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Kudos to Fort Dale Academy!

Seems as though that school has walked away with the top honors in several categories.

Perhaps the numero uno distinctions have been have been awarded to Meredith Mosley on the school, county and state level, as follows:

She is the number one ranked student in FDA's senior class, the top female 2001 Achiever Award winner county-wide, the Butler County Junior Miss, a member of the AISA State Championship Tennis Team, a basketball standout, plays volleyball, leads cheers and is president of SGA.

If that weren't enough, she has an upcoming interview with Auburn University's tennis coach and plans to invest her $1,500 Achiever scholarship in study in the AU veterinary program.

The male Achiever Award was presented to Patrick Skipper. His $1,500 cash award will be used (if necessary) in studies he'll pursue in AU's School of Electrical Engineering, and he also will try and play football as a walk-on.

Among his credits are the National Beta Club's Harris Leadership Award, ranking him in the top 25 members nationally. He also served as captain of the school football team, captain of the AISA All-Star football team, and was an all-state player. He also excelled in the classroom and currently serves as president of his senior class.

The FDA girls' tennis team has won the AISA State Championship, thanks in no small measure to their tutor and coach, Johnny Mack Brown.

Members of that team are: Meredith Mosley, Margery Katz, Maryann Hancock, Ashley Flubacher, Brittany Williams, Emmaline Walters, Hannah Richard and Laura Skipper.

They all wear the gold.

Speaking of the state championships, FDA boasts another champ in the person of Crenshaw Poole, who achieved the top AISA accolade as a high jump trackman, clearing the 6 foot 2 inch mark.

His father, back in 1969 should have (and did) earned state status as a swimmer nonpareil as a Boy Scout at Tukabatchee.

In competition with BSA from all sectors, Calvin Poole III took on all comers and emerged as champ in across the large lake competition.

Through a process of elimination, Poole and one other scout faced off for the coveted first place honor.

They swam on the surface for a while, and suddenly young Poole disappeared; time ticked away for almost two minutes when Whamo, he surfaced far ahead of his adversary and came ashore about a minute ahead of the second-best, much to the relief of onlookers who thought he may have drowned.

Today Calvin presently serves as a ruling elder in the Greenville First Presbyterian Church, practices law and is the Asst. DA for this three-county district.

He is married to the former Mary Rogers Weiss of Montgomery. And together they have three sons: Crenshaw, Conyers (Slugger) and John Coleman.