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Board recognizes students and employees

Board of Education recognizes students and employees

The Gaston County Board of Education recognized the outstanding efforts of schools, students, employees, and community partners during its regular monthly meeting on August 19, 2019 and September 16, 2019.  Here is a summary of the “Good News” recognition.

“Good News” for August 2019
■ The Board of Education recognized Gaston Early College High School teacher Lauren Dixon, who was selected as one of six Charlotte-area teachers to receive the Arts and Science Council’s (ASC) Cato Excellence in Teaching Award.  The award recognizes teachers whose creative teaching methods motivate students to succeed in the classroom and in life. Mrs. Dixon is pictured with Board of Education member Justin Davis and Gaston Early College High School principal Josh Allen.

■ The Board of Education recognized members of the Gaston County Schools Communications Department, which won two Golden Achievement Awards from the National School Public Relations Association for the Big 50 Parade and the For Your Information: School Bonds 2018 marketing campaign.  Gaston County is one of only four school districts in North Carolina to earn a Golden Achievement Award this year.  The department also won 13 Blue Ribbon Awards from the N.C. School Public Relations Association for excellence in school communications and public relations.  Pictured with Board member Dot Guthrie are Valerie Yatko, Charlotte Wright, Todd Hagans, Allison Drennan, Sean Corcoran and Tom Nencetti.

“Good News” for September 2019
■ The Board of Education recognized Sadler Elementary student Madeleine Hendrix, who won the “Proudest Kid in Gaston County” essay contest.  The contest is sponsored by Gaston Together and designed to engage children in learning about the community.  As the contest winner, Madeleine received a framed certificate and money toward a trip to Raleigh to meet Gaston County’s legislative delegation.  She is pictured with Board member Dot Cherry.

■ The Board of Education recognized Rankin Elementary student Emma Lineberger, who developed a program to ensure that students who needed supplies were prepared for the start of school.  Emma started “Emma’s Backpack Project” with a goal of filling new book bags with grade-level appropriate school supplies. She started with trying to fill five book bags at a cost of $50 each.  Emma reached out to friends, family, church members, and the community for financial support. Thanks to their generous donations, Emma collected more than $4,000 and filled 80 book bags  She is pictured with Board member Kevin Collier, her parents, and Rankin Elementary principal Donna Kelly.

■ The Board of Education recognized Highland School of Technology golf coach Marty Hutchins, who was named the North Carolina Golf Coaches Association’s 2019 Coach of the Year. Since 2005, Mr. Hutchins has coached the boys and girls golf teams at Highland, and his golfers have qualified for 20 state tournaments and a few individual state championships. He is pictured with Board member Lee Dedmon, current Highland principal James Montgomery, and former principal Denise McLean.

■ The Board of Education recognized members of the Gaston Family Health Services Dental Clinic for providing more than 1,300 children in our schools with dentistry services such as exams, cleanings, and X-rays.  The program also diagnoses cavities and provides sealants for children who need them. Dr. Tomeka Sowell, Dr. Arti Dahiya, Dr. Jessica Shamburger, Dr. Kelly Zukaitis, Sarita Reyes, Hasley Serrano, and Melissa Boughman are pictured with Board member Terry Usery.