Kannapolis school board recognitions

  • Posted: Thursday, April 25, 2013 12:35 a.m.

School board recognitions

April 8

A. L. Brown High School

• Ebonee Collins — Ebonee is a senior at A.L. Brown. She is a quiet and unassuming leader who is ranked near the top of her class. Ebonee is strong in math and science and often tutors other students in math. She has earned a National Achievement Scholarship and has been accepted to North Carolina State University to major in Engineering. Ebonee participates in cheerleading, track, National Honor Society, Beta Club, Snack Pack Club, Junior Rotarian and National Technical Honor Society. She is also active in her church and volunteers in the community.


•Kayla Crayton — Kayla is a senior at A.L. Brown and ranks very high in her senior class. She is the state president of Juniorettes and organized a 5K race in December that raised $5,500 for the Special Olympics of Cabarrus County. Kayla wants to be a physical or occupational therapist and will attend Western Carolina University to major in athletic training. Her activities include volleyball, basketball, soccer, National Technical Honor Society, Beta Club, Link Crew, Juniorettes, Project Unify, HOSA and Junior Rotarian. Kayla is also a youth leader in her church and works at Varsity Barbeque and for Cabarrus County Parks and Recreation.

• Ashley Forrest — Ashley has been a part of the band parent group during the past four years. She started as a volunteer which led her to take on the band president position two years ago. During that time, she has been instrumental in developing a Parents’ Advisory Committee, creating officer handbooks, standardizing forms and systems, expanding overall parent volunteerism and has maintained and developed budges and fundraisers which led to many increased opportunities for the band. Ashley enjoys participating in church events and following her children in their sports and activities.

• Larry Mesimer — Larry, the head custodian at A.L. Brown, is the consummate professional. He has high expectations for the custodial staff and displays tremendous pride in his work, the work of his team, A.L. Brown and the school district in general. Larry has had a major impact in the effectiveness of projects such as the STEM Wing and the renovation of the Vocational Building into the Arts Building at the high school. Recently, under Larry’s guidance, A.L. Brown received the highest annual health inspection score the inspector has ever given a high school. Larry’s hobbies include showing horses in several different states and he has won multiple world championships with his horses.

• Michele Pitts — Michele is the AIG Coordinator at A.L. Brown. She has contributed energy, desire and excellent ideas to the AIG Program since transferring from Kannapolis Middle School this past year. She has used her strong relationship with students and parents, her commitment to expanding opportunities for students, and her dedication to offering academic and social guidance for all students to expand the high school AIG program to new levels. Michele is relentless in her pursuit to push students to take more rigorous courses, apply for scholarships and prepare to do their best on college entrance exams. She has developed a plan to launch an AP Academy for entering freshman next year. She also enjoys tennis, gardening, reading, listening to music, and is involved with the Humane Society and other groups that support animals.

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