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THE FLORALA NEWS WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2011 PAGE 5 SIERRA PETTY (center), is crowned Tiny Miss Paxton, Anastin Herring (left), first runner up and photogenic and Madison Faulk (right), is second runner up. JORDYN BRADLEY (second from left), is crowned Little Miss Paxton, Joce CoUingwood (left), is first runner up. Joc- ely, n Vickers (second from right), is second runner up and Mya Young (right), is photogenic. YOUNG MISS PAXTON is Kayleigh Taylor (center), Pai- yton Perry (left), is first runner up and Hailee Bryan (right), is second runner up with the accompanying title of photo- genic. BRITTANY PERT (second from left), is crOwned Junior Miss Paxton, Brittany also .wins the sportswear category for the night. Cassidy Brazil (left), is first runner up and Frankie Pate (second from right), is the second runner up, Frank@ also takes the photogenic award, while Samantha Reeves (right), takes the Miss Congeniality award home. "Glitz and Glamour" was the theme for the Miss Paxton pag- eant hosted recently by Paxton High School cheerleaders. Pax- ton students in grades kindergar- ten through 12th participated in the Sept. 24 pageant in five cat- egories: Tiny Miss, Little Miss, Young Miss, Junior Miss and Miss Paxton. The event is hosted annually by the school with pro- ceeds benefitting the cheerlead- ing squad. THE NEW 2011-2012 MISS PAXTON goes to Caylee Nelson (center), first runner up, sportswear and Miss Con- geniality goes to Amber Echerle (right), second runner up and photogenic is Haleigh Young (left). MICHAEL SMITH during a fishing competition in Mon- roe, LA. The best of the Bassmas- ter Federation Nation squared off on the Ouachita River in Monroe, LA on No- vember 3-5. Michael Smith was one of the 54 anglers who competed to be the best in their division. The contestants came from across the globe, rep- resenting 47 states, plus six foreign countries. The best angler from each of the six regions will take a trip to Shreveport, LA in February to compete in the Bassmas- ter Classic. Smith was representing the state of Florida in the Southern Division. When the competition was over, Smith finished third in the Southern Division and tenth overall out of 54 an- glers. This was quite an ac- complishment for his first national competition. He was the youngest competitor there and finished with an overall weight of 24 pounds, 6 ounces after three days of fishing. "This was a wonderful experience for me to be able to participate in a national competition. I thoroughly enjoyed this week at Mon- roe, LA," said Smith. The week of November 9-12, Smith will be fish- ing in the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Weekend Se- ries 2011 National Champi- onship on Lake Marion also known as Santee-Cooper in South Carolina. He hopes to do well in that champion- ship. Smith is the son of Hin- ton and Barbara Smith of Paxton, FL. Remember Those Whose Have Served & Are Serving On This Veteran's Day/ i iliiij iiiiiiiiii ii Paxton's seventh grade students pose for a photo following their field trip to Lake Jackson. Seventh grade Paxton School students recently traveled to Lake Jackson in Floral to test the quality of the water in the favorite lo- cal watering hole. Students had previously studied the effects of pollutants and natural factors on water quality, including the use of a model for demonstrating how unintended products might be relocated to the lake from surrounding land in the local watershed. In addition to testing water temperature and pH at four sites around Lake Jackson with five samples at each site, students used iP- ods to photograph signs that the lake is part of a water- shed, created video reports from the trip, and searched for a local geocache. "I had never thought about the water quality of Lake Jackson. I didn't know what water quality actually is," explained seventh grade science student Aislynn Vaughn. "When I go back this summer I will be more aware of the water qual- ity because I have learned about it." (At right) Frankie Pate, Trent Slagle; and Garrett Thomp- son work together to test the pH and temperature of their water sample. Alabama's LAND TRUST Program Did you know? Forever Wild is your public lands program, providing outdoor recreation opportunities while also protecting wildlife habitats. The public's use of Forever Wild land is virtually free (hunters must have a license), and no tax dollars are involved in its management. @ To learn more about Forever Wild lands, visit: