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Board of Education recognizes students and employees
Each month, the Gaston County Board of Education recognizes students and employees as well as community/business partners and others during the “Good News” portion of its regular meeting.
Here is a recap of the “Good News” recognition for the February 18, 2019, December 17, 2018, and November 13, 2018 meetings. (The January regular meeting was part of the Board’s annual work session/retreat and “Good News” recognition was not included.)
“Good News” Recognition, February 2019
■ The Board of Education recognized Hunter Huss High School senior Marcus Mauney, who signed a National Letter of Intent to play football at Yale University. In addition to being an outstanding athlete, Marcus excels in academics and ranks at the top of the senior class.
■ The Board of Education recognized the following students for advancing to the North Carolina Science and Engineering Fair:
● Avery Davis of Belmont Middle School for her project, “How Sweet is Your Tooth?”
● Holly Mullen and Christina Rodgers of East Gaston High School for their project, “The Effects of Food Diets on the Breeding Rate of Blaptica dubia.”
● Hannah Murrow and Kennedy Ballard of East Gaston High School for their project, “Effectiveness of Dog Toothpaste on Bacteria in a Dog’s Mouth.”
● Mackenzie Fallin of Ashbrook High School for her project, “Eco-Friendly Detergents vs. Regular Detergents: Effects on the Environment.”
■ The Board of Education recognized Delta Sanders of the Elements of Empowerment organization for donating a copy of the autobiography, “Herblock: A Cartoonist Life,” to each high school library. The book brings attention to the life and work of political cartoonist Herb Block.
“Good News” Recognition, December 2018
■ The Board of Education recognized three students who were chosen for the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas: Larry Dowdy of South Point High School and Tony Davis and Prince Bemah of Hunter Huss High School. The Shrine Bowl features the top high school football athletes from North and South Carolina.
■ The Board of Education recognized three students who were chosen for the Blumenthal Broadway Experience trip to New York City: Emily Harris of Stuart W. Cramer High School, Maddy Rostmeyer of Highland School of Technology, and Marissa Cannon of Ashbrook High School. The Broadway Experience gives 12 students from the Charlotte region an opportunity to attend shows, meet people involved in the theater profession, and visit tourist attractions.
■ The Board of Education recognized Kimberly Queen of the Gaston Early College High School, who was chosen to present at the prestigious Community College Undergraduate Research Initiative (CCURI) in Glendale, Arizona. Her research topic was “How plants react to reflective light instead of direct light.”
■ The Board of Education recognized Board member Dot Guthrie for the successful completion of leadership training that is provided by the North Carolina School Boards Association’s Academy for School Boardsmanship.
“Good News” Recognition, November 2018
■ The Board of Education recognized Donavan Moonie of Hunter Huss High School, who was among a select group of students that participated in the “Hamilton” Education Program at the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center in Charlotte. Donovan was chosen to perform an original rap during the student presentation portion of the program.
■ The Board of Education recognized Duke Energy and district manager Martha Thompson for providing a $15,000 community impact grant to purchase new books and other materials for classroom libraries.
■ The Board of Education recognized Webb Street School principal Kelli Howe for her appointment to serve on the N.C. Commission for Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services. In addition, the Board thanked Mrs. Howe for her role in the planning and fundraising efforts for the school’s new inclusive playground.
■ The Board of Education recognized Belmont Middle School for its “Cash for Chromebrooks” fundraiser. The school set a goal of $20,000 to buy additional Chromebook computers so each student at the school would have a computer to use. In just one week, the school collected $28,175.50 from parents, staff, and local businesses.
■ The Board of Education recognized East Gaston High School teacher Jill Lenox and two students in the school’s Future Teachers class. They attended the meeting to learn more about the Board of Education.