBHS Dorians co-captain. “It is going to be the trip of a lifetime and something I will never forget.”

Hobbs and three other captains and co-captains of the Cheerleaders and Dorians will be performing in the 85th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.

Dorian captains and co-captains traditionally receive invitations to perform in the parade, but this will be the MBHS Cheerleaders’ first appearance. Continue reading

MBHS presents A Midsummer Night’s Dream


Midsummer Night's Dream

During rehearsal for A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Joey Weed (Bottom the Weaver) is surrounded by the fairies after his head has been turned into a donkey’s during rehearsal. Titania, the queen of the fairies (played by Tamara Dimant) is at the far right. Photo by Mary Nobles Hancock.

This month the Mountain Brook High School theatre department will be performing the William Shakespeare classic, A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
First written in the mid to late 1500s, the play is often attributed as one of Shakespeare’s most famous and produced plays.

“It is a romantic comedy that combines three plot lines,” said director Jesse Tilton. “The first deals with the tribulations of Athenian couples that are in love, the second is of fairy mischievousness and the third is the comical performance of the play-within-a-play by amateur actors.” Continue reading

Hitting Home: Parents invited to anti-drug discussions

After an unprecedented turnout for last year’s event, the Mountain Brook Anti-Drug Coalition and Mountain Brook Schools are inviting parents to home discussions for their second Hitting Home program.

“We have always felt that parent involvement is one of the most critical weapons  for combating underage drinking, and we want to do what we can to encourage conversation about this topic,” said Leigh Ann Sisson, co-chairman of the Mountain Brook Anti-Drug Coalition. “We hope to see many parents this year.”

The event will held in homes on Monday, Oct. 24, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Last year, about 210 parents met in six homes around town, on the same evening and at the same time.  Continue reading