Board of Education Recognition            March 20, 2017
Catawba Heights Elementary Robotics Team
 
The Board of Education recognized Catawba Heights Elementary students Connor Conway, Laken Harris, Porter Robinson, Heath Monroe, Jennifer Lopez Grajales and Dallas Gordy for winning the elementary RoboGASTON competition held earlier this month at Forestview High. The students are pictured with principal Cindy Stroupe, media specialist Barbara Miller, Board of Education member Chris Howell and teacher Jennifer Holden. As the elementary overall winner, Catawba Heights will advance to the Western North Carolina Robotics Championship on April 29. 
 
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Stanley Middle Robotics   
The Board of Education recognized Stanley Middle students for winning the middle school RoboGASTON competition held earlier this month at Forestview High. The students are pictured with Board of Education member Catherine Roberts, teacher John Stone and principal Rebecca Huffstetler. As the middle school overall winner, Stanley will advance to the Western North Carolina Robotics Championship on April 29. Joining Catawba Heights and Stanley at the regional event are the robotics teams from Belmont Central, W.A. Bess, Bessemer City Central, New Hope, Pinewood, and Rankin elementary schools.

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Regional Science and Engineering Fair Winners   
The Board of Education recognized a group of high school students who will compete March 24-25 at the North Carolina Science and Engineering Fair at Meredith College in Raleigh. These students have advanced from our local Gaston Regional Science and Engineering Fair to the regional event at UNC-Charlotte. and now to the state competition. Pictured is science curriculum facilitator Bianca Yavelak, teacher Phoebe Lawing students Bradley Parrish, Julia Short, Grace LaBue, Alexandra Thomas and vice-chairman Jeff Ramsey. These are four of the 10 students that will represent Gaston County Schools in the state competition. 
 
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Silver Key National Art Award Winner
 
The Gaston County Board of Education recognized East Gaston senior Cameron “Cammie” Tarte as the recipient of a Silver Key National Art Award. Her sculpture titled Meraki, depicts a red bird and is made of paper, won a Gold Key award at the Mid-Carolina Regional Scholastic Art and Writing Awards program. Gold Key winners in both visual art and writing advanced to the National Scholastic Art and Writing Awards competition. More than 314,100 entries were submitted for the National Scholastic Art and Writing Awards competition. Cammie is pictured with Board of Education member Lee Dedmon, assistant principal Jesse May and teacher Justin Allison.
 
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Superintendent’s Leadership Academy
 
The Gaston County Board of Education recognized members of the Superintendent’s Leadership Academy.  This is a program that began last year to provide professional development for assistant principals who aspire to become principals in Gaston County Schools. There are 16 assistant principals involved in this leadership program, and two of them were appointed this year to serve as principals.
 
Pictured are (front row - Shavon O’Brien, Mount Holly Middle, Dawn Lavinder, Stuart W. Cramer High, Chris Dixon, Holbrook Middle, Lisa Rothwell, Stuart W. Cramer High, Allison Rhyne, Costner Elementary, Tonnell Oliphant, Grier Middle, April Conley, Southwest Middle, back row - Superintendent W. Jeffrey Booker, Megan LeFevers, Bessemer City High, Patrick Watson, Southwest Middle, Miranda Buchanon, Springfield Elementary, Jessica Mellon, Lowell Elementary and Francine DaCanal, Bessemer City Middle.
 
Not pictured are Nakishia Glenn, Forestview High, Todd Goff, Belmont Central Elementary, Michael Dermott, Hunter Huss High School and Caroline Black, Bessemer City Central Elementary.
Click here to view the Board of Education Recognition from February 20.
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