Education Shoutouts Oct. 11, 2012
Two students from A.L. Brown High School have earned recognition in the National Merit Scholarship competition. Ebonee Collins and Myka Perusek have both been honored for their outstanding academic performance.
Collins is a semifinalist in the National Achievement Scholarship Program, which honors promising African-American students. She is one of 23 students in the Charlotte region who have been named as semifinalists.
Collins is competing against students from all over the U.S. to win one of 800 National Achievement Scholarships worth a total of $2.5 million.
The program is privately funded and sponsored by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. Final scholarship winners will be named next spring.
Perusek has been named a Commended Student in the National Merit Scholarship competition. She placed among the top 5 percent of students who entered the 2013 National Merit Scholarship competition.
Although Perusek will not continue in the National Merit Scholarship contest, the organization says she represents the best and brightest of our country's high school students as demonstrated by her outstanding performance in the highly competitive program.
The Salisbury Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) has presented two 2012 Rowan-Salisbury high school graduates the Goldman scholarship. This four-year scholarship is administered by AAUW in memory of Helen Sokol Goldman and Julius L. Goldman.
Melisa Hollar, daughter of Tina and Darrell Hollar, graduated from East Rowan High School. She is attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Jade Lomax, daughter of Amber and David Lomax, graduated from North Rowan High School and is attending North Carolina State University.
South FFA gets grant
The South Rowan High School FFA Chapter has been awarded a $5,000 program improvement grant from the North Carolina Tobacco Trust Fund Commission.
These funds have been used to assist in the purchase of a livestock trailer with a roll-out awning.
The livestock trailer purchased through the help of this grant will help to improve the South Rowan FFA Chapter. Now, South Rowan agriculture teachers, Laura Allen and David Overcash, will be able to haul livestock to and from local fairs and livestock shows, without having to borrow a trailer.
The South Rowan FFA also plans to turn this livestock trailer into the "AgMobile", a mobile agriculture classroom that can be used to educate those in our community.
The NC FFA is a youth organization of more than 19,300 student members preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture, with 253 local chapters across the state. The South Rowan FFA Chapter has approximately 250 FFA members.
"These grants will enable our teachers to invest resources in a number of critical areas, from equipment and facilities to new course development," said state agricultural education leader Joshua Bledsoe. "We are extremely grateful to the Tobacco Trust Fund Commission for sharing our vision and making possible tremendous opportunities for students throughout the state."
A total of 34 grants, with awards of up to $5,000 each, have been directed to schools across North Carolina. Enhancing agricultural teaching programs, developing innovative projects and purchasing much-needed classroom equipment are just some of the goals of the programs.
"We're excited to be a partner with the FFA," said William Upchurch, executive director of the N.C. Tobacco Trust Fund Commission. "This is a great opportunity for students and teachers to feature innovative and creative projects designed to strengthen Agricultural Education. These students represent the future of agriculture in North Carolina."
Hanford-Dole Good Citizens
The following students were recognized as Good Citizens at Hanford-Dole Elementary School during September. These students exemplified the character trait of respect.
Pre-K - Luana Alfaro
Kindergarten - Beyonce Soto, Ryan Gaither, Will Klingler, Paylina Wilson
First grade - Krishauna Lynn, Donovon Cline, Israel Bowers, Fiama Alfaro Stumbo, Alina Herrick
Second grade - Kyiah Coffey, Ronald Carmicheal, Jaylin White, Noah Edmiston
Third grade - Jasmine Spruil, Amber Dalleinne, Jose Ochoa-Mejia, Harley Kotarsky
Fourth grade - Keith Corley, Victoria Stewart, Emanuel Harrel, Blessing Thompson
Fifth grade - Malcolm Wilson, Jr., Carmen Christie, Aniya Simmons, Nicholas Ziegelhofer
Cleveland Good Citizens
The following students were named Good Citizens at Cleveland Elementary School during the month of September.
Kindergarten - Bryson Wilhelm, Janeria Dulin, Keira Ramsey, Lukas Smith, Kaedan Everhart, Gracelyn Thomas
First grade - Mattie Thomas, Mark Truman, Dixie Caudle, Mathais Dunn, Ivan Landeverde, Jurnee Morton
Second grade - Ciara Cuthbertson, Madelyn Von Canon, Carlos Mancia, Shelbie McCoy, Anna Parish, Austin Moore
Third grade - Anna Coxey, William Kirwin, Cole Haas, Abby Truman
Fourth grade - Noah Rife, Cassidy Shepherd, Emily Beaver, Luke Koppe
Fifth grade - Chancellor Matthews, Aurora Wood, Steve Wilmot, Mira White
The following students were recently selected as September Great Gators for displaying self-discipline.
