By Atmore News Staff
Six Escambia County High School track and field athletes earned their way into the Class 4A track and field meet that was held last weekend in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. Elijah Thomas, who qualified in three events, turned in the best showing among the Blue Devils, taking second in the long jump and fourth in the 200-meter run. He also qualified in the 100-meter run. Caliente McCants turned in a 20th-place showing in the long jump finals and — with Thomas, Mason Huggins and Lorenzo Arnold — finished ninth in the 4×100 relay. James Whatley finished ninth in the shot put to round out a fine Blue Devils performance.
Chaz McGhee, son of Chris McGhee and grandson of retired Atmore Fire Chief Gerry McGhee and Susie McGhee, recently graduated from University of South Alabama College of Education and Professional Studies with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education (K-6). Chaz, a former Cultural Intern for the Poarch tribe, was named the school’s Outstanding K-6 Teacher Education Student in April. The new graduate, who did his student teaching at Dawes Intermediate School in Mobile, plans to pursue a master’s degree in elementary education after he lands his first teaching assignment.
Claire Fletcher, daughter of Atmore resident Don Fletcher, and more than 100 of her fellow Sunny Side Theater cast members finished up a three-day, five-show performance of The Addams Family last weekend. Claire played a dancing ancestor of the famed family of spirits and spooks, a part that required her as part of a chirus to sing several numbers and dance. The play marked Claire’s fourth foray onto the stage. She has also appeared in Aladdin, Annie and Matilda.