Letter to the Editor: DMS Robotics sends thanks

Dear City of Demopolis and Surrounding Communities,

I am the robotics coach for the Demopolis City School System. We were recently able to compete at Auburn University for the Southeastern Regional BEST Robotics Competition due to placing high enough at our local competition at Shelton State Community College. Our team was very successful this year. This was due to all of the support this great community provided. This program has become substantial in just two years of existence because of the willingness of individuals and businesses to help our students. I cannot encourage you enough to shop local. It is vital to our school and community to keep our money in Demopolis as much as possible. Businesses in this town never hesitate to help our students in whatever way they can. I guarantee you a lot of the money you spend in Demopolis is returned to our community in our schools to help our children with their education. I have seen this firsthand through the Demopolis City Schools Foundation and the robotics program. The support that the community offers is what puts Demopolis a step above other school systems in our state. Thank you to everyone who has had a hand in the success of the robotics program this year. We are grateful for your support and will always strive to make this community proud. Below, I have recognized the people and businesses that have contributed to the robotics program this year.

Team Mentors
Chris Stewart, Georgia-Pacific
Jimmy Lee, Georgia-Pacific
Garrett Moore, Georgia-Pacific
Elizabeth Smith, Rhea + Kaiser
Jimmy Gillespie, Alabama Power
Thomas Langham, Alabama Power

Dr. Al Griffin, DCS Superintendent
Demopolis City Schools Board of Education
Blaine Hathcock, DMS Principal
Rollie McCall, DMS Assistant Principal
Amanda Barnes, Demopolis City Schools Foundation
Demopolis Middle School Tiger TV Broadcasting Team
DMS Faculty and Staff
DHS Faculty and Staff
Trish McVay
Meggin Mayben
Deborah McAfee
Kevin and Madaline Jacobs
Robotics Team Parents
Brandi Hill
Tracy Stewart
Banks Compton
Audrey Boykin
Gracie Boykin
Sarah Margaret Veres
Abby Hulsey
Larson Jackson
Mike Randall, Bus Driver
Jeremy Silcox, Bus Driver
Major Walker, Bus Driver
Michelle Murdock, Pizza Hut
Jennifer Cassity, Alabama Power Service Organization
Jan McDonald, West Alabama Watchman
Matt Cole, The Demopolis Times
Andy Brown, The Demopolis Times

Alabama Power Service Organization
Bill Mackey Real Estate
Demopolis City Schools Foundation
Demopolis Kiwanis Club
Demopolis Rotary Club
The Demopolis Times
Ivy Davis Design
McVay Properties
Mitchell Signs
Pizza Hut
Regions Bank
Trinity Episcopal Church
Trustmark Bank
Wallace Wood
West Alabama Watchman