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Board recognizes students and employees

Board of Education recognizes students and employees

The Gaston County Board of Education brought attention to the outstanding efforts of schools, students, and employees, during the December 16, November 18, and October 21 regular monthly meetings.  Here is a summary of the “Good News” recognition presented to the Board of Education.

December
The Board of Education recognized Highland School of Technology senior Daniel Rondinelli for being one of five students in the state selected as a candidate for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program for her accomplishments in the Career and Technical Education field. Daniel is pictured with her mom and dad, Board of Education vice chairman Kevin Collier, Highland School of Technology principal James Montgomery, and Health Science Academy Coordinator Waheebah al-Ugdah McCray.

The Board of Education recognized Highland School of Technology sophomore Lauren Tolbert for finishing second overall in the state 1-A cross country meet. In addition, Lauren placed first at the 1-A west regional meet and first in the Gaston County Schools county championship. She is pictured with her mom and dad, Board member Lee Dedmon, Highland School of Technology principal James Montgomery, and athletic director Foreshee Blair.

The Board of Education recognized Forestview High School senior Laney Moran who started the “Share-A-Meal” program at Hunter Huss and expanded the program to Ashbrook and Forestview. The program provides high-protein foods for students in need. Laney is pictured with Board member Justin Davis, principal Crystal Houser, teacher Heather Forbes and her family.

The Board of Education recognized Gaston County Schools Chief Communication Officer Todd Hagans for being one of four school public relations professionals in the United States to receive the 2019-2020 NSPRA Front-Runner Award from the National School of Public Relations (NSPRA). He was identified by the NSPRA Executive Board as an emerging leader who is doing outstanding work for their school district, their state chapter, and for NSPRA. Todd is pictured with Board chairman Brent Moore.

The Board of Education recognized Board member Dot Guthrie for being awarded the School Board Member Leadership Award, which is presented by the North Carolina School Boards Association to an outstanding school board member in North Carolina. Mrs. Guthrie represents the Gastonia Township and served more than 30 years as a librarian and media specialist in  Gaston County Schools and most recently in the Clover School District. Mrs. Guthrie is pictured with Board chairman Brent Moore.

The Board of Education recognized Board member Dot Cherry for being elected to serve on the Board of Directors for the North Carolina School Boards Association. During her seven-plus years on our Board of Education, Ms. Cherry has worked closely with the Gaston County Commissioners, business and civic leaders, and others in the community to make them aware of the school system’s needs and the necessity of strong local support for excellence in education. Mrs. Cherry is pictured with Board chairman Brent Moore.

The Board of Education recognized Board member Jeff Ramsey for receiving the Town of Cramerton’s Lifetime Citizen Award. As a former Cramerton commissioner, Mr. Ramsey helped rebuild the youth recreation department and led the charge to invest in the town’s infrastructure, which has now seen a burst in population with the addition of Goat Island Park and Stuart W. Cramer High School. Mr. Ramsey is pictured with Board chairman Brent Moore.

November
The Board of Education recognized the Collin Owensby of South Point High School, Kendall Massey of Ashbrook High School, and Kaela Kranzler of Ashbrook High School for being selected for the Carolina Panthers “Community Captain” program. Pictured from (left to right) are Board member Dot Guthrie, Kendall Massey, Board member Steve Hall, Kaela Kranzler, Collin Owensby and Board member Dot Cherry.

The Board of Education recognized Catawba Heights Elementary teacher Victoria Freeman for being named one of 27 statewide finalists for the Beginning Teacher of the Year Award presented by the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching. 

The Board of Education recognized Belmont Central Elementary School, Belmont Middle School, Bessemer City Primary, Gardner Park Elementary, Hawks Nest STEAM Academy, and Tryon Elementary School for receiving the Green Ribbon School state-level honor for their outstanding efforts in the four areas of attendance, behavior, academics, and social-emotional learning. Pictured (from left to right) are Board member Justin Davis, Hawks Nest STEAM Academy, Belmont Central Elementary principal Phyllis Whitworth, Belmont Middle principal Susan Redmond, Gardner Park Elementary principal Jaime Wallace, Tryon Elementary principal Meghan LeFevers, Bessemer City Primary principal Dr. April Conley, and Board member Terry Usery.

October
The Board of Education recognized the following high schools for being ejection-free during the 2018-2019 year: Ashbrook, Bessemer City, and Highland School of Technology. Pictured (from left to right) are Ashbrook High School principal Dr. Rebecca Wilson, Ashbrook athletic director Jace Eccles, Board member Lee Dedmon, Highland School of Technology athletic director Foreshee Blair, Highland School of Technology principal James Montgomery, and Bessemer City High School principal Dr. Sheila Wyont.

The Board of Education recognized two students who were chosen for the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas: Ray Rose of South Point High School and Trey Beyers of Ashbrook High School.  Pictured (from left to right) are Ray Rose, Board member Dot Cherry and Trey Beyers.

The Board of Education recognized Stuart W. Cramer High School theater teacher Chuck Stowe for being named the 2019-2020 North Carolina Theatre Arts Educators Teacher of the Year. Chuck is pictured with Board member Jeff Ramsey and Stuart W. Cramer High School principal Audrey Devine.

The Board of Education recognized East Gaston High School Dylan West and North Gaston High School Robert Sanders for being selected to participate in the Hendrick Engine Builder Showdown. Pictured (from left to right) are Board member Steve Hall, Robert Sanders, Dylan West and Board Vice-Chairman Kevin Collier.

The Board of Education approved a proclamation to mark National Principals Month observance here in Gaston County. Pictured (from left to right) is Board Chairman Brent Moore, Woodhill Elementary assistant principal Deon Kennedy, Kiser Elementary principal Lorinda Brusie, W.A. Bess Elementary principal Laura Dixon, and Pleasant Ridge Elementary assistant principal Dan Barber.