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Students involved in Commissioners’ School
Students participating in Commissioners’ School of Excellence program
It’s Commissioners’ School time for more than 100 rising sophomores and juniors in Gaston County Schools.
This week (June 7-10), 60 students in the Class of 2024 (rising sophomores) are participating in the Commissioners’ School of Excellence, an annual summer enrichment program that dates back to 1986. Fifty-one rising juniors, who missed out on attending Commissioners’ School last year because of the pandemic, get their chance the week of June 14-17.
Traditionally, Commissioners’ School is a two-week residential experience that takes place on the Belmont Abbey College campus. Because of on-going concerns related to COVID-19, the program will be held at Ashbrook High School and last four days for each group of students.
Students will spend four days developing leadership, communication, social collaboration, and workforce skills while participating in classes that involve problem-solving scenarios, presentations from community leaders, and exploring local businesses and potential career paths.
“There will be content-specific classes in the morning, and afternoon classes will be enriched with culture, leadership, and problem-solving aspects,” said Commissioners’ School of Excellence coordinator Bridget Matzke.
Additionally, students will be placed in small groups and visit various locations throughout Gaston County based on their interests. For example, some groups will visit CaroMont Health while others will visit the Gaston County Police Department and the FUSE District in downtown Gastonia.
Students are chosen for Commissioners’ School, which is sponsored by the Gaston County Commissioners and operated by Gaston County Schools, based on academic performance, extracurricular activities, leadership potential, self-motivation, and written expression. The number of students selected from each school is based on the school’s size.
Below is a list of students from Gaston County Schools who will participate in this year’s James S. Forrester Commissioners’ School of Excellence:
■ Ashbrook High School
■ Bessemer City High School
■ Cherryville High School
■ Stuart W. Cramer High School
■ East Gaston High School
■ Forestview High School
■ Gaston Early College High School
■ Highland School of Technology
Jerome Butler III
■ Hunter Huss High School
■ North Gaston High School
■ South Point High School