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.
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.
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.
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.