Pre-K - Riley Brilliant
Kindergarten - Johan Castro Giron, Shakira Chaffin, Robert Coleman, Kendall Henderson, Jasira McKinney, Ty'Asia Pringle, Nariyah Toomer, Khalil Wansley, and Drekwon Young
First grade - Madelyn Casey, Kevin Fuentes Berrios, Marquise Howell, Briana King, Madison Krider, Lam Le, Katherine Peeler, and Talik Robinson
Second grade - Julian Beltran, Jacob Casey, Madison Evans, Khaleyla Houze, Hannah Johnson, Natavia Reid, and Eduardo Reyes-Bustamante
Third grade - Armonie Brown, Iyana Hernandez, Jacob Joseph, Kirstyn Mason, Taniya Medlin, and D'Asia Ruffin
Fourth grade - Wanya Bembry, My-esha Chaffin, Isyss Gaskin, Sacred Nelson, Imani Smith, and Mosiah Ware
Fifth grade - Slaven Brborovic, Federico Cruz, Gracie Henderson, Destinee Houston, Zacheary Johnston, Alyssa Lopez, Sean Lowe, and Steven Walton
Hilbish Teacher of the Month
Erin Duncan, a kindergarten teacher at Forest Park Elmentary School, was named the Hilbish Ford Teacher of the Month for September.
Her nomination came from a parent who said that Duncan has a great love and dedication to her students and their families. She told how her child has developed a love for learning through Duncan's encouragement and is excited to do homework and talk about what she learned in school that day. The mom had volunteered in Duncan's classroom and heard students say how much they enjoy being in her class.
This parent said that Duncan "always has a smile on her face, looks for the positive in every situation, and is a blessing to everyone."
She is an awesome teacher, a wonderful person and deserves this special recognition.
Granite Quarry Star Students
The following are the Star Students for October at Granite Quarry Elementary School.
Pre-Kindergarten: Tyler Dickson.
Kindergarten: Macari House: Allison Mares, Cole Humphreys, Brody Kealiher.
First grade: Hailey Tippins, Kayley Talbert, Dameon Hill, Alayna Graham.
Second grade: Samuel Medina, Blake Hill, Mary Morgan, A.J. Jana.
Third grade: Emily Jaramillo, Alison Ketchie, Victoria Albright, Kyle Moose.
Fourth grade: Allen Teodorovici, Matthew Downing, Grace Kenyon, Spiriten Bowers.
Fifth grade: Braeden Moore, Lauren Wetmore, Sarah Margaret Dyer, Breaja Houston.
Hurley Good Citizens
The Good Citizens for September at Hurley Elementary School include:
Kindergarten: Daniel Brucker, Avery Arnez, Jade Sankey, Joshua Helm, Gabriel Cole Price.
First grade: Madison Hord, Grayce Pittman, Lanna Blackwell, Inara Shelton, Brooke Vander Pol.
Second grade: Corbin Barber, Leslie Segura Aguirre, Anna Chapin, Aubrie Nance, Rolando Baltazar-Rodriguez.
Third grade: Layla Galloway, Alexius Steele, Michael Garcia, Angie Hang, Anthony Sadler.
Fourth grade: Ellen Yang, Fernanda Torres Alejandre, Jillian Burleyson, Carolynn Cogan, Piper Muire.
Fifth grade: Samiji Grant-Range, Marlin Quintero, Dustin Nance, Zachary Moten.
North Rowan royalty
North Rowan High School crowned its homecoming queen and king on Sept. 21 at the football game.
They are Jenifer Vargas and Zack Lemmon.
These are Shive Elementary School Superhero Character Power winners for responsibility:
Alyssa Jones, Ethain Scott, Skylar Christner, Lawson Cottingham, Kaylee Walker, Tyler Smith, Ryan Mesimer, Jana Swink, Logan Holshouser, Kohen Burris, Hannah Johnson, Nathan Hayworth, Zach Green, Jesse Edge, Kayley Null, Drue Gillis, Lana Carter, Hayden Simmerson, Jasmine Nelson, Marla Garcia, Jordan Avalos, Breyanna Walker, Nathan Taylor, Jaysa Causby, Tessa Christner, Riley McCullough, Maddox Goodnight, Lauren Whisnant, Patrick Gulledge, Cady Gougenhour, Owen Blackwelder, Heather Holshouser, Lacey Stowe, Braulio Garcia-Aldaco, Riley McGowan, Orlando Rojas, Hayden Reese, Dawson Oliver, David Lefler Maci, Cooper Tyler, Trexler Alyssa, Adams Troy, Mikoski Mye'Layjah Street.