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Bayside Cross Country Team Volunteers at Prodisee Pantry

Members of Bayside Academy’s Boys and Girls Cross Country teams skipped a weekday running practice last week and instead volunteered their time to Prodisee Pantry in Spanish Fort. Cross Country runners ranging from 7th to 12th grades worked the project. Students manned the line assembling, filling, and stocking boxes of non-perishable food items. They also lent many hands to remove bulk trash and helped keep operations running smoothly in support of Prodisee Pantry’s mission to provide food and outreach to Baldwin County residents in need.

With the holidays approaching, individuals and community organizations are encouraged to donate time or monetary assistance to help Prodisee Pantry serve the community. For additional information on ways to be involved, call or email Prodisee Pantry at (251) 626-1720 or

Senior Elsa Engeriser Named a National Merit Semifinalist
Congratulations to Bayside Academy senior Elsa Engeriser for being named a National Merit Semifinalist! As a Semifinalist, Elsa has the opportunity to continue in the National Merit competition.

According to the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, “Over 1.5 million juniors in about 21,000 high schools entered the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2018 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state. The number of Semifinalists in a state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the national total of graduating seniors.”
General Charles C. Krulak Visits Bayside Academy

Bayside Academy was proud to host General Charles C. Krulak on campus today. General Krulak spoke about moral courage to Bayside Academy Upper School students for an hour before taking time to read to kindergarten students.

General Krulak graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and has a Master’s Degree in labor relations from George Washington University. He served 35 years in the U.S. Marine Corps, with his last position as Commandant of the Marine Corps and a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Previous command and staff positions include Deputy Director of the White House Military Office, Commanding General of the 6th Marine Expeditionary Brigade during Desert Storm, Commanding General of the Marine Corps Combat Development Command, and Commanding General of the Marine Forces Pacific.

During his military service, General Krulak was awarded the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Silver Star Medal, three Bronze Star Medals with Combat “V”, two Purple Heart medals, the Meritorious Service Medal, the French Legion d’Honneur Commandeur rank, and many other decorations and medals.

General Krulak is an advisor to the Center for Naval Analysis, Human Rights First and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Dr. Megan McCall on Historic Research Trip in Gulf of Mexico

For the first time in history, a giant squid has been filmed in its deepwater habitat in the waters of the United States, and Bayside Academy’s STEAM Coordinator, Dr. Megan McCall, was there. (This is only the second time ever a giant squid has been filmed in its habitat; the only other time was in 2012 off the coast of Japan.)

Dr. McCall is one of only 12 researchers on Research Vessel Point Sur currently on a 15-day expedition in the Gulf of Mexico. The expedition, Journey into Midnight: Light and Life Below the Twilight Zone, is funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Office of Ocean Exploration and Research. It was during this expedition that the giant squid was filmed using the Medusa, a new camera system developed by expedition member Dr. Edith Widder.

For additional information and a video of the giant squid, see today’s New York Times:

For additional information on the expedition and blog updates from the researchers, visit