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Phillip Kirk, Catawba College’s vice president for external relations and chairman emeritus of the State Board of Education, is a member of a new Blue Ribbon Charter School Commission convened by the State Board of Education.
The commission is charged to look at the types of charter schools that have been successful, possible guidelines for approval of future charter schools and whether the cap on charter schools should be raised. It held its first meeting June 21 in Raleigh.
Charter schools are privately run, publicly funded schools that are allowed greater independence in their teaching methods. In 1996, the N.C. Charter Schools Act authorized the creation of a system of no more than 100 such schools in the state, all subject to the same testing and accountability standards as public schools.
Kirk, a 1967 Catawba alumnus, joined the college’s administrative team in July 2006.
Erwin honor society
Twenty students at Erwin Middle School were inducted into the National Junior Honor Society during a May ceremony.
Selection was by a faculty council based on high standards of scholarship, service, leadership, citizenship and character.
New members are Sarah Agner, Allison Brindle, Bryson Call, Emily Cleveland, Natalie Earls, Caroline Fry, Melissa Greene, Karley Ingold, Austin Jackson, Elizabeth Lee, Reid Lippard, Graham Lyerly, Kristen Mathis, Shanna Phillips, Tyler Roseman, Anna-Leigh Shuping, Steffi Sides, Savanna Starnes, Heather Trexler and Connor Bost.
DCCC dean’s list
The following area students have been named to the spring semester dean’s list at Davidson County Community College for earning a 3.0 or higher grade-point average:
China Grove: Lisa Linthicum.
East Spencer: Monica Evans.
Lexington: Mary Abrams, Shannon Atkins, Mark Baird, Scott Baka, Stacey Bare, David Barlow, Byron Barnette, Patricia Beacham, Holly Beck, Darlene Beeson, Maria Benitez, Sandy Beverly, Bobby Billings, Monika Bowers, Robert Bracken, Barbara Branch, Rita Brewer, Dianna Brooks, Samantha Browning, Chastity Burns, Heather Calhoun, Bradford Carrick, Janet Caudle, Darlene Causey, Dawn Christian, Diana Conklin, Angela Cook, Lachella Creamer, Daniel Dagenhart, Kenneth Dawson, Annie DeJournette, Kelly Dorsett, Violet Duncan, Shirley Easter, Amanda Elmore, Lauren Emerson, Lance Everhart, Adam Frank, Mindi Freeman, Jennifer Fulp, Jason George, Vickie Gonzalez, Sandra Gordon, Judy Graham, Zandra Greene, Kasey Grubb, Zachary Gunter, Christie Haritson, Tiffany Hall, Ashley Hall, Elizabeth Hankins, Samuel Hedrick, Brian Hedrick, Debra Henderson, Charles Henley, Denice Hernandez, Jennifer Hester, Kimberly Hiatt, Rick Hibbett, Shelia Hickman, Andrea Holmes, Mitchell Hulin, Angela Jenkins, Faron Johnson, Cynthia Jones, Timothy Jones, Maria Juarez, Evelyn Kenner, Donnell Lackey, Sheree Lanier, Tamika Lattimore, Brenda Leonard, Tammy Long, Trish Lookabill, Joel Lundy, Travis Mann, Krista Manning, Erika Marusak, Cara McDaniel, Melissa McDowell, Catherine Michael, Stacey Michael, Hillary Miller, Jessica Mize, Sydney Mode, Matthew Moser, Phyllis Motsinger, Ethel Nailor, Tara Nelson, Jeffery Norris, Timothy Nulph, Kathy Oliver, Pamela Outlaw, Heather Owens, Anna Parks, Larry Parsons, Autumn Parsons, Jennifer Pastern, Kathryn Perkins, Zebulon Perrell, Carrie Perry, Lucy Poole, Nancy Proffitt, Donald Ramsey, Ashley Richardson, Sarah Rodgers, Devin Russ, Amal Salah, Lauren Schenck, Malynda Schlegel, Heather Sheehy, James Sheffield, Ryan Short, Johnathan Silver, Celena Stanley, Mickey Steele, Erica Story, Andrew Sutton, Deiadra Swing, Edward Thompson, Danna Tunnell, Phillip Turnage, James Tussey, Stacy Wagner, Brenda Walker, Kristina Walser, Angela Ward, Patricia Weaver, Justin Wheelock, Pamela Widener, Cassandra Wilson, Kenneth Wood, Robert Wright, Gary Wunderlich, Brenda Wyatt, Mattie York, Kevin Young, Robert Young and Khalil Zaitawi.
Linwood: Steven Bruner, Tina Darnell, Annette Eggleston, Anthony Garwood, Brittany Ginn, Donna Howard, Lois Jones, Sheila Lopp, Carlann McCrary, Susan Pugh, Tamara Royall, John Spillman, Brenda Tetter and Connie Youells.
Mocksville: Carla Baker, Robert Coleman, Kim Crowley, Amanda Cudd, Joy Lash, Janelle Loeffler, Natalie Shore, Barbara Shores, April Woodie and Tyeshia Woods.
Salisbury: Steven Kluttz and Rachel Sadler.
Online BA degree
A new online degree in business administration will be offered this fall at Davidson County Community College. It is designed for the convenience of students who may work full time and need educational flexibility.
It is also the second online degree offered in the DCCC Applied Technology Division.
Online students may complete courses any time of day or night from any computer with access to the worldwide Web. They will have access to instructional support from the DCCC Business and Computer Coaching Center, just like their traditional student counterparts. While most of the program is completed online, students may need to visit the DCCC campus to complete some tests.
Students with demonstrated information technology experience and industry certifications may apply to take a challenge examination for some courses, and those with successful challenge examinations may be given course credit.
For more information, contact Ron Dougherty at 336-249-8186, ext. 6788, or ronaldd @davidsonccc.edu.
All-American scholar
Kyle Venrick, a student at Erwin Middle School, has been named an All-American Scholar by the U.S. Achievement Academy.
Son of Ann Eidson of Rockwell, Venrick was nominated by Brenda Sloop, a teacher at the school.

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