Winners Announced for “My Birmingham. My Mayor. And Me’’ Art Contest

Earlier this year, Birmingham Mayor Randall L. Woodfin challenged Birmingham City Schools’ students, children of city of Birmingham employees and students attending other schools in Birmingham to reflect on what inspires them about the Magic City and show it in their art work for the “My Birmingham. My Mayor. And Me’’ art contest.


There were more than 200 entries for grades pre-K through 12th grade.


On April 17, Woodfin recognized the first-place winners during a Birmingham City Council meeting.


First place winners were: Kwabend Bangolame, Ephesus Academy/Kindergarten, kindergarten-second grade; Zaiderick Hayes, Avondale Elementary, third-fifth grade; Jerome Ranes, Ossie Ware Mitchell Middle, sixth-eighth grade; Cardarius Timmons, Huffman High, ninth-12th grade; and Alexis Armer, P.D. Jackson-Olin High, honorable mention.


Second place winners were: Jade Johnson, Avondale School, kindergarten-second grade; Kaylee Mitchel, Epic Elementary, third-fifth grade; William Raspberry, school not listed, sixth-eighth grade; and Selena Cortez, P.D. Jackson-Olin High, ninth-12th grade.


Finally, third place finishers were: Atiya Calloway, Sun Valley Elementary, kindergarten-second grade; Khakiyah Meadows, Charles A. Brown Elementary, third-fifth grade; Nate Bentley, South Hampton Elementary, sixth-eighth grade; and Justin Mackey, P.D. Jackson-Olin, ninth-12th grade.


Birmingham City Schools has been selected to participate in Harvard University’s Public Education Leadership Project Summer Institute. The Summer Institute, established by Harvard’s business school and graduate school of education, accepts a select number of large urban school systems across the country to collaborate with Harvard professors to work towards solving a defined “problem of practice” for the school district to improve academic performance throughout their districts. Only 12 districts are selected to participate.


The institute requirement includes a three-year commitment and the ongoing participation of the superintendent. Eight Birmingham City Schools administrators will attend the executive education program at Harvard University for one full week this summer.


PELP sessions are developed and taught by thought-leading educators, experienced researchers and award-winning authors. The program is designed to assist districts with improving organizational effectiveness and increasing critical practices tied to increasing student achievement.


Teams will integrate both managerial and leadership best practices to learn to execute a strategy to achieve excellence across the entire district. Additionally, groups will learn to establish a culture of collaboration, High performance, high expectations and accountability for the district staff and students.


IWGA Announces Participating Sports for World Games 2021 in Birmingham

The International World Games Association (IWGA) has announced the official sports program for The World Games 2021 Birmingham. The World Games is an international, multidisciplinary sports event held every four years in the year following each Summer Olympics.


A total of 30 official sports, featuring 3,600 athletes from more than 100 countries, will compete for gold between July 15-25, 2021, in Birmingham.


The World Games 2021 Birmingham will celebrate the return of two sports to competition, including racquetball—last played in 2013—and softball—last played in 1985. Several of the 30 sports selected, including bowling, finswimming, gymnastics, karate, powerlifting, racquetball, roller sports, softball, tug of war and water ski, were also on the official program of the first World Games—and the only other games to be held in the United States—in 1981 in Santa Clara, California.


The 2021 edition of The World Games will mark the 40th anniversary of the games. The event is projected to generate $256 million in economic impact on the city of Birmingham over the course of 11 days.


For the full list of sports, visit