Board of Education Recognition            May 15, 2017
Highland School of Technology beta club student are honored at the Board meeting
 
The Board of Education recognized Highland School of Technology Beta Club co-presidents Sarah Eagan and Tina Lee, who have done an outstanding job of promoting the Beta Club, not only at school, but in the community.  The students led the Pledge of Allegiance to begin the Board meeting. Tina will attend Appalachian State University in the fall where she will major in nursing and minor in Spanish.  Like Tina, Sarah is an outstanding leader and scholar. She has earned a full-tuition scholarship to attend Princeton University.  The students are pictured with Board member Lee Dedmon.
 
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 Rebecca Gomez was recognized as the recipient of the James Buie scholarship at Belmont Abbey college    
The Board of Education recognized Rebecca Gomez of Highland School of Technology as the recipient of the James Buie Scholarship, which provides full tuition for her to study criminal justice at Belmont Abbey College. The scholarship is a partnership with Gaston County Schools, the Gaston County Police Department, and Belmont Abbey College.  The scholarship is named in honor of retired Gaston County Police chief James Buie and will be awarded annually to one high school senior who is planning to major in criminal justice at Belmont Abbey.  Rebecca is pictured with Board member Lee Dedmon.

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The New Hope Elementary Coast Busters were recognized for placing first at the RoboFest competition   
The Board of Education recognized the New Hope Elementary "Coast Busters" team for placing first in the CyberKids RoboFest regional competition. The team achieved the highest overall score among the 48 school teams from across North and South Carolina that participated in the competition. Rankin, Pinewood, and Catawba Heights elementary schools also earned category awards for robot performance and project presentation.  The regional competition handed out 13 awards and Gaston County won four of them, including the top award of overall champion.  The team is pictured with Board vice chairman Jeff Ramsey.
 
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Hayleigh Guenter was recognized by the Board of Education for her performance against rival Cherryville High School
 
The Board of Education recognized Bessemer City High School sophomore Haleigh Guenther as the recipient of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association’s “Performance of the Week” Award. The state association recognizes two outstanding athletes each week for their impressive performance in sports.  During a softball game this season against Cherryville, Haleigh pitched 20 strikeouts to help lead her team to a 9-2 victory. Her 20 strikeouts in a single game is a school record for a Bessemer City softball pitcher and ranks seventh on the all-time state list for strikeouts.  She is pictured with Board member Brent Moore.
 
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The South Point High School stock market team was recognized by the Board of Education for placing first in a state competiti
 
The Board of Education recognized South Point High School students Charlie Tran, A.J. Robinson, and Nick Matthew for placing first in the North Carolina Stock Market Game. The students competed in the contest that focused on investing a hypothetical $100,000 in bonds, stocks, and mutual funds. The students’ wise decision-making resulted in a $60,571 profit, enough to earn the state championship over 312 other teams. Math teacher David Grimes is the team’s adviser. They are pictured with Board member Chris Howell. 
 
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South Point High School Football Team  
 
The Board of Education recognized the South Point High School football team and retiring coach Mickey Lineberger for winning the state 3-A championship.  The team defeated Rocky Mount High School, 16-7, in the championship game at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem.  Coach Lineberger and several of the senior players are pictured with Board member Chris Howell.
 
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Belmont Middle Battle of the Books team   
 
The Board of Education recognized the Belmont Middle School Battle of the Books team for placing second in the state competition.  Battle of the Books is a challenging program that tests students’ knowledge of books on a required reading list.  This was Belmont's third consecutive year of winning the county and regional competitions and advancing to the state contest.  Their advisers are Angie Alexander and Linda Cathcart.  They are pictured with Board member Chris Howell.
 
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Click here to view the Board of Education Recognition from March 20.
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