A.L. Brown representatives honored

  • Posted: Thursday, May 8, 2014 12:18 a.m.

The Kannapolis Board of Education honored outstanding representatives from A.L. Brown High School during its April meeting.

Aria Lipscomb — Lipscomb is a senior at A.L. Brown and is the Student Government president. She is an outstanding leader and wonderful representative of Kannapolis City Schools. Lipscomb is well-respected by everyone for her work ethic, dedication, and ability to serve those around her.

Lipscomb helps run Principal’s Advisory Council meetings and has been actively involved in school organizations, including Beta Club, Link Crew, National Honor Society, SAVE, WNDR, and has served as a Junior Rotarian. She has also participated in volleyball, basketball, softball and track. In addition, Lipscomb is a peer helper working with students with severe disabilities in the Adapted PE class.

Lipscomb is active in Journey United Methodist Church and works at Venice Restaurant.

Despite all of her community involvement, work responsibilities, sports and membership in school organizations, she will graduate near the top of her class in June. Lipscomb is the daughter of Barry and Natasha Lipscomb, and she plans to attend University of North Carolina at Wilmington and major in broadcasting and journalism.

Kaleb Spry – Not only does senior Spry have a big physical presence at A.L. Brown, he also has tremendous leadership skills. Spry models what a student-athlete should be and gives of himself to others. He has a huge heart and compassion for helping other students. This has been exhibited recently as he has been serving as a peer helper in the Adapted PE class.

During his time at A.L. Brown, Spry has been a member of the National Honor Society, Beta Club, the National Art Honor Society and Link Crew as well as playing football, baseball, basketball and golf. He has also mentored students at Kannapolis Intermediate and Middle schools.

Spry has successfully managed all of these responsibilities while also being near the top of his graduating class.

He is an active member of Mt. Olivet Methodist Church where he participates in the youth group. Spry is the son of Terry and Meredith Spry and will attend Western Carolina University on a full football scholarship. He plans to major in recreational therapy.

Sonya Miller — Miller is a familiar face on A.L. Brown’s campus.

Whether she is cheering on her son and daughter in athletic events or attending meetings as a parent representative, Miller is known as a visible and active parent.

She has been an outstanding member of the Parent Teacher Student Organization. Miller was very involved in the proposal to move A.L. Brown’s graduation ceremony to Memorial Stadium, and has given valuable input on A.L. Brown’s Continuous Improvement Plan and the planning of the graduation ceremony.

Miller is a positive advocate for her children, but also a positive advocate for other children whose parents might not be as involved. Her input is valuable and appreciated.

Miller is employed by CMC-Northeast Occupational Medicine and Ortho-Carolina Emergency Care in the nursing departments. She is the parent of Logan, an 11th grader, and Lexus, a 10th grader. They are members of Mt. Carmel Baptist Church.

Miller enjoys walking, baking and being a cheer mom for the A.L. Brown football, basketball and track teams.

Keith Livesay — Although new to A.L. Brown this year, Livesay has made an enormous impact as a Behavior Management Teacher Assistant. He has many of the more challenging students in terms of attendance and behavior, but he has successfully developed rapport with them and supports them academically and socially.

Through his patience and perseverance, Livesay’s students are reaching their potential. He consistently checks their academic status and frequently meets with them. He also does an excellent job of keeping regular education teachers, the exceptional children’s caseworker, and administration updated about his students’ progress.

Livesay has not been afraid to try a variety of strategies to meet the needs of his students. He has also worked to get to know the school and community by attending numerous after-school events.

Livesay holds a bachelor’s degree from Western Carolina and has more than 10 years of experience working in the public agency sector. He also served in the U.S. Army.

In his spare time, Livesay enjoys spending time with his wife, Melissa, reading and following local sports teams. He also volunteers with the Red Cross, the city of Rockwell, and is a member of the American Legion.

Ashlyn Keller — Keller was recognized for her outstanding work in starting, and quickly expanding, the A.L. Brown dance program.

In only its second year, the dance program is one of the high school’s most popular and recognized programs and one of the most accomplished programs in the community. Keller has done a tremendous job developing beginning dancers and raising the bar for her advanced students. She also has worked individually with an advanced student on a dance internship.

Keller has incorporated all varieties of dance into the program and worked with all levels of students, including those with physical disabilities.

She spends a significant amount of time collaborating on performances with other fine arts teachers and taking her dance students to community events to promote the program.

Keller is admired and loved by her students, and she has an uncanny ability to make every student a better performer. Her A.L. Brown dance performances are quickly gaining community attention.

Keller holds a bachelor’s degree of fine arts in dance and has 26 years of teaching experience in public schools and dance studios. She also is a teaching artist with the National Dance Institute in New York City.

Keller has three children: Kelsey, a sophomore at Duke; Jake, a junior at Concord; and Claire, a freshman at Concord. Keller enjoys running, kayaking, and musicals in her free time.

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