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Bessemer City High unveils new video scoreboard


Bessemer City High School unveils new video scoreboard

There is an extra glow coming from Bessemer City High School’s football stadium.  

The school held a dedication ceremony recently for its new state-of-the-art scoreboard that features a large video screen.  The scoreboard, which lights up the lower end of the stadium, is a gift to the school in memory of Linda “Lynn” Wilson.

The video scoreboard is the first of its kind for a Gaston County school.  For Bessemer City, it’s a symbol of community pride that honors the life of Mrs. Wilson, who was an avid football fan and supporter of Bessemer City High School.  She spent many Friday nights at the stadium with her husband, Bill, watching their son, Jeff, play football. The Wilsons also spent time pitching in to help at the school where their three children attended.

The scoreboard is an investment of $70,000, and it was needed.  The old scoreboard stopped working after the 2018 football season, and head football coach Larry Boone knew something had to be done.  That is when the Wilson family stepped up to help replace the scoreboard.

The dedication ceremony on September 26 boasted plenty of school and community pride.  Football players and cheerleaders from the high school, middle school, and youth league teams were there as well as students from Bessemer City Primary and Bessemer City Central Elementary, which created a celebratory atmosphere.  Dignitaries included Superintendent of Schools W. Jeffrey Booker, Board of Education chairman Brent Moore and at-large member Dot Cherry, Bessemer City High principal Sheila Wyont, and Bessemer City mayor Becky Smith.

During his remarks, Mr. Wilson surprised the crowd with the announcement of a scholarship program to honor his wife’s legacy.  For the next 13 years, a senior at Bessemer City High School will receive a $1,000 scholarship at graduation. The program is intended to last for 13 years so that a Bessemer City student who is in kindergarten now will receive the scholarship when he or she graduates in 2032.

The dynamic scoreboard allows for the playing of videos, graphics, slide presentations, and more.  Fittingly, one of its first uses was to show a picture slideshow featuring Mrs. Wilson and the Wilson family.