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Stanley Middle School students participate

in ceremony at Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

SMS wreath ceremony  

Eighth grade band students from Stanley Middle School had the honor of participating in the Wreath Ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery.

Leah Carpenter, Lillian Warren, Nate Medici and Collin Robb were chosen to participate after submitting essays about what the opportunity would mean to them.
During Stanley Middle School's seventh and eighth grade band trip to Washington, D.C., the four students met with a tomb guard for instructions and training. With their classmates and chaperones in attendance, the students placed the wreath at the tomb on behalf of the Stanley Middle School Band.
“The kids represented us well," said band director Kelly Robb, who arranged the opportunity for her students.

Robb organized other special activities on the trip. The band students were able to attend an exclusive rehearsal of the Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps and a rehearsal of the Army Chorus thanks to the help of KC Armstrong, Robb's fellow East Gaston High School graduate and member of  "Pershing's Own" United States Army Band.

The Stanley Middle School Band also sent a flag to Arlington National Cemetery in memory of Dr. James Forrester, former state senator and Stanley resident. It was flown at the tomb at half staff on the same day that the students participated in the wreath ceremony. The flag was returned to Stanley Middle with a certificate, which Robb and students plan to present to his family.

Hunter Huss JROTC cadets make Field Day a success

 huss-sadler field day

Cadets from the Hunter Huss High School JROTC program helped make this year’s Field Day a success for the students at Sadler Elementary School.

Led by their commanding officer Sergeant Dale Hague, the cadets arrived at Sadler at 7:30 a.m. to begin setting up the activities. They also helped organize all the day’s events. They ran the “Fun Day” activities for Pre-K through first grade students, such as soccer kick, bowling and face painting. The cadets also organized and led the competitions for the older students such as a baton relay, sack race and tug o’war, then stayed afterward to break down, clean up and make sure everything was put away.
Michael Rymer, physical education teacher at Sadler, said the cadets kept the day running smoothly.
“These cadets truly went above and beyond the call of duty that day,” he said. “They showed the children from Sadler Elementary what it means to be servant leaders in their community.”
He added, “The cadets were assigned to serve in different roles that day; however they all had the same mission, to show the children of Sadler Elementary that it is more important to help each other, serve your neighbor, and to work together for a common purpose then it is to win or lose a game. These cadets and their instructor are truly a source of pride for not only Hunter Huss High School, but for the entire community that is Gaston County Schools.”
Principal James Ramere thanked the cadets and Sgt. Hague for their assistance.
“The staff here at Sadler Elementary could not be more appreciative of all of their help and leadership,” he said. 

Gardner Park students donate food for shelter animals

pet food drive  
 The Girls on the Run team at Gardner Park Elementary school chose to help dogs and cats in the community. The team made flyers encouraging students to donate pet food for Tricare Animal Rescue. The final count was over 600 food items. Two rescue employees came and brought along puppies for the girls to play with and to collect all of the donations.

York Chester Middle students achieve reading milestone 

 million word club
 York Chester Middle School students have read 74,398,789 words since the beginning of school. The 55 students who met their AR goal for the third nine weeks were treated to a reward party, and 16 students have joined the “Million Word” Club: Lillian Cohen, Taylor Ramsey, Talya Hunn, Bob Kearley, Crystal Flores, Michelle Murphy, Aiden Kimmons, Kaitlyn Perez, Skylar Kaiser, Makayla McGregory, Steven Zaporta, Faith Moss, Trey Matheson, Beatriz Gonzalez, Ivan Gonzalez and Colton Shroyer.  

Bessemer City Middle School staff members raised $850 for the Bessemer City Crisis Center. The center provides help with bills, food and clothing for students and families, and the BCMS staff wanted to give back. The donation will help the crisis center as it relocates to a new building.

Joshua Hipps, a 7th grader at Cramerton Middle School, became the first student in a wheelchair to participate in a regular Gaston County Schools athletic event at either the middle or high school level. He competed in the 100-meter dash, discus and shot put. 

The Belmont Middle School Beta Club sponsored a candy sale and raised $660 to provide weekend meals to two Gaston County schoolchildren next year through the Backpack Weekend Food Program. The Beta Club teacher sponsors are Mari Airhart, Liz Gray, and Pam Stowe.

Highland School of Technology student Caroline Cole earned the Whirlpool Academic Scholarship. 

York Chester Middle School raised $470 through the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s "Pasta for Pennies” fundraiser. Mrs. Zwick's classroom was the top fundraising class.
The Bessemer City High School girls and boys track and field teams won the 2016 Southern Piedmont 1A Conference Championship. Senior Shamila Roberts was voted Female Most Valuable Field athlete after winning the long jump and triple jump. Bryan Nichols was named the Girls Conference Coach of the Year, and Chris Lance was named the Boys Conference Coach of the Year.

All 13 teams and 153 individuals at South Point High School earned scholar-athlete recognition by the N.C. High School Athletic Association for the 2015-16 fall and winter sports seasons.  Teams of five or more members must have a 3.1 or higher unweighted GPA, while individuals must achieve at least a 3.5 unweighted GPA during the first semester.

Laura Long, school library media coordinator at Highland School of Technology, coauthored an article entitled, "Dispositions of Exemplary School Librarians" that was published in Teacher Librarian: The Journal for School Library Professionals.
Highland School of Technology student April Jauri has earned academic/merit scholarships to the following universities: Wofford College, Furman University, Elon University and NC State University (Chancellor's Leadership Scholarship).

Ashley Rimmer’s AP Prep English class at Ashbrook High School received an email from Michelle Obama in response to a letter they sent as part of a Global Awareness project.

Costner Elementary School's Student Council members held a Penny War to raise money for the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life and collected $1,708.75.   
North Gaston High School senior and state champion wrestler Lathan Bumgarner finished fifth in the National High School Coaches Association wrestling tournament in Virginia Beach, Va., to earn All-American status.   
South Point High School students Jasmine Stokes (trumpet), and Christopher Seay (tuba) won seats in the 2016 North Carolina All-State Honors Band. They will be going to UNC-Chapel Hill April 29 through May 1 to rehearse with the best players in the state under internationally renowned guest conductors in the All-State Band Clinic and Performances.

Highland School of Technology senior George Dent scored a perfect score on the Math Level II and Physics SAT Subject tests. Dent is also the recipient of the Helen Friday Cloninger piano scholarship.

Highland School of Technology student Brady Miller received a three-year full Army ROTC scholarship to UNC Chapel Hill.

Students at Belmont Middle, W.B. Beam Intermediate and Southwest Middle schools were able to participate in the Google Expeditions program, taking virtual reality field trips using Google Cardboard viewers.

Bessemer City Central Elementary raised $1,708.35 through the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s "Pasta for Pennies” fundraiser.

Woodhill Elementary collected approximately 33,300 pull tabs for the Ronald McDonald House as a school service project.  

The Bessemer City High baseball team and Athletic Department hosted an Autism Awareness night. Students Aubrey Bridges and Brock Lineberger were named honorary Yellow Jackets for the game.

The South Point High School Interact Club held a school-wide fundraiser for the Muscular Dystrophy Association and raised more than $2,500.  

Catelyn Franklin of Brookside Elementary was named the 2015-2016 School Library Media Coordinator of the Year.   


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