Good News from our Schools
Educators honored during Evening of Excellence ceremonyGaston County Schools presented its most prestigious awards during the annual Evening of Excellence ceremony on May 2. Wells Fargo Bank sponsored the program. The winners were Assistant Principal of the Year Donna Kelly, Rankin Elementary; Principal of the Year Phyllis Whitworth, Belmont Central Elementary; Teacher of the Year Mindee Mammano, Stuart W. Cramer High School; and Central Office Administrator of the Year Valerie Yatko, director of business and community partnerships.Country singer shares anti-bullying messageStudents at W.A. Bess Elementary enjoyed an assembly program by country singer Lizzie Sider, who shared her bullying prevention message. She sang several songs, including Taylor Swift’s anti-bullying tune “Mean” and her song “Butterfly” that’s based on her self-realization that she could rise above the cruel things people said to her. Each student received an autographed picture and a bracelet with her motto: “Nobody has the power to ruin your day!” School counselor Renea Walker coordinated the program. Sider also shared her anti-bullying message during an assembly program at Bessemer City Middle School.Junior Achievement program at Sadler ElementaryStudents at Sadler Elementary School got an important lesson about business and personal finance thanks to the Junior Achievement Day program. Volunteers from Firestone Fibers and Textiles, Mann and Hummel (Wix Filters), and Woodforest National Bank took a break from their job to get in the classroom and help students in grades 3-5 learn about the importance of money management.Webb Street School raises more than $20,000 for accessible playgroundWebb Street School hosted its second annual fashion show and raised more than $20,000 for the school’s inclusive accessible playground project. More than 40 student models participated in the event along with professional models and designers from the Charlotte area.Bessemer City High student signs letter of intentBessemer City High School student Cameron Hall signed a letter of intent to play golf at Pfeiffer University. He is pictured with his parents, Blair and Jill Hall, school athletic director Chuck Cannon, coach Larry Boone, and principal Judy Moore.Click here to read last month's Good News page.
The Highland School of Technology and the Gaston Early College High School were recognized in U.S. News and World Report’s annual high school rankings. Highland was identified as a Silver Award School and ranked 47th among the top 100 schools in North Carolina while the Gaston Early College was identified as a Bronze Award School. The rankings are determined based on graduation rate, test scores, college preparedness, student success in Advanced Placement (AP) classes, socioeconomic status, and other factors.
Sherwood Elementary kindergarten teacher Christine Lutz and East Gaston High School automotive teacher Shane Hawkins were recognized on May 2 during Teacher Appreciation Night at the Charlotte Knights baseball game. They were honored along with other teachers in the Charlotte area who received the “Teachers Getting Results” award presented by Fox 46 Charlotte.
Highland School of Technology senior Sarah Eagan and Stuart W. Cramer High School senior Mattie Lee were winners of the Best and Brightest scholarships presented by The Gaston Gazette.The Gaston County Quiz Bowl winners were Highland School of Technology, first place; South Point High School, second place; and Bessemer City High School, third place.Two high schools - Stuart W. Cramer and South Point - received nominations for the prestigious Blumey Awards, which recognize outstanding student achievement in theater arts. South Point’s Kayla Booth and Stuart W. Cramer’s Abigail Morrison are among the 25 students vying for best actress while Dakota Jones of Stuart W. Cramer is among the top 25 students for best actor. Stuart W. Cramer also earned nominations for best musical, best set construction, and best featured performer (Jo Ocasio).
Stuart W. Cramer High School student Chloe Kaylor and Forestview High School student Nicole Rodriguez were winners in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards contest and had their artwork chosen for placement on billboards in Gastonia and Belmont.
Rebecca Gomez of Highland School of Technology is the recipient of the James Buie Scholarship, which provides full tuition for her to study criminal justice at Belmont Abbey College.Webb Street School hosted its second annual fashion show and raised more than $20,000 for the school’s inclusive accessible playground project. More than 40 student models participated in the event along with professional models and designers from the Charlotte area.
The North Gaston High School yearbook was recognized for excellence and featured in the 2017 Jostens Look Book, which celebrates the “best of the best” in yearbook design and coverage. It was one of only 418 yearbooks selected for the recognition from approximately 3,000 school publications.
Scott Heavner of Cherryville High School was named the North Carolina High School Athletic Association’s (NCHSAA) Baseball Coach of the Year.
Gaston County Schools is receiving “retired” ambulances from the county for the EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) programs at three high schools: Cherryville, Hunter Huss, and Stuart W. Cramer. The ambulances will be used to provide hands-on training for students.
South Point High School senior Michaela Taylor will have her original poem, “Swan Lake,” published in the American High School Poets anthology.
Fifteen students from Gaston County Schools were selected to attend the prestigious North Carolina Governor’s School: Lathan Birmingham and Paige Valego of Stuart W. Cramer High School; Jonathan Hollenback of East Gaston High School; Andrew Hughlett of Forestview High School; Alanie Odell of Gaston Early College High School; Grace Dent and Julia Murrow of Highland School of Technology, Josseline Vega of Hunter Huss High School; and Madison Davis, Kristen Fletcher, Jessica Helton and Sofia Saiz of South Point High School.
Lingerfeldt Elementary teacher Mary Beth Barrett and East Gaston High School student Cameron “Cammie” Tarte were honored during the Gaston County Jaycees’ Distinguished Service Awards ceremony. Barrett teaches fifth grade and was instrumental in the success of her school’s LEAP (Leading, Educating, and Preparing) program. Tarte is an outstanding leader at school and in the community. With a true passion for art, she won the National Silver Key Award in the highly-competitive Scholastic Art and Writing Awards program.Lisa Funderburk of Catawba Heights Elementary, George Scoumis of York Chester Middle, and Trish Jones of Stuart W. Cramer High School were honored as the School Custodians of the Year during the Keep Gastonia Beautiful awards luncheon. Phoebe Lawing of Stuart W. Cramer High School was named the Green Teacher of the Year, Amber Avery of W.B. Beam Intermediate was named the Green Coordinator of the Year, and Jaidan Mitchell of Robinson Elementary was named the Green Student of the Year for their efforts to keep their school and community “clean and green” and promote environmentally-friendly efforts. Additionally, North Belmont Elementary was named the Green Elementary School of the Year, Belmont Middle was chosen as the Green Middle School of the Year, and Forestview High School won the Green High School of the Year recognition.
"Good News" is compiled by the Gaston County Schools Communications/Public Information Department.